Monday, September 26, 2016

September Smatterings

One day I was doing dishes and couldn't quite decide where Summer was playing or what she was doing.  But I could hear things every now and then so I figured nothing too bad was going on.  When I was finished in the kitchen I sat down and read her a book and THEN looked over to her toy basket.  Filled with her dirty diapers that she had carried one by one from her room to the basket.  I had to laugh out loud on that one!


We made applesauce one day!  Only a half bushel but it's enough for us right now.


Start 'em out young:)


We got to spend almost a week with our nieces while their parents were on vacation.  We had a lot of fun with them but were pretty wiped out by the time we got done!  (Five kids is juuuuust a little different than one.)



Someone learned the art of walking in princess shoes.  Kind of.  But when she's successful she's pretty excited about it!


We had a really quick, short and sweet trip out to IL this past weekend.  Aaron and Cassie had planned to go and invited us to tag along and so of course we did!  On the drive out there, I discovered that Cassie had never ridden in a combine.  I was a little bit shocked and appalled.  So we made it happen:)  And then I got to ride for about 20 or 30 minutes which is the extent of my harvest experience this year.  Maybe next year I won't be ready to pop and will be able to spend a little more time enjoying it.


October is just around the corner and while we have some plans, we also have a lot of waiting around and laying low, just waiting for this baby!  I've gotten a little sentimental about Summer not being my baby anymore so I'm trying to just really enjoy her these next few weeks.  But not so sentimental that I'm not really excited to meet our little guy!  Ready or not I guess...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

One Last Outing...

 This past weekend Danny boy and I headed down to Indy for the day for one last fun thing with just the two of us before the baby comes.  We pretty much spent our time in the downtown area.  I had never really been to Indy before besides just driving through so I was pretty excited!  We started off our day with lunch at PF Changs and spending some time at Circle Center Mall.  I love PF Changs and Danny loves Asian food but had never been there so it was easy to decide where to eat:)


Next we headed to the canal and walked along that for awhile.  Soooooo romantic.  Well, not exceptionally but it was nice:)


When we walked past the Indiana State Museum, we saw this square dancing thing going on.  So many old people all dressed up in their dancing garb!  They tried pretty hard to get anyone on the sidelines to join in, but we graciously declined;)


On our way home we stopped at this Goodwill outlet store someone had told us about.  Oh my, people.  When this person told me about it I asked her if it was pretty much the junk of the junk.  To which she said yes.  And let me tell you.  It was the JUNK of the JUNK!!!  Even Danny, who is a natural garage sale/thrift store person thought it was a little much!  But it was fun to see and we did actually consider getting a Christmas decoration.  And then decided not to.


The only downside of the day was that I felt sick the whole time.  We also made a stop at Monument Circle which looked cool to me, but I was so wiped out by that point that Danny went to walk around a little bit while I stayed in the car and took a nap.  So for supper I just got Sprite and pretzels from a gas station and he did fast food drive thru.  Which included trying a slider from White Castle because he's just always wanted to try it and see if it's as nasty as everyone says it is:)  For someone not feeling so hot, it sure smelled nasty!!

But all things considered, we made the best of it and still had a good time checking out the city.  Now it's time to buckle down and really get ready for this baby!  (As much as one can be ready for a baby that is...)

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

The Weekend Of Labor (But Not Really)

Once again we headed west this weekend to my homeland!  I think we planned on spending Labor Day weekend in IL like, way back in early spring or something.  We knew we would be camping with Danny's family over Memorial Day weekend so we decided the next long weekend could be out there.  Plus it was my birthday weekend so it was just a no brainer!

On the drive out Danny asked me if I wanted to do something fun for my birthday besides just sit around my parent's house all Saturday afternoon.  So we settled on Tanner's Orchard.  I had never been there but always wanted to go.  So we left Summer with grandma and headed out!  We had fun doing the corn maze, checking out the animals, snacking on an apple cider doughnut, and going through the market.  So many free samples!!

(It was so bright and I'm so squinty.  Why I didn't just put my sunglasses on is beyond me!)


Then we went back to my brother's house for supper and a campfire.  My parents had plans so we invited our cousins and their families for the evening.  And we had to take a matchy matchy picture with the three of us:)


It was the perfect day to kick off the fall season!


