Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
This year I made Christmas decorations and ornaments after seeing some fantastic ideas at the Christmas show in Birmingham! It was so much fun! (ok...I didn't make the stockings, but I thought they looked cute and wanted to post them!)
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Mark and I celebrated our anniversary July 26th. We were careful to bring our camera and very soon realized that our camera was out of battery!!! We parked and walked to Irene's, a fantastic Italian restaurant in the French Quarter/Marigny area. When we got there, there was a wait, so Mark ran around looking for batteries. To make a long story short, he came back to the restaurant sweating with no batteries. For those of you who don't know, grocery stores/convenient stores are hard to come by in the Quarter. So...all that to say...I will tell you about our anniversary without pictures this time. :(
Back to Irene's. Irene's is a small Italian restaurant owned by a little Italian lady (named Irene - crazy! I know!) who runs around cooking, chatting, serving and laughing with the hundreds of guests that come through the restaurant. We waited for two hours to eat there, and it was worth the wait. The waiting area had candle lit tables, a piano player, and tons of people to watch. We sat at a cute table that was literally in a whole in the wall. (Very romantic!) We ate mussels, clams, shrimp in a red sauce over pasta, fresh bread, bread pudding, etc.
Afterward, Mark surprised me by taking me to the Marriot on Canal Blvd. where we stayed for the night. The next morning we had an appointment at the New Orleans Cooking School where we attended a cooking demonstration for traditional New Orleans food. Then, of course, we got to eat everything he cooked! Gumbo, Jambalaya, Bread Pudding, Pralines... YUMMM!
Later on, we went to see The Dark Knight (Batman movie) with some friends, which was a very depressing ending to a wonderful weekend! Ha! It's a pretty dark movie...no pun intended. :)
Anyway, that's a quick update. I'll try to be better about writing more often.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
This weekend our friend Adam (the one with the mullet) celebrated his birthday 80's style at the skating rink. Mark and I chickened out on full 80's decor. (I'm stilled scared.) But the costums were so much fun to see! (And so authentically 80's).
Saturday our good friend, Lesley Flores (on the left), was married to Brad Ashby. It was a beautiful wedding and the reception was a blast! Our friends, Jamie and Blake (who moved 3 wks ago) came in for the wedding and stayed with us. It was so fun catching up and visiting (until 2 am!). We had a great time.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Isn't that just like our flesh; constantly resisting the purifying power of God. We try to ignore the sin in our lives. Maybe if we lay really still no one will be able to tell it's there, or maybe if we ignore the Holy Spirit's conviction, I will escape the pain of repentance. We don't want to experience the anguish involved in facing the reality of who we are apart from God. Our pride resists and supresses the purging of sin that must occur in our lives to become more like God. Instead we rebel in fear of the pain of relinquishing our hearts to God. The fact is that we will not be effective for God's kingdom in our generation if we do not allow God to purge us of the "sin that so easily entagles us". Yea, it's gross, painful, and uncomfortable, but until we surrender and allow God to purify us by washing our hearts, we will never experience the rest and healing that comes from eliminating the most ruthless toxin in our hearts: sin. Whether we want it to or not, it's going to come out. We might as well cooperate with God and get on with healthy living.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Saturday, we went to the New Orleans Museum of Art. It's free for LA residents! Anything's more fun when it's free! Fernando Botero's work was on display. We had a picnic at city park and I just about died of heat exhaustion. I'm exaggerating, but it really was hot!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Adelaide is one of my favorite names, so Mark thought it would be fun to bring me there. Our waiter's name was Roy. He was great. There were about 4 people who wished me a Happy Birthday. The Head Server for our section brought me a tuna apetizer on the house, our waiter brought me an "Adelaide Swizzle" sample on the house, and I got a nice birthday desert that had candles and "Happy Birthday" written in chocolate. He went way over and beyond. I think this restaurant served the best dish of duck I've ever had in New Orleans (and there's a lot of duck in New Orleans!).
When we got home, I opened my presents. One present was a Russian Amber necklace that Mark got from a jewler in town. It is butterscotch in color and very pretty! He also got me a Michaelopolis picture of a white uptown-looking house. Michaelopolis is a popular New Orelans painter.
Today was one of the best Birthdays ever! YEA!!!!!!!!!! (Mark says that I say that every year.)