Thursday, July 20, 2017

Vacation Bliss: Lake Powell

We got back from Lake Powell this weekend, and it was so beautiful. Brent was telling me it used to be a huge canyon, like the Grand Canyon kinda, and then it was filled with water, so the rocks just come straight up on the sides for a lot of the lake and they are red and look like modern art.

My parents so kindly watched our girls. We went with a bunch of married friends that didn't have kids! 10 of us total. so I felt like I was living a wild other life! We rented a boat together and camped (!!) on the beach. The camping was rough (quite windy and sandy and kinda too hot to sleep)- we are not campy people. But, the boating and scenery and company made up for that. Maybe not for Brent though... ha, he HATES camping.
Most everyone was quite sporty! Well, except for me. Anyway. Brent loved the water sports- water skiing, surfing, and wake boarding. I tried wake surfing... but I kinda stunk and didn't quite have the perseverance to continue... lazy... but I LOVED LOVED tubing. Its more childs play, but there you go, speaks to my athleticism. It was just so fun.
Brent looked legit. He was set on wearing hat and sunglasses while doing his thing. He was kindly teased the whole trip. Thankfully, his hat would float on the water, but his glasses... they sunk the first time he surfed. But the next day he bought a new pair and this little stretchy cord that made sure they didn't fall off when he did. So, he stayed cool.
PS Im a little annoyed because I think I look a little bigger in this photo than I look in the mirror... not that it matters... because my body is great as is... but damn. Losing weight is a long time struggle.
One couple has a drone (!) that they used for photos and pictures. Obviously, they are very cool... and don't have kids. I'm a little jealous?
Everybody jumped off the cliff except for me. Scared. I regret it now, but what can you do. Amazing to watch them.

I kept thinking of my brother John whos into Geology. Those rocks were unreal.
And just to add in, Lucy is such a darling baby. (PS Ella called our neighbors dog a darling the other day, I didn't realize I must be using that word! Also Ella cut her own hair yesterday. Forehead slap. It's pretty short in the front.)

Monday, July 3, 2017

Parenting differences, Lake-ing

Brent and I are an amazing couple, obviously. ;) We were friends for ages before dating, and when we did date, we got along wonderfully. Yet, we fought a lot when we were engaged, somehow. I think its because he had a big family, and I wanted a smaller wedding, and those things just can't go together while making everyone feel included.

I don't think we ever fought the first 2 years of marriage. People say the first year of marriage is hard, but it wasn't at all. It was awesome.

But after having kids? ...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Eleanor's 3rd Birthday, Chicago Girls Weekend

Ella turned 3 on May 19th. I was pretty nervous for the party because Ella kept mentioning how she was excited for her party and her red birthday cake (which I'm happy to say was a success- not that I made it- I bought it, but still). A lot of pressure to live up to! Which is dumb, because she's 3, so it doesn't really matter. Anyhow, It was really sweet to have our family come down that evening for cake cutting. In the morning, I invited Ella's friends (mostly from her nursery at church) to The Bounce House- a kids heaven with blow up slides and foam pits and a balloon cage where a few high powered fans blow balloons every which way and you can dance around in them. Even I like it.

It was quite fun. I didn't have to worry too much about being a host or entertaining anyone- the Bounce House did that beautifully. I was on the fence about paying for the guests... but it got a little complicated when everyone arrived, so I didn't. (faux pas?) But I did give all the kids a Trolls Pez dispenser, which seemed like a hit. We had just got Phoebe's birthday card and gift the day before in the mail, perfect timing! so Ella opened that on her birthday. She was quite pleased at the family picture inside. We hung that on the wall at her eye level and she would point out the people in it for the next few days. Thank you Granny and Thellie.

Eleanor seemed to have a great day- so success! Though she keeps saying she wants to be 2. Ah well. Don't we all.
Sweet Brent planned a girls weekend for me in Chicago, with my best friend, Kelly! We roomed together for a few years in college. It was so nice. To walk around late at night, sans babies. To eat wherever and whenever we pleased, and to navigate ourselves around the city without our husbands getting bothered and taking over when we accidentally take a wrong turn.
We waited an hour to have deep dish pizza at Giordano's. Which was quite good- though we took a lot of leftovers home and the leftover pizza was better! The cheese had, like, time to set, or something. The restaurant was super touristy. didn't love that.
 I really loved the architecture boat tour on First Lady Cruises. It was about an hour and half, the boat going up and down the 'Y' shape river and the tour guide giving us all the details. The tall buildings were beautiful and it was nice with the wind in our hair! Chicago really lived up to its name as the windy city. It's nice to have a river in a city. I liked it a lot in San Antonio too (when we went there for my brother John's wedding). Like a bit of nature to soften up all the concrete.
These are just apartment buildings, I was surprised to find out. I thought they would be some important offices. Something real design-y and pretty to have 2 copy cat buildings right by each other. I remember getting a brochure in high school for the University of Chicago, and it having a picture of the skyline with these beauties on it. I wasn't at all interested in the school, but the picture hung up in my room for a long time. It was fun to see them in person.

Also, I got my hair cut around shoulder length in Chicago. I regret it. :( I remind myself of this 90's boy band, all the rage when I was in 5th grade, the Hanson Brothers. Bummer.
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But still, I had such a lovely time.

Thursday, May 11, 2017