Saturday, June 30, 2012

"Boat Song"

(by JJ Heller) Boat Song - When I'm With You




I've had a really good week! I need to make dinner, so I'll make this quick! This week I...

...did some scrapbooking & watched Craft Wars with some girls from MOPS

...had a great time at Field Day Throwdown 2012

...saw this rainbow! {& I love that I saw it while studying covenant!}

{I could see the whole entire thing at one point, but I was driving so it wouldn't have been safe to take a picture}

...went on a lunch date with my mister

...met up with a couple of girls about a study we're doing together for the next few months

...attended a 1st birthday party & baby dedication for a sweet little boy named Miles

...went to the beach with my kids {I may do a blog post with pics later...}

...didn't really listen to this song the most, but I think the video is cute! :)

I hope your weekend is swell! ♥

Amy

Friday, June 29, 2012

"Field Day"

(by the John Taylor Trio) Field Day - Rosslyn

Field Day by John Taylor Trio on Grooveshark

We had Field Day at The Warehouse the other night! After Bible study on Monday morning, we were divided into four teams. Based on the color of our team, we came up with names, logos, & cheers. We also designed shirts and made a few more for the extra students who would show up on Wednesday night. I wish I had thought to take pictures of each team's shirts, but I'm a failure at being a photographer! I took a couple of pics where you can sorta see a couple of them...

Team Old School:


Purple Posse:


My team was the Red Hot Chili Peppers, & you'll catch a glimpse of our shirts in some of the following pictures. The blue team was the Glittery Bhulks {ya, I don't get it either!} Most of their shirts had a glittery "B" in an upside down triangle, and they wore capes made out of plastic table cloths!


We played all sorts of random field day games...





I didn't get pictures of Blind Volleyball, Tug-of-War, or the Grand Tamale (relay). But I did get a shot of these silly girls "Tebowing" after a victory...


& me with my baby girl:


Our team only won 2 out of 6 events, but we won the prize for the best cheer!

{yes, that's the prize!}

& here's a little video of our winning cheer:


Lessons learned from Field Day Throwdown 2012:

  • It's helpful to remember cheers from softball in 5th grade.
  • I am too old &/or out of shape to ever play tug-of-war again.

So...what's your favorite field day event?

Amy

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

"Bundt Pan"

(by Andrew Conklin)

Bundt Pan by Andrew Conklin on Grooveshark


Jana & I have visited another bakery! Nothing Bundt Cakes has three sizes of bundt cakes, as well as bundtlets, and bundtinis. The bundtlets are supposed to be a single serving, but I think they're big enough to share.

{Jana, did Brian eat his all in one sitting?}

The bundtinis are adorable little "bite-sized" bundt cakes that are sold by the dozen. These are also a little bigger than they sound. I should've taken a picture of one of them with something that would give you perspective, but I didn't think about it until now. They're served in cupcake liners, if that helps!


There are nine standard flavors of cake plus a flavor of the month. For a true taste test, we had to try each flavor, so we decided to get a dozen assorted bundtinis {plus a bundtlet for Brian, because we needed to spend all of Jana's Groupon!}


We tried a quarter of each flavor:


Jana & I both ate each flavor at the same time so we could discuss our opinions & such!


Jana's favorite was the lemon cake, followed by the pineapple upside down cake & the carrot cake. My favorite was the pineapple upside down cake, followed by the white white chocolate (not real sure why they say white twice). We were both surprised that the ones we thought would be our favorite weren’t. To quote Jana, "Guess that’s the beauty of a taste test, right!?"

Their signature frosting is super cute, but they don't frost the bundtinis the same way they do the larger cakes. And there's only one flavor of frosting. It tasted good, but we think it'd be better if there was a variety of flavors (for at least a few of the cakes).

Overall, we felt like it was a great value. The bundtlets are bigger than most cupcakes that you'd buy at a bakery, but they didn't cost much more. And the bundtinis were around $1.25 each. We actually spent about the same amount of money here as we did at the last place, but we got a lot more yummy goodness!

Have you tasted any yummy baked goods lately?

