Monday, July 30, 2007

Technical difficulties

I've been out of the blogging loop for the last week. We've had trouble with our internet....then company.....then trouble with the internet again. Hopefully all is well and back to regular!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Loud and Clear

One of my friends Alana had shared a link to a post on Baby Bangs. This post is well worth reading! I too have been feeling a need to strengthen my relationship with the Lord. I even started writing this post a week ago and hesitated to post it. Then.....technical difficulties. We had a great musician named Phil Joel play and share his story at church a week ago. His voice is incredible. He was in the band Newsboys before he and his wife started a ministry called deliberate people. Their mission is to encourage people to spend quality time daily with the Lord. As a mom of small children, it is difficult of me to spend time soaking in God's message for my life. I know how vital this relationship is for my spiritual growth but usually it is a quick prayer here or reading the Bible without digesting it. This is a message heard loud and clear! My Heavenly Father desires an intimate relationship with me and I don't want to be the reason it doesn't happen!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Thursday 13 steps to learn to swim

  1. 1. stand at edge of pool staring at the deep water
  2. 2. try not to shiver from the cold breezy weather
  3. 3. slowly climb into mommy's arms & cling to her for dear life
  4. 4. start screaming at the mention of putting your head under the water
  5. 5. wrap feet & legs around mommy so she can't peel you off of her
  6. 6. bat hand at swim instructor for taking you from mommy & dunking you under
  7. 7. help count to 3 and hold breath before you are dunked
  8. 8. bargain with mommy & keep close track of number of times you have to go underwater to move on to next step
  9. 9. let mommy drop you in water & kick up to the surface
  10. 10. practice turning around in the water when dropped in
  11. 11. swim from mommy to the edge of the pool with your face in the water
  12. 12. jump in pool to mommy & swim back to edge
  13. 13. stand at edge of pool staring at the really deep water & know you can swim without help

Elaina~we are so proud of you for being brave and believing in yourself!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

It's Official...

I'm going to be teaching preschool next year! I've been praying about this for awhile now-several years in fact. It is usually hard for me to start something new but seeing how God has been leading me to this point over the last 3 years has given me peace. I'm looking forward to spending time with little ones and this is a great part time position for me. It will give me a chance to use my degree and still have time for my girls. I'm really going to miss spending time at MOPS meetings with my dear friends though. MOPS has been an amazing part of my life! It is a life changing ministry! So here's to a new path and hopefully lots of cute blog material! :)

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Thursday 13

13 ingredients for a fancy tea party

  1. 1. pink gingham tea set
  2. 2. table and chairs
  3. 3. tea (of course)
  4. 4. sugar and cream (in this case milk)
  5. 5. sparkly crown or fur hat
  6. 6. lots of jewelry
  7. 7. graham crackers with icing
  8. 8. San Francisco (favorite kitten Beanie Baby)
  9. 9. fancy napkins
  10. 10. tablecloth
  11. 11. frilly dresses
  12. 12. flowers for centerpiece
  13. 13. turquoise socks and golden shoes

Monday, July 09, 2007

Our KC trip

Here are some highlights of our family vacation to Kansas City. It is a very fun place to take kids. We ran out of time and energy before we ran out of fun stuff to do! I'll also answer Janelle's BIG question.....where did we eat? Here is a picture from one fun place we ate called The Crayola Cafe. The kids loved it! This restaurant is all about the kids! Elaina told me to tell you it is extra great because it is next to the really girlie store with all things pink, sparkly, and furry. One of my favorite days was spent at the fountains outside of the Crown Center. The kids ran and splashed. Chris and I had a chance to visit with each other. The weather was beautiful so we had a picnic lunch.
We then went to the Kaleidoscope art studio for kids which is a part of Hallmark. The kids have access to all kinds of materials to be creative and make whatever their little hearts desire! And the best was FREE! Who is that handsome guy looking over my shoulder?To top off a delightful day, Chris took us to eat at The Melting Pot. This is one of the best restaurants. It is pricey but well worth every penny. Everything is cooked fondue style at your table. The chocolate is so incredibly scrumptious as you can tell from the girls' faces. If someone could put heaven in a bowl this is it!

The next day we ventured out into Kansas City, Kansas to find the T-Rex restaurant. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that food really did dictate the schedule. This is a fantastic restaurant recommended by one of our friends, Jennifer. I couldn't even begin to describe the atmosphere. It is one of those things you need to experience for yourself.

We then attempted to expose our children to some culture and took them to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Contemporary Art. They were very bored! Museums with priceless art on display is not the place to take tired dancing princesses.
We ended the day by going to get some yummy cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory. It is very difficult to pass up the chance for some Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake! I'm wishing I had another slice right now! On a side note-I highly recommend eating lunch or supper there if you get a chance. I've been to the one in St. Louis and have planned entire shopping trips around being able to eat there!
On our last day, we walked to Union Station. It is a train station from 1914. I was in awe thinking of all the people and their life stories as they passed through this building. Happy times of seeing a loved one arrive from the train or maybe starting a new phase of their lives by moving or going to war. We took the kids to Science City which is a fun interactive science museum inside the station. They had a Dino Lab where you could watch scientists working on real dinosaur fossils and spend time digging for some on your own. There were fun science experiments about weather and space. They also had underground city utility tunnels for climbing and sliding. We ended our trip by eating at Harvey House. A diner in Union State with great burgers, malts, and homemade pies! Sorry I went a little picture crazy!

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Home Sweet Home

We are home from our travels and ready to get back into the blogging. My friend, Janelle, is so right about looking at life experiences through the eyes of a blogger. I took pictures like the paparazzi and caught myself imagining creative titles and post material. What has happened to me?

Out of the Mouth of Babes part 2

On vacation in KC, our 4 1/2 year old, Elaina asked us at the baseball game why does that man want people to buy bug bites. It was a vendor walking up and down the aisles selling Bud Light.

Disclaimer: I'm truly a Cardinals fan!!! We just decided to take in a game since it was the 4th of July. Half way through the game my husband and I looked at each other and said at the same time it just isn't the same. We missed our Cards! The Royals do have a beautiful field and the kids had fun mostly because of the food. I think Elaina watched the food vendors more than the game! Here are some pictures to enjoy. By the way, the fireworks got rained on and I happened to take pictures of the only two that worked.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

July 5, 1997

The right wedding gown......$200.00

Perfect pair of shoes to go with gown.......$30.00

French manicure..$16.00

Hair stylist for morning of wedding.......$24.00

Seeing the smile on my soon to be husband's face......priceless

Happy Anniversary Chris! It has been 10 years since we said I DO but it is fresh in my memory! I'm looking forward to many more years with you! I love you!!!

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Out of the Mouth of Babes

My 7 year old daughter Olivia asked me why is W called "double u" when it really looks like a "double v"?

Blog Disclaimer

Before my friend Janelle explodes with blog envy, I have to sweet husband suprised me with the new blog banner. He is the savvy tech guy behind my tech coolness.