Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Long Awaited Pictures

So, if you haven't figured out that I'm pretty lousy at writing in this blog, well I'm telling you now that I'm not. :) However, I will get to it.

Needless to say, Corey's prom was last Friday. Oh my, how adorable. It's such a new adventure in life seeing him be a teenage boy. Corey is dating this wonderful young lady, Beth. Beth also goes to Southgate School with Corey, and they have basically known each other for a little over 10 years.

What a cute couple. Take a look for yourself:

Oh my. He looked so sharp. He looked like a business professional before we left the house:

But what a gentleman. He helped her up and down the stairs, into the car, with her seat belt. Oh man, what a charmer. I love him so much. It's amazing to look at him now, and where God has brought him from where he and our family started when he was born. God is good :)

So funny story with adorable pictures to prove it: I was acting as the paparazzi for a little bit and told Corey to put his arm around Beth for the pictures. He then told me, "No, we hold hands" and then held her hand. How amazingly adorable. Of course there are a ton of pictures. I can't believe how grown up he is.

I feel like I've given you plenty to smile at and brighten your day, so enjoy the sun when it comes around. :)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Amazing Week!

Other than some fun at work, I haven't gotten to get out with the horses much this week. I did go on Monday. Kellie and I went over to take care of the goats for a bit and play a little with the horses. It was a muddy mess, and well Kellie and I definitely had our fair share of mud going on.

I actually didn't get out to the farm until last night. I went over to help out a bit, and we actually ended up catching 2 of the horses with the intentions of going for a nice night ride. After a half hour of me trying to walk through mud that was almost knee deep (and let me tell you, it was quite the hilarious sight. I was laughing so hard!), we caught two of the horses (one being Melodie, i.e. Mel and the other being Wes, the short stocky draft horse) and brought them in the barn.

I decided to saddle up Wes (seeing as I love bigger horses). Well 20-25 minutes later and drenched in sweat, I finally had a saddle on him. I walked him outside and Jeff was practically asleep on Mel. Too funny. So the saddle was a bit small for Wes, but we had it on tight enough. Well I thought I did, too bad that it thought differently. One hop up and yeah, the saddle came crashing down. Jeff came and help and I was up for a little bit. Wes trotted off with me trying to straighten the saddle, yeah well I fell of there.

Third times the charm right? I had gotten back up and stayed on. We trotted around quite a bit, then tried some stopping, as he really didn't want to stop. Then we started trotting again, and sure enough, off I came.

After all that, I spent the evening stargazing via horseback. What an amazing thing to do. I'm loving working with these horses!

So I'm going to wrap this all up and post again tomorrow with Corey's prom, because it was just way too cute!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Very Blessed!

I thought I would share another picture from yesterday. Aren't they handsome?
Today has been just splendid. I am so looking forward to beginning every week like this. I am so blessed to be a part of the Stanwood Church. I cannot thank God enough for the people he has placed in my life through Stanwood.

Pastor Dale had a wonderful message this morning, and I can't wait to dive more into God's Word. It was a goal of mine to read the Bible this year, and I'm definitely behind in my one year Bible, but it's another goal of mine to get back on track. Just thinking about it makes me happy :)

I got some errands done today for my big day at Smucker's tomorrow! I'm really excited. I had to buy a lunch box today too. I felt like I was back in elementary school. It made me laugh. I even packed most of my lunch tonight! [I'm just a little anxious for tomorrow, can you tell?]

Today was David and Natalie's birthdays, so I got to talk to them both a bit on the phone, which was super nice. I plan on taking Nat out this week. I'm so stoked that I'm home and able to do stuff like that now.

It's getting late (9 is the new late for the summer, how funny), so I'm going to catch some shut eye for tomorrow! More details to follow!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

One Week Down

The past two days have been fun. Yesterday, Kellie and I spent the day at the Lovettes with all the animals. Kellie fell in love with the baby goats (she got to hold one and had a blast). We also found out that one of the 2 year olds that we are working with all summer has quite the crush on Kellie. So funny, but Lady wouldn't stop following Kellie everywhere. I'm looking forward to taking Kellie with me next time I go over.

I tried riding bareback again. That only worked for about 10-15 minutes before I had to get off. I was so sore! Kellie and I had an interesting morning trying to get Melodie out and ready to ride. We had to get Jack (one of the horses) into the pasture first, and well let's just say it was entertaining.

Besides the horse fun, Mom, Dad, and I went to Desert Inn last night for dinner. Talk about some amazing food. It was great getting to spend the evening with them (not to mention again that the food was awesome).

Today was spent with the youth group. We had a mission trip fundraiser for both the Jr. and Sr. High. They hosted a golf outing. I got to help out with all the food prep. Let's just recognize that God is so good. It's been a rough week for some people and so many others pulled together for their support, as well as to support the youth. It's so awesome to see the body of Christ respond as His hands and feet when they are called. Thanks again to all the help today! The kids raised around a thousand dollars towards their trip too!!

I do have to say the best part about the day though was getting to see Katie and Bryon! I haven't seen them since Christmas, so it was so nice to have them over. I got to finally meet Andrew for the first time, which was cool. They spent most of the evening here. Bryon is getting so big. He is going to be such a smart little guy. I hope to put some of the videos we took of him dancing and splashing in mud puddles soon. But for now, a picture will just have to do:

Friday, May 13, 2011

Take two

Unfortunately, Google had a mishap last night and deleted this blog, so my original post is gone, but I'll try to make up for it.

Well, this is my first post of the summer. It's my hope that this blog will help my family and friends keep up to date with all that I'm doing. My family always complains I'm doing to much and they can't keep up, so hopefully this will make it a little easier :)

The summer so far (all 5 days of it) have been amazing. I've loved getting to hang out with friends, make plans, and just enjoy some well earned relaxation.

On Tuesday, I got to hang out with my group of gals at Holly's Tastefully Simple Party. So much fun (and delicious too). We made some wonderful plans, and I can't wait to be around all summer with them.

Yesterday, I got to have lunch with my aunts for my Aunt Mabel's 86th birthday. It was a lot of fun getting to see all of them. (Not to mention the wonderful food that we all got to eat)

Oh and totally exciting... Natalie got engaged on Monday! I got to hang out with her a few times this week, but yesterday we got together for some great chinese food and to watch her lil man Owen. Fun stuff. I'm super excited for her and Ryan.

Beyond that, I've been working with some great horses all week. A family from church (the Lovettes) asked me to help out with their horses this summer. Of course I said yes, and it's been a blast so far.

Wednesday, I had my second bareback ride ever! (It should probably count as my first one, but nevertheless, it was fun). Two days later and I'm sore as can be, but I'm hoping that passes soon.

Mom's not so happy about the clothes, as a matter of fact, she told me to just take them straight to the laundromat... how funny. Looks like I have a new place to visit every week. Not that I blame her. This is what I looked like after riding Melodie bareback:

Fun stuff. Today I took my cousin Kellie over to hang out with the animals. I'm pretty sure that she loved it. She got to hold a baby goat! Can't wait for next time to take pictures. So cool.

Well I should probably get back to getting my room to look like a room. I plan on painting it soon, so the quicker I get there the better!
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