Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Holy Week - Wednesday

"That if we confess with our mouth, 'Jesus is Lord',
and believe in your heart that God raised him from
the dead, you will be saved."
Romans 10:9

Activity: Cleaning day - make it a family affair. Grab some spray bottles, washing rags and clean the house together. Talk about the symbolism that this is cleaning and purifying the outside while only God can clean and purify the inside, our hearts.

~The Fast Track: An excerpt from my new family devotional~

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Holy Week - Tuesday

"I passed on to you what was most important and
what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for
our sins, just as the Scripture said."
I Corinthians 15:3

Activity: Dye Easter Eggs and talk about the symbolism of the eggs going into the water (Christ being buried) and then coming out (Christ rising from the dead).

~The Fast Track: An excerpt from my new family devotional~

Monday, March 29, 2010

Holy Week - Monday

"As they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, 'Take and eat it; this is My body."
Matthew 26:26

Activity: Explain the Lord's Supper. Now, make some unleavened bread together with your kids. Explain how this was a lot like the bread that was served during the Passover.

What you'll need: 1 cup of whole-wheat flour,
2 Tbsp. of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and
1/2 cup of water.

How to make it: Combine the ingredients, place dough on floured surface and knead for 5 minutes. Roll out until it's about 1/8" thick. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

~The Fast Track: An excerpt from my new family devotional~

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Give It Up

Well, we started another Holy Week tradition tonight. We've been preparing the kids for this one for a couple of days now. Our focus? Lent. Yeah, try explaining this one to a 5 and almost 4-year old=) Instead of starting on Ash Wednesday we are making it a little more age appropriate by starting tonight and concluding our "fast" on Sunday.

In our explanation we talked about how Jesus gave up Heaven to come down to earth as a baby, how God gave up his Son and how Jesus ultimately gave up His own life for us. Then we explained how Jesus was tempted and that we will be tempted to play with the things we have given up but that we can ask God to help us.

Surprisingly Areyna had the hardest time thinking of what to give up for a whole week. I think she really gets it. She even shed a couple of tears while thinking about not being able to wear any princess dresses for a week, or play with any Barbie's for a week.

Zeke on the other hand was naming things left and right until he finally landed on the perfect sacrifice.

I've known what I was going to give up for a while! It's past overdue for me.

And Josh...well, lets just say that Josh and I both wanted to exemplify giving up something very near and dear to our hearts.
Josh is giving up Coffee

I am giving up my computer

Areyna is giving up makeup
(I know...I can't believe how hard it is for my 5-year-old to give up makeup!)

Zeke finally landed on his Spiderman car, HA!

Every day we will check off a day on our chart so the kids can visualize when they get their toy back. I wanted them to see that they weren't giving it up forever but instead for a time so we can focus on Jesus.

Yes, I am giving up my computer for a week *sigh* and will resume normal posting duties next week. But don't forget to come back every day this week for a devotional and activity that I've scheduled for you to do together as a family.

Additional Resources:

Remember to check out Josh's blog every day for an adult devotional for Holy Week.

My friend, Jenn, has also gotten very creative as their family has begun the tradition of celebrating Holy Week as well. Make sure you check out her blog for other fun ideas this week!

Holy Week - Palm Sunday

It was bad timing on my part to finish writing a devotional book based on this Lent/Easter season and not be able to share it yet. I thought it would be appropriate to share a snippet every day for your own family devotions. Then, next year you can get the whole book and go all out! You can also check out some of our past family Holy Week activities HERE.

Josh will also be posting a daily devotional for adults on his blog throughout the week that you won't want to miss that our Journey Staff put together!

Palm Sunday

"They took palm branches and went out to meet Him.
They kept shouting, 'Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes
in the name of the Lord - the King of Israel!' "
John 12:13

Activity: Read the account of Jesus' triumphal entry from John 12:12-19. Reenact the story with your children. Go outside and pick some leaves, flowers or branches that can be your palm branches.

~The Fast Track: An excerpt from my new family devotional~

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Audacious Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father,

So often I quench your spirit. Forgive my unbelief. I want a life that overflows with love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, kindness, goodness, faith and self-control. These can only be attained by me from the Holy Spirit. How often I forget that He is here, within, just waiting...

...waiting for me to stop, waiting for me to listen, waiting for me to rely and depend, waiting on me to stake everything on His power and presence.

Forgive my desire for immediate praise and acceptance by everyone except You!

