Friday, December 25, 2009

The Christmas Food :)

I had SUCH GOOD FOOD for Christmas... it was amazing... And now I will share it with you.

So starting with various cheeses...
+ some noodles

+ some yummy marinara with italian sausage

= My mom's homemade lasagna that is the BOMB!

Then we have dessert. Mmmmmm.....

Butter cookies I made with Orange frosting

Snow man coconut cupcakes

and the final coffee and cupcake :)

All this to say... I am really full!

Christmas Eve with the Eder family

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve

So I went out with my mom to get some last minute groceries for tonight and I could not believe how many people are still out frantically shopping till the last minute. As I sat in the car waiting for my mom I just watched to faces passing by, few of them having any joy...

And as I watched the people, I heard playing over the speakers, "Joy to the World, the Lord has come. Let earth receive her King."

If only earth would receive Him, they would know that all the last minute strife isnt worth it. Thats not what this is about.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

She's still got it

In memory of my post last year on December 8, 2008, I would just like to say....

She's still got it

I love you Beyonce.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Disney before the Holidays

So we took one last trip to Disneyland before the Holidays cheer touches down and makes itself at home for the next few months. There definitely were touches of Christmas around the park, just ready to bust out, but not in its full glory yet. We decided to take pictures with the Characters because we were there so early in the day, but that only lasted for about 5 minutes and Minnie happened to be the first thing we saw.

Stay tuned for some Christmas-afied Disneyland coming soon!!!!

The fifth member of the quartet

I saw one of the cutest sites at Disneyland recently. The barbershop quartet on main street was doing their normal routine, so in typically I would just walk by while still enjoying the music. However, this time around something else caught my eye. It was the most adorable little girl who was right up in the performance and loving every minute of it. The best part was the the guys were going right along with it by smiling back, singing to her, and pointing her out during the show. I am sure she will remember it as one of her most exciting Disneyland trips. Here's an idea of what I saw...

San Diego

Johnny and I took a little road trip down to San Diego in place of our Seattle trip and hit up some great spots...

To start off, we went to the Taylor factory, since I just recently got my NEW GUITAR!!!! They give daily factory tours, and it was pretty awesome to see how the whole process works. If you have any interest in guitars, I would recommend it. The only negative was that our tour guide had REALLY heavy breathing and we were all wearing headphones throughout the tour to hear the information at all stages... it gotta a little annoying, but then i
t just got funny. I played this beautiful 12 string at the end of the tour and broke one of its many strings... I guess the sign that it wasn't for me. Then Johnny accidently took his "all-access badge" so we took pictures with it as proof. haha

After the tour we got dinner at Corner Bakery, which was fabulous, and headed into downtown to find this incredible dessert shop that had been highly recommended by my good friend Adrie. It is called Extraordinary Desserts.

They have a beautifully quaint location that has amazing desserts... in fact they truly are extraordinary. We decided to order the chocolate bread pudding with chocolate chip ice cream. They also had an amazing tea collection, which I was a little more excited about than Johnny.

Overall it was a wonderful day, and very relaxing and nice to get away from school :) I want to definitely try and go again, and maybe next time hit the ZOO!

Monday, August 17, 2009


This past week, my family lost an incredibly wonderful person; my cousin Josiah. He died in a car accident and I am now in Tennessee with my family. I cant even begin to explain what has taken place over the past few days, but what I can say is that God is SO good. Like SO good. I mean this has opened up a whole new part of my life that puts a whole new meaning to "God is good." I can write more about it later. But the reason for the post was to share a song and really the whole service from Sunday. The link to watch the service is here. And here are the lyrics to the first song that make me cry every time:

We can hear it growing louder
Songs from every nation
Rising to your throne

Saints in every generation
Singing for Your glory
Telling what You've done

From the north and south
We are crying out
There is hope in Jesus name

You're Amazing God
You're Amazing God
You can bear the weight of every heavy heart
You can heal the pain
You can clean the stain
You can turn our tears into songs of praise
You're Amazing God

Beauty rises from the ashes
Sorrow turns to gladness
When our God is near

You speak light into our darkness
You heal the broken hearted
You wipe away our tears

Songs of praise surround us
Songs of praise surround us
Hear it growing louder
We are growing louder

Again, God is so good.

Monday, July 20, 2009


Today I went to to donate blood at the Red Cross for the first time. I was incredibly nervous because the thought of taking all that blood out and the needle being in my arm for so long... well it just made me a little anxious. But the more I thought about, the less I needed to freak out. Give blood is not THAT big of a deal. Plus, every pint of blood you donate can be used by 3 different people and some patients rely on new blood daily. So I got myself all psyched once I was inside, went into my room to answer all the weird questions like whether or not I have had sex with a gay man (again, weird) and realized... I forgot my ID. So, I couldn't give blood today :( But I am going to go bad next week which just so happens to be KLOS week at the RED CROSS. There is tons of food, the radio station is there aaannnnddd donors get two free tickets to either a Journey concert or a Deff Lepord and Cheap Trick Concert. So those are pretty cool pluses. But I think I could definitely get in the routine of donating blood every 58 days :)

I encourage everyone to think about donating blood at the Red Cross. You can make an appointment and find out more HERE!

