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Belated Christmas/Happy New Year/Happy Chinese New Year greetings from the Cox family. We’re covering all our bases.


He wanted another pack of Skittles but his mom said "no."

I love the description Toby asked me to write on this picture from school:

He wanted another pack of Skittles, but his mom said “No.”

Toby’s not the only artist in the family. Ethan & Samantha both have art on exibit at their school art show. The theme is Van Gogh’s Daisies.

Ethan’s Daisy:


Sam’s Field of Daisies:

Sam's Field of Daisies painting

And last but not least I leave you with Randy’s art from Pizano’s in Chicago:

Randy's drawing, Pizano's

You can see more photos from our fall break trip to Chicago here.

Just thought I’d share recent caricature drawings of the kids from St. Vincent’s open house for their newest medical center.

From Misc. 2008
From Misc. 2008
From Misc. 2008

Last Christmas Randy, his dad Rick, brother Adam & brother-in-law Jeff all received skydiving gift certificates for Christmas. They did their jumps in Richmond, Indiana in July. I’m really not sure what I thought of skydiving up to that point. The idea of jumping out of an airplane certainly wasn’t appealing, but the falling part (provided there was a soft landing) did sound cool. After watching Randy jump, I knew I’d like to do it someday. But it’s not cheap, so I figured it would be years out (if ever).

From Skydiving

So imagine my surprise when Randy IM’s me a month ago. Our conversation went a little somethin’ like this:

12:42:11 PM Randy: What are you doing on Saturday, September 20, at 10am?
12:42:38 PM Randy: In Greensburg?
12:42:46 PM Jen Cox: Huh?
12:42:55 PM Randy: I think you’re skydiving.
12:43:05 PM Jen Cox: Wha?
12:43:55 PM Randy: Some friends of someone here at Compendium are putting together a group to go skydiving in Greensburg, and they got a great deal.
12:44:04 PM Jen Cox: How much?
12:44:16 PM Randy: Not the regular price of $239.
12:44:32 PM Randy: Not the normal group discount price of $189.
12:44:43 PM Randy: But the AWESOME discount price of $169.
12:45:13 PM Jen Cox: Now there’s no way I’ll be able to sweet-talk you into letting me go on the OTR cruise. (:
12:45:15 PM Randy: So, do you want to go skydiving for your birthday/anniversary present?
12:45:25 PM Jen Cox: How can I refuse?
12:45:29 PM Randy: How much is the cruise?
12:45:54 PM Jen Cox: Oh, the cheap cabin is $749. Airfair not included, of course.
12:45:57 PM Randy: You could say that you’d rather not go skydiving. That’s how.
12:46:10 PM Randy: Oh, this is WAY cheaper, and far more dangerous.
12:46:14 PM Jen Cox: (:
12:46:20 PM Randy: So, are you in?
12:46:23 PM Jen Cox: All right–sign me up!
12:46:27 PM Randy: Cool.
12:46:36 PM Jen Cox: That’s crazy.
12:46:40 PM Jen Cox: You’re awesome.

And the video…

From Jen Skydiving
From Jen Skydiving

Adam’s Video
Photos of Jen’s jump
Photos of Randy’s & the guys’ jumps

Land Ho!

Land Ho!

We went to Stuckey Farm yesterday. The kids had fun playing on the pirate ship. Sam & Toby fought over who got to be captain. Great fun was had by all.

Oh, yeah–and we picked apples!

Samantha didn’t have any clean pajamas the other night, so I dug one of Randy’s old shirts out of the closet. Of course, Toby wanted one, too. Luckily, I had just the thing.

IMG_4468, originally uploaded by jen d. cox.

For the past three Septembers we’ve attended Northview Christian Life’s Hillfest. We always have a great time–they do such a good job with it. Last year we were able to hang out on the church’s property and watch several hot air balloons lift off. We’d planned to do the same this year. (NVCL’s property is the highest point in the county, making it a popular launch site. Around 6 o’clock we headed over to the grassy field where they had a balloon laid out on the ground. That’s when we noticed the line of people. They were doing tethered rides! Initially the wind was too strong but it died down fairly quickly. After over 2 hours of waiting, the kids and I were able to go up for a very short, tethered ride. We had a great time and made some new friends in the line to boot. Check my Flickr for more Hillfest fun.

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