Saturday, September 29, 2012


Last weekend, Ross and I decided to take a trip to Chicago.  Neither of us had ever been there and we really just needed to get away so we made a weekend of it.  Turns out it was a great idea.  We had a wonderful time.  We drove up Friday afternoon and got to the city around 7:30 PM.  We stayed at the Ritz Carlton and it was so beautiful.  Ross has a connection that got a fabulous deal (or else we wouldn't have been able to stay there).  It was raining and already dark so we didn't want to get out too much Friday night but the John Hancock Observatory was right across the street from our hotel so we walked over there.  It might have been my favorite thing we did the whole weekend.  The view at night was amazing.  The size of Chicago really blew my mind.  I think I could have sat up there and just looked at the city all night long.

Saturday morning, we got up and went downstairs for breakfast at Deca.  It was pretty expensive but the pancakes and bacon were delicious so I guess it was worth it :)

After breakfast, we decided to take a cab to Willis Tower where the skydeck is.  First, let me say that it is such a strange feeling putting your life in the hands of a non-English speaking cab driver who isn't very friendly and is driving like a maniac in a city that you are very unfamiliar with.  But, it was definitely an exciting trek across town to see everything.  LOL  

 This is the view down from the skydeck at the top of Willis Tower.  Ross is terrified of heights so I'm really impressed that he took this picture on his phone looking down at the Chicago River from that high up!

We bought the professional picture because we both thought it was a really cool pic and it was so good of both of us! We have to grab those opportunities when we get them. haha

After the Willis Tower, we headed back across town (in another cab) to the Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium.  I liked the Field Museum because of the T Rex skeleton in the lobby.  I love dinosaurs so "Sue" was probably my favorite part of the whole museum.  We did watch a 3-D movie on Egypt which was pretty cool since my parents are moving there.  

Here we each are on the steps to the Field Museum.

This was Buckingham Fountain that we passed on the way to the museum and aquarium from Willis Tower.

Saturday night for dinner we really wanted to try some authentic Chicago deep dish pizza.  We got several recommendations to try Gino's East and it was just a few blocks from our hotel so we walked down there for dinner.  We knew it must be good if people started lining up for dinner outside and wrapped around the side of the building at 5:00 PM.  We only had to wait about 30 minutes to get in and it was well worth the wait! We thought it was delicious!

Sunday morning, we checked out of the hotel and drove to Ikea in Bolingbrook on the way home.  We had never been to Ikea so it was quite the experience.  We were both exhausted but I managed to find a few little things to buy and picked out some bedroom furniture that we will most likely go back and get.  

All in all, it was a great trip.  We had so much fun and we're already looking forward to going back sometime.  Hopefully, next time we can make it to a baseball game at Wrigley Field.  

Monday, September 3, 2012

Labor Day weekend 2012

Well, I'm sure a lot has happened since we got back from vacation but I can't really remember it all so I'll just post about this weekend and try to keep up better in the future (which we all know won't happen).

Ross and I have been working a lot lately so we've both been looking forward to this long weekend just to relax.  We didn't have anything big planned and we can just do whatever we want and chill out.

Friday night, Ross went to the HCHS football game in Christian Co with some friends.  It was a really exciting game and Henderson Co won while the rain held off so it seemed like he had a good time.  I spent some time with a friend at dinner and just hanging out at her house.

Saturday we slept in a little and then Ross had his second fantasy football draft for this season.  I think this is probably his favorite activity of the whole year.  I went to Evansville and did a little shopping for myself at Banana Republic spending way too much money on work clothes (but they are really cute!) and at Pier 1 and Target for some great things for the house.  Take a look.

I bought this vinyl wall art from Target.  It reads "Life is simple. Eat. Sleep. Play. Repeat."

I bought the new curtains at Target.  Its a little hard to see because the sun was so bright, but they are red, brown, and cream paisley design.  I love them.  They really bring an extra pop of color to the room and blend the couch and rug together for the big room.  We had really thick dark brown curtains before and they were great for keeping out the sun, but they made the room seem so dark and dreary I thought.  The new ones are much lighter.  

