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Ready, Set, SPRING!

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Spring is in the air! Can you feel it?

We felt it this past week when we had some friends and their three kids come stay with us. It was a week full of adventure and outdoor fun. A sorta mini spring break in our 1,000 square foot farm house. It was a bit crazy, but I think the best memories are made when you simply enjoy living life together. Especially when you are a kid, vacations don’t have to be fancy! Sometimes just changing up your day-to-day routine can feel like a little getaway.

What are some of your favorite childhood spring break memories?

Happy Spring Break everyone! Now, get outside! ;)

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Refocus

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Hey! Hey…

Over here!

Let’s tilt this a smidge.

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When Dead Things Grow

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Can you believe it’s time to start planting onions and garlic? Every year planting sneaks up on us and before we know it, it’s time to get back to it! This past weekend we we’re all needing a breath of fresh air so we dusted off the old rake and shovel and spent an afternoon cleaning out our garden beds. After being sick for the last four days it felt good to get outside and enjoy the sun on our backs. Cale has been working hard (like a champ!) studying for number 2 of 7 architecture exams in order to receive his architectural license. Apparently there is a lot of liability when it comes to designing buildings like people dying, breaking laws, and wasting millions of dollars! Let’s just say it’s been a bit overwhelming recognizing the amount of responsibility a person carries as an “architect”.

But, thanks to Spider-Man, we can all rest assured that:
“With great power, comes great responsibility”! :)

Now to gain that kind of power, that sort of confidence in yourself and assurance in the process you have to take it one day at a time.

One day at a time… watching and believing that, that miracle is growing.

One day at a time… finding your joy again.

(I love it when he wears flannel and gets all dirty! That’s my designer handy man!)

One day at a time… discovering that, that thing you thought was dead is actually very much alive.

We didn’t expect to find a harvest of carrots leftover from our fall garden. In fact we did not plan on them surviving the winter.

But they did.

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An Old Fashion Backyard Wedding :)

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Remember that Comic Book Inspired Wedding Invitation we designed a while back? Turns out the wedding was just as memorable! We should probably be fare and let you know that it was pretty special since Cale’s brother was the groom. But still! The bride’s Italian family arrived from Connecticut armed with good food and cheek kisses. Paired with some good old fashion Okie hospitality it was truly a wedding weekend to remember. Not only was it a beautiful day but the weekend was full of friends and family.

Here are a few of our favorite moments…

From the potluck dinner served family style to the old records serenading the evening it was truly one of our favorite weddings (outside of our own of course!). ;)

Congrats to the newlyweds!

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The Fourth of July: This Is How We Do It

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Our Fourth of July was a little bitter sweet. It was the first time we have celebrated the Fourth since Cale’s Dad passed away over a year ago. The Fourth of July was his favorite holiday AND his birthday. Cale said it best; “It was like getting back on a horse after being bucked off”.

It was a little rough getting back into the “true spirit” of things.

But, 68 Artillery Shells later… it started to feel like old times. :)

We hope you exercised your right to blow stuff up and celebrate our freedoms this past Fourth of July!

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Summertime & the Living is Easy

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For us, we know it’s vacation time when:

  • Our home sits on a private lake.
  • Our home has a private dock.
  • The pregnant lady gets to lounge on her stomach… on a raft! :)
  • Old fashion family meals around the dinner table.
  • One word… dishwasher.
  • Two letters… AC! :)
  • No one really knows what time it is.
  • The only laundry to do is your bathing suit, towel, and cover.
  • We have time to dream up life with baby and future vacations as the “3″ of us.
  • Apples to Apples with alcohol (Sassy Water for the pregnant lady) and Twizzlers. :)
  • Backyard games; Bocce Ball.
  • There are moments where no one is doing nothing and nothing is not boring.
  • The only makeup allowed is the natural shine of sun kissed freckles.
  • Watching the water reflection dance across the bedroom walls.
  • Sipping on the latest homemade wine from Meg’s dad (currently on the menu: Current Wine)

It’s summertime and the living is easy! Even if it’s for an extended weekend make sure you take time this summer to “rest” and do the things that refuel your soul.

What does a summer vacation look like to you?

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Oh Boy, It’s a BOY! :D

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When we first moved into our farm house, nearly four years ago, we had a lot of work to do! We live in the house that was homesteaded by Cale’s family in 1910. We don’t have central heating and air (thank God for window units and gas heaters!), our bathroom kinda protrudes out of the rest of the house layout since it was a much needed upgrade to the original house design (in place of an outhouse), and the second floor no longer exists (featured in the photo above). Apparently Grandpa Woody lost his leg and his wife didn’t want to go up stairs and have to clean the top floor (cause back then you cleaned the entire house instead of shutting off the entire top floor for the general public), and so they had the farm hands take the second floor off! :(

You could say it’s definitely full of “character”… so much “character” that my mom freaked out the first time she came to visit us because of it’s wonderful “character” (and much needed work)!

