Tuesday, November 8, 2016


Cora had her first Halloween last week! As much as I had hoped that it would a magical event, she had other ideas. I had grand plans to get everyone dressed up and trick-or-treat at the neighbor's houses, she thought it would be a good night to go to bed at 6:15 PM.

my pumpkin / cousins / irvin / andrew's jack-o-lantern

So while I spent far too much time working on and stressing about her chicken costume (and our themed accompanying costumes*), I might have been better suited to stick with the $5 hot dog costume I bought on a Facebook swap group. I totally could have been mustard and Andrew would rock the hot dog vendor outfit. I guess you live and you learn... babies just don't appreciate Halloween as much as they should.

we like to sing a song about cat pants, it goes like this...
"cat pants... ch,ch,ch,ch,ch. cat pants... ch,ch,ch,ch,ch." 

Either way, Andrew and I spent the evening enjoying some fall brews, carving pumpkins, watching The Shining, and handing out candy to the trick-or-treaters. Bonus: Irvin dressed up like a lion and the kids loved it. So, I guess it wasn't the worst Halloween ever!

*which we didn't even get a picture of, and I might make us get dressed up just for the photo opp because I made her chicken pants, damnit!

Monday, October 17, 2016


This last weekend, Cora experienced her first trip to the pumpkin patch! Vala's Pumpkin Patch is a popular October destination, and we were excited to share this with her.

Although Cora isn't old enough to really experience all that this place has to offer, I think she still enjoyed herself. Cora loved looking at all of the animals and sleeping. Andrew and I enjoyed a delicious piece of triple berry pie and the beautiful weather. It will be fun to see how her (and our) experience changes as she grows!

Thanks to our friends Matt and Jenny for asking us to tag along!

Sunday, May 8, 2016


Andrew practiced the whole month of April

Well, he is at it again! Do you remember when he initially grew a mustache for Steve and Amber's wedding? I don't know if it will be that epic, but it will be worth it.

mustache throwback

This year, Andrew is participating in Mustaches for Kids. Mustaches for Kids is a local nonprofit that recruits male growers in the month of May to grow mustaches and raise money for a local children's charity. This year, that charity is Youth Emergency Services!

I'm really excited to have Andrew jump on this bandwagon, and I'm even more excited that YES is the Charity Partner of the Year! It's really a win for everyone.

If you want to support Andrew's face, follow this link - http://bit.ly/YESMustaches - to make your donation. A gift of any amount gets his that much closer to the coveted Selleck Society (he gets a fancy button, ok?)

Friday, May 6, 2016


baby bump / irvin / erin in a box / LNA meeting

Reading: The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz. I have to say that when I initially started reading this, I was very skeptical. I felt like the book was a cheat because it wasn't written by Stieg Larsson. Additionally, the book was hard to start. Lots of foreign names, new characters, etc... I'm now 3/4 of the way through, and I really am enjoying it. As it goes on, it feels more and more like it fits in with the series. 

I also halfway finished Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee before I had to move on. I was dreading reading it because the story is so slow to progress. Lee passed away while I was in the middle of it, and I will finish because I feel a sense of obligation. I don't think it will be one of my favorites unfortunately... 

Watching: 11.22.63 on Hulu was fantastic! I didn't think I would actually get into it, but it really was engaging. We are now flipping between Master of None and Last Man on Earth (I don't even know how/why we started that one). Of course we are all caught up on Girls, and anxiously await Sundays for Game of Thrones. YAS!

Listening to: The Lumineers recently came out with a new album, and it's been on repeat. We also have gotten addicted to Chris Stapleton - so good! Now if only we could find reasonably priced tickets to his sold out show on July 1. 

Thinking about: When is this baby going to finally come?!? Yesterday was my due date, and I'm getting very impatient. This baby is taking up all of my insides and it has become very hard to sleep, walk, eat, and breathe (you know, the essentials to maintain life). 

Loving: Working on the house! Andrew and I have been in baby prep mode which did wonders for the nursery. We even got a new dining room light fixture and are working on improvements to the windows. 

