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22 November 2015

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It’s been a few weeks since a good update!  Here are a few of the happenings!

First off we have Rebekah. You may or may not know Rebekah, with her little dwarfy legs, is part of cross-country team.  This past week she had her first meet!  It was so exciting as we stood on the sideline as she ran by and cheered for her… here’s a video:

And here are some pics of her afterward chugging some water and hanging with her teammates.

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She has practice ever day after school and usually runs a couple of miles and then comes home and eats a ton of food.  🙂

Kay McChicken foot had a concert last week that we didn’t get a chance to post.  She goes to choir a few times a week early at school (7am… she says it “sucks” to go that early… but really she likes it).  Here’s a video of her singing:

This past week Spencer had a project for school where he had to show a “procedure”.  He decided to make french toast.  He made up a cool poster for it all (but that is toast now), so here are a few pics.

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For those that are not in Texas you probably don’t know but a couple of months ago Joseph discovered he could figure out how to do magic tricks with the help of youtube… now he usually carries around a deck of cards and it is his preferred method for impressing girls (which he has also become obsessed with recently).

I asked him to let me video tape a few of his tricks… here you go. 🙂

This past week in Jeff & Debbi land has also been super exciting.  As you may know I have been working for Osky Blue (http://oskyblue.com) for the past 2 1/2 years as a partner.  We’ve seen some amazing growth and I have learned a ton.  This past week an opportunity arose for me to take the Custom Software Development part of the company and split it off from Osky Blue.

After much pondering and praying Debbi and I decided to go ahead and do that.  We took the web development team, some marketing folks, some designers, and all the custom software clients and started a new company.  We are calling it CedarWaters (great illusion back to Cedar City days).  The site is going to be here: http://cedarwaters.com.  We’ve been doing great and will have a great first month.

Here is a mockup of what the website design is going to look like when I launch the site in a few days.  Should be all sorts of fun, but please do keep us in your prayers.  Always a bit uncertain as well…

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Written by Jeff

November 22nd, 2015 at 11:13 am

VanD Family Update 10/18

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Hey All!  Sorry for the delay on posting this week.  I (Jeff) the primary writer of this amazing publication was out of town most of the end of last week at the second half of a WoodBadge (Scouting related) training.  It was amazing, but I was out there Thursday-Saturday.

So, I don’t have too much to post this week.  We are all just busy living the life of parents with growing kids.  A few points to talk about.

  1. It is getting colder here in Texas finally! A few days last week we had to actually put on jackets when we went to get Joseph from Seminary in the morning.
  2. Cooler weather makes it nice to go outside and sit on the porch.  Debbi bough some cool chairs and we have a front porch that we try to go out on often.  If we can’t find the kids they are likely outside reading on the porch… that is pretty cool to see.
  3. Our home continues to be filled with awesome piano music.  I love coming home and hearing the piano playing.  The kids are all getting so amazing!
  4. Joseph’s school had homecoming last week.  The band rocks, oh, and I guess that pregame show they have before halftime is also doing pretty well (which makes it fun for the band). joseph-band
  5. On Saturday his band got straight 1’s at the UIL competition.  That means they are going to district this weekend and if they do well they will be able to complete in state down in San Antonio…. it’s a big deal folks… remember how huge Texas is… 🙂
  6. This weekend at WoodBadge we came up with patrol flags.. I was thinking about how cool it would be to have a family flag and chatted with the kids about it last night.  They stayed up late and drew up some design ideas last night… it was way cool to see the stuff they put on there.  Family vacations.  Dinner at Grandma’s, PJ’s for Christmas… 5:30am scripture study (there was an alarm clock on one of them)… it’s the little things that create the memories for everyone.  I’m looking to order some leather hide online so we can make up our family flag… stay tuned.  I’m sure it will be awesome.  Here is me and my patrol flag at Woodbadge.  20151016_18514220151016_185153

That’s all I got right now… just trying to keep my hands and arms inside the ride!  Love you all!

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October 20th, 2015 at 7:48 am

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October 11th, 2015

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Another exciting week has come and gone in the VanD home so that means it’s time for a family update!  I decided that it was time for a a few short video updates.

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Unfortunately Spencer was not feeling well on Sunday so no video from him.  He is still just loving playing with legos.  That is really what he does in any spare time he has. The kids have set up a lego city on the back porch are are often out there playing (all of them at some time or another), but Spencer plays out there more than others.  He has a lot of fun with them.  It is very cute!

Deb and I are doing well.  Nothing too exciting to report on our end.  I’ll try to see if I can take some more pictures this week!

Have a great week!  Keep your arms and hands inside the ride at all time sand have fun!

Written by Jeff

October 12th, 2015 at 1:41 pm

October 4th, 2015

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It has been way too long since I have written on a regular basis in here and life is just passing us by! I really feel the need to keep a better record of who and where we are!

Generally, since the last time we wrote with any consistency we moved from Arlington up to Frisco TX after I was offered a partnership at a startup company, Osky Blue. We lived at a rental home for a year while our home sold in Arlington, and while we built out a home in Little Elm (right next to Frisco). We now live in a great neighborhood called Frisco Hills in a wonderful home. We are so blessed. Each of the kids have their own room and there is a good family room upstairs for the kids to play around in. It has been our home that this will be the home we stay in for the next 10 years while our kids all grow up. We love it here in Frisco and love the people. Anyway, here is a short update on each of the kids and us.

