Friday, May 24, 2013

Happy Birthday Allison!

So a  couple weeks ago we celebrated Allison’s 30th birthday... first with a low key family celebration on the grandparent’s patio, then a few days later with a SURPRISE girls-only gathering at Cracker Barrel… sisters, cousins, cousins-in-law, aunts, Mom, and Nanny. We were quite the party. J Here is the initial surprise…


                                                              And this is all of us!
I (Lana) wanted to do something out of the ordinary for her this year, and with the help of my mom, my fabulous Aunt LaLinda, and my cousin Beka (photos courtesy of her, by the way!) we managed to pull it off. J


We had so much fun celebrating together, and we’re so grateful for someone like Allie to celebrate! She is a fantabulous sister (daughter, cousin, etc…) and I’m so thankful for all the fun sister memories we’ve made over the years! Late night talk-fests, shopping expeditions, heart-to-hearts, silly notes and letters, the occasional practical joke, learning to sing in harmony while washing dishes (our deepest apologies to the rest of the family!), the prestigious “National Honesty Week” club (more info available upon request), and 101 other things. We love you, Allie!

Of Cameras and Conferences…

As usual I am way, way, way late with this post. Please forgive me! :) We were blessed to be able to go to Texas a few weeks ago… okay, a month ago, for our annual home school conference. It was FABULOUS. Great fellowship, inspiring speakers, and all the rest.  I  (Lana) hugely enjoyed teaching CI (a fun Bible-based program for kids 4 through 7), and the other siblings had fun attending sessions, working registration, participating in the ALERT Cadet Challenge, and various other conferencey things. :) All this to say, we would love to do a photo post of said conference, but, due to a series of tragic events involving a new camera,  a miscommunication, and et cetera….we don’t have any pictures. I know. We apologize.
 With the exception of these great shots, courtesy of our photographer friend Jon Courville:

(You can see more conference photos here, and even more here.)
Anyway, we were very blessed by our time there as always… if any of you are interested, we would LOVE to see y’all there next year! And yes, I promise to make sure the week gets pictorial documentation next time. At least I’ll try. :) Thanks for reading!