Friday, July 17, 2009

VBS: Crocodile Dock

During the month of July I am serving at 2 different VBS's (Vacation Bible Schools). The first one just ended today. It was called "Crocodile Dock" and it focused on not being afraid. I was part of the beloved Bayou Band that consisted of Billy Bob, Margi May, Peppermint Patty, Willy John and myself (Emmy Jean).The week was a lot of fun and it was great to see all the kids singing and dancing for Jesus.


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Cow Appreciation Day

Cow appreciation day at Chic-Fil-A. I attempted to dress up two little ones as cows so they could receive free combo meals at Chic-Fil-A. Only one of them let me finish the costume, but we still took them and had a great time.

Monday, July 6, 2009

If my heart is Overwhelmed

I heard this song at Rock Harbor about a month ago, and I cant stop listening to it. Sadly, the only place I can find it is on youtube. So here it is!

Here are the lyrics for the chorus:
Love came down and rescued me
Love came down and set me free
I am Yours
I am forever Yours
Mountain high or valley low
I sing out remind my soul
I am Yours
I am forever Yours

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Samoyed... the cutest puppy ever

This is the cutest dog I have ever seen. I LOVE IT! Its called a Samoyed and they grow up to become big and beautiful, but they are just the cutest puppy ever! I saw one for the first time in The Proposal.

Watch a scene with the puppy here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Psalm 15

Here's a good one:

Psalm 15 (NKJ)
1 LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle?
Who may dwell in Your holy hill?
2 He who walks uprightly,
And works righteousness,
And speaks the truth in his heart;
3 He who does not backbite with his tongue,
Nor does evil to his neighbor,
Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;
4 In whose eyes a vile person is despised,
But he honors those who fear the LORD;
who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
5 He who does not put out his money at usury,
Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these
things shall never be moved.

Psalm 15 (NIV)
1 LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary?
Who may live on your holy hill?

2 He whose walk is blameless
and who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from his heart

3 and has no slander on his tongue,
who does his neighbor no wrong
and casts no slur on his fellowman,

4 who despises a vile man
but honors those who fear the LORD,
who keeps his oath
even when it hurts,

5 who lends his money without usury
and does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things
will never be shaken.

Psalm 15 (the Message)

1 God, who gets invited to dinner at your place?

How do we get on your guest list?
2 "Walk straight,
act right,
tell the truth.
3-4 "Don't hurt your friend,
don't blame your neighbor;
despise the despicable.
5 "Keep your word even when it costs you,
make an honest living,
never take a bribe.
"You'll never get
if you live like this."

Monday, June 15, 2009

New Moon

So last night I watched Twilight with my sisters and grandma because grandma has never seen it. As I was watching it, this being probably the 10th time, I realized I was over this one and was ready for the next. The preview for New Moon was just released a few weeks ago and since then I have come to realize that I just can't wait. So last night I officially started reading the Twilight books (skipping book 1 completely) and I got through 100 pages before I went to bed... I'm hooked.

Don't judge me.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

homeward bound

Being at home is so interesting. After living at school for the past year and a half, living with my family makes me realize that I really am becoming independant. And this realization isn't just based on wanting to go where I want whenever i want because its what I am used to. I am just seeing how my family works without me, how I am capable of making my own decision, and even sometimes how the decisions I make are more sensible than my parents' (don't tell them I said that haha). I will only be here for a month, but I know that it will be a BIG month of learning to be part of a family again. Pray for me :)

ps. i love that movie. All I can think of is when Sassy falls down the waterfall...sadest moment of my childhood.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Santa Barbara

This past Tuesday, Johnny and I decided to drive up to Santa Barbara and Solvang. Our original plan was to go to Monterey, but its waaaaay to far, so Santa Barbara was good enough.

So we set off around 9 and it only took us two hours to get to Santa Barbara. We arrived for lunch and ate at Habit, which is a burger "stand" off of state st. We went back to the parking garage a few times to go in and out so that parking would stay free. We cheated the system a little bit, and took a few pictures while we were at it.We then walked up and down state st for a few hours and were planning on going whale watching. I had never been, so I was pretty excited about it. BUT, they called me and canceled because it was too windy... boo. So, to cheer us up, we headed over to the Santa Barbara mission! It was definitely not what I remember from 4th grade, and there were pretty much only 4th graders and their parents there. And while we were driving to the mission, we entered a neighborhood where I easily convinced him that this (below) was the mission...It was sweet... So then we decided to head out to Solvang, which is about 45 minutes north from Santa Barbara. The drive was beautiful...

We passed through this really cool tunnel that went through a mountain, holding our breathe the whole way of course.After finally arriving, we realized that there isnt really much to do in the good ole' city of Solvang, except buy pastries I guess.Oh and take pictures with this guy...
And each other...
So we finished somewhat quickly in Solvang, and headed back to Santa Barbara because there was a big famers maket that I WAS NOT going to miss. The drive back was also expecially beautiful because I turned at the 1 and drove about 20 miles in another direction. The hills were so big and so green! Then I turned around realizing that I was wasting precious famers market time and headed again towards Santa Barbara, but not without stopping to take a picture of the water.(and that truck)
The famers market was crazy windy, so a lot of their vendors started taking down their stuff, but I made it just in time to buy some beautiful orchids and yummy strawberries (which sadly are not pictured).
The trip was an overall success and it was definitely a motivation to do more trips like it in the future. Spring break sure is awesome.