Saturday, February 23, 2008

Finished Projects

Thanks for all the great ideas and participation on our last post. The winner of the "Guess What Don is Making Contest" goes to Tricia who was the first to give the correct answer of what Don was making. Some "Guess What Don is Making Contest" honorable mentions are the Reads, Abby, Tim & Kristen, and Julie who all had the right idea as well. We really liked the thinking outside the box of Erin, Travis & Becky and the Gartland's who all suggested an aquarium - Don has actually seen one like that which got his wheels turning with other ideas. Thanks Logsdons, for being VERY creative and trying to sway votes, even though you've known for a while what's been up Don's sleeve! =)

The Finished Product

The Before Picture Again . . .

Also, I have been working on my painting project - making diamonds on the accent wall of the nursery. First time to be this creative. Normally, I just slop some paint on the walls and call it good, but I didn't know when I would have the freedom to do painting like this again, so I searched for ideas and Jalyn Ickes gave me this one. Thanks Jalyn, it turned out awesome!

The pencil lines before paint . . .

Ever since we have had our windows replaced, I had kept two of them to refinish for decoration throughout the home. So, I decided that this would be the perfect opportunity for me. I stripped them and repainted them. I am still struggling with what to do with them. I would be open to suggestions. Here are my thoughts, initially just hang on wall to accent the diamonds, but eventually add some photos of our little Kate when she arrives.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Any Guesses?

This is the before picture of Don and "his project" for the nursery. I thought we would make this a little interesting and give you an opportunity to see if you can guess what the outcome of this will be. What is Don making from an old TV? The first contestant to guess what he is making will be given the esteemed title of "The Hines Herald Guess What Don is Making Winner"! The winner will be showered with the right-to-brag and the sense of pride that comes from knowing they were right! The contest will run through Saturday, when I will reveal Don's finished project as well as some of the nursery updates - which are quite exciting. Now, some contest rules . . . 1. If you know what Don is making because we have told you - you are automatically disqualified from winning (but have the bragging rights that you knew before others); however, you may try to sway voters by giving ridiculous, hilarious, or other types of wrong answers 2. Only one vote per person, but not per household 3. Finally, have fun thinking outside the box as my awesome hubby did!

Monday, February 18, 2008

A Visit to the 700 Club

A few days ago, Don was drawn to a small 1" x 2" add in our local paper that announced the need of a studio audience for the taping of the 700 Club with guests MercyMe. It simply gave a number to call and that was about all the information listed. When I called, they took my name and how many guests would be attending. I was able to get my good teaching buddy and carpool friend, Emily Flatt, to commit to go with me as well as her friend who was visiting for President's Day, Abby. We headed to the studio and found it without much need of help. We were whisked into the studio, through the metal detectors, to our third row seats. We watched the behind-the-scenes work of the camera men, producers, and assistants as they taped Monday's show. It was complete with Pat Robertson and co-anchor Kristi Watts (who was a quite hilarious off camera), Q & A time from the audience to Pat, news reals, and stories from around the world. By half-way through the hour program, the main guests we came to see walked in during a commercial break - the members of MercyMe. We ended up being seated right next to where they were playing and had front row seats to this part of the show. They sang "God with Us" from their latest CD "All That is Within". It was really wonderful to hear their testimony in song as well as during the short interview section. They spoke of their families and the importance of that role to them and how they make it a priority by not traveling more than four days in a row away from wife and kids. I was truly thankful to see these guys who desired to reflect Christ in their songs, in their humility, and in their call to ministry to others through music. Afterwards, we were almost first in line to get autographs and pictures.

The studio - sorry it's a dark photo, if you look cross-eyed and squint, you may be able to see Kristi Watts at the news desk above the bald headed man in front row (she is wearing red).

MercyMe - while at commerical break

Photo Op with Pat Robertson (blue jacket) - they put their guitars around his neck and made for quite the picture!

Mike Scheuchzer (guitar), me with eyes closed and baby bump barely noticable due to outfit (it changes day to day with the outfit selection!), Jim Bryson (keys)

Drummer - Robby Shaffer - captured by lead singer. Funny story - my camera was having issues, it wasn't taking pictures and I stood posed next to them for a some time, while poor Emily tried to fix the camera. Lead singer, Bart Miller, took the camera to fix it and eventually took this picture of Robby to see if it worked - well it did - and he captured the next self portrait of us too! It was quite funny and very "real" of them.

