Week in the Life (4/23/12)

So yesterday I shared that this is typically how we start our day…slowly.  Catherine is the early, early bird and then John follows closely behind.  The great thing about Catherine being older and more independent is that she gets up and either plays in her room or goes to her art table to draw and craft until John gets up.  Then it’s usually off to watch Team Umi Zoomi.

On this day I had a breakfast meeting with one of my board of directors.  He lives in Dallas but teaches seminary and Biblical counseling down in Houston on Mondays.  We decided to get together for breakfast to go over some things that are going on with the Task Force.  It was a great meeting because he was able to switch his counseling hat with his board of director hat and give me lots of wise counsel.

After that I met up with John and Catherine at the local hardware store to try and find a new bird feeder.  My other one was falling apart. I’m still debating on whether to put a hummingbird feeder.  I love, love, love hummingbirds (my parents always put their feeder out when we visit) but I worry too much about the cats in our backyard.  Deuce is too old to hunt but Ashes is still able to catch a bird or two, just not that often anymore.

John then went back home to install the new feeders and Catherine and I went off to run errands like getting her hair cut and running to Target for some groceries.  I wasn’t too happy with Catherine’s hair cut.  It’s a low budget place where we go to get her bangs trimmed but this time around she needed to get her ends cleaned up…we definitely won’t be going back there again.

I came home to drop Catherine off and to pick up a stack of newsletters that I needed to mail off for the Task Force.  I ended up spending about 30 minutes in the parking lot of the post office stamping nearly 200 envelopes.

After that ordeal I came home and made our favorite spinach smoothie and watched John work on the bird feeders.

And then back to work I went…with a little photo editing thrown into the mix.  Luckily my commute is not very far.

Before I knew it, it was time to start working on dinner.  Catherine watched a bit more tv and colored while I made fish tacos (definitely not as good as my parents make them but they work!)

We then went out on the back porch to do a little bird watching.  I love that we are getting all kinds of birds right now!  The cardinal is my favorite.

Although I spotted this new bird on the tree.  I am not sure what it is…Dad, can you help with this one?

I then packed it up and headed to yoga.  I am loving yoga right now.  I am definitely the most beginner in the class which can be frustrating at times but I have been going for several weeks now and I can tell that I am progressing.

When I got home I spent some time in the backyard tending to my flowers and the garden (a nightly ritual) while John put Catherine to bed.

After that I shut my camera down and plopped myself on the couch with John to relax.  It was a good, good day.  Not too busy, right?

PS..I want to apologize for the picture quality.  I am not spending a lot of time adjusting my camera.  I’m trying to get candid shots and shoot quickly to move on with the documenting.  Some of my photos are blurry or the color isn’t too great.  I hope you don’t mind!

Week In The Life (4/22/12)

It’s that time of year again…Week in the Life documentation which was started by Ali Edwards.  Basically the project is about document what a week in your life looks like through pictures and words.  Ali, and most others that follow along with project will turn their documentation into a mini scrapbook.  It’s just easier for me to document on my blog.  Now that I have started Project Life, incorporating this project into PL will be easy.  They both fit together so seamlessly.

My documentation will go from Sunday to Saturday.  My plan is to document one day and then blog the next.  So here are my photos from yesterday (which I didn’t take near as many as I intended):

Our day usually starts out slowly.  John and Catherine are the morning people but they still like to start the day with a little bit of couch time and some breakfast.  On this day we made smoothies.  This is pretty much the only way I can get green vegetables into Catherine’s diet.  She doesn’t even mind shoving the spinach into the blender.  Whatever works!

We then took ourselves out to the back porch to enjoy the weather.  The mornings and evenings have been cool and our backyard is buzzing with birds and butterflies right now, so it’s so nice to be able to sit outside and enjoy nature…even when we mix in a bit of technology.  I think John was actually trying to research why one of the birds was exhibiting a certain type of behavior.  Can’t beat the internet for research!

Next up on our list for a lazy Sunday morning was putting together a new bug box for Catherine.  Catherine is the miniature, female version of Jack Hanna and loves animals and bugs of all kinds.  She swears up and down that she is going to be a zoo doctor when she grows up.  I will be pretty surprised if she doesn’t end up as one.  Anyway, she goes through bug boxes like they are going out of style.  The latest one is actually a bug playground, complete with a slide.  It’s adorable.

I didn’t get too many other photos from the afternoon but we mostly kept ourselves parked on the  back porch until we left for our church small group, where I didn’t take any photos.

We had a family of mockingbirds take up residence in a small tree in our backyard.  We watched two baby birds grow into big baby birds for the last few days.  In the morning one of the babies was sitting up tall in the nest.  The other one was still nestled down.  By the time lunch rolled around they both had left the nest.  For a few hours we could not figure out where they had gone.  They weren’t old enough to fly but we couldn’t find them anywhere in our backyard.  However, we knew they were around somewhere because the parents kept coming into the yard calling for them.  John finally figured out that one of them had lodged himself in between our fence and the neighbor’s fence.

