Sunday, May 27, 2012

Snapshots of a Day

Every once in a while I like to document life as it is.  It's fun to review pictures from a fun event or activity, but those things aren't necessarily the best representations of the day-to-day.  For me, it's almost just as fun to review pictures of the mundane and remember what life was like at a certain time period or stage in our lives.  Here are just a few things that happen often enough at my house that they fall into the "day-to-day" category. 
{I might do more posts like this in the future}.

We play outside every single day that the weather is nice.  Lately Kylie has been interested in measuring how tall (or short) people are.  She'll stand you up against the wall, draw a line as high as she can reach, then say something like, "Summer, you are 13 tall!"
Of course, that's not the only thing we use chalk for.  This is what the brick looks like on either side of our patio.  Both girls love to draw.


We enjoy watering plants at our house.  Unfortunately, some plants just can't be helped no matter how much water they get.  I think Kylie rode her bike over this one.... and then Summer sat on it.  It didn't stand a chance.
 Kylie climbs trees every chance she gets...
 ...while Summer prefers playing with rocks and getting dirty.

Our backseat isn't usually this bad, but it's not too far from the truth.
And inside.... well... I'm still in the process of baby/kid proofing.  The concept of baby proofing usually revolves around the idea of keeping kids safe: covering outlets, locking cupboards, etc.  But sometimes it simply means protecting your stuff!  I'll keep you posted on my "projects" as I complete them.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Gift

About a month ago I received something wonderful.  I had woken up super early to go running on a typical Saturday morning, but when I returned home the scene was far from ordinary.  As soon as I walked in the door, Kylie yelled, "Surprise!!!" and this was waiting for me:
{Yes, that is a martini glass full of chocolate milk.  Don't judge me}.
It was still a couple weeks before my birthday so I was definitely surprised.  You know what was in the box?
 
I had been complaining to Josh for months about blurry pictures and missed moments.  Turns out that a co-worker of his has a friend in the photography business that was able to hook him up with this camera for FREE.  It's not the newest model or anything, but I LOVE it.  It has become my latest accessory.  I am very passionate about photography and I may not be amazing at it yet, but I hope to be someday.  I can't tell you how excited I was to receive that gift because, to me, it's the gift that keeps on giving.  Each picture is another memory captured... by me.

I've been toying around with it for weeks now but have neglected to blog about it.  But I busted that thing out today as we took a spontaneous visit to Flowing Well Park.  When you glance at the "park" from the road, this is what you see:
 
 People come and fill up their own jugs of well water here.  It's actually pretty cool!   
{No, those blue jugs are not ours}.

 It was such a hot and humid day today, so rather than hang out at the pool {which is freezing} we drove 5 minutes to this cute little park and had a blast at the creek.  The girls absolutely LOVED throwing rocks in and getting their feet wet.  Definitely one of my favorite places in Carmel so far.  I've already decided that the next time I need a little break from the kids and Josh gives me the go-ahead to leave for a while, I'm coming here.  With my nook :)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Dresses

When we went to Michigan last weekend, my mom had these darling little dresses waiting for the girls.  Unfortunately, I had already packed super casual Sunday outfits for the girls and they didn't have the appropriate shoes to match my mom's dresses.  So... they wore them this week :)




Sorry about the bucket.... Summer is a little less cooperative when taking pictures.




Friday, May 18, 2012

SIX

Can you believe we have been married for SIX years already?  It seems like just yesterday we were here:
 We were so young back then!  Well... one of us was :)
 We've celebrated birthdays...
 ...experienced the highs and lows of pregnancy...

 
(When I was pregnant with Kylie, I passed out in class and landed face first).

 Then, of course, there were the childbirths...
 ...a college graduation...
 ...holidays...
 ...surgeries...
(wisdom teeth)
 ...trips/vacations/activities...
 ...moves...
EIGHT, to be exact
 ...and the day-to-day things that make the time fly right by.


What a great experience it has been for us.  It hasn't all been fun and games, but the fact is that we've made it through the tough stuff and have grown stronger as a couple because of it.  We've become a team.

When I opened the blinds this morning, this is what I found:

 Is he sweet or what???  Happy Anniversary, indeed.
Here are SIX things I love about Josh:
  1. He is almost always in a good mood.
  2. He puts others first, even if it requires sacrifices on his part.
  3. He willingly gets up with the girls at night because he knows I'm not a fan of the night shift.
  4. He is a great "girl daddy."  I know he often feels outnumbered in our house, but the girls just adore him and he's excellent with them.
  5. He is SO funny...sometimes without even trying :)
  6. He is thoughtful and often surprises me with love notes, gifts, and treats... just because.
 I am so in love with this guy!  It's been a wonderful SIX years and I'm looking forward to many more amazing years with him.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Moment You've All Been Waiting For...

OK, here is the super LONG post I promised.  In case you don't feel like reading absolutely everything, check out the highlights listed underneath each heading.

 THURSDAY
Drove to Michigan and spent the day together as a family

The girls did great during the 4 hour drive to Michigan.  I'm beginning to like Summer's little fingers more and more...
The girls were so excited to hop out of the car and see Uncle Kyle.  It had been awhile since we had seen him, but you wouldn't have known it!  They picked up right where they left off.
As soon as we got into town, I actually dropped everyone off at home and met up with a high school friend.  I'm so bummed I didn't get pictures!

