Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Psalm 127:1

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Braces And Goldfish And Exchange Students Oh My!!

OK I know I am bias but doesn't she look so cute with braces?
So we let the girls go with friends to VBS this week at another church and this is what Ryanne came home with as a prize. Yes you are seeing that correctly, it's a goldfish. Meet Goldie. Now I will admit that at first I wasn't happy with the fact that someone sent my kid home with a pet without asking me. But $40 dollars and an afternoon later I am seriously pulling for this thing to live or Ryanne will be crushed.

On a more exciting note, we are hosting an exchange student from Thailand here in two weeks. A few years back we hosted two girls from Japan and fell in love with them. So this year AFS was in a pinch and needed a couple more host families so I prayed, made the call and then prayed over the profiles and here we are. The minute I saw Napat's (Graph is what she goes by) I had this sense of peace wash over me and I knew she was supposed to be in our home for the next year. If her parents approve I will post pictures of her with our family when she arrives. Can't wait to meet her. Please pray God would give me wisdom as I love on another little girl in our home.

So here is the score so far: 2 kids, 2 cats, 2 birds, a goldfish and 1 exchange student! :)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The BIG 4-0!

The kids LOVED being in the water all day.

I hired the Taco Guy to come cook and boy am I glad I did. It was sooooo good! :)

It's not very often you get both families, church friends, guys from work etc. all in the same place so this was really fun and special for Dan.

I put up a little kid pool for the nieces and nephews and they LOVED it!

Thanks friends and family for driving so far to be with Dan on his big birthday.
I love you Dan. You are a great husband, friend and dad. I can't wait to see what adventures this next year brings us. I could get even more sappy but I don't want to embarrass you too much. I will just end by saying I am the blessed one here and I adore you. Love your wife

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Happy 6th Ryanne

Man oh man I'm not sure how it happened but it did. 6 years passing that is. Ryanne turned 6 yesterday and informed me this morning that she really doesn't feel any different. ;)We got a room down at the beach for a couple days to help celebrate her birthday. It was very relaxing. We rode bikes and ate at some fun places while we were down there.
Fresh chocolate covered strawberries, oh yaaaaaa!
The night we got home we made some home made pizza, opened her gifts and then topped it all off with some cupcakes and homemade peanut butter ice cream.
Ryanne, I know God has great things planned for you. Your heart is as big as the moon. You would give the shirt off your back to someone even before they asked you for it. You anticipate peoples needs and try to serve them before they ever think to ask. I love that about you.
Never in my life have I laughed so much or cried so hard all in the same day. You push me to my very limits and yet at the same time remind me of what it looks like to truly have pure unbridled joy in the Lord. You LOVE life. You are a free spirit that struggles to keep your feet on the ground so you can see what God would have. You adore people and when you meet someone you make them feel important and loved by talking to them, knowing their name and investing time with them. Everywhere you go people love you and remember you. God has big plans for those gifts my sweet. You are small in size but mighty in spirit. You soooo want to do the right thing all the time but the ornery, thrill seeking side of you often calls and you just can't help yourself. I could write an entire book on things I should NEVER have to say out loud that I often hear myself telling you.
I hope this year brings lots of fun new adventures your way and we thank God daily that we get to tag along with you and be part of them. :)

Friday, July 9, 2010

Fun Few Days Away......

We have been trying for sooooo long to sneak away to Fresno to visit some friends who moved there a couple years ago but being that both husbands are firefighters & we all have kids it makes for a difficult scheduling time. We finally were able to set a few days aside and make it happen. We had a great time with Brian and Yvonne (also affectionately called Frank & Wanda by our children)
It was Yvonne's birthday so getting to love on her and help her start off another great year made it that much more special. Happy Birthday friend. God really shines through you and I can't wait to see how he will use you this next year.

The girls swam TONS and Ryanne took a BIG KID step and went off the diving board. These legs of course belong to our fish Morgan.
But once Ryanne jumped she was hooked and
Oh so proud of herself. :)
Yvonne had the great idea to leave the kids with the dad's and head over to this place called Oceans; they do reflexology on your feet. If you have never had this done I encourage you to try it out. Because I have such bad arthritis and circulation in my feet it is a life saver. Thank you for the treat Yvonne, my feet are still super happy and pain free. :)

We decided last minute to take a quick detour through Hanford on the way home to visit with some old friends who we have known FOREVER! The funny thing is that some other friends were in town visiting them as well so we got doubly blessed!
It's funny because we have all been friends since before we were married so to sit in the living room while all 8 kids ran around, played and screamed was kinda funny. I think we were all remembering a time when we would have late dinners and game nights just the 6 of us. Not so much anymore. Now it's more like controlled chaos. ;) Thanks for the fun visit Bruce, Rhonda, Chris and Melissa and all their cute little off spring. :)
(Oh and Diana if you read this I was so bummed we didn't get a chance to meet while I was at Rhonda's, next time for sure!) :)

Monday, July 5, 2010

Happy Belated 4th...........

I am going to apologize in advance for not having photos of our day but it just never left my bag and I realized it after the fun was over. Bummer.

We started our 4Th of July by celebrating our "real" freedom worshiping and fellow shipping at church. Then we ran home to get the 3 flavors of homemade ice cream (all dairy free of course) we had made the day before. The girls and I then headed to the fire station to be with Dan and his crew. We stopped on the way and loaded up on lots of chicken, beans, rice, tortillas, and chips and salsa. Gotta feed the hungry firemen.

We ate lunch, had some dessert (I think the coconut blueberry was the favorite flavor) and then took a ride around town on the fire engine. I swear, I am 36 years old and that NEVER gets old. I don't know if it's talking in the head sets or just being in the big huge Engine that is bigger than everyone but something about it is just F-U-N!!

We then headed outside where the guys thought they were going to let Ryanne help wash one of the trucks. Let's see, Ryanne + hose= water fight. SO the water fight began and by the looks of it Ryanne and Dan's medic got the worst of it. The rest of us ran for cover.

When we left the girls were sad to leave Dan behind but I reminded them that he is doing what he is called to do and what he loves. After we talked I got to thinking of the funny memories the girls are going to have from their childhood. Riding around town on the engine talking in the headsets, running through the fire station, getting into water fights and having to wear old department t-shirts home because they were soaked to the bone. I hope when they are sad missing their daddy they remember all those fun things.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Day At The Street Painting Festival

We took the girls to Temecula for the street painting festival. We had amazing weather. Tons of people out walking around. Farmers out with their fresh produce, just a good day all around.Both girls really enjoyed watching the chalk art.....
And even got to create their own square of beauty in the family artist zone.
It was fun to see the artists works of art come together and just pop off the street with color.
I could have stayed and watched this lady draw all day. Don't these faces look amazing!!
We figured since it was a day of trying new things, we would try out this Mediterranean restaurant and boy are we glad we did. The hummace and curry were made there as was the olive oil they used. If you like Greek food you have to try Soso's in old town Temecula. We all tried something different which was fun. Dan had these vegetarian grape leave rolls. They were my FAVORITE!!! :) I had a chicken curry dish, Ryanne tried this Caesar salad pita thing and Morgan had a kabob pita sandwich. Really fun. Love that the girls will try new things and we can pretty much go anywhere and do anything with them and they enjoy themselves.
Of course at the end of our day they found the one play ground in town and just wanted to swing......
and climb.
So we sat. :)
All in all it was a fun day of trying new things as a family. :)