Friday, January 28, 2011

This Past Week We:

1. Bought Doug some new basketball shoes. Then we went to the game and he scored a point and defended like crazy. He has some serious skillz.
2. Ate dinner at Justin's house. We enjoyed really yummy chicken and biscuits and funny conversation about ex-boyfriends/girlfriends and homecoming dates gone bad.
3. Finished season four of Friday Night Lights. It made me cry too much, made me love Doug more, and made me excited for season five.
4. I made blueberry muffins...from a box...and they were honestly some of the best blueberry muffins I have ever made. I hate it when boxed mixes taste better than homemade. Paula Dean sure does know how to make good boxed muffin mix.
5. Watched two football games. Got mad at Jay Cutler. We are ready to cheer on the Steelers.
6. Had a kitchen staff meeting.
7. Organized our clothes. Did a million loads of laundry. Matched socks for an hour. And came up with a laundry plan to prevent us from having to do this ever again.
8. Ate lunch at Taco Bueno.
9 Doug attended a Guest Service conference. It was terrible. And the presenter was awful. But Doug made everyone laugh with his notes from the sessions.
10. I made homemade chicken pot-pie and remembered as I was pulling it out of the oven that Doug does not really like chicken pot-pie. He was a trooper and ate two helpings anyways and told me that if he was going to eat chicken pot-pie he wants to eat mine.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


- Does not need bones anymore, because we have a stack of firewood in the corner that he can chew on.
- Smells like chips if we don't let him outside to air out.
- Is much happier when Doug and I are both home.
- Eats dog food that is in the shape of little bones. I bought that kind strictly for the cuteness factor.
- Loves Milk Bones.
- Can yawn, stretch, and smack his lips much longer than he is able to play fetch

Monday, January 24, 2011

Busy Weekend

This weekend we had a very full and busy weekend. We had close to 500 jr.highers here for their winter retreat. We were busy because we only can seat 300 people in the dining hall. So we had to bus tables, make lots of food, and get people in and out of the dining hall as quickly as possible. It was also a very exciting weekend because this group was able to use the new Conference Center for the first time. 

I helped Doug in the kitchen this weekend because he needed the extra help. When I work, I find myself watching Doug do his job. He does his job so well and I love watching him lead the staff and help the guests. He is so good at what he does. 

It was the kind of weekend where we got home on Sunday afternoon and we collapsed on the couch. We had tired feet, but happy and full hearts. We love being a part of what the Lord does in people's lives each and every weekend. We love the camp life. 

[thanks for taking these sweet pictures Justin] 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Some of my Favorites:

thanks Ashley for always having a camera and always taking pictures.
I love that I know these people. It is crazy to think that I have known most of these people for more than five years of my life and some I have known almost nine years. And we did not 'grow-up' together.I am deeply blessed by these beautiful friendships.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Lunch Party:

Doug called me this morning and asked if I wanted to join the staff for a lunch hosted by our director. He wanted to take everyone out for lunch and he wanted to show us how to get out of camp by avoiding the big scary hill that gets really icy this time of year. We made it to the Chinese buffet and found a huge room in the back set up for the staff. There must have been 50 or more of us. Eating Chinese food. Enjoying good company. I sat next to a four year old who talked to me about Clifford and how his jello was like eating worms.We also talked with the director and his wife. It was such a simple and fun reminder of how blessed we are to be where we are. We are constantly surrounded by wonderful people. We get to serve the Lord together. And we have leaders that care about us, our families, and making sure we know how to avoid the icy hill.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Lots of Rest:

We have been spending a lot of time in bed and cuddled on our couch the past week. We really don't mind and we really are pretty good at taking it easy when we are sicky. We have been watching lots and lots of Friday Night Lights (so much in fact, I am starting to think Doug looks like Matt Saracen and Layla was in my dream last night). We have also had our not so little anymore pup cuddled with us. In a lot of ways this has been a good way to recover from holiday craziness. Spending lots and lots of quality time together, resting.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Things That Have Made Me Smile Today:

