Monthly Archives: November 2010

Scavenger Hunt Sunday 11.28.10

Does it seem like the past week was really two weeks long to anyone else? It’s like we had two weekends almost – Thursday and then now the real weekend. I don’t know about you, but my days have been all mixed up! At least I’ve been productive – my goal was to be done with Christmas stuff this weekend so I could enjoy the season instead of rushing around – I’ve made some major progress, and the majority of it should be finished tomorrow with my very-likely-full-day shopping extravaganza, which is why I’m posting this now…

It is indeed (almost) Sunday, which means it’s time to reveal my finds for this week’s scavenger hunt.

1: Black & White

#2: I Ate This…

So, I didn’t actually eat this on Thanksgiving, but believe it or not, I didn’t take a single photo of Thanksgiving this year. Yep, major fail. This recipe is actually a BBQ pork chop slow cooker recipe that’s super easy and very tasty!

#3: Historic

Trees are historic right? Especially the big, tall ones? Yeah, a stretch, I know…but I like the shot.

#4: Off Center

I totally LOVE this photo. I want to play with it more…add some textures, play with different variations on the color/mood, stuff like that. I considered using this image for this week’s Scripture and a Snapshot, but I’m coming up way short on a verse that I feel really connects with this shot (though it seems to be screaming for one…I’m sure God will bring it to me at just the right time).

#5: The End

This was the finish line of the race I ran on Thanksgiving morning (a 5K for those of you who are new around here). These were some of the runners crossing the finish line of the race before mine. (More on my race in another post coming soon!)

 

All I Want For Christmas…

Since I can now officially acknowledge the fact that it’s now Christmas season, I thought I’d kick it off by sharing my Christmas list with all of you. I’ve already distributed it to my family and am super excited for Christmas to see what they selected for me. However, I am even more excited to see everyone else’s reactions to their gifts from me (its way better giving than receiving).

Oh, and one quick thing…I am not receiving any compensation for my comments on any products shown on this list.

So, let’s get to it!

Number one, most desired item on my wish list this year…a Silhouette SD. Ever since they released it a few months ago and I discovered it was now compatible with my Mac, it went on the list. The thought that I can cut out my own letters and shapes for scrapbooking and making cards is so exciting. Plus, the possibilities for labeling with vinyl and glass etching make my organization gene go into overdrive.

And maybe, just maybe, this will end up being an early Christmas gift. There are about 30 different blogs that are giving one away through Sunday. It would make my YEAR, to win one of these amazing machines!

These are just a few of the sites hosting giveaways this week.

Be Different…Act NormalColie’s KitchenCrazy Coupon MommyDecor ChickGrosgrain FabulousHouse of HepworthsHow Does She?Infarrantly CreativeKara’s Party IdeasLove StitchedMoms Review 4 YouShanty2ChicTatertots & JelloThe Idea RoomThrifty Decor Chick and TomKat Studio

So, now that we got that out of the way, what else is on my list…to make it easier, I will group it by category, so it’s not really in any particular order.

RUNNING/WORKING OUT

Rain jacket for running

Running shirts (tanks/tees/long sleeves)

FuelBelt (H2O collection, either pink/brown or lime green/black)

Jillian Michaels Thirty Day Shred

Walking Weights

Pedometer

PHOTOGRAPHY

Macro Filters (lenses just aren’t within anyone’s budget)

Polarizing Filter

Canon 50 mm f/1.4 lens

Eye Pad for my camera (I lost it a couple of months ago)

MEDIA (GAMES, MUSIC, MOVIES)

Toy Story 3

The Princess and the Frog

Wow 2011 (Deluxe Edition)

Tyrone Wells (Metal & Wood, Remain, Hold On)

Wii Just Dance 2

CLOTHES

USC Sweatshirt

San Diego Chargers shirt/jersey in powder blue

What does your list look like this year? Anyone else have one “big ticket” item at the top of the list that you’re just dying to have?

