Monday, December 6, 2010

The Great Alaskan Adventure Begins!

Well, we are here in Alaska.  It started snowing about half an hour after we arrived, but it hasn't snowed again since then.  The scenery is breathtaking beautiful.  Mountains covered in snow and so close you can almost reach out and touch them. 

The kids are enjoying playing in the snow.  Colt is really loving it! 

The first day of school started off a little rough. There were a couple vaccinations that they needed that WA didn't require at this point.  They wouldn't let them attend school even for a day without them.  So it was off to downtown to the free clinic for two shots each.  They were NOT happy about that at all.  They ended up back at school about an hour and a half late. 

Colt really enjoyed his day.  He made a new friend, named.....COLTON!  Good thing he decided to go by COLT up here instead of ColtON!!  He liked his teacher and said school was fun.

Emily met some nice girls in class and there is even one who lives on our same street!!!  She said the schedule is different than what she is used to.  Of course it's always hard when you compare something to what you are used to.  I know she will adjust well.

We should get the keys to the house tomorrow.  New carpet will get installed and then we move in on Thursday!! Looking forward to getting into the new home and neighborhood.

We saw our first moose today. It was a cow, so no big antlers to ooooh and awe over. But the kids still thought it was BIG and cool!!

I scoped out the local mall and wal-mart today.  The mall has the BIGGEST forever 21 I've ever seen.  It has a men's section and a kids section.  Cool!

Well, I should go outside and get Colt before he turns into a popsicle!!

I'm using  friends computer to do this post.  My computer won't be here for at least a week. pics until then.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Feels like home again

So, for the last 2 months I've been working with high school ministry at church.  It's been SEVERAL years since I've worked with HS students.  As a single gal I worked in the ministry for years and I was aslo a coach at a local HS (my alma mater...Go CHIEFS!)

About 8 months ago I began meeting with a student one on one.  Every Thursday I pick her up from school, we go get a starbucks and we just chat about life and I do my best to encourage her and be a good listening ear.  A few months ago I decided to meet up with her at Wednesday night ministry so I could meet some of her friends. 

I walked away from that night with many thoughts.  Thoughts that I ended up sharing with our youth pastor one evening when we invited him and his wife over for dinner.  I'm a person (for the most part) who is willing to be a part of the solution if I'm going to take issue with something.  So I offered some solutions for my concerns.  Next thing I knew I was heading up a ministry that is trying to get more parents involved in the ministry and I'm there every wednesday night.

I've been making some really great connections with the leaders.  In fact I had a 3 hour lunch with one of the gals the other day!!  They have been so receptive to me and you can see how much they desire to have a more mature christian woman speak into their lives.  It's been awesome!  I've made some connections with a couple students as well and I'm looking forward to where that will lead.

I come home every Wednesday feeling totally energized.  I feel as though I'm "home again."  I've been in a bit of an "emotional lull" for awhile now and it's been neat to see how God is using my service in this minstry and the new relationships I'm forming to feed my soul and lift my spirits.  I'm truly thankful for the path He currently has me on.  He really is the ultimate healer.  Interestingly enough the name of the HS ministry is REFUGE and it has definitely been that for me!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

She's About to Pop Baby Shower

This is the baby shower that I threw for my long-time dear friend Michelle and her sweet baby girl. She's about to pop was a fun theme to work with. Michelle is gluten popcorn is something she can eat with no worries! I tried to incorporate foods that had "POP" in then somehow, someway. Like Soda POP, loliPOPS, POP rocks, POPcorn, etc. I also made one batch of regular cupcakes and one batch of gluten free cupcakes. Both were yummy!

Here is the invitation:


Some of the details.....
cupcake toppers

favor bags filled with pop rocks & ring pops

the little signs I made so people knew what they were eating...AND to emphasize the POP factor!

handcrafted fabric and ribbon banner draped in front of the refreshment table

my jazzed up light fixture was a fun addition and really added a POP of color to the room

(ok, looking back I should've ironed the ribbon...but who has the time!!!)

me and my guest of honor

the lollipop topiary that served as the food table centerpiece

pink popcorn balls

the refreshment table

the food table