Monday, December 29, 2003
Thursday, December 25, 2003
"The shepherds were abiding in the fields and the angel of the Lord appeared to them, announcing: 'Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy. . . . For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord' (Luke 2:10-11).
"The shepherds with haste went to the manger to pay honor to Christ the Lord. Later, wise men journeyed from the East to Jerusalem, saying, 'Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. . . . When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh' (Matt. 2:2, 10-11).
"Since that time, the spirit of giving gifts has been present in the mind of each Christian as he or she commemorates the Christmas season. Our Heavenly Father gave to us His Son, Jesus Christ. That precious Son gave to us His life, the Atonement, and victory over the grave.
"What will you and I give for Christmas this year? Let us in our lives give to our Lord and Savior the gift of gratitude by living His teachings and following in His footsteps. It was said of Him that He 'went about doing good' (Acts 10:38). As we do likewise, the Christmas spirit will be ours."
(Thomas S. Monson, "What Is Christmas?")
Tuesday, December 23, 2003
The stockings were hung on the wall with great care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there...
Every body's sick
and that's bothering me
These doctor visits
are costing more than money
I don't know just who
to blame for this catastrophe!
But my one wish on Christmas Eve
is as plain as it can be!
All I want for Christmas is a healthy family,
a healthy family, a healthy family!
Gee, if I could only have a healthy family,
then we could all wish you "Merry Christmas."
It seems so long since I could say,
"Mr. Doctor, we don't need thee!"
Gosh oh gee, how happy I'd be,
if together we could all party.
All I want for Christmas is a healthy family,
a healthy family, a healthy family!
Gee, if I could only have a healthy family,
then we could all wish you "Merry Christmas."
Friday, December 19, 2003
Years ago, Jack Smith told of a poignant story of two young boys at Christmastime.
I didn't question Timmy, age nine, or his seven-year-old brother, Billy, about the brown wrapping paper they passed back and forth between them as we visited each store.
Every year at Christmastime, our Service Club takes the children from poor families in our town on a personally conducted shopping tour. I was assigned Timmy and Billy, whose father was out of work. After giving them the allotted $4.00 each, we began our trip. At different stores I made suggestions, but always their answer was a solemn shake of the head, no. Finally, I asked, "Where would you suggest we look?"
Could we go to a shoe store, Sir?" answered Timmy. "We'd like a pair of shoes for our Daddy so he can go to work."
In the shoe store the clerk asked what the boys wanted. Out came the brown paper. "We want a pair of work shoes to fit this foot," they said. Billy explained that it was a pattern of their Daddy's foot. They had drawn it while he was asleep in a chair.
The clerk held the paper against a measuring stick, then walked away. Soon, he came with an open box. "Will these do?" he asked. Timmy and Billy handled the shoes with great eagerness. "How much do they cost?" asked Billy. Then Timmy saw the price on the box. "They're $16.95," he said in dismay. "We only have $8.00."
I looked at the clerk and he cleared his throat. "That's the regular price," he said, "but they're on sale; $3.98, today only." Then, with shoes happily in hand the boys bought gifts for their mother and two little sisters. Not once did they think of themselves.
The day after Christmas the boys' father stopped me on the street. The new shoes were on his feet, gratitude was in his eyes. "I just thank Jesus for people who care," he said. "And I thank Jesus for your two sons," I replied. "They really taught me more about Christmas in one evening than I had learned in a lifetime"
Tuesday, December 16, 2003
Here we are 9 days prior to Christmas and we are completely finished with our shopping. What a nice feeling to know that we don't have to (although I'm sure we still will) go out into the shopping madness that this last week prior to Christmas will bring. A huge public thank you to Kelly, because she is the one responsible for this huge accomplishment. Come on, you didn't think I was the one who deserved the credit, did you?
How is everyone else doing? For those who are not finished yet, good luck and be safe out there!
Friday, December 12, 2003
I was proud of when Kenai couldn't kill Koda's mother. I liked the music when they say "Tell everybody I'm on my way".
Tuesday, December 9, 2003
I ended up being sick almost the whole time, the pool was closed until the last day, and the girls didn't feel like listening to anything that we had to say. We managed to quickly walk through a beautifully decorated Crate and Barrel store, spent some time in a large Disney store (not that we didn't just spend a week at the largest Disney store), window shopped at a few other stores and spent some time in the Water Tower Place. We also saw a very cool Lego Santa, sleigh, and reindeer at the The Shops at North Bridge (Can you believe I didn't have my camera with me?).
Another time, another day this would have been a fun little trip.
Sunday, November 30, 2003
There was that bad Santa and he took the presents and he was not very nice. (Notice not much from our reviewer this time, as she was one that didn't pay much attention to the movie)
By the way we didn't do any shopping on Friday, all we did was go out to eat with my parents and sister. Anybody have any good or bad experiences shopping on "Black Friday"?
