Monthly Archives: April 2010

Family Vacation.

Wow, it’s been a bit quiet around here lately. Sorry about that.

James and I took the kids to Fargo for a few days for our first EVER family (of four) vacation. Yes, Fargo is still a vacation for me. It was tons of fun and I hope that we’ll be able to do it again in the not-too-distant future. We hit-up all the shopping hot spots (to my dismay Bath & Bodywork’s was under renovations! I was disappointed.), played in the pool, ate at some cool restaurants, and then stopped in Grand Forks on our way home to go to their crazy cool water park. Other than all of the shopping that mommy and daddy wanted to do the kids were thrilled with everything. They even got to stay-up late watching TV. *At one point Ammie asked us what TV was…and she didn’t understand commercials. She kept wondering where the show went. Happy parenting moment!* I would say that one of the highlights of my trip was finding new bedding at Target. I’ve been looking for something that I like for a few years now and nothing ever stands-out to me. I may even post a picture of it soon it’s just THAT cute.

Anyways, here are a few pictures from our trip.

Ammie playing games at the Space Aliens restaurant. Coolest place ever. Well, at least Rhys thought so.

Ammie getting excited to ride on the Ferris Wheel. She was excited up until we got on and it started to move…

And here is a picture of the four of us at the water park. If you haven’t been there yet I highly suggest you think about going.

SO MUCH FUN!

Well that’s all for right now. Have a great Wednesday!

(and if you haven’t voted yet, please see my last post and VOTE. pretty please?)

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Vote For Jen and Bria!

Hey, so if all y’all could do a HUGE favor for me…head over here and vote for my friend Jen and I. Scroll down to the bottom of the post (of the linked page) and vote. Then go back up to the top of her post and click on her link and vote again on a different photographers page…yup, vote twice! We’d have tons of fun if we won the contest and you could feel good about helping us out! And while you’re at it, you could tell everyone you know to vote for us too! It would make Jen and I so very happy.

Cool.

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Happy Earth Day?

This is not the earth. This is Rhys’ gigantic jawbreaker.

It reminded me of the world though and since it’s Earth Day and all I figured it worked somehow.

I composted today…so I guess that means I participated in Earth Day.

So Happy Earth Day then. Go compost something.

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Early Morning Reflections

4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7

I feel like so often I get caught-up in worrying about life and wondering what’s going to happen next that I forget to just sit and pray. It’s such a simple thing, so easily done and every single time I finally think to pray I wonder why-the-heck I didn’t do that in the first place.ย  This morning, as I was blow-drying my hair, I started getting anxious about a certain situation (again) and it’s like a light bulb went off, I just needed to pray about it. So I did. I feel so calm about it now, I know that the pieces will fall into place and that the Lord will be my guide. The Lord is near but so often I just try to push Him away and sort things out on my own…and that never ends well. My encouragement for you and I today is to cast all of our cares upon Him and rest in the peace that will follow.

*On a different note: I get to take Rhys to his Kindergarten classroom today for a ‘Countdown to Kindergarten’ activity. He’s so excited about meeting his teacher and seeing the room and possibly future friends, he can hardly contain himself. Amelia is excited as well, she keeps telling me that she’s 5 so she can go to school too. I think we may have a bit of trouble when she figures-out she’s not in Kindergarten yet. Any time I get to go to the school with Rhys is good, it’ll make the transition for both of us a bit easier.

*On yet another different note: I highly suggest you head over here and read a column by Doug Speirs about how it sucks to live in the same world as Justin Bieber. I wholeheartedly agree. Although the SNL skit he did with Tina Fey was funny…in a gross, “Ew, that’s Justin Bieber” kinda way.

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A bit of Erskine life.

Lot’s of playing outside since it’s warmed-up, not a lot of housework being done. I’m okay with that. I think that after such long winters we deserve to soak-up as much sun as possible.

Rhys is all about soccer these days.

The 7-11 by my house started carrying Limonata and it’s bad…but so good. Limonata makes me so happy. It’s the perfect sunny afternoon drink. If you’ve never had it I highly suggest giving it a shot.

Playing on the escalator at The Bay downtown. Ammie just couldn’t get herself to say the word ‘escalator’, it went from alligator to illuminator to illiterator and then finally she said escalator but then it went back to alligator. It was really cute cuz she was trying so hard.

And I’m adding the gumball picture because they were just so yummy…yes, they were yummy. I ate them all.

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When I grow-up.

I can’t seem to get away from this one question that’s been tugging at my heart; what do I want to be when I grow-up? Now I know that I’m almost 27 and I’m technically ‘grown-up’ already, but I don’t feel like I am. I feel like there’s so much more to do, so much to learn, so much to see, so much for God to do in and through me. While this tug can get rather annoying at times I find that it can also be exhilarating. There IS so much more. I’ve never wanted to be one of those people who settle, sit back and watch the story of their life unfold from a distance…no, not me. I am very much interested in growing and evolving and figuring-out all that God has for me. I struggle sometimes because I have these huge dreams and visions and hopes that I find it’s hard to be content with where I’m at. It’s hard to balance that.

I would love to go back to school at some point but the problem is that I’m interested in too many things. I wish I were like one of my friend’s who’s always known what’s she’s wanted to do and is just finishing-up her schooling for it. It can be frustrating to be passionate about so many different things that, at times, I wish God would have given me just one interest. Silly, I know. I’ve looked-up courses and even after reading about them I’m still undecided. Textile Science? Environmental Design? Fine Arts? Human Rights and Global Issues? International Development? Prairie Horticulture? Theater? Photography? Culinary Arts? I’m interested in all of them.ย  But I’m even undecided if going back to school is the right thing to do. I feel like I have so much to offer I just don’t know which way to turn.

I pray about it all the time. I know that God has this crazy plan for my life because I’ve seen bits and pieces unfold and I know what I’ve seen is just the beginning and I’m excited to see the rest. I suppose my main problem in all of this is that I think I could be great at everything I just listed-off to you, but I want to follow God’s heart for my life. A burning bush would be wonderful right about now.

One thing that has really made me think harder about the direction my life takes is a quote by Frederick Buechner where he says, “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the worldโ€™s deep hunger meet.”

So what is my deep gladness? I have no idea.

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Spring Fling Bib Necklace.

New post on my Everything Nice page! Enjoy!

(Photo taken by Rhys. Aw.)

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