Looking forward to: Summer. Andrew and I will be on family leave for most of it. I can't wait to meet the little person we made and enjoying the warmer weather as a family. 

Making me happy: Sunshine! It has been so dreary the last few weeks (thanks, April), and I love the sunshine and warmth that May has brought so far. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


For the last couple of Thursdays, my friends and I have started to try new things. We just thought this might be a fun way to experience some of the fun activities and attractions that Omaha has to offer.

We started with Fun Plex. Alexa, Alicia, and myself took advantage of the spring like temperatures in August and dove right into a freezing lazy river. We also paid $5 for a locker the size of shoe box, tried and failed to avoid all of the stray human hairs in the "motion ocean," rode around a track on the fanciest lawn mowers you have ever seen, and those two sissies let me ride on a four-person, push-start "roller coaster" by myself.

To cap it off, we almost got hit by a rogue hot tub. It was on a trailer that had detached from it's truck and started barreling down the road... right towards our car.

Whose idea was this anyway?!? That Thursday night activity was definitely an adventure, and we made the most of it. It's one experience that we won't soon forget.

(I regret that I don't have any pictures of this epic adventure. This is not a mistake I will be making in the future...)

The next week, Alicia and I decided to take a break from physical adventures and relax at Jazz on the Green. It was exactly what we needed to balance out the week before.

More adventures to come!

Sunday, August 16, 2015


Another year, another Iowa State Fair. This was by far the hottest one yet. It was a humid 95 degrees. I think we were exhausted just from walking to pick up the tickets at will call. But, as always, it was well worth it.

This year's foods included:
 - Deep fried peanut butter and jelly (gooey and delicious)
 - Cheese curds
 - Turkey burger
 - Pumpkin spice funnel cake (Emily liked this better than the pineapple upside down one, but I disagreed.)

Andrew ate:
 - Strawberry ice cream cone
 - Jalapeno corn dog
 - Chili cheese dog (He ate it while we reminisced about his days as a fair food vendor, and we all weighed in with our opinions on fake cheese.)

Alex and Kelly met up with us after a few hours, and we had fun seeing the animals (the giant ones and the babies... one day old piglets and a three week old calf). It was East Sider's night at the fair, and we decided it was best to head out before then. I'm glad we left when we did, because I was so dehydrated.

On Saturday, we spent the morning at the Des Moines Farmers market with Andrew's uncle Mike and aunt Lynne, visited Mallory and her beautiful family, had lunch at Fong's, and ate dinner at Alex and Kelly's before getting our buts beat in a round of bags.

Today, I was absolutely exhausted. I'm glad we got home early so I could get a good long nap in before a long afternoon of doing nothing. Cheers!

Thursday, May 21, 2015


Reading: Since I last posted I read The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach and Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Both were pretty good. I actually found myself waiting to read the last 15 pages because I wasn't ready for it to end. Next up: Working on my classics list.

Watching: Since getting rid of DirecTV, Andrew and I watched all of Orange is the New Black. Love it! And just in time for the third season! Hooray! I'm actually really glad we got rid of DirecTV. Now we can focus on watching the things we really want to watch.

Listening to: I have been hearing a lot of Death Cab for Cutie's new album. I haven't intentionally listened to it, but Andrew seems to always have it on. I've really been in a country funk lately. Maybe I just miss the Iowa State Fair? Already counting the days...

Thinking about: How in the world did I get so busy? Between work and Omaha's YNPN, I don't have as much free time as I would like. How do I find a good balance? I want to make sure I'm not burning the candle at both ends... Now I just need to figure out how that works.

Loving: Working on crafty projects with Alicia. We have some pretty cool stuff in the works!

Looking forward to: Summer. So much to do, so little time. Trips, concerts, more weekends away. We sure do love being busy. Just we just need to find some time to relax.

Making me happy: Sleeping. I have been so tired lately. I don't know what my deal is, but I sure do love hitting the hay.