Monday, December 29, 2008


Whew! These last days have just flown by. It may take me a few posts to get caught up so stay with me.
The first thing I must write about is, on the 19Th, our baby turning 6. Seriously, where does the time go? Rob got off work early and we took her to build a bear. She has had her eye on this bear for a long time. Her friend Hailey has one and named it Lovie and all Emily talks about it Lovie this and Lovie that. We knew she would be thrilled to have a Lovie of her own. If you've never done a build a bear before they sew it up they have you pick out a heart and make a wish then sew it inside the bear. Precious I know. So she had Emily grab one, then had her grab two more and Rob and I had to make a wish and when we were done we had to say Happy Birthday Emily! as loud as we could. It ended up being a little louder than I thought. And the store was packed so that was fun.
Washing her up

Doing her birth certificate

Waiting in line to pay. Yeah, that set us back a weeks worth of groceries. But she's so darn cute. We just couldn't resist.

That night our families came over to celebrate. We had dinner and immediately opened presents because she could hardly stand it. She just had to wear her crown that she made at school. I think it looked like a dunce cap but don't tell her I said that :o)

Rich and Steph got her this crown. Much better!

Unless, of course, you put it on crooked and don't fix your hair. Adorable. Do you like her My Little Pony on the cake. That was a touch all her own.

I also have some exciting news. Rich and Steph announced they are pregnant. Well, Steph is pregnant, Rich is just along for the ride. She is due in August. August 10Th to be exact, which is Taylor's birthday, but she will have a c-section before then. I am sooooo excited. I just love having babies that I can snuggle and cuddle and adore and send home so I can get a full nights sleep. Can I get an amen?! Been there, done that, not planning on doing it again unless God wants to show what a sense of humor he has. I hope he doesn't. You wouldn't see me laughing.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Gingerbread and $5 shopping

We have been having fun with our advent activities this week. Monday we did gingerbread 'houses'. We have always bought a boxed house in the past but I decided it's such a waste to put together a house that is so hard we can't eat it. Every year they get thrown away whole so this year I decided I would make gingerbread in the shape of little houses and we could all decorate one. It worked out great. I broke out the candy and sprinkles and a-decorating we went.
Emily spent a lot of time licking the frosting and piling on candy.

So did Taylor.

Austin's one wish was that his would stand up. It would for a few seconds at a time so he was happy.
Our finished products. Emily and Taylor's have so much candy on them. So much. Mine didn't so that's why it is almost gone. ;O)

Tuesday we had one of the funnest nights yet. $5 shopping night. We each drew the name of another family member and were given $5. We headed to Walmart and had 30 minutes to buy something for that person. I took Emily with me and Rob took the boys. We kept our bags a secret til we got home then we had to say who we had and give them their gift.

I had Rob and I got him some coffee, chapstick, skittles and gum.

Rob had Taylor and he got him a Broncos notebook, nerds and three matchbox cars.

Austin had Emily. I love this picture because she was so happy.

She got a littlest pet shop turtle. She loves littlest pet shop.
Emily had Austin and she got him a hot chocolate set, gum and mechanical pencils, which he loves.
Taylor had me and I got Junior mints, scrapbook tags and vellum sayings.

Only 8 more days...

Monday, December 15, 2008

Yipeee it's snowing...again

Can you feel the sarcasm? I am not a fan of the snow. Nope. I don't like it. It's cold, it's wet and it makes driving anywhere suck. So you can imagine how thrilled I am that for the third day in a row it's coming down. I should be happy it's only a small amount. Poor Matt is in a blizzard right now. But I'm not. I'm a hot blooded human. I need heat. You see, I've always been a lover of warm weather but it really hit me when we went to Mexico. I always knew of places that were warm when we weren't but to actually go to a place with 90 degree weather in October made me happy, then when we had to come home to considerably colder weather I was not pleased. And that did it. I want to be someplace where they know no snow. Where I can lay on the beach 365 days a year if I so choose. Someplace warm. Does this say happiness to you? A high of 12(that's not even two syllables) screams unhappiness to me.

We had a great weekend. Friday was our night to go downtown and see the capital Christmas tree. Emily went to Kiki's to spend the night so she wasn't with us but we brought our neighbor, Matt, to make up for it. We got down there and, because they are doing construction on the capital, they had decorated a tree that stands on the property and we really could've gone any day of the year and just imagined lights on it. It was also sleeting so we got out, looked at it, the boys ran round for a very few minutes and we made our way back to the car. It was freezing out so we went to Starbucks for some hot drinks then to Toys R Us.

