Monday, July 27, 2009

Oh hey internets!

April writing...

My bad. Sorry I haven't been around much. It seems that I have alot to say, just not here. Here's what's on my mind it's awesomely-random-glory!

I'm tired. Let me start off by saying...I had, quite possibly one of the worst nights sleep EVER last night.

It started out well enough. I put my head to the pillow with the lights out at 12:15 am. (this is pretty good for me.) I tossed and turned, and turned and tossed. I grumbled at my pillow for not being comfortable enough, I grumbled at my shoulder and upper arm fat for falling asleep and going numb, I stared at the ceiling fan for what seemed like 45 minutes. I checked the clock...1:30 am. (good gracious) I got up and got a glass of water, went to the restroom and checked all the doors again. Then I fluffed the pillows, fixed the blanket and laid my head down again.

In 5 minutes I was out. (thank goodness) but it didn't last long. I had a horrible nightmare. I don't remember much about it...something to do with my grandparents being held hostage in a burglary attempt gone dreadfully wrong. They did horrible things to them, I remember that much, I was awaken by my dogs barking. (which was both a blessing and a curse) It then took me another hour to fall asleep (complete with the tossing, the turning and more of the grumbles).

By 2:40 am I was fast asleep again. This time I dreamt that I worked in a hair salon in NY. A new client walked in with her son to get a fauxhawk. It was Angelina Jolie and her son, Maddox. She requested me, apparently I was really good in the fauxhawk department. He sat down and I was getting ready to begin when...I woke up again. This was to my cellphone vibrating. (I have been smart lately putting it on vibrate, because randomly in the middle of the night Facebook has been sending me status updates from 12 hours previous. lovely) I was angry this time, I was FED up. I was tired and I cried. Big alligator tears.

It was 3:24 am and I sat up in bed. Fixed my crooked shirt, rearranged my pillows, checked my phone and then checked my alarm clock. I counted how many hours I had left of sleep. 5 hours. I could make that work, but I HAD to fall asleep for real this time. I just had to. I laid back down, flipped over once...and was fast asleep again.

Then it happened. Another nightmare. This one was much closer to home. I know it had something to do with my family, but I think God has spared me the memory of the nightmare. This time, at 4:15 am I woke up in a cold sweat. Like, I had to change my clothes. That never happens to me. Ever. I went to the restroom, washed off with a cold, wet rag sat on the edge of the shower...tearing up again I said a quick prayer asking God for strength and asking him to calm my body and my mind so I could finally get to sleep. I again counted the hours of sleep I would be getting. 4 hours now.

I slowly walked down the hallway. Made the bed. Then turned off my alarm clock, unplugged my phone and sat on the edge of the bed. Time to start over I thought. I pulled the comforter back. Set my alarm clock for 8:30 am, plugged in my phone and laid down. On my back. I rarely start this way, and so as not to jinx my starting over, I turned to my left side, put the pillow between my knees, squeezed my squishy pillow and buried my head in the stack of Cory's pillows beside me and fell asleep.

I didn't wake again until I felt my sweet Husby crawl into bed next to me. I don't quite remember, but I think I just reached over and touched him on the head, almost to say thank you for coming home. Not sure why. At 8:30 my alarm went off, surprisingly, I only snoozed it twice and I got up. Showered. Got dressed and headed out to work. I was exhausted. I felt like I had fought a battle all night. I was sore. I was tired. My throat was dry.

Normally, I would wait to take lunch till around 1:30 helps the day go by faster, but I had agreed last week to meet Terri and Britt for lunch with the kiddos at 11:30 am. It was a bright spot in my already long day, and so far so good on the speed of the work day. Soon I will be home, and probably find that all my sleepiness has passed me by.

Tonight's a new night. And I have more Chinese food and holocaust movies before bedtime, I'm just thinking it's not a good combo.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

My First Time Spreaching

Cory Writing....

Several of our High School students and our Youth Pastor went to Puerto Rico for a week on a Missions Trip. Our Youth Pastor Jason Harris asked me if I would speak and I agreed.

