Tuesday, November 30, 2010
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Fro-Yo/146938318682108 The website will follow soon.
We've felt the love and support from ALL of our dear friends and family, your prayers and long phone conversations, not to mention your willingness to share your wisdom with us has been priceless, we don't know that we can every fully express our gratitude for all the input our friends and family have offered us in this new endeavor.
That's really all that's been taking up our time around here. There's the usual school, laundry, etc. But, who wants to hear about that? The greatest reprieve from all this nonsense was a visit from some dear friends. The same friends that we had nagged for years to move to Colorado and open a frozen yogurt shop. I find it kind of ironic that we FINALLY signed the lease the week before they arrived. We had a fantastic week of WAY too much food and lots of fun fellowship. We toured Denver, saw the Mint and Hammonds. The 16th St. mall, where Fro Yo will be of course, and even squeezed in a trip to our hot tub where our hair froze! Down in the Springs we saw Garden of the God's, Manitou Springs and Focus on the Family. I think my favorite was the time spent at the kitchen table. NO, not eating, although that was FANTASTIC, but spending time hanging out and playing games. Of course, the times that I won are at the top of the list! :-)
There was also a 5 day break where John and I flew to Portland to attend Yo University, a "yogurt class" if you will, on everything we needed to know to successfully do this! The bonus, Jessi happened to be there on her practicum with the School of E. We got to spend a few freezing nights evangelizing at Pioneer Sq. It was a great reminder that all is not about Fro Yo right now!
I also took a small trip to surprise Jess in Oct. That was certainly a wonderful visit!
Now, we are anxiously awaiting our final two approvals from the Fire Dept and the Town of Parker. Then, it's crunch time! I imagine with my "special" relationship with the contractor, we shouldn't have too many delays, at least on our end.
Our tree is up, John's hung the Christmas lights and we are ready to welcome Jessi home on the 22nd. Those things make it easy to remember what life is really all about. While this is a fun adventure for our whole family, Jarod and Laura can't WAIT to work there, it's nothing compared to the adventure we have in Jesus! Merry Christmas all! Oh, and, how could I forget, the cards will be going out soon! (check)
Sunday, August 15, 2010
We were able to get rid of our swing set from the back yard, plant three new trees and over 20 new bushes, I strongly disliked the boring yellow flower bushes that we had. Now, all that's left is rototilling the dirt so it'll be ready for a garden next year. That will be quite the adventure for our family, seeing as we've never done that before! I'm excited to eat of our own produce though!
Last week we sent Jessi off to the School of Evangelism in San Diego. The day proved to be a little tougher than I had anticipated but, as the days go by, each one is easier. And, thanks to technology, enter Kip's song here if you like, we can keep in touch very easily and still feel a large part of each others lives. We know Jessi is surrounded by lots of good friends and family and that makes it that much easier as well. Before we know it, December will be here and she'll be coming home! Of course, by then, who knows what the Lord will have for her!
We had a great last few days before Jess flew out, complete with a new family shot as well as individuals of the kids. This picture says it all, there is no love like the love you have for your incredibly cool, bossy, fun big sister, she really encapsulates it all! We love and miss you Jess!
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Those that helped Jews escape have a tree planted in their name.
This is Corrie Ten Boom's
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
What the city may have looked like before. See Matt trying to buy a sheep?
Yummy pizza for lunch!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Here we are all hot and sweaty! I was so hot I couldn't even taste the ice cream bar I was eating. As a side note, the Magnum icecream bars are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, May 6, 2010
This is the "Jesus Boat". I forget what year it was found but it's pretty awesome!
