Saturday, November 01, 2008

Halloween 2008

This year's Halloween was the first time I had created a costume since...well, I can't even remember. Our friends had a Murder Mystery Party and all of us came dressed as crazy, creepy monsters. There was a murder that occured, but I did not die and I did not kill anyone. I did however, have a great motive to kill, but didn't have the guts to go through with it. My friend in the picture wasn't so lucky - she was the one that was murdered. The crazy wolf monster did it! Way fun night. Check out some of the other pictures below.

Halloween 2008

The Petsons came by to visit our Haunted House. They were way better looking than us. Alexa was a "punk pirate". AJ was "Jack Bauer" from 24. Kiara was "Tinkerbell". They were a little scared of us and it was really cute. That's Joy their mama in the picture too. Love that family.

Halloween 2008

All the girls - Yeti(Cathy), Goth Girl(Karla), Boogie Monster(Amanda), Mummy(Becky), Witch(Sarah), Zombie(me), Pumpkin Head(Tammy), Grim Reaper(Madonna)

Halloween 2008

He's not as dangerous as he looks. In the Murder Mystery Game he was Vorhee Myers (Max) and I was Livan Gann.

Halloween 2008

Scary friends! Zombie Girl (me), Grim Reaper(Madonna) & Lady Gothic(Karla)

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Feeling Childish

So, after a long weekend at church, one would say I was a little tired tonight. With being tired also comes irritability, grumpiness, short get the picture. If you know me at all, you know that I wear my heart and my emotions on my sleeve. Tonight was no different.

Max and I went to one of our favorite local pizza joints to get a bite to eat for dinner. Sadly enough, there is no food in the house to be had at the moment. After putting in our order, Max scouted out a semi-private booth for us to enjoy our dinner semi-quietly. No less than 10 seconds after sitting down, the lovely child behind us starts walking around on the seat of the booth. Yes, her side of the booth and my side were connected. Yes, the booth was broken and every time she moved, it would shift like a teeter-totter. Thus, began the darting looks across the table to Max where I said with my eyes, "Are you serious?" He quickly asked me if I wanted to switch seats with him (good man that he is). I decided, I would grin and bear it. Big mistake. This went on for another 5 minutes until that family left. Finally. A sigh of relief. We get our pizza and I enjoy the yummy goodness.

Looking around and seeing the restaurant practically empty. I think to myself that I may possibly make it through the rest of the evening without having another teeter-totter fiasco.
(Cue large group of people walking in the door....loudly.)
(Cue family and inconsiderate mother)
(Cue the teeter-totter).

Seriously. They had the entire restaurant to choose from and they chose to sit in the broken booth directly behind me. Did I have a sign above my head saying "Annoy Me"?
(Cue eye roll to Max)
(Cue take home box)
(Cue me scooting out of the booth and moving around as much as possible, hoping to make her realize how annoying it was.) Childish...yes. :)

As I leave the restaurant, I turn to Max and confess my childish actions. He turns to me and says, "But I bet it felt pretty great to get her back, huh?"
(Cue us laughing hysterically in the parking lot as we walk away with our pizza)
(Cue curtain)

Somedays it's just plain ole fun to act like a kid!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Alright...I'll stop bragging...but not until I post this picture of Claire in her little sundress. I love these kids!

Another cute outfit from Aunt Sara! Could she be any cuter...seriously.

They are getting too big too fast. I think their bears are shrinking...

Baby Claire loves her outfit that Aunt Sara picked out for her

Adorable Kiddos

Can't take this kid. I love his face, his cheeks, his smile...
I could just eat him up.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

OOZED at Camp

That's me getting OOZED at camp this past week. Our theme this year is "OOZE Cruise" - where we are cruising through Paul's missionary journeys...sailing the "7 Cs". It is pretty cool. I had a blast during Week #1. I thought I would make it the whole week without being OOZED. It was up to the kids to nominate leaders to be oozed. Every morning they would get nomination slips and each camper would nominate a leader of their choice. Then, all the slips went into a bucket. We would spin the bucket and choose 8 names. Those 8 names would get 8 different colored hats. The different colored hats represented the 8 colors on the wheel. We would spin the wheel and whatever color it landed on was the person who got oozed. If your name was drawn more than once, then you got multiple hats. Wednesday at lunch I ended up wearing 5 different hats. The entire boys dorm ganged up on me and every single boy at the camp voted for me. Lovely little boogers. Needless to say, the odds were in my favor and I got OOZED in the OOZINATOR! It was slimy, chunky & cold. Yummy! Pistachio pudding...slightly watered down. I don't think I'll ever eat pistachio pudding again after this year's camp. :)
On a brighter note...15 kids gave their life to Christ by the end of the week!! 10 were baptized at camp and 5 will soon follow at church. Amazing week!

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Has it been 10 years already?