To make it easy for my first time Jason gave me a stack of video's done by Rob Bell. The video I chose was titled Rich, I chose this video because it fit it perfectly with our kids being away on the missions field.

The description of the video is as follows:
There's a popular bumper sticker that reads "God Bless America," but hasn't America already been blessed? It's easy for us to fall into a mindset of viewing "our" world as "the" world, because it's all we generally see. We're constantly bombarded with images of the latest styles and models of everything, and it can easily leave us feeling like what we have isn't enough because we see people that have even more than us. But how does what we have compare to what most people in the world have? Maybe what we have is enough; maybe it's more than enough. Maybe God has blessed us with everything we have so we can bliss and give to others.

I chose to do breakout groups, which allows the students to dialogue about the subject matter with other peers their age. If you would like to listen to the sermon it is below.

Rich Sermon July 15, 2009 from April Eslick on Vimeo.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Project 365 - Week 13 & 14

I figured I would take this chance to get caught's TWO weeks worth of 365's...enjoy!!

Day 85 - July 5, 2009 Dog Days of Summer...we spent the day at Mom and Dad's with the dogs and in the pool. Here are two good buddies together!

Day 86 - July 6, 2009 Painted toes...finally screams Cory. He kept teasing me about still having paint on my toes from RYSO! haha!

Day 87 - July 7, 2009 Doggy Bike Rides...the pups joined us n the bikes as we rode to get their nails clipped. They started getting the hang of it as we turned the corner headed back home!

Day 88 - July 8, 2009 Baby we are waiting out in the hallway to meet Cole...Congrats Manda and Tom!

Day 89 - July 9, 2009 As Seen on TV...I got sucked into buying a Smooth Away hair applicator...surprisingly it works!

Day 90 - July 10, 2009 All alone...6 nights a week...I get the bed to myself. It's not as exciting as it sounds...but it's how it works while the Husby is out serving and protecting.

Day 91 - July 11, 2009 Out the front of the pups favorite views. Apologies for the dirty backs...they got a bath after this picture! haha

Day 92 - July 12, 2009 VERBIES go to PR...I love these crazy kids. They are off to Puerto Rico for Summer Missions. I hope that they have a great time!

Day 93 - July 13, 2009 Organizing...It's in full force. I have been organizing whatever I can get my hands on...this day it was the linen closet.

Day 94 - July 14, 2009 Jrod's birthday...these crazy kids. After a fun night of go-karting an a yummy dinner to celebrate Jared's birthday.

Day 95 - July 15, 2009 Cory spreaches...for the first time, Cory taught the VERB teens while Jason was out of town. He did a great job!

Day 96 - July 16, 2009 At our's her favorite spot to be. She like enjoys cuddling with our toesies!

Day 97 - July 17, 2009 A good spot to sit...on Olive? Yep...she sits on him, and visa versa.

Day 98- July 18, 2009 Is that me?...Olive stopped in the middle of tearing apart the toy log to come watch herself on the computer screen.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

SYTYCD Week #6

April writing...

Well here is my opinion on the rankings for this week!

5. Randi/Kupono - Paso was just kind ehhh to me. Seemed slow and no passion.
4. Melissa/Brnadon - was good. I liked it.
3. Kayla/Evan - Viennese Waltz...I cringed for them...I thought the height thing would mess them up, I think they compensated VERY well.
2. Janette/Ade - Hip Hop...I LOVED it...I thought it was great!
1. Jeanine/Jason - Contemporary...WOW. Just wow.

Brandon - Strong, kinda boring.
Randi - She is just too cute and fun...I love her.
Kupono - Is he a girl?
Melissa - She is so graceful, but then again what ballerina isn't.
Evan - I heart him.
Kayla - it was very pretty...not much long legs could do that isn't pretty.
Ade - he is a powerhouse and I like him
Jeanine - she is growing on me...she's cute
Jason - it was unique, I like him too
Janette - She's one sassy girl...just not that into her.

Ehhh...bottom four? Is that how they are doing it now??? Gosh...I'm gonna go that way.

