Monday, December 28, 2009

A VanderHoeven Christmas

It is tradition in our extended family to spend Christmas Eve together. We are usually at the Lutz home in Redmond, as we were again this year. It is pretty fun to squeeze around 30 people into Karen and Bob's living room.

Karen always plans the menu with LOTS of good food (in our family nobody is ever in danger of starvation). Jacki and Tijs are here making a delicious punch.

We always have a program complete with Opa reading the Christmas story from Luke. Terrence read the Book of Mormon account of the birth of Christ. Pam read us a very cute story about a family a Christmas time.

This year for Christmas, we asked the family to write notes to Daniel our new missionary that is in the MTC.

The closing part of our program is always the singing of Silent Night is all of the languages we know. This year we had English, Dutch, German, Spanish and Albanian (Landi wasn't too sure how it goes but since he is from Albania we had to try). It is always a very touching part of the evening and I have a hard time not tearing up during especially the Dutch part.

Then we total loose control and move into the "White Elephant" gift exchange. It is fun every year to come up with some really crazy gifts. We have had a fruit cake (the same one) going around the family for 10 years now. Whoever gets it signs and dates the bottom of the can and passes it on the next year. It is so fun..of course the little ones didn't quite get why we were stealing their presents and why such a pretty wrapped present held such a crummy gift. Christmas Eve is always a great way to start our Christmas celebration.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Daniel's Mission Blog

Be sure to check out Daniel's mission blog at  I will try to keep it up with letters and pictures from the mission. He will need everybody's support so write him a letter sometime.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Harvest Ball 2009

Just a picture of Laura and some of her friends at this years Ballroom Dance Harvest Ball.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Can't Write.....Crafting

We are at the Victorian Country Christmas this week. Come see us at the Puyallup Fairgrounds. Maybe next week I can catch up.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Groovy Halloween

Laura and Braylee all ready to go to a Halloween party.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Stupid Pigs

So the big news of the day is the H1N1 virus or the "swine flu". My friend, Ruth, had it a couple of weeks ago and says that it should be called the "evil ferrel pig disease" because swine flu doesn't sound bad enough.

Working in the healthcare field we are around many people everyday, I have been meticulous about hand washing and have used up a bunch of hand sanitizer. still found a way to attack our family. I am sick and hoping that I don't get any worse, I hate staying in the house all day.

Last week while Linda was up visiting, Mario called and said that he had it and the Dr. said for Linda and the boys to stay up here until he was better so that they don't get it. Than Gina, who lives with them got it. Linda was obedient and stayed here until the coast was clear. On the way home....Tyler started to run a fever. Linda took him to the Dr. right away and he has been bitten by the swine flu. Now she has it and we are hoping that Adam is safe. What a rotton bug!!

Moral of this story is....if you must go out don't cough on anyone and wash your hands. Mostly just stay home.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tacoma Dome Holiday Fair

This last week was this years long awaited Tacoma Holiday Food and Gift Festival. We have been preparing for months for this show and it turned out great. It required hundreds of hours cutting wood, sanding, painting, sanding some more, cutting vinyl and lots of weeding vinyl. We were so grateful to our family that helped so much with everything. Jeffrey built wonderful counters for our booth. They are extremely heavy so we used lots of manpower loading and unloading them.Linda came up for the week to use her awesome sales skills (having the grandkids here was definitely a big bonus!!!). Daniel got to see what it was like to be a stay at home mom with two kids and gained quite and appreciation for what Linda does everyday. Karen took off a couple of days of work to help out. Jacob was ready to lift and carry anything we needed… just goes on and on. Our family is a huge blessing.
Our new product, glass name frames were a huge hit and we sold out, but not to fear we will carry them again. We loved how busy it was and all of the wonderful comments we heard from customers.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Another Gator

The first week of September was the beginning of another school year. This year Laura starts high school. She is our fifth and final child in our family and like her siblings and I did, she will be attending Decatur High School. The school has changed quite a bit since I went there (I was there the first year it opened), but it is fun to still root for the same navy blue and gold.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Called to Serve

In September Daniel received the call that a faithful son waits 19 years to get. I was down in Oregon at the time so we set up the web cams so we could all be together for the big opening of his mission call. He has been called to spend the next two years in the Argentina, Buenos Aires West mission.

We were all so excited! All of the men in our family will speak fluent Spanish (Adam pointed out that he can speak Spanish too)! Jack was in the Buenos Aires South mission a short 30 years ago.

Buenos Aires has a temple that was dedicated in 1986.

Argentina is well known for it's great soccer. The world cup will be going on while he is there. Also it is the home of the Argentine Tango although Daniel will be sworn off of being that close to girls for two years. We are so excited for him and feel so blessed that we will have another full time missionary in our family. I have no doubt that he will be a great example to many.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Promises, Promises

I SWEAR that I will update this blog soon. It has been an amazing summer with so much going on. When I have some time I will get right to it. In the mean time look at my windmill lettering blog to see why I am too busy to write.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Wow, I am so lucky!!

Today is my birthday and I came home from work to a wonderful surprise. Linda schemed with Ron and Laura Gabel and they built me this gorgeous AMAZING headboard.
Hanging over the bed is my present from Jack. My very favorite Joseph Brickey painting. Apparently Laura has been hiding it since she visited Joseph back in July. I feel so blessed not to mention spoiled.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Happy Birthday Daniel

Today is Daniel's 19th birthday, how time flies! Daniel is so much fun to have around, he is very talented he can sing, dance, play guitar and tell some pretty funny stories. Daniel volunteers at Pacific Ballroom as a teaching assistant.
Daniel also enjoys hiking and showing off his mad skills.
We are anxiously awaiting his mission call so that we can find out where he will be spending his next two birthdays.Happy Birthday Daniel!!! We love you lots!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Adrian and Laura (now we have two)

We just returned from Twin Falls, Idaho where Adrian was married to Laura Watts. We are so happy for them and so excited to have another Laura in the family. The sealing, lunch reception and trip went perfectly (except for the unfortunate 6 stitches in Benjamin's finger, I am sure Valerie will write more about that on her blog). Laura is from a wonderful family and we so enjoyed getting to know them just a little better. Also to my family, thank you for coming all the way to Idaho I appreciate and love you all, I know it was a sacrifice to come but I sure did love having you all there!We won't get too rested because the reception up here will be in just a week. Lots to do!!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Today is Adam's Birthday

Hooray for Adam! He is turning four today. I love Adam he is so full of fun.