Friday, November 27, 2009

What we've been up to...

We've had a couple big weekends around here.

Last weekend Travis and I left Savannah with his parents at our house while we went to Minneapolis to celebrate our 7th anniversary. Savannah had a great weekend! She was totally exhausted by the time we got home!

Here's Travis eating at Global Market in Minneapolis. He went there on a missions trip and loved it. We ate at a place called "The Holy Land".
Heads up T Rav! We shopped around there in all the little shops from around the world. It was a pretty good time.
Here we are at the Mall. Pretty awesome! Actually, I only shop at Old Navy, Urban Outfitters and H&M. If you have a plan it's a lot less overwhelming. Trust me.
Yep. We went to see New Moon in Minneapolis. We walked out after hour 2 because it seemed like it would never end. Dumbest movie EVER!!!!!!!!

Here's Savannah Mid-week getting stuck under the table. It was only a matter of time until this happened.

On Tuesday we went to MLA (Travis' school) to eat lunch with students and their families. It was my first time to ever visit there and it was well worth the drive.
My dad made Savannah this Owl doll. She's totally into owls right now.
On Wednesday night we host #1 of 2 Thanksgiving dinners with international students. We had two students from China over along with a bunch of our friends. It was a great time! The best was when Travis made everyone play Guesstures.
Savannah had a total of 4 Thanksgiving dinners. The girl can eat!
All in all, busy week, good times, lots of friends, and I'm ready to get my Christmas on!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I need some help here!

Okay, I have a few problems. I'll layout the problems, and you hit me up on facebook or email me ( with your advice - for some reason people can't comment on my blog... i dont know. But I really need help!

Problem #1 - I'll just say it. Savannah keeps pooping in the bath tub!!! 4 times in a little over a week. Actually, I think she's only had one bath in the last 2 weeks that she didn't do it. I just turn around for one minute, and when I look back - there's poop in the tub. I'm looking for ways to stop this (I keep telling her "no poo poo in the bath!" before and after it happens, but that's not working). I'm also looking for tips on cleaning it up......

Problem #2 - Travis and I will be hosting our annual Christmas Party of small groups present and past (with all our Escape small group kids) and I need some new game ideas! To tell you the truth, I don't think I can play silent pictionary and "the envelope game" one more time! Any good ideas on group party games would be appreciated!

Problem #3 - We decided to host TWO Thanksgiving dinners with international students this year. Last year we did one with a few students from China and it was a blast! So we are having one the day before Thanksgiving and one the day after. I'm not a cook. Does anyone have any really easy ideas for food/sides/dessert? HELP!

Okay - advise away!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Retreat recap

Last weekend was our High School retreat. It was pretty good.

Juuuust kidding! You get more of a story than that! A few high lights include:

- 3 students accepting Christ for the first time!
- Mark Arant's speaking (that guy will have you rolling with laughter one minute, and feeling passionately about living in the Kingdom of God the next).
- The honest confession of sin by students in their small groups. This is something we've been needing for a while. It's like we could feel that the group as a whole just needed to purge!
- Sleeping in a twin bed with one of my small group girls. What can I say, I'm a close sleeper.
- A totally amped worship session on Saturday night!
- Experiencing brokeness and grace toward the girls in my small group out of the overflow of love God has given me for them.

Until next year. It will probably take me that long to catch up on sleep!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Weekend pictures

So here's what we did on the most wonderful November weekend you could ask for...

Travis and Jasey played a show at Ziek's. It went well. Savannah kept trying to run to the stage or stand in the back and yell "dada!"
Attempted an amateur family photo. The light and leaves were just right... the kiddo, not so much.
Took Savannah to her first Tailgate for my mom's birthday. Here my dad is trying to be a professional photographer. Maybe we should have asked him to take the family one in the leaves...
Savannah likes wearing this hat for some reason. I think it's the cutest.
And some more leaves.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

2pm week days

I just discovered this today.
What stay at home mom couldn't use a relaxing hour watching people dressed up in dumb costumes win money? (click here to watch it online)
ps And Travis, you thought Wayne Bradey wasn't doing anything.....

I will not vote today...

First some pictures......
There aren't a lot of "perks" to being on staff at Cornerstone, so when the inflatables got set up at church a day early Pastor Troy let all the staff with kids come out for a private party the night before the big shindig on Saturday. Travis and Savannah had a BLAST playing their hearts out on the big slides and bouncy house alone!
If you know Savannah, you know she didn't even want us there. She was fine playing without Travis,but he loves her too much to let her have all the fun!
It's a little cold today, but we went to the library for story time anyway. We were the only ones there most of the time - people don't know what they're missing!
My mom works at all the elections. Here she is chasing Savannah down. She'll love this picture. But this leads me to my next point .....
I'm not voting today. Since my mom works at elections and my husband is actually fairly political, I feel kind of guilty. But which is worse, to vote in complete ignorance, or to not vote at all? I guess either way if I don't like the turn out, it's my own fault. Next time... next time.

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