Monday, February 27, 2012

Yuuki Photo of the Day

Yuuki the snowdog


Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Sabbath Play-Rest

Michael stepped out of the 11:00 service while he's acting wing chaplain and preparing the chapel for the upcoming UCI.  This was the first week out. As he's been working 7 days a week for a few months....he declared we were going to have a family day at home. This was a RARE day when neither he nor Jared were working. It seemed a bit radical to me for a Pastor's family on Sunday....but we already knew we'd not be going to the 11:00 service...so we went with his vision. 


It snowed quite a lot on Saturday and Sunday We played and played and played...until all were worn out. Then we watched a movie and talked...and went to bed. I think we had a Sabbath. 





Will he deter the snow plow?



View from the top of the snow fort

From Yuuki's window....fort complex and two snow guards






In the interest of full disclosure the wimp prefers to be TOASTY warm and stayed inside to ready hot chocolate and put soup in the crock pot...and read....and watch from in front of the heater....though I
 er the wimp, did venture out to take photos of all the activity....resulting in near frostbite! 


And as soon as that last photo was taken a rip-roaring snow ball fight ensued!


Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Baking Marathon

If this Tuesday was a meeting marathon than Thursday was a baking marathon. I was co-hosting MOCA (Moms of College Aged) with Anna for the month. We used her home. She made two big pots of soup and I brought some fixins.  Grain mill seized on me again...had to fix that...what a mess.
Blueberry Streusel Muffins

Cupcakes - full of junk 
Jodi's Garlic Pull Apart Rolls 
These meetings always go long, but I love this group of women. Most are working or unable to attend PWOC and so it's nice to touch base with a group where I am NOT the oldest in the room. ::snort:: It's a joy to share our hearts for our older kids and to pray for each other's children through the month.  But my poor boyfriend was a tad bit tired of waiting and we had a LOT of snow that day. I appreciated the ride home. 

Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

MEETING MARATHON

Base day.....Tuesday...Marathon day.....

I'm amazed at how much can get done in one day if one is content to stay locked in a building and have back to back meetings for 8 hours. Not really the way I want to live my life...but it did free up the rest of the week. LOL

The day began with a new study session of PWOC. I'm leading e100 and it looks to be a fun class. We will cover 100 essential Bible passage (aren't they all) but this is meant to be a Bible survey - to cover 50 old and 50 new testament passages...survey the Bible and lay a foundation of a strong Biblical Worldview. It's a spectacularly  fun group.

The monthly Parish Advisory Committee meeting followed closely on PWOC....in fact, we overlapped a bit.

A PWOC finance meeting was next. Lisa and I set and decided how much money we wanted to take from each line item in our budget to leave for a summer/fall start up for the new board. This included money for the new board to attend WILD and to subsidize women who would like to go to  International Conference.  10 minutes after that.....

Local Retreat team meeting....we brainstormed, I shared all I know about planning one of these things, we actually got a LOT done and I'm excited about the vision and the shape of this year's retreat. Susan, Tara, Kristin, Lisa and team members yet to join are going to rock this.

Quick meeting with my favorite chaplain.

45 min to sit at the chapel before I was picked up to go to PWOC Book club where we discussed "One Thousand Gifts" and enjoyed Chinese food.

Tara drove me home after it all - and it was nice to visit with her too.

I did lose another camel back in the midst of the day.....but was able to spend the rest of the week at home double timing on school, play and mommy time.

Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Presidents Day 2012

A day off! 


Jared had to work....and Nolan and Arielle went to Api with the youth group. This meant an early a.m. for Michael to ferry all to base. 


He came home and caught up on some more sleep. 


Later the Stacia, Zander, Michael and I went to look for fun. EVERYTHING we tried seemed to be closed...but the Weasel's Den was open. Since we don't live on base, we aren't tired of going to the Den.  We played some mini-golf.....


We enjoyed Stacia's unique golf swing...
video

And discovered Zander is good in the batting cage 
13 out of 15 or 16!
Jared finished work and heading to the Mazis to visit. Meanwhile, we continued to look for something to fill an hour before we expected the kids to be back. It seemed silly to drive 20-25 min home, sit 20 min and drive back.....The bowling ally was open..... Michael bowled against himself and I hear rumors of 202 or 220? Whatever it was he said he has bragging rights - so I'm bragging. ::snort::

The kids got home and I cringed as I heard their stories. They and Mackenzie  went snowboarding. I assumed there would be a bit of instruction or chaperons staying with total newbies....but apparently not.  The three of them tried snow boarding for a bit...then decided to go to the top of the mountain - ended up on the professional slope and took 3.5 hours to get back down....but they all survived and seem happy to try it again. I was happy no one died on the mountain.


Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...