Tuesday, November 25, 2014

My Husband is so Cool!

When we bought our new stove we had to move things around in the kitchen because it was bigger than our old one. This left us with an open, but awkward, available space. The only good option was to build something, and since Drew is so handy, he decided to build me a custom cabinet for my kitchen. It has a large top shelf that goes all the way to the wall and two smaller shelves that are adjusted to fit next to the pipes that are on the wall. He also made custom slots for my pans so they can fit on the bottom shelf. A few coats of white paint and voila, we have a new kitchen cabinet! Drew is so cool! I love it!

Thursday, November 20, 2014


Thursday while walking home from parking the car Eliana fell and face planted hard on the pavement! She had both hands in her pockets so she literally fell flat on her face. It was scary and she was pretty upset but after I could see that no teeth were gone and her nose was okay we made it home and got her cleaned up. She is fine but her lip is huge and she looks rough. I know that the worst thing for her is that she can't such her fingers because it hurts her lip! Maybe she'll find another comfort strategy as a result.

Oh, my mommy heart is sad to see my girl hurting but man, I am so thankful it wasn't worse and that God gave me grace to be calm when she was so upset! Praying for a speedy recovery!

Getting Creative

Eliana is quite creative these days! I really am amazed and thankful that we are too this stage now. I thought we might never get there! The first picture has a set of pictures she drew one morning this week all on her own. She was occupied for at least 20 minutes. Amazing! And I think the pictures are pretty cool too!

One day last week I made tortillas and she wanted to use her ball of dough to make a mommy and baby deer. Here she is with our creations! Unfortunately Drew came home and somehow didn't realize they were deer and ate the head of one of them. Oops! I guess we need to work on our tortilla art skills!

Lots of fun times around here these days!

Monday, November 17, 2014


Eliana has enjoyed building some things lately, which is something new for her. One day she built this "tower" with two set of her blocks. Her goal was to create a place where she could hide. She sat in the middle and covered herself with a blanket to accomplish that goal. Funny girl!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Eliana has an active and extensive imagination. I am pretty constantly impressed with the scenarios she comes up with and acts out. This morning she and her friends were taking early morning naps on the couch. Daisy and Minnie were especially cozy in their special beds!

PS- I have to make a special note of the fact that Eliana is wearing her footy PJs. I told her when she started wanted to go without diapers at night that once she started keeping her sheets dry on a regular basis she could wear them again. She has been doing great lately so we let her wear them. Go Eliana!

Friday, November 7, 2014


Yikes! We had snow yesterday! For probably at least 12 hours! And, we are supposed to have more tomorrow, which a high of only 36. Did I already say, "Yikes!" I hope this isn't a sign of what's to come this winter. I'll be needing LOTS of prayer!

This is how it looked outside first thing this morning.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


Today Eliana and I got two very needed haircuts! Eliana was so great and did not move at all. This is the first time she's not needed me to distract her and keep her focused. She is growing up so fast!

The salon is in a fairly newly renovated building in our city that is quite impressive so I took a few pics for your viewing pleasure.

 Almost, but not quite, something exciting.

 Pretty haircuts!

 Eliana loves all these Disney characters.

 Just pretending...

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Dress-Up Fun

Our team leaders hosted our annual Fall Festival last night. Eliana and Drew got in on the dress-up fun. Drew made his in about 30 minutes off the top of his head and I was thankful Eliana was happy to pick something from her collection of dress-up clothes. I think they both looked pretty awesome!

Princess Party

Eliana had the chance to go to a friend's 4th birthday party on Wednesday. They played, dressed up like princesses, had cupcakes and Jello and were visited by "The King" (our little friend's daddy). Eliana had a lot of fun playing, I enjoyed talking with our friend's mom, who I have just recently met, and I was encouraged that I am not the only person whose child has a hard time sharing and loving her friends when they come over. Sometimes a mama just needs to know she and her child are normal!

We are looking forward to more fun parties in the future!

Happy 4th Birthday to a beautiful princess! 

Eliana loved her hat and mask.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fun Finds

It's always fun to find something new around town to satisfy our taste buds. This week I purchased saltine crackers and a Caffe Mocha in a can. The saltines are awesome and taste just like home. Happy, happy taste buds! The coffee drink was just okay but it was still a fun find! I wonder what will show up next?

Fall Crafting

You guys know we're not big crafters around here. However, Eliana has been doing much better with and enjoying these types of activities much more lately so I decided it would be fun to paint a pumpkin. We went to the bazaar and found the smallest (we have to walk and take a taxi to get to the bazaar), roundest (most of our pumpkins/squash are oblong) one we could find (it was a whopping $.80!) and came back home and had a great time painting it. Eliana spent about 30 minutes working on it. I helped too and you probably can't tell much difference between her art and mine. Hopefully that will help her feel good about herself in the future!

Anyway, it was a fun morning activity for us and hopefully a tradition for the future!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Recently Eliana has decided that wearing her hair in two buns is a lot of fun. We like to call the buns "twisties" and not only is she really cute with the twisties, but afterwards her hair falls into the prettiest curls. Eliana hasn't actually worn her hair with the curls outside yet, but I managed to get a picture or two. She was wearing a shirt that was mine when I was a kid. Definitely a moment where my mama heart melted!

Apparently this is "how girls stand" when they get their pictures taken!

Those eyes! That hair! That girl! :-)

Monday, October 27, 2014

We're Back!!!

Hey guys! Sorry it's been awhile. Between an Internet fast and our team retreat it's been a long time since I blogged. I am back though and will work on posting more pics about life. For now, enjoy a few shots of the last few days...

Eliana fixing my hair while we were at the retreat

 Eliana modeling her new rain boots...Thanks Mo!

And just because she is way too cute!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Branching Out

I have found myself being a little more adventurous in the kitchen lately. I'm not sure why, maybe just boredom, but it's been fun and tasty! Today I tried a recipe to make Pumpkin Spice Soft Pretzels. They don't look exactly like the do in the picture but for my first time making pretzels I was impressed and pleased with how they turned out. They were also a good food for Eliana to help me make. I think I'll be making these again!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New Park

A new park with a great playground opened while we were in the US. There isn't shade really at all though so I hadn't taken Eliana yet because it's been so hot. The weather is cooling off though and Drew had the day off yesterday so we went and checked it out. There are several different areas to play on, the ground is astroturf and very clean and except for one precarious staircase, everything seems quite safe. Eliana had a blast and we had fun checking out somewhere new.

 Despite all the niceness, we knew were were still in Central Asia when we discovered that the perfectly good slides lying on the ground were covering up either sketchy manhole covers or large bolts sticking out of the ground!

Crazy static hair from the slides!