Joseph is busy being a teenage Freshman (9th Grade) in high school. I don’t know how it happened, but we have a cool kid high schooler. Most days are just spent trying to survive. He get’s up at 5am (or 5:25 when I come up stairs if he thinks he can “sleep in”). He has early morning seminary (Old Testament this year) and then goes from school to Band practice EVERY day. Seriously.. they don’t mess around here with Band.

In addition to practice every day, I think every weekend this month they also have a band competition… so we are just trying to enjoy any time we get with our sweet son.

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Rebekah (7th Grade) says the highlight of her week was yesterday when I kicked them out of the house! It was beautiful outside and the kids were all sitting around so I told them to get lost! They took off toward the forest by our house and found what they are now calling “The Brain”. It is a clump of those trees that drop “Brain” looking fruit. It think technically they are called Osage trees. Anyway, the now LOVE this forest hangout and want to go back there every day. We went by this afternoon as a family so we could all check it out.

Besides that Bekah has been busy with school and is loving Band. Since I have not written in forever, she is in the Symphonic band (the top band) at her middle school playing the beautiful French Horn. It is her favorite class right now. (For the record… she hates Math).

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Kay is just a sweet as ever. She is in the 4th grade and started at a new school this year. In typical Kay fashion it wasn’t too long before she finagled her way into being Class President and twice a week goes to choir practice before school for the school choir.

This year with Bekah and Joseph in Band she didn’t want to be left out so she has taken up the Trombone and can play a few songs… I’d post a video… but alas, I love you all too much for that. Perhaps in a few years of practice.  Kay is always available for a good cuddle… She loves curling up with just about anyone. If I could get her and Bekah to sleep in their own rooms it would be a miracle.

Today Kay and Bekah were reading old journals and they came across something about a palm pilot. I pulled out my old one and put in batteries and it started up. She is playing with that now and is calling it her “starter phone”. It doesn’t do anything… but she is excited… and how cool is it to have one of my 10 year old palm pilots working…

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Spencer was part of the Brain patrol as well and loves to climb in the trees to go and find things there. Right now he is about 1/2 way through his first (and perhaps only) season of flag football. Most of the time he just does what the coaches ask… and tries not to get into too much trouble. Lol…  He doesn’t really understand football… I guess that is what happens when you are raised by a non-football guy…

He REALLY likes to hang on things.. .anything, anywhere. We were at Joseph’s Football game on Friday and he found a bar to hang all night and is now nursing a blister in the middle of his hands. We have long felt that gymnastics may be a good thing for him that he would enjoy so yesterday we took a few hours and went an visited local gyms. We may try out a class in the near future.

He also LOVES lego’s. He has gotten creative and is now putting his lego guys in funny places (like holding up the dutch oven table), or eating a snack in the fridge.

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Lego guys holding up the dutch oven table.

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Snack time! I love grapes!

Oh, and he loves to work in the garden.  Here he is digging for potatoes!

 

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Debbi and I are doing great. We celebrated our 15th anniversary this past summer. I am working away at Osky Blue, where I am the Chief Technical Officer and work on technology all day long. Debbi works about 20 hours a week there as well as the SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Manager. (She makes sure all the SEO get’s done for our clients each month). But mostly she is trying to really be involved in the kids lives. She is serving on the Band Board for Bekah’s middle school and volunteers with Joseph’s High School band as well on a regular basis. She is attending Intitute each week and makes me some killer fish at least once a week for dinner (no minor miracle here folks).

We are so blessed and grateful for each and every one of you!

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October 4th, 2015 at 5:35 pm

Spencer Flag Football

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Had a great morning with Spencer registering him for flag football this fall. Should be fun!  Happy birthday to me sweet 8 year old!

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May 16th, 2015 at 10:24 am

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If we are His hands, should we not do the same?

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“Christ knows how to minister to others perfectly. When the Savior stretches out His hands, those He touches are uplifted and become greater, stronger, and better people as a result. If we are His hands, should we not do the same?”

–Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “You Are My Hands”, Ensign May 2010, 68-70, 75

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September 1st, 2012 at 5:28 am

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Pedicure With the Girls

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In true VanDrimmelen women fashion, we escaped and off we went to get our feet pampered. We came out with zebra designs in all colors of the rainbow… Hot pink, Dark pink, Aqua, Green, Purple, and Blue. A big thank you to all the hubbies who took charge of all the kiddos!! You are all wonderful!!

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Written by Debbi

May 5th, 2012 at 7:42 am

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Mom’ Modeling Session

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After hours in the sun, we captured the rare, raw footage of mom’s modeling session. I absolutely love these pictures!!

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May 5th, 2012 at 7:27 am

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Part 2-B

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Sorry… I published too early again. Here are some more.

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FYI let me know if you want any of these pictures and I’ll email them. 🙂

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May 5th, 2012 at 7:15 am

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Part 2-A

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So here I am posting on my phone uploading all these cute pictures. Then my big fingers hit the publish button before I was done. There are many more pictures. Enjoy!

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May 5th, 2012 at 7:05 am

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