Independence Day 2010

Ashley, Jordan & Bekah

Volleyball with friends

Girls watching Justin Bieber on TV

Watching fireworks down the street

'Rockets red glare, bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there'

God Bless America!

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Sharing love – Valentine’s Day 2008

Bekah works on Valentines with friends Genna & Molly

Bekah works on Valentines with friends Genna & Molly

Our Valentine’s celebration began with a party with our home schooling group on Friday the 13th. Jordan had the day off and attended the party with us as well! Being some of the oldest kids, Ashley and Rachel were helpers and had baby holding and general assistance duties. Activities included Valentine making, decorating cookies, eating snacks, matching the kids’ current photos with their baby ones, and games in the gym of Canyon Hills Community Church.

Jordan works on a Valentine for Mommy

Jordan works on a Valentine for Mommy

A couple of the girls try to match photos. Katie and Rachel are H & C respectively and 9 & 5. Ashley, Bekah and Jordan are on other boards.

A couple of the girls try to match photos. Katie and Rachel are H & C respectively and 9 & 5. Ashley, Bekah and Jordan are on other boards.

Jordan races in to participate in the 'pop the balloon' game

Jordan races in to participate in the 'pop the balloon' game

Bekah, the game too loud for her, sits it out with a smile on her face.

Bekah, the game too loud for her, sits it out with a smile on her face.

The next morning, Willie made pink, heart pancakes for all of us. The kids love these! Then we opened a few cards and gifts and went on with our day. Ashley had her first Stewart Little performance that night, so the highlight was dinner at Denny’s afterward with the Mansfield clan. Quite the romantic evening!

Tada!

Tada!

Daddy and daughter early Saturday morning

Daddy and daughter early Saturday morning

Typical morning at the Bodgers!

Typical morning at the Bodgers! Bekah thanks Ashley for her V-day present.

Love for Jordan...

Love for Jordan...

Bekah got a pink heart monkey

Bekah got a pink heart monkey

What did Ashley want as a $5 gift? A huge Costco box of gum!

What did Ashley want as a $5 gift? A huge Costco box of gum!

We got a package later in the day from Gammy & Pa, and another on Monday from Wes & Kara. Once Stewart Little was done, my camera went away for awhile so I have no pics of those. Thanks, you guys, you’re all so sweet!

Christmas Eve with the Mansfields

Cheers!
Cheers!

The Mansfields came to our house this year  for our annual Christmas Eve celebration. Willie made dinner of Enchiladas, beans, salad, chips, salsa, and smoothies. It was quite a hit with the kids – and the adults, too.

Once dinner was over, we were hoping the kids would put on a 1st Christmas show for us, but we never could talk them into it. Instead, the adults chatted and the kids went and played as they sort of contemplated the show. They got as far as finding a baby Jesus and  manger, but got slightly side-tracked when they turned Katie into a reindeer… Maybe next year.

Rachel, Willie and Ashley just hanging out
Rachel, Willie and Ashley just hanging out
Katie and Bekah
Katie and Bekah
The Boys

The Boys

Jordan and Bekah

Jordan and Bekah

Then it was time to exchange family gifts. This year we did family games…
The Bodger kiddos

The Bodger kiddos

Jordan, Bekah, Ashley, Katie, Rachel and Matthew
Jordan, Bekah, Ashley, Katie, Rachel and Matthew
Silly!
Silly!
Hmmm...

Hmmm...

Mansfield gift
Mansfield gift
Bodger gift

Bodger gift

Pile on Willie
Pile on Willie
Happy Birthday, Jesus
Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Once we’d sung for Jesus and had our dessert, we all settled in to watch Miracle on 34th Street as snow continued to fall. John had to leave early to run media at the Christmas Eve service. When it was time for Sherice and the kids to leave… Sherice, who isn’t a fan of our driveway on a clear day, really experienced the best of it!

Willie went out to check on Sherice and found her spinning her wheels. He grabbed a shovel and started digging.
Willie went out to check on Sherice and found her spinning her wheels. He grabbed a shovel and started digging.
It took about 15 minutes, making church impossible, but eventually they made it out!
It took about 15 minutes, making church impossible, but eventually they made it out!

Merry Christmas!

Tree Decorating

Jordan adds his decorations to the tree

Jordan adds his decorations to the tree

Bekah gets to put the star on top

Bekah gets to put the star on top

"I did it!"

"I did it!"

"What do you want for Christmas, Little Elf?"

"What do you want for Christmas, Little Elf?"

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Ho! Ho! Ho!

We’re partying!

It’s Ashley’s 13th b’day party tonight and the lights are all off while the girls play hide and go seek. It’s great that they are including Jordan and Bekah…

Rachel, Summer, Ana, McKenna, and Ashley

Dinnertime! King Pao Chicken, Pot stickers and sticky rice

Girl time! Facial masks in Mom’s bathroom

The fun will continue all night…

Hide and seek…

Ana was tough to find in the dark…

Summer freaked me out