I know, I know...

It took me too long to add the last birthday celebration for Emily's birthday. There really are no excuses except for just not feeling like blogging. It's awful, I know. So, for the last celebration we had Colleen, my roomate from college and closest friend, and her two boys Logan & Tanner up to go swimming. Memaw & Pepaw gave Emily a great swimming pool for her birthday. So the kids got to hang out and play in the pool while Colleen and I caught up on our lives. Emily has so much fun playing with her friends! I love the fact that Colleen and I have children around the same age. When we lived together we always talked about living near each other and having kids at the same time, yet we never really thought it would happen. We were living in Johnson City, TN at the time. And yet now we both live close to Nashville and both of our first children are around the same age! It's funny how God works sometimes! Here's a few shots of the kids enjoying the pool:


The end of the celebration week is coming...

So, it looks like the weeklong birthday festivities are coming to an end shortly. Last night we went to a Sounds baseball game with Memaw & Pepaw. Emily had a lot of fun and ate way too much ice cream! Steve and I are so fortunate to have both of our parents live so close to us! Emily really enjoys spending time with all of her grandparents and hopefully as she gets older she will get to hear all kinds of stories about both sides of her family. Heritage is a big thing to me and to know that she is going to be able to learn from her grandparents is such a blessing!
I have to say that Emily doesn't fall from the tree when it comes to her social abilities! I was laughing so hard at her last night - she had the outfielder from the visiting team waving and flirting with her! She then proceeded to yell at him and the umpire, just to let them know that it was her birthday and that she's 3 now!
There was also a band playing when we first got there, so of course she wanted to go see them for a little while. As soon as we got over there, she started asking to get on stage with them! I swear, I think we have a future rock star on our hands!
Tomorrow Colleen, Logan, and Tanner are coming up to visit, so that will be the end of our birthday festivities. I'm sure that she is going to be disappointed that it is over, but she has had a pretty awesome birthday!
This was the sun setting right before we left, so I just had to have a picture. It was gorgeous!


And the festivities continue...

Today is Emily's actual birthday and as I've said before she celebrates her birthday for a week! When she was 1 we started the tradition of having a birthday cupcake for breakfast, so we couldn't keep up tradition. She then had doughnuts when she got to school for her school "goodie" (she got to pick it out). Today is going to be an exciting day for her - Pepaw & Memaw came to pick her up from school this morning. They are going to swim and spend some time outside playing, then I'm going to meet them at Grear Stadium to catch the Sounds play a little bit of baseball! I can't believe that my little baby is getting so big!!! This morning she kept asking me if she was three now & kept reminding me that now she can chew gum (I didn't set that rule so I don't know where she got that idea because she chews gum pretty much every day). I was talking to a friend today about how it feels like yesterday that she was a little baby, yet then it feels like she's been around forever. I can't imagine what my life meant before I had her. What did I do with my time? I would never trade my sunshine for anything!


More birthday fun...

The birthday festivities are not done...Sunday we had her actual party. We normally do it the weekend after her birthday, but several of her friends were going to be out of town, so we decided to do it before her birthday. She had so much fun! It was a Flower Power Birthday. I think I had more fun planning the party than she had at the party! There was lots to do at the party, the kids got to play on the playset, play in the sprinklers, plant flowers to take home with them, and the one thing that Emily asked for was a bouncy thing. So, our great friends Danny and Michelle came through for us - they brought her a bouncy thing! She told me that Miss Michelle could get her anything she asked for and they definitely came through!!! Here's a few pictures of the party.
I have to show off her flower cake - it really turned out cute!


Life Father like Daughter...

