December 12, 2006

Merry Christmas!

We're off to Malaysia for the holidays. Merry Christmas everyone!

December 04, 2006

We are terrible at documenting life

So this blogging thing seems to be no fun unless you post pictures...and we can't seem to remember to take pictures during our "mildly interesting life events to document". We forgot to take photos of our friends being forced into party games at our holiday gathering that we had this weekend....we forgot to take photos of our family overeating gravy while passed out on the sofa during Thanksgiving.....we forgot to take photos of William standing in line at 5am at Target to get his amazing new Christmas toy...the Nintendo Wii. Ok, just in case, you don't know what a fabulous Wii's a commercial that pretty much explains the concept:

So The Chan Clan Blog has to pay the consequences and remain dormant in webland. Please send us some helpful tips on how to remember to take photographs to better document Chan life. Esp. since this little blog is all we have...because I can't see myself taking up scrapbooking as a hobby and I'm terrible at filling out albums. :) Here's a few photos that (someone else) took of us on Turkey Day, just in case people (or we, ourselves) forget what Chans look like....

October 06, 2006

Poppa Johnson got married!

Yes, it's true, Bob Johnson got married last weekend! To a wonderful lady . . . Nancy.
We went to Omaha to be a few of the honored witnesses of the ceremony.

From the oldest guests, Grandma Johnson - who just found new love and got married herself this year! ... to a very sweet man, Archie. Doesn't marriage look good on her? the youngest guest, the first grandchild... who smiled at us.

and Nancy's children....

And afterwards we ate a deliciously prepared feast...Dad's famous prime rib.
And spent some time with the most popular pastimes in Nebraska...playing cards and watching the Cornhuskers.
Sometimes the games get pretty intense :) It was a wonderful weekend and we were blessed to be able to enjoy being there during the special time. Nancy is definitely a cherished addition to the family...and we couldn't be happier for Dad.

August 16, 2006

Escaping to England!

We rejoiced in the opportunity to escape to England with some of our favorite people in the heat of the Texas summer in August. The amazing and wonderful Redfern family took us with them on their family vacation! What an honor and a treat. They are my "second family" that I lived with in college as their nanny....and I've been stuck on them ever since. The kids have all surpassed my stature and now find joy in being able to carry and push me around instead. So my life lesson is ~ be careful what you do to small children, it comes back to you. There were 14 of us in all! Big families are the best.
Below you will see their cuteness hanging out near Tower Bridge.
Here's some favorite photos of everyone that was on our trip and some pretty spots in England:Ken played in the British Senior Amatuer Open in Saunton while Trent and Brenden caddied for him. We had wonderful tour guides and visited Windsor, Stratford, Oxford, Warwick, Stonehenge and a few small villages. We spent a lot of time touring London visiting the St. Paul's Cathedral, Tower of London, Speaker's Corner, Kensington Palace, Harrod's, Globe Theatre...and so much more! was awesome...! An amazing trip and we were glad to make it back to the States safely because of the sudden terrorist issue.  

July 15, 2006

New Redhead in the family

After 34 years of blondeness......

It's a little strange to get used to ...but I have dark hair for the first time in my life. I'll let you all know the results of the social experiment. William even got me flowers for the occasion - how sweet is he ~ note the symbolism of the red and yellow flowers :) I think it's a blog-worthy moment, what can I say?

Weddings of 2006

We have had a great year for weddings. A lot of our friends got married....
Here's some of the lineup:

Kim and Neil Bilger

Angela and Michael Pitman

Piper and Jeff Cole

Christie and Byron Hendrix

Jill and Dan Combe

July 04, 2006

America created by a few God-fearing men

We had a great 4th of July this year. It was the first time that I was able to experience our church celebration down at the Quarries (a large amount of land on a lake) - It was an amazing concert, with patriotic sing-a-longs, lots of food, flags and games. And one of the best fireworks displays that I've seen. I didn't realize that Hyde Park could throw such a great party! We highly recommend it as an alternative to the usual city fare on the 4th. Also - Dr. Bowman gave a great sermon on what faith meant to the founders of our country. Check out some of the below quotes.

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim tribute to patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness—these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. . . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles.”
– George Washington

God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.”
–Thomas Jefferson

[I]t is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a greater Measure, than they have it now, they may change their Rulers and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty.”
– John Adams

“...The longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that ‘except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it.’ ”
– Benjamin Franklin

“Were my soul trembling on the wing of eternity, were this hand freezing to death, were my voice choking with the last struggle, I would still, with the last gasp of that voice, implore you to remember the truth: God has given America to be free.”
– Patrick Henry

“And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.”
– Abraham Lincoln

“Let us look forward to the time when we can take the flag of our country and nail it below the Cross, and there let it wave as it waved in the olden times, and let us gather around it and inscribed for our motto: ‘Liberty and Union, one and inseparable, now and forever,’ and exclaim, ‘Christ first, our country next!’ ”
– Andrew Johnson

“We cannot read the history of our rise and development as a nation, without reckoning with the place the Bible has occupied in shaping the advances of the Republic. Where we have been the truest and most consistent in obeying its precepts, we have attained the greatest measure of contentment and prosperity.”
– Franklin Roosevelt

“Without God, there is no virtue, because there’s no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we’re mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”
– Ronald Reagan

June 30, 2006

New Wheels (and even better, new GPS!)

Someone crashed into me (Shelley) and totaled my car so we had to search for a new one. I wasn't severly hurt but still trying to get over the aches and pains from "soft tissue damage" through Pilates, physical therapy and medical massages. Good stuff - it works! Here's our current favorite car in the garage...and seriously... our favorite product of the year is the Garmin portable GPS... it is the best! We can never go back to unfolding a map again.

May 28, 2006

Triple Celebration Party

William celebrated his birthday with friends... Chris and Sam! The party was at Chris's place and the highlights of the evening included ping pong death matches and the infamous "media" room. They all expectantly turned a youthful 25 this year. . . again.

May 17, 2006

William's Birthday

William turns.... ? Here he is enjoying his favorite meal and favorite cake . We had a requested quiet night at home with the Carpenters and John Hiatt. The crazy part of the celebration will happen next week at the "Triple Threat" party. Stay tuned....