Bottom Two Girls - Janette and Melissa
Bottom Two Boys - Kupono and Brandon

Going Home????

Melissa and Kupono.

Your thoughts?

Good Lordy...

April writing...

I came to blog like 45 times did I NEVER do sad. I even have a draft saved. Hmmm, I wonder if I finish it...if it will post as yesterdays date or today's?

Well...if you see a post from yesterday, then just disregard my little personal conversation above...and note that apparently it worked :)

Last night...Husby got to speak in front of the Youth for the first time ever. I think that he did a fantastic job. He used the Rob Bell video, "Rich" as the base for his thoughts. It basically speaks of the realization that we are rich because of what God has blessed us with in life. I can let him expound on it...when he blogs about it. (Which I am sure he will...right babe!?)

We had about 23 was a low attendance night...partially because 10 of our students are in Puerto Rico on their missions trip. (You can read more about their adventures here.) And we also were missing 4 leaders...gesh! That coupled with the fact that it's summertime and there are vacations and trips and pools...ha! Well, it was just a slow night. But we did have a good time. We played Little Bike stuff...Coordination Clap. Let's just say, for those of us who used to play it in the old days with PC (my dad) at LIFE rallies...this kids were horrible. I think the very first round I got them all out...and I was going SLOW too. ha!

Anywho...figured I would update you....adios for now.

oh p.s. I am thankful for those who have commented this week...even though I begged for them :) heehee. I also realize that we haven't Monday Moaned, Top Five Tuesday'ed, Wordless Wednesday'ed or Simple Pleasure Thursday'ed in a while...well...I don't' have a good reason, it just is what it is. Maybe they will be back soon...maybe not :P

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Heavy actions...

April writing...

I think we are really in a prime time where our Youth Group is putting together an identity all their own...with our own little personality. They have been lovingly known as the Verbies for a while our youth group name is VERB Student Ministries.

The meaning behind it?'s basically a challenge to put ACTION behind what we DO something and stand on it and believe in it! It's been great to teach the students to DO what they mean and MEAN what they do. In fact our little tag line is "It's what we DO!" My hope as I am sure the other leaders agree, is that they will realize that what they DO in life is just as important as what they SAY, BELIEVE, DREAM, etc.

It's funny to see them "represent the V!" and be so proud of their Youth Groups identity. To see them OWN it.

Actions these days are so important. People really pick up on them. I can SAY one thing and DO something completely different and then I will find that my words really meant my actions weighed so much more. I firmly believe that this is a lesson that should be learned early.

I am proud when I see a student in our group DO something amazing, even something as simple as picking up trash as they walk by. In our world today, there is such a "ME" mentality, that when we see someone come out of their OWN world to do something to make the world as a WHOLE better for others, it seems like a big deal!

I am especially proud of the 10 students that we have on a missions trip this year. Sure the trip may not be as tough as say...heading to Africa or Haiti, but they are coming out of their little cushy American comfort zones. It's hot and muggy and uncomfortable. There are bugs and cockroaches. There is hard manual labor to be done, and little kids to love on that may not have a great home life. I am pretty sure that in Matthew 25:40 it says "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." It doesn't matter if they went down there to just love on a fatherless child or lay some concrete...WHATEVER they the least of these...they do it unto HIM.

I won't sell these student short. I feel that the choice they made, for whatever their reasons were, will have an impact not only on the people in Puerto Rico, but on the students lives themselves.

Those little actions...are heavy actions...because IT'S WHAT WE DO.

VERBIES I am so proud of you and I can't wait for you to get back and to hear the stories of the children you met, the changes you made. The good times and the bad. I know that God has huge plans for all of you!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Real life...

April writing...

I LOVE it when real life gets in the way of my plans. I think is SUPER TOTALLY AWESOME.

Can you tell I am trying to convince myself?

Ughhhh. It's crazy annoying.
I had this summer mapped out perfectly.
Like I had a chart and everything.
I should know by now it never works out perfectly.
I realize this seems to be a very pessimistic outlook on things...and no, this isn't Cory is me...April.

