Ohhhhh the friends we make -

and KEEP, ALL through the years.  I couldn't help but hook up the ole hard drive and search tonight for this picture -

Yep, it really is those two and YES, they were trying to be like Rob and Big.

So when Lauren came on Saturday, ALL grown up, I couldn't help but remind them of those days.  They became friends while both attending the Paul Mitchell school in 2009 and have remained friends.  Lauren is married now and Britt of course has a few chapters under her belt, too.  It was fun catching up -  Just look at 'em now =)


Drum Roll please…..

Yep, it's today!  And we are soooo thankful for this precious little girl!

Who would have thought almost a year ago she would be so big and full of character!?

Well, she is and we love her so much!  

PS I heard the most magical place on earth and my ALL TIME FAV place is all lit up for the occasion so I had to go find my pic.

I remember waiting for just the right time when the castle was all purple so I could take this pic.  LOVE, LOVE that place!  


Just cousins….

Yep!!  That's us - Kayden, Brooklyn and Kendall just hangin' out on Thursday night =)


A day to remember AND thank...

All the veterans we know.  I honestly didn't realize how many we actually are honored to 'know.  So this is our way of saying THANKS!  

And this one just happens to be a little special =)

So a special thanks to you, Brandon for serving our country!


Happy Birthday!

It is very, very hard to believe that it's been 30 (yes, 30) years since my oldest child was born.  Time truly doesn't stand still.  Not even when I want it to.  But……this is life and today is the day.

Happy Birthday Jeremy.  You are all grown up with a family of your own.  I hope your big Three O was lots of fun.




Come out and support 
Jefferson High Baseball


A Friday afternoon visit -

And ohhhhh was is beautiful! I stopped for a quick chat on my way home. I do miss the little things like her coming out for dinner, reading Mr. Wiggly to the kids, catching up on all the gossip (LOL), and even those times when she had grown too old to read and just listened to us chat…..but one thing for sure, she's got a beautiful view.


Wordless  Wednesday's Words!

I love to read so it definitely makes my heart smile when Brooklyn enjoys being read to.  

I cleaned out our bookcases months ago but luckily left some good books for the granddaughters because I think those old favorites are gonna come in handy, thank goodness =)

Happy Hump Day!


A different lens….

It is that time again to head to Des Moines -  which means a quick stop in Minneapolis where you just might see a Jazz guy playing Christmas carols -

A quick peek in my all time fav airport store -

seeing Christmas decorations everywhere -

worrying about the weather that's supposed to come in right about the time i'm heading on my last leg -

and even watching plans be directed in by young peeps -

But, I made it here and I'm all checked in -

My clothes are hung up -

My 'office' is set up -

 My pi's are on (no pics, haha)

And my living space looks a lot different -

This is where I'll be for the next three nights. Missing home. Missing my family. But at the same time, very thankful for my job and lovin' the mint as my bed time snack =)

Most of you know how much I love 'water' - I even have a view of the river out my window, lol!

I didn't get pictures but the downtown area is all lit up for Christmas already, too. Geez. As Cierra said, Thanksgiving has been all forgotten about =(

Good night ya'all!


It's TIME!

Toes are painted -

Bow tie is on -

And they are ALL dressed up!

This group of kids was a lot of fun - a little serious -

A little silly =)

But very sweet!

We enjoyed hanging out with them while they took tons of pictures and giggled, laughed and chatted.  Such fun times for all of them.  And they even had some fun at iHop, lol

Thanks to Devin's family for hosting the party =)


Happy Birthday Britt!

We hope you have a wonderful day!  XOXO