Our church Christmas program was last weekend so most of my day Saturday was spent there. I had so much fun being a part of it. We sang some great songs. My absolute favorite was the Christmas Worship Medley. It's long but if you have the time take a listen. It's fabulous. Glory to God was pretty fun too. The band played Christmas Eve Sarajevo by Trans Siberian Orchestra and it was amazing. They did such an awesome job. The whole thing turned out so well. God definitely had his hand in it.
This morning I had a doctor appointment. They were checking my cholesterol again. I knew they were doing a finger prick and I have been so nervous about it. The last time I had my finger pricked was in 6th grade. My best friends mom worked at the Red Cross and she was coming to school to tell us what our blood types were as part of a science unit we were doing. I was feeling good. Cami and I were going to go first but I chickened out. I sat there and watched my whole class get their fingers stuck and all to soon I was the only one left to do it. She stuck me and I went back to my chair. Someone siting next to me said "you are so white". My teacher came up to me and confirmed my ghost like appearance then Cami's mom said I should go lie down in the hall. How embarrassing! And so began my involuntary reaction to all things needle. Fast forward to today and all the way there I was wishing they would take blood out of my arm, because for some reason I don't have a problem with that. Go figure. So I get there, she calls me back and I tell her I would rather have it taken from my arm and she just laughs. She alcohols my finger and I am squeezing my eyes shut and telling myself not to pull my finger away when she pokes me and then...nothing. No pain. No bee sting, no sliver, nada. Thank you Lord. I felt rather silly for being so nervous but when you have my history you can never be too careful. And the best news is my cholesterol is normal again.
Now if only the snow would stop.

Friday, December 12, 2008

The last few days

**A trip to Sonic for dinner. All five of us eating in the car. Not as bad as I thought. And Em only spilled a little of her blue coconut slush(or 'slushly' as she says it).
**Watched Polar Express and drank homemade hot chocolate. Each of the boys had a partner to cuddle up with.

**Trying my hand at homemade marshmallows. I forgot to put the vanilla in but after I rolled them in peppermint they tasted yummy. I bagged some up for the kid's teachers.

**Figured out why our peppermint milkshakes tasted weird. Instead of peppermint ice cream I bought vanilla ice cream and candy canes to put in. I crushed up one of the leftover candy canes today for my marshmallows, grabbed a small piece of it and popped it in my mouth. wasn't peppermint. It was either cinnamon or cherry. The piece was too small to tell but it definitely was not peppermint. Next time I'll make it easier on me and buy peppermint ice cream. Geez.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Stepping Up

I just got back from our last Bible study session and can I just say how great our God is. We studied the Psalms of ascent which are Psalm 120-134. In the last six weeks the lord has shown me that he is my Protector, my Help and so much more. What a blessing to gather with women every week and be able to share their heartbreaks and their joys, their struggles and fears and know that through it all God is there and he loves us. And what a blessing to once again be a part of a Beth Moore study. She is awesome!

Monday, December 8, 2008

A few of my favorite things

We got our tree this weekend. What was supposed to be a fun trip to the mountains to cut down our tree turned into a fun trip to a local tree farm turned into getting our tree from the church lot. We thought it would be fun to cut down our own but it was getting late in the season and we were running out of weekends so a local tree lot was our best bet. Rich and Steph went to check it our before we got there and when she called i heard the words "do not go there". She said all the good trees get cut down the day after thanksgiving so the leftovers were only 3-5 feet tall. We need one slightly bigger than that so we headed to church and grabbed a beautiful 8 foot tree.

One of my favorite things to do is decorate the tree because there are so many memories connected to our ornaments. These are some of my favorites.

I love this ornament because it is a reminder of how blessed we were to have a little girl in our family this year. Emily was 6 days old on her first Christmas.

My mom bought Em this ornament when she was two years old. The story behind it goes like this...the kids had spent the night at my parents and Austin had a soccer game the next morning. When Rob and I got to the game my mom and Emily were kicking the ball back and forth. The next thing I see is the ball flying at Emily's face, it hit her so hard that it literally picked her up off the ground and she landed flat on her back. My mom felt terrible but when she saw this ornament she knew she had to get it for her.

I love these homemade ornaments too. Our tree is covered with them. Austin made the reindeer when he was in preschool,the tree in kindergarten and Taylor made the angel when he was four.

