Friday, December 22, 2006

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I like wrapping paper better but I'm all about the gift bags
2. Real tree or artificial? REAL!
3. When do you put up the tree? Depends, usally the weekend after thanksgiving
4. When do you take the tree down? After New Years.
5. Do you like eggnog? Gross.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? My giant barbie house that I could sleep in!
7. Do you have a nativity scene? No
8. Hardest person to buy for? Um, I do pretty good picking out gifts. Probably my dad
9. Easiest person to buy for? People who give me specific lists!
10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Hubcaps and a dashboard duster
11. Mail or email Christmas cards? Who doesn’t love mail
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Elf
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? As soon as I can
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? probably
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Christmas cut outs (julies of course)
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? I love christmas lights!
17. Favorite Christmas song? Oh Holy Night
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Christmas eve and christmas morning we are at home, we do travel some though
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeers? Yes yes
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Angel, I think ( I havent decorated our tree in forever)
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning, always!
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Our society trying to be so politically correct. It's Christmas - we are celebrating Jesus birth! Ditto to what jane said
23. What I love most about Christmas? Everything!! Its my favorite!!!

Thursday, December 14, 2006


Little Leroy came into the kitchen where his mother was making dinner.His birthday was coming up and he thought this was a good time to tellhis mother what he wanted. "Mom, I want a bike for my birthday."Little Leroy was a bit of a troublemaker. He had gotten into trouble atschool and at home. Leroy's mother asked him if he thought he deservedto get a bike for his birthday. Little Leroy, of course, thought he did.Leroy's mother, being a Christian woman, wanted him to reflect on hisbehavior over the last year, and write a letter to God and tell him whyhe deserved a bike for his birthday.Little Leroy stomped up the steps to his room and sat down to write Goda letter.

LETTER 1:Dear God:I have been a very good boy this year and I would like a bike for mybirthday. I want a red one.Your friend,Leroy

Leroy knew this wasn't true. He had not been a very good boy this year,so he tore up the letter and started over.

LETTER 2:Dear God:This is your friend Leroy. I have been a pretty good boy this year, andI would like a red bike for my birthday.Thank you,Leroy

Leroy knew this wasn't true either. He tore up the letter and startedagain.

LETTER 3:Dear God:I know I haven't been a good boy this year. I am very sorry. I will bea good boy if you just send me a red bike for my birthday.Thank you,Leroy

Leroy knew, even if it was true, this letter was not going to get him abike. By now, Leroy was very upset.He went downstairs and told his mother he wanted to go to church.Leroy's mother thought her plan had worked because Leroy looked verysad. Just be home in time for dinner," his mother said.Leroy walked down the street to the church and up to the altar.He looked around to see if anyone was there. He picked up a statue ofthe Virgin Mary, slipped it under his shirt and ran out of the church,down the street, into his house, and up to his room. He shut the door tohis room and sat, down with a piece of paper and a pen, and wrote hisletter to God.


Sunday, December 10, 2006

Europe Part 2......

Saturday, September 16, 2006: Jet lag is not a fun thing when you're trying to see everything you possibly can and enjoy it at the same time. Good thing for me that I'm still young and don't require much sleep. The day started out with a fine breakfast and we made a game plan for the day. Us, along with the De Haas family headed out to Camp Westerbork, which was a Jewish prisoner holding camp. It was really interesting to walk through the camp and imagine. Frankly, I couldn't even imagine what went on there but my heart goes out to them. Anne Frank and her family were held in this camp before they were shipped off to the various concentration camps. You could just feel the history when you walked through the gates. After touring the camp, we headed in to Groningen where Mirjam lives. She took us to the Futbol (soccer) stadium where she works and showed us around. It was a lively place with people everywhere, and there was even a soccer match going on so that was neat!

After lunch, Mirjam showed us where she lived and we parted ways with her family. We took a little walk around the city, climbed the Martini tower which over looked the city, stopped for some ice cream, and as always, laughed about stories from high school. We were all feeling a bit tired so decided to catch the next train back to Zuidhorn. Once we got back to her parents house, we got this nifty idea to go ride bicycles. Mirjam thought we were crazy. In Europe, they ride bikes as a form of transportation and where as in the US, it is mainly for leisure. So we headed out on the bikes and I totally felt like I was in the Sound of Music riding through the streets of Zuidhorn (even though the Sound of Music is in Austria). We even spotted the golden egg while on our little bike riding excursion. (The golden egg is the term Theresa used to describe Mirjam's brother's car and truthfully, thats about what it looked like!)

After a wonderful dinner, great conversation, and me praying that the Iowa Hawkeyes beat ISU that day, we decided to call it a night. For some reason, Cindy and I could not stop laughing that night. You know when you just start laughing and you just can't stop? Well, thats exactly what happened so we didnt get to sleep as early as we would have liked. Oh well, perhaps we could sleep on the train?!

Quotes of the Day
"I screamed like a girl!" Marco, Mirjams brother, telling us a story about a giant spider on his pillow.

Mirjam explaining how when she was younger, she used to have a hamster and she used to carry it around in her shirt pocket. Then going on to explain how it tried to commit suicide by running off the kitchen counter. Then, even better, Marco trying to resuscitate it.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

1941 : Pearl Harbor bombed
At 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun of Japan on its wings appears out of the clouds above the island of Oahu. A swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes followed, descending on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in a ferocious assault. The surprise attack struck a critical blow against the U.S. Pacific fleet and drew the United States irrevocably into World War II.
With diplomatic negotiations with Japan breaking down, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his advisers knew that an imminent Japanese attack was probable, but nothing had been done to increase security at the important naval base at Pearl Harbor. It was Sunday morning, and many military personnel had been given passes to attend religious services off base. At 7:02 a.m., two radio operators spotted large groups of aircraft in flight toward the island from the north, but, with a flight of B-17s expected from the United States at the time, they were told to sound no alarm. Thus, the Japanese air assault came as a devastating surprise to the naval base.
Much of the Pacific fleet was rendered useless: Five of eight battleships, three destroyers, and seven other ships were sunk or severely damaged, and more than 200 aircraft were destroyed. A total of 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,200 were wounded, many while valiantly attempting to repulse the attack. Japan's losses were some 30 planes, five midget submarines, and fewer than 100 men. Fortunately for the United States, all three Pacific fleet carriers were out at sea on training maneuvers. These giant aircraft carriers would have their revenge against Japan six months later at the Battle of Midway, reversing the tide against the previously invincible Japanese navy in a spectacular victory.
The day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, President Roosevelt appeared before a joint session of Congress and declared, "Yesterday, December 7, 1941--a date which will live in infamy--the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan." After a brief and forceful speech, he asked Congress to approve a resolution recognizing the state of war between the United States and Japan. The Senate voted for war against Japan by 82 to 0, and the House of Representatives approved the resolution by a vote of 388 to 1. The sole dissenter was Representative Jeannette Rankin of Montana, a devout pacifist who had also cast a dissenting vote against the U.S. entrance into World War I. Three days later, Germany and Italy declared war against the United States, and the U.S. government responded in kind.
The American contribution to the successful Allied war effort spanned four long years and cost more than 400,000 American lives.

courtesy of Hayley Nixon and wherever she got it from!