Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I Love This Man!

Today is Andrew's birthday as well as the first day of his last semester in Seminary! What a fun day to celebrate! There are so many things I could say about this guy but I'll just stick to a few- He is such a great example to me and our boys in all areas of his life, I have so much respect for him, he is funny and witty, he loves us and shows us in so many ways and he daily leads us to Christ! The best part of our day is when this hunk walks through the door each evening...we just can't get enough of him! We praise God for the rich blessing of Andrew. Happy Birthday Love!

Below are a couple of my favorite pics of him

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Camp Regeneration

Don't let the word "camp" fool you. Any ideas I had about our High School Summer camp were completely blown out of the water by our experience there! First of all it is held in beautiful Glorieta, NM at this amazingly HUGE conference center...the boys and I stayed in a hotel on the property. Not really camping :) Every minute of the day was packed for the students with awesome messages, CRAZY games and fun free time options. ( Fire trucks were brought in for one of the games- shooting hoses at the kids!) There were 900 kids there, yes I said 900! Wow. Everything was so organized and fun as well as spiritually beneficial. I was super impressed.

The topic was on the Regeneration of the heart that happens when you are saved... Ezekiel 36:26 "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh."
And each of the messages drew from that theme to encourage the kids in salvation and sanctification.

Other highlights from the camp were: wild thunderstorms, fun people to get to know better, great milk shakes, weird camp food, beautiful scenery, hearing Andrew preach and 8 days of intense parenting challenges while dealing with altitude sickness and lack of sleep...lots of growing opportunities for me!

We had the fun chance to eat at "Bobcat Bite" which has made it's fame for the best burgers in the U.S. or something like that :) It's been on TV and it is quite a fun little place. And the burgers were definitely good~ We ate there twice that week
Weston had the fun chance to learn a few new tricks- playing volleyball and giving fist bumps

Watching the crazy games with the little happy camper

Monday, August 15, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

DIY Chair Makeover - $18

This was fun~ I went to a great resale store with my mom-in-law and found this old chair for $7.99. I loved the style of it since our new place is old fashioned but it needs some major help! I found some fun fabric for a new cushion cover for $6.00 and some spray paint for $4.00 and got to work.
I took the chair apart- super easy, just unscrewed the 4 screws holding the seat on, took the blue fabric off the cushion and then wiped everything off
Then I sanded a few rough areas where the coating was cracking and peeling and then began to spray paint it black. The pic below is after 1 coat of paint. I did about three- only using one can!
Then I went to visit my friend Jenny with my cushion and fabric to use her staple gun to attach the new fabric.
I centered the design and folded it around the chair cushion, then flipped it over, trimmed and stapled.

I then screwed the cushion back on the dry frame and voila! A "new" chair for $18

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Bubs 2nd Bday Party

Is this kid cute or what? :) He is also Coo Coo for balls, so we decided to do a ball themed party this year, and with the help of our family it turned out pretty fun! We had different game stations around the backyard- balls everywhere. A simple lunch and some cookies and cake pops and that's it...well it actually was a lot more work than that sounded like so next year we will do something SUPER simple...ha ha! But it was worth it. The 2 year old had tons of fun and it was really fun to have our house filled with family and close friends.
Trying to get Weston to hold up his fingers! U can see he has his two fingers out in his hand but it didn't make the pic :)

The next few pics are from his actual birthday, the day before the party and we had a little family celebration with Andrew's mom and sister and brother in law and cousins.

Watching Elmo with the cousins

Brother is ready to party!
Weston loved his bday present from Daddy- this was also Andrew's fav toy growing up. ( It's now outside tho :)

Party Time