Rob made this star in elementary school. When we got married 99% of our ornaments were ones he was given during his childhood or ones he made growing up. We have since added many others but they still have a special place on our tree.

I pick up ornaments when we travel. The boat is from Martha's vineyard when we went on our missions trip , the star is from Cabo and the ears are from our trip to Disneyland. It is amazing how all of the memories from our trips come flooding back when I see these.

These ornaments hold a special place in my heart. When Rob and I got married and I had Austin Rob was off playing basketball every other weekend(Thurs-Sun) so it was just me and a baby. The nights got long so to pass the time Terry got me these ornament kits to make. I would put Austin to bed and would sit for hours in front of the TV making them. We have a gingerbread man, woman and house, three different sizes of Santa and the stuffed Santas. I don't know how many of these I ended up making that year but it was a lot, and how they made the evenings go by.

I love my house decorations. We don't have a lot of them because I have gotten rid of many that didn't mean much to me so I could slowly acquire ones that I really like.

I got these candy canes for 49 cents each at Real Deals and they are quickly becoming one of my favorite things.
All of our stockings were made by my mother in law. I love them and would take them over store bought stockings any day.
I totally stole this idea from Erin because I love it. I had an old window and didn't know what to do with it so I ended up putting it on the shelf in the bathroom and used my old stocking, that was knitted by my great aunt when I was a baby.

And finally we have our tree. When we got the ornaments on it started looking a little lopsided but that's OK. It's our and we love it.

This weekend we also managed to squeeze in a trip to the Botanical Gardens for Winter Garden aGlow with all the Smiths. If you haven't been it is something that you should do at least once. Everything that is sitting still is covered with lights. Everything.

This is only a small section of the gardens.

Saturday we had our annual Reed family shopping day. Unfortunately Grandma Reed was sick so she couldn't make it but we did have Tina, Stacia, Laura, Stephanie, Terry, Steph and me. We started like we do every year at Cracker Barrel then went to several more stores together. I found Em a bed in a bag at Bed Bath and Beyond that was marked down from $179.99 to $99 because it was 'dirty', although I didn't see anything wrong with it and then they let me use a 20% coupon on it too so I got the whole thing for $80. So happy! It was not something I planned on buying but I was glad I found it.

To end the weekend we had our church Christmas party. Last year was the first year Rob and I went and we had a blast. This year was no different. We had a great table and a lot of laughs. Last year we won the table trivia game and this year we tied with three other tables. We'll see if we can go for a three-peat next year :o) So that is what is going on with us lately. Busy but trying to enjoy the season. To add to all that is going on I am also trying to do a December daily album. It's coming along slowly. Very slowly. But my hope is it will be done before 2008 is over.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Cool find

I love music. I turn it on almost daily and it plays, many times, until dinner time. Well I was told about a fabulous website called Pandora and it is awesome. All you do is type in a song or artist that you like and it will continuously play similar artists and songs commercial free. And the best part is it's free! So if you are like me and music is a must have in your everyday life then get to Pandora and enjoy.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Days 2 and 3

Our advent activities are going well. Day two was 'make and decorate sugar cookies'. When I really thought about it I knew that making and decorating them would take all night so I made them in the afternoon so they would be ready for decorating that evening. The kids loved it and I think more frosting and sprinkles were eaten than actually made it on the cookies but they had fun. Emily went non traditional and used her pink and purple Barbie sprinkles on her cookies, while the boys smothered theirs in red and green.

Day three's idea I stole and we made paper snowflakes. I have ideas planned for the month but nothing that would've been done before we had to go to church. I printed off templates of some really cool flakes and the kids did their own thing. In the end we had the good, the bad and the ugly. I read that if you iron them with a cool iron they will flatten out so I plan on doing that today so we can hang them tonight.

This evening we are going to make homemade peppermint milkshakes. Yum!

Monday, December 1, 2008


It's done! I finally finished my advent calendar and I LoVe it! It's rather large, about five feet, but I wanted it tall enough for big pockets. Taylor got to pick out the first card and thought it was so cool. We do it before school so they have something to look forward to all day. Today's said "watch Elf and eat popcorn" so that's what we did. I made taco soup for dinner then we all plopped on the couch, popcorn bowls in hand, and watched the entire movie together. Such a fun evening together and I am looking forward to many more this month.

