Monday, May 21, 2007

visit to Ruston.

We went to Ruston this weekend for a quick visit...we got there Friday night, hung out for the morning on Saturday, drove to Prescott, Arkansas, for Ashley DeWoody's wedding, came back that night, went to Temple Sunday morning, and drove back to Fort Worth for a meeting we had to be at for Daniel to teach some Turkish language lessons. Whew...full weekend, and good.

One of my best friends, Molly, is about 5 months pregnant. She happened to be in town this weekend for her little sister's high school graduation and came to visit Friday night. I haven't seen her since January and won't see her again until after she has her little girl probably, so it was good to see her, even if it was a quick visit.

And..since Jenny was in the wedding, Meredith stayed with mom and dad for the weekend and I got to play "mom" for the day on Saturday. Very fun, but don't think we're ready for that quite yet - making bottles, packing up several outfits and diapers for a 9 hour day trip, getting food prepared for the 3 times she'd eat cereal or veges or take a bottle during the trip ... whew! I'm tired just writing it all now. ;-) But, isn't she a cutie?!?!?!?!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Birthday Camping Trip

We have tried to go camping a few times, but something has always come up. So, when I asked Daniel what he wanted to do for his birthday, he mentioned camping. And nothing could interfere!!! Josh and Elizabeth suprised him and came down for the day with us on Saturday. We went to Colorado Bend State part, about 3 1/2 hours south of Fort Worth. It was mine and Daniel's first camping trip together ... and the last time I camped out was when I was a counselor at Kanakuk in 1999. And even at that, there were guys there who were in charge of the campsite and had the tents set up and food was already there, waiting for us to cook, etc. So, as far as packing up our own food, setting up our own tent, etc. it was a first for me altogether. It was nice to have Josh and Elizabeth help us get set up! We arrived around 11:45 and got set up and headed out for a hike around 12:45 or 1:00. We had much fun - Josh pretended to push Daniel in the cacti!! :-) We stopped for lunch - fruit and veges, chips and salsa, and trail mix! Tasty, huh?!!?! We made a big circle around the land basically and were awed by our Creator's artistry! In our 8.6 mile hike we saw God's beauty in waterfalls, brilliant-colored wildflowers, cacti with pink and yellow blossoms, various sounds of birds, sounds of water falling into the pool below, sights of wild mountain goats coming down the mountain, lots and lots of shades of green on trees, grasses, leaves of flowers, cacti, a bright sun shining down over us - just to name a few!
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Saturday morning we woke up, layed around in the tent, enjoying the coolness of the morning and the sounds of God's creation around us - the gently flowing Colorado River, birds chirping, bugs making their bug noises ... and then we packed up the tent, packed everything in the car and went on one last adventure. Do you know about Geocaches? Well, basically, it's just a random adventure - all over the world! But, you can find nearby coordinates online, and using a GPS and clues that the "hider" leaves on the website, you search for something that the "hider" has hidden. And you either leave something in a box and take something from the box, or sign a log of people who have come before you. Anyhow, we found one near the River using Daniel's GPS. Here's Daniel signing our names to the log!!!


Well, I planned a surprise party for Daniel Friday night...and in his words, he was 100% surprised! Brent and Rebecca helped me make the evening smooth, so he'd have no suspicions. We went to dinner and the plan was to have them over for dessert afterwards - that way, Daniel wouldn't be suspicious of the cake that was at the house! The plan went off WELL! And when we got home and he walked in the door, 8 of our friends awaited him, blowing those blower things and saying, "Surprise!" Another couple drove up right as we were walking, and a couple of our other friends came later in the evening.

The festivities consisted of German chocolate cake (Daniel's dessert request) and his mom's homemade apple pie! We sang the "Happy Birthday" song and he blew out his 3-0 candles. And the fun...we played "Pin the 'Audi' on the Daniel" - We blindfolded our friends and they had to put an 'outie' belly button on a 30x40 picture of Daniel. Rebecca was the winner!! See the video below and watch Amy Nobles try to pin the 'outie' on Daniel!!

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Sunday, May 06, 2007

8 day countdown to 30

Daniel will be the big 3-0 on Friday (the 11th). So, we started celebrating this past Friday, the 4th, with opening a gift each day until the big day.

5/4. day one. The World As I Remember It: Through the Eyes of a Ragamuffin by Rich Mullins.

5/5. day two. Perry Ellis kakhi slacks with super thin white stripes, on sale 50% off and 30% off of the 50%!!! (I'm a bargain shopper. Found this great bargain at Dillards!)

5/6. day three. pathchwork plaid shorts!! very cool. very "in"

5/7. day four. Paul, the Spirit, and the People of God by Gordon Fee.

5/8. day five. Bookmark - machine woven in Istanbul, Turkey.

5/9. day six. Another pair of Perry Ellis kakhi slacks at another GREAT price...from Dillards!

5/10. day seven. The Collected Short Plays of Thornton Wilder, vol. II

5/11. day eight. Coupon Book for my honey from his honey....

and EGGS BENEDICT! Daniel requested it for breakfast. Call me backwoods, but I'd never even heard of it! ;) So, I got a recipe from the internet and waa-laah! Check it out. He said it tasted good!!! Score!

tornados. tea. theater and tires.

So, last Wednesday there were crazy TORNADIC winds, up to 80 mph in some places, and on Thursday there were over 200,000 people without electricity in the DFW area. Guess who were part of the 200,000? You got it - the Audis of Fort Worth. Most of our friends in the area got their electricity back by mid-evening Thursday night. But us? Our power was out around 6:30 Wednesday night and 48+ hours later we got our power back Friday night about 9:00. WOW! Learned a lesson in thankfulness for lights, refrigerators, electric outlets to run the vacuum and washing machine/dryer and microwave!!! good times!

Saturday night we ate chicken couscous and beef tagine at the Kasbah Grill in Irving. Authentic Moroccan food - delicious!! We would highly recommend the restaurant to bloggers in and blogging visitors to the DFW area. After dinner we had hot mint tea....mmmmm.......

Daniel's former roommate, Chris, played the lead male role in the musical, Oklahoma, this weekend. Curly Chris - has a nice ring to it, huh?

There was a funky sound coming from our car this afternoon as we were driving home on I-20. We pulled over to discover a tear in the back left tire. My strong, protective, handy-man husband dug the jack out of the trunk along with the spare tire and changed the tire while cars sped past us at 60+ mph. Isn't he a stud!!!??!!?!