Since we have four-legged children running around, we decided to corral the one baby bird into a makeshift pen so that the animals couldn’t get to it but the bird’s parents could still feed it.  We managed to get it cornered but we were still on the hunt for the second baby.  We left for small group and when we came back, the one baby bird had disappeared but we managed to find the other baby, which it had also lodged itself into the fence.  We are actually not quite sure if maybe the first baby had escaped its pen and went back to the fence or if we found its sibling.  Either way, we tried corralling this one into a makeshift pen as well.  It didn’t cooperate and kept hopping through the wires.  I watched him until after dark but I finally had to call it a night and go to bed.  Needless to say, sadly the babies were nowhere to be found the next morning.  We are hoping that found another hiding place but I am not so confident.  I wish there was a way to protect them until they are old enough to fly but sometimes nature takes its course.  We did have a fun time watching them and Catherine loved it the most…well, I loved it a lot too, so we both might be tied.

That was our Sunday!  If you are also participating in Week in the Life, let me know!  I would love to hear how you are documenting your week!  Here is a link to some of the past posts I have made, although I just saw that 2008 photos are not showing up correctly.  I will try getting that fixed.

I Statements

Our little family had a busy weekend on the road.  We took a short road trip to New Braunfels this past Friday to spend a weekend planning for my organization’s 1st Annual Texas Fallen Heroes Family Retreat.  We are hosting it at the T Bar M Resort, which is a FABULOUS place!  We had a great time with some of my volunteers planning out the retreat activities, swimming, playing games, catching butterflies and caterpillars and just hanging out together.  We are back home now, which is always nice but I really miss the Hill Country!  Other than the fire ants (which Catherine is deathly allergic to), it would be a fabulous place to raise a child.

Today I am taking a rest day, which I have been mandated to do weekly in order to not get myself back to that yucky, stressful place that I was at a few weeks ago.  It’s a pretty easy day to take a rest since it’s storming and I’m not feeling so hot.  I am pretty sure I have an ear infection…yet again, which is not good because I have to fly on later this week.

I have been loving all of the meme posts that I have been seeing on blogs recently.  I did one a couple of weeks ago and got some great feedback on it.  A couple of days ago I found this list off of Becky Higgins’ blog and thought it would be fun to kick the week off with my own ‘I Statements’ list.  I hope you like it!  And I hope you have a great week!


i was …  thinking that I need to get on the ball with planning Catherine’s birthday party.

i am … feeling a bit run down and tired today.  I haven’t slept well in a few days which is really hard on me.

i think … I have some of the best volunteers and staff members that help me with my organization.

i wonder … what it would be like if I gave the organization up and did something completely different.

i wish … some days that I got paid for the work that I do but I know that my work is not any less valuable because I don’t get a paycheck.

i save … memorabilia like receipts and ticket stubs.

i always … look forward to the evenings. 7pm-10pm is my favorite part of the day

i can’t imagine … life without John or Catherine.

i believe … the best in everybody.

i promise … I really got a D in High School Photography.

i love … rainy days like today.

i create… by writing, photographing, and art journaling to express myself.

Passover Seder

We were invited to spend a Passover seder meal with our friends.  I just love the way this family celebrates their faith.  One of them is Christian and the other is Jewish and they blend their faith celebrations together so beautifully for their family.  I have had a fascination for Judiasm for a long time.  I love their rich history, the culture, and the traditions.  I have joked with John on several occasions that I would probably be a Messianic Jew if I could.  As a matter of fact, St. Paul’s Chapel in New York City just announced that a progressive Jewish community would be opening a synagogue at St. Paul’s Chapel.  When I heard the news I was a bit envious that there was such a church and synagogue community available…wishing that there was one here as well.  I love St. Paul’s and everything that they stand for and I love how they opened their doors to this Jewish community.

Anyway, when Julie & Russ invited us to share Passover with them, I was thrilled.  We had a wonderful time sharing such a special holiday meal with them!


Easter Decorations & Some Flower Shots Too

Spring is my second favorite season.  My favorite being Autumn.  I love spring though because the earth is waking up from her long winter slumber.  The flowers start to bloom.  The birds return to our feeders.  The trees and grass start growing wildly.  I love this sweet time of warm days and cool evenings.  It’s the break before the heat of summer comes bearing down.

Spring is also the time to celebrate the resurrection.  I decorate our home for the Easter celebration with lots of traditional and Christian decorations.  I also mix in some spring decorations in order to stretch out the decorations until the end of April.  I hope you enjoy the photos!

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