Monday, June 28, 2010

Youth Group Games

Summer Youth Group Games have begun :)

Disclaimer: After you see these games I know you are all going to try some of these yourselves...don't deny it...just embrace it

So we have begun a series of games with our youth group on Wednesdays. There is a new fun show on NBC called Minute to Win It that takes ordinary household items and creates hilarious games out of them. On the show each contestant gets one minute to complete each task before moving on to the next one in hopes to win 1 million dollars at the end. We aren't giving away a million dollars (sorry teens) but we hope to offer a fun prize to our winners at the end of the summer. And we had to change the rules around to apply some of these games to a multitude of people playing at once to save time. But its made for some very funny wednesday nights :)

Game night one... [we divided the whole group into 2 smaller groups and then had the winner of each of those groups compete in an ultimate win game]
Challenge group 1 game: Face the Cookie
Contestants use only their face muscles to move a cookie from their forehead to their mouth. No hands allowed!

Challenge group 2 game: Caddy Stack
Contestants must stack 3 golf balls (we did 2) on top of each other

Ultimate Win Game: Bite Me
Contestants must use only their mouth to grab paper bags of 4", 6", 8", and 10" heights off the ground and place them on a table. No part of their body except the feet may touch the floor. This is hard! You must be really flexible to pull this off...

Now tell me you aren't going to try some of these! I'll post the video of Robert's attempt of the Bite Me game... its pretty entertaining... But I think I've given you enough videos for one blog. We have more games coming up! Stay Tuned!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

A Little Educational Trip

I'm staying here tonight...

The Overton Hotel in Lubbock

And I'm missing Robert. But I arrived here early this morning for a conference about manual therapy in the pediatric population (or in other words, new treatment ideas in orthopedic child conditions). It is such an amazing course! I can't wait to share what I've learned with my colleagues. I have been needing an educational weekend to help give me some new ideas for treatment for my patients.

Plus I get to hang out with my good friend Meagan!

I will return to Midland tomorrow, have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

OK Slow Down Summer!

So I know that its only June and I am still working and therefore have no real summer anymore, but everything is going so fast! I really can't believe mine and Robert's anniversary has already passed and that we are getting ready for the 4th of July... wow. And with this fast paced summer has come so many things!

First of all, Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there. This is my Dad and my hero.
Obviously we went swimming for father's day, had a cookout, all the good stuff! And we even went to go see Toy Story 3 (in Digital 3D). "J" just loved the 3D glasses... he wore them the rest of the day which was probably not a good thing...

Second, let me just add that I hate 3D movies b/c they make me feel all weird like I've just ridden a rollercoaster or something... but I kept the glasses on the whole time and dealt with my headache afterwards...

Third, my summertime list is being marked off as we speak! Here are some items already completed:
-Have a fantastic time with our youth at Teen Camp
-Watch as God dramatically changes someone's life
-Take more pictures: let me just say that I have loaded my camera with pictures and that there is no way they are all going to make it on here...but I have done this!

Fourth, work is really crazy right now, but I still love love love my job! Getting to work with kids is fun (and even more reminder of why we don't have kids right now), but besides work being calendar is going crazy. Starting this weekend I will be out of town every weekend until the 2nd weekend in August (which happens to be Rock the Desert, so really I'll be busy then too). I have conferences to go to, trips with the family, a trip with Robert, trips with the teens, and a trip to see some friends. Wow. It will be fun although I may have to make a rule that I travel nowhere for several weeks afterwards!

And Lastly, our house has mold in it. [sad face] but luckily its contained to a small segment behind our shower and in our closet...and luckily we found what was causing the mold... a huge crack in the grout of our shower. If you have a tiled shower be sure that you regrout or reseal the grout every year to avoid cracks...apparently the people before us never got that memo...bummer. But its starting to get under control so hopefully I won't have to lose my nerve.

Thats it for right now. I can't wait tomorrow to announce the fun games we are playing with our youth this summer. Yes there are videos. Yes you will have fun watching them. Yes you should be excited :)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Camp Transparent [post 4]

Well this is the last of the camp posts, but I hope you enjoyed the pictures...we had a great time and I know the teens can't wait till next year! These pictures capture the rest of the fun that we had while at Camp Transparent:

Time for some worship!

