Monday, November 22, 2010

The Rundown

Our weekend was great, but like all weekends do, it went way too fast.  Friday evening we went out to dinner with my family, then headed to the store to fill our shoe boxes for Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child.  It is such a cool idea, and such an easy way to make a child's Christmas just a little brighter.  If you haven't checked it out yet I urge you to follow the link and read all about it.

Saturday we got up bright and early, dropped Jack off with my Dad and Ann, and excitedly headed up to the Imax theater to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  Oh yes, we are THAT dorky.  We even got there an hour early to insure a good seat.  But, um...we MAY have overestimated the dorky-ness of other people...because this was the line when we showed up...

In other words - there was no line.  Only my siblings, their other halves, and Matt and I.  Eventually other people did show up and the line made it to the corner, but we probably could have saved ourselves a few frozen toes and come a few minutes later.

Still, it was SO fun, of course we all loved the movie.  Except for maybe Brandon, who kept asking who Valdavore was and why his nose looked like that (He meant Voldemort for all you other Potter nerds).

Sunday was the Thanksgiving service at our church, and you guys, it was amazing.  And so encouraging for me right now.  Our church does something called cardboard testimonies, and their impact is just incredible. Here is the video...

We also dropped of our aforementioned shoebox, and it was amazing to see the generosity as the gifts piled up.  Think about all the smiles those simple boxes will bring this holiday season.
After church we headed out to my Dad's house for lunch, where Jack serenaded us with a beautiful piece on the piano.

It was too cute.  He would stop playing, point to the music until someone turned the page for him, then continue banging away on the keys.

I think he will have his Daddy's musical talent (of which I have NONE by the way, as you may remember from this post, so hopefully he inherited that from Matt!).

How was your weekend?


  1. CUTE pictures of him at the piano, that is just precious. My Q loves to strum the guitar. I have no musical talent, either. Tried piano as a kid, and didn't like practicing, sooo....
    Needless to say, hopefully mine ends up with his Dadda's tidbit of talent, too.
    We attempted to take family pics this weekend, in the wind. It was a blast. Ahem.

  2. Failure to practice was my downfall as well!

  3. so jealous-y-oso (that's a semi-Dora reference from banana) that you and your Dorky self got to see HP! I was dorkier, and finishing the book for the 2nd (maybe 3rd?) time to assuage my slight disappointment at not being able to go see it immediately. Hope you enjoyed your weekend!

  4. Love this post because my husband was in India when these boxes got handed out and he got to see the little faces all lit up with joy at receiving them!

    Now about those grubs... I've totally got a solution for ya if you ever get them again. Freezer for 24 hrs. I do that to nearly everything I grab from the out of doors!! Kills whatever's in there dead and you'll never know! :)

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  5. Wow! Your church is awesome! Look at all those wonderful gifts to be sent off to so many equally wonderful children! I love that particular project. We take part in that as a family through our church every year, too. Taking my boys shopping for things to fill our shoeboxes is a wonderful way to teach compassion and to help them realize how touched lives can be.

    Also, I love the cardboard testimonies. I've watched clips of those before and my heart has truly been touched. Amazing. Also amazing? The photos of your boy, What a great series! Hope you frame those!


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