Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday Snapshots

I've been back in the States for a week now and normal life has been creeping back in to my summer. Plus, I've experienced some weird jet lag, so this week has been fun. I haven't quite gotten back in the swing of things for blogging either. Sorry!

On Monday, I decided to make chocolate chip muffins for breakfast because I literally had no food in my house and hadn't had a chance to go to the grocery store yet. Then I did a bunch of house cleaning and other chores since I was up so early.
I spent some time playing with my favorite baby nephew on Tuesday. I missed him so much while I was gone!
I've been working on decorations and other things for my sister's baby shower this weekend. I made this paper banner on Wednesday. I think it's pretty cute!
I went to a professional development class on Thursday. Then I got to have lunch with two sweet friends afterwards.
On Thursday night I went to see Rend Collective Experiment with some friends. I love Rend, so the concert was great! Plus, we had lots of fun laughing and enjoying our time together!
On Friday, my mom, Darrell, my nephew and I went to lunch at Chick-Fil-A. They were passing out clown noses to advertise for the circus.


I've been back in the States for a week now and normal life has been creeping back in to my summer. Plus, I've experienced some weird jet lag, so this week has been fun. I'm still not back in the swing of things for blogging either. Sorry!

On Monday, I decided to make chocolate chip muffins for breakfast because I literally had no food in my house and hadn't had a chance to go to the grocery store yet. Then I did a bunch of house cleaning and other chores since I was up so early.
I spent some time playing with my favorite baby nephew on Tuesday. I had missed he so much while I was gone!
I've been working on decorations and other things for my sister's baby shower this weekend. I made this paper banner on Wednesday. I think it's pretty cute!
I went to a professional development class on Thursday. Then I got to have lunch with two sweet friends afterwards.
On Thursday night I went to see Rend Collective Experiment with some friends. I love Rend, so the concert was great! Plus, we had lots of fun laughing and enjoying our time together!
On Friday, my mom, Darrell, my nephew and I went to lunch at Chick-Fil-A. They were passing out clown noses to advertise for the circus and a certain little boy had fun with them!
I spent most of yesterday afternoon/evening making chocolate covered Oreo's for my sister's baby shower tomorrow.
I think they turned out pretty well! Now I need to put them in baggies.
I plan on spending the rest of the afternoon fluffing paper pom poms, bagging Oreos, and watching movies. I can't wait to celebrate my sister and my sweet, new niece tomorrow!
Hope you're having an awesome weekend!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Saturday Snapshots {Hong Kong 2014}

I barely made posting this on Saturday, but I made it! I just got back to the States this morning after flying home from Hong Kong. I had an absolute blast doing everything and nothing with Sara. It was so great to see the sights and then just hang out and catch up with her. I have missed her so.

I went to church with Sara last Sunday and then we went to ride the cable cars. Our cable car had a clear bottom, so we could see everything as we went over the water and up the mountain.
The sunset as we got off of the cable cars was wonderful!
Here we are riding the subway.
We went to Macau on Monday. We took a ferry over to Macau where we saw the ruins of St. Paul's church. There was a Dairy Queen right next to the ruins, which was super bazaar, but of course, we had to partake in the deliciousness.
Then we went to see The Dancing Waters show at the City of Dreams. It was so cool! If you're ever in Macau, you should totally go see it! :)
There were amazing dancers and lots of water and beautiful lights.
We saw 1,600 paper mache penguins as we explored on Tuesday. It was kind of crazy!
This mural was randomly painted on one of the buildings as we walked through Hong Kong Central, so we took a picture in front of it. Because why not?
We went to Disneyland Hong Kong on Wednesday. We took the subway to the Disneyland stop and then we got on a special Disneyland train to get to the actual park. The windows on the train are the shape of Mickey heads of course!
We ate Mickey ear ice creams as we waited in line for the Lion King show. It was so hot, so the ice cream was so good! Really, it would have been good even if it wasn't so hot. You know!
Here we are walking down Main Street. You can kind of see the tiny castle in between our heads!
Then we asked someone else to take our picture. You can see the castle a little bit better in this one, but it's still pretty small.
We went to dinner at the Hollywood Hotel. The buffet was amazing! Then we walked back to the park and got to ride a few more rides.
On Thursday, I got to see where Sara lives. We went to the island she lives on and it was so fun to see where so many of the pictures she has sent me have been taken. I took this picture as we were walking from her house to the ferry. It's not a bad view at all. Hong Kong Central can be seen in the distance under the bridge.
Then we went to Stanley, where they have a market and pretty stores. We walked along the boardwalk 
We were blessed with the gift of a wonderful hotel for the week from one of Sara's sweet friends. We were also blessed with wonderful sunrises and sunsets from our hotel window. This was the last one I got to see before I had to leave Hong Kong.
On the train ride to the airport, we took our last Hong Kong adventure picture together. It was so sad to say bye, but I cannot wait to see her in December!
She sent a bag home with me and was afraid that I would forget what it looked like so I took a picture of it. Good news for her-- it made it home! I wish I could have brought her home with her bag!
So I might have taken too long of a nap this afternoon. Hopefully I'll be able to sleep soon and not mess up acclimating to this time zone very much. As I sit on my couch in my country, I'm blown away with the last 3 weeks of travel that I was able to be a part of. I am so grateful for the adventures God takes me on and will hopefully be able to reflect and share more in the coming weeks.
Happy weekend to you!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Saturday Snapshots {On A Tuesday - Romania & Hong Kong 2014}

Last week flew by and I haven't had a chance to blog. I have good intentions of keeping everyone updated, then the days get busy and I need sleep at the end of them. Last week was my last week in Romania. We climbed a mountain. I managed to climb it in a skirt and ballet flats. I didn't fall once. I was proud.
We painted a mural at the children's center I've been working out. This was day one. It included tracing, painting and outlining.
Sweet David grew so much since I saw him last year. I had so much fun spending the week with him!
These sweet girls were skyping a friend back in the States. They were so excited to see Swanna. They miss her very much! 
This is the neighborhood behind the Point of Hope development center. Many of the kids who attend the school live in the apartment building on the right.
We spent an afternoon visiting some friends in a smaller town. The scenery and day were beautiful.
I was up for the sunrise before I left Romania. It was awesome! It was worth being up early for!
This cutie would come in to my room each morning to see if I was awake yet. Not a bad reason to wake up!
After working on our mural all week, we finally finished. It was definitely a lesson in patience, but it was super rewarding when we were done!
Here's a picture of all four parts of our mural. They were on different walls around the classroom.
I said goodbye to România on Friday and hello to Hong Kong on Saturday. So sad to leave Romania, but thrilled to see Sara in Hong Kong.
I met Sara at the airport! She had a sign for me when I walked out of the baggage area! :) Then we got on a train to the center of town.
This is the view from our hotel. It's amazing! We totally lucked out!
We took a tram up to The Peak where we could see out over Hong Kong. It was an excellent day to go since it was pretty clear. 
After soaking this view in, we thought it would be a great idea to walk down the mountain. Then we were exhausted!
We had an amazing sunset one night! So pretty!
Every night there is a "light show." It's really not that exciting, but the normal city lights are nice!
It's been an amazing last few weeks and I'm soaking up the rest of my time here in Hong Kong! I have lots more pictures to share later on, but it took quite a bit if effort to update this little post, so the next one will probably be after I get home. I've been having a blast enjoying the people I'm with and exploring new places! I'm so thankful for these opportunities!