Friday, September 26, 2008

Scrapbooking anyone?

Oh boy...
I bought a scrapbook at Michaels today. My plate of creative hobbies has quickly grown over me like a monstrous weed...and I love it! Of course I had told myself that I'd eventually get into scrapbooking again- maybe in a few years or when we start to have children, but hey, what better time than the present? Curse those Michaels coupons.

Against all odds, I have told myself that I will not go completely berzerk over scrapbooking-precious time and resources do not allow for it(although there is a new "Archivers" store near us and boy do they have some cute paper!). In any case, I refuse to accumulate an unoranized stack/box of pictures. After all, what's the point of even taking them if your not going to enjoy them?

And while I don't plan on going to Michaels every other day and spending countless hours cutting up pictures and tons of money on zig zag sissors and fun stickers, I am nonetheless so excited to rekindle my relationship with scrapbooking :)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Favorite Beach Pictures

The Lifegaurd Sequence: Chris to the rescue!

A few others:

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Adventures in Aprons

So I tackled my first official sewing pattern last week-what a disaster! The pattern was of a very cute apron, both long and short, with a dainty ruffled edge. Not only was it written in another language(literally and figuratively), but it was also incredible assuming(that I was an experienced seamstress) and not "Sew Simple" as the title would suggest.

After way to much time reading the pattern instructions over and over again,I threw in the towel(I then did not stand back and watch as Piper mercilessly tore the pattern and it's carefully cut peices to shreds, and I certainly did not encourage such bad behavoir-nope, not me). So I decided to make my own apron, a la carte! Miles of milestones later, I came out with this:

I was pleasantly surprised at my hard work and am so proud of my first apron. Yes, it has its rough edges, and no, the back does not look nearly as good as the front-but that's okay. I was worried that by the time I had slightly found a clue that I had cut down the fabric so much and it would be way to small for me. It barely passes for my size, and would be a great child sized apron I decided. I'm sure the next time around it will be much easier-after all practice does make better.

In other news:
*As you may notice, I accidentally deleted my previous blog background(oops) and in looking for the original, stumbled across one I liked even better! A sweet mistake.

*This upcoming Sunday we will celebrate the two year anniversary of our Church, how exciting :)

*Last but not least, drum roll...we are beach bound this weekend! Hopefully we will have some sunny weather for our few days in Wilmington. Piper is coming with us too; stay tuned for pics!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Fall Favorites

It's that time again...
The pumpkin shaped candy corn is a Scott family favorite. Like the girl scout cookies, I'm sure the candy corn will become a regular item on our grocery list until the season ends. Just one more thing to love about Fall. (By the way, I'm aware that the official start of fall is September 22nd, but I think it's safe to say that fall starts with candy corn...air go-Happy Fall!)

Praying for Ike

Reading the news on hurricane Ike lately has freshly reminded me of the Mississippi outreach & disaster relief trip I took with BSU at Campbell after Katrina. Having that experience has forever given me a small glimplse of the powerful impact a hurricane can have on a place and people. It's easy to remove yourself from a situation when it's not occuring in your backyard; this article on WRAL this morning awakened me to the need to think and pray for the families in Texas affected by Ike.
The above picture is of a church hit by Katrina(you can see the steeple in the top left). It is one of my favorite pictures I took while down there, and will always be to me a faithful reminder that the church is more than the four walls of a building, and that it will endure forever.

"Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?" - Isaiah 40:12

Friday, September 12, 2008

Tuity Fruity

*Makes 4 servings

1 kiwi, sliced
1 banana, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup blueberries
1 cup strawberries
1 cup ice cubes
1/2 cup orange juice
1(8 ounce) container peach yogurt

In a blender, blend the kiwi, banana, blueberries, strawberries, ice, orange juice, and yogurt until smooth.

