Hey, this is fun riding on this broom!
I want to play, too....paleeeease!!!
We have been crazy busy, but all is well! Chelsea has made her decision on where she is going to college. Yay! She is going to College X's summer program...which means she will go away to College X (don't want to say the name of college where she will go) for July and most of August taking courses and staying on campus. She will then come back home for Sept. through December and take courses at the community college. In January she will go back to College X in January and stay there. This has something to do with housing availability.
Chelsea is also busy getting ready for her Senior Prom that will be next week!
Ryan is getting along okay. We go back every 10 days or so for x-rays where they access how the healing is going. The spine doctor is such a nice guy but is very firm with Ryan explaining that surgery is not out of the question yet and the least little wrong thing(or move) could cause the need for surgery. Ryan has handled this whole thing really well, I will say!
I hope you all have a great day!!!!
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Hey, this is fun riding on this broom!
Friday, April 25, 2008
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Does this count?
My friend Tammy in Colorado sent this to me . I had to share it with all of you, because I think it is adorable! It just reminds me so much of Ella, except the dolls would be replaced with her stuffed animal friends. Thanks Tammy!
Also, below is the link (click on the square) for a very special auction taking place. Please take a peek if you have not already seen it.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
The many expressions of our beautiful girl.....
Ella is not an easy one to get a good picture from. As soon as the camera comes out, she starts making goofy faces. She is so full of life and has the most beautiful expressions on her face all through the day when she is talking to us. So, the best way to get a good picture of her, is to just talk with her so she forgets about the camera. Her beauty just radiates!
Isn't it a Blessing to have the beauty of nature in the background of our pictures now?!
Monday, April 21, 2008
This is our new bedtime/nap time favorite! I am often amazed at how in tuned to and aware that our little ones can be. Somethings that I expected in the later years are actually there already. One is how our girls would perceive the differences amongst our family. We all know what it feels like when we venture out into public...the looks, the comments, the questions. But I am truly surprised at Ella's awareness at the age of 3.
Ella talks ALOT about her black hair, in such a way that it seems to me that she is aware that it is "different" from ours. Chelsea and I always tell her that we would LOVE to have her beautiful silky hair and we would!! And then there is the skin color, which she never really mentioned. We started reading this book and she just glued herself to it. What surprised me is her insistence that her skin is light brown not dark brown. We just read the book, we don't really dialouge with it, yet she takes it upon herself to discuss how light her skin is(emphasizing light)...almost in a defensive type of way. Now, this is indeed true in the winter months...but come spring, her skin turns a beautiful dark, golden brown color, that again most of us would LOVE to have! Her skin is so intriguing...it literally tends to darken with the season...we have only been able to go outside a couple of days so far(weather wise) and already her skin is several shades darker. I used to think it was the sun, but it really doesn't seem to be just that.
She is breathtakingly beautiful to us and we pray she grows up with the same self image that we have of her!
I am waaaaay cool!
These two are not easy to keep up with, especially on these slide things, but I can do it!!!
**I just noticed someone's foot was in the top picture, but don't have time to change it. LOL!**
so, it is what it is!
Friday, April 18, 2008
Ella: "Why do you always put Sophie to bed first?"
BaBa: "Because it is very easy to put Sophie to bed...it only takes a few minutes."
Ella: (very adamently) "I am very easy to put to bed, too!!!"
BaBa: "Oh, your bedtime is very easy alright. First you MUST put your own PJ's on and they have to be ones you like and then you have to brush your own teeth. Next, we have to play a round of Match Game. After that, we read stories of your choice and then the placement of all of your animals begins. They all have to be lined up just so. Sometimes with covers on, sometimes not. Always a bit different, but exactly how you see fit for the day. If any are missing, we have to search the house for them. We can NOT turn lights out until "everyone" is situated just so. Then we have to sing some songs and rock for a bit. And then about 2 hours later, you fall asleep. Very easy indeed! : )
We do love our girl!!!!
Have you ever seen a cuter face? How could such a cute little face be going through such puppy badness? LOL!
We obviously did not get the submissive one of the litter, which is good because that would not have been a good fit for this very active and noisy family. But Daisy is most determined and I am having a hard time finding a way to get across the idea of no biting and no jumping. We have tried the yelping and the walking away and the shaker can and the finger in the throat. Anyone else have any secret tips that they would like to share? We went through this same thing with Katie. Goldens just tend to be very mouthy dogs as part of their nature. So if any of you are dog lovers and have a trick I haven't tried...I would love to hear. Puppy Kindergarten starts next week!
