Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Twas the night before Christmas

And my girls are baking

Candy can cookies with real candy can piecesStockings with our initials
And big smiles!!This makes my Christmas perfect!!!!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Early Christmas

Today, around 10am I was shopping around at Rite Aid when my parents called and said they wanted to bring me something. So, I say I'll be home in about an hour and they say we'll stop over later. About 3 minutes later, my mom calls me back and says they are coming to Rite Aid to give me this "something". About ten minutes later, they come get me in the store and bring me to their car--My mother starts to explain that she wanted to get me something from her for Christmas and as she says, being a "good kid" :) So, w/ that said; they open up the trunk to their car and low and behold......

An awesome brand new Kitchen Aid Mixer was sitting there! I'm so excited! My mother knows I love to bake and bought me this knowing that I'd love it.
So, thank you Mom! You really made my Saturday morning and my Christmas! I am truly blessed to have parents like you and I am reminded of that every day! Love You!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Snug as a Bug

We love to sit by this...

After being out in this...

We love our fireplace!!! :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

This Years Ornaments...

Now, my mom gave us some new additions to our tree, an Atlantic City Ornament, an ornament that she ordered from VT which has Lake Champlagne on it (she's so cute, we go there and she buys the ornament--awesome, because now we can remember our trip year after year). And she gave us these:

Little Angels w/ our names...

And my name

And Hailey...(just too cute)

Most of you all know, that last year was the first time Travis and I celebrated X-mas which meant; we had our own tree. Aside from the Oregon Ducks ornament that my Mom got for Trav (which she was soooo excited about) here are the other's she got:

This is a cute one, the ornament is a christmas tree:

Flip over the christmas tree and my mom wrote: "Our first tree, 2007, Jen and Travis". How adorable, she got us this as our "first christmas together ornament" :)
And this ornament...I think this is my Mom's most creative work yet :) She found out that Travis did not have any ornaments here in CT so she made this one because, as she says, "Everyone must have their first x-mas ornament on their tree". So here it is, a green glass ball ornamet upon which my mom wrote with a great gold pen, " 1979. Baby Travis' 1st X-mas". Ha, another adorable memento adorning our tree!!!

Ornaments Continued

Like I mentioned earlier, my mother has always bought all of us cousins, kids, really any family member ornaments. Below are some of them:

Of course, Giants ornaments!!!!

Ornament for the year when I got my drivers license:

And the infamous, ornament when I turned 21!!

And the best part, my mom always rights the year on the back of each one!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Another Year without a Star

You may recall last year, we did not have a star or an angel on the top of the tree, instead we had an Oregon Ducks ornament (which we love--thank you Mom). Well, again, I've been embraced with the "star" again.....Low and behold, our tree topper........

Also, Thank you to my Mother for making our tree full of ornaments---she is the best when it comes to ornaments; it's a tradition she has and cherishes. So deserving in all that she does; a post is coming soon dedicated to her ornaments :) Love You Mom

Saturday, December 13, 2008

We'll be back!!!

OK.......OK.....This is not a real "post", but we just wanted to let you all knonw that we have not given up on this blog...we have lots to say and lots to show....the problem is we lost our camera cord....not to fear a new one is enroute and will be here on the 16th....we will be back on the blog stream then......

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Trav's New Best Friend

**WARNING: If your spouse, boyfriend, or really anyone (you are close to) purchases this game; chances are, you will lose all communication with that individual and have to spend most of your time blogging about how the situation stinks**
Personal Note: Trav has been playing this game since we got home from Borders; that was at 3pm!!!!

Friday, November 14, 2008


I just had to post that I am super excited for the following reasons:

1. Lisa has agreed to let HailEy come out for Christmas!!
What this means you may ask?!?
A. Travis gets to be with Hailey for Christmas!! Tons of presents
under the tree on X-mas morning..WOOHOOO
B. We get to decorate the tree w/ Hailey (I've already found adorable
ornaments (pre-teen "princess" and Hanna Montana and High School
Musical) :)
C. My parents get to buy for a 10 yr old! My Mom LOVES Hailey!
When Hailey left CT last time she made Hailey a little goodie back pack of
all sorts of stuff, from crafts to candy! She is SOOOO excited! And my Dad,
well, all I can say is that he ADORES Hailey; her vibrant spirt, her grateful
heart,and well; her love for video games :) My father is all
about giving the gift of technology :)

2. We are VERY VERY close to getting Bob and Shannon (Mom and Dad) to fly out for X-mas. As it stands now, my family has already been informed and have gotten TONS (ask Travis, he's been CC'd on every e-mail) of e-mails saying how they can't wait to meet them!!!

