Tuesday, April 29, 2014

a day at grandpa's

What I love about the fact that my Dad (and Eileen) and my Grandma live in the country is that I can get my fill of country-living, without actually having to live in the country. We spent Sunday at my dad's house after they had been living in Virginia for the past few years. The boys had really missed getting to visit their house. We had a lot of great food and a had a good time, despite the high winds that day.

My dad lives in the house he grew up in. I have many memories of going there to visit with my grandma. This is even where I stepped on hot coals when I was 3. I may not remember what today's date is, but I can still remember that van ride to the hospital with my feet in a bucket of ice water, I still remember the doctor wrapping my feet, and I still remember crawling around in my ace bandages. Funny how the mind works. This shed has been in this yard as long as I can remember. Unfortunately, it's time to be knocked down. Sure it's ugly, but I do see beauty in the ugly, broken-down buildings. 

Evangeline and her cousin, Madolyn looked cute in their pink dresses 

I don't know what this is but it gives me the heebie jeebies. And I got close enough to take a picture!

love this one

I attempted to take some pictures of my sister and her family. But I have no idea what I'm doing. And the wind was very strong.

wheelbarrow rides with grandpa

After a brief rainstorm, the neighbors' cows were out behind the house

There we go. Country-living for a day while still actually living in a close proximity to civilization. And by that, I mean Target and Salvation Army.

Monday, April 28, 2014

sink baths and celebrations

Has anyone noticed how random my blog is? That's why it's so hard for me to title my entries. A multitude of events, all jammed in one post. This blog is very much a reflection of my brain. Random and thinking of multiple things at the same time. And hopefully it's evident that it's full of love for my family and friends.

this picture just makes my heart melt.

Don's birthday was on Friday. He officially entered his last year in his 20's! I made his favorite meal for his birthday dinner (it's definitely one of my favorites right now, too!) 
If you're looking for an amazing meal, try this amazing potato soup recipe. And to kick it up a notch, try serving it in a pretzel bread bowl. Amazing! For real.

Evangeline hates baths. So bath time with her is never something I look forward to. The other day, I decided to plop her in the sink to scrub her down. I don't know why I had never given a sink bath before. It was absolutely adorable and so much easier than the bathtub! 

I mean, how cute are these?

 Saturday night was a special night to celebrate this 'Loving' couple and their 30 years of marriage. They are a wonderful example of what a godly marriage should look like, through the ups and the downs. They also happen to be the best landlords ever ;)

the lighting was so low, romantic, and lovely. but I was forced to use a flash, which I have no clue how to use.

Justin and Val <3

this photo idea was a collaboration with Liam and also my favorite picture of the night 

we danced the night away. I'm paying for it today

Eli is such a cutie!

 Happy anniversary Billy and Cyndi! Here's to another 30 :)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

spring has sprung

This past weekend, Maggi and I set out on an adventure to take some pictures. She had just gotten back from her trip to Texas and I had yet to reunite with her. I'll spare the details of the two times I managed to get us lost (the one time I trusted Siri instead of a good old fashioned map!) By the time we even made it to our destination, we realized that not only were the gates closed (Bellefontaine Cemetery) but we couldn't even see any flowers at "Missouri's other Botanical Gardens." Maggi's quick thinking took us to Art Hill and the beautiful orange and purple tulips...and about 2 billion gnats. 

 Getting lost did have its perks. It took us to the Gen 3 Quiktrip and their delicious, fresh pretzels.

So the evening didn't go as planned. But it's always a good time with Maggi. 

The next day was Easter. For many years, it's been a tradition to spend Easter at the Lees' house with the Tuckahoe gang. The weather this year was perfect!

 Before lunch, I grabbed the kids and took some pictures. They were not in the mood. This crooked picture is the best I got. It looks like a band picture, but I suppose it's very fitting.

I guess this is artistic enough for the back cover of their album

believe me, she is treated like a princess in our house

Maggi was kind enough to snap a few pictures of me and Evangeline

Kim hosted an Easter egg hunt for the kids! Thanks Kim!

isn't Mysti lovely?

my best friends. 
exciting news! Stef started a blog of her own today! 
I'm so excited that I'll be able to keep up with what's going on in her life.

it's a tradition. always pictures of us 3.

(Photo credit: Tim Harrelson)

Penelope and Kai were inseparable this day. So cute listening to their little conversations.

Liam was climbing trees by himself. Being the mom of 3 boys is about to get even crazier.

He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!!
It still rings true, not only on Easter, but all throughout the year!
Praise the Lord!

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