God, I pray that you will keep this desire fresh in my spirit. Convict me when I get in the way. Do things that only You can accomplish in this life that you've so graciously granted me. Give me an urgency and passion that comes ONLY from You!

Oh God, give me the faith to pray audaciously!
In your son's name I pray,

Friday, March 26, 2010

Fun Facts For Friday - Spring Is In The Air

1 - Holy week doesn't technically start until Sunday but with all the research I've done for my devotional, I picked up a couple extra ideas that I thought I'd add to our family tradition of celebrating Holy Week. I found a really fun idea that we reformatted a little bit for our kids and started Wed. night and will do every night, ending on Easter Sunday with an empty Easter Egg signifying his resurrection.

Here's what you need: a dozen plastic eggs-(I just got some cheap ones at Wal-Mart for $1), paper, scissors and 1 of each of the following: bread, coin, purple cloth, thorn, string, cross, nail, sign, sponge, spear and rock

Here's what you do: place 1 of the above objects inside each egg with a corresponding Bible verse about why this object is significant to Easter.

Let The Games Begin: each night, right before our family devotion time, I will hide 1 egg and then let the kids hunt for it together. They get to take turns opening an egg each night and handing me the "secret clue" to Easter. It's like an extended Easter Egg Hunt with an actual purpose=) That verse and object become our devotional for the night as we talk through the Easter story together.
Rainy and Zeke after they found their first egg

2 - This spring weather has given me the "itch" to get some spring cleaning done! Yesterday I reorganized our closet and spray painted some old wicker furniture that was given to us, along with our table and chairs that has just about had it=) It's amazing what a few cans of spray paint can do!

3 - Areyna got a fun present from her Nena for her birthday. We've been working on these "suckers" for a couple of weeks now. Thanks for the cavities Nena;)
4 - Why is it that Daddy's can make way better tents than us mommy's? It must be the same genes that help them make those cool boy noises with their mouths...
5 - Micaiah is wearing himself out trying to crawl lately. We'll walk in the room and wonder how he managed to get to the other side all by himself.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Have You Ever Tried One Of These?

I signed up for a FREE SAMPLE, you know how I am about free samples=), of Purex complete 3-in-1 laundry sheets and got a 2-pack in the mail and absolutely LOVE them!

Now, I've never priced them in the grocery store but I imagine they are a bit high. But, not only did I get to do 2 loads of laundry for free but I just threw one of these sheets in the washer instead of having to measure out laundry detergent (and softener). It was awesome. Then you just throw it, along with your load of laundry, into the dryer.

So easy. Smells so good. Loved it!
(and NO they didn't pay me to say that=)

All About Perspective

When I was in Colorado my sister and I got to share a bed so the kids could have places to sleep. It brought me back to my childhood, remembering nights staying up WAY TOO LATE taklking, giggling and making up fun in-bed "games" together...until we'd hear my dad's footsteps approaching our door to which we'd freeze and pretend like we were sleeping as if he would believe this common fatal attempt.

Anyway, this time as we lay in bed together, instead of games and giggling we shared stories about our kids, life and any other thing that came to mind.

One thing that came up was the subject of money. A simple phrase my sister said has stuck with me and, I believe, will be a life-changing mentality for me. She said that when she and her husband see something they want/need, they weigh the options and if they feel like they should not spend money on it, instead of saying "We don't have money for that" they say, "We are going to choose not to spend our money on that at this time."

I know, SO SIMPLE, but so freeing. It is all about perspective. If you walk around acting like you are poor, with NO money then you may end up resenting the blessings God HAS given you and may even begin to judge others and the things they choose to spend their money on.

We all have different priorities, convictions and financial statuses.

Here's the application: instead of saying "Well, WE don't have money to buy _____________ at the grocery store", or "go shopping at ____________", or "have nice things like they have", etc. try going a different route. Try saying "We DO HAVE $3 that could be spent on ice cream but we are going to choose not to spend that $3 on ice cream." (I mean, I could probably find $3 under my couch, or just wait until HT triples and get it for $1, HA!) "I could use $30 on makeup but I am going to choose NOT to." "We could pull some money out of savings to get an iPhone, but we are going to choose NOT to." You get the picture.

