Friday, October 30, 2015

photo update!

 For the sake of posting at least every season, let me do a little fall update.
Our little author, Katherine, pre-published her newest book, Inside You. A Man Called Ove wasn't the only book that made me a little teary this fall!
"Sad is when someone hurt your feelings or you miss someone or you just get hurt." Ugh, ain't that the truth.

Sticking with the sad theme, exhibit A. You may be surprised to hear that using a steak knife to open a mini bottle of Bailey's could send you to the emergency room. Oh, you're not surprised to hear that? I wasn't either.

I finally got to see Joe play football!


Matching top knots!

^ Oh how I have missed my running partners, RJ & Loren. They are too far away, so he's the next best dude. ^ 
Below is a pic from Stump Lake's Threshing Bee.

And lastly, I will never not post a picture of Oliver resting his head on something. This something happens to be my leg.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

my denver trip!

I have to complete at least one blog post for the month of July. This is that post. (I mean, it would've been that post, if it hadn't taken me 4 days to write.)
July started with a trip to Denver - my first trip to Denver since my move.
I kept my trip on a pretty tight schedule and thanks to my spreadsheet, I was able to see mostly everyone I had hoped!
I could've used a few more days away, but it was a really great trip. It's probably a poor decision to be listening to jazz when you're blogging about your friends you miss so dearly, so I'll keep this brief.
Dad sent me off right by making coffee and setting aside a special Denver-themed traveler mug. I flew out of Devils Lake instead of Fargo, which was nice for my budget, but the flight times weren't ideal.

The first day of my trip fell on the 12th anniversary of my mom's passing. I bought two of the things that remind me the most of her and we had a sweet little cheers in her memory.

I spent the next few days with Kari & Buck out in the mountains. I also made a mental note to spend more time in a hammock. We spent the 4th lounging in a giant tube in a mountain pond. Much to my distress, a muskrat happened to be swimming in that same mountain pond.

Nicole & I rarely remember to take photos when we're together, but luckily little Wyatt picked up our slack.

And gosh, these ladies! Once we actually all found each other in the park, we had the very best time. I've missed them all so dearly.

And unfortunately, that was the last photo I have of the trip!
Not pictured: Marie + her soup, Loren, Adam + the happiest baby ever, Geoff playing the banjo & shouting out Jeopardy questions, and lots of delicious food.
I didn't quite get everything checked off my Denver list, but I have to save something for next time.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

weekend in a bag

I have written so many posts waiting in my drafts and it's about time to start spitting them out.
A few weeks ago I went to the farm to hang out with Oliver.
There are so many great things about Fargo. I love not having to deal with traffic at all, I love saving over $70 per month on car insurance, and I love being able to buy a taco in a bag at a restaurant.

Oliver was pretty bummed out about missing Bob, but we made the best of it. You're probably thinking, "Mary, Oliver is a dog. How can he miss someone?" And you're right, but look at this picture - he doesn't even care that there's a cat riding on his back. At one point in the weekend, I thought he had jumped out of a 2nd story window. I still haven't figured out what happened, but that can't be right - can it?

On Saturday, I got to see Joe's soccer game. I stole Joe & Katherine after the game and brought them back to the farm with me!

Katherine gave me a few makeovers to test out some new looks. We decided that blonde wasn't a great look for me.

I had to take advantage of being out in the middle of nowhere and play as much accordion as possible. Joey got a little lesson as well. I challenged him to an accordion-off, so we'll have to see how much he's been practicing. :)

Friday, May 8, 2015

kids + pets

A few weeks ago, we celebrated Katherine's First Communion/Confirmation. I made a weekend of it that started with a trip to the vet. Dad & I had a little bit of deja vu from 2011 when we drove to Park River for a vet appointment. I've been trying to trim Oliver's nails every time I've been home and have had mixed results, so seeing the vet get those under control was very satisfying! It's the little things.

We spent the rest of the afternoon playing with kitten - not too bad. Madeline saw the kittens were trying to walk away from me, so she took it upon herself to bring them back to me.

This post is a little overloaded with kids + pets, but let's stay on that theme.

This is the amount of treats it takes to lure Oliver into cuddling with me at night!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

DRIVING to Duluth!

I am head over heels with the fact that Karley is within driving distance...a long-ish drive, but a drive, nevertheless. I've already seen Karley on 3 separate occasions since January - that hasn't happened since 2007.
Without fail, I leave Duluth refreshed, loved, exhausted and incredibly dirty.
The top photo was taken at Gooseberry Falls and the photo below was taken on our bike ride. If you look closely, you can see some tiny little people standing right where we did on the rocks.

People who are more practical than us might think to bring along a lot of water on a long, hilly bike ride and probably wouldn't think of bringing a lot of pie, but that's not how we like to do things! 
It's been a long winter for me, so sitting in the sunshine was divine. I kept saying that it felt like I was on the beach in Hawaii. It's amazing what a little sun can do for a person.

Until next time, Duluth!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Happy Mandatory Blogging Day!

I'm sure you all know what today is! You don't? I had no idea either, until Beth informed me that today is Mandatory Blogging Day if Your Blog has the Word Yellow In It
That would've been an embarrassing holiday to miss!

I have some photos to share, but while 488 of them upload, let me be inspired by Beth's post and share what I've been reading.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock.  I read The Good Luck of Right Now by this author and really loved it - this one though, I'm not sure. I was expecting one type of story & got another. It tried to teach me a lesson and the stubborn part of me didn't want to be taught. On many levels, though, it was a heartwarming & an important book.

The Girl on the Train. This was a great choice for an audiobook. I got really into it on my drive to Duluth - so much so, that at one point, I was a little scared. I arrived in Duluth with 20 minutes left, so the next day Karley & I finished it up, and like Beth, the ending was just kinda ehhhh. 

All the Light we Cannot See. I really liked this one! It was written beautifully & had some really great characters.

Housekeeping: Let me preface this by saying my intentions reading this one weren't totally innocent. I read this one with the hopes of getting a copy of a presentation (on this book) written by an incredibly smart friend of mine. I really, really loved the book. It read like poetry and I only wanted to read one chapter and let that sink in before I started another one. And this passage about the wind is just SO Fargo. I bet I say, "That wind!" at least 3 times per week. I'm happy to report I was given a copy of the presentation and it made this book all the more special.

Lean In. This was another recent favorite of mine. It exposed me to a lot of ideas I hadn't even considered. It really resonated with me, and was one of those books I keep talking about, long after I've finished it!

I'm currently reading these two novels. So far, I'm loving them both!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Cookie Party!

I'm going to ease back into blogging and really, what better way to ease back into something than cookies! Am I right? A few months ago, I purchased Alison's Cookie Party - an online sugar cookie making course & ebook. Since then, I've been looking for any occasion to make cookies. So far, the first batch I made (above) has been my favorite.
It's a fairly time-consuming activity. I've found I need to be in the right mood to take these on. This is not a project for Impatient Mary.

Not only did Bob get cookies for his birthday, he was also treated to a personal portrait session by Katherine. You can't really tell from here, but it's pretty spot on.

I don't know about you, but I think I've been eased back in!