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HELLO THERE!
So, there was a learning curve to this new laptop, but I think we found our rhythm. If you are a subscriber to our blog, you have gotten a lot of emails of past weeks’ Our Week in Photos. There is more to update, but for now, you can read of our past few months’ adventures (and there have been many), and some reviews we have done (more to come!!). One giveaway is ending in a few days, so get in on that really soon. :) Weekends seem to be busy around here, so if you see me out during the weekdays and I don’t talk to you, you will know that I am in introvert-recovery mode. 😜

REVIEWS
Treasury of Bible Stories Review
Dolphin Tale 2 Curriculum Review
The Cure for the “Perfect” Life Book Review
Overrated Review & Giveaway (giveaway ends 10/14)

OUR WEEK IN PHOTOS
Week 30
Week 31
Week 32
Week 33
Week 34
Week 35
Week 36
Week 37
Week 38
Week 39


I also finally shared our hair donation story. Another Hairy Story

What have you been up to? Are you in a post-back-to-school pre-holiday stump like we are?

Our Week in Photos (Week 39)

What Happened?
*Tilden Little Farm Outing with Young Families group
*Compassion Experience
*Alameda MOPPETS (get my baby fix!)
*1st Project Praise choir rehearsal of the year
*Silicon Valley Brain Tumor Walk
*Lunch with the Moys ;)
*AB’s Birthday Party

What’s Happening?
*1st Memory Master Workshop
*Shopping with AB
*Car Maintenance
*MM’s 5th Birthday Party

This week was not our typical week. Can you believe we have lived in the East Bay for so long and have not been to Tilden Park? We met up with our Young Families group for a picnic lunch. It was a bit gloomy, but I’m glad we beat the crowd that would be arriving for the 75th(?) anniversary the following Sunday. We ended the week with the Brain Tumor Walk and a fun swim party for the girls’ friend. Whew! We were done and done…or at least, I was. :p If you are in the East Bay, Silliman Aquatic Center is the place to be. I loved that they had areas for all different swim levels.

Click here or on the image(s) below, and then click on slideshow on the upper right hand side. My creative captions are a must-read. :p

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Our Week in Photos (Week 38)

What Happened?
*Grandma’s 108th Birthday Celebration
*1st MOPS of the year
*Dinner and a Movie
*Date Night
*19th Kaiser Permanente Dragon Boat Festival
*Eat Real Festival

What’s Happening?
*Tilden Farm Outing with Young Families group
*Compassion Experience
*Alameda MOPPETS (get my baby fix!)
*1st Project Praise choir rehearsal of the year
*Silicon Valley Brain Tumor Walk
*AB’s Birthday Party

We kicked off the week by celebrating my grandma’s birthday! It’s always fun to see family. It really takes me a whole week to recover from the weekends, so the usual stuff happened, and we packed in another full weekend with the girls heading to Dinner and a Movie at church, which was Frozen, and Norm and I heading to Tofu House for a much-needed date night. We went out early to Treasure Island for the 19th Kaiser Permanente Dragon Boat Festival to cheer on my BIL who was racing with On Lok. We saw a few people we knew, so that was a nice surprise. It was our first time there. It was super fun, but next time we know how to prepare. I heard there were about 200 teams and 3000 paddlers? Since it was on the way home, we stopped off in Jack London Square for the Eat Real Festival. I’m not sure why, but it seemed a bit different this year. I wasn’t particularly thrilled about any of the vendors or food trucks that were there. And there you have it, another week. :)

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Another Hairy Story

This is not a style or hair blog (far from it!), but yes, I’m going to talk about hair…again! :p

Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. It affects about 2% of the population, including 6.5 million people in the US alone. It usually starts with one or more small, round, smooth patches on the scalp and can progress to total scalp hair loss (alopecia totalis) or complete body hair loss (alopecia universalis). Each September is Alopecia Awareness Month. This year’s theme is Look At Us! It’s pride in those who have suffered from this disease, what they’ve accomplished, and where they are headed.

