Wednesday, September 21, 2011

And then there was MUD!!

The ‘goblet of fire’ is what started the stampede of warriors racing to the first obstacle.

¾ of a mile later the warriors climbed the hay hill and dropped down on the other side

The scrap yard of rusted wreckage was next. While running through the tires some warriors might have face planted and had the battle scars to prove it.

The next obstacle challenged the warriors up and over skills as well as their limbo skills…it’s called the BARRIOR BREAKDOWN

The Great Warrior Wall is only for true warriors…can you survive??

After feeling nauseated from the heights warriors then have to get low to the ground and dive into the darkness of the BLACKOUT. What you’ll find in there is too scary to say…
The few that made it out.

Crawl across the tangled mess of the chaotic Crossover. You have now reached half way.
Some choose to roll, others chose the hard way.

With no foot pedestals the giant cliff hanger challenges even the toughest warrior.

Maneuvering over and down a cargo net may sound easy, but not if it’s 30 feet high and there are 30 other people on it at the same time. Talk about some major rope burn.

To finish out the dash there’s the roast

And then there was MUD!!!

Most of our group before

My battle scars from the road rage obstacle.  I might have been that warrior that face planted :).

Most of our group afterwards

I feel like this picture really sums up the day!!

I'm sooooo glad we did this and I'm soooo glad that people were able to step out of their comfort zones (hhmmm Rachel and Shelley :)).  We all had a blast and can't wait for the next one...Maybe the Spartan Race or the Tough Mudder?

Get Muddy,

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A few crafty things and something new!!

I've been quite crafty lately and I think if I had enough time I would start an etsy shop, but that will have to come later.  For now, I just want to make these cute little things for fun and for people's showers (baby showers that is ;) ). 

Alyza Brooke has been mentioned a lot lately on here, but it's because she is practically my neice.  We had a baby shower on Sunday and this was my gift along with the video.

I wanted to do a mod podge like this one my friend did for her baby room, but I just wasn't digging what I had so then I tried something else and then something and finally I got to this...I think it turned out way cute!!

Last night we had a mini surprise baby shower for a girl that plays bunco with us.  Her baby is due in October and his name is Connor Jack.  I checked out her registry and what she was doing the baby room in and found this
So, I tried to re-create the turtle for her canvas :).

Rachel and I also made our first diaper wreath!!!  Let me tell you this thing is so much easier and cheaper than a diaper cake.  I can easily spend $40 on a diaper cake because the diapers alone are $20 and then you have to buy all of the accessories (which is my favorite part by the way), but with the wreath you don't use near as many diapers.  The best part, besides the diapers, is Rachel got a cute straw wreath that the mom can re-use one the diapers are taken off (genius!!) so it's not only a baby gift, but a mommy gift too!! 

I found the cute little woodland animals at Hobby Lobby.  We are planning on making another this weekend and it might get a little crazy :), but we'll keep you updated!

Now for the something new!!  We have been using one of Gary's old roommate's couches because when he moved out he didn't need them.  His girlfriend just got a new apartment, but didn't have any living room furniture so he decided to give his to her, which opened our living room up for something new!!  I was overly nervous and anxious about furniture shopping.  This was our VERY FIRST big purchase (minus Dora the Explorer Rosie Washer) and I know that couches can be WAY TOO EXPENSIVE.  We did a little shopping around, but went back to our very first love...
sorry the picture is so dark.  It was taken at night and obviously our overhead light isn't as bright as I thought.

RED COUCHES!!!!  Gary came home early this weekend from Alabama while I was at Alyza's baby shower and moved them in.  Everytime I would think about them being in the living room when I got home I would get all tingly and excited.  They look so much better than I expected.  We do have to do a little curtain swaping because the ones that are up right now are red and red on red is a big no no in my book.  Anyway, I love them and you all are welcome to come over anytime and cozy up on a red couch!!

Happy crafting and coozying,

Monday, September 12, 2011

Alyza Brooke

Remember when this baby was born?

Remember when I showed you all this a little while back and mentioned I would be doing my first baby video soon...well, here is the edited teaser for friends and family to view online!!

Let me know what you think.  Leave me some comments!!

Thanks to the fill-in videographers since I wasn't able to be there for the actual birth!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Where Was God?

I read this on a friend's blog and I just had to share...

In conjunction with the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11th, Frontline is airing a special that asks where God was on the day that a total of over 3,400 people died in America at the hands of terrorists.

Did you know that on a typical work day, there were 50,000 workers combined in both towers of the World Trade Center? Did you know that every hour, approximately 10,000 visitors came to the twin towers? Did you know that it is estimated that at least 3,000 emergency personnel were on site at the time the buildings collapsed? Did you know that there were 304 people who died when the airplanes crashed?
Where was God? He was busy. He was the hope in the over 60,000 who did escape. He was the courage of the men and women who went into burning buildings. He was the resolve of those who refused to let their airplane kill more people. He was the unexplainable strength in the ones who lost their loved ones. He was the compassion in those of us who watched helplessly. He was the camaraderie of a country.

On a day when evil made such an impact, I saw more good. There was more love and service and sacrifice on that day, than I believe was ever seen in our country. The loss of even a few would be devastating, but the loss of so very many should have been crippling. Bin Laden had to have expected far more Americans to lose their lives…he had to have been disappointed at his failure.

Years ago, Billy Graham’s daughter was interviewed on national TV after a natural disaster of some sort. She said that of course God has disappeared because we haven’t invited Him into our schools, our businesses, our lives. But I respectfully disagree with her. God hasn’t disappeared. God is the only good that comes from any of those tragedies. He is the only reason we continually escape with fewer lives lost than estimated, He is the only reason there isn’t far, far more devastation in our world.

I submit to you that without God, there would have been 63,300 + lives lost. I know where He was. The only question I care to ask is: when tragedy strikes, where will God find me?