The self-portrait pose with Bart Miller

Nathan Cochran (bass), Me, Emily, Abby, Barry Graul (guitar)

Oh - and did I mention that this was FREE?! It was a lot of fun and quite the experience.

And just so you all know, a week ago, I turned one year older - I am currently, um, let me think about this, I was born in 81, subtract from 08 . . . borrow . . . uh, so I guess that makes me . . . 27. Yeah - I'm having problems remembering how old I am already! Thanks for all the birthday wishes from my Facebook buddies and also to those buddies who sent me cards! I really appreciate it!

Friday, February 08, 2008

Announcing . . . (Drum Roll Please!)

. . . THE BRINK'S HOME SECURITY TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR FOR 2007 IS . . . (drum roll climaxes and cuts off)


That's right, my husband, Don Hines (A.K.A. Don, Donny, Dono, etc.) earned the esteemed title of Technician of the Year! He has been working for Brink's for the past four years with MANY awards for his contributions to his company by being awarded Tech. of the Month for several months (we have a stack of plaques from this), but this is the first time he was awarded this title. The managers keep track of all the tech's numbers that represent how they are doing on the field. Each month they are given a little bonus if they achieve the tech of the month, and at the end of the year they compare all the techs numbers for the whole year, and your's truly came out on top! I am so proud of his accomplishments!! He works very hard to be a great testimony by the way in which he deals with his customers, his bosses, his co-workers, and his company. He has come home many times with compliments and I am so glad that he has been recogized in this way, since this will most likely be his last opportuntiy to recieve this reward, because it is probably his last full year of being an employee of Brinks.

And I saved the best for last . . . what has he won?!

A four day vacation to FLORIDA! He gets free airfare, free food, free tickets to several theme parks, give aways, and HE GETS PAID TO GO! I'm so thrilled for him! He will have a great time! There has been talk of me being able to go with him, but as of right now, we are still unsure. If so, while he is playing, I'll spend my time lying by the pool and reading some great parenting books! =)

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Merry Christmas To Me!

For part of my Christmas gift this year Don gave me tickets to a professional beach volleyball tournament, called AVP Hot Winter Nights Tour. They transformed the Old Dominion University Basketball Center into a sand volleyball court - which was quite amazing! They had four men and four women from the AVP that competed in a round robin tournament, which basically means that they switched partners to play with each round and were playing for individual reward as opposed to playing with a specific partner (as they normally do). They had a final game, where the player that won the most amount of times in the round robin would choose their partner to try to win the whole tournament. It was quite fun to see these unbelievable players at such a close level and really see the speed and agility!

The arena transformed to hold the sand volleyball court in the middle!

Don - up close and personal with some of the guys practicing. The guy immediately behind him is Stein Metzger. He was a 2004 Athens Olympian and took fifth place with his parter. He was the guy that was highlighted on this tournament, although, I don't think he was playing his best this night!

Katrina - getting up close & personal with some of the girls practicing - Behind me to my right is Tyra Turner (yellow headband) - she is heading to the 2008 Beijing Olympics to represent the USA. The other girl to my left (next to the guy holding the camera) is Rachel Wacholder who also will be representing the USA in the 2008 Olympics.

The Serve

Another shot of the serve taken my my awesome photographer husband, Don!

The Happy Couple

Me and the S.W.A.G. (Stuff We All Get). I was so excited when they started passing these around for the final rounds!! I see them all the time when I watch the games on TV and even told Don that I hoped they would pass them out for this too, but I didn't figure they would. Surprise, surprise! (Godiva had fun popping them when we got home! Merry Christmas to her too!)

A picture with Barbra Fontana - the 1996 Atlanta Olympian who took 4th place for the USA. She is a mother of two boys and a lawyer! She passed the California Bar exam in the 80's! Quite the lady!

Thanks again, Donny, for the great Christmas gift! It was a lot of fun and great to spend some nice time alone with my best friend! I love you!


For all those baby bump addicts out there, I have posted my 27 week photo or entering my third trimester!

Notice the nice Cotton Candy Pink walls!

The full side shot! Sorry, I have been so bad with this!! I wanted to be good with this, since I am always curious what my friends look like pregnant too! And I vowed I would post pictures of myself, no matter how huge I felt or looked, because I know how badly I want to see others like that too. Everytime I think about taking a picture, I always have an excuse as to why I can't at that moment, and then I forget. I'll try to keep you more up to date with the changing of my pregnant body! Thanks for your patience! =)