If you don't prefer some of the ingredients, there is tons of room for creativity-pineapple or fruit punch instead of orange juice, different flavored yogurt, etc. In any case, this recipe gets a healthy 2 thumbs up from me! Oh, and don't forget the whip cream to top it off:) Thanks!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Rainy Day

Peter, Fisher of Men

I am so looking forward to studying First and Second Peter with the women of Christ Baptist Church. Last night at our monthly Grace Group kickoff we were introduced to the books of Peter after sharing in some fun food and fellowship. I am already encouraged by this ministry and am excited to grow and learn alongside such Godly women.
Somewhere along the way I have set down my awe of Peter and his great influence on the work of the Gospel. Last night I was freshly astonished and WOWED by his faith, boldness, doubt, triumph and confidence in Christ. Taking Carol's lead, I want to share just a few of the many(more than 100!)significant occurrences of "Peter" in the New Testament:

*In Matthew 4 Jesus calls Peter, a fishermen, to follow him & be a "fisher of men."
*In Matthew 14 it was Peter who boldly stepped out of the boat and walked towards Jesus on the water... "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water. He said, 'Come.' So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out,'Lord, save me.' Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, 'O you of little faith, why did you doubt?' And when they got into the boat,the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, Truly you are the Son of God."
*In Matthew 16 Peter declares Jesus as the Christ. Jesus asks "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" and Peter answers "You are the Christ, the son of the Living God."
*Jesus says to Peter in Matthew 16:18 "And I tell you,you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church"
*In Matthew 16:21 Jesus tells his disciples that he must suffer and be killed, and then rise again on the third day. Peter rebuked him and said "Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you." Jesus replies "Get behind me, Satan!
*In John 13 Peter can't comprehend the savior humbling himself to wash his feet, but when Jesus answers him, "If I do not wash you, you have no share with me," Peter replies "Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!"
*In Matthew 17 Jesus took Peter, along with James and John, to the mountain of transfiguration
*In Matthew 18 Peter is the one to ask how often one should forgive, Jesus answers 70 x 7
*Peter says in Matthew 26 "Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away" and "Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you."
*In John 18 it is Peter who cuts the servant's ear off when they try to arrest Jesus.
*In Matthew 26 just before the Crucifixion Peter denies Christ 3 times, just as it was foretold. He weeps bitterly after declaring "I do not know that man."
*In John 21 when Peter is fishing with John and they see the risen Christ, Peter is overjoyed, jumps into the sea and swims toward Jesus!
*We see Peter's 3 fold forgiveness in John 21 when Jesus asks him three times "Do you Love Me" Peter resounds Yes each time.
*In Acts 2 Peter boldly delivers the sermon at Pentecost that "cuts to the heart" all those who heard
*In Acts 3 Peter heals the lame beggar saying "I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!"
*In Acts 9 Peter raises a girl, Tabitha, from he dead
*In Acts 10 Peter is given the vision of nothing being unclean, symbolizing that there is no "Jew" and "Gentile" in Christ, but all are one, thus paving the way for Paul's ministry to the Gentiles
*In Acts 12, an Angel of the Lord rescues Peter from prison

"Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus." Acts 4:13

There is so much more! I am particularly moved by Peter's fierce Love for the Son-he is passionate and bold, he does not wait but jumps out of his boat to swim towards his risen savior! Though he clearly doubted and wavered, he repented and believed. His example to others was clear-this man had been with Jesus.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Adventures in Photoshop

Replacing color in an image/adding text.
Contrast/levels for bright colors & brush strokes.

Lasso & the "Gaussian Blur"

Isolating an image/background fill.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Cheers to a three day weekend!

What a nice, relaxing Labor Day weekend we had. My favorite part-probably sleeping in on Monday! On Saturday Chris and I, puppy in tow, went to visit his dad in Durham, and stopped at the Eno river along the way (so much for Piper's bath on Friday night!). After an outside lunch on Duke's famed Ninth street, we made a short surprise visit to his Grandparent's house on the way home. Needless to say, the puppy had quite an exciting day! He is without a doubt the center of attention wherever we go. We are so thankful that he is friendly and gives sweet kisses to his many unfamiliar admirers.

On Monday we had a great time walking around and exploring Downtown Raleigh in search of the "city market." Despite the fact that mostly everything was closed, it a beautiful day for a walk in the city(Piper agreed). Every time I go Downtown I am freshly awed at it's rich history, tall buildings, beautiful park areas, meaningful monuments and it's o so enticing street side cafes & restaurantes. We did find the City Market(A great Photo-Op for those artists at heart!), and look forward to going back soon when things are OPEN...all in all, we had a wonderful time and, as always, vowed to come back more often.

Other weekend highlights-Having a delicious lunch at "Pei Wei," one of our favorite restaurantes-finishing a good book-making Jello and Snickerdoodle cookies-homework(for Chris)-catching some of the Jon and Kate marathon-a cute movie-Piper's first official bath-annnnnddd laundry!