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5th Annual Christmas Tree Video

For the past five years now our family has made a little video of us buying and decorating our Christmas tree. It’s been a fun tradition and one that brings lots of fun and new memories. Come join in a little of the fun we had this year by watching our video below.

We hope your own Christmas is a joy and blessing to you and your family. Merry Christmas!

P.S. Looking for the other Christmas tree videos? You can view them all by clicking here.

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Clouds And Windmills And Liquid Nitrogen! Oh, My!

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We’re visiting family and spending the Christmas holiday in Washington. The drive up here from Southern California takes about two days and the last few hours of the trip is really fun when you get to cross the huge Columbia river. Bethany realized we would be crossing the river right around sunset and had already prepared me to grab my camera (which I keep under the center console in the front of our van just in case anything exciting happens). She figured it would be beautiful that time of day and it was. As we got closer and closer to the river we started to see low hanging fog sitting on the river and I began snapping away from the car. After crossing it we pulled over so I could get a few shots of the sun and clouds hitting the water. That’s what you see below.

The Columbia River

Where we cross the Columbia river you have to make a turn and head up a little hill before you’re back on the main highway, but right as we hit the stop sign for our turn we realized there were police directing traffic. That’s when we came up on a semi-truck that had tipped over. I guess it couldn’t make the turn or hit it too sharply and then fell over. From what we could see it looked like the driver made it out safely, but his load didn’t. As we came around the back of the truck we saw liquid nitrogen spilling out on to the road and down the side of a hill. It’s probably the craziest thing I’ve ever seen. Feels like a once in a lifetime kind of thing, so I had to pull over and get some photos. Below are a few shots we got, along with captions below the photos.

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This is what we drove up to. You can see the truck wheels and the guys just watching the liquid nitrogen spewing out the back of the truck.

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Big Rig Spill
As we drove up the hill, I pulled over and got this shot of nitrogen going down the hill.

Big Rig Spill
I zoomed out a bit and now you can see the spill in the foreground and the Columbia river with low hanging fog in the background. Pretty wild!

Wind Power
After getting back on the road we were right up on the windmills so I had to get a classic shot of those guys.

Ok, that’s all. Weird stuff!

 

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Avery Is 2

Today is Avery’s 2nd birthday.

We have been in Kentucky spending time with my (Shay’s) family and we knew we would be celebrating Avery’s birthday while we were out here. Though we weren’t able to invite a bunch of friends and family, we had fun today unwrapping a few gifts and taking Avery to Chick-Fil-A for some chicken and a peppermint shake (OK, maybe the shake was more for Bethany and I but it’s a good excuse). Bethany baked some cupcakes which we’ll enjoy later, and hopefully tonight we plan on going to see a Christmas tree lighting in Louisville or a nearby town. And you know I wouldn’t leave you without a few photos so here’s some of Avery opening presents.

Avery's 2nd Birthday

Avery's 2nd Birthday

Avery's 2nd Birthday

Avery's 2nd Birthday

Avery's 2nd Birthday

Avery's 2nd Birthday

Avery's 2nd Birthday

Avery's 2nd Birthday

Avery's 2nd Birthday

Avery's 2nd Birthday

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Snow Day

For the first time since we arrived at Mission Training, the weather actually did what it said it was going to do: snow! We woke up to a blanket of white and the fluffy goodness just kept on coming for the entire day. For us Californians this is a wonderful change of pace and our family especially loved it. Titus and Avery were really excited to get out and play in it, so here’s a few photos.

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Garden of the Gods

Don’t judge us, but we skipped church this Sunday. It’s not because we don’t like church–in fact, it’s the opposite–we love church. We miss our home church and wish we could spend more Sundays there. But this past Sunday we decided it would be nice to take a mini “staycation” and enjoy some of the beautiful scenery here in Colorado. Many people have told us about Garden of the Gods (or The Garden of God as we like to call it) and we wanted to see it. Thankfully, it’s only thirty minutes from where we’re staying, so we packed up the minivan and ventured out. It was a beautiful day, although a bit windy, but we enjoyed God’s creation and I snapped a few photos for you to see.

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

Afterwards we went out for lunch and then hit a fun ice cream shop that was recommended to us by my sister and brother-in-law called Josh and John’s. Yum!

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