amy's fundraiser

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The event went really well on Tues. night.  We were amazed that the theater we reserved was nearly sold out.  It was fun to see a full room with so many friends from different places and times in life.  Amy was well enough to attend, which was wonderful.  It took place at the Alamo Drafthouse where we had a pizza buffet and the new Indiana Jones movie.  The silent auction was a success as well.  It is estimated that over $10,000 was raised towards Amy's medical fund.  We are thanking God for such an amazing outpouring of love and generosity toward Amy!

memorial day fun

Monday, May 26, 2008

We went out to the lake for an overnight at my parent's place spur of the moment on Sunday.  I am so glad that we did get away, even though it was so brief.  We were glad that the girls had so much fun playing on the beach at the lake, going to the pool, and this one fun boat ride.
This takes me back to boating when we were growing up.  Adam and I both had parents who owned boats and we have lots of memories enjoying the lake.  When you are a kid, you just have to ride up at the front!  And if you are my just have to go to the front of the boat to the back of the boat over and over again...

Nothing wears you out faster than a boat ride on the lake...quickest way to a nap.

a great dance recital

Saturday, May 24, 2008

The dance recital was fun!  She had two dances this year.  A ballet dance to "Animal Crackers in My Soup" by Shirley Temple and a tap routine to "Fun, Fun, Fun" by the Beach Boys.  She is such a ham on that stage.  I still can't believe that she loves to perform that much (I was never like this).  I was laughing during each of her performances, and then I would get those joyful tears in my eyes...after just being amazed by her (not that pregnancy had anything to do with the emotions).  We made another sweet "little girl" memory.  

oh, the heat!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

It is 98 degrees here today!  I had to take this shot of the girls coming in from outside.  We all had very red faces from being out and about.  I decided that we had to get out of the house today.  We have been working hard on house projects and getting ready for baby.  The house was starting to get me a little crazy.  So, of course, I picked a day with record high heat for running errands.  It was sad too.  I don't have much to show for it.  I didn't find anything interesting at the stores we shopped at and our first visit to the Pflugerville Farmer's Market was a little bit of a bust.  There were very few veggies there and no fruit.  We found some pretty squash, which got big sis excited.  Grandma Karan has passed on a love for vegetables (fresh from the garden) to her.
Well, I think I'll be wanting the baby to come sooner than later now.  I've been pregnant before in the TX summer did I do that?!

amy's fundraiser

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Adam and I are involved in a fundraiser to help Amy, Adam's sister. If you are interested in how you can help her right now, please visit
On Monday, Amy had a hard day.  She had to suddenly have surgery to remove her gallbladder.  There is a thorough update on her page - click here for her CaringBridge page.  She covets your prayers right now, as she is recovering from surgery and it has not been easy for her this week. I was happy that Adam was able to visit her yesterday in San Antonio.

a scary tornado night

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

I have learned that in the case of a weather emergency, we are not that prepared as a family.  On Wednesday night, Adam and I were watching a movie and taking it easy when my mom called.  Thank goodness she called to tell us of the tornado warning because we were not watching any news at that point.  We turn on the news and there it is - a funnel cloud heading right for our house.  There were reports of golf ball size hail and this funnel cloud that had great potential to touch down near us.  At one point, the weatherman described two addresses of sitings (both within one mile from our house).
So, what did we do?  We gathered up the girls who were already asleep and pulled them into the interior bathroom with a crib matress.  I'm not all that calm.  We are all praying like crazy and at one point I just start rambling about the gospel...wanting my kids to hear it one more time.  The electricity is flickering and our poor, sweet girls are freaking out.  And I'm right there freaking out with them.  It all passed over us and we are fine.  We are still thanking God for that!  But come to find out other stories from families we know...we didn't seem very prepared.  We had several friends claim that they brought in blankets, flashlights, board games and snacks.  It became a family night for them!  Those sweet parents saved their childrens' sanity much better than I did.  My girls are still talking, very dramatically, about how they survived the tornado night and it wasn't our fondest memory.

mother's day

Sunday, May 11, 2008

The two greatest gifts I received this Mother's Day were not traditional presents.  They were more precious than that for me.  The first one was the fact that Adam was home on a Sunday morning.  This is huge for a pastor's wife!  Adam is regularly up at the church for meetings before service.  So, it was a big treat to have his help.  I was actually early to amazing that was.  The second gift was when he kicked me out of the preschool Sunday school class I help teach.  He gave me the morning off by teaching in my place.  I discovered that 16 five-year-olds look much cuter when you are peeking in their room versus trying to lead them in activities.
After church we joined my wild family at a special Mother's day brunch.  This was such a treat.  The guys did good and I definitely felt pampered.
And here is why I don't feel bad for kicking my feet up for one day.  They are precious...but they are hard work!  I love them like crazy though.  Three girls, wow!

sibling class

Saturday, May 10, 2008

On Saturday, the girls enjoyed a sibling class to get ready for the baby coming.  It was too cute.  They took their baby dolls and the nurse taught them how to care for a newborn.  They learned things like how they have to wash their hands before touching her, not to touch her soft spot, & what to expect from a baby (they cry a lot!).  I was glad that we did it.  They actually learned a lot because someone else was presenting all of the information.  At the end of the class, they toured a hospital room and peeked at a newborn in the nursery.  Now there is no mystery when I disappear and go have the baby.  They are even more excited now, which I find very sweet.  At the end, they received certificates saying they were ready to be great big sisters and goodie bags, so that made it a big hit!

playing at the lake with SueSue

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

We enjoyed a fun two days with Grammy SueSue and Grandpa T-go.  The girls love to retreat out at the lake condo.  They loved the see-saw, sand play and wading in the freezing lake water.  I enjoyed being more of an observer than participant.  I couldn't brave the cold water like them.  Big sis was so excited to find tiny shells in the sand and little sis loved making big splashes.  There was a hint of Texas summer weather as we left.  The temp. got near 87 at the end of our trip, so we justified sno cones on the way home (our first of the season).  

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