Thursday, December 29, 2005


Jared and I went to the Phoenix Zoo this morning, with our friends Karen and Grace Murphy. We had a good time. We went on a Safari Tour around the zoo. Then, we strolled around and saw the animals up close and personal :) We think we even heard a lion roar for us! Check out our pictures.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

It is the last weekday before Christmas! Hope you are able to wind down from the week and enjoy this weekend. We won't be having a white Christmas here in AZ :) In fact, we're supposed to be in the high-70s or even 80 degrees by Christmas!

We look forward celebrating Christ's birth! We wish you a safe and joyous Christmas this year. May you experience God's blessings!

-Paul, Maria & Jared

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Gingerbread Boy

We spent this morning at my mom's. She got one of those gingerbread house kits and had us and Jared's cousin, Tyler, over to put it together. The two cousins had fun with it...mostly eating the candies :) Some pictures of our morning are posted under "Holidays" and "Christmas 2005."

Monday, December 19, 2005

Oooooo! Lights!

The three of us went to look at lights last evening. We met our friends, Karen and Patrick, there with their little girl, Grace. We go look at lights every year at a cul-de-sac in Mesa, AZ. All houses on the street are totally lit up. There is also a walking nativity / Christmas story in the backyard of one of the houses. That is so cool! Both Jared and Grace loved looking at the lights. Afterwards, we let the kids play on a playground that was across the street.

What is it now, a week till Christmas?! I don't know where the time has gone! This is Jared's second Christmas season. Paul and I notice that Jared is more aware of Christmas this year :) Jared loves the lights (as you can tell), pulls on the ornaments on our tree, dances to the Christmas music and enjoys munching on some homemade sugar cookies :) We'll be staying in town for Christmas again. We will have some friends and my mom over on Christmas Day for dinner. I've posted some pictures of how we are enjoying this season. Feel free to check them out...

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Santa's Little Helper

Okay, maybe Jared is Mom's little helper :) He loves helping me around the house. Lately, he gets our broom out of the pantry and will go around the house "sweeping." I tell him "Are you helping Mom clean? Thank you, Jared!" He really loves that broom :)

Other than being our helper, Jared is soaking in the Christmas season. He LOVES (and that is an understatement) the Christmas lights on the outside of houses. He will ask us to please go drive around and look at lights. He also enjoys looking at all of the ornaments on our tree. There are a couple that are "babyproof" that he can take off and look at, e.g. a stuffed monkey and reindeer. His Grandma Carlson (Martha!) gave us some Christmas books that had carols inside. So, he loves it when he can sit in my lap and hear me sing the carols. He likes flipping through and looking at the pictures too.

Jared is babbling like crazy. He is great about signing "please," "more" and "milk." Lately, he is saying, not signing, "thank you." It is too cute when he says it..."tank chews" :) He enjoys playing with kids and LOVES (again, an understatement :) ) to dance. He'll hold on to our hands and dance, dance in his seat and will even dance while we are holding him in our arms. He is such a sweet and cute little boy!!
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