Switchfoot in St. Louis

21 02 2010

This past Monday we headed to St. Louis to watch Switchfoot in concert.  As I’ve mentioned before, we’ve been extremely excited about this for a while.  And in the end, it was even better than we expected!

The concert was at The Pageant, the same place we saw MuteMath.

During the beginning of the first song we wondered where Jon’s voice was coming from.  Then we looked behind us and lo and behold there he was!  He then came up to our long table and stood right (right) in front of us and sang (and held my hand).

And during the last song, Jon jumped up on our table to sing again!

They were magnificent!  True San Diego Rock!

And we had a great time!

We then stayed the night at the Moonrise Hotel which was right by the Pageant.

This awesome staircase changed colors!

Another view of the lobby.  They had a retro lunar theme.

So, we loved spending the day together, seeing Switchfoot do their amazing thing, and staying in a swanky hotel.  Hopefully we’ll get to do this again sometime!

Note:  These and a few more pictures can be found in a Flicker set found here.


The Adventures of the Ploxen and the Return of the Plooster

1 02 2010

Our corner of town evidently attracts strange types of animals.  What kinds of animals, you ask?  Well, plastic ones.

Case-in-point Number 1: The Ploxen

Meet George and Larry.

Larry (the one on the right) is a joker and a ham while George (on the left) is kind of the straight man.  They are closely related to the common ox (plural “oxen”), but since they are made of plastic they are, in fact, Ploxen (pronounced just like “oxen”).

Ploxen are natural protectors and tend to be as faithful as Horton himself.  Eric and I are lucky to have such great neighbors to the East.  They are committed guardians of their covered wagon and all the traffic that passes by.  (Though I have a sneaking suspicion that in the middle of the night they climb in there and watch a movie or two on television.)

I met the Ploxen by chance when road renovations changed my route to work for an entire year.  Seeing George and Larry there in the morning and evening always managed to bring a smile to my face, no matter how bad the road conditions at the time were.  Since then, our roads have been fixed and I practically never see good ol’ George and Larry.  Though, I think of them time to time and even drive by to visit on rare occasions.  And seeing them still makes me smile.

Case-in-point Number 2: The Plooster

Meet Sunny.

He is our friendly neighborhood Plooster.  Like the Ploxen being closely related to oxen, Ploosters are close cousins to average roosters.  But once again, being plastic is what sets Ploosters apart.

When we moved into this part of town we immediately noticed Sunny.  He has a bright and cheery personality which makes him stand out among his drab surroundings.  But within just a few months (perhaps due to the crazy road construction, once again) Sunny left us.  He has told me that during that time he went for an extended vacation down to Acapulco, Mexico to visit a distant relative.  I doubt that he needed the distant relative for an excuse to get away from the crazy road work to go lounge on the beach, but that’s beside the point.  When we noticed that Sunny the Plooster was gone we were deeply saddened.  Every time we drove past his old spot we would mention how we missed him.

[Cars are shown to illustrate Sunny’s large size.]

But…Eric was thrilled to notice that Sunny had returned last week!  And he’s all rested up and as shiny and as cheery as ever!  Admittedly, for the longest time we used to call Sunny a Plicken (like “chicken”) but my dad recently corrected that huge mistake.  Good thing, too, we wouldn’t want to upset Sunny and give him another excuse to leave us.

Now all is right with the world, with the Ploxen to our East and the Plooster to our West.  Perhaps our neck of the woods will attract some more plastic animals soon!  We can only hope…

*Note: The creative rights and credit of the names Plicken, Ploxen, and Plooster belong to my dad.

Plans Change

25 01 2010

Sometimes plans change.  For me and Eric it seems more often than not that our plans need to remain flexible and fluid.  It’s not necessarily a bad thing, it can actually be good.  It can teach us patience, reliance on God, resilience, and hope.  That’s some great stuff.

One plan that changed recently was that Eric will continue taking courses for his bachelor’s degree for another year.  It might sound like a bit of a bummer, but it was the best option laid before him and we believe it will work out for the best.  We’re actually excited about this change.

The other change is that I’m shifting more of my focus to writing.  I know I’ve mentioned this a bit before, but now I’m starting to actually live it out.  In the evenings now when Eric’s working on his homework I’ll be working on my writing.  I’m very excited that ideas and words are starting to flow in the story.  This may mean that blog posts will be slightly more rare, but I’ll still keep updating hopefully weekly (or at the very least bi-weekly).

Various other things in life are shifting, moving, growing and we’re trying to follow accordingly.  Keeping hope, walking in faith, chasing after peace.

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
~Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)

Good Day Off

18 01 2010

Today was a holiday and tomorrow is Eric’s first day of his last semester for his Bachelor’s degree.  So, Eric and I made sure to enjoy our day of freedom.  We slept in, enjoyed a couple of locally made smoothies and watched “Leap Year.”  We both laughed a fair amount during the movie and thought it was really cute.  Might share more about that later.

Today was a very good day.  Hopefully tomorrow will be too, but that’s a whole different kind of “good”.

We hope your days are good as well.

Christmas Cookie Adventures

27 12 2009

While visiting my parents over Christmas we made some Christmas cookies along with the crazy video below…

And here are a few pictures of us making the cookies!

We had tons of fun in our Santa and Reindeer hats and our Christmas-y colors!

A few more Christmas time pictures are on the way!

Our Christmas Plan

22 12 2009

Last night I got the urge to devise a plan for what Eric and I are going to be up to over this Christmas week.  I set about creating it in a Fantastic-Mr. Fox-ish slash fourth-grade style.

Here is the final product, enjoy!

Of course it’s better in all of its colored pencil glory, but this’ll have to do.

To see different sizes, click on the picture and it will take you to the Flickr page.

May you enjoy devising and carrying out your own Christmas plans!

Celebrating the Holidays in Branson

12 12 2009

This week Eric and I went on vacation to Branson to celebrate the holidays with my parents.  We all stayed in a log cabin at Big Cedar Lodge.

Eric enjoyed building our fires and he was rather good at it, as long as the wood cooperated.

We roasted some mini marshmallows.  It was a delicate process.

Our cabin was lovely, except for one humorous detail, that all of the pictures on the walls were of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (it was evidently themed after him).  Since we’re not NASCAR fans, we made some simple drawings to put up over all of the pictures.  The mood changed immediately.

In the morning we headed over to a cafe that we had heard about.  It was a fun experience.

Then we headed over to Silver Dollar City.

We rode the open air tram into the park.

After walking around to many of the shops we made sure to catch the Christmas tree lighting.

All of the lights were beautiful.  And it was more than cold enough for it to “feel” Christmas-y.

We took a couple of pictures with the ginormous wreath at the entrance of the park.

Once we got our fill of lights and cold we grabbed some cinnamon rolls from the bakery, ate at a restaurant and got cozy once again at the cabin.

The next morning we said goodbye to the lodge.

It was tough to leave, we had such a relaxing and fun time there.  Perhaps we’ll be there around this time next year…

There are many other pictures we took of our adventures in Branson.  They can all be found at this set on Flickr.