Tuesday, September 23, 2008
This is just one of those adorable little things that I will tuck into my heart memories...so priceless. I don't know if it's women, but I am such a goner for those piggy toes too...I just want to gobble them up! Are/were any of you the same way? I know my twin is!
So I struck another dramatic pose, since the hair I guess could be called sheik and trendy. So I guess the bangs would be side bangs or swoop ones. What do you think? Actually for this picture, I just blow-dried my hair upside down (with JJ watching) and put in some hair wax for texture and voila! I just laugh when I look at this face...soooo not me.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
It's encouraging for me to find places like this because they show me some of the "character" of Orlando beyond it's planned sub-communities and flatness and dare I say World tourist centers (although extremely playful for children)??!! It reminded us a little of being by the lake in Keszthely, Hungary or for me of the Boston Common...I thought, "well I might just make it living down here in this strangely different place, if I can easily get to somewhere as nice as here!"
And then when he takes him out and he has his hoody towel on, he is so happy and I always make Jared bring JJ to me, because he is just ADORABLE...
Here's JJ playing on the floor with his little (girl)friend Gloria (Sophia in MA is one too!). I wanted to get them when they were both reading the book that's on the floor...it was really cute!
I just realized that all of my sisters and myself now have mini-vans! We each have a different type too! Windstar (sorry for saying caravan, Nea!) Odyssey (my sis Kristen) Town & Country (my twin Sara)...and now me a Nissan Quest!
Back: when I see this, it actually looks like the cut I got when I was in Hungary. We joked that it was like a "female mullet", but this doesn't seem like that to me...
...I cried the whole time (not really, but when I looked at the hair I'd cut off, I was sad...is this normal??)
Above--The start of the process--we needed the help of the Baby Einstein which he is staring intently at.
Below--When JJ caught onto what I was doing, he didn't want to have anything to do with it.
Monday, September 15, 2008
When we are anxious we are inclined to overprepare. We wonder what to say when we are attacked, how to respond when we are being interrogated, and what defence to put up when we are accused. It is precisely this turmoil that makes us lose our self-confidence and creates in us a debilitating self-consciousness.
Jesus tells us not to prepare at all and to trust that he will give us the words and wisdom we need. What is important is not that we have a little speech ready but that we remain deeply anchored in the love of Jesus, secure about who we are in this world and why we are here. With our hearts connected to the heart of Jesus, we will always know what to say when the time to speak comes.
Sorry it's been a week since I blogged...I promise to TRY to keep you up-to-date better. I have to have Jared take a picture of my haircut. I like it, but I've had my moments. You can let me know what you think!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
We went on a pontoon boat and JJ tried to crawl on it, but he had his "sea knees" and couldn't move, it was the funniest thing!
This is me with Jeannine and Shannon who are also on our team...funny, if you look behind Jared and Jeremy are on a raft waiting to get picked up! It looks like they're floating out to sea never to be seen again!
Here I am with Annette on the WaveRunner. She is from Germany (thanks Jules) and is STINTing here in Orlando to learn about Student Venture as she senses the Lord leading her to launch Student Venture in her country. Please pray for her. Mostly, that the Lord will show her the way and bring those with like hearts to help begin this very needed ministry to teenagers in Germany.
Jeremy, our city director, with JJ...he was teaching him to stick out his tongue...JJ was fascinated and trying to imitate...THANKS JEREMY!
Here's JJ in the lake water...he's definitely enjoying the water more now than when we first introduced him to it (pools too!) and we are happy about that since we are in Florida! (I have to keep telling myself that so that it sinks in)
The 5 team girls went on what I thought would be a gentle (LAZY RIVER) tube ride, it ended up being more like white water rafting! I had bruises for a week! But it was a great ride and we had a lot of fun! One time was enough for me though!
We decided to do the same thing with the guys, only there were more of them and they weigh more! They ended up breaking the pull on the boat! Yikes! So sorry Mr. & Mrs. A.!
Friday, September 5, 2008
These roses were soooo beautiful!
Here's JJ helping me with the laundry, even though it's not as fun as with Mum Mum...and he's a little scared because he shut the door on his leg TWICE, poor guy.
Here's JJ with the "Bal...bal...bal" I got him when I was out shopping. He loves to pick up things with his legs, and we couldn't believe he could get this big ball too!
This was the birthday cake I made for him when his actual b-day came around (August 21st). I used chocolate chips to write "Happy Birthday" and it was difficult to make out up close, but when I took the picture, it was very clear!
Here's JJ on the little ride toy from Auntie Kristen...He loves to just chill and be pushed around in it...
Chillin' with Daddy...He makes that face whenever he's "playing" with you and being goofy...so funny!
Here we are at our friends Scott and Kaye's celebrating JJ's b-day. Their daughter Grace is in the high chair and Gloria is their other daughter I am holding. They are great friends and fellow team members to have down here!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
It was a fun day for JJ as he got to play lots with Mum Mum and eat fun snacks! Here he is eating these Gerber crunchies (essentially a healthier version of a cheese doodle/puff). He and his buddy Carson ate the whole can!
While we were waiting for Jared to come with the truck, our friends, Mike and Trish's, kids were throwing football with Jared's brother Jason.
My father-in-law did an AMAZING job packing the truck. We used just about every bit of that 14 ft. truck! We were all nervous and not sure if we could fit what we wanted to in the truck, but we did and in Jared's brother, Jason's, zeal to clear out my in-law's basement, we even got a box or two in there that DIDN'T belong to us...OOPS!
Here we are eating Cosco pizza (a great deal and great pizza!) and if you look at JJ in the stroller, you can see how he slid out of it as my mother-in-law forgot to strap him in...Jared was able to catch him. Love you Mom:-)! Thanks for all the help on that crazy moving day!
J.J. LOVES watermelon and had 4 pieces that evening! I think it feels really good on his teeth that are coming in...
We waited to put our bed/mattress on the truck until the end, the next morning, so Jared and I had something to sleep on that night! It was really snug and great for keeping everything secure during the big trip from PA to Florida. We only had a couple of casualties (so far, there's a little bit still to unpack)--a mirror and the handle of a mug (which could have happened at any point during the 3 YEARS it was stored!)
Here's the truck and hitching our car to tow in the back. Praise the Lord that it arrived in Orlando with no damage...