Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter 2013

We started out our day getting up early to go to the Sunrise Service.
The kids got a quick peak at their baskets before we headed out the door.

Then it was home to change clothes and get back to Sunday School and Worship. 
After church we came home and did a quick photo shoot because it was kinda cold outside.

We went for preppy shades of  navy, bright pink, yellow and apple green this year. 

Miss Maggie is my poser. =)

I adored his bow tie.
It has little frogs!!

She's looking so grown up lately.  

Lillie's dress tied everyone else together.

After a bit of down time this afternoon, we met my mother and father in law at Olive Garden for supper.
Afterwards, we went back to their house for dessert and visited for a while.
It's been a great day.

And I'm super tired so it's off to bed for me. 
Tomorrow the kids and I are heading to Georgia to visit family.
See ya when we get back!!

Hope your Resurrection Sunday has been as great as ours.
Happy Easter from our family to yours!!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Eve

This morning at church, we had our annual Easter Celebration.
There was a pancake breakfast

a drama put on by some of our youth

Easter Egg Hunts and Scavenger Hunts.
Snocones and Popcorn....

And a visit  from the bunny....

It was a fun time for all!
There was a photobooth and I tried desperately to get a good photo of my whole family.
I'm hoping that the two other ladies who took pics got a better one than the ones taken with my camera.....=)

After we were all done at church, I ran some errands.
Which included a not so quick stop at Target with the rest of the world for eggs.

But, while at Target I ran into a friend from church and brought her daughter home with me to surprise my girls.
It was so fun to have her come over for the afternoon!

While she was here, we used the eggs I bought at Target.

Everyone loved dying the eggs.

This is the first year that we've had time to do it in a while.

I think she was bored while waiting on the egg to get as dark as she wanted it to....

He loved it!  
Oh, I forgot to mention there was face painting at church this morning, too.

 The girls loves the wax crayon to draw on the eggs.

Our dozen {minus one that got cracked, so Lillie ate it} eggs.

After our friend went home and we figured out supper for tonight, and I got everyone in bed,
The Easter Bunny did his thing.

A pair of jeans that were a super deal for the boy whose outgrown all of his other jeans, 
an angry birds tshirt,
a helicopter,
a batman notebook,
and some hand sanitizer, candy and a fun straw to round it out.

For Maggie,
a wonder woman tshirt,
a headband,
some white capri leggings,
 purple fingernail polish,
some hand sanitizer, some candy and a fun straw.

For Allie,
A batgirl tshirt,
white capri leggings, 
a head band,
teal nail polish,
some hand sanitizer, some candy and a fun straw.

For Lillie,
a Super girl tshirt, 
white capri leggings, 
a headband,
green nail polish,
some hand sanitizer, some candy and a fun straw.

And, now it's time to hit the hay
to rest up for an early day tomorrow.

Sunrise Service at 7AM!
If you are local, hope to see you there!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Catching Up

It's been quite a while since I posted anything here on the blog..... I really didn't mean to take a break.
But it just worked out that way. SO, now I'm going to catch you up to where I am today.

A week ago Friday, I went on a field trip with Lillie to a Science Center nearby.
The kids did a class on weather.  

Then they got to explore the museum.
They loved this green screen.  

There was a machine there that the kids could get in to experience hurricane force winds.
The first picture is the girls when they first got in....
the second is at 78.5 degrees.  
They were in there for 3 minutes.  
It was quite funny. 

Lillie and two of her friends on the field trip.

Me and my sweet Lillie.
She was so excited that I was going with her. 

On Friday night, the kids went to bed early because we had to be at church Saturday morning at 5:30AM.
We went to help serve breakfast to a housing  community with another church.
It was a fantastic experience for my kids and for me!
And one sweet gentlemen sent my husband some of his special sauce that he makes when some other folks went back this past weekend.  
Sunday was full of church and meetings, of course.