Sunday, November 30, 2008


We have had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend. We started off at Grandma and Grandpa Reed's for the Thanksgiving meal. She was so excited to have us there and we had a great time stuffing our bellies with yummy food and playing a hilarious game of catch phrase. Grandma and Grandpa are terrible clue givers. Grandpa kept trying to do the categories, like for 'plants and animals' he kept saying "daffodils and dogs..daffodils and dogs!" instead of pushing the button to get the actual word he was supposed to be doing and poor grandma just had a heck of a time but we laughed so hard and I am so glad we went. After we left the Reed's Rodger and Terry and all of us went to Rich and Steph's to hang out. We took over Fred Clause to watch but that's hard to do with four kids in the same room so we mostly sat around and chatted. A terrific ending to a terrific day.

Friday morning my mom and I got up bright and early and headed out for some shopping. I didn't see any great deals in the ads but it's our tradition to go so we couldn't stay home. We started at Macy's and found a few good deals then to the Blue and Orange store where they had no good deals, unless you wanted an ugly fiesta bowl hat for $1, which I didn't and to the Children's place where everything was 20% off. I went a little crazy on accessories for Em. My absolute favorite purchase from there were fingerless gloves. They are adorable. I wish we would've gone downstairs because I missed Pottery Barn and the Disney Store. It was early and I wasn't thinking. Oh well. We then made our way to Target and my mom and I got the last two portable DVD players they had on special. I didn't go there for that because I figured they would be gone but I asked and the guy took me and they had one left. I got it and was telling my mom what it was. She said she wanted one but I told her I got the last one they had. Just then the same guy walks by with a single screen player in one hand and a two screen in his other and says "Were you the one that was wanting this?" and I said "no, but I'll take that one" and ,voila, my mom had her portable DVD player. After Target we went to Cost Plus and Fred Meyer. The sock deals aren't really great at Fred Meyer but I did find several multi pair sock packages that were a very good deal at half price. My mom and I had both been sick so we decided to call it a day about noon. That sounds early but when you think we'd been out since 5:30 we definitely put our time in. We got home and my mom was supposed to be taking Emily home with her but Rob and the kids weren't there. Rob left his cell phone at Rich and Steph's so I couldn't get a hold of him. To pass the time we went to Walgreens to pick up a few deals.

Friday afternoon Terry wanted to do a thanksgiving meal of her own so we went there to eat more food and watch the BSU/Fresno game. It was a great game and another wonderful meal. I definitely got my turkey/mashed potato/stuffing fill this Thanksgiving.

Yesterday I started sewing my pockets onto my advent calendar. It is looking so cute. I love it! I also had plans to meet up with Steph and Erin, while she was in town, for coffee and a little shopping. She took us to this great out of the way place that is Graples-esque but a little cheaper. It was a fun couple of hours spent hanging with those girls. When I got home there, sitting in my dining room, was my new table. Rob had paid it off and brought it home while I was gone. I was so happy to walk in and see it sitting there so pretty. I was not happy to see our ugly dining room chairs with it. I didn't think they would look as bad as they do. I may be thrift store shopping sooner than I think so please excuse the ugly chairs and the candle holder with only two candles.

Since we had a busy weekend I wanted to go to church Saturday night so we could just relax Sunday. Rob agreed and we went to church with about 50 other people. Not the larger crowd it usually is but the sermon was a good one on being grateful. On the way home we made a side trip to Cabelas, grabbed Wendy's for dinner and watched The Holiday to end another good day.

And that brings me to Sunday. As I sit here in my bathrobe, coffee cup next to me, I am overwhelmed with all the things I have to be grateful for. A house, two cars, good health, food and a family that loves us to name a just a few. We are so blessed. Now, with nothing planned for the day, I am off to finish my calendar and feed my coupon obsession.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Girls night out

Last night Steph, Skye and I flew the coop and had a girls night. Just what I needed. We started the night at Mongolian barbecue where we feasted on noodles, noodles and more noodles. YuM! It has been a long time since I had been to Mongolian and I do believe that I am craving it today. We were going to see Mamma Mia then decided we would rather talk so we headed to Starbucks, by way of TJ Maxx, to talk the night away. Next time we will have to pick a place that stays open later cause they kicked us out at closing time. We had a great night though. Lots of laughing, gossiping(gasp!) and fun. Let's do it again soon.

I've been fighting another illness this week. Not so much a cold as a large frog that has set up camp in my throat. I don't feel bad but I only have a partial voice. Good times.

When Emily gets home we are going to lunch with Rob. We don't get to go out with him very often so I know the miss will love it.

