Sunday, February 28, 2010

Mpact weekend roundup (day 2&3)

Just a warning- this is a majorly picture-heavy post!

Jordan and I had such a great time this weekend! The Lord's provision never ceases to amaze me! Everything ran smoothly and without incident (at least none we heard of!). The kids seemed to have fun, the group leaders were awesome, the host homes were wonderful. All around, it was a total success. It was the first Mpact (Jordan & Andy's own moniker for what is elsewhere known as D-now) event that FBC Rockport has had in many years, and our hope is that next year, we will have many more participants!

Playing a little Mallow-ball- like baseball, only with marshmallows.

It's pretty amazing how far those little marshmallows will sail! We had several land on the gym roof and out in the woods behind the church.

Dodgeball!!!



Saturday evening was another corporate worship service led by the Jeff Capps Band (they also led worship on Friday night). I highly suggest you check these guys out- they are awesome!


Ol' hubs



After a moving time of worship, Edward Crouch gave an awesome message to our teens (and adults!). It was a fabulous night and the holy spirit moved in many lives. If only we could all move from the "funeral" group (frustrated with the "why did God let this happen to me?" attitude) to the "alive" group, anticipating God's wonderful works.


Sunday Morning:






Sunday morning marked the end of this year's Mpact weekend. The kids finished up their study on CrazyLove with a final session during Sunday school. Can I say again that this weekend was great?! I'm really really looking forward to the next big event with our group!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Impact Weekend Day 1

Here's a quick photo recap of our first night of Impact 2010 "CrazyLove."

Stay tuned for more pics & stories!











Friday, February 26, 2010

Coming Soon





Hint Hint!

I'm getting really close to finished with decorating our bedroom & bathroom. More pictures are to come!!!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Olympic fever

Has anyone else been watching this year's olympics?

Jordan and I have been keeping up with various events and races. Jordan's taken a liking to curling, a "sport" that I dont find exciting or interesting or athletic. I also think he likes watching any sport where people can wipe out.

I am and will always be a figure skating fan. I also like the half-pipe and skeleton/bobsled/luge. Those folks are nuts. Totally nuts. I have determined that the way you can tell that someone is an olympian is that they make their sport look effortless. Except maybe the moguls, those look hard.

And Mauve's favorite sport is men's figure skating.


Sunday, February 14, 2010

My Valentine

Jordan and I will celebrate our 4 year wedding anniversary on July 8 this year.

And April will mark 9 years together.


Our first date coincidentally was my junior prom (and I wish I knew where my pictures were hiding!). Jordan and I had met at church (West Acres of course!) and were getting to know each other when we decided to go with on a group prom date. Jordan and his friends, me and my friends out to dinner and then to prom. Jordan and I werent "together" at the time, but we were interested in each other.


Little did I know, Jordan had plans of his own. He came to pick me up and had a beautiful bouquet of flowers waiting for me in the car. He'd also burned a cd of romantic songs with a few of my favorites mixed in.We didnt go to the Japanese restaurant that I thought we had reservations at, in fact, we didnt see any of the friends we had planned to spend the evening with.


We ended up eating at The Partridge Inn (while it still had a restaurant). It was amazing. After dinner, we decided to hold off on prom for a little longer and drove down to Riverwalk. We ended up walking until I had blisters on my feet and missed the first 2 hours of the prom. We danced through the last song and headed back to my house for a post-prom get together. We met up with the friends that we'd ditched before the evening got started and ate dessert and chatted about the night.


Eventually, everyone started to make their way out, and Jordan pulled me aside and asked for one final dance. He started the car and started playing the CD he made for me and we danced again. Shortly after the song was over, he asked me to be his girlfriend.

Fast forward a few years... through high school and through college. July 7, 2005, Jordan recreated our very first date (minus the tux and sequined gown) and when we danced again at the end of our date, instead of asking for me to be his girlfriend, he asked me to be his wife.