One more thing, my mom always said, "It's not WHAT you say, it's HOW YOU SAY IT", put a smile on your face, find your "happy heart" and simply change your perspective.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Truth Be Told - The "Project" Revealed

Well, I thought it would be safe to share what I've been working on over the past week (or so#10). I might as well, since I just finished it yesterday!!!!

So, without further ado...

...I just finished writing a family devotional. Yup, you read that correctly. Yup, the one who got out of as many papers as I could growing up, Ha! Josh actually kept some of my college papers around just for a good laugh when he was feeling blue=) Just kidding, but I will admit that they really were awful. So, the fact that I actually wrote a book is shocking to me, but I really felt led to do it.

Josh and I were really inspired by Heather Joel's family devotional that we are doing with our kids. I took that inspiration plus the love for finding new ways to make God's message alive in our kid's hearts that He's given me and wrote a devotional of my own to do with our kids. The cool thing is, hopefully it will be a tool to get the Gospel into other homes as well.

It is a 7-week devotional through the season of Lent and Easter with memory verses, history through symbols and activities. Here's the awesome part, we are adding to our Easter song repertoire that Josh started a couple years ago that will go along with the devotional.

So, that's it=) I'm pretty excited, can you tell?!

***If you feel led to give to this new project just click the "Feed The Kids" link on the right under "Our Ministry Links And Partners".***

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Check This Place Out

The view from the top deck. I can see the ocean!

The House...all 6 bedrooms of it!
Yes, we get to have it all to ourselves=)

This is what you see when you first walk in the front door.
Just one of the living areas!

We packed stuff for breakfasts and lunches
so we only have to pay for dinners.
We ate awesome food at Havanas last night!

We slept in yesterday and had LONG quiet times (I kept hearing kids voices in the back of my head, oh the joys of being a mom. The voices never go away sometimes!) and then took a nice jog on the beach together. We couldn't remember the last time we went jogging together without a stroller=) I also got to spent some time working on my "project" which I am getting SO excited about by the way! Don't worry, I'll be revealing it soon=)

Now I'm going to go take advantage of the sunshine!!!

Monday, March 22, 2010

The Best Times Eight

The past eight years have been full of...
  • the best foot and hand massages (this is actually how our love began)
  • surprises (pregnancies, $300 speakers, get-aways, ministry opportunities, dance routines...)
  • hold-your-cheeks laughter
  • transitions that I can't imagine ever going through without you
  • learning experiences
  • tears (of every kind)
  • the sweetest, most comfortable silences
The past eight years have been spent with my best friend!

We made it past the itch without a hitch. I love you baby...happy eight years.

Can't wait to spend a lifetime more of them with you!

***Tomorrow is our anniversary and we're here at the beach for FREE! My baby got us the hook-up! You frugal hottie you...makes me want to give you a kiss...or somethin';) I'll post pictures of this awesome house later, you won't believe it!***

Friday, March 19, 2010

Fun Facts For Friday - Free For All

1 - It's going to be a BEAUTIFUL weekend, weather-wise. Can't wait to take advantage of it!

2 - My kids woke up this morning and came out asking if they could read their Bibles for a little bit before they get up for the day. I told them "No way, you are getting up before I put the green sign under the door and that is disobeying!" (yes, we still use it and it STILL works!) Come on, I'm not THAT bad when it comes to following the rules, HA! What kind of mom do you think I am?! I was thrilled to help them gather their Bibles and notebooks and pens to have their own quiet times!

3 - I have a fun weekend planned. I'm not going to tell you what I'm working on quite yet, mostly because I'm not sure of it's direction, but I'll give you a hint...I won't be in charge of the kids (thanks Meme and Aunt Joy), I have the freedom to go in and out of the house to work on my "project", I have NO CLUE what I'm doing and Josh is NOT involved, not because I don't want him to be, but because he'll be in Richmond leading worship (hey, do you know of any keyboard players or lead guitarists? Our friend had to cancel last night do to unforeseen circumstances).

4 - I am reading Francis Chan's Forgotten God - Holy Cow is that a life-changing book!!

5 - I get to go to church this weekend and not bring my violin. It will be nice to worship with my voice this weekend.

~BONUS FACT~Josh and I got our plans ready for this year's Holy Week! I'm so excited, and the kids are too=)

Happy Friday

Thursday, March 18, 2010

A Budget Is For More Than Your Finances

"Where has this day gone?"

"What have I been doing all day?"

"There's just not enough hours in the day."

"I don't have time to, ____________ (have a quiet time, to exercise, to cook healthy meals for my family, etc.)"