Amy

P.S. Sorry if the song was boring or stressful. I could only find one song with the word bundt in it! :)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

"Traveler's Song"

(by Future of Forestry) Traveler’s Song - Travel - EP

Traveler's Song by Future of Forestry on Grooveshark


This week has been mostly chill, but it started out a little crazy...Christopher's car didn't start on Sunday morning {Happy Father's Day, right?!} He was playing bass at a different church than ours, so I sent him in my van & called my neighbors (who go to my church). I had hoped that the kids & I could get a ride to church at the very least, but we ended up being able to borrow Ryan's car. Yay for super great neighbors! :)

For Father's Day, the kids asked me to pick up a couple of things at the Dr Pepper museum when I drove through Waco on Saturday, & we met Christopher for lunch before he went to record some music with a few guys from the church where he sometimes plays. Elly made this super cool card for her dad:


After lunch, we were supposed to go to Kerry's for a little Father's Day celebration with his family & my dad. Without a vehicle, I didn't think it was going to happen. But fortunately Dad hadn't left yet when we got home, so we were able to ride with him! The kids enjoyed swimming with their cousins, and I hung out with my dad, brother, & sister-in-law. Wendy & I walked around outside and watered her flowers & stuff. This one was my favorite:


It was either raining or about to rain most afternoons this week, so my baby girl & I watched an entire season of a random show that she found on Netflix. One night, the two of us met up with some ladies that we used to go to church with. It was a reunion of sorts {we hadn't met a few of the ladies, which is why I said "of sorts"!} We ate dinner, shared memories, and had a sweet time of prayer! Random small world story: one of the ladies whom I hadn't met before just so happens to be Vidi's cousin {one of my best friends from high school ~ I mentioned her in "Friends' Theme Songs: Random Assortment of High School Friends Edition"!}

It's that time of year when we play another round of our biannual Pre-Authorization Game {explained in a post I wrote last summer...} As usual at this point in the game, we're losing. We got our denial letter on Thursday, complete with pages & pages of information about the appeal process and oncology imaging guidelines. This was the first time that we've received the guidelines, and I shouldn't have read them because they made me angry. I get so frustrated by the fact that insurance companies make guidelines based on outdated &/or completely inaccurate information. This company seems to think that scans are only necessary every six months for the first two years & then once a year for three years following that. As much as I'd love for that five-year mark to actually mean something for us, it doesn't. For the rest of his life, Chris will have a 50% chance of this stupid cancer killing him. We will never hear the words "cancer free". At best, he'll receive a NED status (No Evidence of Disease). But even at that point, things can change at any time. And once OM spreads, patients are given 6-18 months to live. That being said, if insurance only allows scans once a year (or even less frequently) he could be dead before scan time came around again. Anyways, I'll get off my little soapbox for now, but I'd appreciate your prayers regarding this.

Speaking of stupid cancer, I haven't updated you on my family members' health situations (that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago). G's pathology report showed that the tumor they removed from his colon was cancer. He is recovering well from surgery & will begin chemo when his blood count remains stable (after being half low when he first entered the hospital). Mom is still in the hospital & will be moved to a skilled nursing facility sometime this week (probably). She will continue her PT & OT there for a few weeks, which is super because it allows G more time to recover. As for my cousin...I don't know if you read the details of what Kirby's surgery could entail, but the mass was a teratoma. His surgery ended up taking 11 hours. He is recovering at home now & could still use prayers. He is still facing another surgery to remove more stuff.

On a happier note, I took these cute pics of my puppy attempting to write a guest post for me:

She's actually trying to get the granola bar wrapper on the coffee table! :)


And for today's song, it's not entirely accurate. I've been listening to a lot of Abby Baker & NTB that I've already posted. But I've been listening to my new tunes as well! I posted a Future of Forestry song after Venture, and I honestly thought that was the first time I had ever heard of them. But Chris said he told me about them awhile back. There's a difference between someone telling me about music & me actually listening to it. Maybe I'll pay more attention next time... ü

Okey doke, I guess that's all for now! I hope y'all are having a super great weekend! ♥

Amy

Thursday, June 21, 2012

"For Love"

(by Wayne Kerr Band) For Love - Love Stands Out


"For Love" Official Music Video from Wayne Kerr on Vimeo.