I'm just frustrated.

May I vent please?

I sat down in the middle of June and planned out our bills, our spending and our vacation. I'm a planner, if you haven't gathered that by now. I wrote out which bills we would pay with which paycheck, when we would set aside extra money and what we were allocating that money to.

I had already put off allocating extra money to pay off our car insurance renewal in one lump sum instead of monthly payments...that wasn't the plan...I was supposed to have been saving since our last lump payment but I thought that allocating that money in other places was better planning. My mistake.

Then I hit someone.

And now we are looking at spending another $500...because my insurance claim with the other driver's insurance was denied. (don't EVEN get me started on that part)

So now...I have to make up the slightly over $400 payment for our insurance renewal, and an additional $500 for our deductible. (Unless the other insurance company comes through for us an reconsiders the denial of our claim...fingers crossed right?!) Plus I have to gather up an extra $285 for one of Cory's golf tournaments. I'm not mad about that, he deserves his fun...I'm just frustrated that it's another thing.

Both of us had a three pay month this summer...we were going to have LOTS of extra money this summer...and not extra money to play around with...this was money for bills and paying of debt, then we spent it...rather quickly...without really meaning to.

Real life.
Boo on you.

I'm not whining or complaining...just kinda...ehhhh. We are fine...the money is there or will be. We could really be much worse off and NOT have that money at all. I realize this. It's just. Frustrating.

So pretty little chart I made...showing what money we would allocate where and when...well it's been marked up...things have been moved around. And as I sit here and watch our money fly away...

I can't help but be a little bummed. You know what they say, "The best laid plans of mice and men, often go astray."

Monday, July 13, 2009

Nap time...*sigh*

April writing...

I need a nap.

I didn't sleep that well last night.

Let's just say...dinner last night, didn't settle well with my tummy.

And now, I am sleepy.

I just ate lunch...and that made it worse.

Seriously, I think mandatory naps at work would promote a better working environment.

And better morale.

And it would just be awesome.

Monday Monday...

da daaa da da da da da

April writing...

So good to me?

Yep. You heard right. Except for my slightly restless sleep last night...Monday so far, has been good to me. I woke up pretty easily. (even after the teasing from Husby. Apparently I was a little grumpy when he crawled into bed this morning. My b.) I got to find an empty desk. So the morning has been a little slow...but that's bearable!

In interesting, yet slightly random news...I stumbled across Brendan Huffman's blog earlier today while clicking the "next blog" option on the Blogger toolbar at the top of the screen...(do you have that? Can you see it?) He is the Groom in the Huffman couple from "Here Come the Newlyweds" anyways...that was odd. So, I totally did my best Internet stalker impression and left them a comment. ha. Oh well.

I am still ever so slightly bummed that no one even realized that I didn't blog on seems that my 7 day blog stretch has come to an end today...although I think I may just keep it going. You know, challenging myself to write completely useless posts about my random visits on the Internet, pictures of my boring daily life and useless musings on why I love how cold my office is.

So if you are here and reading this...thanks, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside...however, usually followed by cold pricklies...cause you never comment (or rarely do...for those few that do comment every so often) it's just that comments apparently give me my blog-self-worth, which is the reason I have resorted to begging for them...oh I need help.

I'm leaving now.

p.s. I hate how Bloggers spellcheck makes me capitalize "internet." so there...I am a rebel and I didn't capitalize least not in this sentence. Oh!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Project 365 - Week 12

April writing...

See. Nobody even noticed I didn't blog yesterday. *tear*

Ok, I know...I'll quit whining now...on to the pictures...

Day 78 - June 28, 2009 Giving Blood...Britt convinced me to do it again...I haven't done it in nearly 6 years...I passed out last time. Did MUCH better this time!

Day 79 - June 29, 2009 Tuckered out...I love to see them nap together.

Day 80 - June 30, 2009 DC Zoo...Day 3 of Seven Squared...the lovely ladies I spent my day with.