I am totally excited for Thanksgiving and my favorite part other than dinner...the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. I can do without the balloons and bands but I cannot do without the Broadway musical numbers. I will sit on the couch for three hours just so I don't miss even one. Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Wasn't so bad

My second first time singing in choir wasn't so bad. Saturday night was a little scary. You see my mic partner who shall remain nameless(she's also my sister in law and has the initials SSS) decided to ditch me. I know! Can you believe it? I was petrified to have to stand there and hold the mic by myself. We were practicing before service started and Doug noticed that three people next to me were sharing and I was holding my own so he moved one of them with me. Thank you Lord! I'm sure I was as stiff as a board but I did it. And that's what I wanted to do. I did both services Sunday, feeling much more comfortable having my beloved SSS with me, and I still may have looked stiff but I wasn't really nervous. I had a few butterflies but nothing that would've kept me away. Now I focus on Christmas music. And can I just say that I love what we are doing. I was organizing my scrapbook room last night and listened to the CD about eight times. It's going to be a lot of fun.

Rob started a project last night. We have talked about putting in a fire pit for a long time and he finally decided that we would put it on the side of the house by our covered barbecue patio. It was freezing out last night but he decided that right then he was going to start it. He outlined where he wanted it and started digging. He even had his first fire in it. There is a long way to go till that side is the way we want it but, in the meantime, the kids had fun roasting marshmallows over a dirt fire pit on a cold fall night. Me? I was in the house where it was warm. I went out to take a few before pictures and scurried my booty back inside. I'm no fool. Rob also finished our Christmas lights. I know it's early but it sure beats putting them up when it's 20 degrees and windy, which is what usually happens.

I went to Costco on Friday and picked up a few Christmas and birthday gifts. I got Em some rain boots for her birthday that are adorable. She is gonna love them. I also got her a Christmas dress. They are so hard to resist.

One last this bag not adorable?

I may just have to get her book.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

sing...sing a song

I joined choir again. I have always loved singing but am on the bashful side so never really did anything with it. I was in choir about five years ago but with three small children and the youth ministry I just ran out of time for it so I quit. Since I'm not really doing anything else I talked to Steph about it a while back. She kept telling me I should join and I wanted to but then the shyness would creep in and I wouldn't. She finally talked to Doug for me (gotta love her) and before I knew it I was in.

Last night was my first practice. I was on my way when she called and said she wasn't feeling well so she was going to turn around and go home. What?! Are you kidding me?! Oh no! Maybe I'm not feeling well either. stomach is definitely having issues. Then I told myself to buck up. It's not like I don't know anybody there. It was a little nerve racking walking in the room and trying to figure out where I fit in but it was good for me. She got me most of the way there but I had to get myself to the finish.

The Christmas program is only three weeks away so they practiced that first. I don't know the songs so I just listened. Then they practiced what they are doing for Sunday. First they practice in the modular then they go to the auditorium to get their places set and run through the songs a couple times. I was just going to watch when Doug said something about me finding my place for Sunday. Wait! You want me to sing...on stage...mic in hand...this weekend? As in three days away? Talk about jumping in with both feet! It's not like I don't know the songs. I have heard them all before. But I always had the words in front of me. If I'm up there I have to know all of the words.

Can I confess something? I am one of those people that makes fun, usually to myself but occasionally to Rob, of those people who are on stage and don't know the song. They are up there singing away but their lips aren't matching anything that is being sung. It looks ridiculous and I just want to say either learn the song or don't go up there. It's just not good.

So, that being said, I know there are others out there like me and I would prefer not to be the one they are snickering at. So I got a CD and listened to it on the way home last night and in the shower this morning. I will probably be listening to it all day for the next three days just to make sure I have all the words down. Then, just when I think I do, I will get up on the stage and forget all of them and then still end up looking like a fool.

Wish me luck. Only two days to go.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Let the Christmas shopping begin

I feel like that is all I did this weekend. Friday Rich was doing an open house for some adorable town homes he is listing. As part of the open house they had a bazaar set up so Steph went down to see if it was any good. She said it was and I should go down. They had tons of cute stuff and I ended up getting a couple gifts which made my trek there worth it.

Saturday my neighbor Judy told me Graples was having their annual Christmas open house. They have so much cute stuff that it was hard to be good. I grabbed just about everything that I thought I might want just so I would have it then before we checked out I went through it all and narrowed it down. I ended up only spending a little over $20 which is a little sad but I couldn't justify spending more money on things that we don't need right now. I also had to take into consideration that that evening was the Craft Warehouse open house that we were also going to. My mom and aunt joined us and we spent about 3 hours strolling around the store. I was good there too and only spent $33. I didn't really need anything but I got a picture frame that was 40% off, Yankee Christmas votives, some fall things and a couple other misc. things.