It’s taken a lot of vision and foresight to make this place home. I’m not gonna lie the first year we lived here I didn’t put anything on the walls because I myself was unsure of really making this place “home”.

But now, I love our little farm house. I love our first home and the amazing opportunities that have come up because we’ve chosen to live in this old house. Some of our “designer” friends come out to visit and think we are a little crazy. They prefer pristine white apartment walls, white washed wooden floors, and the sounds of the city. But at night, when all you can hear is the bugs and the frogs I swear it’s pure magic! It’s then that you realize what makes this place so wonderful. I often wonder what type of history has lived in this space before us? What were the children like that ran around this once working farm? Oh what fun stories I’m sure these walls could tell!

It’s beautiful, and I can’t think of a better place to raise our first son! We may not have very much installation in our walls (that is what extra blankets and footed pajamas are for!), and it’s true that our child will share their first bedroom with the washer and dryer, but it’s home.

It’s the place I will become known as “mom”, and Cale as “dad”.

Looking back it seemed like a tough decision to stick it out here, but we are so proud of this simple life we’ve chosen. All “design” chat aside, it’s everything we’ve dreamed it up to be. We cannot wait to see what our farm house will sound like with a little boy running around catching bugs (or chickens) and coming in and saying “I didn’t do it!”. ;)

Bring it on little baby boy! We’ve been waiting for you.

From the Farm

PS The photo above is an original family photo (and one of my personal favorites) of our farm house with Cale’s Uncle John as a little boy. Apparently he liked to carry the chickens around as pets. :)

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Around Here: Easter Weekend

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Two weekends ago Cale worked at the Architecture firm till late on Friday and all day Sunday.

Two Saturdays ago Meg’s ankles swelled up for the first time (21 weeks and counting!) from cleaning out the milk barn all day and, helping Cale cleanup the yard and flowerbeds from a long winter.

BUT this Saturday, we had our first big bonfire with friends.

This Saturday we got lost under our favorite tree (in front of our house) playing old school yard games.

Killed about 300 301 Mayflies (RIP). :(

Took the tops off our cold frames and built a third raised bed (bring on the hot weather plants)!

Went to our first Easter Sunday service with Little Noodle (Meg cried).

And added venison to our fall menu (taken from a friends night cam on our family property)! :)

It was a beautiful weekend and just what we needed to remind ourselves what all this “work” is for. There are a lot of people who love the idea of owning land, but it’s also a lot of work! Your weekends are full maintaining and updating the property, on top of working a full-time job, running a home based business, staying on top of household chores, and all that other stuff you have to do as an adult. There are small moments we relish the idea of a city plot where mowing takes 30 minutes (with a push mower), but then we have weekends like these and we’re reminded just why we could never live anywhere else.

Here’s to many more summer nights under our favorite tree, slow Sundays with family meals, and wondering how it will all be different next year when we have a little one running around.

Happy (late) Easter Weekend everyone!

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Celebrating 90 Years of Living

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There are not many things that live to be 90 years old. I’ve heard of cities celebrating 90 years, or award ceremonies, but rarely do you get to know someone personally that is 90 years old. I’m blessed to say that I’ve had my Grandma Mac around for 90 years (and my other Grandma for 80!). The older I get the more I realize what a special and rare occasion it is to have had so much of your life spent with Grandmas/Grandparents. There are a lot people that have never known the safety of a Grandparents hug, the warmth of their laughter, or the taste of their cooking. :) It’s moments like these that hold some of my fondest childhood memories.

Last Sunday my mom, my Grandma B (my mom’s mom), and I took off on a road trip to KC to celebrate my Grandma Mac’s 90th Birthday. It was truly a momentous occasion with handmade brunch (my favorite!) and family that I have not seen since I was a kid. It was one of those afternoons where time stood still and it felt refreshing to stop the busyness of the hour and celebrate the gift of 90 years.

My mom wrote the following speech about my Grandma Mac and I thought she did terrific job describing all the in and outs of this wonderful lady and sharing a few new things that I didn’t even know!

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Awkward & Thankful

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This Thanksgiving things are different.
This feels different without you here.
You were our rock. The family cornerstone.
And we’re all a little lost without you.
Thanksgiving feels a little clumsy and we’re not quite sure what this looks like without you here.

But, you are here.
You are here in your granddaughter’s eyes.
You are in your son’s latest opinion. :)
You are in the gravy and your favorite chocolate pie.
But most importantly, you are in our hearts.

Thanksgiving feels awkward. But we’re determined to live life.
To let it be full, as much as we can without you here.
And we will remember.
We will be thankful.
For every moment we had with you here.
And for every moment we have together.

This Thanksgiving, embrace all things family. Play cards. Eat Aunt Gertrude’s pie cause damn it, it will make her happy! You never know when it will be your last Thanksgiving with the people you love. Cherish these moments because it’s these moments that make life so sweet.

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