Monday, December 22, 2008

Since every one else is....

I thought I should write about the fun snow we are having as well. Bryan just measured outside and we officially have a foot of snow. I don't think I have ever seen this much snow in Washington since I have lived here. The surrounding streets around here are caked with beautiful white snow and everyone is walking to their destinations, which I think is best for all of us if they do. (Most of them don't know how to navigate the roads in these conditions.) Being from Montana you would think that I would be used to this weather, I've seen drifts of snow higher than our house, walked to school in 2-4ft of snow and seen what a real blizzard is. I must admit that I have gotten acclimated to Washington weather and really have forgotten what its like for life just to go on in the snow. I really could just bundle up in a warm blanket, drink a hot beverage and just watch movies all day, however I cant. Out of need I have navigated the roads, quite successfully the past couple of days and will be doing the same today, after all I still have shopping to do! Wish me luck!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Rancho De Sus Ninos

At the beginning of the month I was blessed to be able to attend a construction mission trip with my husband to Tecate, Mexico. Bryan has been going there for about 6 years now and has had some great experiences. Unfortunately due to work, pregnancy and Micah, I haven't been able to go. My mother in law called about 6 months ago and offered to take Micah for the week, so I now had no excuses. A group of about 15 of us went, including a couple of my girlfriends. We flew into San Diego, went to "In and Out" (for our last "American" meal) and drove from there to the ranch. The ranch is an amazing place with great stories. You can truly feel God's presence the moment you step out of the vans. (The exception was the bathrooms, the only presence you felt at night were the cockroaches.) God really worked through all of us to get things done, there were all different skills among us, but only 3 carpenters by trade. It was so amazing to see trusses being raised by hand, roofing done, doors hung etc. all by people who followed the call to go! Alayne and I went into the colonias in Tijuana and joined one of the churches on Sunday. It was amazing to see, even without understanding, that as believers our hearts all desire the same relationship and love of God. On the last day, we all hiked up a hill to the Cross that over looks the ranch, to raise it back up after it had fallen from the wind. What a great ending to our trip. Although I learned a lot, my biggest take away was, that God calls all of us, skilled and unskilled, to spread His word and love. We just have to listen and follow! I could go on forever, but I will just leave you with some pictures from the trip. If you want to learn more I encourage you to go to thier web site, you can click on the link from the "who we know "section on this blog or if you are interested in joining us let me know!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Visit down South..

We recently ventured down south for a long over due visit to Bryan's family. Its always fun to go see his side of the family (Jeff, his older brother, and wife Samantha have two boys Alex and Zach. Marty, his younger brother, and wife Kristy and their two Corbin and Haley, as well as his mom and dad). Its great for Micah to have cousins around to play with the whole weekend. Micah had his 3rd dental appointment, his Auntie Kristy works at a great pediatric dental office. He had his teeth cleaned and checked for cavities, which by the way he has none. We also went to a pumpkin patch near Battle Ground. The kids had a blast, however Samantha and I decided that we would choose this time, of all times, to be trendy and wear heels to the pumpkin patch! Lets just say I had enough of the patch at hour 1 of the 3 that we were there. Haley and Micah had a great time playing the entire weekend and one of the pictures shows them playing red light green light on the stairs. Their average bed time was 12 am every night! Yikes! It was great catching up with everyone and had a great night playing spoons! These are the times I wish we all lived closer.

Little Chubbie legs. (Haley will be 5 in Dec. Micah and her are the same size, however, Micah weighs about 10lbs more though)

I cant believe he is 3......

"This is a song for my sons for when they understand it, you know how life is full you know we couldn't plan it, your dad and I prayed for strength and understanding, for things we couldn't see or comprehend. This is a song from my heart a small refrain to hold you , for times when we're apart and i cannot console you. I can't say your life will always go like it should, but I can say that God is always good, and when the cold wind blows like I know it will and when you feel alone like I know you will and when the cold wind blows like I know it will don't let your love grow cold...This is a song for you to carry in your pocket take all our love with you in all the paths you walk in, be honest with yourself and don't forget to pray and read your bible everyday.....your dad and I pray for your strength and understanding, the things you can not see or comprehend." (Sara Groves)

Micah had a great birthday, although it was very low key, he didn't care. We started out the morning with a delivery of Spider man balloons from grandma, and a yummy whip cream with strawberries waffle cake. He played with Selah all day as well as enjoyed friends stopping by. The night ended with dinner ( another story for another time) and presents with grandma, grandpa, Auntie Paige and Uncle Josh. It was great to have family around to celebrate this wonderful day. We love our little Man!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

My first Seahawks Game..

This past Sunday, me, my dad and Bryan were lucky enough to get tickets to the Seahawks vs. Rams game. After 14 years of living here I finally got to experience the excitement of a pro-football game. Being from Montana we didn't have any professional leagues so I didn't grow up having a favorite team and the most football I watched was when I was in high school (and that was mainly for the scenery if you know what I mean). We started the day off early and headed into the city to go visit a few friends. We stopped by the infamous "Hawk Box", my girlfriends husband help build, had some food and drink then walked down and visited some more friends. Wow, the tailgating experience is not to be missed! The game was great, the seats were good despite the small hike up a flight of stairs, and the fans were amazing! It was like I knew everyone around me, we were screaming and hi-5in at and with everyone! Some poor schmucks decided to wear some Rams jersey's in the middle of our crowd and man I felt sorry for them! Needless to say, it was a blast and I am defiantly hooked! There maybe a chance for us to go again and I am all over it!!

Pig Roast '08

Every September we look forward the annual Pig Roast out on Camano Island. Our good friends the Degans have invited us for the past three years and we always have a blast. Usually the sun is shining, and its typically hot. This year was a little different, but the rain and cold didn't stop the festivities: the pig still got roasted, beer still got drank, corn hole got played and plenty of yummy food got eaten. The kids had a great time running around in the cold and in and out of the house. Despite no nap times Micah did great and crashed in his car seat the second we left. As I said before we look forward to September specifically for the roast, and weren't let down this year either! Great times!