Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Truth Shall Set You Free

Don't you just love it when you find something for your home that really reflects the truth you live in?! (That sounded a little "Oprah-ish, didn't it?)
Last week while we were in Sacramento I went to Nordstrom Rack and found these embroidered pillowcases...

I really can't believe they are so "spot on" truthful!! (I wanted to get a picture of Scott and me holding them but he was having NO PART of that~I wonder why???)
I also found these cute ones (again, embroidered!) for Shae's bed. I could hardly wait to get the sheets washed and ironed so I could see how cute they were on her bed! (yep, I iron sheets. You should try it, I have done 3 queen sets and 1 king set today, can't wait to go to bed tonight!)

BTW~we are in the process of making our list for "Shae's Dorm Room" if anyone has any suggestions, let me know! It HAS been a while since I have lived in a dorm...I am trying to think of anything and everything she may need next year. *SO FUN*
We have also just made our very first Liberty University tuition payment-OUCH!

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Monday, March 29, 2010

A NEW Post... finally!

I have been a terrible "blogger" lately. It just seemed like such an effort to get the pictures loaded onto the computer and actually sit down to write a post. All that AND it has been pretty hum drum around here.

Running a camp means cooking LOTS of food every summer, which means LOTS of food orders which means the Sysco food guy LOVES my husband! He orders high volumes of food as you can imagine. Last week was the annual food show in Sacramento. It is put on by the big food company Scott uses, Sysco.
Scott's food guy got us tickets to the food show AND 2 nights in a hotel!! We walked around the food show for maybe 2 hours and then went to the MALL! We had such a nice time just doing whatever we wanted to do and being responsible for no one! We also went to the land of wonderment and joy....IKEA!
While Scott was working in the hotel business center one afternoon I took a 2 hour NAP!! went We also went to The Cheesecake Factory for dessert...
Upon arrival it is customary to look at the yummy desserts in the case. Are you KIDDING me? The CALORIES are DISPLAYED!?
Yep, that's right...Thanks to our "Governator" here in California, it is now THE LAW to display the calories in all the desserts! The Cheesecake Factory even gives you their "calorie" book with the menu!!
I don't know about you but that looks like a day's worth of calories in ONE dessert! Sheesh!

We have been busy doing lots of other things here too...Like getting haircuts,
Lindsay was so cute at the salon. She was carrying on a full conversation with the girl cutting her hair. Shae and I were cracking up as she asked if the girl "has a husband" and then proceeded to tell her all about her cousins and where they all live and who their parents are!!
I LOVE her hair short, and it is so easy! It looks cute when she wakes up and there is minimal styling required!
One night Anna, Shae and I took a little trip over to Ross and we found these great patio lounge chairs which we called Dad about and BEGGED for, but he said "no" so we had to leave them behind.
We celebrated Austin's 4th birthday this week. Here is my best attempt at a picture of the kids. My SIL, Laurie, is The Queen of getting cute stair pictures and

Shae was tickled pink to announce to us one day that she is on the track team! I DO believe it is a social thing for her but whatever makes her happy!
So far she has had one track meet, she threw the shot put and got 3rd place. Pretty good for her first time EVER to do it! She said she is going to do the discus too which makes me laugh so hard I cry thinking about her spinning around in circles and THEN trying to throw something! Yikes...I think I will park faaaaaaaaar away! She is going to try the long jump and the high jump too.

The "friends" are getting a little bit sad about the school year coming to a close, so they have been spending lots of time together lately doing lunch and just spending the night at each other's houses.
Shae is the TA (teacher's aide) for 8th grade PE this year. Those 8th grade boys adore her! They even fight over her! It is no wonder though, she bakes them cookies almost every week. Tonight she let Lindsay "help".

Then they took a few minutes to look at pictures while they waited for the cookies to come out of the oven. As you can see, Lindsay doesn't really know anything about "personal space"!

Anna is playing softball now too, so we are coming and going like crazy just about every day. I will try to keep up with my blog though so, don't give up on me!! I also need to do a post on all my fun Ikea purchases, and my bedroom facelift, so stay tuned!
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Monday, March 22, 2010

Slow Down, School Year...