Lens Art 11.25

Just wanted to give everyone a heads up…Lens Art will be postponed one day because of Thanksgiving. Enjoy the holiday with your family and friends, remembering all we have to be thankful for (and it sure is a lot!) and I will see you back here on Friday for our “Shape” challenge!

What I’m Thankful For

I realize that pretty much everyone is doing one of these posts today, but I’ve been realizing this week that we don’t spend nearly enough time remembering the things we are so lucky to have, especially living here in the USA. And sadly, Thanksgiving is often looked over as we jump from one commercialized holiday in October to another in December.

So, here’s my list of what I’m thankful for this year (I’m linking up to several different meme’s with this post…see who at the bottom).

A: Awesome Co-Workers (I really don’t think I could work with more amazing, supportive, encouraging people. I love my job because of who I work with and am so thankful that not only do I have a job, I have one I love.)

B: Babies (There are a lot of these in our life right now (friends and family)…though none of our own yet. It’s such a miracle to think how a baby is created and then develops and grows…and the expression of love that child is)

C: Creativity (Both God’s amazing creativity in how He made this world, and the creativity He has given to me to glorify Him)

D: Disneyland (Such a magical place that has so many memories for me. I’m fortunate enough to live close by and can afford to have a pass (even though I don’t have one right now) so I can enjoy the entertainment it offers.)

E: Electricity (It’s amazing how we become so lost when we don’t have it)

F: Feet (I’ve rediscovered running over the past few months and even though I hated it in high school, I’m enjoying it and know it is making me a healthier person…and my feet enable me to do that!)

G: Grace (It’s a free gift from God and yet I’m so slow accept it and then to offer it to others. I will never understand it, but am so grateful for it)

H: House (It’s not ours and it’s not our ideal living situation, but living with my sister is allowing us to save for a place of our own, hopefully this spring)

I: iPhone (Yes, this may be silly, but I often take it for granted! My iPhone is invaluable to me, especially when it comes to the map feature)

J: John, my husband (I don’t tell him enough how grateful I am to have him in my life and the things we does for me and how much I enjoy spending my life with him.)

K: Kitchen (I love cooking. Having a kitchen to do it in is a huge blessing!)

L: Love (Again, both God’s love and the love we experience in our relationships with each other)

M: Mom (Until a few years ago, I didn’t realize just how thankful I am for her and the sacrifices she and my dad made for us growing up. I also realized how much she really does know…it’s it funny how your parents get smarter as you become an adult?)

N: New Friends (While I’ve been part of a small group through my church for over a year now, I struggled with attending for most of this past year. Now that I’ve been attending regularly again, and our group has grown, I am loving this new group of friends I have and look forward to continuing “doing life together.”)

O: Olives (Kinda weird, I know. Olives are one of my favorite things to eat. It wasn’t that long ago I was still putting them on my fingertips prior to eating them…though smaller fingers seem to work much better. In all seriousness, though, this is representative of the vast array of foods that we have access to, and the supply is pretty much endless.)

P: Prayer (I get to talk with God…whenever I want, wherever I want, about whatever I want. How awesome is that?)

Q: Quilts (They keep me warm at night, especially with the recent turn in our weather.)

R: Rain (It’s fairly rare for us to be getting this much rain in Southern California in the fall, but I’m loving it and know how much we need it)

S: Senses (Like the 5 senses. Some people do not have one or more of these. We use them every single day and yet it’s so easy to not even realize what a gift they are and how they allow us to experience the world around us.)

T: Technology (I am so reliant on technology…my computer, emails, blogs, digital photography, cell phones, cable TV, debit/credit cards…the list goes on. I remember when Y2K threatened to bring it all down. It makes our lives so much easier and enjoyable!)

U: Unanswered Prayers (This kind of goes along with “P.” How many times have I asked for something only to be told “No” or left unanswered, only to discover later that God had a much better plan than what I wanted. Now, if I could just learn to be thankful when I’m being told “No” or “Wait” in that moment instead of when I can look back and reflect on it after the fact.)

V: Victory (Christ’s victory over death so that I could have eternal life with my Heavenly Father)

W: Water (Since we would die without it after only a few days and there are many people in the world who do not have access to clean drinking water, I’m thankful that I can turn on my faucet whenever I want or need to use water!)

