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Early Celebrations

Although the 4th of July and my dad’s birthday isn’t until Friday, we celebrated today because Krissa is moving to Alabama tomorrow. As a tradition, we made homemade ice cream and Dad’s favorite cake, German Chocolate! YUMMY! The past few days, there’s been an extra girl in our house…CLAIRE (one of Krissa’s college friends from Georgia)! She’s gotten a small taste of life in the country, the wild wild west, the flat plains of Kansas, and a large taste of our family! It has been so much fun having here out here! She’s driving to AL with Krissa tomorrow. I’m gonna miss them both! ūüė¶

not near enough candles…but we wanted to make him feel good!

make a wish…

…and blow them out!

cute and swwet Claire!

the birthday boy

yea…we said all those wonderful things like…”you’re the best dad in the whole world!” (but in his case, it really is the truth!)

don’t ask…!


yup…this would be me…!


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Okay…so it’s been 14 + days (I think…I’ve sorta lost track...)¬†since I have posted anything on here. The reason (or maybe I should say excuse…) is that I really don’t have a good one. BUT…the fact that I have played the role of nurse, girlfriend, sister, daughter, party planner, maid of honor, listener, hostess, organizer, prayer partner, photographer, shopper, mall scavenger hunter, jogger…and a half a dozen other titles that I can’t think of right now…should count for something! ūüėČ

These last¬†two weeks¬†have been incredibly busy but also exceedingly fun…I love the always-something-to-do days, especially when it involves a social atmosphere.¬†

Last week sometime…no, one and a half weeks ago, I think it was Wednesday evening,¬†a couple girlfriends and I got together in Meade and watched some¬†tv and hung out in the hot tub! It was an evening¬†of laughter, giggles, chatting, talking about guys…(and you know, OTHER things that only girls talk about…!) bluetoothing songs to each other’s cells, and¬†snacking on frosted animal crackers and milk shakes!¬†¬†The hot tub felt incredibly…well, hot! But then, we’d get out and cool off in the midnight breeze, hop back in to warm up, then out again…and you get the idea. (I’d say we did that about 20 times before calling it a night!)

Friday (not yesterday…a week ago), Serena, Krissa, and I all went to Wichita for…Mary’s big day…called her WEDDING! We enjoyed a bridal luncheon with the bridal party and some others at the Apple House in Whitewater, Kansas. From there,¬†the bridesmaids and bride (and my sisters)¬†changed into some more casual clothes, piled into two cars and unloaded at Town East in Wichita. We were ready for some girl-only-fun-and-giggle-time! The mall was the perfect place for a scavenger hunt…of sorts. Everyone was on the hunt for a gift for someone else…a gift that had to meet some requirements. Under $10, started with certain letters, related to the wedding, and was creative, exotic, odd or unusual, tasty, smelly, embarrassing, and just plain fun! The rehearsal was that evening followed by a pizza and pop supper (along with some other delightful dishes including some dessert!). We, the bridal party, put together a mad lib soga about Arlen and Mary’s life together after marriage…it turned out to be quite hilarious and kept everybody laughing. I thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with the soon-to-be bride and groom that evening as well as getting to know others in the wedding party. Before retiring for some zzzz that night at the Holiday Inn Express in El Dorado, Mary, my sisters and I relaxed a while in the jacuzzi. We must have all been tired, or somebody put something in our drinks at the rehearsal dinner, because everything seemed funny even if it really wasn’t and the topic of our conversation was…ah, you really REALLY DON’T want to know! I think Krissa actually started it…so I’ll just blame her! ūüėČ Saturday morning found all of the bridesmaids and the bride at the beauty salon in El Dorado getting updo’s on our hair. Then it was off to the church, getting dressed, touching up our make-up…and picture time. After we had smiled so much for all the pictures, it was time to go into hidding while all of the guests arrived. We got a little bored waiting for 2:00 to roll around…so, we played the ‘hat game,’ hung out with the groomsman downstairs, and played more ‘hat game’ with the guys. I don’t think the guys ever ‘got’ the game. ūüėČ Maybe it’s because they were all stoned on Red Bull.¬†(lol!)¬†The wedding itself was very beautiful and I was honored to be Mary’s Maid-of-Honor.¬†The¬†bride looked absolutely BEAUTIFUL!¬†CONGRATULATIONS ARLEN AND MARY!!!! =D During part of the rehearsal, the groomsman and bridesmaids did a little work on the getaway car! It was really the guy’s idea…we just went along for the fun. Shaving cream and toilet paper made a hot red mustung look even better! Then it was finally time for the official bride and groom to get-away…and the party was over. ūüė¶¬† Next…clean up….

I was kinda sad when the wedding was all over because it was a great deal of fun and I’d been looking forward to it for a long time. Well…since New Year’s Eve anyway. That is when Arlen proposed to Mary. (By the way, to see pictures, go to my ‘foto flicks’ page.)

