Sunday, February 27, 2011

Dude, my friends are crazy!

When you open your house to throw a party for the Greens, fun (and silliness) ensues...

The Bishop and Christian get cozy...
Christian and the Bishop pretend to be thugs...
Cute babies and laughter...
Two of the cutest girls ever...
Um...
What a doll!

The doll's Mom...
Hey, look--normal people!
The hostess with the mostest... (Jessica, in purple)
The photographer...(Well, at least she can take great pictures of other people...)
Hi, Val!
Aaron (with a bowl on his head) vs. Stevensen
Girls vs. Stevensen (They sure look happy to shoot him)(FYI: Stevensen is one of the two Haitian boys from my Sunday School class,
and one of hte many reasons I will miss teaching that class. When I met him a year ago, he spoke almost no English at all.)

Nice, Nathan. I guess its hard to be polite when there so much good food.
Aw, sweet, right? Nope. Rather than a kiss, he licked my face!
Thanks, Kzoo, for a fabulous three years, and fabulous parties. Give me a reason to make the drive and come visit!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Packing it in...

We crammed in as many fun activities as we could before leaving.
Christian took the girls to the school Daddy/daughter dance on Friday night. Here is a shot of their hair---
Another hair shot--Rachel spent Saturday playing with her good friend, Madison. They went to McDonalds AND Jungle Joes--a pretty amazing playday for a couple of good friends.
On Sunday, the Wesel's hosted an open house for us, featuring tons of good food (PB Snickers cupcakes, and more) and a constant flow of good friends. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera...so I have to wait for my friends to post pictures.
We also invited friends over on both Sunday and Monday nights for games and talking. We had to use up every last minute enjoying our friends!

On Monday, I ran the Valentine's Day Party at Rachel's school. I didn't volunteer for it, and tried to get out of it, but somehow I ended up running this class party while movers were at my house, packing boxes. We played Valentine's pictionary and pin the kiss on the frog, made a huge Valentine for the teacher, and made Hershey-kiss roses. Since there is a nut allergy in the class, I spent the last normal night in my home baking allergy-friendly, pink Valentine's Day cookies for all the kids.
Then, the movers showed up and started packing up our life. I was amazed both by how much stuff we had and how quickly they boxed it all up.I was blessed to have several friends help clean up the house. In the past I haven't let people come help, but...I just had to let them help, and I'm so grateful I did. The work went so much faster, and was way less stressful!
Hannah took one last opportunity to run around the neighborhood and say goodbye to friends.We love KalamaZion! (And we'll come back often)

Friday, February 18, 2011

KalamaZion Ultimate Frisbee

So, one of the things I've loved the most about Kalamazoo is the weekly Ultimate Frisbee game I started with a friend 18 months ago. We originally got it together to help fellowship a mutual friend from Venezuela (cousin of a neighbor) who didn't speak much English. He was in Kalamazoo for the first 6 weeks and then went back to Venezuela - we kept it going because it was a good opportunity to hang out with people and, of course, it's a blast.

My friend Annette Shumway recently spent a couple of hours standing in the snow documenting one of our Saturday morning Frisbee outings. Yes, we play rain, snow or shine...

Pre-game warm ups...

Choosing teams...

The kick-off (toss-off??)...

First you need to be able to see around me...

Rainbow fingers strikes again...

Perfect form...

Arms length on defense - my arm's length...

"THREEEEEE, OONNNEEEEE, UUULTIMAAAATE!!!"

Making the tough catch...

and the tough throw...

Preston and Mike decided I was the fall guy - I decided to take them with me...

Friends again...

Monday, February 14, 2011

Boxing Day...



So, I'll admit that having professional movers do the boxing takes away some of the sadness that attends moving, but those sad moving feelings hadn't really set in for me until today anyway so I can't fully appreciate how sad I would've been if I had had to pack and move.



That being said, I have known about the timing of this move for a couple of weeks and in anticipation of moving, a lot of people pitched in to make our last weekend in Michigan a lot of fun. Here's my schedule from this last weekend:
Fri, 7:00 - 8:30 PM: Daddy/Daughter Dance with Hannah and Rachel (lots of jumping...and fair amount of sweating too...)

Sat, 7:00 - 8:00 AM: Shovel and clean the church

8:00 - 10:00 AM: Leadership Training Meeting at church

10:00 - 10:15 AM: Doughnuts at the Bishop's office
10:30 - 12:15 PM: Ultimate Frisbee in the snow (Annette Shumway took about 400 pictures, the last game was diving catches only...)

12:30 - 2:00 PM: EQ Bowling Activity (I snuck Nathan along, though neither one of us broke 100)

7:00 - 10:15 PM: Contra-dancing (half the people from frisbee came too...)

10:30 - 11:30 PM: Root beer floats at Olde Peninsula (Yum....)

Sun, 7:00 - 11:30 AM: Church meetings (lots of good-byes...)

12:00 - 4:30 PM: Open House at the Wesels (lots more good-byes, this time with excellent food on hand...)

6:00 - 10:00 PM: Game Night with the Lillroses - Liar's Dice (apparently the younger generation still can't lie well since Kirk and Annette Lillrose won every game)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Dear Diary--


We're counting down the days until the move, and trying to cram in as many fun, Michigan-ish things as we can.
Last week, Christian invited our family over for dinner at our friends, the Linkfield's. I'm grateful that Christian doesn't feel the need to wait for an invitation! Rachel was hooked on their dogs...the dogs that are more like horses. We appreciated some good chatting time.
This Sunday, we invited over our friends, the Johnsons (and didn't take any pictures). We have a rather long list of people we must hang out with before we leave, and we're trying hard to get to everyone. If we don't get to someone, I apologize...and promise to come back sometime soon to play!
We had a bit of snow this week. The weather-people had a grand time coming up for storm names, like "Snowmageddon", and for once they were right (sort of). They were right in that we got snow, and had 2 days off from school. I don't think we really got that much (although the piles lining our driveway are nearly as tall as I am), and we really shouldn't have had the 2nd day off. It was pretty cold and windy, though, so it was bad enough.
We used the second day off from school to head to down to Indiana and do some work on the house. We waited about 6 hours for the water to get turned on, and discovered that the microwave doesn't work and the stove isn't hooked up. Our best attempts at avoiding fast food failed. We also discovered that the kids are great at ripping down wallpaper (I should have known--destruction is totally their thing). In the coming weeks, I'll have some pretty major design-advice questions for ya'll--I hope you're creative and can help! The kids enjoyed having a "sleep-over" at the new place.
On Saturday, I met a few friends at the local paint your own pottery place for a few hours of (surprisingly stressful) painting and chatting. I let Hannah come along--she painted a bunny and dragonfly, and I did a plate and mini ladybug.
I taught what I think is my last Sunday School class today. I almost cried (I'm such a messy crier, I avoid it whenever possible). I love my Sunday School class! Honestly, I don't feel like it was that long ago that I was their age (although it really was). I teach the 14-17 year olds, and we have a good, diverse group. From the two Haitian boys I've watched learn English and get comfortable talking and participating in class, to the boy who wants to get baptized but has to wait for parental permission, to the kids I play frisbee with or pay to watch my kids....I know them all, and its a good group. I'll miss them.
This coming week will be filled with cleaning, organizing, cramming social time, planning an RS lesson and Valentine's Day class party, and savoring the last "normal" week as a Michigan resident...
(Hey, friends...if you don't hear from me, call! I want to get together!)