Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving and the blessing of family, friends and great food from our family to yours.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Time to Go Home

We had fun the last couple of days Amber and Eddie were here, though the day of their departure loomed.  On Monday it was Cameron's actual 21st birthday, but he had to leave for school in the afternoon.  Amber and Eddie wanted to make us a meal, so they bought all the goods and prepared the most delicious chicken and cheese enchilada's.  Cameron was able to have his and open his gifts before he had to leave for school.  Then we all sat down and enjoyed their wonderful enchilada's.

Amber and Eddie making the enchiladas

After lunch we got in the truck and headed to Winter Park intending to walk and enjoy the shops and scenery, then have dinner down there.  Whereas Sunday had been a beautiful sunny day, Monday's forecast of a "slight chance of rain" quickly changed to a dreary day and steady down pour.  Even with our rain jackets and umbrella's we had to keep ducking into stores to try to keep dry.  After walking down both sides of the streets and being soaked from the driving rain, we stopped into a little shop at the back of a set of shops and out of the rain to get coffee, sit and try to get more comfortable despite the climate.  The shop was a cute little place that sells macaroon cookies and absolutely delicious coffee.  They had a few tables and chairs in the indoor patio area we could sit at and enjoy our snack.

Street scenes and window display

Stepping out of the rain and getting our macaroons

The Macaron store

Rainy drive home

We decided afterwards to head home, and enjoy some leftovers for a warm, dry dinner together at home.  That worked out well and we were able to enjoy a movie and each others company before Amber and Eddie had to leave on Tuesday to go home to Portland, Oregon. Cameron headed to school early for his finals, so the rest of us drove to the airport.  It's so hard to say good bye.

Amber and Hannah playing hangman on the drive to the airport
Time to say our good byes

We loved having all our kids together and enjoying each others company.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Touring Full Sail and Cameron's 21st Birthday Celebration

On day 5 of Amber and Eddie's visit and we started the day early visiting the new church plant started  by a young couple in the same denomination Amber and Eddie are affiliated with.  Since they were in the area they thought it would be nice to offer support by attending.  Adam and Jessie are a nice couple with their work cut out and it was a wonderful way to start our day worshiping with them and the new congregation they are bringing together in Winter Park.

Message title and Adam teaching

After church we headed to Full Sail Campus so Amber and Eddie could see the college, the girls have never seen Cameron's school either and joining us was a friend of Cameron's and her mother Jessica and Carla.

Looking at the various displays of student and teachers works shown throughout the schools buildings

Jessica and Cameron - I was so busy talking I neglected to get a picture of her mother Carla

Display cases of student projects

So with our whole group we began our tour of the campus with Cameron acting as our tour guide and showing us through the many buildings and the back lot area the film students use in completing their work.

Amber and Eddie at one of the back lot building exteriors

Hannah and Lauren

Our group
After our tour we walked over to the Ale House Restaurant and all had lunch before saying our good byes to Jessica and her mother and then heading home.

Amber and Eddie

Hannah and Lauren

Jessica and Cameron

Kevin's mom joined us Sunday evening for dinner and to celebrate - a day early - Cameron's 21st birthday.

Amber and Eddie with Grandma

And so ended another fun day!!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Day Three and Four of Amber and Eddie's Visit

Friday and Saturday were days we stayed around the house more to get a chance to visit, craft and celebrate my birthday.  On Friday Amber and Eddie offered to watch the girls so Kevin and I could go out for a coffee for my birthday.  Cameron had already headed off for a day of school and I set up a table in the living room with my craft supplies, so the girls could work on projects, including some Amber wants to use for her Christmas table she's decorating in December.

Hannah and Lauren crafting

Hannah getting her toe nails done

Lauren sporting her painted nails
Amber spraying her pine cone decorations gold

So while Kevin and I were out and about the girls crafted and painted nails.  Loving their time with their big sister, Hannah and Lauren spent hours working on their various pieces, and cards.

Enjoying my birthday with my family!!

That evening the kids treated me to presents after dinner of Chinese food from my favorite take out restaurant.

On Saturday we hung out here again crafting, watching movies and just enjoying our time with Amber and Eddie around.

Since moving from California to Oregon, Amber has missed her Chic-Fil-A, so that was lunch

Amber's selfie with Bea

My girls

Loved the time relaxing and visiting at home.