Sound familiar? Well, if not, then good for you, but I think the majority of us have asked one or more of these questions at least once in our lifetime. I think the majority of us have used time as an excuse to get out of things we are not personally motivated to do, even the ones God is calling us to do.

I was getting frustrated at myself, and in turn irritated at the kids, and even Josh, when I wouldn't get the things done in my day that I wanted to. I would have this same attitude when my time would be distracted away from my family, my role as a mother and wife and ministry worker, and instead my time would be spent elsewhere.

But where was that time being spent? It was kind of like that feeling at the end of the month when you can't figure out where the heck your paycheck has gone!

So, I started to keep a Time Journal. Over the past few weeks I have been logging my hours and recording my activities throughout the day. Just like when Josh and I started our financial budget. We simply started just recording where our money went. Every minute is allotted for, just like every penny was allotted for. The results in both cases were astonishing, embarrassing even!

Notice I'm not sharing my results, ha, but I will tell you that I have come to realize that I'm addicted to "doing". Doing anything that keeps me occupied. I find it hard to just sit and play, sit and read, sit and meditate. Down time has been my enemy, even that is what my end goal always is. I "do" so that I can just sit, but when the sitting time comes, I find something else to "do".

I feel like my time is just as much a blessing to me as the money that God has allowed us to have so I decided to give myself a "Time Budget". I'm not cutting myself off from cleaning, organizing, reading blogs, checking stats on the computer, etc., but I am limiting that time so that I can focus on the important things like brushing Barbie's hair with Areyna, writing secret clues for Zeke making faces at Micaiah and just being available to Josh.

Now, I definitely don't have it all down yet, like I said, I'm addicted to these time waisters, but I'm working on it. I have a plan...

So, where has YOUR time gone lately?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

His And Hers - Self Control

We all have things that are harder to abstain from. But why is it that his is a $300 (or more) guitar and mine is a $4 dress on the clearance rack=) Boy's toys are expensive!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Just Being Close

When Josh and I were dating we had some issues with communication. Maybe it was out of fear of rejection (I had quite a past with guys) or lack of common ground (I'd never dated a believer before)?

When we'd go out to eat we'd sit at the table and just look at each other, eat and go home. We'd go to the grocery store, walk around, get what we needed, checkout and go home. Do you see something missing yet?=) We would take whole road trips without hardly saying a word to each other. To this day we aren't quite sure what the problem was. Or was it even a problem?

I knew I liked him, I knew there were things to talk about, I just didn't feel compelled to strike up conversation. I just liked to be with him, even in those awkward moments. Maybe I was giving him his space to tell me what was on his mind, but if you know Josh at all you know that he is a man of few words when he is relaxed and contemplative. Just one of the many reasons I love that man!

This journey of "being still" with God and listening for his still, small voice has felt so familiar to me. We sit in silence together. It felt awkward at first, but I know He loves me, I know there are things to talk about, but I no longer feel compelled to strike up conversation. I am giving Him space to tell me what's on His mind.

I may not ever hear "a word" from Him but I just like being with Him. I just like being close to Him.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Josh Really Knows How To Set The Mood

This is what our bed looks like every morning.
Josh can usually tell what kind of mood I'll be in determined by how I retrieve back my covers during the night.

A gentle pull means "It's ok baby, I know you don't do it on purpose".
A defensive yank means "Are you serious? Again? Come on! I'm tired, cold and cranky. Do you really have to take the covers with you every time you roll over?" HA!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Fun Facts For Friday - Growing Up Part 1

We moved a lot while I was growing up. When people ask me where I am from I never really quite know how to respond. So, for all you out there who were wondering, I grew up in...

1 - Toledo, OH (where I was born)

2 - Amarillo, TX (for 9 years)

3 - Milwaukee, WI (for almost a year - 7th grade)

4 - Charleston, SC (8th grade through high school)

5 - Greenville/Tigerville, SC (NGC(U) for college then a year after that while waiting to get married)

6 - Wake Forest, NC (while Josh attended seminary)

7 - Henderson, NC (working at NSCBC)

8 - Charlotte, NC (where we started our ministry)

9 - Raleigh, NC (where we now reside)

10 - Both my parents are from Colorado and that is where they currently live. We would spend my summers out there growing up so I am kind of from there too.