Sunday we had to run by Fred Meyer to grab some candy($1.88 a bag for Hershey's candy with Fred Meyer coupon and the newspaper had a coupon for $1.50 off when you buy three bags just in case you need to stock up for Christmas) and while we were there we decided to look around for a few minutes. I got Steph a birthday present that I know she will LOVE so it made that trip worth it too. That and the candy that is filling my cupboards.

Today I was up and out the door by 8:50. On my list was Target for items to fill up our shoe boxes, which I got, but I also got Emily two velour outfits for a little over $5 a piece ,a Christmas gift and some flannel sheets for Austin, Toys R Us for Littlest Pet Shop sets(they have them buy two get one free) and Walgreens for my weekly deals(they have great deals on stocking stuffer candies this week...39 cents each). I did it all and was back home with time to spare before Emily got here.

I have been working on my advent calendar and am about 95% done with the pockets. I need to finish them so I can sew them on this week. I also have the list of activities and things I am going to put in each pocket. It took some time to come up with them but I think they are good and the kids will love them. The most difficult activity is cutting down our own Christmas tree. It sounds like fun but I need to find out where the best place to go is. I don't want some sad Charlie Brown tree. If you have any suggestions I'm all ears.

I am thinking about putting our chrismtas decorations out this week. It doesn't feel like christmas but if I wait until after thanksgiving we will only ahve them up for four weeks. Hardly seems worth the trouble's a thought I'm kicking around.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Guess what...

I won this kit from Lisa. Guess I'll be making my cards this year.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Five months ago? Day 11

It's been five months since our Philippines mission trip and I was so good about getting my trip documented until the last two days. Somehow, and I'm not quite sure when it happened, five months have passed. I have been thinking a lot lately that I really need to get those days down for posterity's sake so here I go.

June 16

Today is the grand opening of the youth center. It is such a privilege to be a part of this because I remember when Greg came to our church several years ago and told of his vision to open up a youth center down the street from one of the largest high schools in the world and here we were watching that dream come to life in person. We didn't have to wait until Greg came back to the states, we didn't have to hear it through a letter, we were there watching this whole thing unfold. It was truly amazing.

Before all of that could happen we still had some prep work to do. We went to one of the satellite schools to hand out fliers and invite as many students as we could to the center. It's always so much fun when they get out of school and we get to hang with them for just a few minutes before they go home. They are so friendly and most are quite interested in what we are doing there.

We stayed there for a while before catching a jeepney to the church. We had ridden a trike, walked our little legs off and traveled by bus. This was our final mode of transportation to try. It was a short ride but now we can check that one off our list of things to do.

When we got to the church we had enough time to go to the store and get last minute things set up. Greg's plan was do the drama several times in a row when the students started coming down the street. That would get them interested then we could invite them inside to see what else was going on. I really hate to complain but we did the drama outside in a small parking lot. I had shorts on so my knees took a beating since Chrisanna and I kneel for about 2/3 of the drama. I also fell by a puddle of old oil my first time through and my hand landed in it. I had to lay there with motor oil under my nails. Quite a treat. We ended up doing the drama four times in about 30 minutes. After, we went inside to be grouped with a few students to take them on a tour of the upper floor of the center. We also had food and drinks in case they needed a little more coaxing.

The turn out for today was pretty great. I don't know the number of students who came through the center but I know that each person that walked through the doors heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. We couldn't have asked for a better day.
We also couldn't end the day better than at the Green Spa. We worked hard and we deserved a good rub down. I showed you Chris and my outfits so I couldn't leave out the guys and theirs. I will show the one where their chests are covered to save you and them any embarrassment. We nicknamed these shorts "shants" because a certain someone who shall remain anonymous, robert dorcheus, brought several pair of man capris and another kid was making fun of them and piped up, "nice shants" because they aren't shorts and they aren't pants. Unfortunately for him his shants became the butt of way too many jokes. So here are the boys in all of their glory. The best part of this trip to the spa was when Rob and I were just getting started with our massages and Chrisanna comes in and says, "Rob, you have to trade rooms with me. I just saw Kris in his underwear". We laughed and laughed and laughed. What a sight to behold.