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A tea party

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Well it is been a while since I posted last. It turns out you get pretty busy with four children 10 and under. I thought I would share a time lapse here of a tea party we had with our good friends Chase and Brittany.

Why not dance after the tea party?

You will note that Seth has to get up towards the end and start dancing. What’s a party without a good dance?  
By the way, if you want see an inspiring story of God working in an amazing way to sustain a family going through an incredibly difficult circumstance, check out Chase and Brittany’s story here

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ABC- Anniversary, Broadmoor, Colorado

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June 30th marked our 10th anniversary this year and earlier in the spring, Joel suggested that we plan a trip to Vegas.  I was very excited at the possibility because my all-time favorite, Celine Dion, was coming back this summer to start a new show and I wanted to see it.  Then, Joel called me one day to say that he’d been awarded a trip to Colorado through his company…all play, no work, all expenses paid.  Do you see where I’m going with this????

What a spectacular place!

SO!  Joel and I were fortunate to celebrate our 10th anniversary this past week in Colorado Springs at the Broadmoor.  All I can say is “WOW!”  Everything about the trip was over-the-top, starting with a generous babysitting venture from Mimi and Poppa…just a couple of our favorites around here.  The kids loved every minute of their time with grandparents since they don’t see them very often, and Joel and I were able to relax and enjoy the trip without worry.

Tuesday morning, Joel and I hit the Arkansas River with several other excited first-time-river-rafters.  Once I was melted and poured in to my wet suit, booties, life jacket and helmet, we loaded a bus and drove up the road several miles to the “put in” spot.  During the drive, the guide began talking to us about survival skills, should one of us fall out of the raft. “Grab the OS line, keep your nose and toes out of the water at all times, the red and yellow rope is your last hope, swim to the bank for safety and stay in one spot until someone comes to find you, etc.”  I’ve gotta be honest, I started to get a little anxious and made Joel swear to save me at all costs!  BUT, once we hit the first set of rapids and were told to “LEAN IN!” by our guide, I was sold.  That was, by far, the most fun thing I’ve ever done in my life.  Joel and I jumped out of the raft and swam a little bit (in 45 degree water) toward the end of the journey and we laughed about it the whole way home.

We looked goofy, but we had a blast

Wednesday we headed off to the Garden of the Gods and hiked through red rocks and pine trees with a picnic lunch amidst some friendly chipmunks.  Once we got back to the hotel, we spent some much needed R&R time at the resort spa and then headed downtown for a fine steak and lobster dinner.  It was an amazing, extravagant time that we truly loved. Several people asked if we had children and we gushed about our three little darlings at home….yes, we were those people.  It didn’t take much for us to flash their photos and talk about how much we missed them.

Taking in God's creation

The best thing about our trip was a renewed bond of friendship that can easily be missed with dinner, discipline, diapers and dirty clothes.  It was our first time out of state together, without children, in more than 5 years!  We talked and laughed and had SO MUCH FUN.  I must have told Joel a hundred times, “Now I remember why I fell in love with you!”

As a matter of fact, I like him a whole lot too.

Praising God for 10 years~  Emily

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A wonderful day 10 years ago

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She's even more beautiful today

Emily, I love you with all my heart and it keeps getting better!

Joel

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The Kiser Family: Introducing Karis

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Hey y'all! This is Becky's friend, Sarah. Tonight I had the privilege of photographing the entrance into the world of Miss Karis Kiser. Becky was amazing and Karis is just perfect. Here are some photos for your viewing pleasure. (if you want to see them BIGGER, head on over to my blog).

via thekisers.blogspot.com

Our good friends, the Kisers, just had their baby girl.

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Night away

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Emily and I are on the way to spend the day on the Riverwalk in San Antonio and have a night away from the kids.

Everyone be sure to wish Em a happy birthday. She gets high marks as the chief operating officer of the family over the last 12 months. Rest assured, I’ll be doing my part to make her feel appreciated.

We needed this time away

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Chocolate Pie for Lamandra

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My good buddy Lamandra is an excellent pie maker…..peanut butter pie
is her forte. SO, my friend, this is one to add to your recipe box:
Chocolate Pie
1 refrigerated pie crust, baked and cooled 4 tbsp flour 1 cu sugar 1/4 tsp salt 2 cu milk 3 egg yolks 1/2 cu cocoa 1 tbsp butter 1 tsp vanilla
Mix and sift dry ingredients. Add milk and cook slowly over low
heat. Wisk in cocoa until well incorporated. Beat egg yolks (you
might temper them first) and stir into hot mixtures. Cook until thick
(constantly wisking is the key). Remove from heat and add butter and
vanilla and stir until melted. Cool and pour into a baked pie shell.
Meringue: 3 egg whites 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp vanilla 6 tbsp sugar
Add salt and vanilla to egg whites; beat until very foamy. Add sugar,
1 tbsp at a time. Beat until smooth and glossy. Cover the pie with
meringue and bake 10 minutes at 350 or until golden brown. Let it
cool completely before cutting into it to avoid “soupy pie…..” (but
it still tastes good that way!)

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Emily and Joel at Cristina’s wedding

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Emily and Joel at Cristina's wedding

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Kiss the cook…especially when she cooks enchiladas

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Kiss the cook...especially when she cooks enchiladas

Now this is a beautiful chef

 

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Polka dot

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Polka dot

Joel

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Video: Marty, Taylor and Joel at the Aggie Game

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Marty invited me to join him with Taylor at the Aggie game last Saturday.  Here’s a snippet of footage.

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