Sunday night we were with my family.  After one big family naptime, we ordered Pizza Place, which is a pretty frequent request of mine whenever we're back there:)  Later, Danny and I announced we were going to go on a walk and if anyone wanted to come they could.  Guess who came?  EVERYBODY!  But it was a fun and relaxing little evening stroll.


Although my niece tried to do it a little more unconventionally:)


Since Monday was a holiday we got to spend Sunday night too.  We hung out until lunch and ate with my family before saying our goodbyes and hitting the road.

At first I had been a little bit bummed because some friends I wanted to see were out of town.  But the weekend ended up meeting and exceeding any expectations I had and I came home feeling all invigorated:)  (And one year older)  But I loved every minute of it!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Vacation Fun

The last week of July and the first week of August were filled with wedding and travelling fun!  It started with a beautiful wedding weekend for Jordan and Jenny, filled with ruffles that were bigger than the girls wearing them!


So cute!


After taking a day to rest after the wedding, we headed off to the lakes with Danny's family.  We spent the week playing in the water,


taking Summer's first boat ride,


and just chilling in the shade.  That little pink chair provided hours of entertainment!


We also left the lake cottage for a day to check out the Elkhart County Fair.  We had a lot of fun seeing all the animals, watching the rodeo, and eating some fair food treats.


We also got to see a baby calf be born.  Here's a fact about me:  From about 3rd grade up until early high school, I wanted to be a farm animal vet.  That's what really drove me to get into ag classes and FFA.  Once I got into high school I started helping out at the elementary school during my study hall which is how I ended up choosing a path of kiddos rather than animals.  But after watching that calf be born, I was ready to turn back time and apply to vet school instead of going the education route!  (That didn't last long, but it was still really cool to be able to see that!)


We got home from the lakes late Tuesday night, spent Wednesday going to two different doctor appointments and doing a little laundry, and then Thursday morning I took Summer and went out to Illinois for a few days.  Phew!


We had some more great family time and were able to help my parents serve lunch at church.  There were also a couple of really fun swimming parties in there that I sadly didn't get ANY pictures of:(  Oh.  And I got to eat Monical's and lots of Caleri's!


And I got to take an evening out and catch up with one of my nearest and dearest!  We blabbed and blabbed and blabbed and blabbed.  It was great:)


Sunday after church we didn't really stick around.  It was time to get back to a normal routine.  And after lots of practice over the lakes and the IL weekend, Summer is officially a walker!  Now these last couple weeks have been loooooowwwwww key.  I guess it's all or nothing for us!  

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Olympics Revised

I Love The Olympics.  Really.  I love them a lot.  So, when a little while back we had some friends over, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the upcoming Rio games.  We had four men's events and four women's events.  Track and Field, Gymnastics (of course), Swimming, and Volleyball.

The men did the shot-put with a big rock from our landscaping while the women had a javelin throwing contest with a yardstick. 


Next the women competed in a second track and field event: the marshmallow on a spoon race!  Because half of them are pregnant, all of them were exempt from the gymnastics event:)


Followed by a men's cartwheel contest.  This part of the evening was highly entertaining!


Since we weren't actually around any water or wearing swim suits, the men and women both had a breath holding contest.  I happen to think the pregnant ones were at a disadvantage in this particular event, but they were good sports about it.


I didn't get any pictures of the volleyball event, but they each had to use Summer's little rubber ball from Dollar Tree and see how many times they could bump it to themselves.  It turned out to be harder than we thought it would!

In the end though, there could only be one winner for the men and one for the women.  They were each awarded either a gold, silver, or bronze medal, or a participation award.


They might not all share my love for the Olympics, but they humored me and we had fun!


Our spectators, however, weren't so interested.  The would have rather spent time playing with each other.


Or the dirt.  They really liked the dirt.


It was a great night!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Some Joo-Lye Happenings

Joo-lye.  That's the southern pronunciation.  But anyway.

Hello my name is Summer and I love to pull out my hair pretties!  It leaves me looking all crazy and disheveled.  It drives my mom and dad nuts but I think it's hilarious!!


We were invited to see the Tincaps for a customer appreciation night and had a great time!


First corn on the cob of the season.  Mmmm.....


She's so happy to celebrate her freedoms.


So happy that it moves her to tears.


