"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." ~ Matthew 5:8

Friday, December 2, 2011

I'm Still Alive!

Hello friends! Yes, I still live and breathe-though I wasn't sure I was going to make it through that 20 page final paper. I'm glad to be done with that! Now just two more finals and then it will be Christmas for real!

To prove that I survived the month of November, I'll post a couple pics from our recent trip up North for Thanksgiving. It was a wonderful time! Hopefully I'll get back into the routine of blogging before long.

The best part: Anna and her husband Aaron joined us on vacation!! Oh and of course their baby (Pixie, as we're calling him/her) came along with the new mommy. I'm looking forward to being "favorite aunt."

My sweet and silly littlest sister, who absolutely loves snow.
 Way back when Aaron first started courting Anna, Joe dubbed him "Spiderman," claiming he bore a strong resemblance to Peter Parker. Aaron has consistently denied this, but when he started nimbly scaling this rock outcropping, we all told him that the truth was out. Spiderman it is.

 Anna and Daria hugging. Anna's friendship has meant a lot to Daria as she has adjusted so bravely to a new life in America.

 It was a grey chilly day, but we enjoyed the snow and the beauty of the hike.

The family Gigglebox!

 Aaron and Anna graciously demonstrated different "levels" of romance: this picture was rated "G" (Don't worry, they were good in front of us unmarried children)

Alexander: "Aaron, you ready for this snowball???"

 Oksana and Joe

That's all for now, folks.



  1. Looks like you all had a wonderful vacation!

  2. So glad that you got that paper done! I bet it made the vacation feel even better :-)