Monday, July 20, 2009


I can't imagine NOT having a garden. Working in the dirt is one of the most relaxing things for me these days- I just LOVE it! Everything is growing... but, I'm most excited about our little melons (watermelons and cantaloupe) and our tomatoes! They're just adorable! There's nothing quite as good as a garden-ripe tomato- a slice of heaven!

Tyler's 14th Birthday!

July has been busy! Tyler turned 14 just after we returned from vacation... even he forgot his birthday was coming up! We had a great lunch- Texas Roadhouse was his pick- Yum! He's saving his birthday money to buy a dirt bike of some sort... yikes, I'm a little nervous! Happy Birthday, Tyler!

Alaska Vacation

We've been back for more than two weeks, and I'm finally getting photos of our Alaska trip up! It was a quick trip- the ten days we were there seemed to fly by! We coordinated with my sister and her husband to vacation at the same time- so much fun! I LOVED playing with my sweet little nephew and hanging out as a big family!We didn't play "tourist", but did hit a few favorite spots. I don't think I'll ever tire of the drive to Portage Glacier. The inlet view is beautiful! This time, we got lucky and saw brown bears on the way- super exciting! We've NEVER seen bears there... very cool!The big boys were "pumped" that Gramps agreed to take them to the gym to work out every morning! They LOVED it- breakfast afterward was a nice treat, too!! They hit the treadmills, weights and even the pool. Once their cool Uncle Mac arrived, he was thrown in the workouts as well. I think more than one of them was a little sore... The boys even talked Mac in to a 20 (or so) mile bike ride along the coastal trail- lots of memories!

We made sure to play... at the park and in Grandma & Grandpa's cul-de-sac. The little boys both had skinned up knees, elbows and arms from crashing on the concrete. Our dirt roads are a little more forgiving! So much fun- thanks Mom & Dad!

Monday, July 13, 2009

We really are BACK

Summer is my absolute favorite time of the year- I'm a little upset that it's going so fast! We've been back for more than a week, and I'm just starting to catch up to speed. We had a great time, but I will say it was nice to return to the hot summer days of Kansas! I'll try to post more photos this week!