Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Being at the aquarium at the zoo also reminded me of snorkeling in Hawaii not all that long ago. I took this litttle mini video for Wes:
This is just a bit of a tease for you readers to entice you to visit this zoo. Maybe in August when you are out for a certain wedding?
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Searching through my old scrapbook, I found this picture of the wedding party. I am the second girl on the left side. Below is how the front of the church looks now with a different color sceme and a wood carving of The Last Supper.
Monday, April 20, 2009
There's a message from an appointed speaker (in this case, it was Kari's delightful Aunt Glo) interspersed with scripture, stories and encouragement for the bride.
There's a table full of delicious foods, colorful napkins, pots with coffee -oh the coffee - for the guests.There are the people that you can make connections with even if you are an out-of-towner like myself. Which means, especially if you are a Covenanter, that you will connect with the Mother-in-Laws of people in your own church like Mrs. Palmberg (I reported how Sarah is looking as a pregnant mom) and Mrs. Carlson (MIL of Brad. H. who grew up in our church, leading us to talk about the new additions of Fia and Kwama for the Jag's in Seattle area.)
Then there's the radiant bride, making her speech about how she met her fiance. (And when that guy happens to be your son, it is especially sweet.) Her lovely Mom sits on one side, and his Mom (me!) on the other.Once the gifts are opened, there's the oohing and ahhing about each gift, and the attendees remember what they got at their own bridal showers all those years ago. And, if you're like me and have been married a while, you start to think how nice it would be if you could start all over again with your household goods now a bit tired and out-dated, but wouldn't trade your memories of a certain wire whisk for anything as you remember the countless batters it has made for your family pancakes and omelettes. Lastly, if you're lucky, you get to catch a glimpse of the groom-to-be "stopping by" at the end of the shower. He's there to help carry the gifts out to the car, and meet the ladies who hope to check out the match. (I happen to love this shot of John and Kari post-shower. Doesn't it just capture the groom experience at a church shower?)
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Once upon a time, Papa Bear and Mama Bear were preparing to move to a cozy little condo in the city. They had raised two fine cubs who were now on their own in the world. Their daughter cub had married and their son cub was about to be married.
Now it just so happened that the Papa Bear was particular about finding just the right chairs - folding chairs to be specific. These chairs must be strong. They must be able to be stowed away until other bears come to visit. They must be reasonably attractive. And so the search began. Store #1:
This time the Bear parents had their strapping Jr. with them...he loved the mega meatball platter, too, and was one not to turn down free food. After a delicious meal together, the Three Bears headed to the chair department. The Papa Bear tried out a chair much like the one above and declared it sturdier than the others. The Mama Bear liked the way the chair looked. The Jr. Bear - at close to 200 pounds decided to give the chair a test drive. He sat in it, shifted his weight to one side and then the other when CRACK...the wood splintered, the chair (and the Jr. Bear) fell to the ground and was destroyed! Oh Dear! What is this Bear family going to do?
So, Papa searched out a helper in the chair department wearing the blue and yellow shirt, and what do you know...she had blond hair just like Goldilocks! Except she had a cell phone glued to her ear and when the busted chair was brought to her, she couldn't have cared less and kept talking on her cell phone and simply took the chair handed to her, didn't inquire about bears paying for said chair, and the Three Bears departed empty pawed, having had enough of those chairs!
There is no Happily Ever After part of the story yet, but Jr. Bear was not hurt in the fall - his Mama Bear only remembered to ask him much later if he was okay, and felt guilty for having shown so little compassion at the time of the "accident." And, if you should happen to know about a trust-worthy, hard-working folding chair for this Bear pair, they would be most grateful if you named brands and locations as to where they should shop next. The End.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Monday, April 06, 2009
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Okay, now for my predictions (in order of when I think they should be eliminated):
9. Steve O./Lacey
3. Derek/Lil' Kim
1. Tony/Melissa Winners!
Monday nights sure are enjoyable when you can live vicariously through these dancers giving it their all. Perhaps I like this show so much because I never took ballet as a kid, and my parents frowned upon school dances in Junior High and High School.Do you watch this show... and, if so, what are your predictions?