Friday, February 20, 2009

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is not usually a huge event in our house. We do the typical class parties and gifts but it's more of a "family" holiday than a "couple" one. This is mostly due to the fact that our anniversary is exactly one week before Valentine's Day (Feb 7 - more to come on that later!). It's not often that we have a night out by ourselves and 2 weekends in a row would be unheard of! ;) Add to that the fact that everyone on the planet tries to eat out that night and we wouldn't want to be caught dead in that mess!! We love to eat out, just not after waiting 3 hours to do so!! We pretty much stick to our anniversary for a February celebration - but it's okay with us!

This year the kids each had Valentine's parties at school and enjoyed exchanging Valentines with their friends. I have to stop and brag on my husband here. Thursday night, I was getting pretty frustrated as I tried to help the kids get their Valentines ready for school the next day, decorate their Valentine "mailboxes" and make treats for their party. Without thinking that he really would, I told Michael that I really, really needed some help with this - I needed him to make rice krispie treats!!! And he did it!
I was so proud of him for making these....

These were the final products....rice krispie kisses from each of the kids!

I think he got embarrassed when I told everyone at school that he made them, but I was so glad that he did that for me!

The kids loved their parties.....

I like to call this the "Kain Cotheran". ;) There was no picture taking in Jake's party!!

Friday night the we treated us and the kids to dinner at Caro-Mi. If you haven't been there, you're missing a treat!! It's family style, country style cooking and it's soooo good!! It's up in Saluda, NC (right past Tryon) and the kids loved the ride through the mountains. There is a river that runs right in front of the restaurant and you have to walk over a bridge to get there. The kids love that part!

We came home to open Valentine's Day gifts!! We did them the night before because the next day was going to be so busy!

Ella Kate got some Barbie clothes and a Hannah Montana phone (that Santa couldn't find at Christmas). Jake got some Bakugan and Pixos.
Lots of candy, lots of gifts, lots of love...very good Valentines 2008. :)

The Circus Comes to Town

We skipped the circus last year. Two years ago when we went, the kids were just too little to enjoy it. Mama & Daddy didn't enjoy it either due to frequent trips to the bathroom (due to potty training) and an inability to keep their attention for longer than 5 minutes at a time - not good during a 2+ hour circus!

Pity parties aside, we decided it was time to do the circus again this year!!

We went on Thursday night with the Harrisons which turned out to be a perfect night to go. It was probably the least crowded night since it was not opening night and it was also a school night for most kids. We weren't sure if Tracy would be able to make it to the end....she doesn't play about bedtime! But she did and we had a great time watching our kids enjoy the sights!

We got there before they opened the doors so we could see the preshow - it was COLD outside in line!! The kids didn't seem to notice!

"Zing Zang Zoom" was the theme of the circus and they said it every time they did a magic trick. Jake would wave his hands with them and chant the "magic words"! He said the tricks were his very favorite part!
Here's the cute little pony drink Michael & Brad shared.....JUST KIDDING!!! :)
The kids, of course, begged for one of the many overpriced souvenirs they sold. We let all the kids choose one drink to spend our life savings on. Note to self: Next time, just ask for the cup minus the icee - we had to eat the entire thing before my kids would have anything to do with the cup. They HATED the icee. Strange, I know.

Here is the other "prize" we took home.
You probably can't tell what in the world this picture is, but if you were there, this act was sooo neat!! They did an upside-down skit from the ceiling. The props were all upside-down but so were the clowns!! It was very neat.

The looks of awe....

Ella Kate said that her very favorite part was the "stinky elephants". She said they made her want to hold her nose!! :)
We watched them at the preshow up close and they were pretty stinky!

The white spots are the confetti that flew everywhere at the end of the show!!

What fun to see your kids enjoy themselves so much!!

Friday, February 13, 2009

A Good Laugh

A strange thing happened to me tonight in WalMart. I ran out by myself (yes! it was great!) to get some Valentine's Day things. I had been cleaning house all afternoon so I wasn't at my best. Who am I kidding? I never check my makeup before heading out for errands!!

I'm leisurely checking out each aisle (what I do when I am alone and Michael wonders why it takes me so long!) when this girl/lady that, strangely, I've seen 3 times since I've been here, comes up to me and says "Can I ask you a question?".

Uh oh. That's not good.

"You're going to think I'm wierd. hahahahahha"

Double uh oh.

She told me I would be a perfect before and after face model for her Mary Kay show.

It took a minute for this to sink in, but I realized....if she thinks I'd be a great before and after face, that means I must look REALLY bad! I'm like one of those shows where they walk around looking for terrible looking people so they can "fix" them. She definitely doesn't mean that I'm looking sooo hot right now that she thinks if they washed all my make up off, I'd make a great before shot.

OH how funny!!!

Let's look on the bright least she thought there was hope for me being fixed!!!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Moving In

On March 8, our church will be moving into a brand spankin' new facility.

We are beyond excited!

I am getting even more excited when I see just how much room our children's ministry is going to have! We are currently using every room, closet, and partitioned-off space we can find to make children's classrooms. In our new building, we'll have EXTRA rooms!!

Michael had to take a week off of work so he chose this week so he could help coordinate the unloading and set up of the children's wing. He, and an awesome group of volunteers, have worked hard all week getting things ready.

I tried to take a picture of one of the empty classrooms BUT we had no power! Our power went out last night during a computer training session due to a tree falling on the line and we are still having trouble with it today! Thus, the dark room. :)

Check out this fantastic group of guys!!

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Children's Market

Sale Dates: March 19, 9-1 and 3-8

March 20, 3-8

March 21, 8-12 Half Off Sale!

The west side's LARGEST consignment sale!

All proceeds benefit Anderson Mill Road Baptist Church

Children's Ministry and Early Learning Center!

Email us if you'd like to consign!