Thursday, November 22, 2007
I spent the week of Thanksgiving in Texas with one of my favorite people in the whole world - my friend, Diana! She flew in to San Antonio following my conference and we spent a couple of days with my sister, Jo, and her husband, exploring San Antonio. We even got to see the biggest pair of cowboy boots in the WORLD! :)
Then we took off on an adventure and spent the next few days on South Padre Island enjoying the beach and the sand and the hot tub - even when it was freezing outside!
We even walked in to Mexico for a little shopping and a delicious margarita. We came back to San Antonio just in time to have leftover thanksgiving dinner with my sister which she has generously spent the day cooking. It was a great Thanksgiving week with family and friends!!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
I attended the first annual Presbyterian Youth Workers Association Conference in November in San Antonio, Texas. It was a great week to catch up with old friends from PSCE and to spend time with fellow youth workers from the Kansas City area. We had wonderful worship led by Aimee & Bill Buchanan (friends from PSCE) as well as Bible study led by Jon Brown. I am looking forward to the next conference (Nov. 2008) in New Orleans where we will also get to spend a day volunteering - which is something I love most!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
I flew to Los Angeles very early on Sunday morning and Diana was there to greet me when I finally found my way out of the airport. She had even made me a lay from the flowers in her yard. It was beautiful! We made a detour to my friend, Meghan's, to meet her boyfriend, Kevin. They took us on a stroll through the neighborhood where we had a yummy breakfast sitting outside and enjoying the sights and sounds of California!
On our way "home", we managed to stop at a few beaches along highway 1 and watch cute boys kitesurfing or just walk along the beach letting the sand exfoliate the bottoms of our feet. :) It was fabulous! The weather was perfect and the sun, sand, friendship and ocean breeze felt like heaven!
Our days were pretty much spent playing on the beach or eating. We had a wonderful lunch at the Brown Pelican - I even had fish & chips. It's about the only fish I can bring myself to eat but I figured it was better than nothing. It was quite delicious - if I do say so myself. We enjoyed the sun for the afternoon and I even managed to get a quick dip in the ocean before I became too numb.
My last morning in California, we hiked up to Lizard's Mouth where we had a great panoramic view of sunny Santa Barbara. It was fun hiking and climbing all over the rocks. All is all it was a perfect few days with my wonderful friend. As always, the time is always too short but I was grateful for time to catch up (in person), share tears and laughter and just enjoy one another's company. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful friend.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Jessica was a beautiful bride! The wedding was absolutely perfect and went off without a hitch - at least as far as those of us in attendance could tell. I took lots of notes because I loved the way she did her wedding. All the bridesmaids wore black dresses of their choosing and then they carried beautiful bright colored bouquets. The reception was so much fun! We ate tons - I even tried crabcakes for the first time and they weren't too bad. There was an abundance of food and wine but the BEST part was the candy buffet where you could fill your own "goody bag" of chocolates. I thought it was a fabulous idea! We danced the night away - or at least until they kicked us out! :) It was the perfect ending to my few short days in Seattle...but now it's on to California!
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
First thing in the morning, we made our way back to Seattle and caught the bus to Univerity Presbyterian Church where Jessica picked us up and we headed off to get manicures and/or pedicures. Here is Jessica enjoying her pedicure - but we all enjoyed a little pampering.
After our pampering, Jessica took us to see where she and Mike will be living after the wedding. The best part about it is the Thai restaurant in the first level of the building - now that's dangerous! We decided to stop in for a bite of lunch and it was delicious!
Don't you like my new hair style? Actually, that style was designed by the ferry and the wind. :) Jessica took us back to the ferry and we headed back to Bainbridge. Robin had an appointment so after walking around for about an hour, I spent the rest of my time at the Harbor House Pub enjoying some yummy pear cider and catching up on my computer work. Robin joined me when she finished and we feasted on fish & chips. It was a perfect day!
This is the view of Seattle from the ferry as it approached Bainbridge Island.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Monday, April 30, 2007
My wonderful friends that I made when I was a Red Cross volunteer in Biloxi, MS took me to Orlando for my 40th birthday! We had a condo at the Sheraton Vistana Resort and visited three out of four of the Disney parks. It was a perfect week!
This was taken on the first day as we entered Epcot. I loved all the parks but Epcot was my favorite!
Ken, Lesa, Diana, me and Rich with my friend, Kevin, spent an evening at Downtown Disney where Kevin treated us to sundaes at Ghiradelli. Yum!
We went to a bugs life show where they gave us 3D glasses that looked like bug eyes. Aren't we cute? :) We enjoyed the show - despite being sneezed on and spit on and having bugs run under out seat! Watch out for those things!