Sunday, January 6

Fun with Friends

Over the past couple of weeks, I've been able to spend some time with some of my sweet friends. I wanted to write an entry esspecially to brag on them and thank them for blessing me with their friendship. Check out these lovely ladies...and a baby!First of all, right after Christmas I got a chance to see my friends Carol and Bia. They are two beautiful ladies who I met this summer. They moved here temporarily from Brazil with their husbands who work for Wal-Mart International. They signed up for English classes, but their English was already so perfect we got to just chat all summer long and they made my job really easy and fun. :-) So, I am so thankful for my beautiful friends who have enriched my life and are attempting to teach me Portuguese!! Obrigada!
Of course I can never leave my precious little Cohen out of the mix! Kenley and Cohen came to visit recently so we could exchange our Christmas gifts. He's growing so fast! He is crawling now and has a tooth and a half. So precious!
I tried to get a picture of Cohen with the gift from his Mommy, but he was trying to bite it instead of smile. Silly boy! Anyway, I was so excited when I opened my gift because I have really been wanting to try this type of cooking. Believe it or really can't taste the broccoli in the brownies! It's amazing! Thank you Kenley! I am so thankful for you and I love kissing on your boy and hearing his giggle. It makes my day!

This is my dear friend Anna. We recently went to Shogun Express. Yum, Yum! She got a plate of Sushi and a sea weed salad. Even though the sea weed salad sounds kind of gross, it is really yummy and very healthy. Anna is such an inspiration to me. She is a very creative and thoughtful person and an excellent cook! Most of all she is very humble and you might not ever learn those things about her because she will never brag on herself. I always enjoy your company and our time together, Anna. Thank you for inspiring me!
Finally, many of you I'm sure, know Kelly and read her blog which is precious and wonderful. Well, I must send out a belated birthday wish to both her and Kenley (Cohen's Mommy) because their birthdays were December 22nd and December 20th respectfully. These photos are from her birthday outing with Laurie and her darling daughter Emily. Feliz Cumpeanos, Kelly and Kenley!
Laurie and Emily
Little Emily and her big happy smile
**Fun Fact: Kelly and Kenley have birthdays on almost the same day and Laurie and I both have birthdays on April 1st!!! **
Both Kelly and Laurie are such a blessing to spend time with. They will laugh and cry with you, and somtimes even leave you in stitches from laughing so hard. Best of all, they are women who pray. I'm sure of that!
Recently, Kelly and I had a little escapade and we did some dumpster diving. I went for a little visit, but it turned into much more!
Some people might say that we stole her neighbors patio furniture...but what really happened was many of her neighbors were throwing away random things like matresses, armoirs, and rusted patio furniture, so I asked her if it wouldn't embarrass her too much if we swiped it! Before I knew it we were loading up her blazer and running it to my house!!! It was so exciting! I will be sure and post some "after" pictures when we get it repainted and placed just right in the back yard. Thanks for the fun adventure, Kelly!
Yummy Weight Watchers Strawberry Cobbler
Some of you may have read about the cobbler on Kelly's's the recipe in case you'd like to try it. It really is only 1 point per serving and the entire recipe makes 12 servings. It's pretty good for a weight watchers treat!
2 16 oz. bags any type frozen fruit
1 box yellow cake mix
1 12 oz. can Diet 7-Up or Diet Sprite
Place both bags of unthawed/frozen fruit into a 9x13x2 inch baking dish. Sprinkle dry cake mix over the top of the fruit. Pour entire can of diet soda pop over mixture. Cover with foil and bake 20 minutes at 350. Uncover and bake an additional 40 minutes.
I'm so thankful for all the friends God has given to me! I am humbled to have all the people you see in this blog entry in my life. They are beautiful people who allow God to work through them to bless others. It doesn't get much better than that. :-)


Kelly said...

You are so sweet - I loved this post! I'm glad to see your Brazilian friends - they are so cute!
And I love that book that Kenley got you - the idea is great. You'll have to let me know how everything tastes!
And Anna IS so sweet - I really like her!
And your cobbler was SO good - I'll have to make it again soon so we can have a "good" dessert!

Leigh Ann said...

I just told Kelly I needed that recipe. Thanks for posting it! I can't wait to try it.

Hillary said...

I also told Kelly I wanted that recipe so thanks for posting it! And you do have great friends!!

Laurie said...

You are such a sweet and fun person. I always love to be around you. I loved Emily's picture. Her little teeth look like William Hung from American idol, but we think they are precious!

Jessica said...

You and Kelly dumster diving is hysterical! Kelly seems like such a sweet friend- all of your friends do! You are one lucky girl! : )