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game day + the Oscars

We had a nice time last weekend over at Jake’s mom’s hanging out with everyone and playing games. And Mom made us delicious spaghetti and meatballs. Yummy! I ate way too much, but it was soooo good. Here are some pictures from the day. :)

Chloe was so excited to see Uncle Jeff (and Aunt Heather, too) ;)

This girl is getting SO good at reading. She just turned 5 and she LOVES sounding out words and reading books to me. Every night, she wants to go to bed early so we can sit together and read a book. I am so impressed. She’s such a smarty. She and Heather played with these old cards that had words on one side and pictures on the other. She read most of them all by herself. I’m so proud! :)

What game day would be complete without a little Guitar Hero. This was the last day we got to use the guitar, by the way, because the strum broke on it and we had to send it back for repair or replacement since we just got it last month. Jake is going through withdrawals. LOL!

Annie

Playing a little Scrabble. Even Zach joined in.

After Scrabble, we played a little Big Brain Academy on the Wii and the whole family joined in. It was a good day!

On Sunday, Jake went and hung out with my brothers and had a bonfire … yes, they are crazy to have a bonfire when it’s in the single digits outside … and I sat home and watched the Academy Awards.

No big plans this weekend. Maybe a little scrapbooking. That would be nice. :)

i <3 my friends

Just had to say Thank you for the comments and emails yesterday. You guys are wonderful!!!!

Things will be OK. I know that.

I started this blog three years ago as a fun way to share my pictures and document our life through my eyes. I called it “yesterday • today • tomorrow” because I thought it perfectly fit the things that I would write about – what did we do yesterday, how I’m feeling today and what does the future hold. I think blogging is one of the coolest things to ever happen to the internet. I have made some amazing friends through this computer, through our love of photography and scrapbooking. Some I have met in person (the flowers to the left are from Kelley & Chris’s wedding last August), some I will meet this summer (can’t wait until July, girls!!!!) and others I hope to meet in the future.

My point is (yes, I do have a point) I started this blog for myself and my family, but it has brought so much into my life. I am thankful for all of my sweet “blog friends”. :)

Thank you, girls!!!

I believe God’s got something better

I can’t sleep. I shared yesterday about the wedding in the UP and then later in the day the couple cancelled. I have been praying so much lately that God would provide for us and bring us a miracle so we can stay afloat until Jake gets a job. I really thought this couple hiring me for their wedding was that little miracle. But it isn’t. I am disappointed and sad and asking why. I know that God has hand picked every couple for me to work with. I ask God every year to bring me the right people, so maybe this couple would not have been a good fit for me after all. I just thought this was the answer to my prayers and I started to feel some relief wash over me and some of the worry and burden of debt melt away, but now I feel like I’m back to square one, waiting and praying.

I couldn’t stand just laying in the bed staring at the ceiling, wiping away my tears, my mind racing. I kept praying God would calm me down and give me peace about the whole thing. I decided to get up and come into the office for a bit and I watched some Nooma videos that Jake shared with me several years ago. I know God wanted me to see them tonight. I can hear God telling me “I love you. I’ve got something better planned for you. Just trust me.”

the UP

Looking through some pictures tonight and felt like sharing these from my trip to the UP in 2006 with my friend Jen. We camped at Tahquamenon Falls and took a day trip to Munising to see the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, explore for waterfalls and take the sunset boat cruise. It’s so beautiful in the Upper Peninsula. Another reason I was looking at these today is because it looks like I will be taking a trip up there this summer for a wedding. A couple contacted me this week who are getting married at Pictured Rocks and they want to hire me to take their pictures. I’m really excited! Strike that! They cancelled. I’m beyond disappointed. :P

The blue skies and water of Lake Superior make me long for the warm weather. What’s new, right?

a quiet day


silly girl with Barbie play glasses :)

Today has been a quiet day. Went to my mom’s in the morning to do tax stuff for their small business then came home. No snow today, the sun shining, the roads all clear (most of them) so I didn’t have to drive 35. It felt good to drive normal speed again. Still cold, but the sunshine makes things seem much better. :)

Chloe and I took a drive up to Best Buy this afternoon so I could purchase “Becoming Jane” before we went to pick Zach up from school. I know what I’m watching tonight. :)

Had to include a picture in the post today. Today, Chloe came across the dress we got her at Christmas – red velvet with the fuzzy white collar. She came up to my office to show me and was wearing the cute pink Barbie fashion glasses to go with it. Of course, I had to take pictures, which she happily made faces for. Such a cutie pie.

chloe’s birthday – part II – cake ‘n ice cream

Had a little party for Chloe’s birthday over at my parents house today. My mom bought all sorts of cutie Hello Kitty decorations and made the place all sweet for Chloe. It was great!

Chloe got two My Little Pony sets – a huge tea cup house and a rollerskating party set. So cute. She’ll have hours of fun with those.

