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Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Day

It is really hard for me to believe that this is already our third Christmas with children. But, I won't allow myself to do too much reminiscing here. Instead, after a quick look back at Christmases past, I'll make haste with photos from this Christmas.
Here is Eve on Christmas Day 2007
Here is Jonah on Christmas Day 2007
Here is Cate on Christmas Day 2007
Here Eve, Jonah, and Cate are in Grandad's chair on Christmas Day 2008
Eve, Jonah, and Cate on Christmas Day 2009 (each showing some of their own personality)
Jonah with Animal his teeth
Eve securing her spoils from stockings
Cate enjoying the glow of the tree
My girls
My boy
Stocking at the ready
Eve continuing her perpetual motion
Jonah glad to have something to hold
Gramma glad to have two grand-daughters to hold
Cate stunned by something
Eve enjoying her new flashlight
It's official, the flashlights are a hit
We just couldn't get a well composed shot of all three of 'em
Mommy and Jonah playing with a new Mini Magna Doodle
Cate's piggies
Eve's snowflake 'do
Cate and Eve sharing the V-Tech Alphabet Train
Just about to open presents
Here's Grandad helping Cate
Eve helping herself
Jonah unveiling his new snow boots (or, at least the box for his snow boots)
All enjoying the new Leapfrog DVD
Stockings re-hung with care

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Merry Christmas - 2009 Review

Well, 2009 has come and almost gone and our lives have changed significantly in the meantime.

We have gone from a Deltona, FL mailing address to a Charleston, WV mailing address.
We have gone from "stay at home mom, bacon earning dad" scenario to "stay at home dad, bacon earning mom" scenario.
Cathy, has started working at Valley High School in Smithers, WV and Johnmark has started finishing school at West Virginia State University in Institute, WV.
Jonah and Cate have gone from sleeping in cribs to sleeping in Toddler Beds (Eve is still working on that).
Almost all of the Triplets' baby teeth have come in (Jonah is still lagging a little bit).
Cathy and I made a trip to the Orlando area for a basketball game (GO MAGIC!) and Disney World.
Over the Summer, we travelled to Florida and went to Disney World (so hot), and we went to Plymouth, MI to visit with the Greens (that trip will take a bit longer now since the Greens are moving to Morocco).
We made it to Conference in Lancaster, PA. This was the first Conference for the Triplets and the first time that Cathy and I have been since 2000.
My entire family (all 21 of us) descended on North Myrtle Beach, SC for the Thanksgiving holiday.
We will be spending Christmas in Belpre, OH with the entire Rogers family (all 14 of us).
Who knows what we'll be doing for New Years (probably sleeping).

It has been a good year.

I remember hearing from many parents, before I joined their ranks, about how fast the years go by when your kids are little. Well, it is true; our kids are little and this year has gone by fast.
Cate, Eve, and Jonah have grown so much in the last year. Their personalities have become fuller and more obviously distinct one from the other.

Despite the challenges and frustrations of each day, I am still reminded each day just how blessed our family has been and continues to be.
Thank you to everyone out there who keeps us in their prayers.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

- Johnmark, Cathy, Cate, Eve, Jonah, and Winston -

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Thanksgiving in Myrtle Beach

We made our way to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for our 7th annual Camenga Family Thanksgiving Vacation (strangely enough, only 10 of the 21 people there have the last name Camenga). Our week consisted of a trip to a State Park, Ripley's Aquarium, a local garden/zoo, and, of course, way too much eating. It was a good week all around. Now, we just have to figure out where we'll go next year. So, on with the lengthy photo parade.

Here's Cate on the beach...
...and Eve...
...and Jonah.
Mommy and Daughters
Father and Son
Aunt Faith and Cate
Uncle Mark and Jonah
Our Babies Three standing in the rectangle or the "wecktandull"
Gramma Lin and Jonah
Eve speeding through the woods
At least we found a nice place for a family photo down that path.
Part of the Herd
Joey and Jonah spotting jellyfish
Grace and Luke
Joey blinked first
Eve sliding down the tongue of an Anglerfish
Seeing double?
Conor, Aunt Cathy (or Mommy), and Cate admiring the Sting Rays
Jonah and Mommy in a Bubble
Jonah and Daddy in the same Bubble
Shark from inside the "Shark Tunnel"
Turtle from inside the "Shark Tunnel"
Faith, Cathy, Kristin, and Andrew
Josh enjoying his new Slinky
Elisa looking at Josh's new Slinky
Caleb, Josh, Joey, and Luke surprised by their new Wii
Grandpa resting with Lady
Rick and Luke
Cate with a Cracker at Brookgreen Gardens
Eve finishing her Cracker at Brookgreen Gardens
Jonah in need of a Cracker at Brookgreen Gardens
Andrew and Elisa
A glimpse into the insanity that inhabited the Pineapple Palms Condo
All of Gramma Lin's and Grandpa's Grandkids
The Grandsons (all eight of 'em)
All the Grand-daughters (just three of 'em)
Jonah and Joey (the youngest grandsons)
Playing in the leaves at the Virginia Welcome Center on the way home