You'd never be able to guess where I was from based on my accent, that's for sure=)

Happy Friday, friends...and don't forget to change your clocks this weekend!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Dear God:

I just have one simple request...right now anyway=)

Could you please send me a copy for the manual to Zeke's little heart. I seem to have misplaced it in the chaos of all the meltdowns lately and I think I need to reprogram IMMEDIATELY...


Zeke has this thing for "fixing lunch" lately. He'll come in from playing and announce that it is lunch time and that he'll go fix lunch for everyone. It's hilarious!

His lunches for us usually consist of:

mandarin oranges

and pretty much any other easily accessible snack food that he can reach because that is what he knows he can serve all by himself!

I have to admit to stepping in and helping add a few more food groups other than the "snack" group=)

The REALLY funny thing is that he'll grab a different bowl for each item...for each person. Have you ever seen SO MANY BOWLS?!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Hotels and Home

We had a great weekend in Greenwood, SC with our friend Travis Agnew. We ran into tons of our college friends that we hadn't seen in years. Just another perk for doing what we do. I would have never imagined we'd be doing ministry along side so many of the people we've met along our journey.

We broke up the trip by stopping by and staying with Jody and Emily on Thursday night and visiting our old alma mater, NGU. Then we woke up and headed to Greenwood for their D-Now weekend and then to lead worship on Sunday morning.

Oh yeah, on the way their we stopped by this place called the Happy Cow Creamery. So fun! You HAVE to take your kids. The only problem was that, after explaining where we were and what they do Areyna refused to drink their milk saying, "But I don't like milk when it comes right out of the cow." HA!

Anyway, after our afternoon adventures we checked into our hotel room. It was such a relaxing weekend. We only had to play evening sessions so we had the day to just hang out with the kids. We slept in until after 9am and then Josh brought our continental breakfast to the room so we could watch cartoons and eat. Then we went to an awesome park down the road with a picnic because it was gorgeous outside!

Cai is at the perfect age for hotel rooms. He's aware of what's going on but when he's ready to sleep, he's ready to sleep. We put a blanket on the side of his pack-n-play so he couldn't watch what was going on and he could fall asleep with Zeke and Josh wrestling right next to him and the TV on. Pretty amazing.

On our way home we passed right by Charlotte's IKEA and we HAD to stop. I mean, we had to eat dinner. And you can't beat their $1 dinner deal on Swedish Meatballs this weekend=) We let the kids play on their playground for awhile and then packed back up to head home.

Josh laughed at me the whole way because I was literally following our trip on the Atlas exit by exit in excitement. "Why" you ask? Well, my dear friends, I am home for a whole month! That's right. I got to unpack my suitcase and put it AWAY! I'm staying local baby=)

So, if you need me I'll be frolicking around in my jammies with my candles lit, my windows open and organizing closets and scrapbooking and...

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Melts My Heart Every Time

If I Had It MY Way...

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a day if the kid's could "have it their way".

Well, I decided it would be fun to write about a day If I could have it MY way...

...I'd be able to stay at home in my jammies ALL DAY

...I'd keep the candles lit kids wouldn't fight all day=)

...Areyna would actually eat more than her "no thank you bite" of the dinner that I fixed.

...Zeke would NOT eat all the food out of the pantry as soon as I pull it out of the grocery bags, HA!

...I would have a completed to-do list

...I could snap my fingers to get tasks done, like cleaning up dinner and folding laundry

...Zeke would "NOT FREAK OUT"

...I wouldn't have to work out to try to get the thighs of runner;)

...I would have window weather EVERY DAY! Ok, maybe snow days every day or just some kind of weather awesomeness every day like thunderstorms=)

...I would sit on our wrap-around front porch of our country home; pregnant, barefoot and in a sundress, snapping beans while my kids run around in the grassy field in front of the house giggling while they catch fireflies in the warm spring breeze while my husband works... well, I'll just stop here, this is just one of those fantasies I always thought about while growing up for some reason=) Maybe it will come true one day...

How about you? What would a day be like if you had it YOUR way?

Monday, March 8, 2010

7 Months

19.8 lb.

This has been an active month for little Micaiah

Learned to click his tongue

Started babbling - mamamababadada - just this week he's really been beginning to vocalize himself...loudly=)

Starting to get up on hands and knees

Got his first tooth in and working on his 2nd

Took his first airplane ride

Starting to lean and reach out for people to pick him up...I LOVE this one!