Day 81 - July 1, 2009 BIG Ball...We introduced a huge beach ball at VERB...didn't take us long to pop it though :(

Day 82 - July 2, 2009 Beaver Dam...Day 5 of Seven Squared and what a blast it was!

Day 83 - July 3, 2009 Busch Gardens...Day 6 of Seven Squared...quite possibly the longest day of my life...but TONS of fun. This was after a water ride!

Day 84 - July 4, 2009 4th of July...Low key fun with friends and shooting off our own fireworks!

Friday, July 10, 2009

My Husband Rocks Friday

April writing...

Not that anyone noticed or anything...but I almost missed my post today...(boy that would have ruined my 7 days of blogging goal...) and I cannot access my MHR here goes, let's just get down to it...the nitty gritty.

My Husby rocks...because he is comfortable. He's like...that old shirt that has been worn in just right, like the perfect pair of tennis shoes that never hurt your feet, the perfectly cooled house on a hot summer's day. He's like the perfect hug and a great hair day...he's the best slice of apple pie and that feeling when things just work out right...He is my comfortable.

Thanks babe for being juuuuusssttt right :)

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Project 365 - Week 11

Day 71 - June 21st, 2009 Father's Day portraits...or at least trying. It's always an ordeal with my family...then you throw in Gramps. ha.

Day 72 - June 22nd, 2009 Early Birthday...Jared wanted to have a birthday dinner before Grandma and Grandpa left for a month's vacation. So we ate at Fuddruckers!

Day 73 - June 23rd, 2009 Ohh Ohh Fender Bender...yep. I hit someone. Good for me though, SHE ran the stop sign.

Day 74 - June 24th, 2009 VERB Movie Night...and Sam was HUNGRY :)

Day 75 - June 25, 2009 My first Placemat Pillow...I think it turned out quite nicely.

Day 76 - June 26, 2009 Cast Party...Ice Cream and watching our play...good times.

Day 77 - June 27, 2009 Hot Gardner...Husby, mowing the lawn with sophisticated lines and all!

SYTYCD Week #5

April writing...

Here are my Week #5 ratings...worst to best.

6. Caitlyn/Jason - Foxtrot & Lyrical Jazz
5. Jeanine/Philip - Calenco & Jive
4. Randi/Evan - Hip Hop & Samba
3. Melissa/Ade - Disco & Waltz
2. Kayla/Kupono - Contemporary & Broadway
1. Janette/Brandon - Argentine Tango & Jazz

Bottom 3

Going home - I think we will be losing Caitlyn and Philip

What were your thoughts?

I Tried It...

April writing...

I tried it.

The "As Seen on TV" Smooth Away hair removal strips. Stated to "remove hair instantly and pain free."

I thought I was buying little strips of sandpaper...but it wasn't like that at all. Sorry for my lame pictures...I tried this on my lunch break at work...the lighting at my desk isn't that great.

Here is the assembled smooth away pad...on the handy-dandy little holder.

Here's my leg hair beforehand...about a day and half's worth...horrible, I know.

And here's my leg (same spot) after one treatment with the Smooth Away applicator. (a little blurry)

I can assure you...they are smooth. And it WAS pain free. It actually felt quite a little leg rub-down.

Now...let me give you a run down of my thoughts.

For $9.99 you get 5 big applicator pads and 5 mini pads...along with two applicator holders. (one big, one mini) + you get a little travel case. I am not sure how long any one applicator lasts...I figure that would be best determined based on hair length, texture and how often they are used.

Then on that note...when would you use these? I mean, granted not many of us ladies enjoy spending an additional 10 minutes in the shower to shave...and those darn razors cost so much these days (the good ones at least) I guess I could take care of the hair while watching the boob tube or laying in bed. So I guess it's a water saver in the end :P.

I know with me, there have been many times where I have gotten somewhere and realized that I haven't they would be helpful in cases like that, but then I would actually have to carry it with me. Would I do that? (After all, they do give you the travel case...)

In order to really see if these little babies are beneficial to me, I would have to see how long they last. So I guess there will be a follow up to this post soon. In the meantime, I will leave you with what pros and cons I have so far.

