Friday, January 30, 2009
I think I might have posted pictures from my Thanksgiving trip of John finger painting. When my mom went back to Georgia at New Year's she brought this masterpiece home with her.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
The new game is, What is the Similarity Among These Three?
If you guessed "Places Teresa and her coworkers will be travelling this week" you won the Grand Prize! Jill left Friday for Mexico. Stephanie left today for Hawaii. Teresa is travelling to the warm, tropical climate of Washburn on Tuesday and Thursday! Woo-hoo! (For my non-Peorian readers, Washburn is a grand total of 30 miles away!)
Sunday, January 25, 2009
You know that feeling right before you're about to sneeze BIG? Your eyes get all watery, your nose starts to itch, there's a little bit of pressure in your nose. That has been my life the last two days. Except the feeling only produces an actual sneeze one out of four times.
I managed to avoid the stomach flu that was being passed around among friends but came down with another head cold. Kari and I were debating the pros and cons of each and which we would prefer. Do you prefer the stomach flu that will only last a day and half and then be done, or do you prefer a head cold that has the potential to linger for a couple of weeks? I went with the head cold just because I can still function in day to day stuff if I need to. Kari went with the flu. I don't want to ever throw up again in my life, though, which was the other consideration!
Sorry for the boringness and grossness of this post.
Still waiting for that sneeze...
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Here are the last of the pictures: Day 3. 7:45am. You can definitely tell he has grown since the night before. His pants are now above the pink line.6:18pm. Officially 2 hours before the 72 hour mark. I can't tell if he grew any more that day or if I took the picture at a slightly different angle.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Here is the very beginning stages of the frog turning into a prince, just one minute after the water was added.
8:52pm. I found the prince! Another rinse of the water revealed the cute little guy. Now for the growth to begin!
10:20pm. Last picture before bed and uploading. He doesn't seem to have grown at all since his big reveal! Maybe he's a little shy.
Here's the side note story (let's face it, I haven't included one of these in a while) We have had this two story play castle in our parking lot since the spring. Somehow it got donated to the office and then because of strict regulations we couldn't do anything with the castle. Now, don't get me wrong, the castle is really cool if it's not taking up two prime parking spaces and is actually being used. Here is a similar castle but not an exact representation:
So, Todd and Carol were watching some guy and his son load the castle onto their truck to take it into sweet oblivion. But as I came on the scene, the castle was tipping precariously toward the car that was in the next parking spot, which happened to be Sharon's car. No catastrophes happened, but when Sharon came into the office, we told her about the precarious state of her vehicle for the five minutes it took to load the castle. She said, "Oh, I would have been on the phone to my insurance company." And I said, "What would you have said, 'A castle just fell on my car!'?" And then I said, "Does your car insurance cover castle damage?"
Really, the moral of this story is that I'm super excited to have two additional parking spaces again!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
The chapter I am currently reading is on obeying the great commandment to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Mr. Bridges is really breaking that down to talk about what it really means. He gave two analogies of cruise-control obedience and race car obedience. First he describes the purpose of cruise control on a car: to maintain your speed while allowing you to sit back and relax a little. You don't have to constantly watch the speedometer so you don't get pulled over for speeding and you don't have the fatigue that comes from constantly pushing the accelerator. Now, in looking at our walk with the Lord, Bridges says we tend to obey God in the same way. We press the accelerator of obedience until we have it up to a certain level or "speed" and then we cruise. He says that "the level is most often determined by the behavior standard of other Christians around us. We don't want to lag behind them because we want to be as spiritual as they are. At the same time, we're not eager to forge ahead of them because we wouldn't want to be different. We want to just comfortably blend in with the level of obedience of those around us...Our particular Christian culture then takes over and keeps us going at the accepted level of conduct...we certainly don't have to experience the fatigue that comes with seeking to obey Him with all our heart, soul, and mind." He then describes a race car driver as one who pushes all the limits and uses his understanding of the track, his car, and the other drivers to do the best he can to win the race. In Scripture we are often admonished to "make every effort" much like the race car driver does.
I can honestly say that in most instances of my faith, I have fallen into the cruise control obedience. I want to obey, but why should I obey any more than the other believers around me? Because God has called me to HIS standards, not their standards.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
It all started because of my half-birthday post from yesterday. I vaguely remember posting the same thing last year. I did post something similar. So, from reading past blogs I realized that I have short term memory. I almost posted a blog about my car turning 2. Good thing I didn't because I apparently had the same idea last year!
Monday, January 5, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
That's right, it's a prince in a box! : )