I was attempting to organize my digital pictures (how DO YOU do that?) when I ran across this picture of Shae and Maeghan on their FIRST DAY OF HIGH SCHOOL!
SERIOUSLY, where have 4 years gone?? I am starting to feel the pain of my first born child turning into an adult. I wish these last few weeks of school would linger a little....

Monday, March 15, 2010

Oh Happy Day!

Shae got her official acceptance letter from Liberty University "The World's Largest Christian University" today! She was extra excited about the laundry bag they included with the letter! (although I already got her a monogrammed laundry bag)
She is one happy girl! She has already applied for her dorm room {my old dorm!!!} and now she is waiting to "meet" her roommates! What an exciting time in her life.
Lynchburg, we come!!
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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Here We Go Again!

What an exciting day for Anna. Today she finally got her much anticipated braces!
Here she is ready to go in and get those babies put on!
Here is the" before" picture we will use when she gets them off!
{wearing the Dr. Gus sunglasses so the light won't hurt her eyes}
Dr Gus and Lara putting the braces on.
The most fun thing about the braces now is that you can choose the color of the rubber bracket things that get changed every 6 weeks. Anna chose pink and purple this time after a lonooong decision making process
{my braces were ALL SILVER!}.
Here is the happy girl on our way out! She was so cute all the way to school
talking about them and looking at them in the mirror. She is usually so quiet, you can tell when something makes her happy by the talkative-ness! Thanks Dr. Gus!

I was telling Scott that we have lousy getting started with braces (cha-ching!) and one going off to college (double cha-ching!).
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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Weekend in Review

We were blessed with another beautiful weather weekend. I am so thankful for the clear skies after a good rain. The weather pattern we have been enjoying suits me just fine, rain for a few days followed by gorgeous warm, sunny days!

We stayed home all day Saturday and got a lot done. Saturday night we were treated to a delicious meal made by Anna. She did the whole thing herself!!
Homemade pizza with tomatoes and fresh basil, cheese pizza with white sauce, basil tartlets, salad and sweet tea were on the menu for the evening. She is such a capable girl, looks like I've got some easy livin' coming up!

Sunday was another beautiful day. Church day!! We started the morning listening to the CD that the "Children of the World" sent to us after they stayed at camp over Christmas. Precious, absolutely precious! The worship songs are so so good and I caught Lindsay in full worship when I came into the kitchen where the music was playing!
(oh, and it looks like there is a hole under the arm of her sweater!!)
After church Anna asked if we could go walk the River Trail at the Sacramento River. Scott stayed home to work, so I took the girls and it was so fun. Redding is a beautiful place to live! There were so many people out riding bikes, walking and having picnics.
After we took this picture Lindsay bit the dust (mud!) trying to get down! The white sweater will never be the same!

A rare picture of Lindsay looking AND smiling in the same direction! WooHoo!
On our way back Anna pushed Lindsay and I was so glad! Phew! What a workout pushing that talker around!
It's good we were able to soak up some sun since the forecast is rain this week.
"The heavens tell of the glory of God. The skies display his marvelous craftsmanship."
Psalm 19:1
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Thursday, March 4, 2010

It's Official

Well, it is OFFICIAL, Shae has been accepted to Liberty University!!
She will follow in the footsteps of 2 of her uncles and an aunt,
Her Papa,
and her parents! She is a FLAME! I am so proud, happy, apprehensive, nervous, excited and prayerful! Now that I am facing it, I don't know how on earth my parents let me, their only beloved child, leave San Diego to attend college in Lynchburg, Virginia. But, I am awfully glad they did.

Congratulations, Shae Marrin. You will have a BLAST! (and make good grades!)
Let the dorm room decorating begin!
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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Big Game Tonight

Tonight the Redding Christian Lions boys varsity basketball team with be playing against our rival, Liberty Christian, for the League championship! The winner will travel to Chico on Saturday to play to win the "section".
We have had terrible weather during all these play off games, and they have been quite far away so the parents have all been taking turns driving the girls to the games. We are happy this game is in town! I am the assigned parent for Saturday if they win, which is fine with me because we can go shopping before the game!
Shae, Laura and Maeghan made signs for the players and they are the greatest fans!
Jeans and Redding Christian sweatshirts are ready to go for tonight!
Go Lions!!!


UPDATED TO ADD: We Lost!! :( But, Good luck to the Patriots this weekend!