Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Card 2010!

Merry Christmas from the Jones' (we never really know if we want to say Jones', Joneses, or Jones Family??)

This year we decided to actually send out Christmas cards to family and friends we don't often see... so congrats to all you card receivers! We figured after 5 years of marriage we should send out something tangible at Christmas time in case someone wants to put us on their fridge :)

This year has been even more eventful that last year! We made move number 6 (in five years of marriage :).

David has been doing so well in school. He is always learning something new and exciting and sometimes I am amazed at how much knowledge he fits into his head. The other day my hip was hurting and he was like, "Oh, yeah, your ilium"....rather matter-of-factly! Maybe more people know what each hip bone is- but I sure don't, so I was impressed :)
Not only has David been going to school full time and doing well, he has a part time job as an online professor on the side. The last two quarters of this year he has taught 3 classes while taking 20+ hours at school! Yes, I am married to superman....I know- too sappy!

This year we started a garden (I will let David tell you the totals- he kept a tally of EVERYTHING that grew!)

Ok, David here. The totals for the garden were 97 tomatoes, 96 cherry tomatoes, 84 beans, 68 okra, 39 cucumbers, 29 peppers, 4 eggplant and 1 beet! The garden was so much fun, I really enjoyed it.
So now it's time for me to brag on Eryn. She is amazing. This year she finished her school (Master's in Counseling Psychology), and has started counseling for a center here in Atlanta. She is so good at it! She has already gotten several referrals and many people telling her how much she helped them. She really is a natural. Every time she tells me a little about some of her counseling techniques or her approaches, I am amazed at her wisdom and discernment about people.
So basically things are going really well for us right now. A couple of years ago (some of you may remember), our blog was a little....shall we say depressing. We were going through some hard times, and I felt like honesty was the best policy (although I'm not sure making-everyone-who-reads-your-blog-depressed is the best policy, but oh well). Well in the spirit of honesty, I must say that God has blessed us tremendously over the last two years, and has taken us from a very difficult position of poor health and a toxic working situation (for me), to a place of rest and peace. We are both really excited about where He is leading us, and I think we appreciate it all the more due to the hard times (I'm sure many others out there can relate). God taught us so much in the bad times, and now is teaching us so much in the good times. And that's the goal right? Not to have good times instead of bad, but to grow closer to him no matter what (learned that lesson from Daniel).
Thanks for reading and caring about us everyone, we love all of you! And Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving we were in good ole Memphis Tennessee (and McLemoresville :). My mom graciously came down and stayed the weekend before so I could ride back with her since David and I had to come separately (he had school til Wed.)

The Tuesday before, Mom, Grandma, and I got to have a fun shopping time together along with a visit to the Tea Room

Here we are sipping our tea :)

Thanksgiving we went to Granny's and apparently I only got shots of us and Caitlin!

Saturday after Thanksgiving we had "Christmas", which really turned into David and Eryn opening a bunch of gifts (because everyone else only had our gifts to open :). We had fun and felt very blessed! The house was all Christmasy. In fact, Grandma "let" (we had to twist her arm she really wanted to do it all by herself ;) David, mom, and me decorate her tree. It was a fun tree to decorate- the kind where you need a ladder to put on some ornaments (it felt very movie like :)

Whole Family Pic

A couple of funnies from the night:

This mountain-o-santas was made at dinner. These little guys are my Grandma's napkin rings. Uncle Bryan kept piling them on and they were still standing here at the end of the night.

The above was best explained by mom as David double-dipping Alabama....yes he still sported his Bama gear even after the great loss!

Halloween 2010

This year we drove down to Ocala, FL. David's brother, Daniel, took David to Sarasota, FL for the National Ultimate Frisbee Championships. David LOVES Ultimate (I think I may have mentioned that before ;) and he said that this was up there in his all time favorite birthday gifts.

I stayed in Ocala with Melanie. Let me just take a minute to congratulate any mom who goes out in public with more than two (or one for that matter!) children at a time. You all deserve a round of applause, how bout a standing ovation (is anyone else singing that Rihanna song in their heads right now?)....I digress!
We had a full weekend of Fall Festivaling, church, the mall, cookie making, etc. And I must say it wore me out! But in a good way :) I have some really neat nieces and nephews and they are a blast to hang out with. Can't wait till Christmas to see more of Jon David, Luke Jombers, and sweet baby Caleb.

Daisy and Isaac are very well behaved kids. Daisy is super helpful to Mel and she was so much fun to hang out with.... she even helped me pick out what shoes to wear to church :) She loves to give shortened names for things (which is very Jones of her) like Mimimo (grandma) is not Mims. So through out the weekend she went from "Aunt Er" to just "Aunt" by Sunday!
Isaac and I had some good bonding time on Friday when Uncle David left him with the impression that maybe all aunts and uncles are as energetic and rambunctious as David! He soon learned that I was not near as fun; however, we had fun at the park playing hide and go seek.
And Colbie is just a sweet happy, happy baby. I was telling Maurine the other day that I only saw her cry once all weekend and that was when she wanted to eat!

If you want more of this weekend go to Mel's post.

Sweet Daisy (as Jesse from Toy Story 2 & 3) and Isaac (as Lightning McQueen's pit crew)

I LOVE Isaac's face here....classic :)