Hello blogsphere! We have not fallen off the face of the earth – though judging by the last time I’ve updated this blog, we have. We’ve been excitingly busy and this post is all about catching you up!
Spring is finally, finally coming to visit us. This winter just wouldn’t give up. It’s terrible, but I’m getting used to easy breezy over-with-quickly winters of North Carolina. This one seemed to last forever.. but I think we finally do have spring.
So I celebrate with summer skirts! This one makes me want to ride a little bike around Europe.
And a soft serve cone! I don’t remember the last time I had one of these.. and I felt like a giddy little kid.
John’s family came up for a weekend.. and it was actually warm enough to go on a little hike!
Catching a ride..
They celebrated my birthday early since by the time they came up again it’ll be closer to the next birthday to celebrate.. Isn’t that the cutest cake ever?
And of course we spend lots of time hanging at our favorite “local” coffeeshop – Smelly Cat in Noda. It’s about 30 min drive but that’s not too far for this amazing place.
Sometimes we even host a service via online campus from Smelly Cat..
See the roaster in the back? I told you, good coffee.
We had a super fun “Aloha” themed birthday party for two of our friends in our life group. Sadly, somehow I didn’t even get a picture of the birthday guy & gal together!
We played a rollicking game of “Would You Rather” that had us falling over in laughter…
For one challenge I had to hold a spoon in my mouth the entire turn, talking or not.
I got to go see Peter Pan the ballet with my mom and sisters, which was absolutely beautiful.
The anticipation of the red curtain…
Charlotte has some funny little artsy sculptures.. this one is my favorite.
The next few pictures are just some of the random lovelies that have been happening in my life… such as a good book and coffee..
Cupcakes. Are always a good thing.
Warm, freshly baked bread..
One of my favorite foods in the world.. enchiladas suizas from On the Border..
Live music and a delicious coffee at Summit..
Oh so delicious Indian food for my mom’s birthday party..
FRENCH FRIES. One of my greatest weakness. And FlatIron knows how to do fries. Served with a creamy parmesan sauce. Out of this world.
Going to see Jack The Giant Slayer in our PJ’s with my sisters..
Chilling with my buddy, Julia..
Finding Eragon at a thrift shop for only $0.50 ..
Two new lovely books with a gift card from my family-in-law..
My favorite drink at Starbucks – iced Hazelnut macchiato..
Spring clothes and flowers!
Freshly baked granola bars..
A super fun date with John playing black light mini golf..
And my first time EVER playing arcade games..
Being silly at McDonalds with my buddy Julia..
And of course, getting happy meals, because we can.
I got to see Wicked! LIVE! It was so absolutely spectacularly wonderfully amazing… I actually cried.
Yes, we were thrilled.
And a couple days later we went to see Oz the Great and Powerful..
Oh and we downed TWO extra large popcorn tubs. LIKE A BOSS.
A red velvet cupcake. Muah.Sipping my drink.. again.. :p
Breaking out the spring colors! Finally!
And last but not least, EASTER!
Easter at our church is a huge celebration.. watching people receive new life in Christ. It’s the best way to celebrate Easter.
A cute little Easter basket from my mom with a boy and girl bunny..
Sarah made the most adorable eggs in a nest for dinner – hardboiled eggs in pasta. Adorable AND delicious.
My happy Easter outfit..
It was a rainy Easter morning, so our sunrise service had to be indoors. But that didn’t stop the sunrise.. the orange lights slowly made their way up through the service, with the rays beaming out, I think it was the most beautiful unreal sunrise ever.
Here’s how I described the weekend in a nugget on FB.
“What better way to celebrate Easter weekend than with 6 incredible services, full of awe filled worship, anointed messages, people giving their lives to Christ for the first time, (including at least two people via online campus!) people re-dedicating their lives and person after person taking the plunge and celebrating new life in Christ by baptism! My weekend was so full of happy tears, chills and ferocious clapping and screaming and laughing and celebrating. Jesus is alive friends, because I just spent a weekend watching Him resurrect people.”