Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Okay, so anyone who knows me knows that I love musical theatre! SIMADS (St. Ives Music And Drama Society) is one of the local community theatre groups and we went a few weeks ago and saw their production of "The Pirates of Penzance" and it was really good. So, I started looking into their future productions and they are holding auditions in 2 weeks for "A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum" by Stephen Sondheim! So, yours truly is auditioning! I cant wait! I LOVED being onstage and cant believe how long its been since "Jesus Christ Superstar".

Sunday, 26 April 2009


On Saturday, we met up with our new friends Chad and Liz and headed out to Cambridge to go punting! The wikipedia definition of punting includes this:

"A punt should not be confused with a gondola, which is propelled by an oar rather than a pole"

Which is pretty funny since, lets face it, there's not much difference between an oar and a pole. Anyway, it was a beautiful, sunny day in England and we got some great shots!

On Saturdays in Cambridge there are tons of street vendors and performers. This guy was by far, the coolest! He's on a tightrope and playing the violin!

And Christopher started out punting and did a pretty good job...

although, he did steer us into a tree or two....

I think this is the back of Queen's College, if I'm not mistaken

And spring has made is way in full force over here, so every day we see more and more baby animals. This baby goslings were so cute!
Then Chad took over the punting...
...and the pole got stuck in the muck at the bottom of the river and we had to paddle back to get it...hahaha

One of the buildings covered in Wisteria

The Public Footpath

So, all throughout the towns that surround St. Ives, and I think all throughout England itself, there are public footpaths that connect the towns. I ventured out a few days ago with Angus and fell in love with it! It is a gorgeous walk and parts of it look like something out of a picture book. Christopher and I went out on Friday with a picnic lunch and spent a couple of hours walking around and snapped these shots. Enjoy!

Having a bite of lunch before we started

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Thursday, 23 April 2009

I'm going to be a Godmama!!!!!

So, one of my very best friends, Kellea, found out a few weeks ago that she's pregnant!!! She asked me if I would be the God-Mother and I am so blessed and honored to hold that title!

After a verrrry stressful couple of weeks, they went to their first ultrasound yesterday and got to see their little "tic-tac" as they're calling it!

The little Tic-Tac that will be uber spoiled by his/her Aunt Jessi and Uncle Chris!

And for good measure, me and the gorgeous Mama-to-be at her wedding last year!

Kellea and Aaron...tons of happy thoughts and prayers are still coming your way for a safe, happy, healthy pregnancy! We love you guys!

Monday, 20 April 2009

Not too much to report...

Well, there's not too much to report over here. We're kind of waiting for people to come visit before we do too much more travelling. Josh and Brandie are coming to visit in like a month!!!! And then Mom and Dad are coming out at the end of June! So, there will be tons of updates and tons of pictures soon!

I did make a trek out to the public footpath that connects St. Ives to the town next to us, and it was gorgeous! I'm going to go out sometime soon to take was absolutely stunning! I took Angus out with me on the walk when I went yesterday and he was a nightmare, there's no way I could have taken I'm going to venture out on my own next

We've also met a couple of friends out here, which has been nice! I miss everyone back in the states soooo much! So, its been great finally meeting people our own age and just getting to hang out and have fun!

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Spring has sprung...well, its

Spring is making its way to England! Everything is starting to bloom and turn even greener than before! It is really beautiful...we took the camera with us today and took a couple of pictures of the fields and the goldenrod...enjoy!

Up close of the goldenrod

The tiny streets in Cambridge

So, most of you know, I was in the Green Room's production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" like 5 years ago... the cd's that we got were copies of the original cast recording and for a loooong time, my cd's havent worked and I've been on the hunt for the OCR and havent been able to find it. Well, finally, after literally, like 3 years of searching, I found it!!! And it is AWESOME and has renewed my love for JCSS! :)

Christopher rocking out some "Jesus Christ Superstar"

A boat going under the bridge in St. Ives

And then, when they were pulling up, the ropes werent hooked tightly and as the boat pushed away, the lady ended up hanging was hilarious! (dont worry, her son came and helped her up)

When we got home we took Angus to the green to walk around.. this is the walkway to get there...

The green

Oh, and we named our photography if you didnt notice... it's Agape Photos.... Christopher thinks we can get good enough to actually do something with the photography thing and is paranoid someone is going to steal our So, we're Agape Photos... and for those who dont know... it's pronounced Uh-gah-pay and it means unconditional love!

Oh, and please dont steal our photos...

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Happy Easter

"In Christ Alone, my hope is found,
he is my light, my strength, my song
This cornerstone, this solid ground firm through
the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when striving cease
My comforter, my all in all
Here in the Love of Christ I stand..."

Today, Christopher had to work, but I made up my mind that I was not going to just not go to church on Easter! We never found a church in San Diego, and that was one thing we wanted to make sure we did out here in England.

Well, I got up and got ready and walked the couple of blocks to the methodist church here in St. Ives.

Having a regular church was something that we both have been missing, so the whole walk there, I was praying in my head that this would be a good church and that I'd enjoy the service. I walked in and was greeted and then sat down and got settled. I immediately recognized the song that was playing overhead before the service started.... "In Christ Alone"...which is a song that I first heard last year at FUMC-Conover for the Easter Cantata...Denise was supposed to sing it but ended up not being able to, but its a song that I, along with the entire choir, absolutely fell in love with! Its just a great, great song. So, I knew, within the first few minutes, it was going to be a good service. And it was! The woman who preached was a lay pastor for the church, probably only a little older than me, and full of energy! She was great!

After the service, I was getting ready to leave and a young guy came up and started talking to me, and then his friends, a couple about mine and Christopher's age, and the lay pastor's husband. I sat there for almost 45 minutes after the service talking to them and a few others who would walk by and introduce themselves. They even invited Christopher and me to their small group that meets on Sunday nights. It was great to meet people and talk to them and it just felt really good!

After church I came home and worked my tail off in the kitchen! I made ham, potatoe salad, deviled eggs, rolls, green beans, and a peach pie for dinner!

My pie! With a matching dove like my wrist! :)

I also hid the Easter eggs that we dyed the other day in the garden for Christopher to find when he got home!

Angus found his egg!

I hope everyone had a wonderful and blessed Easter Sunday!

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Sunset in St. Ives

I know, I know, I've been lagging on posting lately...not a lot is going on...just normal, every day type stuff, not really blog-worthy.
But, we've been taking Angus out on the meadow right by our house for a walk...a couple of nights ago, we brought the camera along though. We're really starting to learn how to use the Nikon and make some great pictures.
Our town!

The river by the Dolphin Inn and the Green

Angus and I off to the green!

Angus, dying to get in the water and eat the swan (and the swan looking like it wants to get out of the water and eat Angus)

Sunset over the Green

And I know by photographic standards, this isnt a great picture, but we love it...I think it looks like a painting!

Angus running towards me!