They esimate that it's around 2,000 years old.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
New York was amazing! We had a wonderful, fabulous, fantastic time and already can’t wait until we can return someday! There are so many things to stop and gaze at, while snapping a few pictures of course! It’s so hard to encapsulate in a small blog all that we did and saw. Let alone the experiences that we shared. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to wander the streets of NYC. And finally, I got to do just that, peruse the many, many, streets of NYC. Those that know me, a friend has finally titled my problem, OPD. Obsessive planning disorder. There, I’ve said it, I am admitting to you all that I do indeed suffer from OPD. When I plan a trip, I want to see it ALL. Any by all I mean, well, ALL! Usually, it’s John and the kids that suffer the consequences of my long, crazy trip “lists”. This time, Mom, David, Matt & Melanie were able to join in on the suffering. I hope I haven’t traumatized them for life, I’ll know for sure I have if they refuse to travel with us again.
John is usually great at coming along side me in my crazy OPD. He tries to accommodate my behavior while also being able to say, “Jaime, NO!” But only when he absolutely must. I think I’ve gotten better over the years but to know the true answer to that question, I recommend you ask John, preferably when I’m not around.
I know I’ve already blogged about the places we visited but didn’t really take the time to blog about the experience. I don’t know that I can even put it in words. It’s certainly at least what I hoped for, maybe even more. It’s a city unlike any I’ve experienced before, and we’ve been a few places. The people are everywhere. I would maybe relate it to the packed park of Disneyland or something. People everywhere but, you can still move around and get to where you want to go, it just might take a bit. We didn’t really experience the rudeness you sometimes hear of. And I have to throw in that the Omni Berkshire Place is fantastic. The people there were very friendly and willing to try their hardest to make our stay fabulous. They succeeded. The location was really pretty convenient as well.
They say NYC is the city that never sleeps. Unless it magically slept only when we did, it really is the city that never sleeps. No matter the time of day, everyone was out eatin’ some Ray’s pizza or checking out Time’s Square. We did notice a slight change in the crowd from Sat. & Sun. to Monday morning. A lot more business attire Mon. morning but the people were the same.
Central Park is almost a magical experience, like your first time at Disneyland as a small child. Strolling through the lush, green trees, you get that same feeling of being somewhere special. Love really is in the air and God’s beauty is all around. There were white petals slowly fluttering to the ground all around us, it was serene really. I’m not sure exactly how long we wandered through Central Park but I am certain that I could have spent more time there. I can honestly say that I LOVE it! For the last few years it seemed every movie would take place in NY and of course all of them would end up in Central Park somehow, now I understand why. There’s something special about it. John and I are already talking about how amazing it’d be to return in the fall.
With each trip that we take, I learn a little more about myself. I learn a little bit more about the truth of how things are. For instance, for the first time ever, I left un-entered receipts on my desk. GASP! AND, guess what, nothing happened. I also forgot my nice sweater to wear over my t-shirt to the play on Broadway Sat. night. AND, guess what, nobody said a single thing to me about it. We were late leaving our hotel to walk the .8 miles to the shuttle for the airport AND, are you catching the theme here? I could list quite a few things here, I guess I’m losing my OPD talent or something. Or, maybe God is just molding me more and more to be like Him? I’m pretty sure the person lacking salvation is gonna always be of more significance than whatever tiny little thing I’m sniffling over. Not that He doesn’t care, He knows the number of hairs on my head so I’m pretty sure He knows the worries in my heart as well. It’s just that He’s teaching me more and more to not worry and lean more and more on Him to direct my EVERY step. Here’s the most amazing discovery of all, you don’t have to check off every single little item on your list to have a great vacation. While it’s easy to say that when we did hit all my major stops, there were some stops that were closed or that we missed entirely and I’m ok with that. I didn’t even cry this time like I did in Paris. I guess I’m lightening up on scratching things off my list. But, maybe just hold off on telling John that for me!