Until Steve, I had never known someone who could make their birthday last for at least a week...and now I realize our daughter is just like him! Her birthday is not until July 12, which is this coming Thursday, yet she started the celebration festivities on Saturday night. My Aunt Becky and Uncle Boo sent Emily her birthday card and inside it was the first of many gifts for Miss Emily. She has been begging me to go to Chucky Cheese's, and like many other mom's I just hadn't broken down yet. So, being the sweet Aunt and Uncle that they are, they sent her a gift card to Chucky Cheese's. And of course Emily, being three, is not very patient. Steve and I had to end up taking her on Saturday. It was a really great night for us to spend together as a family! She had so much fun!!!! Thanks Aunt Becky & Uncle Boo!
Stay tuned for pictures of the remainder of the week's festivities!!!


A thought for the day...

Okay, so I can't seem to get my pictures to download for me. I guess I'm just going to have to go with flow and change my ideas for my blog. I get these devotionals everyday and the one for today spoke volumes to me and my life, so I thought I would share it with everyone. I hope you enjoy! July 2, 2007 Boondock By Susanne Scheppmann “So I pray that God, who gives you hope, will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in him. May you overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 (NLT) Devotion: I dislike boondocking. If you vacation in a recreational vehicle, you probably know the definition of boondock. If not, it means spending the night in your “rig” without hooking-up to power or water. Most recreational vehicles hold only several gallons of water in a tank. I like taking long hot showers. Boondocking prohibits this luxury. A battery or small generator provides limited power. A trickle of power keeps things running, but not for an extended period of time. When you boondock there is a limited supply of vital resources that make life more comfortable. Boondocking can apply to our spiritual life, too. Unfortunately, it’s easy to become unplugged with Bible study and prayer time during summer months. Our daily routines tend to change, so it’s easier to miss our quiet time. Our kids may be out school wanting “to do something” and we lay aside our Bible study. We vacation to rejuvenate ourselves. We traipse to sightseeing spots, but we neglect to seek Jesus as the day slips by. If we allow ourselves to boondock spiritually, we will run dry. The Holy Spirit’s power will seem to fade and our souls will thirst for the living water of Jesus. Come the last day in August, we’ll be high and dry. So what can we do to stay plugged in spiritually throughout the summer months? We should determine not to allow ourselves to become boondocked. Choose a time and place to refill yourself with God’s Word. Let’s try to follow the advice of Psalm 143:8, “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul (NIV). If we refuel ourselves early in the morning with God’s Word, it can sustain us the rest of the day. Let’s choose to stay connected to the power of God during the upcoming summer months. Let’s follow the Apostle Paul’s advice to Timothy: “Work hard so God can say to you, ‘Well done.’ Be a good workman, one who does not need to be ashamed when God examines your work. Know what his Word says and means” (2 Timothy 2:15, TLB). This way we can enjoy the glorious summer with Jesus, rather than finding ourselves dried out and boondocked. Dear Lord, as this summer wears on, help me to not neglect the study of Your Word. I know without its instruction I will lose my direction. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen. Related Resources: When You're Running on Empty by Cindi McMenamin Perplexing Proverbs by Susanne Scheppmann Do You Know Him? Application Steps: Choose a Bible study to work through during the summer months. Ask a friend to join you and then meet weekly to discuss the study. Reflections: Do I tend to neglect my quiet time and Bible study during the summer? If yes, have I seen a personality change as a result? What topic or book of the Bible would be a good summer study? Power Verses: Psalm 119:5-6, “Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees! Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands.” (NIV) Psalm 119:10-11, “I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” (NIV) Matthew 22:29, “Jesus replied, ‘You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.’” (NIV) Proverbs 31 Ministries 616-G, Matthews-Mint Hill Road Matthews, NC 28105 www.Proverbs31.org

New addition...

There has been a new addition in the works at Casa de Barrios and it has finally been finished. As many of you know we have been in need of a way to contain our animals and our child. So we took our tax return money and invested in a new fence. We have even added the monkey bars to Emily's playset to prepare for her swing that I posted about towards the beginning of this blog thing. The fence is definitely making life easier, our dogs are not under my feet at all times. Which definitely gives me a break. And now anytime we have kids over for Emily to play with, they have somewhere to go play that doesn't destroy our house. Here's some photos: