Saturday, March 25, 2006

Birthday Blessings

I met up with nine of my girl friends this afternoon at Evangelos Restaurant to celebrate my birthday. I don't realize sometimes how blessed I am with so many friends, from all walks of life...married, single, friends in ministry, friends from work, friends from way back. It was a great time to hang out, catch up and eat great food! My lunch and desert was paid for by the owner and his former boss. I worked at Evangelos for 4 years just out of high school. I went to thank them for my lunch and Diana, Angelo's wife, gave me a dozen long stemmed roses to say, "happy birthday!" It was a complete surprise to me and added to the specialness of the some ways though it doesn't surprise me because that is just Diana's nature. She is always giving, going above and beyond with hostessing and making people feel loved. Thanks Diana and Angelo! Thanks too, to all my friends who stopped by to celebrate with me!

Friday, March 24, 2006

Exciting news!

So I have some pretty exciting news to share from the Eller homefront. My brother is ENGAGED!! Woohoo!! A wedding for the Eller family! He proposed to his, now fiance, Aimy yesterday with the majority of the Wasilla PD there to cheer them on...lights and all! They are planning on getting married sometime this summer between all the sibling trips...Aimy's brother and sister-in-law will be in Europe 6 weeks and I'll be gone off and on 5 weeks. I'm pretty pumped, I'm going to have a SISTER!! I am very happy for them.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Geo Cacheing...

While I was in North Caroline, the Brown's took us out on geo cacheing hunt day. For those of you who have never heard of geo cacheing, it's like a glorified scavenger hunt. There are caches all over the world! You go to and type in your zip code. All the caches in your area will show up, GPS coordinates will show up with some clues as to how find the cache. Then you and your GPS are off! In urban areas, like NC, there are a lot of micro caches that are pretty easy (terrain wise) to find. I tried with a group last summer to find a cache in Crow Pass AK, but to no avail. Most Alaskans that cache are outdoorsy and pretty hard core, hiding caches on top of mountains or places like Crow Pass that are not easily accesible. Anywhoo, if your the outdoorsy, scavenger hunt type I recommend checking out cacheing sometime! It's addicting!

tea parties...

I mentioned in my last entry that one of Charlotte's favorite things to do while we were in NC was have tea parties...more for an excuse to consume cookies than to actually have "tea." Some day's we'd have 3 or 4! I eventually asked if she just wanted to have a cookie instead of pull out the formal tea dining wear...she agreed!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

North Carolina Sunshine!

Tuesday night I flew into NC to see Sarah and surprise her with Tosha Cypher being there! She had NO idea, we were able to keep a tight lid on it and she was completely surprised! As soon as we got home, about 11:30 p.m. Charlotte set up a tea party on the floor and four of us sat down to our first, of many, lady bug tea parties. She loved the cookies Cathy! I will add pictures when I get home. :)

The past couple days have been relaxing, great times catching up and seeing Charlotte and Liam. Liam is very mild and mellow, an easy baby, with a melt your heart huge smile! Charlotte is full of personality and energy. From a speech path perspective, she has advanced speech and language. Her vocabulary is huge and she's VERY articulate! She has become Tosha's new shadow, they are "best friends."

I've been blessed to have had the opportunity to go to a couple seminary classes with Ashley, New Testament and International Church Planting. Fascinating stuff! Confirms even more, my desire to go to seminary.

Tomorrow, while Ashley is working (his first day at a new job, a huge answer to prayer!), the girls are going shopping. Tonya Cribb, a former AK roommate, now back in SC is driving up to spend the weekend with us. Woohoo, a big girl party bash! Ashley may head over to his parents to get away from the maddness! :)

Minneapolis in March

Woohoo for spring break! I flew in Sunday morning to Minneapolis to a nice sunny 50 degrees and then I woke up Monday morning to a fresh 12" of snow! Guess it goes with the saying, "March comes in like a Lion and goes out like a lamb."

Kari, my college roommate, and I spent a good part of the afternoon shoveling neighbors out on her road. All, in all, my time in MN was a blast. Low key and refreshing. Sunday we went with some friends after church to the Minneapolis Institute of Art to view the new displays. I also learned a new game called Bohnanzah. Kari gave it to me for Christmas, so I'll have to show all you Alaskans when I get back. It's a blast!

Monday night we met up with Holli, another close college friend, and had dinner together. We had a great time catching up seeing pictures of her cute kiddos.