Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Garbage Overload

This is what happens when you oversleep on the first garbage pickup after Christmas. I wish the tree wasn't there, so you could see just how much garbage was piled back there. Good thing we have a truck now and thank goodness for the dump.
I bet John looked great driving down the road with our garbage can in the back of his truck.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Happy Anniversary

Today is our 14th Wedding Anniversary! We were babies when we got married, but we are grown up now and still having fun!

14 years and 4 kids later
Engagement picture- love the perm!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas 2008

Jaden, Jared, Jacey and Jackson Hart--Christmas 2008
Jaden- age 6

Jared- age 9
Jackson- age 16 months
Jacey- age 4
Christmas Eve party at our house- Jaden as Joseph and Jacey as Mary
Jared came in as a shepherd
Cousins make the whole group- JoJo and Morgan are angels and Tyler is a wiseman.
Jaden and Tyler
Grandma and Jackson
Grandpa Hart and Grandma LaNell
Christmas morning- Jacey got LOTS of princess stuff

Jared and Jaden playing a new video game.

Jaden playing with Jackson's remote car

Jackson got new Batman jammies

Merry Christmas--

Monday, December 22, 2008

Bye Bye Green Car

We sold our green car on Saturday. We have had this car for over 11 years. It has been a wonderful, little car and I was kind of sad to see it go, even though it has cost us over $1500 in repairs the last 2 summers. John's Dad generously GAVE us his truck, so it was time to move on.
I made the kids--only Jacey and Jared would do it-- come out in the cold for one last picture.

I found some random pictures with our car in the background. This was pre-kids, maybe 1997 or 1998. I thought this car was so cool when we bought it. Spoiler, sun roof. I was forced to learn how to drive stick with it.

This was after our road rage incident in Utah on I-15 in 1997.

And the sweetest memory-- we brought Jared home from the hospital in this car.
I am sad to see this car go, but John is very happy. He's the one that has been driving it to and from work for the last 7 years. He is also excited to listen to CDs or the FM radio for a change. The little green car only got AM. :) And I have to admit, I've been driving the truck for all of my by myself errands lately. It's fun to drive.

Saturday, December 20, 2008


Jackson's buddy Talmage came over to play this day. I decided to snap some pictures. Here they are keeping some distance.
They decided to move in closer and pose for the camera.Got a smile out of Jackson for this one.
Uh-oh-- Jackson bumped his head.

And this is what the little cutie did later that evening. He pulled a 9x13 casserole pyrex dish out of the cupboard and it shattered on the floor. It made the loudest noise. Totally scared me from the other room, but it didn't even phase him.

The glass flew everywhere. There was even some in the living and dining rooms. Sweet, sweet toddler.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

For our next Christmas performance, we went to see Jacey perform as a star in her preschool's Nativity pageant. She goes to a Catholic preschool and they put on a really cute show every December. She did a great job for about half of the show. She looked SO adorable when she walked down the aisle onto the stage. I wished I would've snapped a picture of that even though cameras are not allowed. Too much crazy parent paparazzi that they had to ban cameras a couple of years ago. I should have snuck one in though. Half way through the performance, Jacey decided that she had had enough. She stopped singing, made a frowny face and proceeded to lift up her shirt. She kept it that way for at least 5 or 6 songs. She looked over at me and I motioned for her to put her shirt down. She shook her head "NO." It finally took her teacher noticing and talking to her mid-performance to get her to stop. Her excuse was that she was hot and tired and wanting to sit down.
I was able to snap a few pictures after the performance.
Her brothers

Jacey and Grandma

Friday, December 12, 2008

Jared's Christmas Choir Concert

Jared's Elementary school choir had a Christmas concert last night. Jared did a great job. He had on speaking part and sang a solo. We were there to watch him along with Grandma and Grandpa. I sent them there early to the school to get good seats. We have arrived at things before and had to sit in the very back. They got us seats in the front row!
Waiting for the concert to start

Jared and his best friend Brayden

Papa and Jackson- Jackson's favorite word is "WOW!" said really long and loud. One of the songs was about Christmas Bells and at the end of the song bells were ringing. Jackson let out a huge "WOW" and got some laughs.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

I'm Famous

Tonight I'm performing selections from the Messiah and other Christmas music with the Bakersfield Masterworks Chorale. They did an article about us in The Bakersfield Californian and I made it into the picture. If you click to enlarge it, I'm at the very most right of the picture.:) Darn. I can't get the picture to enlarge. Well, you can still barely see me at the edge of the picture.