Thursday, April 26, 2007

Airports...Ipods...& Lines..

I have a question. Why do people start lining up at the Southwest gates 1 hour before boarding. They have a seat, they are going to get on the plane, what does it matter where in line you are? It makes me laugh at the herd mentality of people.
I also find it amazing that just about everyone in the airport, old and young, have little white earbuds and wires running from their head, myself included. I have to say the Steve Jobs may not rule the world but he definetly changed it with the Ipod.
Anyway, if you can not tell I am sitting in an airport right now, Lubbock International or whatever they call it. After being here the past 3 days I am ready to get on the plane and be home.
Sorry, once again for no pictures of Lucas....But I am bored, listening to my Ipod, sipping on my Venti Starbucks, typing on my laptop...waiting just like everyone else.....Just not in Line...

Monday, April 9, 2007

Easter Eggs

Lucas had lots of fun dying Easter Eggs this year! I think he was very happy with his finished products. We had a really nice Easter this year but I will have to redress him in his Easter outfit to get pictures. By the time we got home he looked like he had just gotten out of bed with his new outfit on. So we will have some fake Easter pictures done this week! I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter celebrating our Risen King!

Thursday, April 5, 2007

The Easter Story Cookies

You need:
1 cup whole pecans 1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vinegar zipper baggie
3 egg whites wooden spoon
pinch salt tape
Preheat oven to 300 degrees (this is important-don't wait until you're half done with the recipe!)

Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3.

Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.

Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.

Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27.

So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read Ps. 34:8 and John 3:16.

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isa. 1:18 and John 3:1-3.

Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Read Matt. 27:57-60.

Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF.

Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matt. 27:65-66.

GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22.

On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter, Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matt. 28:1-9

I just thought some of you guys with children might like this fun way to teach the REAL meaning of Easter! I am going to try this for the first time with Lucas this Saturday night! Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 4, 2007


Let the debate begin!!!

All we know for sure is Lucas Paul is going to be a big brother sometime in November.
For those of you who are slow, Stephanie is once again pregnant and we couldn't be happier. We had the first appointment today and got to see the little butter bean. Everything according to the sono tech looked normal and healthy. How they read those things, I don't know. You probably get the same picture everytime and they just say things like: "Yep, you got a healthy one there", "Look, there is the head and there is the Yolk sack" , or my favorite is "There you go, you are pregnant". Really, is that the reason we are here????

So for a recap, here is what we know-
a. Stephanie is pregnant
b. She is due around November 18th.
c. Lucas will be a big brother.

Have a good day.............

Monday, April 2, 2007

Skyline Chili & All That is Cincy....

Few thoughts on our weekend in Cincy.
1. Skyline Chili - Is chili really supposed to go on spaghetti?
2. Drees Pavilion - Awesome view of the city. No wonder it books 2 years in advance
3. Izzy Sandwich shop - Excellent Ruben sandwich
4. Marriott @ Rivercenter - Top rate joint to stay.
5. US Airways - unless you have tons of free time and don't mind getting bumped and missing flights and losing luggage...Pay the money to fly another airline.

Stephanie & I had the privilege to attend my cousin Chuck's wedding in Cincy over the weekend. It was a privilege b/c we did not take Lucas. Yes, a whole weekend without the little man. Cincinnati exceeded all expectations. Wish we would have had more time to explore the place. The trip didn't start to good with US Airways being by far the worst airline I have ever had to fly on. Not enough time to go into detail. The wedding itself was a great time, you can not go wrong when the reception has a flat screen TV for the Final Four!!!!!!