Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Our Getaway

Every once in a while you just need to get away with your spouse. Sure you see each other every day and eat dinner together most nights and sleep in same bed (unless someone has homework...) but to change up the routine you just need to get away. Is doesn't have to be far away-just not at home.
So on Friday Dave and I took the day off of work and went skiing. We skied all day and I even did my first mogul run (accidentally)! After 10 minutes standing at the top of the run, looking down at the "bumpy" run, Dave finally coaxed me into making my first turn down the run. I ended up following him down (thank you, Dave) and I am proud to say that I didn't fall once! However, I did watch some guy blaze by me, catch his ski in a mogul and fly head over heel down the hill while both of his feet ejected from his skis...

After skiing we drove to downtown where we had hotel reservations. We cleaned ourselves up and walked to have dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory. Dave had never been there before and I hadn't been there in 6+ years. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner, spumoni ice cream and a balloon guy even came to our table and made me a flower.

After dinner we walked through downtown back to our hotel and enjoyed a drink in the bar on the 27th floor of the hotel. The drinks were expensive, but the view was fantastic.

The next morning we slept in, walked to a little cafe, ate breakfast and headed to my parent's house to begin the Easter weekend festivities. After dying eggs with my sisters and their friends we enjoyed an Easter/Birthday dinner with Dave's grandmother, mother, uncle, aunt and cousin. On Sunday we hunted for Easter eggs with my sisters, went to church and then went to my aunt and uncle's house for Easter dinner. All of my in-town extended family was there and I always love seeing everyone and catching up.

All in all it was a great weekend and even though it was just for one night, I was happy to have a night away with my husband!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


I believe that God tests us to make the right decisions all of the time. From little, every day types of decisions to big, life-changing decisions, we're challenged to truly think about what we're doing, how it will affect us, how it will affect the ones we love and how it stands testament to who we are as people and as followers of God.

Today I was faced with a big decision; the decision wasn't hard at all, but the situation is a tough one. I know that I made the right decision for me, my family and for God, but I know my decision will impact and potentially hurt one of my closest friends. I'm still not changing my decision and I am praying that my friend will be understanding and forgiving, but it certainly doesn't make things any easier right now...

What do you do when your choice is easy but the consequences of your choice will be hard to live with?

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Wake up call

Every day we get a good morning greeting from our little friend:

This woodpecker, who we call "Woody", likes to bang on our metal chimney. I don't know if he thinks bugs are going to come out of there or what. His pecking resonates down through the two apartments above us and comes out of our fireplace which is on the opposite side of our bedroom wall. So, good morning to you, too, Woody; we're so glad that we don't live on the top floor!