January 30, 2011

King who?

We played Apples to Apples this weekend. It is a really fun game and we had a great time playing it. Anthony almost spit his hot chocolate out a couple times trying not to laugh. One of the things we did laugh hard at was when Tyler got this card and said "King Henry Vill!"

Good thing the car is dirty!

Parker and I like Twilight. He drew, in the dirt on my side mirrors, an Edward and a Bella. He thought I would like that. These are the things he does that make me smile!


January 29, 2011

Week 2 homework

Week 2 homework was boring. It was really helpful but not that interesting to look at. We were to take a picture of an object and then change the ISO and see how the other 2 elements of exposure respond. We were also to take pictures of white and black paper and change the exposure. Since that is boring to look at here are some pictures I took while out on a nature walk with Tyler. We had a lot of fun exploring the woods by our house and can't wait for spring when everything will start to bloom!

January 27, 2011

January 27

Sometimes God may prioritize performing a miracle on our hearts and minds over a miracle concerning our circumstances.

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines. Though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in You, my Lord. I will be joyful in God, my Savior.
For You, Lord, are my strength. You make my feet like the feet of a deer. You enable me to go on the heights (Hab. 3:17-19). How inconceivable but true that You can take me to heights far exceeding the depths I have known.
Father, continue to bring me along so that I can rejoice in my sufferings, because I know suffering produces perseverance (Rom 5:3).

From Praying God's Word Day by Day by Beth Moore

January 23, 2011

Bathroom Redu

We moved into our house almost 5 years ago. We knew we wanted to paint and update the master bathroom so we went ahead and bought the light fixtures and faucets. They have been sitting under the bed for the last 5 years collecting dust. Everything about that bathroom was white. White floors, white cabinets, white tile, and white walls. I finally put an end to that this week. I painted and updated things. I really like the way it turned out, although Tyler says it looks like a girls bathroom now! And the problem with that is....? :)

January 22, 2011

Week 1 homework

As you know, I am taking a photography class at Portland Community College. There is so much information to digest but it has been a lot of fun. Here are some of the pictures I took for my homework assignment. We were to play around with white balance.

January 17, 2011

Things Parker Says

Parker hit Tyler for some reason. Tyler runs upstairs. I step in and tell Parker he cannot hit his brother and he needs to go apologize.

Parker on his way up the stairs to find Tyler: But I'm not sorry! I'm glad I did it!

January 13, 2011

A diagnosis

I finally got a diagnosis for my hip problem. I have been having severe pain in my hip. It has been going on for 2 months and nothing has helped. It turns out I have hip flexor tendinitis. It will heal they say. I am going in to physical therapy once a week to have ultrasound treatments. Hopefully I will be back to running in 3 weeks and my weight loss goals can move forward! I am just thankful to know what is wrong and that it can be fixed. Thank you, Lord!

Back to school

I went back to school tonight. My friend, Katy and I are taking a photography class at Portland Community College. Tonight we started learning to shoot without "training wheels." We took it off auto and switched over to manual. It is going to be fun!

When I returned home tonight my sweet husband had "going back to school" flowers for me. I love him! He spoils me!

January 11, 2011

Well hello, beautiful!

They are here! (Side note: I texted Brian with those 3 words and he knew exactly what I was talking about. I love being married to my best friend!) My Christmas present came in the mail today! My beautiful, red soled, Christian Louboutin shoes!!!!!!!

They fit perfectly and are so comfortable. Thank you, Dad!!!!!! I will be wearing them to bed tonight. :)

January 7, 2011


Congratulations to my eldest son for earning Honor Roll last trimester with another 4.0! His friends played a joke on him during the ceremony. One of his friends was reading the names off as they came up for their certificates. They got everyone to cheer really loudly for the person before Anthony and the person after him. When they read his name everyone was silent. Anthony thought it was funny.

We are proud of how responsible you are with your schoolwork. We love ya, kid!

January 1, 2011

A thought...

I have had this thought germinating in my mind the last few months. I heard it first from someone at church and it has stuck with me. It is a thought that I pray my boys will grab on to but I am unsure of how to teach it.

It goes a little something like this. We are a society that is constantly striving to get what we think we deserve and we fail to be thankful that we don't get what we deserve. I know this is the basic concept of mercy but it has been on my heart especially over this Christmas season.

I don't want my boys to grow up thinking the world owes them something. I don't want them to think they are entitled to have things just because others have it. I want them to approach material things with humility and gratitude. This is what I am praying for them as we start the new year. I also pray that I can be a good example for them.