Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas 2008

We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas spent with family! May you have a happy new year, filled with many blessings!

We celebrated Christmas with my folks over in Post Falls, ID. Dad is still in the hospital there, so we set up a class room for our get together with mom and dad, Ryan, Dustyn, and Taylor, and us. The hospital made a delicious Christmas dinner of ham, potatoes, corn, salad, rolls, and dessert just for us. We are so thankful that they were so accomodating. It was a wonderful day spent with family. We spent Christmas afternoon in Ellensburg with Mario's mom and sister eating pasta made by the wonderful chefs at Costco. We opened gifts and then watched Horton Hears a Who that evening.

Darius with his pile of gifts...being 3 does have advantages!

Thomas is still a favorite toy, even for Nate and Tia.

Handy Manny is pretty cool, too! Even more cool when we actually read the directions and put him together correctly...I knew there was a reason for including the instruction manual...

Uncle Ryan...the battery man!

Scrooge setting up my dad's digital picture frame with some pictures of Ryan's kids. We even loaded up some of his favorite Elvis tunes on it so he could listen while watching.

Uncle Ryan passed on his horse umbrella to Tia. She thought that was pretty cool.

" fresh!"

What a great gift! And I think I shocked my whole family on Christmas morning when I actually used it and did not burn the eggs!

My mom and dad!

Tia, me and my grandma. While we were taking this picture, Darius was getting reprimanded by a lady (in a walker, no less) for touching the musical decorations in the cafeteria. She practically chased us out of the room, so we took that as our cue to leave!

Christmas morning at our house...Santa came and didn't leave any coal...Phew! Dar got a remote control excavator. He loves that!

Tia got a Barbie Cruise ship (complete with a swimming pool...sure to make many messes that will make mom so happy that Santa brought this gift!)

Nate is so excited about his new iPod...thankfully he only listens to classical and country music on it! :)

Mario shows his excitement about the new sonicare toothbrush I got him! He must have REALLY wanted clean teeth this year because he got me the same exact gift!

Merry Christmas to one and all!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Ready for the Talent Show

We trained for this with rigorous daily workouts. Success!

Not to be outdone...Nate and Tia joined the training program. Success by three. What talent we have passed on to our children.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Nutcracker 2008

Tia's first performance in the Nutcracker. The Stage Door Dance Ensemble performed with the CWU Orchestra and Jazz Band. She was a Droplet and a Party Boy...she really liked being a boy...but she pulled it off! Here she is in the dressing room in her Droplet outfit waiting to go onstage.

Tia as a Party Boy. Showing a little attitude!

Proud Dad giving Tia her bouquet of flowers after her performance.

Monday, December 8, 2008

It's official we are ROCK BAND freaks......or geeks. You decide. Nate likes to get online and sub in for other bands. We monitor that of course. Tia likes to sing and play guitar. Darius jams hard on an unplugged guitar (ssshhh). Our band name is the Googsters if you want to Rock sometime!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Welcome to our blog

Hello Chums.  Welcome to our site.  Sit down and have some tea and enjoy the warm confines of the Andaya Family Blog.  I am Nathan, the oldest of the three children, and the little one is Darius.  We love having tea with Mum and Dad.

Hey, what about me!  I am the beautiful thister, Tia.  Dad said I can can get a shiny grill to cover my dental imperfections.