X: Xpedx (For those who don’t know, it’s a paper and graphics store. I often purchase bulk paper and envelopes here…and it’s really cost efficient. In fact, I’m headed over there this afternoon to get envelopes for our Christmas cards I’m putting together this weekend.)

Y: Youth (As in the high school students I get to minister to every Wednesday for half an hour. I love these girls and being able to pour into their lives.)

Z: Zoom Lens (It’s not really mine, but I get to use it 99% of the time. I was so lost without it when my mom took it with her for her 2-week East Coast trip. I love the ability to get in close to a subject without having to be super close physically.)

So, here’s where I’m linking up to today:
PhotobucketFinding Joy | The ABC's of Thanks

Wee Bit Wednesday 24

What’s that? It’s Wednesday again?!? Tomorrow is Thanksgiving?!! Christmas is only one month away! I guess I better get to answering this week’s Wee Bit Wednesday questions so I can get on with this lovely 4-day holiday weekend!

{one} what kind of camera do you have? I have a Canon Rebel XTi. I really want to update to the more current model, but I’m not complaining! I love my camera!

{two} you just won $1000 and you have to spend it on yourself on one item. what do you buy? Hmmm…tough one, but I’d probably buy a new camera with a new lens (either a macro or wide aperture). Yes, that’s technically two items, but oh well.

{three} if you had to choose, would you rather live with your parents in the same house forever or 5000 miles away? I’d rather live with my parents. I don’t think I could ever live that far away from them! The farthest I’ve lived was 90 minutes!

{four} is your christmas tree up yet? Of course not! It’s not Thanksgiving yet. Christmasness (yes, I just made it up) may begin the Friday after Thanksgiving.

{five} do you bring reusable bags to the grocery store? Sometimes, if I remember. They’re way sturdier than the plastic ones and they hold a lot more!

{six} which would be worse: listening to the same song on replay for the rest of your life or having to eat the same meal everyday for the rest of your life? Same song…I hate when I have a song stuck in my head. This would only contribute further to that annoyance.

{seven} name 3 things you are thankful for this season. My family, my job, and living in America (not only for the freedoms we have, but also because of all the everyday “luxuries” we are so lucky to have – like running water and electricity)

{eight} do you dye/highlight your hair? if so, do you do it yourself or have it done at the salon? Nope, I do not dye/highlight/or otherwise alter my hair color.

{nine} would you rather watch a movie at home or at the theater? Depends on the movie. We don’t really watch a lot of movies (I’m more of a TV person).

{ten} would you rather win $1000/week for life or $5 million all at once? Well, if you’re looking at it from a purely numbers standpoint, the $5 million is more, but I think I’d choose the $1000. It would be easier to manage and it wouldn’t end up getting spent all at once.

 

Hoo Are You? 24

I always seem to struggle with getting Tuesday posts done because my morning is totally booked at work and I’m away from a computer. But, since these questions were up tonight, I’m going to take a few minutes before going to bed to answer. I need some verbal time after spending an hour or two creating the damask print for our Christmas cards!

What’s that? Oh, you want to see?  Alright, here’s the print I created…consider it your sneak peek at our Christmas cards, which I plan to finish by Sunday night, and get them in the mail on Monday!

If you want to know how I created it, check back next week.  I’ll include all the details of how I created our Christmas cards once I reveal the final product!

Okay, so on to the questions for this week!

1. Name 5 things you are grateful for! This is a pretty easy one…I’m thankful for my wonderful, loving husband; my job and the amazing people I work with; the opportunities that God has given me to use my talents and abilities; my supportive and encouraging family (especially my parents…it’s amazing how much they really do know! 🙂 ); and last, but certainly not least, is God’s unconditional love and grace.

2. What is you favorite dish at Thanksgiving dinner? Olives, if you count that as a dish. If not, probably stuffing or mashed potatoes (depends on what’s in the stuffing).

