Monday, September 26, 2011

An Iowa Hog Roast

Over 70 neighbors and friends

Yard games

Great food

A cool autumn evening

A hay ride

Cats, cats, everywhere cats

Ping Pong

and so many small children running around.

Saturday was so much fun, spending time on our friend's farm, enjoying an old fashioned hog roast.

Thanks Mark and Nancy!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Happiness is...

A sweet baby boy

A loving baby girl

Brother and Sister

Years go by, and Brother and Sister grow.

Living in seperate towns, miles apart.

My heart is happy when I call to see what they are up to, and...

They are shopping, having dinner, and playing games


Happiness is

Grown children

Having fun together without Mom and Dad making them!

Friday, September 16, 2011

A Day Off?

No School today!

I could sleep in

I could read a book

I could go shopping

I could...

shove everything from the dining room and hall into the kitchen and

Shampoo the Carpet?

Oh well, it was a productive day.

Socks and Shoes

I had to dig out socks and shoes for work this week. We have been enjoying a cool front in the area, and Wednesday and Thursday mornings were down right cold! We even had a freeze warning Thursday.
So, good-bye sandals (for now :-), hello shoes and socks.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Happy Birthday Allison Kasey!

Allison's birthday is Monday, September 12th. Kevin and I had the privilege of going to visit her this weekend, and we were joined by Kris and Melinda. What a special day we all had helping Allison celebrate her special day...

A sunny cool morning saw us heading to Des Moines .We stopped in Ames to pick up Kris and Melinda, what a crazy idea that was! The kick off of the ever popular, Iowa/Iowa State game was only an hour and a half away! Cars were everywhere! Exit lanes were backed up for over a mile! We finally made it to Kris and Melinda's apartment, and quickly were on our way.

Off to Allison's apartment. A quick plugging in of the crock pot, a petting of Puddy, and off to the Des Moines Farmer's Market. This was our first time going, and it was incredible, the largest one we had ever been to. It was more like market day in Italy.

French Pastries, Dutch Letters, Vegan Chorizo Tacos, Beet Smoothies, and Fresh Apple Cider. What a diverse morning of  food we enjoyed!

Next stop, the furniture store, Kris and Melinda needed a sofa.

While we were at the furniture store, we had an unexpected, fun experience.  Between looking for sofas, and talking to salesmen, we kept returning to the theater seating area where the TVs on the wall were all tuned into the Iowa/Iowa State game. As the minutes ticked away, we just sat down and enjoyed the end of the game.  More and more customers and salesmen and women came and enjoyed the game, Iowa State fans, and Iowa fans together, filling the chairs, and floor in the entire area. It sounded like a sports bar, the cheering and the groans. What a fun time! Iowa State finally won in triple over time! Yeah!!!

A visit to the local winery was our next destination. Only minutes from Allison's apartment, we enjoyed Iowa made wine and beer samples. Of course we had to make a few purchases. :-)

Back to Allison's for sauerbraten, spaetzle, green beans and ice cream cake! Yummy!

A quick trip to the mall, and we were on our way home, 12 hours after leaving.

I am so glad we got to help Allison celebrate her birthday this weekend.
What a fun day, shared with our wonderful, grown kids.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Family and Friends

It wouldn't be a wedding without family and friends!
It was great seeing everyone.
I just wish we could have visited with everyone more.
It's hard just saying hi and a few words, and then moving on to the next table.