It reminds me of the “Bucket List”. Did you all see that movie? Here I am with my so important list, did I mention that it’s all good when you leave said list in the hotel room and don’t realize it ‘till you’re out touring the town already, already miles from said hotel room? Who knew? Anyhow, back to the important list. We sort of have our “lists” for our lives, don’t we? I’d like to see this, do that, experience this. If you had to prioritize your life’s check list, could you? I realized, just now, that the only truly important thing to check off is Jesus. If you visit NYC or Hong Kong but don’t know Jesus, you’ve just checked off a minor. If you feed the hungry and clothe the homeless but don’t have Jesus, again, you’ve just checked off a minor. If you raise good children and save enough for retirement, but don’t “check off” Jesus, you missed the biggest, single most important thing on your life’s list. I beg of you, don’t go through life wasting your time on all the little, minor things to see, do, and experience. Spend your time on the one thing that matters, knowing Jesus, checking Him “off” your list, He’s the major. You’ll still get to check off little things along the way, but, they’ll mean so much more with Him!
And now, here are some more pics from our trip, it’s amazing how much you can blog on a long flight to Tel Aviv!
St. Patricks church is so beautiful. It reminded us all of Notre Dame and the cathedral in Cologn, Germany.
We had a great time figuring out the Metro, I don’t know if the metro workers found it as amusing as we did though.
Trinity church was beautiful as well and was even more fun being from National Treasure.
The World Trade Center site is under construction so it’s really hard to imagine just what it looked like on Sept. 11, 2001. But, we know what terrible tragedy happened there and, we will never forget.
In China Town David splurged on some coconut milk, it was pretty yummy. It sure is great to have someone on the trip who not only likes to enjoy food on vacation but likes to share said food! Thanks again David.
Little Italy had such a great feel to it. I wished I could stop and sample pasta at every little place. Instead, we had gelato. Just what we needed in the middle of this hot, humid 80 degree day.
Due to it’s appearance in a few movies, I had to stop and see Washington Square, remember the accomodating John part? While I snapped some pics, John and the kiddos watched some street performers. Can you see the one guy in mid air over the group of 5 people, crazy!
The American Museum of History was one of the spots that happened to be closed. Did I mention how many sites had scaffolding in front? No? That’s because I’m loosening up people, only God could do that!
The museum is right across the street from Central Park, hear the trumpets playing when we get to the part where we finally get to experience Central Park, well that’s fine if you don’t, I hear them.
We sat on some benches to ensure that Mom, David and the girls could make it back to the hotel without us. They were going to dinner while Matt, Melanie, John & I strolled through the park.
The people rowing boats on the water really made it feel like the movies. When it showed all that going on in Enchanted I thought it was just the romantic, fairy tale part of Disney coming through in their movie, nope, it really happens there! AND, they even have gondola rides, who knew?
Thanks to Madagascar, I really wanted to snap a pic of the Central Park Zoo but there isn’t one, at least not that you can see when it’s closed. But hey, haven’t you heard? I’m a duck and, that piece of information, rolled right off my back. This, my friends, is what it looks like at night…
While eating some buffalo burgers and buffalo nachos near Time’s Square, yep, we got to go back and walk all the way down, this time without scares of bombs going off, I shared how my only disappointment thus far was not getting to see the Brooklyn Bridge a little closer up than the Statue of Liberty ferry. So, after dinner we took the metro down to the Brooklyn Bridge. The night was warm and perfect! We meandered across and then ran back to the station. John took some cool night time shots.
Seeing as Jarod is in the “male fascination with Lego” stage of life,
we had to snap a pic of this for him, cool, huh bud?
Our last morning in NYC we didn’t really have a whole lot planned. We were too maxed out from the day before! We started first thing with the Empire State Building. Visibility wasn’t too hot, or so they said, so I wasn’t sure we’d see anything but fog from the top. Once we arrived at the top I was relieved to see that we were able to see all the important stuff.
It was super windy up there, what with the rainy weather change just in time for our departure, but we didn’t care. At least the wind and rain was warm! I didn’t even have my jacket on! (GASP! Note even more personal growth!)
Our last photo op of the day was inside the NY Library, did I mention this is in a movie as well? Did I also mention that this was closed on our first day in town? So it was especially cool to be able to run in and check it out on our way for one last bite of Ray’s pizza in Time’s Square.
Now, we are ready for our next adventure, ISRAEL!