So, I guess it's only fitting to ask all of the family, HOW ABOUT CHRISTMAS IN NEW ENGLAND?!?!?!?!? TICKETS ARE STILL SOMEWHAT REASONABLE--YOU CAN ARE STAY AT OUR HOUSE!!!!! well, it may be snug--but, you know what we mean :)

Sorry for the delay....

Ok, so we have not posted in a while...we have lost our camera cord so we can't download pictures~~ What is a blog without pictures!!!

Christmas is coming, and I love the season!! Family gatherings and great memories!! This year we are convice Mom and Dad to fly out to the east coast with Hailey to spend the holiday's with us... I hope it happens!! I will miss the family Christmas eve with everyone and I am sure you will all miss me and coolgirl, but we will be out there soon. If they decide not to come then we will be flying out there the day after Christmas for a few days to visit...I hate to say it, but I hope they come out here....I have never had mom and dad visit me away from Oregon...wish us luck!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Well America

It appears you decided for this.......

Instead of this....

God bless America......We are going to need it!

Monday, November 3, 2008

A Real Travesty (Literally)

Considering that all that read this blog probably already know that I was in the US Army as a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief, so needless to say when I walked into my nephew's (Mason) room I was excited to see a poster reflecting military aircraft. My excitement sooned turned into sorrow as I notice that there were no, and I mean NO, Sikorsky more specifically H-60 Aircraft on his poster. So I feel I must represent my past and my passion here......These are a few pictures of a REAL helicopter, not a Bell or MD wanna be helicopter....... There may even be a picture a gooding looking guy for all the ladies out there.....ENJOY!!!! And don't worry, I will be sending Mason some posters!!!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

To Help Heal...

This is a poem that was said at my Grandmothers funeral. It's the prettiest poem I've ever heard. I hope it helps all of you as much as it has helped me.....Our prayers and thoughts are with you....Love, The Jones's

"I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length, she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky mingle with eachother.
Then someone at my side says, "There, she is gone."
"Gone where?"
"Gone from my sight. That is all."
She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as when she left my side and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at that moment when someone says, "There she is gone", there are other eyes wathcing her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout- "Here she comes!"

A poem by Henry Van Dyke

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

This is an article I just read on yahoo. I thought it was hysterical. I especially agreed with the authors view on "misc" hard candies and smarties/neco wafers :)

The 10 Most Disappointing Treats for Trick-or-Treaters
Posted Wed, Oct 15, 2008, 10:39 am PDT

On Halloween night, some houses struggle with the idea of candy. There are good houses, and there are bad houses. The best trick-or-treaters know to avoid the latter. At the food site Serious Eats, we all love Halloween, but wish certain homes would just stop handing out the classically bad "treats." They weren't good last year, the year before that, or now. Our own Erin Zimmer put together this list of our top 10 Halloween treats that nobody wants...


Dentists and orthodontists should not be allowed to celebrate Halloween if they're going to get all tooth doctory on us. Do not bring your work home with you, folks! We all have a personal responsibility to brush, and maybe some of us will forget, but your complimentary bristles on a stick (instead of a Snickers) will not help us remember. It will make us despise you and your trade.


Little boxes of stuck-together shriveled globs are not what little kids schlep around the neighborhood for all night. When they say trick-or-treat, they want candy that will rot their teeth, not wrinkled grapes. (Using an empty box as a kazoo-like instrument, though, is kinda fun.)

Candy Corn

The most polarizing candy of all. The fruitcake of Halloween; it just never goes away. If you love them, fine. But don't subject the rest of us haters to the sickeningly sweet triangle that tastes like neither candy nor corn.

