Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
DAVE GOT A JOB!! after months of diligently looking, the search is finally over (and not a moment too soon)! he starts tomorrow as an academic advisor for the video production students at the art institute of colorado. it seems like the perfect fit...combining his art and education backgrounds.
our faith has definitely been tried over the last few months. although we knew that the lord was aware of us, there were times when it felt like we were left alone. our prayers took on new intensity and we found immense comfort through fasting and attending the temple. but even so, we were amazed at how the doubt and frustration could creep in. more than once i felt like the man in the new testament that said, "lord, i believe; help thou my unbelief." i am so grateful that the lord is patient with us. especially when we doubt him (or his timing) and waver. he is so forgiving and for that i am grateful. we were reminded that the lord always keeps his promises and the promises that both dave and i received in blessings were fulfilled. i am grateful for the prayers of others and the power of collective faith, prayers and fasting. we feel so blessed to have wonderful family and friends who prayed constantly for us (including our sweet nieces and nephews). i am so grateful for the gospel. i honestly don't know how people make it without knowing the lord is there, ready and willing to strengthen, support and provide guidance. we definitely have felt his hand in dave finding this job.
we are so excited and maybe one day i will get dave to actually post about it (i'm crossing my fingers, but not holding my breath)!
this is the pimped out bmw we parked next to. and for those interested, it is for sale. score! i am sure we can find the phone number for anyone interested.
on your marks, get set...go!
dave and i started out with the go-karts. i think the last time i drove a go-kart was when i was in middle school. i was all ready to burn it up, but my car didn't seem to respond as quickly as i was hoping. other kids were flying by me and i had the pedal pushed all the way down. is it because i weighed more than the other kids and my car was dragging?! who knows. dave's car ended up dying right when our turn was over. he had to be pushed back to the starting line. our cars may have struggled, but we had a great time!
next up...the flight simulator. this thing tossed us all over the place. luckily neither of us lost our dinner :)
last up...laser tag. our team tore it up! don't mess with us!
we finished up the night with some ben & jerry's. i had to laugh because this is what i found later. oops! luckily we caught it soon enough and no permanent damage was done. back to the *freezer* it went!
dave and i also got to watch darling creed since his parents are in the primary. he is 6 months old and such a happy guy! we loved taking care of him...although dave is the one who mainly took care of his since he seemed to prefer dave to me. i don't blame him...dave is a stud! i wanted to steal a picture of creed from his parent's web site, but i don't know how they feel about me posting a picture of their kid on my site. so you just have to trust me that he is sooo cute!
i don't know if the following two pictures qualify as tourist attractions, but we thought they were interesting and a little crazy.
we visited the capilano suspension bridge, vancouver's #1 tourist attraction. the bridge is 230 feet above the capilano river and as you walk across it it bounces and sways (especially when you have tons of people walking across at the same time). it was cool and i had to resist the urge to run across so it would bounce and sway more.
once you cross the bridge you enter a treetops adventure area. it has a series of smaller suspension bridges taking you from tree to tree, giving you a "squirrel's eye view" of the forest. everthing was so green and beautiful.
how could we resist a picture with the big bear dressed as a ranger?!
we left capilano and took the tram up to grouse mountain. at the top is a huge forest that leads to more mountains. we saw tons of runners on the trails and i was jealous.
this eagle was carved into the tree. pretty cool
vancouver had totem poles all over the place. they are very proud of their native heritage. here are a few we saw.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
after wandering around we found ourselves at "the wizard's chest." it totally rocks and has all sorts of games, costumes and random things. our course we made our way to the costume section and ended up (as we often do) trying on crazy hats. i think it is one of our favorite things to do...we are easily entertained.
"nice bum, where you from?"
"redneck. and darn proud of it"
go rams...not really, but they didn't have a cougar. i am in colorado after all
i loved these glasses. i seriously almost bought them.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
ps - can you tell that we are sitting here trying to figure out where to go tonight?! i know the comments won't help us with our predicament tonight, but hopefully it will help us avoid similar situations in the future.