Tuesday, July 19, 2011

VBS Fun!

Day two of "Pandamanium" vacation Bible school is over! So far, Jungle Crafts has been fun and successful. Here are pictures of the crafts we will be making this week:

Day 1: Picture frame, day 2: panda prayer jar, day 3: jonah and the whale game (whew we'll see how it goes tomorrow!), day 4: salvation necklace and bracelet, day 5: gift box for sharing God's gift of love with others. (o:

Not the most flattering shot of the craft lady, but hey! It was like 100 degrees in that room and I don't need to dress up for the kids. (o: Thanks, Dan!

Some pictures of Dan's birthday breakfast (nope- no tiny pancakes with a candle in them! sorry!). I think he enjoyed it without the candle anyway. 
 Yummy eggs, toast and bacon! Dan enjoyed a whole day of golf on his real birthday (monday), so I really didn't get to see him much except for breakfast and late evening. So we decided to do something extra today to celebrate.
Today after VBS we went out for sushi (Dan's choice!) and it was quite delicious! I had no idea what I ordered, but it was yummy. Then we wandered around Hobby Lobby (Linnea, we HAVE to go there next time you're up!) and looked at all the fun stuff they have there. After that we finished up some VBS prep stuff and went out for ice cream.

What a great day!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Been A While!

July has been SUPER busy!!! So here's the low-down on what we've been up to!

We started off with our friends' wedding on July 2nd. (Congrats, Samantha and Luke!) Dan and I were both in the wedding party, so it was a ton of fun. The lakeside ceremony and reception were beautiful and the whole day went off without a hitch! The bride and groom said their I do's beneath the beaming (and HOT!) sunshine, which made it even more perfect when the Lugia's ice cream truck arrived! What a perfect idea for a relaxed summer wedding- good thinking, Skuras!

As soon as the couple left the reception, we cleaned up, loaded the car, drove home, unloaded the car, hopped into another loaded car and headed to PA! We arrived at Dan's parents' house around... midnight (???) and woke up the next day to go to church and then celebrate Linnea's birthday and Gretchen's send-off to her missions trip. That was July 3rd.

On July 4th we celebrated the holiday by riding all the way to Delta Lake Bible Conference Center, where family camp was just getting started. We enjoyed the week thoroughly and got to see friends that we haven't seen in a while. Over the course of the week we had some close encounters with skunks (we know two were caught, but suspect that there was at least one more!), visited with my very adorably pregnant former roommate and her husband, got a chance to see the Ellwoods (including their brand new baby boy, Eli!), and went on an exciting water-tubing adventure during which I lost my wedding rings in the lake. I cried for three days and felt very terrible and irresponsible, but am now ok and looking forward to finding adequate replacements. Every night we enjoyed the amazing John Stumbo who spoke about his near-death experience and how it drew him closer to God, sat around the campfire and sang to the guitar, and enjoyed each other's company. Every morning we woke up to the sound of the annoying crows (and the guy who yelled "shut up" at them), braved the nasty bathhouse for a shower, and listened to our friend Michael speak in the Youth Tabernacle. Of course, we enjoyed a few Delta milkshakes while we were there too. (o:

Unfortunately, these are the only pictures I have from family camp!

 I worked the entire week following camp, sometimes twice a day! And that brings us to this week: Vacation Bible School. I am the craft lady and Dan is the Bible Story Guy/Games Man. Today went very well - I think the rest of the week will go well too! Going to be a tiring week though!

Today is also Daniel's birthday! He took today to relax and go golfing, so I haven't seen him since 7:00 this morning. Can't wait to see him tonight - maybe we'll do something spontaneous. (o: He is now 24 - happy birthday, sweetie!

Next week, after VBS is over, we head back to Delta Lake to be camp counselors for Senior High youth camp! Niether of us has done this before, so pray that we do things the way we're supposed to and pray that we know how God is working in the lives of our campers and how we can best guide them and be there for them. Be assured that I will post about our adventures as counselors!

That brings us all the way to August! Hopefully, the only huge event that August brings is a garage sale (please! I have tons of garage sale boxes in my livingroom that need to go!). And Dan will begin school and I will continue to look for teaching/subbing jobs. We've had a very exciting and fun summer, but we are very unsure of what the fall looks like for us still (jobs, mostly). Thank you all for your continued prayers as we seek full-time employment.

Well, my time here in the computer lab at Roberts should be ending soon, as it is beginning to look like rain and I walked here from the apartment. Who knows when I'll post next - our internet has been out the last few days and the cable guy said he hopes that someone can come out tomorrow and take a closer look at the problem. (o: 

By the way, my blog title and URL have changed - I am no longer "good lookin cookin" since this blog is more about our daily adventures than about food. (o: Hope you can all adjust, as I am! I'll be sure to let you know how VBS goes this week, complete with pictures.