3. Do you have any family traditions for Thanksgiving? Not really…other than going to my great aunt and uncle’s for “dinner” (we usually eat in the early afternoon…the first round, anyway).

4. Are you staying home or traveling for Thanksgiving? Well, if by home, you mean driving for 20 minutes, then, yes, we’re staying home. We’re not traveling out of state or driving for any significant amount of time, but we’re not eating at the place we live.

5. What else do you do on Thanksgiving day besides eat? This year I’m running a 5K in the morning. We usually play board games. Sometimes we go to a local park and take family pictures to use for Christmas cards (which we will be doing this year).

NightOwlCrafting

 

 

 

A Scripture & a Snapshot 11.22.10

I started this challenge about a month ago and it’s become one of my favorites (even though I’ve missed it the past couple of weeks).

 

Scavenger Hunt Sunday 11.21.10

Yes, it’s Monday, but I’m still gonna share my finds for this week’s scavenger hunt.

So, let’s get started!

#1: The View Above

#2: Something Hot

#3: Something Cold

Yes, I realize rain is not very cold in most parts of the country, but here in Southern California, it was COLD this weekend – add the rain, and it feels even colder!

#4: Electronic

#5: Sparkle

This is the ONLY Christmas related thing I’ve done…bought some ornaments for the ornament exchanges I participate in. My Christmas decorations go up on Friday, I’m making our Christmas cards and writing the accompanying letter this weekend and I’m trying to get most of my shopping done and gifts wrapped on Sunday. Busy weekend, but then once December hits, I can actually relax and enjoy Christmas this year!

See you again next Sunday for another round!

 

#101: Volunteer

I have two quarters to catch up on for this goal. I don’t have any photos to share with you for the summer quarter (July-September), because the actual event took place in October. However, I did spend some time in late August and September helping plan our church’s annual Trunk or Treat. We held our first planning meeting in October and then did a lot of the legwork for marketing and promotion (that was my job) in September. My husband was also part of the volunteer lead team. He chose to be the volunteer coordinator. We both worked the booth at church for the two weekends in October that we were in town, advertising the event, collecting candy, and getting volunteers. The event was a huge success – we had over 2,500 kids go through the trunk area to collect candy. They also had a fun game area, rides, bounce houses and yummy food! Oh…and the FREE photo booth (that we took advantage of early in the evening). We had a blast that evening…our job was manning the volunteer and information booth as well as judging the trunks and then helping our Children’s Pastor hand out the prizes. We can’t wait for next year!

Okay, so now we’re going a little bit in reverse, about two weeks for the fall quarter. We had another opportunity to participate in the Compton Initiative on October 16 through our church. This time, we actually painted walls (instead of just paper)!

Our first “mural” was actually just a simple quote. There were several of these throughout the campus, but the one we worked on was from Martin Luther King, Jr.

After we finished this “mini-mural,” we headed over to help the youth painting the mural on the side of the gym. I had oh so much fun getting up there, since we had to climb a not-so-sturdy ladder to get on the roof of the gym (though I was fine once up there). Then, I thought I would be “daring” and get up on the first level of the scaffolding. That was an adventure too!

But, it was worth it and the mural turned out amazing! I’ve included before and after photos for you to see the transformation. (NOTE: The before photo was not taken by me, I got it from here)

And here’s the after…

I’m looking forward to volunteering again in the city of Compton in 2011. If you’re in the Southern California area and want to get involved, I invite you to check out www.justdogood.org for more info. The 2011 dates are January 29, April 30, July 23 and October 15.

The BBSGE

I know you’re probably wondering what on earth “BBSGE” means…basically, the small group that my husband and I are a part of have dubbed ourselves as “The Best Bible Study Group Ever.” We’ve been trying to get a new group photo since we have grown from 9 about a year ago to 17…with more to come soon, hopefully (a few of the couples are working on building their families).

We were FINALLY all in one place (minus the oldest baby, Colin) so we took advantage of it and took this photo.

Aren’t we a good looking bunch?  Probably some of the most amazing, supportive, fun people I know!

Here’s another shot of most of us at our church’s annual Trunk or Treat.