Thursday, November 27, 2003
Sunday, November 23, 2003
Hmm, good. When the man called Santa up on the roof, he just falled down, then Santa disappeared and the boy heard a strange sound and the reindeer were up on the roof.
Thursday, November 20, 2003
Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!
Tuesday, November 11, 2003
Let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to
the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Saturday, November 8, 2003
We saw the moon and it was not full.
Friday, October 31, 2003
Thursday, October 30, 2003
"But Grandmother! What big ears you have," said Little Red Riding Hood as she edged closer to the bed.
"The better to hear you with, my dear," replied the wolf.
"But Grandmother! What big eyes you have," said Little Red Riding Hood.
"The better to see you with, my dear," replied the wolf.
"But Grandmother! What big teeth you have," said Little Red Riding Hood her voice quivering slightly.
"The better to eat you with, my dear," roared the wolf and he lept out of the bed and began to chase the little girl.
Wednesday, October 29, 2003
Tuesday, October 28, 2003
Sunday, October 26, 2003
Kelly made Lasagna and rolls and we took dinner to Grandpa and Grandma Freimund. We ate and then Grandma and Kelly beat Grandpa and me in Pinochle, three games to one. It was never even close. We had a great time!
Saturday, October 25, 2003
After a long night of shopping, we stopped to eat at a place called Shoops. It looked like a 50's style diner that sold hamburgers. As we walked into the place all you could smell was smoke, so we promptly turned around and headed back up the road to Applebee's. We were seated immediately, great for a Friday night, but then had to wait quite a while to get our food. Luckily the wait was worth it and the girls behaved very well. I never knew that Applebee's made such a good burger and shake.
The drive home was just as nice as the rest of the night. Both girls fell asleep allowing Kelly and I to talk with each other without constant interruptions.
Monday, October 20, 2003
Sunday, October 19, 2003
Friday, October 10, 2003
We had a new furnace and air conditioner installed this week. The company who did the work was Gnoth and Naragon Heating & Air Conditioning. They did an exceptional job and the fact that they were able to do our installation only five days after giving us an estimate, was amazing.
Mattey and Megan both had dental appointments this week, and both successfully had all their dental work completed. This has been a long road for Megan but she is finally done. Mattey was a little apprehensive but she came through with flying colors.
Wednesday, September 24, 2003
Tuesday, September 23, 2003
Megan played in her second game and is really enjoying it.
- Disney Vacation: The Beginning (11 pictures)
- Disney Vacation: The Characters (28 pictures)
- Disney Vacation: The Rides (33 pictures)
- Disney Vacation: The Rest (43 pictures)
Enjoy the pictures, we did taking them!
Saturday, September 20, 2003
I'm sure he enjoyed the day after his birthday, he and Mom were headed to Great America with some friends. He was very excited about going roller coaster riding.
Thursday, September 18, 2003
Monday, September 8, 2003
Sunday, September 7, 2003
Hot. I scored a goal. I ran a lot and I was thirsty and hungry. After the game I had cookies, fruit roll-ups, and a drink for my treat.
The girl pushed him off, then he pushed that button the big hard button, and then the palace fell down.
Wednesday, September 3, 2003
Amanda Lynn Standiford has earned a Bertrand Merit Award from Saint Mary's College. A graduate of Clay High School, she is the daughter of Michael and Betty Standiford of South Bend. Merit award recipients are first-year students who have demonstrated academic achievement in high school, involvement in extracurricular activities and dedication to community service.
Friday, August 29, 2003
Have a great birthday, sweetheart!
Sunday, August 24, 2003
I liked it. That mean guy took Cody Bank's girlfriend, and then that mean guy put that ice cube on her forehead and it was melting and her Dad said no.
Wednesday, August 20, 2003
I was in the dunk tank for about 20 minutes. Kelly brought the girls to take part in this experience. Megan was the first to dunk me. She threw right at the target and hit it, except the tennis ball didn't carry enough weight to drop the target. A friendly helper pushed the target after she had hit it. Kelly took a couple of turns throwing and dunked me twice. Thanks Sweetheart! I took my share of dunkings from fellow employees also.
Tuesday, August 19, 2003
She got sick, she got a friend, and there is this little tiny girl and it was good.
Thursday, August 14, 2003
Saturday, August 2, 2003
It was good! I was sad. Piglet's book fell down in the river. Roo found his scarf. Rabbit plants seeds, and Tigger bounced, and Pooh eats honey.
Thursday, July 31, 2003
Once again, Dad and I spent a couple nights working on it, and then Kelly applied the finishing touches.
Monday, July 28, 2003
Friday, July 25, 2003
The program is run by the Michiana Soccer Association and the first game is scheduled for September 6th.
Saturday, July 19, 2003
After getting the kids to bed, we stayed up and watched Tom Cruise and Collin Farrell in Minority Report. I thought it was a very interesting look into the future, and some of the toys (or gadgets) used were ultra cool!
