Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Forty Two

Yesterday was my 42nd birthday :)
Raphael organized dinner and a few of our friends came over to  celebrate with us.
Daniella, me, Rachel and Patria
Naomi came with her daughters. And all the girls put on an entertaining
"show" for us.
I got two sets of beautiful flowers.
Thankful to my parents and mother-in-law for birthday gifts.
It was a good day!
And it started snowing again! So school was cancelled for today and
I am betting on tomorrow too. Hopefully it will snow enough so we can go
outside to sled and play for awhile.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Snowy Days

This morning we woke up to a rainy-snowy kind of day. Both of the girls were hoping for school
to be cancelled, but that didn't happen.
We had two days off from school last week because of freezing rain.
Rebecca went outside to collect icicles :)
The ice was hard on a lot of the trees and a couple in our back yard broke, but when
the sun came out all the iced over trees looked so pretty.
We knew the ice was coming so I had a few projects to help keep
us busy. Rebecca and I made paper dolls and we all worked on
a big puzzle.
The ice storm caused major power outages all around Georgia.
We lost power for a couple of hours on Monday night.
So we lit every candle we had and turned on our camping
lanterns. Thankfully, right when we went to bed, the electricity came
back on!
And way back in January we had a fun snow day. We took the girls for the day to
Stone Mountain to play at Snow Mountain.
It was a last minute decision, so our sledding time on the big mountain was at six
at night. We went early afternoon and saw a few of the Christmas shows and then played
in the snow until it was time to go sledding.
Rebecca spent quite a bit of time in the little kids section. She got in a few practice runs on
the smaller sledding ramp before we moved to the big mountain.
Night sledding was a lot of fun.
Rebecca was excited and nervous about sledding on the big mountain because she was tall
enough to go all by herself. She was brave, did great and loved it!!
At the bottom watching for Daddy and Rachel.
We like the snow for a day or two, but I think we have had our fair share for this
winter and I am praying for sunnier and warmer days ahead.

Sunday, February 1, 2015


Hello! We are still here!
At the beginning of January our laptop starting acting strange. Raphael took it to the computer
doctor and it ended up being dead. So we ordered a new one and it has taken me awhile to get
on here again.
We are good. Just been up to the usual- school, church, tennis lessons, nothing too
exciting really. Everyday life. I would share a few pictures, but my phone and
the computer don't want to cooperate with each other :)
Raphael left this morning for a quick trip to Panama. The girls and I are watching
the Super Bowl and cheering for the Seattle Seahawks. We are looking forward
to February!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas 2014

I realize that tomorrow is the last day of the year and I haven't posted any pictures from our Christmas this year, so here are a few from the big day.
                                                          Sugar cookies for Santa!
We went to Christmas Eve church service and then out for dinner.
We tracked Santa as he was delivering presents around the world.
Rebecca kept asking me to check, she didn't want Santa to miss us.
Christmas Eve family picture.
Awake and ready for presents!
Me and my "Grandma you're my Star" coffee cup.
The girls had a Holiday shopper day at school, where they could go
shopping and buy little gifts for family and friends. Rebecca was so excited
to go shopping and buy us gifts. She told me that she knew I love to drink tea
 and that a cup was the perfect gift for me :)
Playing a new game.
Christmas day it was nice and sunny, so the girls played outside for awhile.
Wearing our new slippers.
It was another wonderful Christmas!


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Joy to the World

print from SweetBlessings Blog

Friday, December 19, 2014

Photos from my Phone Friday

This has been a busy week for the girls, with lots of Christmas activities going on everywhere. Today was the last day of school and now we are on Christmas vacation! Here is what we have been up to....
Rachel is part of the children's choir at church and they performed a Christmas show on Sunday night. The kids did great and Rachel is in red on the top row.
                      We have been keeping up with some of the Christmas time activities and traditions.
                          The girls decorated a gingerbread house pretty much by themselves last week.
Making gingerbread men.
We went to Macys and the girls wrote and mailed a letter to Santa.
Then we talked with Santa for awhile.
We finally made it to Wendy's for a Frosty treat.
Thank you Nana and Papa!!
I love this Christmas CD by Michael Buble.
I have been listening to it a lot the past few weeks.
I had Christmas lunch with the girls. My first lunch with Rebecca
and my last with Rachel.
I remember in my church growing up having an Advent wreath and candles during Christmas.
I finally made one for our house and we have been doing simple Advent readings.
Today was party day at school!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Refresh Summit 2014- The South

Way back in November, I drove to Franklin Tennessee area to attend a women's retreat. Several bloggers organized the weekend to help women focus on God, friendships, food and fitness.
                Megan, Amia, Bobbi, Lindsey and Brittany-- these ladies organized  and hosted the event.

I invited several of my friends, but no one was able to come with me. So I drove up to Tennessee. I didn't realize the time changed by a hour, so I wandered around the little town of Franklin until it was time to check in.
Our weekend was spent at Deer Run Retreat Center. It was out in the country, so very peaceful and beautiful and no distractions.
The first night we all got acquainted and had dinner together. I met my roommate, Liz, who had come from North Carolina . About fifty ladies total attended the retreat and over 15 states were represented.
There were different workshops to attend- I did boot camp first.
Then I tried PiYo which is Pilates and yoga combined.
I also went to a class on body image and a cooking class too.
We did a huge zumba class all together.
The dining room was simple and pretty. The staff cooked us
some amazing food!
We all had a coffee cup to call our own.
There was lots of time for Bible study, walks, talking, eating and sleeping.
All the speakers had great ideas and points that they shared---
Lindsey, shared about her struggle with an eating disorder and we talked about
how we see ourselves and our bodies. She stressed the importance to love the body
that God gave us and to stop comparing all the time. Also, so many of us spend hours exercising,
deciding what to eat, or not to eat, looking at healthy living articles/books, talking with
friends about our weight, diets, exercise,etc.... She said, "imagine if we took all the time
we spend worrying about our bodies and put that time and energy into the relationships of
the people we love and The Lord- how much stronger those relationships would be ." Amen!
The main speaker, Amia asked us..........
Are we following the road God has chosen for us?
Or are we dragging Him along with us where we chose to go.
A few of my roommates--Michelle, Liz, me, Lindsay.
Michelle and Lindsay came together from Pennsylvania and
they were so nice and funny. We spent a lot of time laughing.
It was a great weekend away!