you can see some more of the photos on heidi's blog. she's an incredible photographer who is just getting started with her business. If you live in the area, I highly recommend her for your next family photos (or any other photos for that matter - she's great with the little ones too) and she's offering discounts since she building her portfolio right now. thanks heidi -we had a blast!
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
sounds like a blast, right? they have open jump, dodgeball, a little kids jump room, and "skyrobics" - which we all so bravely agreed to try. on their website it claims you can burn up to 1000 calories in just one session! that should have been a red flag to me right there. anything that burns 1000 calories in 50 minutes isn't going to be easy. here again i had myself confused thinking i'm in pretty good shape.
anyway - we all had a ton of fun and were definitely worn out. i have a few pains today (mainly in my ankle because i decided i just had to try doing a flip even though it's been 10+ years since i've even been on a trampoline) but i'm guessing i'm really going to feel the pain tomorrow. i recommend you all check it out - the first "skyrobics" class is free. oh, and a bonus, you get to wear these really awesome high top sneakers with a velcro strap - that brought me back to grade school. i wish i had taken a picture of them to share with you. especially one of me wearing them with crop pants - very stylish!
*note of advice - empty your bladder before you start jumping. especially you ladies like me who have recently given birth...you know what i'm talking about...3 of us nearly peed our pants.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
i look at his chubby little hands doing the "more" sign as fast as he possibly can (i honestly think he might give himself blisters some days) as his mouth is full of food like a little chipmunk. he eats more than i do, seriously. and when it's time to stop, the poor little guy cries every time. of course i hate it when he cries, but i know in my heart that he has had enough and that he'll have more in just a few hours. but can you imagine what it must be like for the mother who has a hungry child and simply has nothing to give him? and doesn't know when she will have anything to give him? it breaks my heart just thinking about it.
today in church, pastor phil stern shared a video with us about "feed the forgotten", a ministry that he is part of that provides food for lepers in india. there are between 2-3 million lepers in the world and the largest part of them are in india. these people have been excluded from the rest of society and been completely forgotten - basically left to die. "feed the forgotten" brings meals to these leper villages and ministers to the lepers. they love on them and share the love of jesus with them. i knew immediately that God had been preparing my heart to give to this ministry. this is the poem that pastor phil wrote after visiting the leper villages in india:
"see their faces wrinkled deepfilled with pain, sorrow and grief.limbs distorted, broken downbodies frail beat to the ground.yet in their eyes was hope sincere,a smile of life from ear to ear.someone's come to dry my tears,their touch will help dispell my fears.not with much in eyes of man,some food, some love and a touching handyet to the one who i love the most,i met that day in the eyes of these.i heard a voice so sharp and deep,say will you go be my hands, my feet."feed the forgotten" and then you will seeif you've done it to the least of these,you've done it unto me."-pastor phil stern
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
so here's a few recent photos that i couldn't upload this past week:
his new favorite toy (yuck!):
first canoe ride. he hated every minute of the 1o minute ride. i think he may have enjoyed it if we hadn't been so mean as to make him wear a life jacket.
playing in the water:
Sunday, August 10, 2008
now that we've moved, we joined our local gold's gym. we've always thought of ourselves as pretty athletic people who are in decent shape...well, apparently we've been lying to ourselves! we started going to the body pump classes and oh my goodness! i used to do these classes in college, and i remember them being a really good workout, but i don't remember it being anything like this. i'm guessing this is because back then i actually was in decent shape. after the first class just laying on the couch was pretty painful and walking up the steps to our apartment was near impossible.
also this past week my little baby has official entered "toddlerhood". i need to order a copy of the strong willed child and read it asap. we've been having little meltdowns whenever he can't do what he wants, whether it's because we told him 'no' or because he physically can't do it. the other day i was putting away the groceries and there was a watermelon sitting on the floor. boden was trying to pick it up, but it was too heavy for him. he had a complete meltdown, tears and all, and even hit the watermelon a couple times. his appetite has also suddenly skyrocketed - he learned the "more" sign right around his first birthday and isn't afraid to use it! most days i think he eats more than i do. although it has become challenging to figure out what he will eat. one day he loves butternut squash, the next day it gets spit out and thrown on the floor. one day he refuses cantaloupe, and the next day he inhales it and begs for more. ahhh, the joys of having toddlers i suppose. for all of you who have traveled this road before me, feel free to share your wisdom...i could use it!
and finally the thing that has been (sadly) frustrating me most...the charger to my laptop has bit the dust :( lately, i've had to fiddle with it a bit to get it to recognize that it is in fact plugged in, but halfway through this week it finally just quit. my laptop battery has been completely dead for a few days now and i've come to realize how much i depend on my computer/internet for everything - recipe ideas, mothering advice, news, communication with friends & family, etc., etc. i haven't been able to upload any new photos or work on scrapbooking either. hopefully the new charger will be in soon, and hopefully that will do the trick. until then, i guess i'll continue to sneak a few moments here or there on michael's work computer when it's available.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
and then i felt God say “what about me? i’m here. i’m listening. talk to me.” wow. why is it so easy to turn to a friend and forget that God is the one who is always there, ready and willing to talk with me. not just willing, he desires to talk to me. he's there to listen to my fears and worries and then to remind me that he has it all under control. he's there to comfort me with his peace. he has all the answers i could ever need. we will never get his voicemail, or get put on hold, or have to wait for him to call us back. he's there. right now. just waiting for us to call on him and talk to him. he won't disappoint.
"In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears." Psalm 18:6