Friday, June 15, 2012

Pictures From Seattle Aquarium and Mt. Rainier

Judah said "I don't want the shark to eat me!"


I have never seen Taylor stand as still as she did while watching this otter.

This is Judah with Papa John while watching the scuba diver in the Seattle Aquarium lobby.


The white tank top and blue leggins is my niece, Kayla.


The guy with the sunglasses is my older brother, Jonathan, or Uncle Jonny.

Pictures from Bellevue Botanical Gardens


When Taylor tried to smell the flower, she blows out instead of inhaling.



My cousin Janine in the red coat.

This is Judah's preschool group. I do a co-op for 3 year olds once a week with my cousin.

Monday, June 11, 2012

June 2012

I never know what to talk about on here anymore. Every time I sit down to write something I have a terrible time trying to organize my thoughts. It's a big jungle up in my head with lots of vines and paths going every which way; I don't know where to begin.

It's not as if I could catch up on the last few months of my life in a few paragraphs anyhow, so how do you decide what goes on the blog? I think it's mostly that I am so lazy. I don't feel like writing out all my thoughts, although it really wouldn't be that difficult. It would take only a little time everyday and there would be no issue. But instead, I put it off and put it off and put it off, until I have nothing to write about. I do it to myself.

So for starters, Judah will be starting preschool in the fall. That kinda sneaked up on me because he is still only 3 years old. It felt like it was a long way off still. He's so big now, and I am excited to see him start school. He'll love it! Depending on the budget, we may also put Taylor in daycare once a week or so. She needs a change of scenery, and she demands more than what I can give her at home. She does much better with other caregivers because it forces her to get outside the box and she can see how other children play. Judah has been doing the co-op preschool with Lilyana (his cousin) and he's loved that. I am hosting preschool this month and I have a lot of fun with that.

Ricky and I have recently started helping out with the children's worship ministry at our church. The church will be launching a worship curriculum for some of our kids and Ricky and I will be involved with that. Pastor Brenda is going to focus on her family and help get us ready to support the new children's directors in the coming months. I lead a worship song with the kids last Sunday as well. (It was my first time singing on stage in 10 years!) It's a good place for me to start since it's only kids, but it was certainly jumping in the deep end. I look forward to organizing the teams more and being any help that I can.

In light of our new role with the children, Ricky and I still have a passion for the young adult age group in our church. We won't be leaving that arena by any means. It may still be some time before they give us another service, but everyone is set on making sure we do it the right way this time. We anticipate it with much more expectancy. In the mean time, many of the young adults are hosting meetings and get togethers at their own homes so as to make sure we don't lose many more of our friends.

Ricky got a new car, a Subaru BRZ, and he sold the yellow WRX. That is quite amazing in and of itself, and it's taken some getting used to. He has had that car ever since I knew him, so there is a big hole in our hearts, but it was for the best, and I can't complain about its replacement: a 330i BMW. I have made room in my heart for that one. So we are a three car family as of now. The BMW is the commuter car. The BRZ is the garage queen, and the van is - the family car.

Taylor's second birthday was fun. We took the water taxi across Elliot Bay to the waterfront. For my birthday in March, we took a ferry to Bainbridge Island, and ever since, Taylor keeps saying, "Boat? Boat?" so I figured she's enjoy another boat. We browsed and bought the kids ice cream and it was a nice day to go. I'm glad the two year milestone is over. Judah's 4th birthday is coming up quickly.

Which reminds me that my younger brother, Luke, will be here to visit over the 4th of July, so I am looking forward to that. He's bringing his girlfriend, Shona, as well. I met her in Abilene and really liked her. I hope I can spend more time with her on this visit than I did in Texas.

Jonathan is living with us now. He's been a great boarder and more help than hindrance. I am grateful to have him here, but it does make me miss my younger brother more. I wish he were here too.

I think I caught up enough for today. Maybe I'll add some more tomorrow - but it's unlikely.