Friday, December 14, 2007

"Thanks-mas" in North Carolina

Two holidays were combined on December 9th-11th. Hunter flew in from India while Jacob and Stacia,(Jacob's fiance),flew from San Diego all converging in Raeford, North Carolina. Following was our "designated" itinerary, which unbelievably we followed quite well.
Christian Michael Thorpe dedicated to the Lord at Manna Church
Thanksgiving dinner complete with turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie
Transition into Christmas with opening of presents involving a crazy treasure hunt and a nerf gun fight throughout the Thorpe home
"Apples to Apples" family game occupying the evening hours
DEC. 10TH:
A morning professional photography session at a horticultural garden with sunshine and 80 degree weather
"Some-R-Set" tournament (an unusual bidding card game, which has become the source of fierce competition between the sexes in our family)
Pizza and "Hit the Deck", another fast moving card game
DEC. 11TH:
Pancake breakfast at Branden and Brooke's new home
Bocce ball up and down the sandy knolls of Thorpe's yard complete with fire ants that unmercifully attack "sandlefooted feet"
Murder-Mystery dinner, "Til Death Do Us Part" with everyone in costume and character for an evening of laughter (Check out Rebecca's, for more details on this event, which was voted in as an annual affair)

May your holiday gathering be as eventful and fun.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Scuba Diving "Proof"

Just wanted to let everyone know that we really DO scuba dive. Ha! (Photo courtesy of the dive master in Costa Rica.)

Monday, December 3, 2007

Daddy's home!!!

Leave it to Steve to "throw" us a curve ball. Rebecca and I were fully intending to go to the airport on Friday afternoon, Nov. 30th, with Christian in his mom's arms to greet Steve at the airport as he disembarked from the plane. It was going to be one of those "Hallmark Hall of Fame" moments! Well, Steve decided he was going to surprise us and surprise us he did! Rebecca's cell phone rang and as she was talking to Steve, assuming he was in Atlanta, Georgia, the door bell rang. Expecting another UPS Christmas delivery, I went to retrieve the delivery. I was speechless as I opened the door and saw Steve standing there in his army fatigues wearing a grin from "ear to ear". Needless to say there was no well-planned video. I did manage to grab my camera and get a family photo. It was a happy reunion, to say the least!!