I am fully aware that I am constantly talking about how busy I am, but hardly ever talking much about what's keeping me busy SO...
Here are some pics of one of the aforementioned things...
At our church we have a children's church/Sunday school and outreach program called Club Genesis. As evidenced by the name and the pics you're about to look at, you may already be able to tell that the program is space-themed and the kiddos LOVE IT!
On Sundays it serves as a place for the kids of our church to come together and learn about God in a fun and interesting way via puppets, songs, videos, live teachers, etc.
On SATURDAYS however, the focus is on reaching out to the lost and hurting kids of our city. Busses are sent out across the city to pick kids up, bring them to Club G where they are told that Jesus loves them and that their future is bright. They are given truth and love as well as delicious treats (sometimes the only food some of the kids have at any given point during the week) and are then taken back home, all free of charge.
These pics are from one of our summer outreaches where we walked in our annual "Rivercade" parade. It was hot but TOTALLY worth passing out candy and flyers and seeing all the smiling faces of kids who are currently a part of our program, as well as the excitement of those who soon will be :)
The side of out "float"...
Great minds walk in parades with similar footwear...
Ava and Como...
My dear friend Ana and her bug-eyed, noseless friend Eva...
While trying to formulate some sort of sensical post for today, I decided rather than trying to tie everything together, I'd just hit some of the high and low points for ya... (starting off, of course, with physical anomalies)...
BAD NEWS: Somehow, I managed to break a blood vessel in my hand. It hurt quite a bit at first but the pain has since subsided. It is still a puzzlement to me how one can do such a thing to themselves and not even remember how it happened.
GOOD NEWS: For the first time since I was a child, I was able to get a little bit of a TAN! Perhaps this doesn't really sound like a big deal to most of you, but I have always been of the pasty-white persuasion and "tanning" is something I've never been able to do in my adult years (burn, yes. Tan? No.) Even including that do-it-yourself spray tan stuff. After several coats, still nothin'. Covered my hand with it and smacked my sister's stomach to make sure it wasn't a faulty can and within 10 min, she had a perfectly bronzed handprint on her belly. Truthfully, I've come to terms with being so pale, though I must admit it does feel good to have a little bit of color :)
BAD NEWS: My cell phone (otherwise know as "where I keep all the information I need for my life") has been giving me troubles as of late, and rather than waiting for it to explode or fry, dumping everything never to be seen or heard from again (like my last phone did, prompting me to walk around in a fog for at least a week, remembering something that was lost, saying "OH MAAAN!" and repeating that process over and over again) I decided to be proactive and...
GOOD NEWS: ...I splurged a bit and ordered a FANCY new phone... not the one I was intending on getting when I walked into the store, but needless to say, I walked out with a level of giddiness that I can only liken to a child who knows the UPS man will be delivering his/her entire load of Christmas goodies in 10 to 14 business days. (SQUEAL)
BAD NEWS: After several weeks of wondering and being put on an "alternate list", I finally received word that I won't be taking part in the art festival that I had applied for a few months ago. I'd be lying if I said I didn't have to fight feelings of "is my stuff just not good enough???" but after talking to my mom (my no question, hands down, bestest, #1 fan of all time) I felt much better. That conversation went a little something like this:
ME: "Well Mama, I finally got word that I won't be doing ArtSplash this year."
MOM: "WHAT?!?? WHAT ARE THEY THINKING?!? Did they even LOOK at your stuff?!!?? Oh I just can't hardly even believe that."
ME: (smile) "Thanks mom." :)
GOOD NEWS: Perhaps it's for the best that I didn't make the cut this year. So many things going on with family and friends and other exciting undertakings (to be discussed in further detail when further details are available) that I can't imagine the level of stress that I would be under if I had been accepted. Ah well. There's always next year right?
BAD NEWS: Summer is almost over.
GOOD NEWS: Summer is almost over.
BAD NEWS: I want... nay, NEED coffee.
GOOD NEWS: As soon as I finish typing this I'll be loading up the kids, flying out the door, and making the 20 minute drive to the veterinary clinic where my mother in law works so the kiddos can play with some baby chicks, guinea pigs, and other fabulous creatures. On the way, I'll be caffeinating myself fully...
...(children are gathered, front door flings open, garage door rises, car flies down the driveway, squeals into the street, and disappears into the distance...)
Being "Wordless Wednesday", I wanted to make sure to post this pic I took of the girls yesterday since I didn't really have much to say to go along with it, making this a TRUE Wordless Wednesday (I wonder if I shall ever do anything "normally"???)
Thanks to technology, more specifically, cell phone calendar reminders, I was just alerted that today is my blogaversary! "Emily Smelts" is 2 yrs old! Can ya believe it!??
Ok. Well. I suppose that's really all I have to say about it. I kinda feel like I should be eating cake or something but alas, I shall have to settle for a bowl of cheerios. Maybe I'll put some bananas on top...
... I don't believe we've met before... or at the very least, it's been a while :)
I'm officially back from all my fabulous, fancy-pants vacationing (if staying in a cabin the size of a boxcar with your 3 children, 2 parents, 3 siblings, and 1 niece and NO SHOWER is considered "fancy pants" well, then I was INDEED Queen Fancy-Pants herself).
A good time was had by all and though it was good to get away, it's also good to be home. Home: where a shower, clean sink water, and Starbucks are at the very LEAST within driving distance.
Here are a few shots from our adventure up north. If you asked me if I had a good time, my answer would surely be "Ooo yah. Yoo betcha".
Dad wearing the necklace I made for him, backwards, as to not have a cross-shaped tan line on his chest...
only to reveal the chain shaped tan line on the back of his neck.
At the feet of the giant lumberjack himself - Paul Bunyan
"My mom says I'm not supposed to cross the street by myself"
Cousins covered in dirt from building their tee-pee (oh sorry, excuse me.
It's actually a "princess castle"), eating chips and drinking tea.
The only thing that would have made that moment better is if they could have been swimming at the same time.
Heaven on earth
Best s'mores ever (according to brother Chris)...
replace dark chocolate square with milk-chocolate carmel filled ghiradelli square