Tuesday, November 20, 2012

40 snapshots of Andrew continued...

He gets us up early on Easter morning...

...to meet our neighbors at a sunrise Easter service.

He gives this girl a lift....all the time.
He'll be the first one to admit he's not  flexible AT ALL...and still will play Twister with the kids.

He'll do a LOT to get a good deal (Black Friday shopping)

He cares about widows because God says He cares and wants us to care, too.
 Here, he's pouring cement with buddies for one.
He helps you stay up,,,
..and picks you up when you fall (or when you plan on running away from him).
He wants to honor and remember.

He still can move pretty fast...for a guy his age.

He takes us on hikes (Brielle looks thrilled!).

He'll even wear matching shirts. Awwww!

He teases mercilessly (and they all love it, of course).

He's got some good moves...

...but he doesn't mind at all not being in the limelight.
Though he does a great job when he is!
He's a loving and thoughtful husband...
...and even indulges me with his GQ serious pose at times because it's too hard to find
 the right smile that will please his wife
(I must say, this one is a not bad at all! I'm the one whose eyes are a bit spacey).

Happy Birthday to the best 40 year old I know!
Love you!

40 snapshots of the 40 year old: part 1

Why it's so fun to be married to this old man...who's turning 40!!
Happy Birthday, Andrew!

He'll eat my food, even if it burns his taste buds and throat on the way down.
He's always willing to help out with meals (and now you know why).
He appreciates God's handiwork.
He appreciates it when the menu uses words like 'large' and other quantifying adjectives.
It's all about the quantity, babe!
He survived a 40+ mile bike and hike and 14+ hours with his 3 siblings this summer. .

He can appreciate an ol' fashion thriftstore.
He's the one who inspired me to start running.
He shaves his head at the end of each schoolyear...no matter what.
He's not afraid to get his hands dirty (literally, of course).
He knows how to have a blast!
He takes dressing-up seriously.

He'll even act up the part...all the way through (here, dressed up as the 99) .

He teaches piano, after a long day of teaching close to 150 students.
He's always up for playing games...way more often than I am.

He's a hunter...of fruit. A.k.a. urban harvestor. 
He's a true Blazer fan --has been for years and stays true to his team (minus the jailblazer years).
He knows when he's done a good deed --like putting together this burger at a Cor Deo event!
He know how to rest from his work.

He knows how to play.

He can multitask...on very little sleep...and appreciate Michele's egg burrito...
after running a hard leg...and hearing Matt Kile complain for hours. :)

He loves to prune the grapevine and make grape juice every year.
He moves in mysterious ways.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fourth of July with Friends

This year was my second 4th of July as an American, for better or for worse. The 'better' part of having become an American is that it no longer feels awkward to be putting on a Fourth-of-July Party for our friends. I no longer feel like an impostor....I've earned my stars and stripes! I'm not sure I would call myself patriotic yet, but I do enjoy how the people in our community go beserk with 4th of July fireworks. That's in fact why we've had a party here over the last few years. Our house happens to sit right smack in the middle of this 'Ring of Fire', with huge (may I add, illegal) fireworks being let off at every point of the compass rose.

This year, we had an eclectic group of friends join us for a night of...



on homemade ice cream
(a new 4th of July tradition was started -
 homemade chocolate, vanilla, and banana ice cream- YUM!)

(We made sure to keep a tradition that was started by our core group of friends a few years back, which is to decorate the kids' scooters/bikes or kids themselves with American banners and flags before they go off on a little parade around the park.)

and letting off fireworks

It was a fun celebration, though we did miss the old crew ('cept for Benintendis, who did make it)!