- New Real Simple magazine
- I have been feeling a little under the weather the past few days. Doug came home for lunch and asked Maxwell if he had been a good dog-tor.
- I am helping with a bulk mailing and I was putting address labels on postcards. One of the names on a label was Tater. Tater. Seriously? Poor kid.
- French press coffee

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New Year's Eve:


We did not do fun things for New Years for the majority of our lives (besides the epic Throwbacks concert in the gym and the sparkling cider in the car year). The past two years we have had casual get-together's at our friends parents house. I hope it is a tradition that continues. We played the same game that we played last year, listened to Doug play the piano, ate good food, and toasted in the new year. We also played with Louis the adorable dog.
We are deeply blessed by a wonderful group of people that we love being with and making fun memories together.

[ we missed you Odom's and Goodrich's]

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Weezer Weekend:

This past weekend we made a whirlwind trip up to Chicago. Doug and his good friend were able to attend a special Weezer concert. They stood in the cold for hours, crammed into a tiny venue with 3,000 other people, and heard their favorite rock band rock. Two nights in a row. It was everything (and more) they had hoped for.

I stayed out in the suburbs and was my sisters 'date' to a wedding and watched movies and stayed at her house. We were only there two whole days, but we were able to see Bethany, go to Starbucks multiple times, find beautiful new black shoes at a thrift store, eat a Potbelly's sandwich, listen to Bethany's church choir sing, and pick up one nasty flu bug that has taken over Doug's body. [We hope and pray that is does not stay long and hope and pray that it does not want to come visit my body as well].

We realized on this trip that we have driven/visited the city of Chicago, Illinois for the past eight years. We always love visiting. Each trip is different and I feel like we see or do something new each time we visit. Chicago will probably always be my favorite big city. It is so wonderful.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

After Dinner Smoothies:

Last night I made spinach turkey meatballs with chili sauce. The sauce was way way way to hot. Like so hot, I was coughing after my first bite. I was so disappointed, because it looked so yummy and smelled wonderful, but I simply could not eat it. Doug ate most of his and said that he liked it, even though it was so spicy.

Since dinner left me rather hungry I decided to make super smoothies instead. Those were much much better and they left me quite satisfied. We had cucumber blueberry smoothies and spinach, apple, avocado smoothies. I warned Doug and told him that they were super healthy, so he would not be too disappointed. They were so much better than that silly dinner I tried to make. I should have just started with the smoothies.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

10 things to do in 2010 Recap:

10 THINGS TO DO IN 2010:

  • 1. Camping trip with friends
  • 2. Host a dress up dinner party
  • 3. Take a weekend vacation somewhere
  • 4. Go to a 'pop star' concert : We are doing are going to accomplish this upcoming weekend. Even though it is now 2011.
  • 5. Give someone $50.00 anonymously: It would not be anonymous if we told you about it. 
  • 6. Watch Mad Men
  • 7. Visit the Jazz Hall of Fame: We are going to be doing this upcoming March. For a wedding. 
  • 8. Make homemade sushi: We had homemade sushi night with our dear friends here at camp. Justin was the expert on hand. He helped make the perfect sushi rice. Taught us all how to roll them perfectly. And brought his good, extra sharp knife to help us cut the rolls. Almost everyone made a roll and absolutely everyone ate their weight in sushi. The sushi turned out much better than I had expected. 
  • 9. Run a 5K together : Doug did this, and I ran with him for a while, but then I stopped. 
  • 10. Go to the Casino

Saturday, January 1, 2011

11 things to do in 2011:

1. Take a camping trip together. Just us.
2. Build a picnic table.
3. Read a book a month. Ones that we already own, that we have not read before.
4. Study and become experts on the Presidents of the United States of America.
5. Memorize Romans 12.
6. Get a dresser for our bedroom.
7. Have a homemade pasta night.
8. Visit Brad and Jeannette and Greg & Beth in their homes.
9. Mail Birthday cards to family and dear friends.
10. Take a weekly hike together.
11. Watch 5 movies that have won Best Picture, that we have not seen before.