Esther 4:14b

"...and who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this."

Thursday, March 26, 2009

More Cook Islands Dancer Videos

Here are the rest of the videos I took. They bring back good memories and man can they shake their hips!

Cook Islands Fire Dancer

I finally got a chance to join Vimeo and convert my movie files to a format that blogger would allow. Here is the craziest fire dancer I've ever seen - not that I've seen many fire dancers!

P.S. I know it may sound in the video like I'm saying "Oh my God" but I don't take my Savior's name in vain.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

My New Favorite Kiss

I was sitting here at my desk craving some candy and debating with myself if it's really worth the money in the vending machine. Deciding it wasn't and forcing myself to make the healthier choice, I retrieved my apple from my bag and proceeded to the cafeteria to wash it.

And lo and behold what should be sitting out on the table for everyone to help themselves to? These little delights:

I admit it. I took 4. But, I didn't allow myself to eat them until AFTER I ate my apple.

Thank goodness St. Patty's Day has already gone otherwise I may spend all my spare change on buying up bags of these things from the store.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Why One Should Be Careful When Using a Flat Iron

I was in a rush this past Saturday to get out the door and on my way to DC.

I managed to oversleep my alarm clock by one whole hour and then in my mad dash to flat iron my hair, put on some makeup, pack an overnight bag and get out the door, my mind somehow shut off.

As a result, I now have these:

Thankfully the one on my ring finger has already gone down, but the one on my middle finger is going to be here for a few more days probably. Worst burn I ever had at the hand of a flat iron. It was so bad that I knew the instant I peeled my fingers off the hot ceramic plate they were blistering regardless of how much ice or cold water I subjected them to.

Oh well, thankfully the rest of the weekend ended up much better than it started.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Going on a Misson

This weekend I get to play a mix of Jack Bauer and James Bond.

Hubby and I are heading down to Washington, DC (hopefully it won't be completely filled with Obama-mania) to visit our dear friend Katie and hubby's cousin and his wife.

I'm excited because we're going to the International Spy Museum. Hubby and I have been wanting to go here for quite some time because I love museums and hubby because he thinks it'd be so cool to be in the CIA or work as a counterterrorism agent. The museum has this experience where you actually get to play the part of a federal agent who's trying to stop an international terrorist activity and work to solve the case. It should be a lot of fun.

Besides that, my weekend will be filled with glittering invitations, getting a haircut, cleaning and laundry. I don't think Jack Bauer or James Bond have to do their own cleaning or laundry...hmmm.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Movie Weekend

This past weekend hubby and I used up a gift card someone gave us for Christmas. First off, I didn't know anybody actually used Blockbuster anymore and after renting four movies, I know why we don't!

Four movies at Blockbuster cost $21. We watched all four movies in two days (even though we have them for a whole week). Had I gone to a Redbox like I normally do when movie night is calling I would have only paid $8 to rent the four movies for two nights (or better yet, rent two one night and pay $2 and then rent 2 the next night when you return the original 2 and pay $2 for a total of $4). Hmm...$21 or $8? You do the math.

Anyway...thank goodness we had a gift card so I didn't feel bad about dropping that much on movie night.

We rented:

We loved An American Carol (finally a second side to bad it didn't do too hot in theaters) and What Happens in Vegas (good for some laughs). Swing Vote wasn't bad (not as funny as I thought it'd be) and Hancock was pretty food for an action movie too.

How about you? Have you seen any good movies lately?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

It's like Easter grass

Remember when you were a kid and you had that plastic Easter grass in your baskets? Remember how that stuff got everywhere and you'd still be picking up little pieces of it months after Easter was over?

I think I'm going to be doing the same thing with teal glitter.

Last night I started the tedious (yet enjoyable) process of glittering 200 invites for my cousin's wedding. The fine little sparkles were E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E! All over my black coat, my black pants, my craft room white carpet, my face, my fingers. Whatever it was, I guarantee you it had some sort of blue sparkle on it. Very pretty, but also a little too childish when wearing your black dress pants out in public.

If only it had been green for St. Patrick's Day today.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Blinded While Driving

Today, for the second time in my life, I had something really strange happen to me while driving - and no I'm not talking about the lady who honked at me to get me to roll down my window to tell me my left rear light is out. Thank you very much, ma'am. A cop told me the same thing about two weeks ago, but every time I check my rear lights, they're all working just fine. Go figure.

No, the strange thing was that all of a sudden I went almost completely blind due to my eyes watering uncontrollably and being incredibly itchy. Not to convenient while one is driving 50+ mph. It was way worse than when the opthamologist dialates your eyes and then sends you to drive home wearing the goofy pair of paper glasses. The first time it happened about two years ago, I had to pull over and wait about 5 minutes until the watering subsided. Thankfully today I was able to pull to the slow lane and drive while blinking like a maniac for a couple minutes, and then just as quickly as it came on, it was gone.

Strange. I know. Hopefully it doesn't happen again (well, at least for another two years).

Spring is on its way!

Spring is finally on its way here in the northeast. Yesterday was a beautiful 60 degrees and I arrived home to purple crocuses blooming along the front walk. Today, its back down to 43, but at least I know spring is trying to make an appearance. Yeah!!!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Introducing Caleb Scott Eggar!

I finally got to see some photos of our new nephew. Needless to say, big brother does not look too happy about having to share the attention!

My sister & her family. Caleb can't take his eyes off his big brother, while Braden doesn't know quite what to make of him.

My beautiful mom with her grandsons. Braden is not happy at all that he has to share Grandma's lap! Granted, it was 10pm or so by this time, too.