Melody Joyce EmilyI know some people are probably annoyed by my girls’ long hair, but I promise, it is not for show nor for lack of care that it is long. I shared my story of how I have been donating my hair for years now (see links below), and my girls have asked to be a part of that. Last year, both Melody and I were ready to make a cut. Emily has never gotten a haircut in her whole entire 5 years of life, so I think it was definitely time! She decided she would make the cut this year after her birthday and before our trip to Disneyland. You can see our photos below, along with links to more photos from each cut. :) We had previously donated to Locks of Love, and this time we donated to Children with Hair Loss.

You can read all about my hair stories in the links below:
*It’s Been Almost 2 Years…
*Making the Cut: The Story of My Hair
*Making the Cut: My Hairy Adventure
*Making the Cut: The Fourth Donation

MELODY
BEFORE – This is Melody’s 2nd “big” cut, and her first time donating.

DURING – She was definitely not as nervous as she had been for her first real haircut.

TA-DA! – I think she had a little more than 8 inches cut off.

AFTER – Cutie!

Check out more photos HERE.

JOYCE
BEFORE – I am always nervous for my cuts, even though this was my 5th donation.

DURING – Long hair is easier to manage for me than shorter hair.

TA-DA! – Looks okay until you see me in the morning. :p hehehe I think I had 10 inches cut off.

AFTER – But it is definitely lighter! Woohoo! No heavy hair!

The girls got their hair done while I was having my hair cut. Check out those photos HERE. They had a good time, and had some fab braids done.

EMILY
BEFORE – 5 years in the making!

DURING – She was super nervous.

TA-DA! – I think she got 10 inches cut off, and it was a whole lot shorter than she expected.

AFTER – Super cute, and awesome for our Southern California trip! But she also has crazy hair in the morning!

And for more photos of Emily’s cut, click HERE.

It kinda weird to think that this package has hair in it. :p
But so awesome to see stories like these:
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cwhlIf you are in the Bay Area, next Thursday is National Alopecia Areata Awareness Night at the SF Giants vs. SD Padres game. It is $17.75/ticket if you have a group attending this game. (Info in previous link.)

And if you have gray hair, but wanted to contribute with hair donation, there is news for you! A friend at church grew his hair to donate to Silver Wig’s Fund.

Well, thank you for making it through a super long post. I hope that kinda makes up for the lack of posts around here for the past 3 months. :p

What are some unconventional ways you have blessed others, or would like to bless others?

Our Week in Photos (Week 37)

What Happened?
*Service Worship at Meek Park
*Dentist Appt
*1st MOPS Leaders’ Meeting of the year!
*1st ES Meeting of the year!
*1st CC of the year!
*CV Fall Festival

What’s Happening?
*1st MOPS meeting of the year
*Dinner and a Movie
*Date Night
*19th Kaiser Permanente Dragon Boat Festival
*Eat Real Festival

We had a week of many firsts, and it was exciting to see some of our friends again that we haven’t seen since school ended. Our church had an awesome Sunday of worship service at the park and then splitting up to do several service worship projects. More photos can be found on Facebook. It was so good to get back into the groove of a routine.

Click here or on the image(s) below, and then click on slideshow on the upper right hand side. My creative captions are a must-read. :p

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Our Week in Photos (Week 36)

What Happened?
*Oakland A’s vs. Seattle Mariners
*Alameda MOPPETS Brunch
*Dinner with Norm’s Old Work Team @ Buca di Beppo
*Friends Moving Day

What’s Happening?
*Service Worship at Meek Park
*Dentist Appt
*1st MOPS of the year!
*1st ES Meeting of the year!
*1st CC of the year!
*CV Fall Festival

This is the week the card in my phone decided it didn’t want to work anymore, so I lost any photo from here until I figured out that it didn’t work… :(

Click here or on the image(s) below, and then click on slideshow on the upper right hand side. My creative captions are a must-read. :p

*Note: If when you click on the slideshow, it brings you to the photo album, just close it and continue to watch the slideshow on our blog.