Ok so Robert is imitating this other youth pastor named Jimmy who has a beard just like this...
well maybe not just like this b/c this is seaweed from the lake... eww

The girls and the lake
complete with water trampoline, rock climbing wall, zip line, row boats, the blob, and lots of nasty seaweed

The Gathering Teens!

I can't wait to show you the fun we have planned for the youth group this summer... Just wait for the videos :)
Have a great weekend and Happy Father's day to all the dad's out there!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Camp Transparent [post 3]

More fun from camp! Every night they had activities for us to participate in before lights out and pretty much every night I watched some of the group play dodgeball...

What can we say, her leg was hurting...

The Dork glasses! They were quite fun to have around...

I know this picture is fuzzy, but its still good!

This is Robert showing off his dodgeball skills (yes he is good)...that white blurb is his ball that I believe got someone out

Time for water games!

So we had some fun watching Dodgeball and goofing off... love it! Still more to come!

So this video was taken of one of our dear teens... he had no idea I was filming him... this was his response while we were watching the dodgeball match from the balcony...I think he's funny :) and sorry its sideways, I can't get the picture to rotate.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Camp Transparent [post 2]

The Theme for Youth camp was Transparent... based upon the scripture Ephesians 2:10... that we should reflect God's Glory and have no veils covering up who we really are as Christians... it was awesome!

The first day (Monday) after arriving from our 6 hour drive was to take pictures and familiarize ourselves with the place. We found a very fun/interesting playground there and the girls (and guys who do not like to be photographed as easily) sure did enjoy it:

The roller slide... it was fast and an accident waiting to happen... luckily we had no injuries here

I think they had fun :) More to come!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Road to camp Post 1

So last week before we left for camp, two of the girls (who happen to be sisters) decided that it would be fun if our church group had shirts for camp... this is what the girls looked like:
The back

The Front
The boys version was blue (of course) and we used fabric paint to draw extra little pictures on the back. We all wore our shirts on Monday so we would have them as we arrived at camp. It was fun to look alike (and alot easier to keep up with everyone!).

Still more pictures coming this week! For now its time to finish watching the Bachelorette :)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

We are back home!

Yes I say that and I'm sure some of you didn't even know that we left town... except for the lack of posting for 1.5 weeks should have been a sign... Anyways... we have been at Youth Camp near Waxahachie, TX at the Lakeview Conference Center. Awesome camp ground! I have a ton of pictures and videos from this experience so I will be using the whole week to share the stories. We left Monday and returned Friday late, but we have also had a very busy weekend so I apologize for just now informing you of my absence.

And on top of being gone I once again came down with some sort of sickness... last Friday I got a fever and spent the whole afternoon in bed and taking Advil (luckily I don't work on Friday afternoons, but it did delay getting things together for camp). I also spent all of Saturday in bed except for a very miserable trip to the store for camp supplies as well as Sunday morning in bed due to feeling awful! I was very nervous about having to get things together for camp and also concerned that I wasn't going to get better before having to make the 6 hour drive with our teenagers into the hot and humid weather... But thanks to my extra stash of antibiotics I was able to be put at ease... well sort of. I'm mostly over this sickness now although I caught a small head cold while at camp and still have the sniffles.

But more on the excitement from camp this week! For now I'm going to read all the blogs I missed while we were gone!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

3 Year Anniversary

It all began 8 years ago when I, a Junior in high school, asked a sophomore named Robert to the Prom.
Then we travel to 2005 when Robert asked for my hand in marriage in our favorite park in College Station... and I said yes.
One and a half years later, on June 2, 2007, we were married. And our lives have been ever more blessed since!

This is what I found on our kitchen counter this morning... he knows the way to my heart is through M&Ms :)

And of course a flashback to the day in celebration today... our wedding day.

Robert, I don't know how I could have made it to where I am today without your love and your motivation. You are the head of our household and the winner of my heart. You have pushed me to pursue my dreams and I hope that I can help you pursue yours. Thank you for wanting to grow old with me... and for showing me how to have fun in life and in the Lord. I love you. You are the greatest husband ever.
With all my love,
Your wife