Friday, September 2, 2011

PB&J Face

Sienna loves her PB&J. She has a very specific way to eat the sandwich, too. She pulls it apart and licks all the peanut butter and jelly off the bread. This usually ends up with her smearing the peanut butter and jelly ALL OVER her face. Once she gets all of the inside goodness, she will proceed to eat the bread. It's the cutest thing but not fun to clean up. I love that girl!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Time to Rest

Eastan is now in 7th grade. Where does the time go? He started Cross Country and has practice every day after school. On the first full week of school, Eastan came to me with a very serious request. It was around 8:30 p.m. and I was sitting in the kitchen catching up on my work email. The conversation went like this:

Eastan: Mom, can we sit down and plan a time for me to have just, like 30 minutes of down time. You know, where I can just relax and not do anything.

Me: (Remember, I am at my computer...answering emails...just finished making dinner, cleaning up dinner, etc) What do you mean?

Eastan: Well, I just had to run around all day after school and then when I got home, I didn't have any time to relax. Each time I started to relax, I had to get up and jump over another fence.

Me: Sure, we can do that. Didn't you watch a movie in your room for like 45 minutes?

Eastan: Well, I did but I had to stop because Dad told me I had to sweep off the back porch.

Me: (Trying to be as sweet as possible without laughing in his face) Ok, we will sit down and plan a time for you to relax.

Eastan then went off to bed and I finished answering emails. Oh, to be a seventh grader!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Random Thoughts

I went to the gym yesterday. It was a dreary and cold day. The kind of day where all you really want to do is throw on your comfy clothes and eat comfort food. But, I summed up all the positive energy I had inside me (which was NOT a lot) and made myself go. While I was there I had a few random thoughts.

1. Wouldn't it be awesome if there was some one standing at the door when you entered the gym cheering you on? Something like this, "Good job! Way to drag yourself to the gym! You are going to feel so much better when you are done! You're a rockstar!"

2. Hairy legs are bad when all you have in your gym bag are shorts. When you combine that with legs that haven't seen the sun in about seven months, it gets worse. The unltimate is hairy legs, that haven't seen the sun in seven months with sock and jean lines!

3. A few people from the gym acted like they hadn't seen me in forever...probably because they haven't. But I felt the need to tell them that I HAVE been working out at home. Why do I feel the need to convience them of that???

4. In the same respect as #1...There should be a person standing at the door when you leave congratulating you of your accomplishment. "Look at you! You did it! Don't you feel better? You already look skinnier than you did when you walked in the door! You are going to look HOT in a swimsuit this summer!" Some people might think that's a little over the top and borderline harrassment but not me! I'm vain like that.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Nothing Like This

Last night, I went to a Rascal Flatts concert with my long time friend Allison. Here are a few things I learned.

1. If you are a popular male country singer, you can get away with wearing glittery jeans and button up shirt.

2. Rain is a good thing

3. A guy named Joe Don can actually be cute...well, maybe only if he is in a popular country band and plays a guitar

4. Although it's been a long time since I've listened to country music, I'm still pretty fond of it!

5. Some friends you can go years without seeing (literally years) and pick up right where you left off. Those are the kind of friends you will have forever. Cherish those friendships. Thanks Allison for a great night!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Viking in Training

Nick and his buddies have a floating group called The River Vikings. I don't think I have written about them before, but some of you know who they are. For those of you that don' are better off.

The River Vikings planned a day float for this Saturday. Nick thought it was time for Eastan to go floating with the Vikings. Eastan was very excited about going on the float. On Thursday night, he came down with a temperature of 100 degrees. He ended up staying home from school on Friday but as the day went on, he started to feel better. Before he went to bed, his temperature returned. Nick told him that if he wasn't feeling well in the morning, he wouldn't be able to go on the float. Eastan was very upset and told Nick he was sure that he would feel better. He took a Tylenol and went to bed. In the morning, his temp was gone and Eastan joined the Vikings.

When Eastan returned from the float, he immediately told me that he earned $30. I figured he earned the money by hauling some one's canoe to the car. I should have known better. I mean, he was with the Vikings, after all!

Here's the story:

He was standing on a rock by the river. Micah told him that he would pay him $10 to jump into the river. Paul joined in and said he would pay him $20. Fully clothed, Eastan took the challenge and jumped in. When his head popped out of the water he said, "I've been sick. My mom isn't going to be happy." The water was very cold and E was a little panicked. He changed into his dry clothes (thanks for being prepared Nick) and went on the float.

About four hours later...the fever was back.