The thumb has become quite a companion for Micaiah this past month. After every bite of food he sticks that thumb back in. It must help him savor every bite, but it sure makes it hard to feed him!

Already loves wrestling and being tickled by daddy

Enjoys making others happy and smile! It is amazing how a little baby can soften any circumstance. He was such a blessing to everyone on our trip to CO from the people on the airplane to my grieving Aunt Retta. What a sweet blessing he is.


When Micaiah and I were boarding the plane to head to Colorado it started snowing outside. It was cold and overcast. It felt very dark and heavy outside.

Then, we took off in the storm...
Not 1o minutes later we reached our cruising altitude and this is what we saw. A beautiful sky full of life and light. It doesn't matter what's going on below the surface the sunshine consistently shines bright above the clouds, above the storm.

What a beautiful picture of Hebrews 13:8.

Friday, March 5, 2010

You Know You're An MK When...

You know you're a Ministry Kid When... get home with the same craft, lesson papers and name tags X's 3
And this is just for the Sunday services, HA!

Fun Facts For Friday - Just Wondering...

...why the kids will sleep until 10:30am (Zeke) and 11am (Areyna) for their daddy but when I get home they wake up at 8:15?

...why the flight attendants have to talk SO loudly on the plane that it wakes up my baby as soon as he falls asleep?

...why it only REALLY snows at our house when we are out of town?

...why there are only "accidents" in the middle of the night when we decide to try big boy undies instead of pull-ups?

...why my kids only fall asleep in the car 5 min. away from our destination, therefore ruining all hopes of a good nap for the rest of the day?

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Differentiating Between The "I Love You"s

We say "I Love You" a lot around this house. I started noticing something very peculiar though. The I Love You's were beginning to take on different meanings.

So, I devised a plan to get to the bottom of this common phrase of affection. It was kind of like trying to figure out the different cries of a baby...but totally different=)

Anyway, I started tallying up the I Love You's and categorizing them for a whole day and this is the result:

5 - I Love You's coupled with an act of love such as a hug, kiss or sweet eye contact

3 - Random/Nonchalant I Love You's

4 - "I forgot what I was going to say" I Love You's

2 - Guilty I Love You's (like when they are about to get caught doing something wrong, like sneaking food out of the kitchen=)

2 - I want something I Love You's

Pretty interesting results I'd say=)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Look

Let's just say he is a little more regular these days, HA!

Thank You Betty Crocker

Yesterday we celebrated Areyna's birthday with her cousins during our play day. Areyna has already planned out her birthday themes for the rest of her childhood and "Hello Kitty" was the theme of choice for the big 5!

We kept it simple (which is what this GAD mommy needs), as in we just had a normal play day and let the kids do what they do best...PLAY!

A big thank you goes out to Betty Crocker cake mixes and frosting and triple coupons at HT for the $.17 birthday cake. And who needs sprinkles when you can chop up chocolate chips=)

Areyna had a great day with some of her favorite friends.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Hello, Goodbye

Well, I made it home safe and sound last night around 10:30. It was so good to see Josh's face waiting for me at the baggage claim at the airport.

It was so good to be in Colorado with ALL my family. I got to see cousins that I hadn't seen in years and catchup with my grandparents that I miss so dearly. (I'll post pictures of them with Cai soon. They LOVED him!)

Our time at home will be short-lived though. Josh left this morning for the WHOLE day so he could go to his Great Aunt's funeral (her husband is the one who passed away a couple of weeks ago and she was ready to join him). Josh will be back late tonight.

We're also celebrating Areyna's 5-year birthday with her cousins this morning. Could she be that old already?!

After the party I'll be unpacking my suitcase into the washing machine and packing it right back up again as we head to South Carolina on Thursday morning.

So, it's "Hello, Goodbye" again. This is the life we lead=)

Monday, March 1, 2010

What Did You Say? - "Singles"

Josh: "There sure are a lot of shingles out there."
I THOUGHT he said: "There sure are a lot of singles out there."

So I'm thinking he's trying to break up with me or something;)


We really did have a lot of shingles in our yard after all that wind a couple of weeks ago! Not quite sure how we have any left on our roof. Anyway, we took advantage of the sunshine and headed outside. We made a game out of it for the kids and we all enjoyed the exercise. Besides, I needed to get out and check out all the "singles" meandering around our neighborhood to see what my options were=)

Micaiah helped by looking cute and eating grass=)