Friday, October 31, 2008

Beautiful Fall Day!

Today was such a beautiful day! It ended up being about 70 degrees outside with no clouds in the sky! I love looking at the trees this time of year! They are so beautiful! We have such an incredibly creative God! He never ceases to amaze me!

Reed and I decided to take a bike ride on a trail right by our house that goes along Alum Creek. The trail goes all the way through Westerville, where we live.

We saw this little snake along the road, and snapped a picture before it headed into the woods.

We were not sure what this was, but saw it on our way home, along the trail.

After our little outing, we came home and washed our cars. It was perfect weather! It's so nice to have a garage and driveway now! No more parking in a parking lot next to a condo or apartment complex!
We then headed to the store to pick up some last minute candy for trick or treaters. We bought the full size candy bars, since we probably won't get many kids. Hopefully we'll get a few though! Not likely though, since it is already after 8:00 p.m. here. I guess Reed and I will have to eat them! We bought a box of candy bars at Costco last year and went over to Emily and Travis' place. We didn't have any trick or treaters then either! Last year the candy bars lasted us till Spring!

After our trip to the store, we had homemade creamy chicken noodle soup that I cooked all day in a slow cooker. It was sooooo good and perfect for our beautiful fall day!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


I received a call from Columbus City Schools today letting me know that I was issued my substitute teaching license! Hurray! I have really enjoyed my time off and the little bit of babysitting I have been doing, but it will be nice to get into the classroom and start interacting with kids. And the money will help too! I have an orientation class next Thursday, the 6th and then I believe I have to attend an all day Saturday seminar (not sure which Saturday, yet) before I can begin to teach. Things are finally moving along though, so hopefully it won't take too long. I guess I only have a little bit longer to get our house in order. Time to start unpacking the last of the boxes!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Trunk or Treat!

Last night was Trunk or Treat at Beechwold Christian Church! We had a blast! It was so great to see people get together and have so much fun! We also had games, a devo and a chili cook-off! We were so lucky it didn't rain. The weather ended up being perfect. I was all prepared for it to be freezing, but it really wasn't. I had even packed my gloves and hand warmers, just in case I would need them.
We had a little over 200 people at our fun little event, including a few families from the community. We love our new church family!
This year Reed and I decided to go as bacon and a fried egg. Reed decorated his car as a toaster, as well. We were in the running for the best car decor, until they found out it was Reed's car. I guess the guy throwing the event, isn't suppose to win! Oh, well. We still had a lot of fun. Some of the trunks and costumes were amazing. It makes me wish we had put more time into ours. Luckily I have a whole year to get ready for our next Trunk or Treat!

Chase Mauger, son of our exec. pastor. They decorated their trunk with pinatas for kids to break, which were full of candy.

A few of my favorite costumes. . .

Transformer. . . although he wasn't sure what he transformed into.

Annakin, I think

Super hero and angel, I guess. . .

The Great Pumpkin

Chew Bacca! He was my favorite. I only got his picture going into a tunnel, in our relay race game, though. He was adorable. His brother was Darth Vader.

Dean Ringle, our county engineer, decided to have a propaganda car and handed out maps. He dressed up like a politician. Kinda funny! If I was a kid, I would feel jipped! No candy!

More fun cars

Runner Up


Reed announcing the winners of trunks and chili

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Playing Wii

Last night my parents came in to town. We initiated them by playing the Wii. It was quite hilarious, at times. The first round of bowling we played, my mom hit six strikes in a row! It was crazy! Unfortunately my dad was not able to catch on so quickly and made a whopping 74 points. It was hard for us to control ourselves and stop from completely making fun of his bowling ability. I must admit, it was really funny to watch him struggle! And those of you who know my dad know how competitive he is, which made it that much more enjoyable. Fortunately, he eventually got the hang of it and beat everyone the second game, even beating my mom's previous victory score.
Reed and I also had my parents play a few of the Wii play games. We had a great time laughing at each other!