Smarties and Necco Wafers

These chalky candies are supposedly "fruit-flavored," but no fruit I know tastes like dust -- and makes everything eaten after taste like dust, too.

Dum Dum Lollipops

Usually, foods on a stick are yummy (corn dogs, ice pops), but Dum Dums just can't be included on that list. Not even if they were breaded and deep-fried and served at a fair.


Long before "poisoned candy" scares, evil people were handing out apples instead of candy on Halloween. This disappointing "treat" is the main reason to avoid unwrapped food while trick-or-treating.

Tootsie Rolls

It looks like chocolate and sort of smells like chocolate, but the mini brown tubes are not real chocolate. They taste like watered-down chocolate, and have a chewy texture that will strip the fillings right off your molars.

Miscellaneous, Wrapped Hard Candies

Halloween is supposed to be a holiday for young people, not senior citizens who suck on hard candies all day. Something about the strawberry-shaped strawberries, gold-wrapped butterscotch, and peppermint feels past the expiration date. (These usually get set aside for Granny.)

Laffy Taffy

I do not laffy when I get these. I sobby. I get depressedy. Because it gets all stucky to my teethy and doesn't even taste that goody.

Anything Fun-Sized

Who started calling it this? Since when is one bite fun?! Give us the rich houses with the sprawling driveways and full-sized candy bars any day. Portion control doesn't need to start this young.

One of my Dogs

This is one of my dogs--although they live at my parents house :) We have two boxers, they are sisters. This is a picture of Annie, my sister thought she'd look just adorable in her new eye glasses. I'm trying to find pictures of her sister, Veda, but that's proving to be somewhat difficult.

Friday, October 17, 2008

On the road

Been on the road 4 days now......the longest I have been without.....

The loving embrace of of my girl...
I miss you!!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

In honor of SuperDave

Per Uncle David's "hinted" request, a new post is needed. I was shopping around my laptop for cool pics and found these! These are from when we went to the Int' Car Show at the Javitz Center in NYC. This car show takes place every Easter weekend and we all went this past easter.

Check out this concept Mazda...I thought the picture came out incredible, it looks like a cartoon car!

Next picture is Travis in the Smart Car--It actually really suited him :)

And then this, the grill of a Rolls Royce. I have never been this close to one and admire all of it's beauty and glory! Oh, did I mention, it's on my Christmas list; so please, don't all jump at once :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008



Leaving on a Jet Plane

It's 5:42 AM and I just got home from bringing Travis to the airport. It's funny, because we are together 24/7 and yet I already miss him like crazy!!

Love you!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Little Man

So this is Tad and I am a blogger, not really, Coolgirl will do most of the blogging in this house. BUT.....since today is a special day I thought I would throw in my two cents...which is what my 401K has in it... :)

So, this is my nephew Mason (ok he is really my second cousin) he is the one of only two boys (his brother Timmy is the other) amoungst 9 girl's in the childhood family. Although I don't see him as much as I want, I would like to believe that one day I will teach him how to throw a curve ball.....Today he is 8, but sometimes I see him as 16........Happy Birthday Maso and I can't wait to see you this weekend!!!!!!

Love You...Uncle Travis

Portland Beavers Baseball Game!

One year ago at "Smash"!!

Jen's Family

I know I've showed my family your pictures so I'm going to show you mine--just so we're all on the same page :) One day soon, you'll meet them!!!

Ahh, my parents; absolutely wonderful people and my role models!!!
My sister and her boyfriend Josh!!! Love them too!!!
And this picture of my parents, well--it's just adorable and had to post it!!
Mom and her girls!!! (notice the Yankee magnet, mom's a huge NY fan)

Dad and his girls....(we're all daddy's girls)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

You've Convinced Us!!!

I never thought we'd make our own blog. However, after much contemplating, TAD and I (coolgirl; umm, your "family member" does not want me to use our names and broadcast them across the WWW for fear that our identities will be stolen)(Not true, I just don't want our names out there....TAD) have decided to create one. We LOVE reading your blogs, and we hope you'll find as much enjoyment reading as ours as we have in yours!!!! So, with that said, ENJOY.......