Then this past Wednesday, I was at work again planning a mall scavenger hunt for my little sister who just graduated from Bob Jones University. Since actually graduating from BJU with a Bachelor’s degree in Print Journalsim and actually surviving the very conservative and strick rules of the campus was quite an accomplishment (and she even graduated with honors! YEA!), I wanted to do something special for her. And special, random, embarrassing and a whole lot of others things is exactly what is turned out to be! Serena and I set up a surprise lunch in Wichita at Buffalo Wild Wings with a couple of Krissa’s close friends. She was totally surprised but even more so when we all went to Town East afterwards and sent her on a wild scavenger hunt. We are such great sisters and friends that we made her ride the kiddie rides, buy some guy’s boxer shorts, chew on 3 super-sized gumballs at once, tie a tie, model some 4″ pumps, practice some weight lifting…and various other tasks the she found very thrilling indeed! It was soooooo much fun though…I hate to think of what my payback might be someday. (I’m thinking that I won’t ever have a wedding…I’ll just elope!)¬† And before we officially ended the fun day, we enjoyed some delicious Cold Stone Ice Cream! YUM YUM!

Krissa spent the rest of the week (from Wednesday on) with one of her good friends, Shannon and then they will be ‘staffers’ at CYIA (Christian Youth In Action) the next two weeks¬†in Newton.¬†Krissa has gone to CYIA for 5-6 years now I think and she really enjoys it. After she returns back home, she’ll only be home for a couple more weeks before moving to Birmingham, AL.

Today, I went into Dodge and did some random shopping. My car had an appointment at the service station to get the oil checked and tires rotated. When I got back home, I laid out in the sun to tan for about an hour but I sprayed myself down the hose beforehand because it got pretty hot. Once I dried, I still had sweat pouring off of me. I practiced piano for a couple of hours and went out jogging this evening. The winds calmed down as the sun was setting and it turned out to be a very pretty evening.

Welp…that’s a recap of what’s been happening recently…and most of those days in between the ones I mentioned, I was probably working. Tomorrow, I’m taking my Grandma to a family reunion in Galva, Kansas. I’m glad I have this weekend off from work so I can take her because she doesn’t like to drive very far on her own. I’m looking forward to spending some time with her and will get to see some of my great uncles, aunts, and cousins.

I am really putting the miles on my car this summer and that’s not such a good thing with gas prices especially. I’ve been to the Wichita area like three times in the past couple of weeks with the wedding and everything and I’m planning two trips out to Colorado this summer. Hummm…maybe I should consider getting a motorcyle. ūüėČ That would actually be kinda fun, but I can’t really see myself on one!




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A little bit of everything…

Oh my goodness! These days are going by super fast…May is going to be gone with another gust of wind it seems! ūüėČ I’m still missing South Carolina…I miss the beauty of the flowers, the trees, the landscape with the hills and mountains…and most of all, I miss the quietness. Sure, the wind breezes and blows a little, but it’s not nearly as loud and gusty as it’s been around here recently. But I am enjoying the warmer weather…despite even the wind! I think I laid out in the sun a wee bit too long this afternoon…because I noticed that my shoulder’s were red instead of brown this evening. Ouch! Oh well, I just hope it turns into a nice tan in the next few days…and doesn’t peel! In addition, I’ve been trying to keep up on running. This evening, I ran 6 miles in exactly 53 minutes! Yeah!! Picking up my pace is proving¬†grueling but I am making slow progress…and I’m always up for a good hard challenge!

It has been super nice having Krissa home…we’ve enjoyed many evenings of just chatting, working on our laptops together, and watching movies. And…no movie is complete without popcorn and Mt. Dew! Last night, we watched Alvin and the Chipmunks…it was super cute, even though I was a bit distracted. You see, I was multi-tasking (which I seem to do a lot of anymore…). I was also surfing the internet trying to come up with some fun creative chick-flick party ideas for the afternoon before my friend’s wedding. Krissa is usually the party planner in our family, so I consulted with her and I think we came up with a pretty cool mall scavenger hunt. And we’ll be really close to Wichita so we’ll be able to invade Town East Square! I’m lookin’ forward to it!

Serena’s been sewing up a storm…as usual. She keeps really busy with her online sewing business and classes¬†and doing some custom sewing locally as well. I don’t see how she does it all! And then, she manages to take care of Dad when Krissa and I…well, forget. {blush, blush} I love you Serena! Dad has been outside doing some fence mending…that seems to be a never ending chore. Tomorrow, he’s hoping that the wind stays calm enough so he can go out and spray the fields. We’ll see…

I worked Friday and then this past weekend. Friday and Saturday kept us hopping¬†as we had surgeries but by Sunday, everything had calmed down quite a bit. It was actually really good to get back to work after being off for about a week. I miss my co-workers when I don’t see them! I go back to work Thursday and Friday this week.

The rest of this week is going to be pretty busy for our whole family…actually this whole Summer will be! So I’m going to apologize in advance for not blogging as much as I want to! But I’ll try my best to keep you in on all of the excitement, road trips, parties, camps, and fun…! =)


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