It has been another good year full of exciting adventures, first-time experiences, illnesses (and the necessary doctor appointments that always accompany illnesses), playground construction, and more smiles than tears. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers for our family throughout this year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
This is just a little rewind to Christmases past. From Enterprise, Florida to Belpre, Ohio to Charleston, WV, the picture locations have changed but each Christmas day for Cate, Eve, and Jonah has been spent at Gramma and Grandad Rogers' home in Belpre. This is the first year that the kids are aware enough of the fact that Christmas is coming that they are excited... and that makes me excited. Anyway, on with the Christmases past.
2007 - Enterprise, Florida
2008 - Belpre, Ohio
2009 - Charleston, West Virginia
Thursday, December 9, 2010
The family arrived, in turn, in South Daytona for our annual Thanksgiving get-together; and, in turn, each family member fell ill with a 24 to 72 hour stomach flu. A house with three bedrooms and 1 1/2 bathrooms was filled with a large group of Camengas and Crouches, fifteen out of sixteen of whom were sick. Whatever appetites may have lingered despite the illness were staved off by the sound effects that rang true throughout the terrazzo-floored domicile. Plans for Thanksgiving Dinner were delayed until late on Friday evening when nearly half of us were capable of propping ourselves up at the table and partaking in part of the plethora of food that was available. We were able to enjoy an outing to the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona and an trip to Cocoa for dinner with the Grandparents at their home before the illness came into its own. Despite the way the week went, we have a new memory to share and are thankful for the down time that allowed for more conversation and sharing than would have occurred had the illness not occurred. So, in the end, we are thankful for the Thanksgiving that wasn't.
With apologies to Caleb, this image sums up our week
Cousins: Elisa, Jonah, Cate, Eve, and Joey
Cate, Jonah, and Eve on the back of a caboose at the museum
Cate and Jonah "Making a Pizza"
Jonah dreaming about the future
Cate working the generator
Eve just looks so little in the picture
Cate at the Oak Lea Playground
Jonah the Giant
Cousins: Cate, Eve, Jonah, and Luke
This is the closest we came to a family photo
All of the cousins present this year: Cate, Jonah, Joey, Elisa, Luke, Eve, Josh, and Caleb
Elisa having fun with stamps and ink pads
The Three Amigos at the Oak Lea Playground