Saturday, July 17, 2010

my first quilt

as you know, i got a sewing machine for mothers day. i have been itching to sew and now have several projects -some are finished, some are pending, some are still just dreams!
one of the things i wanted to do most was quilt. my baby sister is having her first baby, so who better to make a quilt for, right?!?
her shower is today so i have been waiting to post this until i knew for sure that her surprise wouldn't be ruined. below are a few pictures of the process. it is not a perfect quilt, but i think it's extra special b/c it was made from the picking out of the fabrics to the last stitch just for my new little nephew!
i don't know how much of his little life i will get to see (as we're planning to move to africa), but i hope he [and his momma] think of me and how much i love them both every time they look at it!!!
overall, it was a good project and i'm glad i did it.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

wordless wednesdays 7-14-2010

owen and the conductor --priceless!!


"woo woo" ing every single time

a quick video of the "ghost train" in lancaster.
listen carefully b/c it's at the end!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

so much...

when i say the marlins are busy, i mean it!
we have crammed things into busy days/weekends that i never thought would be possible, and there seems to be no end in sight!
the craziness of summer is usually mostly on joe's plate, but with the boys being a little older, we (the boys and i) have been able to do more too!
it's fun but crazy!

just to give you a small idea of what i'm talking about, i'll tell you this week...
sunday = church, groceries, target run (diapers & wipes), interns here for dinner and bible study.
monday = joe's day off! we [crazily] looked at dogs in the shelter and ended up coming home with a beta who owen named "sharkbait hoo-ha-ha". can we say nemo fan?!? unfortunately, he didn't make it through the night! (not sure if the cat played with him or what but the bowl was disturbed and the fish belly up) i also normally have bible study with my fam this night, but this wk was cancelled.
tuesday = k gets up early to jog, j has a mtg with interns, a mtg w/ alan, a mtg w/ pastor steve, an elders mtg. i am home with the boys all day, and have prayer with women from church at night.
wednesday = a has his 2nd hearing test and a visit with the ENT (last time took 2 hrs), k has a catscan to see if there is a hernia, at night j & k have life nights (summer camp @ church) while our friends watch the boys.
thursday = k gets up early to jog, then will dash to jersey with the boys to make favors for sis baby shower, race home for aiden speech therapy, at some point j has to meet up with friends to bring their son home for a visit in pa, at night we all go to movie nights @ church.
friday = j gets up early to pray with men from church, k should go get bloodwork done, but prob won't, k has to go to store to get stuff for a big block party sat, then come home and prep it since she won't be home sat to make it
saturday = get up early and drive to delbono's to get rolls for baby shower, j will then drop k off at sisters so she can help prep and get ready for baby shower, j will return with boys for block party. j will be leading [from home] clean-ups/house fix-ups all over the city this day. at some point j will have to return to get k (unless she can hitch a ride) and then we will all return for this big block party finale!
this doesn't even begin to explain the billions of things joe has going on for his regular work or summer stuff either.

with so many things going on, there is plenty to blog about,
but hardly the time to commit to it.
i'm behind in my bible reading, and haven't written in my prayer journal in weeks!!

we are also preparing for our candidacy week
with african inland mission that is coming up in the beginning of aug.
we have several books that we are supposed to read before hand, of which i have barely started:
cross cultural connections
friend raising
let the nations be glad

and for my bible study with fam on monday nights we are reading thru another book called so long insecurity.

for one who is a slow reader, i sure have a lot of reading to get to!
i have decided to take a break from blogging just to try to catch myself up, but couldn't just leave without explaining that or without briefly touching on some really cool stuff that has happened recently!!

we had an awesome time camping on the 4th of july with joe's mom and our friends aunt lussle & the dougherty's!!! we were only able to camp one night, but still had loads of fun!! make sure you see the wordless wednesdays blog for our train ride from our short visit to amish country.


o & a with tisha, mora, and joann

aunt lussle

tisha reading to o

mora with the adorable daphne (probably the only reason i was willing to go to the shelter monday to look at dogs!!)

mom f enjoying the time with her family

joe sitting in the shade while the boys napped

"mom mom" and "bugga"

a horse and buggy

some scenery

k & the "aidengator"

more scenery
beautiful aiden

o fishing (with a net)

"life nights", our summer camp at church, has begun. i am volunteering in the arts and crafts part and we had fun making pinwheels last week. we have many more plans for the following wks too!

the boys and i went to my parents house for a few days. it was perfect timing with the heat wave as we could jump into the pool whenever we felt! we had visits from gigi, aunt jess and the kids, aunt beck and her kids, and aunt mickey! what a great time!!

my momma

aunt jess playing the owen guitar

kk, pat, & o

pat with his "pet"

aunt beck with logan

toasting marshmallows! yum!!

kk w/ a mermaid doll

my pops

all 3 of my boys played with grami's goggles! naturally, i had to take shots of it!

a as he chants "cheeeeeese" for the shot




well, here's to hoping i get some of that reading done!
i will try to make notes of the really special stuff to blog about when i'm finished with it all!