"Do we have to keep him?"

Thankfully the latest report is that Braden is warming up to his new little buddy, but the poor kid (Braden) had a fever of 103 the other day and is now all covered in the red spots associated with roseola!

So glad you're finally here, Caleb! Can't wait to meet you in June!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


WARNING: Random post ahead!

We'll this last week has been a week of catch up. I'm ashamed to admit that I still haven't unpacked or done the laundry after returning home from our Cook Islands trip. It's almost as if I'm avoiding it because as soon as the suitcases are unpacked and put away, the trip of a lifetime is behind us. Very sad. Thankfully, we got some amazing photos and I'm hoping to post some of them shortly...maybe even by tomorrow...with a little post about all the fun things we did there. And, tonight I'm biting the bullet and unpacking while hubby is at his meeting.


We received some very exciting news this past weekend - our second nephew was born on February 28th around 9:30pm! He was due on the 21st, but was too cozy in my sister's belly I guess. They had scheduled an induction for March 5th which my sister was really bummed about because she wanted a February baby, so thankfully Caleb Scott (my dad's middle name) decided to make his appearance on his own in February. Although, technically in my part of the country he was a March 1st baby! I'm still waiting to see photos of the little guy, but I've been told he looks exactly like his big brother, Braden, only with thick brown hair. I won't get to see him in person until our cousin's wedding in June, so hopefully some pictures will be sent my way soon...HINT! HINT!


Yesterday we had our biggest snowfall of the year. Silly me passed up on the opportunity to take a day off and made the drive in to work. Being from Colorado, I always laugh at the way people drive on snow. My typical 30 minute commute turned in to an hour only to arrive at work and realize 2/3rds of the office took the day off. Oh well, it earned me some brownie points with the boss which I'll need seeing how...


Hubby and I are going to ITALY in April for a friend's wedding! I'm so excited because I got back in touch (via Facebook) with one of my college roomies from freshman year (we also went to youth group in Colorado together in high school) and she invited us to her wedding in Italy (where she's been living/working/met this American soilder stud of hers). I'm really looking forward to going because I've always wanted to go to Italy and because I'm eager to see "Josh" again! Plus, the trip is practically paid for already because we had about half of what we saved for "spending" money from the Cook Islands left over (thank you New Zealand dollar for having such a favorable exchange rate!) and between that and the steal of a deal on airfare tickets we got, we shouldn't have to put anything on credit! Such a blessing from God!! We leave on April 15th from NYC, change planes in Madrid and arrive in Milan on the 16th. There's a couple days of partying before the wedding on the 18th in LaSpezia and then on the 19th we take the train back to Milan where we'll sightsee until we hop a plane home on the 21st with a 6 hour layover in Amsterdam (hopefully we'll be able to go see something in the country of my ancestors) before returning to NYC that afternoon. I'm so stinkin' excited!!


The deadline I gave hubby for telling his parents about our house is looming. We also have to spill the beans about Italy so those should be a few unpleasant days. Hopefully everything will go well with all that. We're eager to get back to working on the house and we're hoping to head out there again come May when the weather is warmer. Our plans of finishing up the kitchen may take longer than originally thought because we just recently paid of two credit cards and I told hubby we're not allowed to put the kitchen on credit. So, we'll do whatever little projects we can as the cash comes in.


I'm super excited because I have two new ventures I'm working on lately. The first is a "business" I'm doing with my aunt and uncle who are missionaries in Tanzania, Africa. It's going to be a way for them to raise some extra money for their orphan ministry and just to get their story out. We'll be selling handicrafts that my aunt purchases from natives in their area and the bulk of the money will go directly back into orphan ministry with a small part of the proceeds going towards the business maintenance side of things. I'm working on getting the website up and running and getting all the product she sent back with my cousin from Michigan to me so once those things are finished, I'll post the web address in case any of you are interested.

The other venture I'm working on is a long time dream of mine starting to become a reality. I'm opening up my own business! It's called Divine Creations and is an online store where I'll sell the jewelry, invitations, cards, other crafts, and graphic design that I do. Hopefully little by little I'll get some business and eventually it will be enough to make it so I can stay home when the kids come. I'm terrible at coming up with names for things, but feel lead to use this one. Not that I think the things I make are "divine" necessarily, but because whenever someone asks me where I come up with my ideas I have to respond that "they just come to me" which to me means that God placed them in my head. I was originally going to use Divine Inspirations (since they were God inspired), but that didn't really define a craft business, and thus the title of Divine Creations came about. I should be finished with my website in a few days, but then I have to replensish my stock of things to sell, so hopefully I'll be able to post the web address by the end of this month and start getting my name out there.

If you think of it, please pray that God would bless both of these ventures and use them to expand His territory. It's a big step for me to announce this because being a perfectionist, I'm very afraid of failure. But, it doesn't hurt (or cost anything really) to try!


For those of you who may remember the story about my dad getting mugged at gun point in the backyard of our house in Detroit, I have an update. He had to go to trial again as a witness while hubby and I were away and the judge ended up sentencing the kid to 8 years in prison. Praise the Lord that he'll at least be off the streets for a little bit, but at the same time, pray for his salvation.

And while we're on the subject of my dad, if you remember it, please keep him in your prayers because he's in South Africa right now for work and on his flight back home he has to change plans in Sengala. For those of you who watch 24 you know all about the type of violence that's in Sengala (no that's not all fiction on the show!), so please pray for his safety and the safety of their two donors who are on the trip with him.


Whew! What a random post! Stay tuned for an update from our Cook Islands trip and for pictures of our new nephew (if I ever get them, Mom & Chels!).