This ledge has been a thorn in my side since we bought our house 2 1/2 years ago.  It was a really cool space but I could never quite figure out what to put up there for decoration (except at Christmas time when it looks like the North Pole threw up in my house), and it was always empty and I was embarrassed for people to see it.  Mom had given me a couple of old wooden crates that I put up there but they were empty and really did nothing for the space on their own.  So, Saturday I went to Pier 1 to see what I could find.  Luckily, they were having a sale. :) I got the blue, tan, and red vase and the red lantern with the candle in it (sold separately) at Pier 1.  My living room has red and tan/brown in it and my kitchen (on the other side of the ledge) has blue in it, so the vase really does a good job of transitioning between the rooms.  (I'm sure you can tell from my room description/analysis, that I have been watching entirely too much HGTV.)  The old basket with dried hydrangeas and the greenery came from my mom's house and I already had the antique saltine cracker tin and 2 blue ball mason jars at the house (items Ross found at a yard sale a couple of years ago), so I think my problematic ledge has been remedied nicely.  

Sunday, we got up and went to church and then went to Mama Joyce's for lunch with Ross's family.  His great-aunt June came and it was nice to visit with her a little bit.  We don't see much of Ross's extended family throughout the year.  After lunch, we rushed home and I made buffalo chicken dip for Ross and his friends to watch the UK/UofL football game.  UK lost terribly and it was an awful game but at least we got to take a nap in the second half.  lol. Sunday night we met my Aunt Lorraine, Uncle Steve, and cousin, Emily, at Cracker Barrel for dinner.  I see Emily a lot because she works with me, but I haven't seen my aunt and uncle for a while.  It was nice to catch up and eat some good food.  

Monday, we slept in a little and then went to Walmart to buy stuff for lunch.  My parents and one of our friends came over for lunch.  I made a new recipe that I got off pinterest (which usually makes me a little nervous because my end result doesn't always look like their end result, but it turned out very nicely).  It was chicken breasts, green beans, and new potatoes covered in italian dressing mix and melted butter and baked for an hour and I made macaroni and cheese and rolls to go with it.  It was delicious and everything was done cooking right at the perfect time.  I always feel so accomplished when that happens.  I haven't quite got my dinner timing done even after doing it for so many years.  I also made cheesecake brownies for dessert and they have already disappeared.  This afternoon, we had another friend come over to hang out and they boys have been making bbq baked potatoes (their own versions of Spuds n Stuff) and animal cracker cookie truffles while I've been napping.  

It seems like we've had a busy long weekend but it has felt pretty calm and relaxing.  Neither of us are looking forward to going back to work tomorrow but we have a few fun trips planned this fall that we're excited about so maybe that will get us through.  

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Vacation 2012

Ross and I just got back from our vacation today.  We left on Wednesday, June 27 and drove 6 hours to Springfield, Missouri to join the rest of my family.  Thursday night my parents had their Commissioning Service.  We had lots of family there and it was a very moving ceremony.  We stayed in Springfield until Friday around lunch time and then drove home that afternoon.  We unpacked the car, did some laundry, repacked, and slept for a few hours.  We left Saturday morning, June 30 around 3:00 to drive 9.5 hours to Panama City Beach, Florida to join Ross's family for a week.  We had a really good time and spent a lot of time hanging out, laying on the beach, shopping, and eating.  I told Ross we were both going on diets now that we're home.  Here are some pictures...

Ross and I on the docks at Boon Docks restaurant

Ross bribing Norah Kate and Lexie with M&Ms to play with him

Ross holding Eden

Lexie had to show Ross that she ate all of her hot dog before she got an M&M

We ate at McAlister's on the way home in Birmingham, AL.  Its one of our favorites.

