Friday, May 28, 2010

6 Observations

1) I'm pretty sure that Lee Dewyze and I would be great friends if given the opportunity!
2) Only in Iowa can you drive to work with your seat heater and heat on in the morning and drive home after work with the air conditioner on full blast.
3) If I could link Twitter up to my mind, you'd realize just how random my thoughts are.
4) In one day I saw signs for 1-800-Dog-Poop and "Master Dump."
5) Summer bonfires are in my top 10 favorite things of all time
6) Wedding Dances = MEGA fun

Monday, May 24, 2010

Mission to the City

This week, the Downtown Church is taking a mission trip.... to Des Moines. We're spending a week reaching out to the city of Des Moines by loving and serving the people of this city. Our bible studies have teamed up and are spending the days doing various service projects. Today, we spent the entire day washing cars for FREE! Other groups volunteered at Goodwill, took people to the Zoo, volunteered for Freedom for Youth and Habitat for Humanity, painted the YMCA, and cleaned up some church buildings. Every morning, we also have a bunch of people downtown handing out free breakfast to people on their way to work. Its a great way to say hello to people and reach out. At the end of the week, Friday night, we're hosting a FREE concert at Simon Estes amphitheater. Steele Croswhite and Phil Wickham are performing and the show starts at 7 pm. Did I mention it's free! Tonight we spent the evening walking downtown handing out fliers for the concert and talking to people about church and Jesus. I've heard some pretty great stories so far and its only the first day of Mission to the City. The Lord blessed us with great weather and great opportunities today! I can't wait for the rest of the week!

Friday, May 21, 2010

6 Observations

1) May is my favorite month... for obvious reasons.
2) I'm oblivious to how old people are. I just assume everyone is my age.
3) Crystal Light popsicles are my birthday treat of choice this year. I plan to eat them all month long.
4) I usually make birthdays a big deal, whether you want me to or not.
5) I haven't had an "I Heart Everything J" day since college. I need to bring that back!
6) The Swagger Wagon video is genius. Even I want a mini van so I can be a part of the hype!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Blue Steel.... really really ridiculously good softball

Softball Season has begun. I really love my softball team, mostly because we're all about having fun. Actually, we all really want to win, but we don't cry ourselves to sleep at night if we don't (maybe Trent does.) We may not be the best but we sure look good out there on the field. Here's our team roster:

Jill "The Thrill" Trost
Kelli "Tornado" Rolfes
Jenni "Dutch Blitz" Van Wyk
Emily "Flash" Keegan
Haley "H Bomb" Janssen
Trent "Coach" Keegan
Greg "Is that Derek Jeter? No Its Greg" Altmaier
Eric "The Italian Stallion" Percuoco
Jeremy "Firestarter" Oberg
Kayla "Showstopper" Boyd
Dan "I Make Things Happen" McGuire
Melissa "Young Guns" McGuire
Scott "Scoot" Mathess
Darrin "Hamburgler" Miedema
McKenna "Hollywood" Miedema

Friday, May 14, 2010

6 Observations

1) Des Moines is filled with Pheobe Buffay type runners! I laughed all the way home the other day watching some of them run.
2) The effort to peel an orange sometimes overwhelms me that by the time its peeled, I no longer want to eat it.
3) I paint my nails based on my mood.
4) Driving home the other day, I saw a kid in his driving twirling a hockey stick like it was a light saber. His sister just stared at him.
5) The smell of vanilla scented things gives me a headache.
6) I have the tendency to laugh at inappropriate times.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

McKenna and Darrin's wedding

Darrin and McKenna Miedema... how cute! The wedding was May 7, 2010, and it was quite a fun day. After an early morning of kickboxing, I went back home to snooze for a bit. I picked up the Big Kat around 10:30 and we headed out for breakfast. This girl is legit. I love her and was so glad she made it in from Denver for the big day. We ran some errands and then headed over to the church to check on everyone and make sure everything was going smoothly. We picked up lunch for everyone and got Darrin and McKenna checked into their hotel. We even had a little fun decorating. If you want your hotel room decorated, ask Kate. She's goes crazy! I laughed so hard I fell on the floor and almost peed my pants!
After our masterful decorating was completed, we headed back to the church to help with pictures. Justin does such a great job taking pictures and it was really fun to watch and help out. Finally it was time for us to get ready while the whole wedding party was taking pictures.
Showtime! The wedding was beautiful. Dan gave a great message, Justin and Matt did a great job with the music, and everyone looked beautiful. At one point in the wedding, you could hear Dan whisper into his microphone "My feet are falling asleep!" The entire audience busted up laughing because I'm pretty sure he didn't think we could hear. So funny.
The reception and dance party were at the Embassy Suites. My favorite part... the dancing! We did a little Hoedown Throwdown, Cupid Shuffle, Michael Jackson, and even had an impromptu air guitar/band session to The Killers "I Believe in a Thing Called Love." Such a great time! Congrats to you both!!

Kate (The Big Kat) and I

Part of our CREW... the ushers

Love these girls


Apparently, this is what Farrells can do for you

A little air guitar and drum!

The Beautiful Bride and I

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Nashville Recap

After one of THE longest car rides I can ever remember, we arrived safely in Nashville at 5 am on Thursday (having left Des Moines at 5 pm Wednesday). My dear friend Rachel greeted us at the door half asleep and showed us where our pallets were. I don't remember the next 6 or so hours.