I wanted to share this video with y'all for several reasons. First, it's good stuff ~ & if you like it, you'll like the entire album (Love Stands Out). And second, a couple of my friends are in it! Our good friend Dan is on drums, and Nolan is playing the guitar (I talked about both of them in "Friends' Theme Songs: Back When My Mister Was in a Band Edition"). I talked to the bass player at Isaac's birthday party, but I completely forgot his name {Sorry, dude! I used to be better at remembering names. If it's any consolation, I thought you were nice!} I don't actually know Wayne Kerr, but he's legit. Everybody I know who knows him would agree. He has led worship for some retreats & stuff where we've taken the students, and he sent me a super nice email when I posted one of his songs before. So anyways, I hope you like today's song! & I hope you have a super great day!!

Amy

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

"Made A Poop-Oop-A-Loop Shoop"

(by FlowGo)




I'm sorry for the disgusting subject matter! I really couldn't find an appropriate song, and Cody loved this one when he was little! It somewhat relates to the MIShear that I'm talking about today! Elly actually wants to tell it, but I figured I'd set it up with the words that I heard one evening. The words that no mom ever wants to hear...

"Eeew! Cody just ate Pepper's poo!"

& now for Elly's perspective...

I was in the living room with Cody one day when he was eating some chocolate-covered marshmallowy peanut things. He thought he dropped one on the floor, so he picked it up & ate it.

It wasn't a chocolate-covered anything.

He kinda grossed out & told me what happened. I shouted out what Mom MISheard (above), & she ran into the living room all grossed out.

But it wasn't poo that he ate. It was food.

He ate Pepper's food, Mom. Gross, but not as gross as poo!


P.S. I have a couple of random new series in the works, so I hope to have some posts that have nothing to do with poo or bugs soon! ~ Amy

Saturday, June 16, 2012

"Better Now"

(by The Vespers) Better Now - The Fourth Wall




I'm taking another crazy quick trip today! I'm headed to a little town between Ft Worth & Wichita Falls for my beautiful cousin Kendra's shower. Because of Kirby's surgery in Lubbock on Thursday, her family didn't head home until this morning. So what was originally going to be a two-day trip is now being done in one day. Uncle Chris is going to give me a hard time when I leave. He thinks I'm crazy when I do this type of trip, especially since I tend to leave at least an hour later than I plan to leave. I'll try to do better this time, but I highly doubt I'll succeed. I might just have to make two stops at my favorite coffee place in College Station {once on the way there & again on the way back. 'Cuz twice going one direction wouldn't really serve much of a purpose...}

My kids had a great week helping with VBS. They came home with stories of cute kids every day! And we had the songs stuck in our heads all week. {Actually, Cody & I have had them stuck in our heads for even longer because he's been practicing for months!}



While the kids were at VBS, I managed to get a bunch of stuff done around the house and had time to hang out with friends! Amy & I were going to scrapbook one day. But instead, she baked a cake, & I went through my scrapbook supplies & got rid of stuff I'll never use. That night I started going through my scrapbook closet, which is also the place where random stuff goes to hide. I'm a bit of a pack rat, but I feel like I've been pretty successful in throwing stuff out. The kids & I went through their closets as well, and we were able donate three boxes of clothes! Yesterday after VBS, Chris took Elly & her friend to the Zumiez Couch Tour {you might remember when my family went last year!} And while they went to that, Cody treated me to lunch at Mooyah! :)

There's probably more about my week that I could tell y'all, but I need to hit the road. I got some tunes from Mister Christopher's computer, so I'm set! Solo road trips are super for new tunes! I've got about 12 hours of this day to listen to some Augustana, Future of Forestry, and The Rocketboys! I'll probably throw in some NTB, Abby Baker, & Gungor, too. As for today's song, I've been listening to a lot of random stuff this week. I really like The Vespers, but I don't have much of their stuff. My favorite part of today's song is:

Lift up your blinded heart
He'll help you see
You could be better now

I hope y'all have a super great weekend! ♥

Amy

P.S. Kenny D, you're worth every single minute & every single mile of my crazy drive today! I love you!

