Thursday, December 20

Airheadedness Cont'd

Ok...since the issue of my airheadedness was brought up along with the comment about Jaylani getting into her early 20's and still having a bucket on her head, I thought I'd share this picture of Rebecca in her early 20's with a bucket on her head. This poses a whole new question. Do my kids really get airheadedness just from me, or was this something passed along from higher sources, such as the Jenks bloodline via their grandmother? Since Rebecca is not a blonde, we have to assume she gets it from somewhere. :)

Monday, December 17

Erik warms up for the next time he sees Chris

Source of future trauma?

Here is a brand new picture of Erik, less than an hour old (if you happen to be reading this as I am typing)...I'm assuming all parents dress their kids up to look like candy canes, and this isn't a picture that cause "issues" in the future.

Saturday, December 15

Well, speaking of photos that might be slightly embarrassing...I thought I'd share a couple photos with the family and pose this question. Why is it that other kids are building compost bins and mine are sitting with buckets on their heads or getting stuck in the bottom of a stroller? Is it because I'm blonde?? Is it possible to pass a slight amount of airheadedness to your children? Hahaha.

I will get some pictures soon, I don't have internet in my sub-standard living conditions at Stevens Pass (more specifically Lake Wenatchee) so I haven't had the opportunity to upload any of the goods. The last couple of days we got about 8 inches of new snow down where I'm at so maybe I will create a to-scale Jenks family snowman nativity scene and snap off some pictures. And I must thank my dear Aunt Cheryl for the goodies, I had one of the chocolate puff things last night and it cured my sweet tooth right away. Until then, my address is P.O. Box 100 Skykomish, WA 98288-0100 if anyone wants to send a working hot water heater or a satellite for an internet and cable connection.

Thursday, December 13

A picture from this summer at Cheryl's

Hi everyone-I've been hoping to get some new pics from Matthew and Janelle in their new living places (Bellevue and Stevens Pass) but nothing yet, so I will just occasionally add some other pictures that I've just been too lazy so far to get on the family web site. Here is one from this summer when Dad and Nancy made it back to Cheryl's Place in Idaho. The people are back row, left to right, Rebecca, Hannah and John holding their twins, Paige and Payton, Jaylani and her mom, Andi, and brother Darrius, with Nancy and Dad in the front row. Steve as far as you wondering about archiving items, I know that it is set right now to archive things after 30 days. I haven't been able to find out exactly how much space you are allowed in one blog, but no big deal, I'm sure we'll find out one day. I was just reading yesterday about how you can buy extra space real cheaply for the various Google programs, and I'll think about that if we ever have a problem. Great pictures that you posted by the way. We should all have more around Christmas time, I guess, and maybe some embarrassing shots from New Year's Eve. Happy Holidays everyone. Here is a link to a Seattle Times article that some of you other old-timers might appreciate, especially the YouTube videos.

Sunday, November 25

More Pictures

Okay...don't know what all these pictures do to the Blog space limit, but I'm sure Jay will let us know if there are getting to me too many. Can they be archived?
Picture 1 - Erik and Erin at Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park (right before everyone in the van except me saw a young bear in a tree);
Picture 2 - Erik and friends at a scouting camp in West Virginia
Picture 3 - Erin helps Erik build his compost bin for a school project
Picture 4 - Dennis and Matthew share Thanksgiving Dinner

Saturday, November 24

Happy Thanksgiving (weekend)

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving...we did! We traveled up to Dennis and Hewan's in New Jersey and enjoyed a great dinner and some very good weather. Temperatures were almost up to 70, until the day after Thanksgiving when we left to come back and the temperature took a nose dive.

Sunday, November 18

Matthew, the younger

Here is a dated picture of Matthew; this is almost a year old, when he was 13 months old. We will be going up to New Jersey for Thanksgiving, so I will try to take some more pictures...and maybe introduce Dennis to this blog.

Saturday, November 17

Good morning, all you Jenksters, as "old" matthew likes to say!!! And Matthew, how's it feel to know you are now the "old" one??? Hahahaha, welcome to the land of the elderly...

Okay, I have decided to make a calendar for all of us, just for fun, with birthdates, anniversaries, etc on it, important dates that I know you won't want to what day I'd like to receive flowers during the year, or what day I'd like candy...I know I won't need to put my birthday on this calendar, as I'm sure you all remember that, as it's such an important date...

Anyway, could I please have birthdays and anniversaries for everyone...I know I've asked before, but when you get as old as me, you tend to forget...and actually, I know some of them...but send them anyway...also, I could use some recent pictures of all the grandbabies there are now...which would be dad's great grandkids...and Kelly, I need the year Austin was born...i will be working on this this weekend, so the sooner you get it to me, the more appreciative i'd be, I might consider thinking of you all when I start making peanut brittle and christmas candy!!! How's that for a bribe???

