Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Saturday, October 15, 2016

House Update 2016

We've been busy finishing up the main level bath and we're getting close. This weekend we worked on the vanity. The Mister completed the base for the vanity a couple weeks ago and we've been figuring out the plan for the top. 

We decided to give concrete a try. We'll see in a couple weeks how it works out. 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Morning at the Park

Just a Saturday morning at the park. Lots of climbing.
We may or may not still have pajamas on.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Fun Run and Visit With Friends

A great weekend with a visit from Iowa friends and very little on the agenda.

We stayed around the house on Saturday doing absolutely nothing and it was exactly what we all needed. Lots of rest, lots of relaxation, lots of cuddles with the littles.
More often than not we tend to over schedule trying to cram in as much as possible to a weekend.
Saturday was wonderful. Lesson learned for he next time.

On Sunday we wrapped the weekend with a fun run at the arboretum. The girls even did a kids run with bibs and all. Beautiful fall weather and a great ending to our weekend.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Those Freckles

Each summer she adds a few more freckles to the collection. They are slowly forming a beautiful passage from one side of her face to the other up over her nose. Scarcely speed out under her eyes and more heavily clustered on the bridge of her nose. She's proud of them if you ask her. And she should be, they suit her perfectly. A little bit quirky, laid back, imperfect, and beautiful.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Austin Trip

It goes without saying that we have the best friends out there.
Hands down.

For four days we chose friendship over work, we chose the pool over the office. We cooked and sat down for communal meals of whatever had been made up. We had a few too many cocktails, laughed until our cheeks hurt, and made far too many inside jokes taking us back over the years.

At the end of each day, with fingers that looked more like prunes, and cheeks still warm from the sun I looked around to see us surrounded by the most amazing people. Sixteen years I've had the opportunity to know this group as a second family. We've all met this next chapter in our lives head on with careers, pets, weddings, children, and loss. We've supported from afar, and since leaving a small town in KS many years ago, we've mostly stayed in touch with the help of modern technology.  But no matter the distance, or the time between visits being around this group simply feels like being home. Love these guys. So incredibly happy to have them on this adventure.

A huge thank you to Oma for stepping into and taking over our hectic life for 5 days so that we could recharge. Feeling grateful in all sorts of ways as I take a moment to reflect at the end of this week. Life is good.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Cousin Time

Growing up we didn't live near most of our family. In fact, to this day I still have cousins which I've never met. I guess a symptom of a family that was ahead of its time, spread out across the US during a time when most families still stayed within close proximity of one another. A good excuse for traveling, but for a number of reasons we rarely did.

My aunt Hazel's family lived close by though, maybe an hour or so by car. I remember visiting quite a bit. Weather we did or not I don't know as memories and time seem to get distorted the older I get. My aunt Hazel had 3 grandkids, of whom my cousin Brent was the youngest born just a year after me.

When I think back to time we spent together growing up I see it more like a slideshow without moving parts. I see snapshots of roller blades, hide and sneak, giant swing sets, and cinnamon rolls. I remember running up to the top of the stairs in the old farm house to sneak cookies, and playing hide and seek while the adults huddled around a table playing pitch.
I remember Brent, his heart and his boyish smile. A smile that hasn't changed a bit over the years, and a heart that is even bigger than when he was a boy.

Brent got married this past weekend in what was a beautiful ceremony under the stars. Plenty of smiles, memories and music to be had, and a wonderful reason to see family who live near and far.