P.S. again: Jana, did you notice the search bar? ü

Thursday, June 14, 2012

"June Bug"

(by The B-52's) Junebug - Cosmic Thing

June Bug by The B-52's on Grooveshark

OK, this is completely random. But what else is new, huh? It's June bug season, so these strange little beetles swarm around the porch lights at night & try to come inside {running into your face or attaching themselves to your clothes as they try ~ creepy!} Each morning, there are more & more dead ones on the ground.


The other night, I was sitting on my patio glider while on the phone with Kristi {not sure why I didn't just walk three doors down to talk to her, but whatever!} & noticed loads of them (dead & alive) on the patio. The next morning, all I saw were maybe 100 of these:


I wondered how that happened, but I didn't think about it long enough to come to any sort of conclusion. Then, something caught my eye outside the back door this morning. I took a picture through the slats of my blinds, because I didn't want to scare this cute little guy away...


Mystery solved!

I suppose that's all I have to say for today. I completely understand if you stop reading my blog at this point. I guess I need a new series or something, because I totally just wrote an entire blog post about June bugs. Ya. But when else would I have been able to post this song?! {Yet another reason to stop reading my blog, eh? ftr, I had never heard this song until today. And is it just me, or do all of their songs sound the same?}

Alrighty, I'll try to come up with some better material soon. Unfortunately, I have a feeling that Elly's post won't rank much higher on the posts-you-want-to-read scale...

Amy

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

"I Wait for the Lord"

(by Jeremy Camp) I Wait for the Lord - Carried Me - The Worship Project

I Wait for the Lord by Jeremy Camp on Grooveshark

I don't really have anything for y'all these days, but I didn't want to not post anything. Elly is working on a MISseries story that she wanted to tell, so maybe we'll post that later in the week! :)

So for now I'd like to share what I feel like my verse is for the summer:

"I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait,
And in His word do I hope."
{Psalm 130:5}


I know that I'm barely past a week into the challenge I mentioned last week, but I wanted y'all to know that I have risen to the challenge! ;) {see what I did there?!} And it has been so good! In all honesty, I haven't jumped out of bed each morning in eager anticipation of my day or my time with the Lord. But I have rolled out of bed with a sense of purpose & the peace that comes from knowing that the sacrifice is worth it. I've always been a night owl & never a morning person, which is why I've resisted getting up early for so long. So I hope you'll be proud to know that I've actually gone to bed early (for me) a couple of times, though I'd like to do that more consistently. A couple of mornings I've struggled to keep from dozing off when I close my eyes to pray. But overall, it has been easier than I thought it would be.

This morning, I had planned to sleep for another hour because I'll have some alone time later on when my kids are at VBS. But my crazy dog woke me up 2 minutes before I would've normally gotten up. Go figure. I was frustrated at first, so I planned to lay down on the couch while she did her grass-eating/licking/puking thing {seriously, what is that about?!} But since it was 6:00 (instead of her usual 4:00), I felt that maybe God wanted me to meet with Him at our usual time. And get this: I didn't even feel like dozing off at all!

Alrighty, I better take my kiddos to the church so they can serve while I play the role of a slacker. For the record, I feel a little bit guilty for not helping with VBS this year, especially when both of my kids are helping. But I will say that I totally enjoyed breakfast with Amy & Marcie (my fellow "slacker" friends) yesterday!

Amy

Saturday, June 9, 2012

"Love is Endless"

(by MoZella) Love Is Endless - The Love - EP


Love Is Endless by MoZella on Grooveshark

My last post was sorta heavy, so I thought I'd keep today light & show y'all random pictures...

I finally saw a butterfly when my camera was nearby!


& then I saw this little guy:

{you can't tell from the picture, but his body is only about one inch long}

Along with the sweet flying creatures, these scary guys also love the flowers:


These are a few of my family members who were in town for the wedding last weekend:


I get to be in two weddings this summer, & I found these cute shoes that'll work for both of them!


