Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Mercy Me

Last weekend Eric and I and Jenne and Ryan went to an amazing concert called The Rock and Worship Roadshow down at the Memorial Coliseum. Eric used to work with a guy who does the video audio for Mercy Me, and, well, in we go with back stage passes!! Five bands performed: Mercy Me, Jeremy Camp, Tenth Avenue North, Addison Road, and Hawk Nelson. We sat about 15 rows back and had a great time listening to these amazingly talented musicians.

I love taking the self (couple) portrait. If I do say so myself, I'm pretty good at centering it and not getting the double triple chin in the process.

Jenne and Ryan - our featured guests
Mercy Me rocking the stage
Bart - love his voice
Eric's friend does all the video and lights stuff. We are always impressed!
It was a fun night out on the town. It's rare that we get to spend time with Jenne and Ryan without all the kids (between the two of us, it's 6 kids now!) so it was a fun evening to hang out and laugh and enjoy time together! FUN!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Little Baby Black Eye

Elsie had a little run in with the couch on Saturday and the couch won.
She ended up with a black eye.
She's tough.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Happy Sunday!

"Open my eyes, that I may behold
Wonderful things from Your law."
Psalm 119:18

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Playing at the Mall

Last Saturday I took the girls to the mall for some play time. Apparently I wasn't the only one with that brilliant idea. The kids area was SO crowded! But the kids had fun and got some energy out, and I was able to (with two kids) use a gift card at Macy's for some new make-up. It took me about 4 minutes to pick it out, and the girls waited patiently. I was amazed. Anyways, here are some pictures of the fun...

Jenna climbing away
Peek-a-book Elsie
Here's a picture of the craziness. Every square inch of that play area was packed with kiddos!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Spring Art Project!

Rock-a-bye Birdies
New Easter Egg Decorating, Coloring Pages, and Cupcake Ideas
Aren't these adorable!? 
Click here for more details on making this fun craft!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Boo Arthritis

Yesterday my facebook status was "Boo Arthritis". For those who don't know, I have had RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) for about 3 years now, and have experienced tons of pain (on and off) because of it. My doctors now have the disease under control by a weekly shot of Enbrel. Anyways, after a long time of very little pain, I got a flare up yesterday. I woke up with a sore ankle, causing me to limp most of the day. I was bummed! It has been a long time of a pain free lifestyle - running, exercising, yard work, etc. Though I was bummed and in pain, the sore ankle actually brought back a myriad of lessons I have learned from pain over the past couple years, and it was a blessing. It was a reminder that God's grace is sufficient for me because HIS power is perfected in MY weakness. When I am weak physically, I feel weak emotionally as well. But when I depend upon his grace, I am strong spiritually (because I depend on God instead of on myself), which I would prefer to the other two. I wish I had listened more closely to what God was teaching me yesterday because it wasn't until this morning that I realized that I wasn't putting my trust in God.

This morning while cleaning I listened to a chapel message podcast from my almamater, The Master's College. The speaker was Joni Earecklson Tada. It was the exact message I needed to hear. She is a quadrapalegic and has been for 40 years, and now also deals with chronic pain. She has suffered a lot in her life on earth. Obviously much more than I have experienced with RA.

What really hit me in her message was this. She spoke a little about the fact that she looks forward to heaven not only because her body will be healed and she will be able to walk and run and will no longer have pain (this is all great and amazing truth!). But more than a healed body, she looks forward to a healed heart. More than freedom from her wheelchair, she looks forward to a life free from sin. She has the right perspective, and it was just what I needed to hear. Thanks Joni for your message and your testimony. And thank you Lord for the pain that I experience from time to time due to rheumatoid arthritis. Through the pain, I learn so much.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Update on our craziness

Thanks everyone for your comments and compassion :) Day one for little Elsie was miserable! I didn't realize how hooked she was on drinking milk from a bottle! (I confess, we used to put her down to bed with a bottle. I hope my dentist and doctor don't read my blog.) She asked for it (cried for it, screamed for it) all day. Oh how she can pull at my heart strings! She only napped for one hour all day long. I tried to put her down several times but she just cried for her bottle, so instead we headed to the mall to play (which by the way was a foolish thing to do on a Saturday!). She also refused to eat or drink anything. WOW. At dinner I basically held her down and shoved some noodle soup in her mouth. She chewed while staring me. Then she opened for another bite. She ended up eating three bowls of soup, a bowl of yogurt, a bunch of pear slices, and drank some juice. Anyways, she was exhausted by 6pm and went right to sleep without much fuss for her bottle. This morning she is still asking for baba (bottle), but when I put her down for a nap without it she only fussed for about 2 minutes, then talked herself to sleep! So, it's getting better already. She won't drink milk out of her sippy. Hopefully that will change in a couple days.

Jenna had a great success, she slept with undies and woke up dry! Hooray! She woke up twice to go potty, once at 10pm and once at 5:30am. It was very encouraging and exciting!

