Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Bits and pieces of Autumn 2010: the random photo version.

That's me...fell asleep while reading.
Chris was so kind as to take a picture
of me.  Thanks hunny. <3

Timothy's favorite spider...you should
have seen the web!  and the photo
just has great perspective.

Yes, with Timothy it's all a matter of
perspective.  This is the costume he
wore to school--he looks huge!

This is a picture of Andrew's pocket...holding a book.
That's my boy, figure out a way to bring some good
Lit with you wherever you are.

There's my sweet boy.  11 years old and
reading Lord of the Rings! Amazing!
This is Audrey trying to look all serious.

Yeah, serious didn't last long.

I think this is supposed to look appetizing.

One of three raccoons hanging in my
backyard and climbing on my roof.

There's those Disney Princess Eyes this
girl was famous for when she was little.

And that, my friends, is a can of tuna.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Melinda!

Congratulations to my girl for making it into the double digits! What a major stepping stone on her quest to make it to adulthood. She is becoming such a little lady!

For Melinda's birthday we went out to dinner at the place of her choosing: Ruby's. Apparently they have the best chicken strips? The hat her brother gave her off his own head just might be her most treasured gift ever.

Melinda also had a small birthday party that Gramps & Tutu, and a friend from church came to. This started off with a cake of her own design: homemade chocolate cake with homemade frosting, decorated with mini M&Ms. Decorating done by the kiddos of course, since they know how to do it right.

The girls could hardly wait do beat up the piƱata...they wouldn't wait for proper rope and ideal location, but it didn't really matter since the important thing was getting at the candy inside.

Gifts and swim time followed, with cake and ice cream shortly after.

(One of Melinda's gifts was a keepsake trunk that belonged to her great-great-grandmother Amy. What a treat!)

Happy Birthday my beautiful girl!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Festive Festivities at the Festival

Joshua Fest 2010! May the rain be with you!

Yes, this year's festival was the 7 Year's Storm version. This was the 7th JFest we've done, and it rained THE ENTIRE TIME. But despite people getting flooded out of their tents, they moshed on. In big huge muddy puddles. With big huge smiles on their faces. What a great crowd of people! And what a great, positive, hard working, supportive staff we have. God definitely schooled me about attitude that weekend.

Because my time in the rain (midday Friday through Sunday night--heavy and constant) was spent either sleeping, eating, working the coffee shop (Joe Bean! Yay!) or making mad dashes through the torrents, I mostly have before and after pictures. But that which I have, I give unto you:

Trying to level the RV...we never
did get it to work.

Happy hang-out time before
the rains came down and the floods
came up.

Setting up Joe Bean--let the craziness begin!

Melinda was beyond thrilled to be
able to help and learn in the kitchen
with Sam this year.

15 minute break.  Good times on the golf carts.

Great fun at Camp Jericho--it was dry inside!

So much fun to have family by me
during church service!

Story time.  Is that cute or what?

Really odd bathroom encountered on the drive
home.  (sorry.  the post wouldn't have been
complete without it.)