Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Beach, City, and Baseball

imageOur hotel has a private beach, so when I finally rolled out of bed, (my husband got up and worked out at the gym before I woke up), it was time for brunch. We decided to stroll along the beach over to Mission Beach to see what we could find.
imageWe ended up at this cute little place right on the beach. We sipped coffee while eating breakfast outside, and taking in the view of the ocean waves.
IMG_4642.jpgAfter brunch we decided that some relaxing beach time of tanning and people watching was just what we needed. The weather was perfect!
_MG_7031.jpgWe lounged around the beach just long enough for my husband to get a little pink coloring on his pale, fair skin. The Rockies were in town playing the Padres, so we started a Craigslist search for tickets and scored some great seats with parking too. With a meet up time downtown to pick up the tickets it was perfect timing for us to do a little exploring around the city. I love walking around bigger cities. It's fun to see the different characters of each city. Someone had to get ice cream at Ghiradelli. Can you guess who?
imageAfter we picked up our tickets we realized that we hadn't eaten anything since brunch so we stopped into the Stone Brewery Tap Room right next to the stadium. If you love IPAs you'll LOVE this brewery. IPAs are a little too hoppy for me, but I did love the flatbread pizza that went well with my beer. :)
_MG_7033.jpgWe're huge baseball fans, so naturally when our favorite team was in town we had to go, right? Okay, so maybe we planned it that way. We've always wanted to travel around and check out other ball parks, so this was the perfect chance.
_MG_7036.jpgNot that I've been to many ballparks, but what I think makes Petco Park unique is the sand box they have for the children to play in during the game. How fun is that?
_MG_7037.jpgThere's also a grassy knoll for a cheap place to sit during the games. While the view of the field isn't great from here, this huge screen makes up for what you can't see from the hill.
_MG_7039.jpgWe walked around the stadium before making it to our actual seats. That guy in the field is former Rockie, Seth Smith. He was one of my favorite players.
_MG_7043.jpgI think their screen is similar to the one at Coors Field.
_MG_7068.jpgWe finally made it to our seats. Check out that view!
_MG_7074.jpgAt this point in the game we thought we had a chance to win. Our team was scoring runs. If you don't follow baseball let me fill you in by telling you that the Rockies are pretty much the worst team in baseball right now.
_MG_7075.jpgThere was a little hope, but then. . .
_MG_7077.jpgthe Padres began scoring more runs and Charlie Blackmon is all, "C'mon guys! We've got to hold them." Maybe that's not what he's saying, but maybe he's giving them a pep talk?
_MG_7078.jpgThe Rockies didn't end up winning, but we had fun checking out Petco Park and downtown San Diego.

Friday, September 5, 2014

We Went on Vacation and I Met My Stalker

We're leaving on a jet plane! #vacation #nokids #diaAfter having 6 funerals in 2 months, continuing ed out-of-state for a week, running children to visits, baseball, and swimming, camping trips with the children, and finishing up a crazy week of VBS, my Lutheran Stud and I decided we needed a little vacation by ourselves. We had talked about flying out to watch the Rockies play an away game, so we finally decided to make it happen. After church one Sunday I handed the keys to our big tank to a gal from church, gave a big hug to all of my children, hopped into my husband's pickup, and off we went to the airport. I was just a little concerned that we would be cutting it close on making our flight, but lucky us when TSA decided they wanted to check my husband's hands for gun powder residue and we were able to cut through to the front of the security line. Denver's security line can sometimes be super long and annoying, but that day, it was just fine for us. _MG_6984.jpg
Can you guess where we decided to go? I'll give you a hint. There were palm trees and beaches. We landed in San Diego right on time, picked up a vehicle, and headed to our hotel.
Gorgeous green and palm trees at our hotel. #vacation #bahiaresortOur hotel was lush and green and filled with lots of palm trees. Did I mention we had a view of the beach too? Is there anything prettier?
_MG_6988.jpgWe had just enough time to freshen up before heading north to meet our friends and my stalker. Did I mention I had a stalker, turned new friend? :)
_MG_7145.jpgThis is my friend, Lauren. Isn't she the cutest pregnant lady? We go way back to our seminary days where we spent hours eating spinach artichoke dip, watching Law and Order, and even tried to sew placemats once. After we left the seminary, Lauren and her sweet family stayed on campus while her husband, Jason, worked for the seminary. Then, this gal, Rachel moved in, on the same street, so her husband, Adam, could teach at the seminary. Somehow, I think, Lauren told her to check out a recipe on this very blog. Christmas rolled around and I sent out cards. Our family photo was on Lauren's fridge and Rachel saw it. By now, I think, correct me if I'm Rachel, Rachel became a regular reader of my blog. Now fast forward a few years.
_MG_7000.jpgMy friend, Summer, above middle, has a husband, Quinton, who used to be a pastor in Colorado, but took a call to be the campus pastor at Concordia Irvine. Summer and Quinton used to be in PALS with us. We loved it and through that program we became really good friends. They've now been in California longer than they were in Colorado. Crazy, right? While they don't live here anymore we are happy that they choose Colorado as their vacation spot and hang out with us while they're in town. Not long after their move, guess who moved to California? That's right! Rachel and her family moved to California, where her husband is currently a professor at Concordia Irvine. Now, Summer and Rachel, on the right, know each other from their college days at Irvine. Summer told Rachel to check out a recipe on my blog. Soon after that Rachel saw our family photo on Summer's fridge. It was same photo on Lauren's fridge.  Do you see where this is going? FYI, Summer and Lauren don't know each other. This is how I gained a stalker and this stalker, Rachel, finally emailed me to tell me that she's friends with my friends. How cool is that? Since my Lutheran Stud and I flew all the way to California we I thought it would be great to see our friends, right? So, the night we flew into town we drove to this beautiful harbor for fish n' chips, beer, and great company.
_MG_7007.jpgAre tired of this story yet? I hope not, because there's more. How can there be more right? That's my Lutheran Stud in the middle, with Quinton on the right, and Adam on the left. My husband regularly attends continuing education classes because one should always keep their mind sharp and he enjoys them. In May, this professor guy, named Adam, flew out to Colorado and my husband attended a class for an afternoon. Then he and another friend drove to New Mexico for a week long continuing ed class to learn about world views from Adam, or Dr. Francisco as he's called by his students. In case you're not following this story, Adam is my stalker's husband. After emailing back and forth for a few months can you imagine the disappointment knowing that our husbands met each other, were hanging out, and we had never met? How does that happen? At any rate, it did happened, but we finally got to meet and chat over dinner, so now all is good.
_MG_6986.jpgNow I'm about ready to move to California and stalk my friends Summer and Rachel because look at this beautiful sunset and think about all the trouble we could get into. I guess it's not really a possibility because my husband has a call in Colorado, so I'll just continue to stalk them on the internet and send them crazy, weird texts when they least expect it. With the success of online dating why not make friends online too, right? It was so fun meeting you Rachel. You'll have to come out and vacation in Colorado next summer. Stay tuned for more of our California adventure!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Vacation Bible School

