life moves

I feel like life has been flying by. I am a busy person, always have been, I like to keep busy and have lots of hobbies, jobs, activities all going on at once. It’s nice a lot of the time, but sometimes I just get run down, or overwhelmed. Another side effect is that life seems to whiz by and I have to slow down to enjoy it and that’s hard for me. We’ve already been married 8 months, started a business and are planning on going to Portugal in August (more to come about that)…but I feel like I was just wedding planning yesterday!

 

I’m very inspired by many blog writers that I know. They are so good at keeping up their blogs and keeping them interesting. I am definitely in a mood to do that! I doubt anyone actually reads our blog, especially since I never really told anyone about it…so mostly it’s just for me to be able to reflect on the craziness that is my life. And have something a little more personal since our business one is so…well…business-y. So, here’s a few snapshots of the last month and I’m going to try to blog more often so I can actually devote one blog per activity instead of lumping them all into one like I’m about to do 🙂
So, 2007 was the year of weddings. I think we went to like 10 or 11 (including our own!) So many of our friends have gotten married lately and that used to seem crazy to me but now it seems normal because what is crazy is friends having babies!! I think this year will be the year of babies! Tiffany had her Caleb in March and a few of my friends are currently pregnant. That really makes me feel time fly. Little Caleb is so cute and such a blessing!

When I lived in Santa Barbara for school, I used to be a mentor for Jr. Highers. Well, one of my former students is Katie who just got married on June 28th! That was really crazy and made me feel a little old 🙂 It was really cool to see all my old Santa Barbara friends and see Katie and her new husband Jason, congrats you two! It was really fun to actually attend a wedding. Lately we have only been working at them and so it was nice to be a guest for once.

And of course, seeing my new name on a party favor is still very exciting!

The wedding was actually in Solvang so of course we got there very early and had some goodies, wouldn’t you?

Very pretty trees and vinyard, a nice location, but very very dirty!!

 


Ahh, my favorite time of summer, the Del Mar Fair…err…San Diego Fair, whatever! Anyway, this is one thing I have rarely missed. We have always gone as a family every year and now the gentleman and I are making new traditions. The Fair can get pretty boring, I mean same animals, same food, same displays. So, this year we tried something new. We did a “one day” contest. It’s a photo shoot. We got there at 3pm, they told us the contest and out we went for 2 hours trying to capture our assignment. Since the fair theme was “Summer of Sports”, we had to incorporate a whiffle ball into our picture. He won 3rd place! It was just fun getting to see the fair in a different way. OH, and don’t forget the free wine tasting we do every year, woot woot!

We also submitted two of our SidebySide videos and won 2nd and 3rd place! YAY. Now we are “Award Winning” SidebySide Video 🙂

And about baseball. I’ve never been much of a fan of watching sports on TV. I usually watch the Super Bowl only for the commercials (of course) but baseball is something that is to be seen in person. There’s something so fun about being at a game with 30,000 other people cheering and being all excited. Plus, Petco Park is just an awesome ball park! So we saw a winning game last night, (bet many of you haven’t seen one of those this season) and it was great. I ran into my grandma there and we took this awesomely awkward picture! It looks like Kelly and the gentleman are on a date and Ryan and I are two “3rd wheels”…awesome! Plus, we were talking about the olympics and saying that we don’t have any great rivals like we used to with Russia and I loudly said, “well, what about North Korea” as a joke and right after I said that, this Asian family sitting right in front of us all turned to look at us. Whoops! They probably didn’t hear what we were talking about at all, just the “KOREA” part…haha. Oh well. Then I had them take this picture of us…so hopefully they realized we weren’t saying something racist or something! hah.Anyway, there’s my blurb.

Stay tuned. I have a few exciting things coming!

The Purple Palace

Well, we have been horrible bloggers! (not that I ever promised anything, but still) We’ve been so busy with work and then our video business and we’ve definitely given more love to the SidebySide Video blog.

 

Anyway…here’s a little of what’s been going on. Along with working with the Post-College group at church, now called The Gathering, we’ve started working on a new ministry which is called JaMM (justice and mercy ministry). We’re working on trying to find ways that our church can partner with other ministries that are already in place regarding human trafficking, sex trafficking, orphans, widows, etc…

We got to go down with some others yesterday to Mexico to check out The Purple Palace. It’s a safe place where children of prostitutes and drug addicts can go to live. Some of these kids have had horrible things happen to them and this is a second chance for them. They get to live there with food and clothing, go to school and learn about Jesus. It’s pretty awesome. The other great thing about it is that it’s in Tijuana maybe 5 minutes walking distance from the border. So there could be tons of quick little service projects that small groups could go down there for. These kids need to be shown the right kind of love and so we’re excited to see what we can do! Here are some pictures we shot yesterday:

 

 

The Purple Palace: yes it’s purple

 

My new little friend Carmen

 

Another little one

 

In one of the dorms

 

To see some more pictures, go to my flickr account.