Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Valentines Banquet!

Hello all!Bold
This is actually Christa posting this time! :) About a week and a half ago, Kate and I had the opportunity to be involved in our new church's Valentine's banquet. We both had an amazing time teaming up with all our new friends tackling this big project! Let me explain...

Okay, so the assistant pastor at our church and his family (the Rohlins) had this amazing idea to host a Valentine's banquet at our church (First Baptist Las Colinas) for the married and courting couples to honor and encourage them. After all the time and preparation that many families put into it, the day actually came. We spent all day at church doing the calligraphy for the name cards, cleaning up, setting the tables, preparing material for the childcare, and other preparatory activities. Excitement heightened and responsibilities increased as 6:00 P.M. was quickly approaching. Finally all the people began arriving, and the night's festivities began. The adults sat down to a nice dinner and marriage workshop taught by the assistant pastor, and the youth took orders, served the food, refilled glasses, ran the childcare, played the background music, cleaned up, etc, etc! Let me just tell you: that night was one of those circumstances where we were totally stressed, but enjoying every single minute of it, if that makes sense at all! :)

Some of the waitresses and waiters getting ready to take orders...

Back in the kitchen, scrambling to put together orders...it was almost like a madhouse back there - I wish you could have seen all our faces - they were flushed beat red! But trust me, we were all having the time of our lives!! :)

A quick break to pose with our friend, Hope Rohlin...

Playing background music...

Taking orders..."would you like your glass refilled?"

A comic relief as we wash dishes after a hectic night! In case you're wondering what we're doing, we're "singing into the mics" with another friend Joanna Thornton, the pastor's daughter! :)

Some of the waiters, musicians, cleanup crew, and childcare workers...

What a day!!!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Brown Family!

Recently, Christa and I have been going over to our friends house, the Brown's, every now and then to help out with babysitting andother household activites! The Brown's are such a dear family, and we have so enjoyed our times over there! Mr. and Mrs. Jim and Monica Brown have 6 children: Weston (age 14), Joseph (age 8), Timothy (3), the twins Elaina and Christianna (2), and the "angel" Victoria (6 months)!! lol Timmy, Elaina, and Christianna were adopted from Russia about a year ago!
Activities at the Brown household include school lessons with Joseph (since the Brown's homeschool as well), laundry, sewing, cooking, reading books to little ones, sweeping, swinging outside, taking walks, dusting, piano playing, helping little ones "go potty," :) holding Victoria! and of course, chatting whenever we have a free moment!! :)

Christa in "hog heaven" with little Victoria!
Timmy and Joseph on Timmy's new bed!

....Miss Elaina...

...And Miss Christianna!
A fun day indeed! :)