So, there's a deeper look into our personal life :)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

What are we thinking!?

Well, the sickness in our home is finally on it's last leg. It has been a rough one! Fevers, tired kids, an occasional puke, terrible coughs, snot everywhere, I'll stop there. Anyways, the kids are much better.

So to celebrate their new found health, we have decided (like the crazy people we are) to do two crazy things. 1. To break Elsie of her bottle habit and 2. To work on dry nights with Jenna. So, here's to lots of crying, changing of sheets, tantrums, and tired parents!!

Wish us the best. Maybe it won't be so bad. I'll let you know a few days in :)

Sorry the picture is a little blurry. It's from a few weeks ago and the only recent one I have of the girls together. It's tricky business to get pictures of two kids together!

Monday, March 16, 2009

The big hair cut!

One of the many exciting things that happened this past birthday week was a big hair cut for Jenna! She had been asking for a hair cut for a while now, and since Mimi (Eric's mom) was in town and Mimi cuts hair we thought now was the best time to go for it! One of my favorite comments Jenna had after the cut was, in a very excited voice, "MOM!! Mimi cut all my tangles out!!". I think that we might go even shorter next time Mimi is in town, once the bangs have grown out to shoulder length. Right now they are about at her chin.

The rest of our visit with Mimi and Aunt Keri was great. Well, except for the fact that both girls got REALLY sick. I mean really sick :( They both had fevers, coughs, and extremely tired eyes. Jenna kept saying, "it's so bright in here!". I think she had a headache. Elsie took three naps yesterday and Jenna took a 4 hour nap on Saturday. Poor girls. I think they are almost over it. But we still had fun together. Lots of hanging out at home playing and reading, but still a good time. Mandy and Ireland came to visit one night too, and they all sent Eric and I away over night for our anniversary. It was WONDERFUL. Very very wonderful. P.F. Chang's, the Governor Hotel, downtown shopping, excellent conversation, rest and relaxation, time together. Wonderful.

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Here are some pictures from Jenna's 4th birthday party. During the party the girls drank tea, played musical crowns, bean bag toss, hot potato, danced, had treats, and watched a show. These girls were so crazy and excited!

We let them pour their own tea at their tables and taught them to say, "may I please have some more tea" and "this tea is lovely". It was really cute.
We also taught them the proper way to drink tea, with the pinky pointing out. They all had fun trying it out and Julia and Peyton really got the hang of it!

Here they are dancing (see next post for a video of the dancing ladies)

Here are four of the girls at the beginning of the party - Ashlynn, Jenna, Julia, Peyton. Hope wasn't there yet and we never got the girls to sit still together again! I'm bummed that I didn't get a picture of all the girls together.
Here's Jenna and Julia doing their craft. They got to decorate crowns.
And here's a few more of the girls eating their snack and drinking their tea. Cute little girlies.

Elsie was at the party too. She was a good girl :) Here's a picture of her, DESPERATE for more tea! PLEEEEEESE!

4th Birthday Party

We had a little-girl-princess-tea-party-birthday-celebration for Jenna yesterday and it was really cute. The girls were so excited and wild! It was hilarious. Here is a little video of them dancing and singing together.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Jenna is FOUR!

Happy Birthday Jenna!
I love you so much baby girl. You are such a joy to me. You are smart and funny, silly and sweet, loving and caring, and growing up so quickly. I love how you try to make us laugh with silly jokes or a silly impressions. I love our crazy and silly family time together. I love how we can ride in the car and spend the entire trip making up weird words that rhyme. I love all the time we get to spend together - coloring, pretending, doing chores, cooking, reading books - and how bonding these past four years have been. I also love how independent you are becoming. You seem to love experiencing life on your own in different settings. I can't believe that you will be a big kindergardener in just over a year! I pray you will continue to follow Jesus, and to walk with Him. I love you forever baby girl! Love, Mom

Friday, March 06, 2009

Tricky, very tricky

We thought she actually ate her whole (1/4) of a sandwich!

But she didn't.
Somehow she hid it behind her.

She used to throw her food over the side onto the floor, but got in trouble for that. We were giving her high praise for this one - at least when we thought she actually ate it.
You can really see how squashed it is in this second picture. Funny kid :)

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

I heart craft time

I just love it. Jenna is taking leaps and bounds forward in the art department, and it is amazing to watch her learn and expand her skills. She is coloring in the lines, focusing on completing a project, and writing her letters. I am really proud of her and amazed to watch her grow up right before my eyes.
And Elsie, though she prefers to color on the table instead of on paper, is starting to really enjoy craft time too. Craft time for her is taking the crayons out of this box, and then putting them back in. She also occasionally dumps them on the floor and follows this maneuver with a chorus of "uh-ohs" but she is having fun and learning too.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

New Do's

Pony tail
Piggy tails

Monday, March 02, 2009

Sticky Rice

Can you see it? It was much worse than the picture shows. And then she proceeded to dump the bowl of rice on her head.