Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
This past weekend we had a Jr High Lock-In at the church. When I hear the word lock-in, two things come to mind: lots of fun and NO SLEEP. And that's exactly what happened. I haven't been to a lock-in since high school, and all my memories of our youth group lock-ins are great ones. This one proved just as good.
Within the first 30 minutes, all 100+ junior highers (and probably some of the staff) had run around enough to create quite a stench, which stayed with them and only increased as the night wore on. If you've ever spent much time with junior highers, you know what I'm talking about.
Some of the highlights of the night were:
- A mechanical bull, which everyone, including Stephen and me, got to ride
- Stephen's team taking 2nd place and mine taking 3rd in the 1:00am DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT (which finished at 4:00am)
- Getting to hang out with some awesome 7th and 8th graders
- NO SLEEP (I don't know that we'd consider this a highlight....)
- Going to bed as soon as it was all over
Needless to say, it was a lot of fun and very tiring. We definitely spent the majority of the daylight hours on Saturday sleeping. And then our bodies were so sore that we moved as little as possible the rest of the weekend. Who knew that a dodgeball tournament could create such pain. Maybe by the time it rolls around next year, we'll be ready to do it again!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
We also drove down towards San Diego yesterday to visit a couple vineyards not too far from us and we discovered more of the beauty of California. I loved it! Los Angeles is NOT the beautiful California that I had always pictured, but north and south of LA are where it's at! We drove past beautiful coast lines, green rolling mountains, gorgeous palm trees...the works. We're planning a trip to San Diego in just a few weeks and I can't wait to see more of this beautiful state. Hooray for getting out of the concrete jungle of LA! (as Stephen likes to call it) :-)
Monday, January 7, 2008
Well....ok. We technically only got a dog for one weekend. Our friends from Texas (whoop!), Bryan and Lindsey, had to go home unexpectedly last weekend and we got to have their little yorkie, Tilly, come stay with us! She was so much fun. I have ALWAYS been a big dog person, but Tilly might have actually won me over. She was so cute! Stephen was hilarious with her. He would say the funniest things to her and she would just look at him. We laughed the whole weekend and she actually won us over to the point that she slept in the bed with us the last night. I think she was a little mellow for Stephen's likings - he needs a dog that will go crazy with him - but I loved the fact that she would crawl up next to me on the couch and just rest there while I read. Bryan came and took her back Sunday evening and it was kinda sad. We definitely won't be getting a dog while we're living in this apartment, but I wouldn't be surprised if we got one once we move into the next place, wherever and whenever that might be....
Thursday, January 3, 2008
We took over 200 pictures, but had a computer meltdown when we tried to download them and ended up losing all of them :-( Not too happy about that, but I was able to pull these off the internet so you can have a little taste of what we saw. Sorry the little ones are so little, but if you click on them, you can see a bigger version.
And the whole thing was completely FREE! Now that fits right into our newlywed budget. :-) It was a great morning, and we got to fellowship with the Bierhorst's, who are on Jr. High Staff with us, as they hosted a wonderful gathering just down the street from the parade. Then we headed home around noon for an afternoon of relaxing, football, and napping (for me!). It was a fun way to start the new year and something I'm so glad we did during our time here in Cali.
We hope you guys had a good start to 2008 and look forward to seeing what the year holds!