Time again for the Abel's annual picture day. It is always a delight, or is that just in my dreams? Reality is so crazy and stressful. We usually just have a friend take pictures of us. This year we decided to hire a professional, so I was extra stressed. When we are paying so much money for a picture, and who knows when we might hire one again, they have to be great!! Of course, the whining begins as soon as they find out we are getting pictures (I didn't give much notice because I didn't want to hear about it for days). Many of them are threatening they aren't coming, they don't want to wear the clothes I bought them, they are hungry, she is looking at me, etc, etc. After we get to the location, we realize at least one of them has no socks and most of them have filthy hands and faces. I guess this is the real Abel family. As soon as we get out of the car Jim proceeds to tell the kids it will only be a couple of pictures, so that is all they want to take- 2. I proceed to tell them we will be taking tons of pictures and bribe them with rewards after, "the better you cooperate, the quicker it will be over". After many attempts with bunny ears behind the heads and many silly faces, our skilled photographer managed to actually get a few good ones. After all this - I aged 10 years and put on at least 10 lbs, imagine how good I looked before this.
The very first week we moved to Spokane we participated in the annual leaf raking service day with the Catholic Charities. We always bring our whole family, even the babies. The first time we did, I think some people were surprised. Now, after seven seasons, they know us there and even use pictures of our kids on their web site and fliers. Others have started bringing their kids too. It is a neat experience to help out older people who are not able to do it themselves and don't have the means to hire someone. There are several people we have gotten familiar with when we have been sent to their homes many times over the years. Our children are big helpers most of the time. They also love it when they can have a few minutes to play in the leaves. Their favorite part of the whole thing is the chili lunch we are served afterward at Gonzaga. Here are some of the fun pictures we took this year.
Jim and I were married on August 31st 1991, although our relationship began long before that, but that's a whole other story. We have 6 wonderful children, 5 energetic sons and one beautiful daughter. Jarom is 16, he is a junior and driving. Amery, is now 14 going on 21. She is in 8th grade and has a great dog named molly. Dallen is 9. He has just earned his wolf badge in cub scouts and plays baseball. Evan is 7 and now in 1st grade. He also plays baseball and loves animals. Ashton is 4 and is a pretty easy going child. He wants to do everything his older brothers do. James Jr is 1 year. He is the best sleeper out of the six, and much happier now that he is starting to get around. Together, we have lived in California for two years and Wyoming for nine years. We currently live in Spokane, Washington, where we have been for the last 6 years. Jim has his own business, or should I say businesses. We love to travel and have company, so come and visit us :)