Then last Monday came. 
I made my grocery list and went to the grocery store as is my usual on Mondays.
I was standing in the middle of the coffee aisle when my phone rang.
It was my hubby calling to tell me that they had called from school and Maggie was sick.
Since I was in the middle of the store, he went to get her and I got home as quick as I could.
Maggie threw up all night long that night.
On Tuesday afternoon I took her to the doctor.
Strep Throat.
Bless her heart, because she couldn't keep anything down, they gave her a shot of penicillin.
She continued to throw up anything she ate until Saturday.
It was a very long week with one poor sick girl.

Between a sick kid, and preparing for my bible study last week, I didn't have time to do any blogging.
On Thursday night at bible study, we were to discuss the Passover.

I wanted my ladies to hear about what Jesus and The Disciples were celebrating when Jesus proclaimed the New Covenant. 

SO,  after meeting with my friend, Talia, who is Jewish and talking through the Passover,
I put together a Seder plate and had extras for my ladies to taste.
She looks scared to death doesn't she?

The ladies seemed to have a good time with it.

Most of them even trying the Hillel sandwich -- which includes a big dollop of horseradish.

I learned so much about The Passover myself 

and I hope that they did, too.

 This group loved the horseradish.

Tammy did not. =)  

I purposely didn't talk much about Jesus within the Passover because we had a young gentleman from Jews For Jesus come yesterday (Sunday) to talk specifically about that.
I simply reminded them that Jesus IS our Passover Lamb and reminded them several times to come here more about it on Sunday.
And most of them were there last night!
It was a wonderful presentation!!

Unfortunately, in the last few days I've begun feeling unwell.  On Saturday evening my throat started hurting some.  The last two days have been the same. Sore throat in the mornings and evenings but seems better during the day.
I went to Urgent Care this morning {because I don't have a family doctor here yet} 
mostly because it was a sore throat and hello? Maggie had strep.
And wanted to be sure I didn't have strep.
He said it was not strep
but then went on to say that I sort of had the "smell of strep" 
so it might be the beginnings of it and gave me a z pack.
He said IF it gets worse take the antibiotics. If it doesn't then it is just viral and it will go away.
Trouble is - I'm awful at these things.
I'm awful at taking medicines.
I always fear the side effects.
I'm awful at deciding "if" it's worse.
I mean it is worse tonight than it was at noon today. but I don't think it is any worse tonight than last night.  
I don't know how that doctor knew it wasn't strep - he didn't do a test.
SO, now I'm left trying to decide IF I should take these antibiotics.
Which I don't want to take.
But then, rhumatic fever and kidney issues don't sound great either.
But, HOW am I supposed to know?
I do have a tiny bit of drainage {sorry} and my face is kinda sore. Could be sinus troubles.....

This is going to drive me crazy.
SO, if you don't hear from me again for another two weeks, it's because I couldn't decide if it got worse or not.
Or, as per my how my anxiety presents itself - I had that big heart reaction to zpacks they were just discussing on the news.

SO, how about y'all help me out and just pray it goes away so I don't have to take the antibiotics.
You are all caught up on our lives.

Hopefully, I will feel much better tomorrow and I will be back.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Backyard Dreamin'.......

It was perfect weather around here today.
Sunny and 70 degrees.
{yeay daylight saving time!}

It got me thinking about planting some flowers in my yard.  
I love lots of flowers and there are many I would choose but these hydrangea's would be at the top of my list.

blue and pink hydrangeas.....

Source: via Mindy on Pinterest
Source: via Mindy on Pinterest

I love these white ones....

and I discovered these gorgeous red and green ones.....LOVE!
Source: via Mindy on Pinterest

and then I got to thinking about other things I would love to have in my backyard.....

What about an outdoor kitchen?!!?
When I was in Ecuador, a gentleman there made us pizza in an outdoor oven that was to die for.
I'd love to have a place to do something like that.