Speaking of Collin Farrell, last week we watched another one of his films that I think deserves mentioning here. The Recruit, with Al Pacino, didn't get great reviews but I thought it was a good watch. Kelly and I both liked it enough to want to watch it again some day.
Tuesday, July 15, 2003
When we went to pick him up, they brought him out and we all thought they had the wrong dog. His face looked just like a dumb poodle (no offence to Cooper's dad). We think a new groomer is in store, hopefully one that will listen to our requests.
Sunday, July 13, 2003
Good. The bad part was when Louie was gone and when that red swan marry Serina because Louie didn't want her to marry him.
Tuesday, July 8, 2003
The install went very smoothly until I went to install my new router. That should of been the easy part. After all was said and done I finally went with my old router and it worked great.
I'll give it a couple of days to make sure it's acceptable and then I will call and cancel Comcast and live with my new broadband choice.
Friday, July 4, 2003
Independence Day, in the United States, an annual holiday commemorating the formal adoption by the Continental Congress of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia. Although the signing of the Declaration was not completed until August, the Fourth of July holiday has been accepted as the official anniversary of U.S. independence and is celebrated in all states and territories of the United States.
The holiday was first observed in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776, at which time the Declaration of Independence was read aloud, city bells rang, and bands played. It was not declared a legal holiday, however, until 1941. The Fourth is traditionally celebrated publicly with parades and pageants, patriotic speeches, and organized firing of guns and cannons and displays of fireworks; early in the 20th century public concern for a safe and sane holiday resulted in restrictions on general use of fireworks. Family picnics and outings are a feature of private Fourth of July celebrations.
"Independence Day," Microsoft® Encarta® Online Encyclopedia 2003
http://encarta.msn.com © 1997-2003 Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
Thursday, July 3, 2003
And the winner is:
Sunday, June 29, 2003
"Good. The scary part was when somebody took her notebook."
Thursday, June 26, 2003
Wednesday, June 18, 2003
Congratulations and good luck to all three!
Pictures will be coming soon, I hope!
Tuesday, June 3, 2003
Mattey was seen with her hands over her ears for a while as she was a little drawn back by the volume of the movie. She wasn't the happiest camper and after more than a few trips out (our apologies to the people who sat in the same row as us) she ended up falling asleep.
"It was a little bit scary when Nemo didn't listen to his father, like I don't listen to you, and the diver took him."
Sunday, May 25, 2003
Thursday, May 22, 2003
Mattey got a new bike and a Strawberry Shortcake doll. Sara, Betsy, and Emma came over and we all celebrated a month of birthdays with some cake and ice cream.
Tuesday, May 20, 2003
Update: We bought Megan her first baseball mit tonight. She can't wait to practice with it.
Wednesday, May 14, 2003
Tuesday, May 13, 2003
Sunday, May 11, 2003
Tuesday, May 6, 2003
Friday, May 2, 2003
Sunday, April 27, 2003
Wednesday, April 23, 2003
Speaking of logging in, you only have to log in once on a machine and then you will remain logged in unless you click the link under User Information.
Sunday, April 20, 2003
"And they found the stone rolled away. . . .
" . . . They entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
" . . . As they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
"And . . . said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?"
"He is not here: for he is risen."
Friday, April 18, 2003
Friday, April 11, 2003
Wednesday, April 9, 2003
Saturday, April 5, 2003
The girls are very excited about their new brother, and love to play with him. Cooper enjoys playing ball and slipping around on the ceramic floor.
We want to thank the breeders, Schnoodles, Ink. for taking great care of him and giving us this chance.
Thursday, April 3, 2003
Wednesday, April 2, 2003
Tuesday, April 1, 2003
Sunday, March 30, 2003
Problem: Bookcase from Pottery Barn Kids cost $350.
Solution: Buy $60 worth of materials and ask Dad to help make it.
Dad and I spent a couple nights working on it, and then Kelly applied the finishing touches.
Saturday, March 29, 2003
The crowd cheered her on as she showed her enthusiasm for singing and dancing. The panel of judges spoke very highly of her and we thought she was on her way to being one of the eight finalists.
Unfortunately it wasn't meant to be this day. Even though she wasn't declared a finalist by the judges, she is definitely a winner in our hearts and minds.
Way to go Amanda!
Friday, March 28, 2003
Tonight's movie was Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Kind of slow at times but Megan seemed to like it.
Thursday, March 27, 2003
Thanks to Mom for the Cherry tort. Hope you weren't too upset that we cut it before you got a picture. :-)
Monday, March 24, 2003
The breeder had this to say as to why she chose this specific dog for us:
"I've been through the ultimate test... a 2 year old girl! She carried me, followed me and played with me and I really enjoyed it all.
The Standiford family with 2 little girls will be such a delight for this boy. I know no fear and am very curious."
It sounds like he will fit right in with the girls.