1:30 am... Kelli was sleeping

3:30 am

Thursday afternoon, we enjoyed the sunny and warm Nashville weather. We spent much of the afternoon walking around Centennial Park, taking pictures at the Parthenon, eating some frozen yogurt from a local Nashville shop, and walking around West End. Thanks to iphones and GPS, we were able to navigate Nashville pretty easily.
Centennial Park

Thursday night we met up with Rachel and some of her friends for the Nashville Sound baseball game. Such a beautiful night for baseball and friends.
Friday morning Rachel took us to the Pancake Pantry, a local favorite. Rachel waited in line while we checked out some shops. YUM. Great pancakes! After breakfast, we headed out to Belle Meade to the plantation on the outskirts of town. We toured the mansion and the surrounding grounds and learned a lot about Nashville's history. After so much learning, we decided to do some shopping so we made our way to the Shops at Green Hills. We were successful in finding some great purchases. I also found a really great Nashville mug which I'm so excited about. Friday night we ate at Cantina Laredo in The Gulch before heading to The Station Inn to hear some good ole bluegrass. This was probably one of my favorite things we did. As tired as I was, I love listening to live music, especially music that is native to the area you're in!

At Cantina Laredo

Legendary Bluegrass music

Rachel and I at The Station Inn

Saturday brought the beginning of what would become the Nashville Flood of 2010. We stopped at The Frothy Monkey in the morning so Melissa and Kelli could get some coffee and I could read. As we were walking back to our car, I stepped in a GIANT water puddle and my shoes have been wet ever since. From that moment on, I don't think it ever stopped raining. We drove downtown and toured the Country Music Hall of Fame. So much history to country music, it was really great to see all the artifacts and exhibits. Following the museum, we drove out to Opry Mills and had to sit in the parking lot for a solid 20 minutes waiting for the rain to let up. I should also mention that we drove through some pretty large puddles of water on the interstate on our way out to Opry. The rain eventually slowed enough and we made a run for it. We toured the Grand Ole Opry which was also one of my favorite things we did.

We were pretty much soaked and tired of being out in the rain so we crashed at Rachel's place for a bit before dinner. (Rachel was such a great hostess and let us stay with her for the weekend.. and also Chris. Thanks!) For dinner we ate at Jackson's. Such a fun spot and great food. After dinner we decided to walk along Broadway since it surprisingly wasn't raining anymore. Well, by the time we found a parking spot and walked to Broadway, the heavens opened up and the rain came pouring down. We didn't last long. I was, however, serenaded that night by Rachel singing all the words to Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me." I'm still actually singing it in my head.

Nashville is a great little city (minus the flooding roadways) and I can't wait until I get to visit again. There's so much music and talent packed into that city, I feel like I need to schedule my next trip around some local concerts in the city. Thanks Sache for taking us in and showing us your city and thanks to your friends too for being great. I even got to see where Matt Wertz and Taylor Swift live! Nashville was wonderful and I have nothing but great memories.... but next time I'm flying there! :)

Here's the Nashville Playlist as well:
Don't Stop Believing - Glee Cast
Girl Named Tennessee - Needtobreathe
Heartbreaker - Matt Wertz
Everybody but You - Dave Barnes
Party in the U.S.A. - Miley Cyrus
Steal My Kisses - Ben Harper
Back to Tennessee - Billy Ray Cyrus
Something Like That - Tim McGraw
Walking in Memphis - Marc Cohn
American Honey - Lady Antebellum
Mountain Music - Alabama
Shout Out Loud - Amos Lee
Lealand Lane - Matt Wertz
Good Life - Andy Davis
Day Tripper - The Beatles
Who Wouldn't Want to be Me - Keith Urban
Mud on the Tires - Brad Paisley
Fishin in the Dark - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

At the Grand Ole Opry. Just 24 hours later this entire parking lot would be under water.

And then the floods came...

Friday, May 07, 2010

6 Observations.. Nashville Style

1) As soon as you start talking to someone with a southern accent, you instantly have one too
2) All people in the south dress alike. Guys with their mop tops Bieber hair, khaki shorts, collared shirts (tucked in) and loafers. Girls with their white v-neck tees, slightly off centered pony tails, and nike running shorts
3) Surprisingly, in Nashville, the most eccentric looking people don't look out of place
4) My new ringtone for when Rachel calls is Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me". Ask her to sing it for you. She knows the words. Red light, yellow light, green light, go.....
5) Tennessee does not know how to build roads. (i.e. see Nashville 2010 flood pictures).
6) People from Missouri love personalized license plates

Monday, May 03, 2010

Fishing Begins!

First fishing trip of the year… and boy was it exciting. Following Mission Sunday, a bunch of us met up at Greg's for lunch before heading out to Bondurant for an afternoon of fishing. It was the maiden voyage for The Lady Fish (my new fishing pole). In case you're wondering, she's black and rimmed in pink and she sparkles a little. I love her. She apparently loves me too because she caught the first fish of the day. I was told it was a Blue Gill (I need to bring my fish identifier book apparently). Fairly soon after the first catch, JP caught one which we actually think was my same fish. Curtis also caught one and JP caught his second fish. Eric tried his luck at fly fishing and was eventually successful. Its crazy to watch him fly fish… and dangerous if you're standing to close to the line. Kelli was also successful and caught a trout. Poor Greg was not having any luck and kept getting ridiculous knots in his line so he decided to try his luck with The Lady Fish while I sat and chatted with Jane. At one point, I look over to Greg and he had the pole in one hand and the reel in the other. Yeah, he wasn't having much luck with fishing. Shaly spent much of her time catching tadpoles and trying to fish with them which proved to be unsuccessful.
It was a great afternoon with friends and I can't wait for the Fishing Derby 2010!!

Eric and one of his fish

Kelli attempting to reel in her fish

Curtis with catch #1

JP extremely excited about catching his fish

Greg sporting the fishing look of the 2010 season

No fish for Greg but he was eventually successful at catching a tadpole

Shaly being Shaly

First catch of the day with my new Lady Fish fishing pole!

Fishing Friends