Monday, June 29, 2009

My BUSY Weekend

This past weekend was a busy one for me, but busy in the way that I like. It was filled with so many fun events that you actually feel like you spent your weekend the right way.
Friday Night: A bunch of us went downtown to the Arts Festival for the free concerts that were going on. Collective Soul was performing and the crowd that came out to watch them was quite hilarious. They sure have a devoted following. We somehow ended up standing by a drunk beligerant guy who was spouting out spiritual nonsense. It was quite entertaining but also sad in the same right. Shawn Johnson, Des Moines' local celebrity, also made an appearance so that was a fun surprise. Following her was the main event: GAVIN DEGRAW. I'm a huge Gavin fan and the concert was great. Something was wrong with the sound quality but he still put on a fun summer show and it was all FREE. You can't really beat that. Afterwords, a few of us went to Old Chicago to chat.

Saturday I woke up early and went to work to get a few hours in. I had a bunch of errands to run so I didn't stick around work too long and was on my way. Finished my errands, did a couple loads of laundry, got a quick run in, and got ready for the evening's event: The Taylor Swift and Keith Urban concert. It was sold out and my friend Jenni had 2 extra tickets so she asked me if I wanted to go along with her and her friend. Melissa also joined in the fun and we had a great time! We had more fun watching a crazy "man dancer" (who I ended up actually knowing!!!) than anything else. Keith and Taylor put on a great show. Taylor did a JT cover and Keith had a little MJ medley which I greatly appreciated. "Man in the Mirror" should always make an appearance at concerts! Keith Urban even filmed his next single's music video during the concert so that was a fun surprise. I doubt I made any of the shots but it was still fun to be there!

Sunday I was up bright and early for the Hy-Vee Triathalon. Brother Jason's start time was 6:15 am so I hustled to get there in time to see him enter the water and begin the race. It was very exciting and I found myself with a few tears. I just get so proud and emotional at things like this, I don’t know why, but I just do. :) After he was off in the water I found a few others who were there cheering on some DTC folks and we positioned ourselves along the exit from the water onto the bike and the exit from the bike to the running. We had a great spot for cheering and picture taking… though we missed jason on his first transition. We also found a prime spot at the end of the running/race to take pictures and cheer them to the finish. The entire triathalon was such a neat thing to watch. Organized chaos was my discription. The rest of Sunday was spent having breakfast with some friends, my outreach team got together at noon, I went to a wedding shower for my good friend Allison, and then had Sunday Funday with Kelli (to which multiple people joined in). The night ended with a bonfire and us attempting to make up a new song. Ahnice. :) …. I think I got some sleep in there somewhere.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

He was the King of Pop

There were a lot of imitators.....

But there was no one like him!

My Birthday Week - Monday

Monday (May 18.... this is SOOOOO late but I've been busy)
The morning started off by me walking in to work and exclaiming OMG outloud. At my desk was a giant cardboard cutout of Edward Cullen just waiting for me. Amongst other things at my desk were mutiple posted of Robert Pattinson, Twilight quotes were posted everywhere, I had flowers from my coworkers, and a Twilight themed cake. It was pretty hilarious. One of my coworkers also brought in breakfast so that was delightful. Basically, I found it hard to concentrate at work the entire day. I'm not sure if it was from all the robert pattinson posters that kept distracting me…. Or the fact that he was standing right behind me constantly looking over my shoulder. He even scared me a couple of times causing me to jump and laugh out loud. The workday went fast and I was headed out the door to enjoy the rest of my 26th birthday.

Melissa and Emily met me and we went to pick up Julie (the adventure crew) to head off to Ledges State Park. We hiked a bunch of trails, sweat a lot, and laughed even more. Some highlights from this adventure included:

I had such a fun birthday. I couldn't have asked for better weather or better friends.

Visiting the floods of 1993 memorial pole

Discovering that Melissa is never short of breathe

Relearning how to try to do the splits

One Poc

Julie "almost" falling down the cliff

Melissa running up the hill and me, completely out of breath, feeling defeated yet optimistic that I could make it to the top

The window grease story

Julie having to only eat bread when she was low on cash

Country music is BACK

Darrin me-dime-a??!!?? Is that how you say his last name?

Shovelling pizza into one's mouth so fast you basically are breathing in pizza

Rock climbing - in forbidden areas.

Having the best birthday ever!!

Friday, June 19, 2009

New Workout: Dodge the Bodyguard

The following video is the type of scenario that my coworkers and I like to image. What would happen if Robert Pattinson were talking down the street in Des Moines? How would we handle it? More importantly, how would we dodge the bodyguard? Thanks to my coworker Christie, we've developed a new workout to not only get you in shape, but also help you effectively elude those pesky bodyguards who don't let you get near your favorite celebrity. Feel free to ask for a demonstration sometime of some of the moves we've created. They're quite useful and effective. Now if Rob would just come to Iowa so we could test them out....