To be a Viking, you have to earn your horns. The official word hasn't been given, but I think Eastan's horns are budding.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Snow Much Fun

Eastan, Sienna and I have been snowed in since Tuesday morning. Other than the occasional visit from Mrs. Irritable, I think I've managed better than expected. Technically, I could make it out but Nick has been driving my car to work every day. I decided that taking the risk of getting stuck in the Civic with Sienna and Eastan was not worth it!

Eastan has played in the snow EVERY DAY. Even when the wind chill was around 10 degrees. He LOVES it. He gets super hyper. And laughs A LOT. Sienna is a different story. She also LOVES being outside. She will actually fuss when you bring her inside. Unlike Eastan, she is extremely serious while outside. She doesn't even crack a smile. It's like she is just taking it all in.

Today was the first day all four of us played outside. We met Josh, Zoe, Link, Mary and Shannon at Mary's house and went sledding. We had a blast. Here are a few pictures.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Friday, January 7, 2011

** Please note that my spellcheck is only working in Spanish and I'm too tired to proof this before hitting "post." Ignore any typos or other mistakes!

The last time I was in Nicaragua was in March of 2001. I would have never thought that it would take me ten years to return or that when I did return, I would be returning as an employee of Project H.O.P.E. I was reminded over and over again that God has a plan for everyone.
Most of the day was spent meeting each staff member of Project H.O.P.E. I was able to learn about each person's role in the ministry and how God brought them to PH. Story after story, I was amazed. I'll give you a quick example:
Freddy is a 17 year old who met "PH" when he was 15. His sister was receiving a house through one of PH's building projects. A "gringo" by the name of Chuck took Freddy under his wing. Freddy said that he was amazed at the love Chuck showed him. He was amazed that some one could love him that much. Freddy knew his family loved him...they had to because they were his family. But Chuck, a complete stranger, was showing him unconditional love. Freddy began to work at PH as the librarian. Keep in mind, he was only 15 at the time. He speaks fluent English and is completely self-taught! His main job now is to work with the teams to interpret between the gringos and the Nicas and to work with the children's ministry. Just today he took the exam (and is pretty confident he will pass) to get into the University. Freddy said without PH, he knows that he would have atleast one child by now and living on the streets. My short story doesn't do Freddy justice. He is one special guy!

The second half of my day was spent at the hospital. Jerson, one of the staff has started a hospital ministry. I didn't know what to expect when my dad told me that Jerson would be taking us there. I wish I could have taken pictures because I really don't think I can describe it to you. First, not all hospitals in Nicaragua are like this, but this is the one you would be in if your family didn't have much money...which is most of the population. You know those creepy, run down hospitals you would see in a scary movie? The ones that are probably 60 years old, paint peeling on the walls, old concrete floors? With the exception of it being dark with no lights on, that should help paint the picture. There is only 1 nurse for every 80 patients! You only get visited by the nurse once a day and you only receive one meal in the hospital. If you want to eat more than once, your family will have to bring you food. The IV bags are old, rusty and one of them I saw had so much gooey gunk on it, I'm not really sure what it was. We visited with five patients and their families. I cried two of the five times. And to think that we complain about our hospitals! I mean, I was upset when our insurance changed back to Cox because if we had another baby, I might not get my own room! About 20% of the people in that hospital die because they won't receive proper care. They will only receive medicine if their families are their to pay for it up front.
So, that was my day in a nutshell. I really have so much more to if you want to hear more, catch up with me some time. I'm more than happy to share!

Thursday, January 6, 2011


I'm not a huge New Year Resolution person. But one resolution I am making is to blog more. I think I can accomplish this goal buy not making my blogs so long. I tend to put pressure on myself to write "the perfect post." It's just not realistic. A post can be short and sweet but still tell a good story.

Second resolution is to not sweat the small stuff. In the big picture, all the little things I worry about everyday aren't worth the energy. So what if Sienna is up for three hours one what if my house isn't in perfect order and there is dog hair on the what if Eastan decides to wear his backpack 24/7? I'm going to loosen up and enjoy life. It's way too short to not enjoy!

I arrived to Nicaragua today and I'm going to post a little bit each day about my trip. Here's a teaser:

5 things I saw on my way to HOPE Central
1. Two guys on motorcycles racing down the street. No headlights. No helmets.
2. A guy peeing on the sidewalk. Luckily his back was turned toward me.
3. Christmas lights
4. Lots of trash on the streets
5. I got to watch my dad talk to Eddy (one of the guys who has worked with PH for years) in Spanish. He is so enthusiastic, laughing the entire way to the base. This is truly his passion and I'm so blessed to be sharing it with him.