FRIDAY
Went running with a friend, enjoyed a visit with my cousin, and celebrated my 25th birthday

I started off Friday morning by going running with my good friend, Joe.  He used to live 2 doors down from my parents so we pretty much grew up together.
Friday afternoon we got family pictures taken (which I'll post as soon as I get it).  Summer was such a stinker!  She flat out told the photographer that she wasn't going to smile... and she didn't.  But we got a good shot anyway.  Afterwards, a few of us went and saw the movie "The Avengers."

When we came home, dinner was all prepared (thanks, Mom!) and we got to catch up with my cousin, Cheri, who was in town for some training for a new job.  It was so great to see her!!
 Then we celebrated my birthday.  Kylie was more than willing to help me open my gifts.
My brother, Kyle, got me a nook.  Do you know what I got him for his birthday last month?  A book.  Yeah, he definitely outdid me on that one!
Since most of my meals come with a side order of insulin, I decided to forgo the cake this year.  But the entire family sang to me anyway and I had the best time hanging out with all of them!

SATURDAY
Ran a 25k, recuperated, and enjoyed a great dinner with my parents and some friends

Saturday was THE day.  The day I had been training for since January.  It was time to run 15.6 miles.  I was excited to do it, but SO nervous.
 *Quick background info: Some of you may be wondering why I would sign up for a 25k.  To make a long story short, I set a goal to run a 25k for my 25th birthday because running is something I really enjoy doing.  At the beginning of 2012, I reflected on the previous year and could hardly think of a single thing I did for myself that year.  Since I used to love running, I decided to start doing it again but I needed something to keep me accountable... a race.  I wanted to really push myself but I also wanted to be realistic.  Goal #1: Don't die.  Goal #2: Finish the race.  Goal #3: Finish in under 3 hours.

My very first day training I was supposed to run 2 miles.  I did it... but it took me almost 30 minutes, which may not sound horrible, but in high school I could run that far in half the time.  The first few weeks were really hard, but it gradually became easier and easier.  As time passed, I was able to run farther distances than I had ever run before.  So by the time May 12th came around, I was ready.

My parents sent me on my way to the start line (boy, was it hard leaving them!) and soon the race had begun.  It was so COOL running with that many people!!  The first 7 miles flew by and before I knew it, I was at the halfway point where my sweet family was waiting for me.  I wanted them at that spot so I could test my sugar, sip on a shake (can you tell Kyle thinks that's disgusting?) and shed some layers.
Then it was time to go!

The second half of the race was MUCH harder.  I hit a wall around mile 11.  I walked for a few minutes at mile 14.  But then I saw the "1 mile to go" sign and I took off.  After what seemed like forever, I finally saw that finish line.  I didn't die, I finished the race, and I did it in 2:32:04.  Mission accomplished!

 My biggest fan :)  He made a lot of sacrifices so I could train and then run this race.
I figured that I would want to crash when I finished the race, but I didn't expect it to hit me so soon.  I struggled to stay awake in the car and when I got home, I took my shoes off and collapsed into bed.  I fell asleep with my medal on and everything.  But when I woke up, I took a shower and I was good as new.

And no, I will not run another 25k.  I really admire people who run that far (or farther), but that's too far for me.  I'll settle for the 10k next year.

Later on we went out to dinner with our good friends, the Smith's.  It just so happens that they have 5 daughters who adore our girls, so we can count on excellent babysitters.  The dinner was to celebrate my parents' 28th wedding anniversary.  My birthday is actually on their anniversary, but I didn't want to steal their thunder again so we celebrated a day later :)  Again, no pictures (lame!!!)

SUNDAY
Celebrated Mother's Day and spent the evening with some friends

Sometimes it's weird to think that I'm a mom... and I've been at it for a while.  Most 25-year-olds haven't, so I feel especially blessed.  It's not always easy but these little girls are my life, and I like it that way.
We spent the afternoon at my grandparents' house.  It's always a blast when the whole family gets together.
 And there are always a ton of photo opportunities!



 My grandma with 3 of her sons (the 4th lives in Florida)
 I feel very privileged to be able to call myself a mother along with these wonderful women.  Love them!
 Since Sunday evening was our last night in town, my parents took over the bedtime stories.

And once they were tucked in bed (the kids, not my parents) Josh and I went out and spent the evening with some close friends.  While my friend, Janelle, and I enjoyed the warmth of the bonfire, the guys played horseshoes.  We stayed out waaaay too late but it was totally worth it.

MONDAY
Visited Kramer's new apartment, then headed back to Indiana

Monday morning we packed up our car and got ready to hit the road.  I attempted a few pictures with Kyle.  I say "attempted" because this is usually what happens...

 Of course when he finally cooperates I get a nice sun spot on the picture.  Sorry...
Before making the trip back we first stopped at Kramer's new apartment.  He just moved out of my parents' place 2 weeks ago so we were among his first visitors.  His room is actually a loft and the girls loved running up and down those stairs.  After a quick picture, it was time to go!  (Kramer has to sleep with a du-rag over his dreads, which I think is kinda funny).

THE KIDS...
Just because :)
 Kyle taught Summer how to "blow it up."
Whenever Kylie would go outside, we would usually find her in the garden (surprise, surprise).


 Summer "playing" softball with the guys

 Summer felt like pouting for some reason.  She did this during the family picture too.
 But she can't stay serious for too long.

 Don't worry, we had some down time during our crazy weekend.