And finally, I would like to say thank you to Jay for coming up with this blog...I've heard more family news in the last couple of weeks off of this blog, than I have all year long!!! So way to go, Jay, and I will definitely be sending you some peanut brittle!!!

Thursday, November 15

More Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Chris and the other Matthew Jenks, the little one living in New Jersey and not working at a ski resort.

Monday, November 12

...a few words

First of all, I would like to congratulate Matthew for landing his first post-undergrad, full-time position, albeit shovelling snow, making coffee, and taking out the garbage. If they have you doing any real calculations, I am sure it will be for the daily take of lemonade. I'm sure they will give you a calculator with big buttons for that task.

Second, the next time you watch National Geographic, make sure you turn on the spell-checker. It's Borneo, not Bornio. Good try, though. BornEO is actually a large island with animals that look interestingly enough (now that you mentioned it), much like you. Here, I've included a photo.

Sunday, November 11

Look at me, I'm EMPLOYED!!!

Hey all of you Jenksters, I figured it was about time to announce that I am entering the full-time working world. After a long 6 months, and plenty of carousing, I accepted a job up at Stevens Pass as an auditor. What, you may ask, does this really entail? Well, to the best of my knowledge, I am the guy the accountants rely on to ensure accuracy in the bookkeeping process... and plenty of free snowboarding for 7 months. How this job actually exists bewilders me and my snowboarding counterparts, but I would have been foolish not to take it.

A concern I have, however minor it may seem, is about my wee cousin Erin. Erin, if you're reading this (I assume you read at a 12th grade level by now), why was your most adorable cousin Matthew not mentioned in your video audition for the Mickey Mouse Club posted yesterday? Coco is furry and stinky and I am far cuter than Coco and especially your older brother, Chris. Maybe when you get famous you can mention my name on TV!!! Until then I will have to rely on Erik to make sure you turn out right. Thanks Erik!

As for Chris, I'm still waiting for my ticket to England. I'll need something to do once the snowboarding season ends in April and I lose my job. Surprisingly, I am watching Planet Earth on the Discovery Channel right now and see some chimps in Bornio who look mysteriously similar to you. Have you heard anything about a rare strand of DNA that would create such an anomaly? I will keep you posted on any medical releases.

If anyone wants to give skiing or snowboarding a try, or just have an old fashioned snowball fight with some hot chocolate don't hesitate to come to Stevens Pass. There are great places to stay, like Leavenworth, right next to where I will be living starting in a few hours (yes, I am typing on this instead of packing my goodies so that I can move out at 9 am tomorrow). I would love the company.

Until then, keep your hips swayin' and your booties shakin'.

Saturday, November 10

Thursday, November 8

Jaylani and Darrius~~June 2007

Shockingly, the only way we could get him to smile was to throw him on her back. That was the first real smile he'd give the photographer.

pirates sighted out East

Tuesday, November 6

Trust Me! These guys are drunker then they look!!

So it's "Birthday Day" here in Jenksville West! I was born just a short 50 years ago in the Ballard Hospital here in Seattle, and Matthew was born an even shorter 23 years ago in St. Vincent's Hospital in Billings. This is the best of birthdays (Glenn Frey, Sally Field) and the worst of birthdays (Don King). We actually had our big birthday party on Saturday with a bunch of old people and a bunch of young people and we started out here with a "Happy Hour", then finished up at the local pub doing karaoke and dancing until 1:00 AM. I refrained from both activities, but Matthew represented himself very well and I hope to have pictures soon. Since today is our actual birthday, I'm starting the day out with oatmeal/birthday cake and tonight we will go to the Muckleshoot Casino for our free birthday gifts and meal vouchers. Should be a good day!

Monday, November 5

Good news?

Big news...good news?

I'm getting married this coming up Jan. I know, finally! This is us in Venice (taken this past summer).


Sunday, November 4

Yea Jay next time come up with a more realistic example then Chris gettin married. Iused myt hungover wisdom and was able to sign up also

Welcome to the new Jenks Family Blog!

Hi everyone! Welcome to the Jenksville Gazette! This is a blog or news page that will be running off the Jenks Family Web Site. Invitations have been sent out to family members in hopes that they will take the time to sign up for a Google e-mail account, which will allow them to log-in to this blog and leave any messages, thoughts, announcements, or pictures. For instance, say that Chris was to get married someday. This would be a very easy way for him to put that announcement out for family and friends to see, and he could even add a picture if he liked. I know this sounds like a far-fetched example, but it could happen someday. This is a very easy system to figure out. Hell, even Cheryl mastered it in only five minutes. Even if you don't sign up for a Google e-mail account so that you can contribute, please keep an eye on this blog in the future and we will try to make it somewhat interesting. Thanks.

The twins last spring...