I love my sweet husband and am so excited to call him my valentine!!!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Recap

Quick week recap:

1. Jordan is sick now. I guess I gave him what I had last week. Bummer.

2. Mauve had her big girl surgery on Friday. She weighs a whopping 76 pounds now! Yeesh! She was a zombie when we picked her up from the vet yesterday afternoon, droopy eyed, running into things and tripping over her own feet. Then at about 8 last night, she started throwing up and managed to get every last drop on the rug in the living room. That's talented.

She's feeling a little better today.


3. We had a superbowl party for the youth at our house last weekend. I think there were more non-football fans in attendance than anyone pulling for the Saints or Colts. We had the wii set up in the office and a table for Dutch Blitz in the kitchen and I think everyone had a pretty good time!


4. We got a new camera! A little point & shoot (aka: my purse camera!) Fuji film guy. I've wanted something a little more travel-ready than my big Nikon.

5. I made a cheesecake and it was yummy. I got the recipe (White chocolate raspberry truffle- wooo!) from Tasty Kitchen. It was easier than I anticipated! I also made another batch of PW cinnamon rolls and tweaked the recipe just a tad (pecans! and I'm talking peee-cans not pu-kahns or pee-kahns folks. Speaking of funny pronunciations, I heard Paula Deen refer to chorizo as cho-rize-o instead of cho-reeez-o. Emphasis on the "rize" part. Made me laugh. Parenthetical statement over.)


6. I think Rockport may have been one of the only places in the world that didnt get snow this past week. I'm not jealous.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Mauve

Mauve has been with us for 6 months now. She probably weighs around 70lbs now, which is bigger than what we thought she would be. The diarrhea is gone (hallelujah) thanks to some really expensive prescription dog food. She's a total spoiled mess. She can sit and lay down (for food) and her favorite games are fetch and tug of war. She enjoys eating whatever falls on the floor while i'm cooking and sniffing crotches. She doesnt wear her shock collar much anymore and for the most part is pretty obedient. Jordan and I think she's turning into a little watchdog because her new favorite thing to do is look out the window next to the front door. Sometimes, she even barks at people walking by the house.

I often wonder what she's thinking about...

saywhat-4

saywhat-5

saywhat-3

saywhat-2

saywhat

saywhat-1

Yeah, That about sums it up.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

mmmm... breakfast. Or midnight snack.

Ok, I know I said ravioli was next. It's on the list.

I just dont know if the Bush's could handle rolling anything out that thin.

I also dont know how much longer I can put up with these ridiculous Grey's storylines.

There, I said it.

I was looking on Noblepig and in a fever-induced stupor, decided I must have some Cinnamon Doughnut Muffins of my own. So between naps, I whipped up a batch.

Cinnamon Doughnut Muffins
1 & 3/4 cups All Purpose Flour
1 & 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg, slightly beaten
3/4 cup milk
Jam

Topping:
1/4 cup melted butter
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon

They look pretty good right? Well preheat the oven to 350. In one bowl, sift flour, baking powder, salt and spices. In another bowl, combine sugar, oil, egg and milk. Stir wet into dry until just moistened. It's super important to NOT overmix the mix. Something to do with gluten or something another. Overmixing leads to tough muffins. And nobody likes tough muffins, right?

Fill greased muffin cups half full, then place 1 tsp of your jam of choice on top. Cover the jam with batter to approx 3/4 full. Bake for 20-25 minutes (mine took 20) or until toothpick comes out clean. In hindsight, I think they overbaked a little (might have a LOT to do with the fact that we're at like 12ft above sea level...). Anyway, while the muffins are hopefully not overbaking, melt the butter in one bowl and mix cinnamon and sugar in another bowl. When the muffins are cooked, dip the tops in butter while still warm and then dip in cinnamon sugar mixture. Then devour!

The recipe states it makes 9 muffins, so I portioned out 9 muffins and after baking and seeing all the rising action these yummies do, I think 12 is easily done also with this amount of batter. Also, these are best eaten fresh, and take very little prep time, which makes it easy to whip up a batch for breakfast. Dont let the jam throw you off- I used strawberry. They are slightly reminiscent of Mimi's Buttermilk Spice Muffins. And I love Mimi's. Especially the Buttermilk Spice muffins.

Dont forget to leave a comment on yesterday's post for the David Crowder Cd!
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