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


So, today may seem like a typical Tuesday.... but alas, it is not! The newest Jonas Brothers cd has hit the airwaves and I'm a proud owner! I love music of all kinds and I'm happy to call myself a proud Jonas Brothers fan. Though there's only a few of us in the Des Moines area (right Meg!) we're proud fans. Maybe we just haven't found those other fans yet... or maybe most people haven't discovered the awesomeness that is Jonas! Either way, I'm happy to be a fan. YEAH.

Monday, June 15, 2009

My Birthday Week - Sunday


My dear friends Kelli and Sarah threw me a bbq birthday party, inviting some of my great great friends to partake in the festivities. The weather wasn't exactly favorable but it didn’t stop us from having a great time. We grilled some hamburgers and hotdogs - disaster averted (the grill decided to shoot flames about a foot high? Who knows why?) Then we sat around laughing about stories, reminiscing about the old days and what our lives were like when we were younger. If you know me, you know my camera is always within arms reach so we decided to take some awesomely great pictures! We had a few good laughs at our different attempts to take cool pictures. The night ended with some gift opening, an appearance by the Weeks, and farewell hugs. Thanks for such a great night ladies. I love you all.

Btw: I must also add that for the night, I was wearing a dunce style birthday hat, a ribbon that said Dancing Star, Twilight Pins, and Jonas Brother pins.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Things I'm Thankful for Right Now

Just some things I was thankful for this morning amidst my busy hectic day:

My Toes: INJURY!!! Don't worry, it was nothing major… but it could have been. Yesterday I was just putting the dishes away from the dishwasher and I picked up a handful of silverware. Before I knew it, a knife had slipped from my hands and was plummeting toward my exposed toes. I didn’t even have time to react before the knife punctured my foot. It hit so perfectly that it just stuck there for about 2 seconds before it finally fell over. It all happened so fast I didn’t even know what to feel until about 5 seconds later when shooting pain ran up my leg! I screamed a little, did a little dance hopping around, and wondered how that just happened. Thankfully, I only had a puncture wound and not a sliced off toe. Moral of the story: don’t wear flip flops to empty the dishwasher!

Godly marriages - I went to a long time family friends wedding this weekend. Its really great to see 2 people who are following the Lord with their lives come together all in the Lord's timing. Plus, I got to spend a little time with my parents and see some old friends from back in the day so that was a blessing.

Friends: today Kelli and Sarah stopped by my place of business to bring me a wonderful treat. They knew that I've been working a lot lately and this morning I came in to work around 6 am (and would be working until about 5). They surprised me with a Starbucks vanilla steamer and banana nut chocolate chip bread. I'm so thankful for them and their friendship. They're SO great and I was SO surprised. It was the best part of my day.

Baseball: a bunch of us are going to the Iowa Cubs game this evening to see Rich Harden play. I could watch baseball all day every day!!

The weather on Sunday: So it poured all Saturday night and into Sunday morning. Every day I pray that there would be no rain on Sunday from 1-4 since my outreach meets outside. The Lord came through once again! We had beautiful weather and we were able to serve a lot of appreciative people! It was such a great afternoon!

Monday, June 01, 2009

Service Team!

Every summer, the DTC bible studies take a break and we start Epicenter. Epicenter is held Wednesday nights starting at 6:30 pm with a bbq followed by a speaker around 7 pm. Then during the week, there are different outreach groups that meet to serve different parts/areas/people of Des Moines. This summer I am part of the Service Team for the Drake neighborhood. Every Sunday we meet around noon and head out to the neighborhoods to help out. We do everything from mowing lawns, cleaning gutters, washing windows and cars, digging up plants, shovel rocks, chopping down trees…. You get the idea. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon serving and loving others as we're called to. I love my group and we have so much fun together. Sunday afternoons have always been my favorite part of the week (thanks to Sunday funday with kelli) and I'm glad they can continue!
This past Sunday we were fortunate enough to help out quite a few families. We were outside for quite a while and I'm feeling it, namely: my head is sunburned where my hair was parted… ouch. Jenni and I washed a car using Tony Stewart Car Care tips; McKenna, Darrin, and Liz shoveled gravel and dug a path; Trent broke the weed eatter; and some of the others laid a brick patio and planted some flowers. It's a great way to meet some neighbors, love them, and show them what a servant of Christ is all about. We ended our day with a bbq at Haley's house (thanks haley's parents!). It was a great Sunday afternoon!

If you want to know more about Epicenter, check out the DTC website at It'll change your life!