Friday, December 22, 2006

Another Tag!!!

Josiah tagged me. So here goes. :)

List 6 things about yourself which are either weird, habitual, unusual, or just plain fun to hear about and tag six to ten others.

1. I enjoy singing opera at the top of my lungs for the world to hear even though my voice can't really...ahem...stretch as far as I would like it to. :)

2. I hate frogs, bugs and any little nasty creatures that are like that. They absolulty gross and disgust me. And I'm scared to death of them.

3. I don't really like chocolate.

4. I think Panda Bears are the best animals and are soooo adorable and if I could I'd want a pet Panda...even though it would eat me alive. :)

5. I like the new Pride and Prejudice better than the old one. And that tends to freak some people out.

6. Whenever I go to someones house I make a beeline for the bookshelf.

Okay, I tag the following:

Brooke Boriack
Megan Carlson
AnnaVon Holton
Natalya Kracko
Esther Habegger
Sierra Candler
Caleb McDonald
Joshua Habegger
Brandon Huber
Jonathan Erber

Okay, I decided to post after all. Seeing as I found the perfect thing to post and I can't resist putting it up. :)

Now, Guess what they're doing in the photos. :D


Thursday, December 14, 2006

The Nativity Story

The Nativity Story

What a powerful movie! I sat in awe in the theatre, not knowing whether to laugh or cry. It was beautiful! When Jesus is born and Joseph holds up baby Jesus and laughs I felt such joy fill me!

The movie was wonderfully done, the acting, the music, the script. It was gorgeous. And it really made you feel as if you were there, feeling Mary's frustration as no one believed her story, feeling Joseph's pain as he saw Mary when she arrived back from her visit to Elizabeth. There's one part where they are on their way to Bethlehem and after Joseph has fallen asleep Mary sees his dirty, bloody feet, sore from walking endlessly on the rocky ground. What does she do? She wets a cloth and washes his feet. It was beautiful. I cried, I must admit. I left the movie in a daze, it was that amazing.

If you haven't seen it yet, please go see it. You will leave the theatre changed and you will see Christmas in a whole different light.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 04, 2006

I had a very interesting thing happen to me earlier. Actually, I couldn't stop laughing. :)

I was toting William around this evening when I made my way into Mom and Dad's bathroom. I then saw Abigail in the bathtub relaxing. Deciding to play around with her I yelled, "AHHH! There's a girl in the tub!"
Abigail then proceeded to jump up (higher then I've ever seen her before.) onto her feet and screaming.
She then yelled, "WHERE?!"



Friday, December 01, 2006

"Walking in a winter wonderland...."

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

What bliss! What joy! Our first snow today!!!! Over a foot deep! We've had a day full of sledding, snowmen and snowball fights! We're SO happy!!

Pictures to come soon!

Friday, November 24, 2006

It's Over...

Well, it's over!
And I didn't faint, I didn't cry (well, I almost did.) and I didn't drop down dead. I am very impressed with myself.
But, my sister isn't a McDonald anymore. She won't be doing the dishes on Sunday night, I won't giggle over movies with her anymore, I won't say, "Give William to Christa to watch!" :).

Christa was lovely. The ceremony wasn't very long, only 40 minutes or so and everything went smoothly (thankfully!). The little girls (aka flower girls) had a wonderful time tossing flowers all over the aisle (lots, I assure you.). Tiffany, Melissa and I (the bridesmaids) made the terrible mistake of not eating breakfast...actually, not eating anything all morning. We were all nervous, and we hadn't eaten so you can imagine how we felt. :) But we all ended up fine!
I will try to post photos as soon as I get them. David Price was getting the photos for the wedding but I'm not sure when we'll get them so I'll post them whenever I do.

Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving! :D

~jessica nicole~

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Life's Changes...

I honestly can't believe it! The wedding is only five days away and it seems like it was yesterday that we were little girls dreaming about the day we would get married; laughing about what Prince Charming might look like, the pranks we would play on him, what the colors of our wedding would be...and now it's all coming true.

I thought that the day when one of my dear sisters would be married would be an eternity away. I tried to make myself believe that we would always be together; that nothing would change. We're a family...why should anything be different? We were content.
Now I'm losing a sister. She won't be just down the street either. I won't be able to see her whenever I like because she will be thousands of miles away...

I have to admit, I hate change. I like everything to stay just the same. But I know real life isn't like that at all. And every day, the older I get, it changes more and more. Life is such a difficult thing! I'm going to miss my big sister.


P.S. Now, Tiff, don't you get any silly notions about running off and getting married too!

Friday, November 10, 2006


Below are photos of the Howard's visit and the Birthday bash. Enjoy!

p.s. you can find more on Tiffany's blog!


Tiffany and Grace in the fall leaves

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Abigail and Tommy

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Mr and Mrs Howard

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Dad and Mom chatting

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Howard and McDonald kids watching a movie...

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Playing Ultimate Frisby

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Grace, Aleta and Abigail having tea...

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Only some of the cars at the birthday bash...

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

How very sad.
My sister is getting married in 16 days!!!
What shall I do?!

"Sisters, Sisters! There were never such devoted sisters..."

Monday, November 06, 2006

Guests, Parties, Sickness, fishing, boating, frisby, fall time...

I must admit, I've been so terrible at posting lately! But when you've heard how busy we've been you might sympathize! :)

At the beginning of last week we had the Osborne family over from Idaho. They stayed and we had a lovely visit. Then, on Wendsday they left and the Howard family joined us from Virginia!

On Saturday (while the Howard's were still with us) we had a huge birthday bash for Caleb and Emma at our home! It was so much fun!!! We enjoyed a lot of boating (the Evans's brought their rubber raft, we have a canoe and our neighbors lent us their paddle boat.), fishing, chatting, and Ultimate Frisby (yes, I actually did play, believe it or not!! :D) It was a very exciting day!