So, out of the 3 Mitchell kids...I always voted John "most likely to go to his 10-High School Reunion". And so far, my calculations are correct. He was always the social butterfly, involved in every possible extra curricular activity and every sport imaginable. And somehow he managed to land a date to almost every formal dance during High School - even as a freshman! Unbelievable. Matt and I would make fun of him, but deep down, we were just jealous that we weren't as cool. :) I made it to 2 dances in all my 4 years of High School. Senior Homecoming and Senior Prom. Both dates sucked. But I wanted to say that I I went. Oh wait...don't forget the Junior/Senior Reception. That was was a winner too. Somebody should have given my date a mint. Haha!

The invitation came a couple months ago. I read it. Max asked if we were going. Thought about it for two seconds and said no. It really is sad. All those years of my life and I could only care to speak to a few people from High School. And those are mostly friends from the youth group. They were the ones I grew up with and they were the most genuine people I knew.

I think it funny to watch "teen movies" now. They stereotype the "jocks", the "popular girls", the "geeks", and the "band kids" in those movies and although they exaggerate a is not too far off from real life High School life. Sad, but true. You do have the "weirdy-mc-weirdees", the "jerks" and the "mean girls". I tried to stay under the radar as much as possible, but if you had to label me...I probably was a band kid. That is where I spent most of my time. Music was my life and I loved it. Serves me great in my job now. :)

My husband is the opposite of me. He LOVED High School and would go back in a heart beat. Of course, he was the Captain of the football team, wrestling champ, choir, show choir, clubs, honors, had a date to every dance....wait a second...I'm thinking John and Max are a little too similar! :) He can't wait for his HS reunion, where as me...I lived vicariously through Ang's pictures on facebook. I'm pathetic. I wouldn't know what to say to these people. In my dream world, I would rent an expensive car, pretend to work a ridiculously awesome career, and get a makeover that day to impress people. I would flaunt my good-looking husband in front of all my "crushes" who passed me over during my "ugly duckling" phase. haha

But when it all comes down to it. I love my life now. I love how God has worked through my heart over the years. He taught me how to work through some tough situations in my HS years. Friendship. Loyalty. Faithfulness. Heartbreak. Hurt. Frustration. Loneliness. Worthiness. Respect for myself. Direction. And the list goes on. I wouldn't trade my life for anything...well, somedays I think about how I could have done things differently, but other than that...I'm pretty happy.

I'm happy for those who had a great HS season in their my husband and my brother. I hope that they can share with me their secrets of making the most of that time in their life. I'm sure the fact that they were both "ladies men" helped them get through just nicely. :) But to all of you still in HS - enjoy it as much as you can. Make the most of each opportunity. Make good friends. Laugh alot and don't worry about what people think of you. Stay away from alcohol and drugs. Get involved in extra curricular activities and find out what where you are gifted. Study hard and respect your teachers. And maybe...just maybe....when your 10-year HS reunion invitation comes around, you may think a little longer than 2 seconds before saying no.

This bitter bug is done now. :)

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Closer to Debt Free Living

Max shared the news with me yesterday that we are one step closer to being out of debt completely!! This month we will have paid off ALL of our credit card debt!! I can hardly believe it. The Lord is blessing our efforts and we just keep "rolling". Dave Ramsey does know what he is talking about with all that financial stuff! I must admit it hurt a little to live on a budget at first, but that envelope system has saved my life...or at least my bank account. :)

So keep praying for us. The biggest elephant is ahead - school loans!! Yikes!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Tag I'm It

See Madonna...I'm a good friend. Just horrible at keeping up on the blog. :) Thanks for giving me a reason to post.

My Joys:
1- Spending QT with my husband & my friends
2- My nephew, Carter and my new niece, Claire
3- Knowing I am exactly where God wants me right now and ministering in ways I never thought possible.

My Fears:
1- Failure
2- Being left alone and intruders
3- Spiders dangling from the ceiling in the middle of the night above my bed (true story)

My Goals:
1- To raise a family someday
2- Go on mission trips to Europe, Asia and Africa and make it to Israel someday
3- To go to New York and go to the Today Show

My Current Obsessions/Collections:
1- Rice Krispy Treats and Barq's Root Beer
2- Getting in shape (I don't think the first obsession helps in this area)
3- Wanting to buy a Toyota RAV4 - they are just too cool.

Random Surprising Facts About Me:
1- I can burp with the best of them (although not surprising to those who are around me all the time)
2- I've never broken a bone in my body (now watch...I just jinxed myself)
3- I've watched every episode of Saved By the Bell numerous times and am recently NetFlixing all the seasons to rewatch them again. I've been able to tell you what each episode is about just by looking at the title of the episodes in the menu.

Tag Your It
1. Loretta
2. Amy
3. Misty
(don't roll your eyes at me...just have fun with it!)