Genesis 1:1-31 describes how God created a perfect world in six days, including perfect weather. This became the theme of Vacation Bible School at Mt. Zion. The children made crafts, did science experiments, and played games that all had to do with water or the second day of creation.
_MG_6786.jpgThomas's birthday came on the heels of vacation bible school. The kids had a fabulous week and a few days during that week I had 9 children asleep at the same time, in the afternoon.
_MG_6745.jpgThis year Mt. Zion decided to try something new by adding science into the mix. The children studied the second day of creation which is all about water.
_MG_6727.jpgWater games were all the rage outside.
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The children made rain sticks and rainbows in craft time._MG_6732.jpgRainbows were came in all different styles from paint to crepe paper.
_MG_6777.jpgBible lessons were taught in a boat if you were in the right class.
_MG_6790.jpgRebecca graduated from VBS and was a group leader for the week. She tended to the preschoolers.
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Science experiments were tested during science time. Have you ever tried the pop and Mentos experiment?
_MG_6793.jpgThere was a lot of glue and sequins used during VBS week. It was crazy fun! You can find more photos here.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

9 on the 9th

_MG_6964.jpgWe celebrated Thomas's golden birthday on August 9th. I didn't even realize it was a golden birthday until Rachel reminded me. This boy had more opinions about his birthday this year than he normally does.
Thomas05Thomas arrived into the world full of bruises, from some of my really strong contractions. Perhaps that is why he is such a tough kid.
_MG_6971.jpgHe requested carrot cupcakes and wanted to decorate them himself.
_MG_6965.jpgHe also requested a mini-cake for himself. He loves helping in the kitchen. Maybe he'll be a great chef someday.
_MG_6976.jpgHappy birthday, Thomas!
_MG_6981.jpgThomas's birthday sets off birthday season in our home. Stay tuned for more birthday fun!

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Fair

2014-08-01 at 12-59-51After attending the rodeo we found out that the next day was kids' day! 
2014-08-01 at 12-56-44We couldn't stay away from all of the fun, so we headed back to the fair the very next day. The children got a tour of a fire engine and each received a hat and coloring book.
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David was my only daring child that wanted to climb the rock wall. It was pretty easy peasy for him. I almost asked if I could climb the wall too, but I didn't want to embarrass my children.  2014-08-01 at 13-46-07
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This inflatable was hoot. The children try and stick these velcro thingys as far down the line as they possbily can. Meanwhile they are attached to a bungy that yanks them back. 
2014-08-01 at 14-07-00Obviously when you attend a county fair you've got to see animals. 
2014-08-01 at 14-07-50This cute little calf tried to eat our foster child's shorts. It was pretty funny.
2014-08-01 at 14-02-41For some reason my children wanted to bring the goat home with them. Um, no!
2014-08-01 at 14-22-34All of the children participated in a bean bag toss and won some cute little prizes.
2014-08-01 at 14-20-53I think every child got at least one bean bag in a hole, even the youngest. It was great fun to play at the fair and the now the little ones want to go back everyday. Why can't we do this everyday?