Friday, August 24, 2012

Fun at the Beach

We were able to spend a few nights in Lincoln City, OR the first part of August.  We hadn't stayed at the beach in about 2 years, so the kids made up for lost time!  We had fun hunting for agates and wandering around the rocks finding star fish and sea anenomes.  Ate too much taffy, too!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Home Again!

I'm home again, after a crazy week at Wyldlife camp (Young Life for middle-schoolers). We drove over 1000 miles to get our 3 kids to Grandma's house & back so we could go to camp. It was a crazy, exhausting week but lives were changed. 

I only had a few really messy moments this year...the mud pit with our team, shaving cream pie in the face and pizza toppings on my face. Early mornings, a huge water park, crazy games and late nights = one tired Mama!

New Believers
I'm starting another part-time job, so now I have 3! I'm no longer a stay-at-home mom but am working more like full-time the last 2 months.  It's been great having the kids & hubby home for the summer and we're also hoping to get some camping & fishing in soon. Enjoy your summer!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

LA 20112 Video

Want to know more about our Spring Break trip to Los Angeles?  Check out this video with picts taken of & by our teens.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

We Survived Spring Break

Universal Studios
I want to say a HUGE thank you to my mom for coming to stay with the kids over Spring Break.  She took a week off of work during their busy season to come.  The kids had fun going to the community movie theater, swimming at the hotel pool and eating lots of sweets with Grandma.

We all survived!  Andy drove the van down to Burbank, CA in one 18-hr stretch the first Friday of Break.  We took 8 teens this year and 4 leaders.  The Burbank Nazarene church was our home-base.

Billboard at Universal Studios
Universal Studios

Chinese Theater district
We worked at a community fair/bike-a-thon on Saturday in North Hills, then did some mainenance & custodial work at the Burbank church. We spent the afternoon riding the LA subway and at Universal Studios. Sunday we went too church then spent the afternoon at the Glendale Galleria mall.  Monday morning we served breakfast in a North Hills community soup kitchen, then drove to downtown LA on Skid Row to help clean at a rescue mission.  From there, we went to Hollywood, watched a movie and walked the Walk of Fame and the Chinese Theater area.  Tuesday, we left at 3am to drive south to San Diego to help serve breakfast at another mission and helped prep lunch and clean the cafeteria.  That night we stayed at the church on campus at Point Loma Nazarene Univ and attended youth group with them.  Wed morning we left early to head north to Disneyland!  We spent almost 16 hours at Disneyland before heading back to the Burbank church at midnight.  Thursday we began the trek home, staying in Reno Nazarene church for the night.  The old van made it home around 6pm Friday night.
Emmanuel Baptist Rescue Mission

Emmanuel Baptist Rescue Mission

Emmanuel Baptist Rescue Mission

LA Metro subway
It was a long, crazy, exhausting, fun week!  The teens had great attitudes and were challenged with early mornings, long days and new situations.  We started each morning with a group devotion and ended the day with singing & reflections.  Pastor Brad had organized a great week, but we're glad to be home.  Is it vacation time yet?

Store in Ocean Beach, San Diego

Ocean Beach, San Diego

Splash Mtn, Disneyland

California Adventure / Disneyland

Power Nap!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Almost Spring Break

Long time, no blog!  I'm finally feeling settled again after a busy holiday season.  Just as I'm feeling caught up, it's time to go again!  We're preparing for a Spring Break mission trip to the LA area.  Spring Break starts this Friday and we'll be taking 9 teens plus Pastor Brad & Jill to Cali to serve in soup kitchens and shelters.  I'm looking forward to participating in the service projects this year, since last year I was mostly on babysitting duty.  Pray for Mom as she comes to stay with our kids this week!

Andy is another year older & wiser.  We celebrated at home with steak, potatoes & carrot cake.   He's finally done coaching for the year and ready for a few months of rest. 
Drew's Jesus hat
The kids are doing well.  Stubborn Mally is having trouble learning her alphabet so we're still not sure if she'll be ready for kindergarden next year.  We're struggling to keep Drew challenged at school & Abby is still the smart, sweet helper in her class. 
This girl has style!
I've been keeping steady hours at work recently.  I'm working Mondays, Wed am meetings and taking a week of call service each month.  I'm helping set up a new In-Home Care program that should start later this year, so I keep busy with desk work when we don't have many patients.  I promise to share some Spring Break pictures when we get back!
Monster green egg

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Update in Pictures

We installed new vinyl plank flooring in our old family room & kitchen, then moved the dining room set into the new dining room.  We all worked together to take out the old carpet and lay the new flooring.  It only took 8 hrs to install the 2 rooms!  We finished the trim and moved the furniture back in the next day.  What a difference!  We have so much more room around our table.  We removed one set of furniture from the front room and put the TV and leather set in there.  Love it!

New dining room

New flooring
 My parents & brother were with us for Christmas weekend.  We had a quiet, relaxing weekend at home with lots of presents!  The kids are so great...all they had asked for were "olives, pickles & Star Wars DVDs."  Santa brought them more than just olives & pickles, though!