Ross on the dock waiting to eat at Boon Docks

We had a wonderful day shopping in Destin :)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

May flowers

I know its technically June but maybe one day I'll get the hang of blogging each month.  I meant to write this at the end of the month but I got distracted...imagine that. lol

Well, in May, Ross and I did lots of landscaping in our yard.  I don't really have any before pictures but I promise we did a lot of work and it looks SO much better!  I like to call our new and improved back yard my "oasis" especially when I'm lounging in my new comfy patio furniture listening to the peaceful sounds of my new fountain.  We look forward to many cookouts and marshmallow roastings in our new oasis.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

oops...we missed April!

April was a pretty  busy month for us.  Ross's parents' and sister's (Nathana) birthdays were all at the beginning of the month.  We went out to eat or had a meal at Mama Joyce's house to celebrate.  We also worked on the landscaping in the front of our house and it looks really nice now!  Ross did most of the hard work but I helped out a little. :)

My cousin, Maddie's, birthday was the 16th.  We had a birthday dinner at her house.

The weekend of the 20-22 was Tri-fest, which we always look forward to.  We ate a lot of greasy food but didn't spend a lot of time there because it was cold and windy and rainy.

The last weekend of April was a special weekend.  Friday evening my brother, Tyler and his wife, Traci, came in town.  Saturday we all went to Elizabethtown, KY, to help my other brother, Charles and his wife, Summer, move into their new apartment.  It was so cute and cozy.

Saturday night, Aunt Pam made dinner for all of us and we got to spend some really good family time together.

Sunday morning was Mom and Kevin's last service at First Assembly.  It was a great service and we had a reception afterwards.

Later that afternoon, we had a family dinner at Kevin's parents' house with some of his family that had come in from out of town.

This past weekend we traveled to Springfield, MO, for my brothers' and sister-in-law's college graduation from Central Bible College.  Tyler preached at the graduation ceremony.  We are so proud of all of them.  We got to spend a lot of time together as a family and ate a lot of good food.  We had a really good time and we even got to see the Avengers movie.



On the way back to KY, we stopped in St Louis to eat and we went up in the Arch because Ross has never been.


This was also the first weekend for Mom and Kevin to start their iteneration for Egypt.  They are starting at 28% of their funds so things are really looking positive .  Please continue to pray that they will reach their full funding and be ready to travel to Egypt and begin language school in January 2013.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

How bout an update?

Well, the first bit of news is that my (Sarah's) parents made the announcement 2 Sundays ago that they have been appointed Assemblies of God World missionaries to Cairo, Egypt.  They have resigned as the pastor of First Assembly and will begin itineration in May.  They hope to be on the field in early 2013.  We are really excited for this new adventure they are taking.  It will be a big change for our family and really sad that they won't be here to be a part of everything but we know this is the plan that God has for their lives.

The other bit of news is that Ross got a promotion today! He interviewed for the Practice Administrator position that had recently opened in his office at Owensboro Pediatrics and he did such a good job that after only 5 minutes of discussion after his interview, the doctors called him in and offered him the job.  I am so proud of him and happy that he did well and gets to work somewhere that he loves.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

All smiles :)

There wasn't a lot of action to update on this past week, but we did receive one very BIG piece of good news.  Wednesday evening we got word from my grandparents in Little Rock that my grandpa would be coming home in 7-10 days.  At first, I was concerned and thought maybe something was wrong and he couldn't have the transplant.  After a quick explanation, I felt tears of joy streaming down my face.  The doctors can't find ANY cancer in my grandpa's body.  He is cancer free and does not need a bone marrow transplant.  This is a huge miracle and we are so grateful that God has shown His healing hand in our family.  The doctors are going to take some of his healthy stem cells and store them this week in case his cancer was to come back in the future.  That way they could just pick the treatment up where he left off and wouldn't have to start the entire process over.  We believe that God has healed him and we won't have to deal with that again.  His main doctor in Little Rock is Muslim and does not believe that the Lord is responsible for this outcome.  Our prayer now is that she will come to realize that there is a God and He loves her and wants to show Himself to her.  We are all very excited and encouraged and can't wait for them to get home.