Saturday, December 30, 2006

Short clip

Quick clip of Kyle and Ryan singing during the alter call after play was over. You can see Chaz on the left. You can tell which ones are mine because they are the blondies. :)

Winter Play




This is our winter play because it doesn't snow here. So we bundled the kids for a bike ride and a place where they can fly their hover disks. We found an empty parking lot where they could just ride everywhere and run around by our house.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Come see a slide show of our Christmas holiday!


Click Here to view slide show! We had a wonderful time. We really did need to get toys for the kids because they had grown out of theirs and I donated most of them so they were bored! Now, they are actually playing together and spending time actually having fun. On Christmas Eve we visited Charles' family, then took the boys to see them in their Christmas play, then back to my house for the party with my family and some friends. The next day the kids woke up to presents here and then we headed off to Charles' grandparents house. All in all it turned out to be a great time. :)

Monday, December 18, 2006

House Update

Here is the update on our house. The only thing they have left to do is putting in the appliances, paint the outside, tile and carpet the floors, build block wall, and put in the desert landscaping out in front. Then we'll move in. We're "supposedly" moving in the end of January so that what I'm hoping for. They move really fast now that their actually building. Thank goodness. :)

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Christmas Time!


I just love the holidays! Not so much the shopping and all the materialistic aspect of it. But the lights, the cheery moods, the music, the crisp air, the excitement. Today at Scottsdale Bible there was a Christmas tree and every ornament had a name so I got to put mine on one and hang it. Today I took the boys in my class down the hallway so they can watch the construction men at work laying down concrete. They loved it! Then we went back to work after a half hour. They got to see it being poured and then smoothed out. Today I get my Christmas picture cards from Costco. I'm so excited to send all 125 out! Anyhow, I hope your Holiday season is going well also. :) The kids and I have so much planned, like the lights at the zoo, a church production at a church we always love to see, a bible town that another church makes in December with all the animals and things you can walk through. Then, our own kids plays. This is such a fun season to spend together as a family. I especially feel blessed to share it with Charles. He is such a joy to be around. :)

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Anniversary

We didn't get a chance to to get pics together because I couldn't find my camera till later!
We took the kids to the sitters and then we ate at Havana Cafe. We've been going there for 8 years together and we were sad to see that Greg "the main man" was gone. Then they tore down all the little leaves and lights that were so pretty. They painted and made the place brighter. It wasn't as pretty as it normally would be. We still loved our food as usual though. :)
Then we headed off to the Cheesecake Factory and shared the cherry cheesecake with some coffee. It was a nice night together. :)
Celebrating 8 years! Here are our 3 pics. :)

Happy 8 year Anniversary!!!



Dear Charles,

Happy 8th anniversary. To my love, you loved me even when I was unlovable. To my friend, you listened to me when I was in tears. To the father of my children, thank you for my four beautiful blessings. To my husband, thank you for working hard so that I can stay at home. To have all of that in one person makes you a rarity these days. Who could've imagined that it was possible to find "the one" and truly know the right decision was made? You picked me when others said not to. You married me when some said we shouldn't. You showed me that I could trust you at your word to never let me down. To never break a promise. You proved that to me on December 5th, 1998. A winter day when the Christmas lights were starting to go up. When the carols were being sung. You asked me to marry you in a beautiful restaurant with the view of the city behind me at night. You didn't know but you married me in the month I always dreamt of marrying, in December. I hadn't planned it that way but I always daydreamed about a winter wedding. I love your name and you proved the meaning of your name. You are an amazing husband, father, and friend in this day in age. I'll never forget that the day after our wedding, it snowed in Scottsdale even though it's never supposed to snow and it hasn't snowed since. That year was a magical year for me, the year you gave the rest of your life to me. Every time I hold your hand, I remember the first time you held mine. Thank you for saving our first kiss for our wedding day. I love you, Charles. I can't wait for the rest of our lives.

To Martin and Maureen; thank you for helping to bring Charles and I together. Without you we wouldn't have been able to marry and for that I am truly grateful. Martin, thank you for sacrificing for us and using your hard earned money to give me a wedding I always wanted. Maureen, thank you for your time and all the love you put into everything. The planning and details. I know it was a lot of work for you and you pulled it all off so wonderfully. I couldn't of asked for a better mother and -father-in-law. I love you guys so much.

To my mom and dad; thank you for paying for our honeymoon. It was a beautiful resort and I thank you for all the last minute planning. Thank you for always being there to hear my thoughts and you've been there through my tears. Thank you for helping us with so many things throughout the 8 years. I appreciate you so much and I am forever grateful! I love you.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Happy Birthday, Brianne!


Happy Birthday to my best friend Brianne. I didn't know that real friends existed any more until I met you. It's hard to find a friend that doesn't just fade away after a year or leave when they find another friend. You've been my friend even when I wasn't in a good mood. When I was havin' a bad day, you would listen. When I was crying, you would tell me you'll pray for me. When I was disappointed you would let me voice my fears. Thank you for always being there. Happy birthday, Brianne.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Amazing Art of Stephen Wiltshire whom suffers from Autism

Stephen Wiltshire MBE, (born 1974) is an accomplished architectural artist who has been diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder. Stephen's interests are: earthquakes, cars, and architecture, in that order.

He is an award winning artist with a truly amazing gift!

Stephen Wiltshire was born April 24, 1974 to West Indian parents in London, England. He was mute and at the age of three was diagnosed as an autistic. The same year his father died in a motorcycle accident. At the age of four, Stephen was sent to Queensmill School in London where he expressed interest in drawing. He began to communicate through his drawings. At the age of 8, he began to draw imaginary post-earthquake cityscapes and cars.

Teacher Chris Marris begun to encourage his drawing and with his aid Wiltshire also slowly learned to speak at the age of 9.

At the age of ten, Wiltshire drew a series of pictures he called a "London Alphabet", a sequence of drawings of London landmarks, one for each letter.

When Wiltshire was part of a BBC programme The Foolish Wise Ones in 1987, viewers phoned in, expressing interest to buy his work. A collection of his works, named Drawings, was published that year.

Wiltshire has become a popular artist. He can look at a target once and then draw a very accurate and very detailed picture of it. He once drew the whole of central London after a helicopter trip above it. He can also make imaginary scenes like St. Paul's cathedral surrounded by flames.

In 2003, there was a major retrospective in the Orleans House gallery in Twickenham, London.

Stephen's work has since been the subject of many TV documentaries; neurologist Oliver Sacks writes about him in the chapter "Prodigies", in his book An Anthropologist on Mars.

His books include Drawings (1987), Cities (1989), Floating Cities (1991), and Stephen Wiltshire's American Dream (1993). His third book - Floating Cities (Michael Joseph, 1991) - was number one on the Sunday Times bestseller list.

In 2006, Stephen Wiltshire was awarded an MBE for services to art[

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Office Party 2006


My husband's job had an office party at the Sheraton Hotel like last years. We dropped our kids off at the sitters and headed to the hotel. It was fun! We did the same stuff as last year. First we eat dinner, then the music starts. Some people dance (in their own section), some stay and visit, some go play poker. Now you have to know that their is no real gambling happening. Otherwise we'd have no part of it! Some people won prizes like Sean who won $500 and others won $250. They just call out random names and people win. We won last year. I finally found some fellow Christians so we hung out outside and talked for awhile and that's when the night really picked up for me. I'm not really into the loud music and all that other stuff. Anyhow, I got home late so I'm heading for bed! I"m stuffed with food and dessert and now I'm exhausted. Oh, I just love the holidays! :)