We always dress up for Halloween. This year was my favorite. Uncle Josh dressed up as Inigo Montoya to pair with Regan dressing as The Dread Pirate Roberts. It made me silly happy how great they looked.
Jon’s mom is AMAZING! She was an ER and Life Flight nurse for years, had 7 children, and currently has 20 grandchildren. She is a ready willing and awesome ear for any and all things. She is such a wealth of knowledge and a great example of thoughtful service and compassion. This woman is patience and love.
Janice’s Dad is the best. He is a high school math teacher. His students like/love him. You can only imagine the amount of love and patience this man has to pull off teaching math to high school students and be liked by them at the same time. He is such a fun and kind Papa. We love the random texts and calls we get from him. Anything from song lyrics (because busting out into song is always a good idea) to simple “I loves you”s. His texts make us all happy.
Janice’s Mom is a ROCKSTAR! She is from El Salvador and immigrated when she was 18, and taught herself English. She is an interpreter for the local hospital. She is stubborn, funny, thoughtful, and wise to name a few. She is teaching Kaylee some basic Greek and Regan some basic Russian. She wants all of her grandchildren to call her grandma in different languages. She loves traveling and learning and shares that love with everyone around her. She and Kaylee are already planning world trips for the future.
We are more often than not silly. We like to have fun. We tend to be laid back, go with the flow kind of people. That’s not to say we don’t get upset/stressed out over life. Because we do, we just try not to.
The children are our best helpers. We try and let them help out whenever they can. Even when it makes more works for us and takes longer. We know they are learning self sufficiency, and that we believe in them. So the extra work/mess is worth it.
I also find for our kids that it help them not be picky eaters. They are more excited/willing to try a new food when they helped make it. And can I just say that we are enjoying the willing helper stage of life. It is not going to last for much longer, and then it will be like pulling teeth to get them to help empty the dishwasher, and make their beds……..
Below we have Jon’s side of the . There are you know, only a few of them. 😉 Actually this photo is missing two of Jon’s brothers-in-law. They sadly had to work. We are up to 21 grandchildren now. This was just the last time everyone was able to get together. We are hoping to be able to get most everyone together again soon.
Janice’s side of the family. Janice’s Dad is anxiously awaiting more grandchildren to love and spoil. Well they all are…. (He was especially excited to welcome and love on our foster kiddos and claim them while we had them.)
As a side note. Both sides of our family actually LIKE each other and hang out and get along. It’s freaking awesome. It’s not unusual for joint holiday gatherings to happen. I love not having to worry about picking which side to spend holiday time with. For example my little sister sent me this grainy phone picture to rub in my face that she was getting some awesome 4th of July time in with our Mom and Jon’s Mom. Because it’s just more love. So they get together and hang out in Southern Utah while we are farish away in Arizona.
Janice’s older sister went to cosmetology school. Cut, color, and style get changed up often. We like to play around with hair around here. Janice had 4/5 different color, cut, and styles happen within the first month or so of dating Jon. He got used to random and dramatic changes fast!
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