Another favorite gift was this cute furry vest. Chloe wore it most of the day and actually wanted to wear it to bed tonight, too. ;)

Jake brought along the Guitar Hero game so my brother Tim could check it out. We all played songs and challenged each other to see who could get the most points on the songs. It’s a fun game.

A typical Chloe face.

That’s better! :)

I think Chloe had a really fun birthday weekend. I told her she gets to play her Disney Princess Wii game tomorrow all day for her actual birthday and eat leftover cake and ice cream all day. hehe! ;)

chloe’s birthday – part I – bowling

Our morning of bowling for Chloe’s birthday was a lot of fun. Two of Jake’s sisters were there with the kids and his Dad and Mom. We put all the kids on one lane together and pulled up the bumpers for them so they wouldn’t get gutter balls the whole time. The adults bowled on another lane. I did pretty good my first game. 96. That’s good for me. A strike and a few spares. Then during the second game, Jake made a comment about how I turn my wrist when I throw and I kept trying to concentrate on how I was throwing after that and got so many gutter balls it wasn’t even funny. Final score on that game .. 40. Thanks a lot, Jake! Despite that, it was a really fun time.

The kids had a great time, too. This was Chloe’s first time bowling and it was so cute to watch her throw the ball. Still a little heavy for her so she couldn’t put her fingers in the holes and throw it. She had to just grab onto it, swing it back and forth a bit and let it go. It was cute. And Zach … well, I don’t have a good picture of it, but he had the most unique throwing style. It was hilarious to watch. He would do a little shuffle of his feet right before he threw the ball. hehe! Such a funny kid.

Every time she threw the ball, she would either go stand up against the wall like she was trying to hide from the results of her throw or she’d get down on her hands and knees to watch. She liked to slide around on her belly on that slippery floor, too.

After bowling, we got some McD’s and watched Nanny McPhee while we ate. Love that movie. Then, we decided to give Chloe her gift from us early (her actual birthday is Monday) so she could play this weekend. We got her a Disney Princess Wii game.

No more pictures, Mom!

birthday girl

Actually did a scrapbook page tonight with Heather’s Eclectic Christmas kit. Chloe’s birthday is this week and I thought I’d do a little page with a picture of her when she was tiny (one yr. old) and then a more recent picture (taken last Sept). Can’t believe she’s turning 5. Like I wrote in my journaling, another birthday reminds me to slow down and enjoy their childhood. I need to concentrate on the NOW.

contentment

So, I’m trying … really hard … to let go and let God take care of things. Today has been another one of those days when I wonder how we’ll make it. As I sat in the parking lot waiting to pick Zach up from school, Jake’s Bible lay in the seat next to me. I was feeling low and decided to just open it up and pray God would show me something. The first thing I saw was a note I had written to him in church six years ago that quoted something a friend of ours said in high school youth group:

Happiness depends on circumstance.
Joy transcends circumstance.

I thought about that for a minute and then flipped some pages and found a church bulletin from a few years later that talked about the same thing … not depending on circumstances to make us happy, but finding contentment in God’s love and provision.

Here are a few verses that were on the outline from that Sunday.

“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”
Philippians 4:11-13

I think maybe God was trying to tell me something.

lotsa snow

Well, we got quite a bit of snow and have another snow day. Weirdest school week ever. Two days with 2 hr. delays, two snow days, one full day tomorrow. Zach smiled when I asked him if he was happy to have another snow day today. :) Exactly when do kids start dreading going to school and wishing for extra days off? Have you heard the funny stuff going around about putting a spoon under your pillow while you sleep or wearing your pajamas inside out and backwards to help bring about a snow day. Where do kids come up with this stuff? I even read one last night about dropping an odd number of ice cubes into the toilet. ??? LOL!

It’s quiet around here today. The kids are being pretty well behaved … knock on wood.

Speaking of knocking, Zach just shared a little knock knock joke with us. I think he made it up himself.

Knock Knock
Who’s there?
Ya
Ya Who?
YaHooooooo!

Then Jake had to tell one, too.
Knock Knock
Who’s there?
Ye Old Lady.
Ye Old Lady Who?
I didn’t know you could yodel.

Such a silly family!

Hoping for some good weather this weekend (better than this week anyway) ’cause we’re celebrating Chloe’s birthday on Saturday with a little bowling with the cousins and Sunday at my parents house with cake and ice cream and presents. Can’t believe my baby girl is turning 5. 5 already!!!! Wow! More posts about the girl’s bday coming this weekend! :)

Then Monday I have a photo session for a sweet couple whose wedding I shot in 2006. They just had their first baby and they asked me to come take pictures. I’m so excited to see them again and meet sweet little Eva. :) So I’m praying the weather cooperates since they are coming in from Chicago this weekend to visit family.

Trying to do a little work today. Better get back to it!

AJAXed with AWP