Sunday, October 12, 2008

"My Next Thirty Years"

Its official, Tim McGraw's words have come true in our small household! We celebrated Chris' birthday all weekend long. Saturday he got to watch football all day and then we headed to Hoboken for more football and dinner at Bonefish with our friends Jeff & Cindy. After dinner there was a little more football - big surprise! Then we spent the night in Jeff & Cindy's guest room with a spectacular view of Manhattan. Sunday morning we had breakfast all together and then we headed back to Hawthorne for church. After church we had lunch at Dave & Rebecca Schuits and then came home to our community group to celebrate yet again. There was plenty of cake and candles to last the NEXT THIRTY YEARS!

I think Ill take a moment, celebrate my age
The ending of an era and the turning of a page
Now its time to focus in on where I go from here
Lord have mercy on my next thirty years

Hey my next thirty years I'm gonna have some fun
Try to forget about all the crazy things Ive done
Maybe now Ive conquered all my adolescent fears
And Ill do it better in my next thirty years

My next thirty years I'm gonna settle all the scores
Cry a little less, laugh a little more
Find a world of happiness without the hate and fear
Figure out just what I'm doing here
In my next thirty years

Oh my next thirty years, I'm gonna watch my weight
Eat a few more salads and not stay up so late
Drink a little lemonade and not so many beers
Maybe Ill remember my next thirty years

My next thirty years will be the best years of my life
Raise a little family and hang out with my wife
Spend precious moments with the ones that I hold dear
Make up for lost time here, in my next thirty years
In my next thirty years


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

JAMAICA - Sandals Negril

Hard to believe last week we were basking in the Jamaican sun & tonight we are in NJ and the temperature is expected to be in the 30's. At least I still have a TAN - well sort of :)

In just a few days Chris will officially be thirty! So to celebrate this milestone we spent last week in Negril Jamaica at the Sandals Resort with our friends Matt & Nicole.

SIDENOTE: Chris and Matt actually met as infants in the hospital, they share the same birthday. Matt's mom Dee & Chris' mom Diana met in their birthing class and developed a friendship. Not long after they met again at the hospital - this time both were in labor! Matt was a week late & Chris a week early - both arrived on October 12, 1978.

It was such a wonderful VACATION! We slept late, we ate fancy meals, we toured the jungle on a river and on a rope! We took way to many pictures, but there was so much to see. We even made a few friends along the way. It was really fun to just play for a week! I think all of us wish we were still there :) Take a peek into our Jamaican vacation....

Video 1 - Chris' jamaican TOOTSIE ROLL!

Video 2 - Canopy Tour. Riding a zip line at 250 feet high through the Jamaican jungle.