Thursday, August 28, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Here is the birthday cake on site. Everyone loved it. The kids even ate the leaves off the trees (which I thought was cool).Lastly, we have found out that our assumed time frame for things this fall concerning Phil was off. He has more schooling to complete after he arrives in Virginia in November so he'll be stateside longer then we originally thought. We'll still be separated, but just not as far apart. We'll have to find out more about this as we get closer. In the mean time, please be praying that the bonus money we are expecting any day now will come in a timely manner so we can take care of the things that need to be taken care of (and so we can visit Disneyland while we are in California as well).
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Tonight I finished working on another cake. This one is dinosaur themed for two boys. Everything is edible but the dinos. Didn't think I could do justice to hand making them. The lava is a bit brighter red then it looks in this picture. Maybe tomorrow at the party I'll get a better picture.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Suddenly it's real. Our house is on the market and we have people coming to look at it... today!
On top of that, I have been working for days on a rehearsal dinner cake for our friends. Their rehearsal was today so after a bit of picking up around the house we all packed up in the truck and drove down to deliver their cake. They look so excited and ready for their big day tomorrow. I can't wait to celebrate with them! On our way back from their dinner, I got a call saying we have another person who is going to be looking at the house at the same time! We're skeptically optimistic about the visits today. Still just praying and trusting that the timing will be right for us, whenever the house does sell.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
"Now is a good time for you to explore. Take a vacation."
Hmmm... today we bought our tickets to California. We'll be there September 9-23rd. If the promised bonus ever arrives we'll be trying to head down to Disneyland during that time (shhh don't tell the boys) but other then that we'll be visiting friends and family in Reno and trying to relax a little in the home-y-ness of the Northern California culture. Here are some things I'm missing about where I grew up:
- A growing season that lasts more then a couple months
- Jack in the Box
- Good wine
- In N Out
- Buttercream Bakery
- Carl's Jr (yes, there are some food issues here, but that's not what my post is about)
- Lots and lots of grapevines
- Family nearby
- Palm trees
- People who actually rush to serve you
- Being close to the ocean
- Nice restaurants... everywhere!
- Beautiful weather 9 months out of the year
- Healthier living lifestyle being popular
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
We found this on this website and it seemed pretty appropriate for us considering our circumstances:
Often a swallow is the "first sign that land is near". To a sailor the swallow means a "safe return home". Swallows are known to travel far distances out to sea during migration and would rest on boats close to shore which gave early mariners the first sign that land was close by. Swallows also return home every year, no matter where they are, a source of comfort for sailors far from home.
Swallow tattoos are also associated with loyalty and fidelity - swallows choose a mate for life, and will only nest with that bird and no other.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
After visiting with them we headed to Sarai's 2nd birthday party. Bounce houses are a beautiful thing. Jeremiah crashed on the way home and Josh was very soon after landing in bed.
Today was somewhat business as usual until this afternoon when Damon (who Phil works with) called and asked if we were ready to do our tattoos. He had a cancellation so had time to do ours today. Yay! I figured it'd be easier if I didn't have days to get worked up about it, so we did it. Hours later we're both finally finished. We're going to touch mine up a bit later (when I'm not dying in pain already). This being my 2nd tattoo, I'd definitely recommend avoiding the rib cage area. Definitely more painful then the back in my experience. Phil has plans in the works for a few more before he leaves (since he can get them much less expensive through our experienced friend). I'll put up pictures as his latest art expression develops. In the mean time, here is what we finished today:
Monday, August 4, 2008
This part was called the barn at the zoo. Very cool!
Sorry this one is sideways still...
On the way home the traffic was horrendous again so we stopped off somewhere for pizza. The place we chose just happened to have 2 fire trucks full of firemen come in while we were waiting. Josh went over to say hello so they let him check out the truck.
Somewhat inspired by our trip to Molly's I decided to make my own version for the youth to sell at the cafe' Sunday morning. I think I did alright. They were so yummy! Chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter inside, ganache frosting and toffee topping. More please?? Mine is on the left, Molly's on the right.
So I'm officially 27 now. "Late 20's," we'll say. Saturday night I sat and looked through some old photo albums and realized I'm not 21 anymore. When did that happen? I've been so busy enjoying life I completely lost track of how much time has been passing. Not feeling "old" yet, but have definitely noticed that I'm a different person then I was a few years ago. We've gotten to do a lot in the last few years and I'm really grateful for that! If aging is the cost of getting to do all these great things, I'm willing to pay it. And there's always my consolation that no matter how old I get, Phil will always be older!