Friday, December 31, 2010

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas morning started around 7:30 a.m.  Everyone was very excited, but they could not open anything until we had Bible time.  If you are hungry do not read any further.  Andrew received a new tripod for Christmas and tried it out during our breakfast.  Somehow he managed to stay out of the cook's way.
 Canadian bacon sizzles for the breakfast bagel sandwiches.
 Made-to-order bagels from Manhattan Bagel shop.  Delicious!!!
 Thomas gets ready to dig in to his breakfast. 
 Heidi and Claire prepare name tags for Christmas dinner.  Doesn't she have a pretty smile?
 Grandpop has a great smile, too. 
 This is a rare photo.  Grandmom does not let us get too many shots of her.  She had a great Christmas day.

Without Monty who knows how the day would have turned out.  We all love Monty.

Do you see where Monty's tongue is? 

 Here they are by the green wall at Longwood Gardens.  What a fun night!
Me and My Man

 Orchids were particularly special.  Poinsettias made the night and winter poinsettias filled the children's garden

Claire with her dad by the puzzle Christmas tree.

We went to Longwood Gardens spur of the moment and had a ball. The children loved the lights, organ concert, and Christmas decorations. A kind women volunteered to take a photo of all of us. Going at night is a totally different effect.  Next year come with us.

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Vacation Spots for Fall 2010 with the Roeben Family

Our vacation during Thanksgiving was a thrill.  The first day we went to Jamestown, VA.  It is the first permanent English settlement in North America established in 1607.  The children loved the ships, canoe making, grinding down corn, rifle firing and how the indians made feathers.  What a great day!
The second day through the end of the week we went to Colonial Williamsburg.  It was packed with lots of cool things to see and do.  Frank was part of a colonial court proceeding.  He couldn't wipe the grin off his face.  

We went on a special tour of the behind the scenes of Colonial Williamsburg.  We learned about the animals that were farmed during that time and saw all the carriages and where the interpreters got dressed.

Look at these naughty children.  Who's the mother of these rebels?

We were able to stop and talk to all kinds of interpreters.  The shoemaker was not a cobbler. And the wig maker shop was a favorite for the girls.

The children were able to play a real harpsachord, not the one in the photo.  There are two in Colonial Williamsburg.  What fun it was to play.  At the Governor's Palace there was a maze in the garden.  The children played hide-n-go seek in it.

The weaver shop was especially interesting.  The girls carded the cotton.  Then this lady made their carded cotton into string, cut the string and showed them how easy it is to make two-ply strand of string.  They each took home a keepsake -- a cotton seed, and their homemade string of cotton.
Everything was so much fun.  From morning to evening we spent each day with friends learning about our past.  Not a minute was wasted.  It was a very memorable time, and worth going back again.   "Praise God from whom all blessings flow!"

The fife and drum on the last evening was very exciting.  Let's go back right now!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Merry Christmas! God Bless Everyone!

First Mawson Family photo in 9 years

Frank and Debbie, 2010

Handsome Lads

Our Lovely Ladies
Our Four Wonderful Children
Andrew, 14, Anchors Away!
Thomas, 6, Mr. Thoughtful

Heidi, 11, Cowgirl All the Way!

Claire, 9, Still the Princess!