On Sunday we had the Evans family over and enjoyed fishing (a lot of blue gill was caught.), though they ended up having to leave early because a lady from our church went into labor and Mrs. Evans was helping with the birth. After they left we put the kids to bed and put on "Henry V" (we were going to watch "Master and Commander" but it couldn't be found!). Right before the battle of Agincourt, Grace ran out of bed and threw up everywhere! We got that cleaned up and turne dthe movie back on. A little bit later we hear her throw up get the picture. It happened four or five times. Then Emma threw up as well and we found ourselves with two sick babies!! After the movie was over (around midnight) we all piled up to bed.

Then, today Tiff and I spent hours and hours raking our yard. Let me tell you, it was quite an adventure, because I've never raked a yard in my life (I've never really had to, since at our old house all we had was a twig of a tree in our front yard! :D). But it was so much fun! We skipped around with our rakes looking like total idiots, but enjoying every minute of it! :) We set up speakers and a cd player outside and listened to music, and after we made a pile (a little shorter than 5 feet and very wide!) we set our rakes down and jumped into the leaves!! Oh what bliss!! It was fabulous and we can't wait to do it again that we're very sore. :D

We're still enjoying the Howard's wonderful company! They leave on Wendsday morning. We're trying to convince them to stay longer and to go house hunting here in Illinois! :) So far, we haven't succeded, but...we'll see. :)

Pictures to follow!

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Happy Birthday to Christa!!

On this day 22 years ago my sisters Christa Marie was born. It seems so strange to me that soon she won't be living in our home anymore...that when she turns 23 we will be thousands of miles away. But she will always be close to our hearts.
So, Happy 22nd Birthday, Christa. We all love you.


Friday, October 13, 2006

I've been tagged

I've been tagged by Tiffany . So here goes! :)

Five Things in my Freezer:
Pumpkin Cheesecake (from the Cheesecake Factory!)
Reces Peanut Butter Cups
Ground Beef
Frozen Chicken
Apples (Delicious mixture of...stuff, don't you think?)

Five Things in my Car:
DVD player
A bag of Andes Mints!!!! :)

Five Things in my Closet:
Christa's Clothes
Tiffany's Clothes
Melissa's Clothes
My Clothes
Oh, and shoes.

Five Things in my Purse:
My Wallet
Wadded up candy wrappers from I don't know when
A Minnie Mouse Watch from when I was about 6.
A small tin of mints

I tag:
Brooke Boriack
Danya Powell
Anna Von Holton
Jonathan Erber
Brandon Huber

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

:) Photos of Our New Life in the Land of Lincoln :)

Well, I've finally decided to take a moment and post some photos of our new life in IL. I hope you enjoy them! P.S. I'll try to post some more this week!


One of Our Decks.

My little sisters at the Glen Oak Zoo.

Our lake and dock. Oh, and our canoe too. :)

A cozy corner in our living room. (and a little snippet of the kitchen. I'll try to take some more pictures this week of the other rooms in the house.)

The living room. And the sliding glass doors that overlook the lake.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Sorry that I haven't written in so has just been so complicated and I haven't gotten a chance to sit down and type up a post. But now I'm taking up a little bit of my time to do so. :)

Hmmm...we're basically in the process of moving in right now so you can imagine what life is like. Tiffany has more information about our move on her blog.
The conference was lovely. We didn't get to dance like we had planned. But we had a charming ladies tea (where I ate too many cream puffs to count...), where we chatted over a tea and snacks. Though Sierra, Lenna and I drank too much tea and started bouncing off the walls...go figure. :) It was fun though.

I also met two girls at the conference (both of them were much taller than me) who were ages 10 and 13. I was talking to them and to Grace Bandy (who is 13 too) when they looked at Grace and asked how old she was. She said "Thirteen." Then the question came to me. "How old are you?" They asked as all three of them looked down at me. I smiled. "Oh I'm sixteen this month." They probably didn't believe me. :) I mean come on, I'm not that short. I'm 5'2!! Oh well. I guess I just know tall people. :)

After the conference was over most of the families from church stayed a bit longer and we had an exciting rubber band war. It started with Sierra and I and James and David. We were trying to convince them to dance...bad idea. A bit painful. But fun. :D

And James is leaving this week. :( We're not very happy about that.



Monday, September 18, 2006

What a lovely Sunday we had yesterday!
After the fellowship meal was over (and the dishes clean) we all realized that we had nothing to do. So guess what the boys decide on? Wrestling. Red light flashing brightly.
So the girls all took a seat to watch this dreadful thing. Now, it's fine with me if the boys want to fight for fun, but it is NOT alright with me when my little brother decides to join in.
To my absolute horror, one of the boys at church who is much bigger than my brother, offers to fight him. Caleb, of course, being the gentleman that he is, excepts. We watched in horrid facination. Finally, the match ended. Guess who won?

Nobody. It was tie.
And no one had to be rushed to the hospital.
Talk about relief.

We were also blessed with rain. What joy! What bliss! Ah, I love rain.


Friday, September 15, 2006

William and Emma at the hotel.

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Tiffany and Melissa playing volleyball

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Tiffany playing volleyball at the hotel.

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William with his beloved ball.

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The McDonald kids at the hotel

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Dad on the phone at the Festival.

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Mom looking through a Pumpkin Cookbook

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Dad and Caleb enjoying themselves.

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Abigail again.

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Melissa and William at the Festival

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Emma at the Festival

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Abigail posing with the Scarecrow at the festival.

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Caleb and I at the Festival.

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The Grill

There was a giant grill set up outside of the food tent, where some men were grilling some delicious looking pork!

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