Monday, August 29, 2016

More Youth Group Fun

Sunday night we said goodbye to our youth group leader at Community, Brandon Bishop. He's dropping down to part-time in September to continue working with our Contemporary Worship service. Daryl and the kids had gifts for him and a lot of the kids dressed up like Brandon - flannel shirts, jeans and sandals. Daryl led the group in a special time of prayer for the next season of Brandon's life. 

We also got to introduce the new Youth Director to the students and their families, Sharon Quackenbush. She and her husband Tom have connections to the Warren Willis Camp and the Life Enrichment Center. We're excited to see her use her gifts with Parker and the other youth in our church and community! 

Davis was exhausted after running around playing with all of the big kids and so at one point, he just passed out in my lap! When we moved onto the next activity he was still asleep so several of the parents made him a bed out of chairs so he could keep on sleeping! What a great group of people who keep finding ways to love on our boys! 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Remembering Cousin Cory

We spent Saturday in Seffner, gathered together with the Davis side of Daryl's family, to remember Daryl's cousin Cory. Cory died back in March at the age of 39 and this was our opportunity to be together and to bury him next to his grandparents in the old Seffner cemetery.  

The Kurvin siblings: (l to r) Cory, Robert and Kim
Chef Cory at work
Daryl officiated the service of interment to celebrate Cory's life and reminded us of the depth of God's love and our hope for the future. Grandmommy put together these great bookmarks for everyone with pictures and tributes from Cory's siblings. 

After the interment, we all headed back to Grandmommy and Grandaddy's house to eat lunch.

Cory was a very talented artist and chef. So it was pretty fitting in remembering him to have Micah make bananas foster for dessert. Micah is a senior in the culinary academy at Armwood HS. 

Davis had fun with a new playmate. He made friends with cousin Robert's daughter Charlee. They are both named for their great-grandparents, Davis with Howard and Emma's last name and Charlee's middle name is Emma. They made special forts under the pool table and behind the couch. 

These two are eating marshmellows and checking out Grandmommy's Hummels. 
Meeting Uncle Daniel's new puppy Patches. 

It was a sad occasion to gather for, but we honored Cory by spending good quality time with one another and we even took some family pictures. 

The four Davis sisters: Joyce, Diane, Janice and Norma. 
The Davis family! Most everyone in the family was able to make the trip and we're only missing a few folks out of our crazy bunch in this picture - Uncle Don, cousins Donald and David, Sam's wife Sarah, and Daniel's son Micah. 
Six of the nine Davis grandchildren. Front row (l to r): Daniel, Kim, Daryl. Back row (l to r): Clark, Sam and Robert.
The grandchildren with their spouses. We added in Dawn, Drew, Debbie and Alicia. 
Six of the seven Davis great-grandchildren: Wesley, Bethany, Charlee, Kayla, Parker and Davis. 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Friday Family Fun

Friday night we snuck down to EPCOT for a few hours of family fun! We were there to try two new rides: Frozen Ever After and Soarin' Around the World! We all enjoyed the retheming of the old Maelstrom ride into the land of Arendelle with the cast of Frozen. It was incredibly well done. 

Hanging out in the gift shop in Norway! 

Then we took in the new Soarin' ride. The movie here used to be a journey over California ending at Disneyland. Now it's a journey around the world that ends in EPCOT. It was amazing!!!! We got to see the Eiffel Tower, the pyramids at Giza, the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and so much more.  It was the kind of amazing ride where everyone clapped with enthusiasm and appreciation when it was over. 

We grabbed dinner before leaving the park and Davis got treated to a special Mickey Mouse sticker crown by one of the cast members. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Dinner Delights

Tuesday night we asked Parker if he would like to make dinner for the family. He was excited about the chance to make fish again - even though this time it was frozen fish, not fresh. In addition to the tilapia, he made stuffing and a vegetable medley.... ALL BY HIMSELF! Dinner was absolutely delicious!!  And while we were eating dinner, he thanked us for the chance to cook dinner for the family!!! 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Make Your Own Entertainment

When you've been at church since 7:30am, for three services, and then lunch and your parents are teaching a New Member get creative with your entertainment in the church nursery!!! 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Backyard Makeover

We have been talking with the Trustees at the church about a backyard makeover ever since we moved in last year. With all the plans made and approvals given, things got started shortly before our beach vacation when a new zone of sprinklers were added to the backyard. 

Then once we returned from vacation, it was time to kick things into high gear. Daryl and I (mostly Daryl!) spent four hours outside one Friday trimming down small trees that had been growing along the backyard fence line. 

We ended up with two big piles of brush and some firewood. Plus a much cleaner tree line with a lot of the low-hanging branches out of the way. 

Then we went shopping for all of the supplies (including 3,000 pounds of pavers!) so that we could extend the patio slab five feet in both directions and put in a fire pit. Daryl worked a bit on this each night for almost a week, with some help from Parker and Wesley. 

I worked on some of the decorative touches, repainting flower pots and the bench that used to sit on the front porch at my parents' house. 

Last Tuesday all of the plants were delivered and installed by a local gentleman known as "The Garden Rebel." Mr. Sims had been out to look around in our yard and talk with us about what we wanted and then worked to incorporate plants that would do well in our mostly shaded yard with little maintenance.  And then several men from the Tuesday morning Men's Prayer Breakfast at church came out on Saturday morning to spread all of the pine straw - 48 bales!

We finished up putting out all the little touches this evening and so now the backyard transformation is finally complete! We are so pleased with how it turned out. It is a great space now where we can relax and entertain. 

Parker and Wesley made the paver border along the pine straw their own special project! 

We got this idea off Pinterest - some of our favorite places in the world - Walt Disney World, Siesta Key Beach, China, Hong Kong, Sapphire Valley, and Grand Cayman.