  • Cheap
  • They work
  • Don't need, razors or water
  • Have to carry them with you
  • Buy replacement pads (how often, is still up in the air)
  • a little slower process then shaving
So, Smooth Away...your benefits are still up in the air for me...while I find you interesting and somewhat useful...I am not sure if I will keep you around as a substantial alternate to shaving...only time will tell.


April writing...

...this one's for you Babe...even if your team was OUT in the end!

Watermelon goodness

April writing...

One shouldn't look at food related blogs while makes you crazy!! ha!

I stumbled across this yummy treat (that I totally wanna try!)


It's a Watermelon Fountain!! I found it over at All Bower Power. She's got the tutorial complete with pictures!!! Wouldn't that just make the perfect Summer outing treat?!?!

Moving away from the yummy goodies category...let's talk a little about the weather. I am in HEAVEN. I wish all summer was like the past few days. Low to mid 80's in the daytime and nice and crisp in the evenings. It made for the PERFECT evening bike ride last night after church!! I know it probably won't last for long...but I am loving every minute of is so far!

The VERBIES are leaving on Sunday, headed to Puerto Rico for a Missions Trip! I am sure it's gonna be a blast for them...the mission field...not really my cup of tea. I choose to stay and be of service back home, heehee. I know that I still owe you guys pics from 7Squared...and I plan to get right on that! I am also like 5 days late on the Project 365 post as well...oh well...kay sera sera! Keep an eye out...they ARE coming!

Is anyone still reading this??!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

I got baby snuggles...

April writing...

Sorry I came to blog empty handed...that is with NO pictures...but I still got to see Mr. Cole Thomas this morning! He was such a cute snuggly little guy. Manda did a great job and I am so proud of her...Tom looked like a beaming proud papa. I am so happy for the both of them!

Holding him made me REALLY ready for our own little one! In fact I may have gotten into the car and told Cory, "I want one." haha! And on that note, it looks like Cory and I will be starting IVF soon...I am REALLY excited...nervous...and I just have an overall sense of readiness. Especially given all the babies about to pop out! :)

I will keep you updated as much as I can. We are going to try and keep this process a little on the personal side, as to keep a potential + a surprise to family and friends. So prayers are greatly appreciated.

Congrats to Manda and Tom and good luck to future parents Dave and Goldie and Brandy and Dan who will have their little ones VERY soon! :)

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

I feel busy...but I'm not....really.

April writing...

I haven't blogged in ages it seems. Not a real blog anyways. Let's see if I can catch you up since I last wrote...

Since the beginning of June I have:
We also just finished up with VERB Student Ministry...where I was lucky enough to take off three days to join them at the DC Zoo, Beaver Dam and Busch Gardens (pictures coming soon!)

We celebrated July 4th...pretty low key...and I almost watched Husby blow a very necessary body part off of his body when a bottle rocket shot between his legs!!!

So all in all...I guess I have been busy doing alot of stuff...and hopefully this week we will slow down a bit...or at least try.

And I promise to blog DAILY for the next 7 days. That's right. Tuesday-Monday...I will blog...maybe multiple times...I gotta get myself back into the bloggy swing of things.

So as I keep you updated...let me know...what's been going on with you lately?

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

SYTYCD Week #4

April writing...

Here are my Week #4 ratings...worst to best.

7. Kayla/Kupono - Contemporary. It was just to weird. I couldn't see past it.
6. Caitlyn/Jason - Jazz. They got hosed with this choreography.
5. Karla/Vitolio - Quick Step. Ok, so I really only like the dress change. :P
4. Janette/Brandon - ChaCha. Very fun!
3. Randi/Evan - Broadway - I thought this was really fun!
2. Philip/Jeanine - Ok I LOVE NappyTabs. (Tabitha and Napoleon) it was a great idea!
1. Melissa/Ade - PadeDue? It was REALLY beautiful. Ballerinas (when NOT naughty) are so graceful!

Bottom 3
-Janette/Brandon (going out on a limb here)

Going home - I think we will be losing Karla and Jonathon.

What were your thoughts?
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