A Few Random Pics

About 3 weeks ago (the weekend before my parents came) we had an Inner-City kid retreat out at camp. It was actually warm that weekend (lower 40’s) but we still had plenty of snow for going down the snow chute!

We rode on a tube together....

We rode on a tube together….

Paul with the kids, playing in the snow

Paul with the kids, playing in the snow

me with one of our kids

me with one of our kids

Paul with another one of our campers

Paul with another one of our campers

I stayed in the cabin with the 9-10 year old girls….GREAT BIRTH CONTROL!!! πŸ™‚

These next 2-3 pictures are just so I can remember them….

(A little side note)….

I’ve known Sarah now for almost 17 years. I started babysitting for her when she was about 10 months old! (And now she is almost 18! πŸ™‚ Here’s a picture of Sarah when she was about 4 years old!

Miss Sarah Christine

Miss Sarah Christine

Sarah (and her sister, Lindsey) is a really good artist and enjoys painting on canvas. I’ve seen some of Sarah’s art before (and I’ve even had Lindsey make me a canvas or two), so I knew she did good work. About 2 months ago I texted her a picture and I asked her if she could paint a picture for me. This was the picture I texted her. (This is the pond at Great Oaks).

IMG_833452949920979She said she’d try about about 2 weeks later, I got this.

work in progress

work in progress

I was excited to see the result.

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the end result

Isn’t she talented?!! My parents brought it to me when they came to visit.

I thought it would be neat for me to stand in the spot where the picture was taken (with the picture)….

me

me

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side by side

So, here we are. The artist with her canvas and me holding the picture (where the original picture was taken). Thanks, Sarah!

**Step into Valentine’s Day**

We’ve never really been big on celebrating Valentine’s Day. Neither Paul nor I are big “gift givers,” so V-day isn’t a huge deal to us. But, this year, we decided to do something a little different. Every year the youth group at First Covenant Church (in Peoria) does a fundraiser dinner on or around Valentine’s Day to raise money for their general budget. So, this year we decided to go to the “Intersection Restaurant of Love” (Some of the Great Oaks kids attend the youth group at FCC, so we know some of them)…They did a very good job, and we enjoyed it!

Decurione is one of our Great Oaks campers

Decurione is one of our Great Oaks campers

the two of us (bad lighting)

the two of us (bad lighting)

us with Decurione

us with Decurione

**A couple of more pics**

Last week I babysat for Ethan, Andi, and Jeremiah. I was in the middle of working on our monthly newsletter, so I employed some free child labor!

she thought they were "stickers" at first

she thought they were “stickers” at first

teaching her where the "sticker" goes on the envelope!

teaching her where the “sticker” goes on the envelope!

Just a funny picture because it’s been a LONG TIME since I’ve seen an old school chalkboard in a classroom–I had to use real chalk yesterday, while substituting for 1st grade.

Kickin' it old school

Kickin’ it old school

I’ve substituted a few times at Lacon Elementary. I’ve enjoyed it. The teachers leave a lot to be desired, but as long as I’m “in good” with the secretary, I’m not too worried about it.

That’s about it….for now.

Our SECOND Visitors (This Time Back)

About a month ago my mom called and told me they were thinking of coming to visit. So, they came. They drove (from Texas) and got here about 11AM on Monday, the 9th. It didn’t snow this time, but there was snow all over the ground, so I think my mom still enjoyed it. We walked around camp on Monday and up to the mailbox. It was pretty cold–probably around 26-28 degrees!

She was bundled up like she was at the North Pole!

She was bundled up like she was at the North Pole!

All bundled up, walking across the bridge

All bundled up, walking across the bridge

Monday night we went to The Pizza Peel for dinner and The Coffee Hub for dessert–you can’t come to Lacon without hitting those two places!

Mom and Dad’s 50th anniversary is coming up in June, so she thought it might be nice if we got some pictures taken of each “family” with mom/dad. So, my friend, Kathy, from church came out to camp on Tuesday and took our picture.

Mom's favorite of the four of us

Mom’s favorite of the four of us

My Favorite!

My Favorite!

with the bridge in the background

with the bridge in the background

Just a "fun" one, all bundled up in the snow

Just a “fun” one, all bundled up in the snow

My favorite of the four of us

My favorite of the four of us

They turned out really good. So, after taking pictures with us, Mom/Dad are going to take pictures with Leslie and her crew when they are in Michigan, and then in May, when they go to Hawaii, they’ll take pictures with Marcy and her family.

After warming up (it was COLD) after pictures, we didn’t do much on Tuesday afternoon. We ran a couple of errands around Lacon and then they rested!

Exciting Tuesday afternoon

Exciting Tuesday afternoon

While they were here we played several games at night. We played Upwords (about 6 times), “Baseball” (a card game), and Sorry.

This guy schooled us in Upwords

This guy schooled us in Upwords

On Wednesday we spent most of the day in Peoria, shopping and going grocery shopping! Thanks for taking me grocery shopping, Dad; it’s my love language! πŸ™‚

They left on Thursday morning to head toward Michigan to see Leslie and her crew. Tomorrow, in Fort Gratiot, the high is supposed to be THREE DEGREES! They only THOUGHT it was cold here! πŸ™‚

Thanks for coming Mom/Dad! πŸ™‚

More Snow….

This past Sunday we got A LOT of snow! Well, at first it started raining on Saturday afternoon (and then turned to snow), which makes out road SUPER SLIPPERY! Paul was supposed to lead worship on Sunday morning, and I was supposed to work in the nursery–well, that didn’t happen. After getting stuck on the camp road (and having Jim get us out), we called it quits and walked home.

10406347_757380233307_3212239392486686637_n Sunday afternoon we went for a walk around camp, as we try to do everyday. These are pictures that I took, and I switched them all the black and white, just because I thought they looked cool!

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out of the car window, while we were stuck on the road

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This is our driveway

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The shed in front of our house

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The other half of our driveway

Sunday night we were supposed to go back to Chillicothe to a friend’s house to watch the Super Bowl. Well, that didn’t happen, so we went to Jim/Ember’s instead.

"Welcome to the Supper Bowl!"

“Welcome to the Supper Bowl!”

Monday Shannon’s kids were out of school (b/c of all the snow), so we played with them for a few minutes, out in the snow, while we were walking around.

Ethan

Ethan

Andi

Andi

Andi, sledding

Andi, sledding

Jeremiah

Jeremiah

tree by the pond

tree by the pond

our back deck

our back deck

Wednesday we had another day of snow–it snowed ALL DAY! It was crazy, but beautiful!

I’m afraid Paul will never get a snow day from work, considering he just walks 100 steps to work everyday!

getting ready to go to work

getting ready to go to work

walking to work

walking to work

tree by Hickory Lodge

tree by Hickory Lodge

me shoveling our front porch

me shoveling our front porch

us

us

I had a MAJOR scare on Tuesday AND Wednesday while driving down the road, so today (Friday) is the first day I’ve ventured out, and really, our car has been at the top of the hill at Shannon’s house since Wednesday morning….so, really, I still haven’t driven on the camp road! (And I don’t plan to until tomorrow)!

And, in major news! My parents are coming to visit! They’ll be here Monday, so I gotta go clean!!