the low down at 98930

it's been a while since i've given just a run down of the 'going ons' at the lara home. so, for those of you outside the 98930 zip code*, here's what's happening: (this is an excerpt of an email i sent to my sister)

// rachel's getting bigger by the day, and is now smiling on purpose (when she wants to).

// julia is talking soooo much now. she makes sentances, asks questions and if she's trying to tell you something she'll keep repeating it until you say it back to her so that she knows you heard her.

// danielle, who is asking to be called 'dani' now,be turning 5 on the 26th. i'm reminded of the cosby episode (yeah, 5!). oh and in case you didn't know, her and i will be going on a missions trip to mexico this summer. she's been reading lately too.

// anna is still such a smarty pants. she's been doing "nice things" for us lately (although they aren't really what we want necessarily- or she's 'only 6' so she doesn't do them quite right.) but it's the thought that counts i guess. like this morning she made me breakfast, cereal and bananas. except the milk is 2 days expired and we haven't thrown it out yet. but i ate it anyways, because my baby made it for me. and she was so proud of herself too.

// deb is going to be in the play "sound of music" with the Lower Valley Theater Company (or something like that). the play is at the end of march. she's been having play practice on monday and thursday nights. she's also trying to maintain a house with 4 kids who don't care about such things as maintaining a house. :-) oh and she's working on another project, but it's a surprise. and just in case the 'surpise-ee' is reading, i'll just say 'another project'.

// as for me, in case you didn't know again, i'm not the youth pastor at our church anymore. i'm the associate pastor. (ooohh sounds fancy, huh?) specifically my duties include leading/organizing small groups and i'm in charge of 'media' (which includes, bulletin, website, podcast, video stuff) i'm also trying to learn all the ins and outs of a new program called "quicksilver" (sorry mac-only) but it's really versatile. (kinda and app launcher, kinda search function, but a whole lot more.) oh yeah and i'm spearheading this trip to mexico in july. there are 8 people from our church going: 3 adults, 3 teens, and 2 kids (danielle and cathy).


// today i'm thankful for:
1. the amazing race
2. funny youtube videos
3. chocolate chip cookies (no i haven't eaten any jeannie) yet, tuesday's coming though! :-)
4. google earth
5. running again, after hibernation for the winter
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* no, i'm not paranoid some weirdo on the internet is going to find me. if they really wanted to, they could do that already with google - yes, even if you have a common name like smith or johnson. i could find YOU on the internet just by your name and the info you've given already. ;-) (email me if you have any doubts and i'll send you the link to the google search)

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