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Christmas in Pictures

December 14, 2010

I like doing these posts. It’s fun to look at old pictures and think on the great memories. I did summer and fall versions, and now I’ll focus on Christmas. Without further ado…a handful of my favorite Christmas photos.

2005: Starbucks Hot Chocolate in Central Park. With Kasey...and snow.

2005: Rockefeller Center with Jen and Kasey.

2005: The Year I Decided We Should Have Matching PJs. (I'll let you guess if that ever happened again.)

2006: OMgggggg. One of my most favorite of all time. Christmas nap with little tiny Paulie.

2007: Friends/Former Small Group. Just always loved this one.

2008: So excited for some icing!

2008: The first time we made Paul-friendly sugar cookies. Yay! Paul was in charge of the sprinkles.

2008: Warming our feet by the fire.

2008: Christmas Eve Eve. There's not much that's more precious than this.

2008: Yes, she does. (He got one in every size.)

2009: Sweet Cadence's First Christmas.

2009: So excited that Santa brought Buzz!

2009: Christmas Morning with the Ainsleys.


Picture from Christmas Past

December 13, 2010

Because I love it. Because it brings back great memories. Because I don’t even care that it’s a little blurry. Because it’s my blog and I can.


Ice Skating in Rockefeller Center. Love.

Because I love looking back at my old pictures, I’ll work on a post with more of my favorites from Christmases past. Stay tuned to this very poor excuse for a blog.

“Fall” in Pictures

September 21, 2010

I did a “Summer in Pictures” post in June and it was fun, so I thought I’d do it again for “fall.” Mind you, being that I’m a true native Floridian, the concept of a real fall kind of escapes me. So for the purposes of this blog post, I’ll define “fall” as September, October and November. (Technically, I like to hold on to September as summer, but I think it’s kind of a cross over month.) That works, right? So…here are some of my favorite fall pictures. Some old, some new.

November 2006: A much younger version of my favorite guy.

November 2006: Silly girls celebrating my birthday.

September 2007: He's my fav.

November 2007: I don't know why, but I absolutely love everything about this picture.

September 2008: Grad School...ahhhh good times.

November 2008: My 30th birthday. What a weekend!

October 2009: Even though it's almost a year old, it's still one of my all-time favorite pictures. Such a proud aunt.

October 2009: An early morning on the couch with my favs. Another all-time favorite picture.

October 2009: First 5K.

November 2009: Sweet friends.

Summer in Pictures

June 24, 2010

Summer is my absolute favorite time of year. Lucky for me, I’m a Floridian and most of our year could probably be considered “summer” to the rest of the world.

The other day I started thinking about some of my favorite summery pictures. It seems that in this digital age we have thousands of pictures, many of which never get shared or even looked at after the initial download from our cameras. If my iPhoto could talk it would probably share my sentiments. So, with that in mind, I am sharing some of my favorite summer pictures. Some old, some new.

Here we go…

Circa 1953-1954: Love this picture of my Dad at the beach with his Dad and Sister.

August 2004: Nothing says summer like camp and a little "Camp Idol" complete with William Hung, Ryan Seacrest, Ashton Kutcher, Kasey, Paula & Simon

June 2006: My sweet nephew, Paul, is a Florida boy through and through. He's always loved the beach house.

July 2006: See? Told ya. He LOVES the beach!

July 2006: Learning to surf. Love it.

August 2006: Of course summer means attempting to surf with Dawn as a tropical storm is making its way to shore. Duh.

June 2007: Summer means mission trips whenever possible. Love serving alongside Dr. Kuhl!

July 2007: Who doesn't love summer sunsets? Especially those in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. And especially sunsets you watch in Costa Rica while surfing. 🙂

September 2008: The perfect ending to summer always means a weekend with the Chanda girls.

May 2010: Loving summer walks on the beach with this guy.

June 2010: Just starting to make summer memories with sweet Cadence and she's already proving to be a true Florida girl. She loves the water!

The Picture I Can’t Stop Staring At

October 6, 2009

8520_182577584224_758034224_3723238_5068913_nMy two favorites–Paul and Cadence. My niece, Cadence Olivia, joined us on Saturday, October 3 at 6:06am. She’s a tiny little thing–6 lbs, 13 oz and 20.25 inches long. Everyone is home and doing well. Kati says they are adjusting to being a family of four. I am the most blessed Mimi.