*sorry for the lengthy blog!*
*there are 2 [already written] posts scheduled to come this wk*

Sunday, July 11, 2010

o's 1st theatre experience

well, it will be a memorable one...
this last weekend my mom and i took o to his first movie theatre movie.

the mission = toy story 3!
o loves woody and buzz, and often walks around the house chanting "wee-ha!" and "to beyond & infinity"!
-i love how he interprets them!
well, he did excellent.
unfortunately, the movie didn't!

the electric went out in the middle and we still don't know how it ends.
he was slightly disappointed, but was easily swayed into a movie at home instead.

i don't know if he loved it & will ask to go again, or if he will remember it "broke" and will think he can't go for a long while now.
here is
him, of course with popcorn!!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

wordless wednesdays 7/7/10

wAlKiNg a MiLe In
SoMeOnE eLsE's ShOeS...

...dOeSn'T lOoK aLl ThAt BaD
(iN tHiS sCeNaRiO)!!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

the bible break

how does this happen...

and when does it slow down?!?
before i know it they'll be off to college.
[insert sad face here]

the wise man

aiden has been doing awesome lately! he is in a great mood and seems to be really enjoying life! he finished his antibiotic last wednesday and has since been using some words and following some short commands (depending on his mood).
see the "aiden speaks" post for his current list (all from the last few weeks after starting the antibiotic).
this is a short clip of him singing "the wise man", one of his favorites from sunday school! before i would get the signs for the rain falling down, but now he makes official attempts to sing the words and do more of the signs. *please note, this is not the best he can do, but they never do what you want when you're trying to capture it!*
we see the ENT and get a second hearing test next week so please stay tuned for the update on if the antibiotic worked well enough! i also just got off the phone with his speech therapist who we see next thurs. so far she sounds like the sweetest thing! thank you jesus!!

MIL tomatoes & more

when my garden failed, my MIL came to the rescue! i have a beautiful pot of tomatoes growing on my back patio now & more jalapeno peppers than i know what to do with!
we take care of them exactly as we were told, but even with these, i feel
like i've already begun to kill them! notice the yellowing leaves on the tomato plant!!
even in a yellow state of mind, this plant bears many new tom to grow and we have enjoyed several beautifully red tomatoes so far though!!!

my one constant "okay" plant has been this flowering hanging pot! i call it okay b/c it is the one thing i haven't killed [yet]. i don't even know what type it was on sale one week so i bought it and i water it tons (like it says to do when you keep it in the sunlight). even yesterday, when we returned from camping, it looked completely dead and then i watered it and today it is blossoming again. i am thankful for this forgiving plant and the beauty it brings to my backyard, as well as the happiness it brings to my heart!

aiden speaks

here is a list of words aiden has been using [finally] in the last few weeks:
  • "cheeeeeese" when he wants a photo taken
  • "more" always relating to food
  • "down"
  • "ca" for cat
  • "cu" for cup
  • nodding "yes" and "no"
  • "hi" as he waves
  • continual babbling
  • "eee aaa" for clean up
i am positive there are more, but that's all i can remember for now! i'm so proud of him!!!

4th of july block party

patriotic fans we got the boys from the $ store

some of the spread: homemade hummus and chips, famous jello salad, fireworks skittles, cole slaw, southwest rice and bean salad, corn on cob, burgers, dogs, sausage, steak, etc...

we were graced with the great company of a few interns

interns april and rachel

we had to get creative to keep the food shaded...
never underestimate the power of a basket of clean laundry!!

o and christian swimming in one of the pools

joe decided to cool off, and christian "helped" him!

the lovely erin

miss charlotte reading her book!

my boys participated in "hydrane swimming"

special 4th cupcakes with the blue frosting o picked out


and glow bracelets (or silly bracelets as o called them)