As he hits, yet another gutter ball!

Hitting numerous strikes!

You can see that the screen says 0 pins! This was pretty normal the first game!

Playing the cow racing game. It was so funny to watch them!

Laughing at himself, for his great Wii abilities. We recommend sticking with basketball, Dad!

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Only one more day before my parents get to come visit us and see our new home! I am very excited! I have a goal of getting most things cleaned up, or at least unpacked, before they arrive. We'll see!

We love our new home!

Last Thursday night we were finally able to spend the night in our new home! Here is the last load we made, with the help of a few church friends. We saved the big items for last, when we had a truck available.

Since then, we have been unpacking, unpacking, and unpacking! I am about done with the kitchen, finally! The kitchen has been my biggest hurdle just because all of the cabinets needed washed and lined. The house was pretty dusty, so we have also spent lots of time just doing normal cleaning. Rachel came over on Monday with Kaireia and helped! It was so great to have them!
Reed's parents also came up this past weekend and helped with some major projects. Phil and Reed took down the old garage door opener and put up a new one, while Cindy and I ran to the store a few times getting all the supplies they needed.

The guys also hooked up our internet. This is the first time we have had our own internet since we have been married! We are very excited about this. No more having to go the library, or friend's house, or steal from the neighbor's. We now have our very own!
Cindy and Phil also put up a new fan that they gave us in the master bedroom. It is SO much nicer than the one we had. Thank you Phil and Cindy!
On Saturday, we were able to take a break from working and celebrate Kaireia's birthday. She turned 5 this week. We had a princess party for her at the church. The whole room was filled with lots of princess things and PINK! The little girls all dressed up as princesses and the little boys dressed up as little princes! They were all very cute!

At the end of the party, each kid drew a picture for little Kairou and all the adults wrote little messages. We then tied them onto balloons and launched them into the sky together. It was just a great reminded of how much we love Kairou and miss him dearly! Although I haven't met him yet, I am sure he is a charming little prince full of energy and excitement for life, like his little twin sister.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Packing and Getting the House!

Well, we finally have possession of our new home. We are not in it yet, but are getting there! Hopefully we will have everything moved over by Thursday evening!
On Sunday evening, Reed and I headed over to our new home and ate pizza on the floor and drank Cream Soda in our empty house. We decided to do a few small projects (mainly Reed) while we were there.
Yesterday I spent about 13 hours moving things over. Needless to say, I am very tired today! After work, Reed and our exec. pastor and his wife came over and helped us hall more things over. It was so great to have their help and show them around our new place.
After I am done babysitting today, I will go over and do some of the deep cleaning. It is pretty dusty, plus I want to make sure it is clean the way I clean. :) That way, if we are living in dirt, I know it is from Reed and I and not someone else. :)
We plan to move the very last of our stuff on Thursday.
It has been so much fun getting in there and talking about what we want to fix up and what we could do now that we have a place of our own. Although we will be busy with house projects for about the next year, we are thrilled to have this house! Here are some pictures of packing and the empty house! It needs lots of repainting! You can tell by the lovely wall paper in some of the rooms! Reed's favorite is the room with the loud pink and blue!

Packing the Condo!

Living room, dining area

Looking into the kitchen from the dining room

Eating Pizza and Drinking our favorite IBC Cream Sodas!

Master bedroom

Fish bedroom

Reed taking down shelves in pink and blue bedroom. They left a lot of wall decorations, along with all of the window treatments. Although most of them are not our taste, at least we have stuff until we can replace them!

Kitchen. It has two "Lazy Susan" cabinets, which I am really excited about!

I know, it is sideways. This is an extra area down stairs where we will probably have an office. The door goes down into the basement.

Down stairs, where you can either go outside, to the garage, basement or extra bathroom.

Main Bathroom

Side yard, going into backyard

Part of backyard. The swing set is no longer there.

Other part of backyard with our shed