We headed out to Roanoke for my cousin's wedding.  It was a great time catching up with some of my family!  Right before we left, a few of us made our way to the dance floor for a quick hello and group hug.  But there would be no dancing for me.  Trust me- nobody wants to see the pregnant girl get her groove on:)  At least, not this one!


I love my cousins so much!


Now we have had a little bit of down time before we enter the whirlwind of another wedding, the lakes, and another trip to Roanoke- all in about two weeks of each other.  I say bring it on!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Mackinac Getaway

Danny boy and myself were able to get away for a few days this past week to Michigan.  It was kind of for our anniversary and kind of just because.  We'd like to have a little getaway each year for our happy anny but it's the beginning of March and a tropical vacation every year just isn't in the books!  So we just celebrated late in order to have some nicer weather.
We started off by meeting up with my parents for a quick trade off.  They gave us supper and we gave them a baby.  I was a little sad to leave my girl but I knew she was in good hands and my excitement for our trip outweighed the sadness:)


We spent the first part of our trip in Mackinaw City.  We visited Old Colonial Fort Michillimacinac where the Indians and British used to do fur trading.  If you hand me a book or have me sit through a lecture, I don't particularly care for history.  But if you make it come alive for me, I really enjoy it!  So that day was really fun for me.
(helps that everyone was healthy and we had lots of energy to spare still)


In the soldier's barracks, there was this place called the black hole that they used to punish the unruly or disobedient soldiers.  Immediately I told Danny to take a picture of me trying to escape The Black Hole.  Absolutely making a Bluffton joke here.  I thought I was hilarious!  Danny needed an explanation but humored me and laughed once he figured it out:)


On our busiest day, we drove a ways into the Upper Peninsula to do some hiking and to enjoy the scenery.  Unfortunately, Danny had gotten sick through the night and wasn't able to really get into it.  I felt really bad because this was more his thing than mine.  But he did really good about pushing through and we still managed to have a good day.  We went to Munising State Park to check out the Pictured Rocks.  We thought we were going to see more of this kind of thing, but realized once we got there that we had to take a 2 1/2 hour boat tour if we wanted to do that.


So instead we just hoofed it and drove it and what we saw was still really pretty.



That night we went to the Headlands International Dark Sky Park.  Since the sky is still glowing red a little bit at 11:00 at night, it got pretty late, but it was worth it to see all those stars so clearly!  If you ever have the chance, I would definitely recommend checking it out! 

Our last day in the city was nice and relaxing.  We slept in pretty late after our day of hiking and our late night stargazing.  We took it pretty easy, just strolling through some shops and taking a nap (anyways, I did that).  And we did manage to catch the lumberjack show that night.  Good, touristy fun!


Finally the next morning we boarded a ferry and headed to Mackinac Island.  We only had one full day there so we did all things Mackinac in a short amount of time.  We rode bikes and checked out Arch Rock.  So pretty!


We then proceeded to continue riding bikes.  Uphill.  At which point I had a minor meltdown because I was Just. So. Worn. Out.  My preferred method of seeing all the island sights would have been by horse and carriage.  However, I communicated that to Danny by way of female communication skills.  I used more hints rather than directly expressing my desires, which his male communication skills understood as merely a suggestion.  By the time we were on the same page, we had already seen most of what we wanted to see so we decided that if we ever make it back, there will be a little less biking and a little more carriage riding:)


But anywho.  We walked around the Grand Hotel,


we sampled our fair share of fudge (and bought some of course),


and took turns picking restaurants.  For supper we ate at a place with outdoor seating.  It looked pretty full so we went inside.  But it was small and loud and hot and sticky and smelled like a deep fryer.  When we asked about sitting outside, they were super accommodating and set up a little table and chairs for us in their gazebo!  It was a romantic little supper:)


We spent the night in this quaint and charming little bed & breakfast, which was a first for both of us.  It was comfy and relaxing and we both enjoyed it!


One last night before we headed home, we enjoyed strolling along and watching the sunset over the water.


It's always a little sad to see vacations end, but I was pretty excited to see my baby again!  Huge thanks to my parents for keeping her and to my mom for driving all the way to our house to bring Summer home so we wouldn't have to add 2 or 3 extra hours of driving time to our trip.  It's good to be back!