Monday, January 31, 2011

Buddy Boarding on the Lake (Boogie Boarding in the Ocean)
Renting a convertible and cruising through Coronado
Checking out Old Town San Diego
Enjoying the rides and sights of Disneyland and California Adventure Park
Spending time with Natasha, Reese, Lane and Estelle
along with the DeBie girls...
were just some of our highlights!!

Wednesday night I was full of worry. Hazel was NOT herself. We had made it to Lynden, planning to fly out of Bellingham at 8 a.m. the next morning. We enjoyed dinner out with my dad and brothers. Throughout the day and early evening, Hazel seemed fine although she had a fever off and on for a couple of days. By bedtime that night she was not herself and I was so worried she had an ear infection. She cried for a long time and was restless. My mind was spinning, how would she fair on the airlplane with an ear infection?, how would she get rest on our trip to get better, could we go without her?
I woke up at about 5 a.m. Thursday morning, lacking sleep and praying a good plan for Hazel would fall into place. Adie offered to keep her. She said she would take her to the doctor. I was so thankful for this option! But we were a bit torn as to what to do.We ended up leaving her which was such a hard decision early Thursday morning. But I am sure it was for the best. She did have an ear infection. She got started on antibiotics right away and Adie and Stan took good care of Hazel Jane as she got lots of rest and recovered! She had fun with Papa and Gramma.

Our flight to San Diego went great. We rented a convertible and CRUISED to Natasha and Reese's. The weather was GORGEOUS! It was so fun to get to their house. After having lunch there, we headed to the beach.

Merit and Lane strolling and conversing as Willem speeds by

As we were driving to Anneheim Thursday night, Willem
 said "I loved buddy boarding on the lake!!"
He meant Boogie Boarding... :) on the ocean! Or at least
giving it a try...

The water was BEAUTIFUL!

Cruising through Coronado to Old Town San Diego

More pics to come... I have to say I am not quite ready to be home, we had a fantastic time.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Willem's Birthday... Jansen Family Fun

Merit Henry
loves being outside playing football!

Willem is our bike riding kid.
Can hardly believe this guy is FIVE!

sweet, curious girl

Outdoor fun!

We got a new car!
Roomy, nice driving... it is great for our family! A Toyota Sequoia!

Willem's BIRTHDAY was a BLAST!!!

Iron Man :)

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Roasting hot dogs in his pjs... summer days are so fabulous.

Willem and Betty

Soaking wet after falling in the water in Coronado!

Legoland fun!!

We are so proud of the attentive, loving big brother
Willem is.

ADORABLE!! HAPPY BABY! My how you have grown!

We are so thankful for Willem Vance!!!
Happy 5th Birthday buddy!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Winter Walks

Winter Walks
Exploring Girl
Chasing after big brothers
 January Adventures

Monday, January 17, 2011

Uncle Phil visits, Our snow melts... we are back outside!

Uncle Phil was a great sport.
On Friday, he, Willem and I played Wii tennis and bowling and a game
of Candyland! Willem was sooo happy to have Phil's company. We all were :)
On Friday night, Vance, Phillip and I went to the Porterhouse for dinner.
It was so good. Our kids did great at home with a super sweet babysitter - Jessica.
It was a nice evening.

Yesterday and today it has been 55 degrees and sunny! The snow has FINALLY
We went for some fun golf cart rides. Willem is an excellent driver.
Hazel decided to bring her baby doll along.

SO we are outdoors... and for now we don't have to wear snowboots and mittens!
But snow is in the forecast for tomorrow.

Merit tossed the football around most of today.
We had fun playing Monkey in the Middle too.

Willem's birthday is Thursday! So we have that
to look forward to and we are having fun time planning
out some of the details of our California trip.

I LOVE watching this little girl explore outside!