Thursday, March 29, 2007

A monumental day

Kristen presenting the cake to Grandy

On Tuesday, Rich's mom, Dottie, known to her grandchildren as "Grandy," celebrated her 85th birthday. The celebration began with dinner at Villa Sorriso in Pasadena and ended with cake and presents at the Mickelson's. Grandy looked radiant and thoroughly enjoyed it all. How many 85-year olds do you know who get a brand new laptop computer for their 85th birthday? Grandy didn't ask for that, but she genuinely seemed interested in trying it out. We are thankful that she is in such great health. Other than some hearing loss, she has no health issues whatsoever. Happy Birthday Grandy!
Drew and Emma with Grandy outside the restaurant

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Dove Springs

We just returned from a fun filled weekend at Dove Springs, a/k/a place to ride dirt toys, with the Tubbs and the DeShongs. And boy were there a lot of people riding this weekend. Having never been to this area before, we chose to camp, unknowingly, in what is now referred to as "the Yahoo area." For three days we were surrounded by crazy people doing insane things on various dirt toys. And, if you think they sleep at night, you're wrong. The "vroom vroom" of engines could be heard deep into the night. We have since learned there are more family friendly locations to camp there, and will be located elsewhere next time we go. Suffice it to say, we don't exactly fit the mold of the typical type of people out there!

Above is the group dubbed "the Fab Four." It consists of Lindsay and Stephanie Tubbs, Drew and Emma. The Fab Four would disappear for a good hour or more and come back exhilarated. It now looks like someone else might be in line for their own dirt bike soon! Does Honda make a pink model? Emma even wiped out and is very proud of her sustained injuries (see below). Drew also had some scrapes that required the largest size bandaid made, but he'll be fine. That's what you get for trying to climb a 55 degree angle hill and have the bike practically fall on you!! Even me, Karen, went out riding with Rich. I find that it's very enjoyable, even though I am mindful of the fact that I could seriously injure myself!! What's Mom doing out on that 80 anyways!!!! (Napoleon Dynamite)

Unfortunately, the DeShongs ran into some sickness and had to leave early Sunday. The flu had gotten Vance last week and over the weekend Suzanne & Luke succombed as well. Everyone is on the mend now. The Tubbs always seem to go home with a repair job of some sort. This time, a rather serious one on the toy hauler. Everyone was glad to go home, take showers, and get a peaceful night sleep. Hopefully everyone and everything will be back in shape soon and ready to ride again.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Welcome Spring!

To celebrate the first day of Spring, here is a photo of some beautiful spring flowers. They are the leftover centerpieces from our bible study reunion on Saturday and are now gracing the side table in the dining room. Aren't they cheery. I love having flowers in my home. They are such obvious reminders of what a creative God we have. He didn't have to create so many beautiful flowers, but did so for our enjoyment and to put His majesty on display. I wonder how many people work in the flower industry, arranging flowers every day, and never even have a thought about how they are from the creative mind of God, who created the entire world. What a pity that would be to miss that! Thank you God, for your beautiful creation!

Friday, March 16, 2007

Where have we been?

It's been awhile since our last post, and we've been quite busy. It all started with three little boys for the weekend the first weekend in March (here's why), immediately followed by the Shepherds' Conference, followed by the Krueger girls while little Sonja had surgery, followed by Disneyland until 11 pm yesterday. And sandwiched in between that all was Drew's All-Stars Basketball tournament, which is still demanding every evening of our week with either a practice or a game. Today, we are catching our breath only slightly, before our bible study reunion dinner, here tomorrow night. Drew plays his next game the same night, right smack in the middle of our dinner party, so Papa will be taking Drew to the big game and we will have to miss.

The Shepherds' Conference was super! Rich got to attend the conference - a real treat for him. Emma got to help out with registration, and Drew was basically on full time facilities duty every day. I got to work at the Concierge for 4 hours each day, which is a joy. It would be pure fun just to get to visit with the other ladies I serve with, not to mention the great pleasure of serving the conference men. We had a busy week, ending with dinner here for Ted Bigelow and his men, along with the Hoyers. On Sunday, we got to attend a dinner for the Carey & Pam Hardy at the Devaney's. For some great photos of the conference, click here. For some great commentary on the week by Tim Challies, click here. Tim really makes you feel like you were there. He is an excellent blogger.

The rest of March is filled as well. We head out to the desert on the 23rd to camp and ride the new dirt bike. One night this week, when Emma and I were out, Rich and Drew snuck out and bought new boots. The helmets have arrived by mail, and the boys are all set.

I'm looking forward to April because the calendar is less filled. I get weary of the busyness. I don't like to have every minute filled, jumping from one thing to the next. And, with the weather so nice these past few weeks, I start to long for a reading time out in the sun, not running around busy! I am currently savoring More Love to Thee, by Sharon James, a biography on author and hymn writer Elizabeth Prentiss. One of my favorite books is Prentiss' Stepping Heavenward, so it is a delight to read about her life, which includes many of her journal entries and letters she wrote.