I wish you all a very happy week-end with your families!!!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
I have really been trying to make time for exercise the last few months. One of my favorite classes that I take twice a week is called "Yogalaties", which is half Yoga and half Pilates. I LOVE it!! Since I have neglected a regular exercise routine the last few years, I felt like every time that I reached too far or reached in a different direction, that I was pulling a muscle. Talk about feeling old! So this class that I take is wonderful...you really feel like you are getting such a deep stretch for those muscles we don't use all of the time. I feel like my balance has become so much better since doing this, too! I also like this class, because even though you are tired at the end of it, it is relaxing and goes at a pace that doesn't make you feel like you can't keep up. The instructor plays a beach sound effects tape in the background...just lots of fun!
My friend talked me into taking a Latin aerobics class. We started that last night...talk about funny! She has us doing Salsa dancing with a fast aerobic type of rhythm. Oh, my goodness!! We had fun, but talk about feeling uncoordinated!!
Boy did we have a good laugh during that class....when we had enough breath left to laugh. hee hee!!
I liked these pictures of the girls, because their outfits are almost the same exact shade as the new grass coming in!! These outfits were only $6.94( for both pieces) in Wal-mart!
Thanks, my friends, for all of the prayer for Ryan! He is doing okay. Sore and slow moving, but alright. He started back to school yesterday with a few arrangements. he has to have someone carry his stuff for him, because he can not carry or lift anything. Also, he is dismissed from classes early so as not to get caught in the rush of the hallways. We go to see the spine specialist tomorrow and hope to hear things are going in the right direction as far as healing.
Have a great day, everyone!!!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Hey, does anyone remember what it is like to have a dull moment? We are certainly lacking them around here these days!
I am sorry I have not been visiting your blogs this week, but it has been a little hectic here...more so than usual. Ryan had another bad biking accident a few days ago and it resulted in numerous spinal injuries. I got a call at work the night it happened and they told me that I needed to call home for a family emergency. That took a few years off my life! Dave tells me that Ryan had an accident and he was on his way to the ER with him. Now, Dave always downplays things and always wants my opinion on things, so the fact that he knew it was bad enough to not even check with me...well, that frightened me!
Dave was in the ER with him all night into the morning, while I stayed home with the girls. He kept calling every hour or so to update me on what tests were being done and so on. At about 3 a.m., he called to tell me they had done the CT scan and found 3 fractures in his neck. They were transporting him to another hospital with a trauma team. Lost another year or two there!
At the second hospital, they did more testing and found a few fractures in his middle back area as well. Lots of pain/bruising in his ribcage, but nothing broken there. They admitted him and we waited to hear from the spine surgical team. The wonderful news is that they did not suggest surgery. He is now home with the neck brace for the next few months. He has to wear it 24/7 and is frustrated by that. Yes, he should realize how lucky he is to be spared spinal surgery, but he is 14. We will go back to the spine specialist next week and see if things are going how they should. The idea is to keep the neck immobilized, so as not to cause further damage.
It has been a long week, but we are praising God that He spared Ryan in many ways with this accident!!
Yesterday, we had a BEAUTIFUL weather day out here and we got out in between appointments to enjoy some of it. Ella was soooo happy to have a "bubble weather" day! And I was thrilled to be able to take some outside pictures!
I hope everyone is well and I will try to visit you all very soon!!!
Monday, April 7, 2008
Rick Warren (REMEMBER HE WROTE " PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE" )
You will enjoy the new insights that Rick Warren has, with his wife now having cancer and him having "wealth" from the book sales. This is an absolutely incredible short interview with Rick Warren, "Purpose Driven Life" author and pastor of Saddleback Church in California.
Second, about midway through last year, I stopped taking a salary from the church. Third, we set up foundations to fund an initiative we call The Peace Plan to plant churches, equip leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, and educate the next generation. Fourth, I added up all that the church had paid me in the 24 years since I started the church, and I gave it all back. It was liberating to be able to serve God for free.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Having a big sister is the best! I am going to miss her sooooo much when she goes away to college! Mommy doesn't have time for manicures.
I have Spring fever!! Everyday I ask the clouds to move over and make room for the sun to shine and I ask the sun to be a little warmer so I can go out and play bubbles and ride bikes and plant some flowers. Mommy says soon....but it seems to be taking so long!!
Here I am creating some indoor skates, so that I can roller skate inside.
And if I am really bored, Sophie and me can do a little operation on Pup!!