Tuesday, September 28, 2010

house hunting

Alex and I are officially looking for a house in Denver. We spoke with a real estate agent yesterday and will soon get in touch with a mortgage broker.
Uh, it's a little crazy. I've been feeling overwhelmed with the whole process. We have less than three months to pull this off. But I'm trying to just keep breathing and keep trusting in God. I know He has a home for us out there.

In the mean time, prayers would be much appreciated. Pray for my sanity. Pray that Alex and I are super patient with each other. Pray that we keep trusting in the Lord with each and every step. Pray for our future home.

Many thanks!

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Summit Saturdays

It's 10am on Sunday morning.
I'm at home, still in my PJ's, wondering what I'll be having for breakfast.
But don't judge me, beause I went to church last night...

(if you're viewing this post on facebook you probably can't see the video that is embedded above so click over to my actual blog to get the full experience)

Oh how I love going to church on Saturday night. It's nice having Sundays off to just relax as a family. Plus, I'm not really a morning person. I'm convinced my mind and body cannot function before 9:30am.
If you're looking for a church in the RDU check out the Summit...and if you like sleeping in as much as I do, check out Saturday nights.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Jenny & Johnny

It's no secret that Jenny Lewis is one of my all-time favorite artists. She is just fantastic.
Alex took me to see her when she passed through Cat's Cradle last summer promoting her solo record, Acid Tongue. Well, she came back to Cat's Cradle last night, this time promoting her latest collaboration record with her boyfriend, Johnny. [Jenny and Johnny...cute]

Again, the show was amazing. She never disappoints. I loved all the new music they played..everyone in the band is so talented! And, of course, they played some of her solo tunes as well. It was a great great night. I'm glad Alex took me. And I'm glad Pilar came along and brought her friend, Lindsey. These girls are fantastic and I'm sure we'll be seeing more shows together in my short time left here in NC. (Love Language?!)

Here are the photos taken by my amazing husband:

The best part is that we got to meet her after the show. Dream come true! She was absolutely fabulous.
Random: Kirsten Dunst must be dating the drummer because she came on stage for the last song and they were very huggy. Can you spot her in the pictures? 

Monday, September 20, 2010

My Weekend in Photos

We had a fantastic weekend.

Friday was the CD release party that Alex played at. It was amazing! Sam Fisher is the man.
I couldn't take many photos because I was working media in the production booth in the wayyy back.

Saturday we visited the North Raleigh Farmer's Market. We bought a whole chicken for the first time! We were pretty nervous about it...but Alex is a great cook! So after church he sliced up that chicken and made a delicious dinner. Yumm.

Sunday we went to SPARKcon in downtown Raleigh along with some wonderful friends. Jaxon also tagged along. It was so much fun checking out the art, music, etc. Good times. In the evening we had our weekly Soma meeting. I always love getting together with these people.

We also watched the entire first season of Dexter. Yup, it's pretty safe to say that we're hooked. As a person who has a bachelor's in psychology I find Dexter to be extremely fascinating. I'm looking forward to catching up on the rest of the seasons.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Summit CD Release Party

This Friday our church will be hosting a CD release party for Sam Fisher's new record. Alex and I love Sam and his family. They're great people and Sam is such a talented musician and the newest worship leader for the Summit's Cole Mill campus. We're excited for this new record. I've already heard some of the songs and they are great! You can listen to a little sneak preview right here.

You should really come out to the Summit's Brier Creek campus tomorrow night at 7:30pm for the party. And if you've got kids, no excuses! Childcare will be provided. Also, Alex will be playing on stage with Sam and some other Summit musicians...it's going to be grand! I love seeing Alex play music, it's kinda the reason I married him. ;-)

And if you're looking for other fun stuff to do in the RDU this weekend you have to check out SparkCon. It's a wonderful free event being held all weekend long in downtown Raleigh. There's art, music, fashion, food, etc etc etc. We went to our first SparkCon in 2008, the year we moved to Raleigh. And here are some pictures from last year's SparkCon. Alex and I are planning on enjoying the event on Sunday...so let us know if you want to hang out.

I also wanted to say thank you for prayers and kind words concerning Alex's uncle. They are greatly appreciated. Alex was able to be with his family this week to comfort them and is on his way home today. I can't wait to see my wonderful husband and I'm proud of him for stepping up to be there for his family.

Monday, September 13, 2010

An Unexpected Loss

Alex and I were getting ready this morning. We were just about to leave to drop him off at work when we received a phone call from Alex's mom. In between tears she told us that her brother, Alex's uncle, had passed away. We were obviously shocked. We're not sure what happened. No one was expecting anything like this to happen...does anyone ever expect this?

We decided that Alex should get down to Miami right away to be with his family. I can only imagine the pain that they must all be feeling. It breaks my heart...

The only comfort is in knowing that he is with the Lord now. When Alex and I were talking earlier he said that he is grateful to Charlie for introducing their family to Christ. It was at his urging that they began to attend church. They all were saved in that process and now Alex is following God instead of the world. I'm thankful to Charlie for being faithful to share with his family. Although I mourn the fact that he is not with us anymore, I rejoice that he is with God now. Death is not victorious.

[Charlie, Patty, Istvan, MariaTe, and Abuelita Teresa on
Patty & Istvan's wedding day last May]

Please be praying for Alex while he is in Miami the next few days and for his family during this time. Thank you. 

Friday, September 10, 2010

At The Dog Park

It's no secret that I'm pretty much in love with our Jaxon.
Every time I see him I can't help but smile. He's the absolute cutest dog that I've ever seen.
I'm sure if/when you meet him, you will instantly agree. Unless, of course, you have a pooch of your own that you are smitten with. In that case, I can understand if Jaxon comes in second in your hearts. But as for me, Jaxon is top dog.

We haven't taken him to the dog park too much because he has some doggie aggression issues. It's kind of hit or miss. Some dogs he's fine with, other dogs he goes crazy and starts barking and lunging. Scary!

A couple weeks ago we took a chance and visited the Flaherty Dog Park. When we first arrived there was no one else there so Jaxon had the whole park to himself. Soon, however, two other dogs arrived. We allowed Jaxon to get close to them using the fence as a barrier. He seemed to be doing okay so we brought him to the other side of the fence so he could run and play with the other dogs. And he did great! He did snap at one of the dogs once, but other than that there were no incidents. It made my heart so happy to see him playing with other dogs.

This week is the official start of Jaxon's obedience training at Teamworks. Hopefully we'll learn how to handle his little outbursts better so that he can have a lot of doggie friends around the neighborhood. Pray for us!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Baby Judah

I should have blogged about these photos weeks ago...but I'm just really slacking lately. I haven't felt very inspired to blog in recent days. I'm hoping that will change soon.

Anyway, if you're a regular around here you probably already know about our friends, Thomas and Leslie.  I did Leslie's maternity photos last April and I did a quick photo shoot after the baby was born when Thomas's family was in town.

Well, it seems my camera just can't get enough of the Cranes. Judah is adorable as can be so I went over to their place and took a few photos of this cutie.
Seriously, check him out: