Friday, June 27, 2008

We're off!!!


Well, with 5 big suitcases (most of which are medical & preschool supplies) & our carry-ons WE'RE OFF!!! We'll return to the States July 6 late. We'll do our best to update our blog at least once while we're there (hopefully more), so stay tuned.....

Monday, June 23, 2008

For Jess

The newly organized closet.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

First Sewing Experience





I had my first sewing experience this Saturday, thanks to my sewing mentor Eileen :). Together, we sewed a "rag baby quilt". Eileen thought that this would be the best thing for me to start with because it's such a forgiving pattern, and she had to remind me of that many a times (as I sewed many perfectly crooked lines and a couple squares completely backwards). After about 4.5 hours we finished all sewing. Now I just have to "rag it" by cutting small slits along all four corners of each square (mind you there's 48 squares) and wash it in the washing machine a bunch of times to get rid of all of the threads. I'll post the final picture, but don't hold your breath until then...it will be a while, in that we leave for South Africa this Friday :).

Monday, June 16, 2008

Father's Day milkshakes & hot dogs








Stephen's dad's favorite food is good hot dogs. However, Big D's Dogs (his fav) was closed yesterday, so we went across the street to Snuffers (a hamburger dive) for lunch and they luckily had a hot dog on the menu (and they also have the best vanilla shakes). It was fun for the four of us just to be together. (we also took their boxers puppies swimming beforehand.)

Our Anniversary Celebration in Pictures, Evening









We ate at my favorite restaurant La Duni for dinner. And Stephen played with the settings on his camera (shutter speed, white balance, etc). These are my favorite artsy pics he's taken thus far. I love when the colors aren't entirely true to form (ie; these images are slightly orange), but they give you a kind of experience. This was an amazing anniversary celebration, one our best days ever!

Our Anniversary Celebration in Pictures, Morning

Pedicures





Couples Massage

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Foods that Harm Foods that Heal


Per Christy's suggestion (my organically nutty friend from Cali....whom I love:), I ordered this book today. She said it's her kitchen bible, I can't wait to read through it all!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

My new outdoor rug



Last night we went to West Elm and I bought this little yellow & white outdoor rug that I've been eyeing for a while. I went in thinking I'd want the orange, but the yellow was way better. The coolest thing is that it was 50% off, $7 for this fabulous rug. Cool huh?

Monday, June 9, 2008

Photo editing




I've been playing with the colors in each image (just in the standard photo editing program on my mac) and it's so much fun. Stephen took this picture and I adjusted the colors, one with more sepia and the other a higher color balance. It's cool because Stephen is much more technical (and have little to no patience for technical things) and I'm more visual. So he took the pics and I play with the cropping and colors. I like this arrangement :).

Sunday, June 8, 2008





Insanely busy weekend, but all good stuff. Friday night I tackled the hall closet. I took absolutely everything out of the closet, in order to start with a fresh pallette, and Stephen almost passed out when he walked in after work (women understand the fresh pallette idea, men not so much). I finally finished after about six hours of hanging shelves, throwing away old med's etc (and yes, this part incited a difference of opinion(s) between the saver and the organizer...."That Vitamin C expired in 2005." "No, it's still good. Don't just throw it away."...and you can guess the rest :)), and putting things in baskets in terms of catagories, etc. And it is so satisfying to now open the door and see a beautiful, well-organized closet. Honestly, that's one of the most rewarding things to me. I love clean, organized space. (Stephen thinks it may be a sickness;).

Saturday morning we went to DFW airport and picked up my dear friend Shelby and took her and her friend to coffee. They had a two hour layover before they went on to LAX and then eventually Cambodia. They are going to work with young girls who have been rescued from sex-trafficking. Shelby was my closest friend at Teen Mania Honor Academy and we still keep in close contact. It was refreshing to see her and introduce her to Stephen, but an hour and a half is such an unfair tease. I pray that we will somehow be able to go and visit her, her hubby and their three kidos.

Saturday afternoon I helped host another Juice Plus party. Those are always fun. Saturday night we lounged around and I made a yummy dinner.

Sunday we went to church---side note: Ali has been joining us every Sunday and we love love love his company, God has been drawing him for years now & it's cool to talk with him about it---and after church we went to a wedding. It was the wedding of my friend BJ with whom I went to college and Brandi our friend from church. The pictures above are from the wedding. The one of me is with my friend Paula. Isn't Stephen getting SO good with his photography?! I'm so impressed by some of the shots he got that really make you "feel" the moment. We had fun, but unfortunately didn't dance together b/c so few were dancing (you know how that feels, when you're like the only two on the dance floor and all eyes are on YOU. Yeah, no thanks:). So, there you have it that's our weekend in a nut shell :).