Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Good Friday!!! (the week in review)

It has been a good week. 

I had my monthly book club Tuesday night. We had to cancel the month before, so we talked a little about both books. We read The Aviator's Wife and The Storyteller. They are both great books and I highly recommend them!

Wednesday night, I filled in at AWANA for my friend's husband who leads a group with her. I love getting to watch my kiddos interact with their friends. I also got to watch them both during game time! I also found out that C Girl will be moving up to the next level next year. I was shell shocked. I thought she was still going to be a Spark. I wish they would stop growing up!
I also had lunch with a friend at a local tea room on Wednesday. I cannot tell you how awesome their orange rolls are!
Last night, we had a Sunday school class get together over at the home of a lady (Susan) from our church who is also a counselor. She does these evenings every couple of months with us to talk to us about different topics. 

Last night's topic was comparison. What a topic. This is such a big thing for us as women. We compare ourselves to each other, but we also compare ourselves to what we think we should be. I tend to be hard on myself about my home and never feeling like I can keep up and keep it orderly or have things caught up. I also struggle with a friend comparison, such as, "why does she not like me as much as she likes her?
I think we all struggle with situations like that. I also know that it is silly, but it is one of those things that sneaks into my head. I've never been one to wish for others' material things or talents or such. I have wished that I had more of someone's personality or humor. It's strange how it works. 

Susan told us last night that we need to not be worrying about what someone else has, but to ask God, "with what I've been given, what do you want me to do with it?" 
Comparison is poison and comparison breeds discontentment always.

Today is my sister in law and best friend's birthday!!! Happy birthday Jessica!!!
I have so many things to get accomplished today! I hate having to be so busy, but I kept putting things off this week! C Girl performs at school tonight and we have Good Friday service at church. I also have to make food for our family Easter tomorrow. I cannot wait to see my little nephews!!!

Here is some great music for this Good Friday:

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Holy Week reading, Easter egg coloring & decorating

I feel like it has been very hard for me to get in my Holy week zone this year. There have been so many things vying for my time and it is so frustrating. Not only that, but my heart is grieved for families of my friends and situations that are happening in the lives of friends or others in our community. 

But God is so good to remind me to get back on track. I am focusing the rest of the time before Easter on preparing my heart. I'm also rejoicing for new life that is coming soon in the life of friends! There will be new sweet babies in our Sunday school class and that is a beautiful thing.

This paper below is something I found a couple of years ago and we read it with the kids to help them understand what Holy Week is all about. We elaborate and we answer questions that they have.
We also decorated the house for Easter recently and painted/colored eggs on Monday evening.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blood Moon {April 15, 2014}

So, I am so into nature and weather and all of that jazz.
I love to get up for meteor showers and anything else neat in the night sky.
So, of course, I had to set my alarm for 1:45 am last night to see the blood moon.

I am so incoherent in the middle of the night. I was stumbling all around until I woke up enough to function. As I stepped out to initially find the moon, a shooting star lit the sky! Shooting stars are one of my favorite things ever!

 I did not plan out the photography process beforehand, so the early part of the eclipse did not get captured. I finally put my telephoto zoom lens on and got some halfway decent pictures of the moon in total eclipse. It also had the "Japanese Lantern Effect" going on.

These photos were probably taken between 2:45 and 3:10 am. I loved how big Mars was as well. I know that people with telescopes could see Saturn's rings last night and it really had me wishing that I had a telescope!

So, in conclusion, I am very tired today. 
But, I loved getting to witness this awesome astronomical event!
Photos by Lenette Sparacino.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

a beautiful weekend

Our weather has been perfect this weekend. Sadly, it's going to turn cold again this week, but we are enjoying every ounce of spring that we can!

Friday night, we went to watch the Northwest Arkansas Naturals play.
We had a great time!
The Naturals lost, but we got to see an awesome fireworks display after the game!
Today, B Boy had baseball practice and then we came home to do some yard work and house work. Tim grilled some awesome burgers for dinner.
I thought since the weather was so great and we had time, that I would try to get some spring pictures of the kids.

Every time that I take photos of the kids, I am stressed out, frustrated and sure that I am not getting any good photos.
The kids are okay for the first little bit and then they are so over it.
I took quite a few pictures, but I think I got a few really good ones. Plus, editing goes a long way... :-)
Here are some of my favorites:
Tim decided to take a picture of me taking pictures, lol.
This could quite possibly be my favorite picture of them ever.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Happy Friday!!!

I haven't did much this week except try to get back in the swing of things.
Being sick really put me in a bad funk.
I've been moody and emotional and just not myself.

Yesterday, the temperature was 80 degrees and I put a lot of effort into my appearance. I really think those two things worked wonders for me!

I upgraded my phone this week. The phone I had was my first smartphone that I got two years ago. I had a pay as you go phone before that (and a house phone.) I finally got a beautiful iPhone 5S!
I am in love with it!
I facetimed with Jessica and Parker last night and I'm thrilled with a having a great camera in my hand at all times!
I already got some apps that I had been bookmarking for photos for when I got this phone!
 These beautiful tulips in our yard make me so happy!
 We took the kids to a trail last night to enjoy the weather, have some family time, and let them practice riding their bikes! This trail is 2 miles and they did the whole thing on their bikes!!!
Happy Friday! Have an awesome weekend!!!

Monday, April 7, 2014

A family weekend & 10 Questions

We left after baseball practice on Saturday to spend the weekend with Jessica and Parker!
 We had a wonderful time!
 Parker really wanted to ride the big bikes!
 He loved watching basketball with Uncle Tim!
It was so nice to relax and visit with our family! We miss them so much!

I'm glad to be feeling better and I'm ready to get back into the swing of things. I'm ready for some spring weather!

My friend Jess had a 10 questions post today and I thought that it would be fun to play along!

1. What are you most scared of (like a thing, not like losing your family, because who isn’t?)

The interstate!

2. What’s your favorite type of food, or favorite food if you can narrow it down.

Mexican, country cooking, breakfast. I just really like food!

3. Dream vacation?

Italy!

4. Perfect day alone?

Coffee, shopping, massage, reading a book.

5. How do you take your coffee?

Milk and sugar!

6. What is something you’re super proud of?

When I cook something super yummy.

7. Favorite place you've lived or a place that you call home. Where would you like to call home?

Bentonville, AR. I was brought up here kicking and screaming but it was the best thing ever. We LOVE our town, our church, our schools, Tim's job, our friends and everything there is to do here!

8. Summer, fall, winter or spring?

I love them all for different reasons. I love the newness of each season, but I especially love mild temperatures so I guess spring is the best!

9. Favorite music/musician/etc?

Christian and country music and a smattering of other songs/artists. I LOVE Taylor Swift and Zac Brown Band, Hillsong, Matt Maher

10. Musical or drama?

hmmmmm, I really like both!