October 22, 2008

Surfing: I had wanted to learn to surf for a long time, and my wonderful, patient and encouraging friend, Melanie, agreed to teach me a little more than two years ago. So at almost 28 years old, I started surfing. Surfing can be fun and frustrating all at the same time. I love that each day in the water is different. I’ve surfed in the rain, the cold and the bright sunshine. My favorite days are those that: 1) don’t require wetsuits; 2) there’s not a cloud in the sky; 3) the water is beautiful and clear; 4) the waves are perfect for my 8 foot funshape pink Erie longboard; 5) my friends are all surfing together. My favorite places to surf are: Tamarindo, Costa Rica (especially at sunset), the Jupiter Inlet and Ponce Inlet in front of the beach house.

Sunshine and Summer: I think I have mentioned this before, but I am a Florida girl through and through, so I combined these two. I LOVE the sun and the heat. Summer is my favorite time of year. Yeah for Florida! 

Sweets: Do I need to elaborate on this? Just about anything with sugar, chocolate or sugar and chocolate is my friend.

Shopping: Sometimes a little retail therapy is necessary and, well, shopping is just plain fun. Sometimes I don’t even need a real reason to shop. As my brother-in-law says, sometimes I go to Target “just because the building is still standing.”

Saturday Night Live – REALLY?!

October 13, 2008

As I mentioned in my previous post, I often use the word “Really?!” in conversation. That would explain my delight with this clip from Thursday’s SNL Weekend Update. The section of the clip I’m referring to starts with about 2:15 left in the video…enjoy. Seriously.

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October 13, 2008

I happened upon the blog of a friend’s wife and have been inspired to complete my “alphabet” blog entries. There’s only nine to go, and I’m going to make it happen! Stop on over at her blog. She’s so cute! Thanks for the inspiration, Tina! 🙂

Reading: I like reading–books, my BSF lesson with the Bible, magazines, blogs, useless information on the world wide web. Reading is such a great way to learn. It can also give your mind a break from life if you can find a fun fiction book to read.

“Really?!”: This is one of those words I just picked up along the way…maybe from living with Pam Kuhl? My friends can attest to the fact that I say “Really?!” a lot in conversation, or when I’m shocked about something. “Really? Really!? REALLY?!”

Remember the wonders He has done, his miracles and the judgments he pronounced…He remembers His covenant forever, the word He commanded, for a thousand generations. -I Chronicles 16:12, 15

On Surfari – My New Favorite Show

July 13, 2008

A few months ago I happened upon this terrific show on the Fuel channel. On Surfari shows the worldwide travels of Shayne and Shannon McIntyre and their search for surf on any coast they can find it. They even take their little son with them.

From the first time I saw the show, I had a very satisfying suspicion that the McIntyre’s are Christians. It was such a pleasant discovery. The first episode I watched found Shayne and Shannon seeking waves in Italy. Shayne explained how he’d first read about waves in Italy in the Bible. He told about Paul’s adventures and from then on I was so intrigued. I immediately set the DVR to record every episode of On Surfari it could find. At the end of nearly every episode, during the credits, they give thanks to God or Jesus Christ. And, some of the songs they use during their shows even point to their unwavering faith. And, even more, from what I’ve seen on the show, they live their lives in such a way that proves their love for God and love for people.

What a blessing! Two really cool people, who are really good at what they do, who love God, who have no shame in that and who live that lifestyle in a way that translates through the TV to those watching.

Today I did a little bit of shameless internet surfing and found out that Shannon does some amazing art. She’s done some murals and such on the show, but I had no idea she had things available for purchase. Now, I just have to decide which one I want in my new house. 🙂

Also, in my shameless internet surfing, I found this interview and it confirmed again for me how cool these two are. Check it out.

So, if you get Fuel (Channel 740 on Comcast Digital Cable), check out On Surfari. It’s ok if you’re not into surfing because they do plenty of traveling and talking about the cultures of the places they visit. You will learn plenty about new places and maybe even something about God, too.


June 8, 2008

Don’t have much here, but nonetheless, here you have it:

Quiet: Although I like to be around my family and friends, I also enjoy bouts of stillness and quiet. I need time to just be quiet, and when I hit that “people quota,” I know it and I want very little noise. Normally that means I need a couple of hours of no TV, no radio and no people. After my down time, I’m ready to go again. Also, I need lots of quiet when I first wake up. Although I don’t mind getting up early, it takes me a little bit to be ready to chat it up. 🙂

Quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools. -Ecclesiastes 9:17