Something like this.... the kitchen itself is way to big for me here ,
but I do love the oven!!
Source: via Mindy on Pinterest

Now I do like this kitchen....
isn't this just beautiful!!!??
Source: via Mindy on Pinterest

or what about this one with a fire pit?
A fire pit is another thing I would love to have in the back yard....

Source: via Mindy on Pinterest

or even a simple one like this with chairs around it is pretty charming.

And lastly, for today's dreaming session -- look at this adorable  play house for the kiddo's.
This. is. awesome!!
{Thanks to Lindsey at the Pleated Poppy for bringing this to my attention}

And if that isn't enough, I might even want to plant a garden.  

I'm dreaming big. 
 And after today's weather, I'm totally dreaming of spring!!
What are you dreaming of for your yard this summer?

Monday, March 11, 2013

A Couple of Firsts......

In the last couple of weeks we've had a couple of first time events in our house.

Allie got to go on her first PK camp.
I've been informed lately there in dancing there is such a think as a PK turn.....I don't know what that pk stands for, but PK for us is Preacher's Kid. {of course}
Our conference does a camp every year for the pk's - ages 10 through high school.
This is the first year Allie has been able to go and she has been super excited about the pk retreat since last summer!
The number of campers continues to increase so this year, they did two different weekends. One for senior high and one for kids age 10 through 8th grade.

I love that the conference and the bishop care so much for our pk's that they do a special retreat for them each year. The counselor's are grown up pk's.  
And the bishop comes to have lunch with them and gets to know the kids, too.

They talk to them about fishbowl life and other stuff that affect a pk.
This is the only picture I got.
It's Allie standing in front of her cabin.
Allie is always so concerned about being late and we were the first people there. HA.

She had a great time and was all smiles when I picked her up on Sunday.
She made some new pk friends and they will all get together again in June at Annual Conference.

That same weekend, Maggie and Lillie were to have their first mock meet in gymnastics.
Poor Maggie woke up with the stomach bug that day.
So, I stayed home with my sick girl and Daddy took Lillie to her meet.

He took lots of pics for me of her showing off what she has learned in her short 6 months of gymnastics.

Clearly, she can do a mean bridge. 

She says the bars are her favorite!!

I'm so glad that hubs took pics for me and I'm glad that there will be another event like this in June so Maggie will get to participate.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Forever Friends

This past week, we had the blessing of getting to see several very special friends.

Last Sunday after church hubs and his friend, Al left for a golf trip to Myrtle Beach for a couple of days.

And we were super blessed to have Miss Olivia and her Mom {my bestie}
come stay at our house while the guys were of golfing.
These two had a blast with one another.

They were watching as the girls caught the school bus. 

 We had almost 4 whole days together and except for one extreme meltdown {over crackers} they didn't fight at all. 
They played and played and played.
This was right before they left to go home.

The very next day, he asked when she could come back again.

My sweet friend Kandi {aka Olivia's Mom} and me.
We had such a great time visiting!!

Then today, the girls and I drove to a town about an hour away to see some of our friends from our old dance studio in Sylva dance in a competition.
The owner of the dance studio is one of my favorite friends and Lillie and her daughter Polly are the best of friends, too!

We enjoyed seeing several people we know dance, including Miss Polly.
And we were super excited to go to dinner afterward with Polly and Valerie.

Here are the four girls together....

 and another right before we all headed home......
These girls tried hard to get to stay together longer but it was time for everyone to start home.  

I haven't been able to catch up with my friend Val since about October.
It was such a blessing to get to see her and spend some time with her today.
She is expecting baby #3 in June.
And I certainly hope I get to see her again before the babe arrives!

God truly blessed us with these friends and I miss getting to see them on a regular basis.
But as I was reminded earlier in the week,

"Friends are Friends forever if the Lord is Lord of them"

I know in these cases that is certainly true because these friends were given straight to us from Him.
What a blessed week it has been.
I'm headed to bed tonight thankful for all of these wonderful friends who've poured into my heart and soul this week.
Thanking God for being the Lord of Friendship!!