OK, I guess that's all of the pictures I have for now! I'm sorry I'm so boring. :P

I hope you enjoy today's song! :) I haven't posted anything of MoZella's since I first posted one last summer! But we were listening to her this week, & I think today's song is super cute!

I hope y'all are having a wonderful weekend! ♥

Amy

Thursday, June 7, 2012

"Able"

(by Needtobreathe) Able - The Reckoning

Able by NEEDTOBREATHE on Grooveshark

Wow. This week has been exhausting, and I was ready for it to be over by Tuesday night. I'm not even sure where to start. I don't want to bore you with all of the details, so I'll attempt to be brief...My step-dad {Gordon, but I call him "G"} was admitted into the hospital last Thursday, had surgery on Saturday night, & was released yesterday morning. As soon as he got home, my mom was admitted into the hospital with severe pain associated with a couple of different issues.

I don't remember if I've ever mentioned the fact that my mom has MS. She requires quite a bit of care, which G has lovingly administered for nearly 20 years. Obviously, he couldn't help her while he was in the hospital. By the amazing providence of God, my Uncle Mike just happened to fly in for a visit on Wednesday (the day before G was admitted to the hospital) & was able to care for my mom in G's absence. My step-sister (who works as a caretaker for the elderly) tended to some of Mom's needs as well. As a result of all this, it has come to Kerry's & my attention that Mom requires a lot more care than we realized. And a lot more than we are prepared to handle on our own. After visiting with mom and spending the night with Kerry & Wendy last night (about an hour away from me, but close to the hospital), we met with Mom's case manager this morning. I'm not sure how long she'll be in the hospital, but it looks like she'll qualify to be released to a facility that can care for her while G recovers (for a few weeks, at least).

So anyways, I'd appreciate your prayers for Mom & G, as well as my cousin Kirby (who is having major surgery tomorrow UPDATE: it has been rescheduled again for next Thursday). Thank you, friends. ♥

Amy

Monday, June 4, 2012

"Rise Up"

(by David Crowder*Band)

Rise Up by David Crowder on Grooveshark

I know that I've said this before & not been entirely successful, but I'm really wanting to make the most of my days this summer. And more specifically, I want to make time with Jesus a priority. In fact, I need to make time with Jesus a priority. I've done OK finding time to read the Bible in summers past, but I've had a hard time finding time to be alone with God. The thing is I desperately need Him in order to be whole and complete. And sane. And you know what they say about insanity...

I can't keep doing the same thing that I've done every summer & expect different results. So when my friend Heather blogged about an accountability group she was involved in, I knew God was leading me to join her in the Hello Mornings Challenge. We are a part of an online community that encourages each other to be consistent with our morning routine of waking up early and spending time with the Lord, as well as planning our day & exercising. {Though if I can be completely honest with y'all, I'm not really participating in the whole exercise part of it. I walk with Dad and ride my bike some, but I've learned that a regimented daily exercise routine is not healthy for me. Maybe one day I'll be fully free to the degree that daily exercise isn't associated with my life with ED. Yes, I should exercise for cardiovascular health. No, I'm not strong enough for it to be about that yet. Just keepin' it real!}

Though the challenge is a routine, it's not about a routine. It's about making Jesus an integral part of our lives {abiding in Him} so that He guides our days, actions, and attitudes. The challenge actually started a few weeks ago, but now is when it really starts for me. Summer is here, & y'all know how I enjoy sleeping in an hour or two whenever possible. But I've realized that I simply can't do that & have the time my soul needs. So I'm keeping my alarm set for my regular time, which gives me almost an hour of alone time before the men start getting up. This challenge really will allow me to have my time with Jesus as well as have more productive days, rather than sleeping in & feeling like I'm playing catch-up for the rest of the day.

And get this: there was already a theme song for the challenge! :) It's based on the verse, “Rise up; this matter is in your hands. We will support you, so take courage and do it.” (Ezra 10:4) How about that?!

Amy