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More Visitors from the West...

Mom and Rod arrived for their summer visit last Wednesday afternoon. It was a much anticipated visit for all parties involved. The weather decided to give them a good taste of what summer in Iowa means (hot and humid), but that didn't slow us down much. (Afternoon naps a good for recharging all...young and not so young.)

Wednesday night Grandma and Grandpa got to watch one of Lexi's softball games. Thursday brought visits to the Tiny Circus compound, the grocery store, the farmers market, and Dairy Barn. Friday after Mom/Grandma joined me for yoga at the studio, we managed both a stop at our local quilt store and a visit to the weaving convention vendor fair that just happened to be in town last week before finding time for an afternoon rest. Friday evening we ventured to Des Moines for the annual downtown Arts Festival and a visit to the Tiny Circus booth. We have never attended opening night at the Arts Festival and now we know it's not the night to go. The fest was packe…

Storm...

Scott is in Chicago at a training for work and the girls and I spent most of this hot, hot day cleaning house and preparing for Grandpa Rod and Grandma Shirley's arrival tomorrow. By mid-afternoon we had accomplished our "to do" list (plus!) and since the heat index has been steadily rising over the past few days (today's fore-casted heat index was 105-110!) I thought it would be nice to treat the girls to a movie AT the theater. We went to see UP, a movie we have all been anxiously waiting to see. (Yes, I actually like MOST of the animated movies the girls watch. Most...)The last movie we took them to AT the theater was Wall-E. (Quite possibly my favorite Disney/Pixar creation.) In fact as we picked our seats today Brea looked at me all excited and asked, "Remember when we came to a movie and I had my paci?" THAT was Wall-E. I was amazed she remembered enough to make that connection.

The movie was good. It was free pop-corn day and the theater was almost TO…

House Guests...

The month of June's theme for the Mavins has been Visiting and Visitors.

This past Sunday one of my dear friends from our college days, Sara, arrived with her two girls, Laurel (7) and Lydia (5). Sara and I had plenty to catch up on, including a tour of our house and yard this being their first visit since we moved to Ann street. We packed a lot into their 2 1/2 days here. Yummy food, good wine, plenty of coffee, yoga, softball, a mommy's lunch/afternoon out, a little sewing (Sara), and HOURS of giggly play (the girls).

Tuesday morning we took our guests out to Tiny Circus. Sara was interested to learn just what exactly Tiny Circus was all about. Our brood of kiddos was useful as Tiny Circus needed some kids to test out their plan for creating quick and dirty animations for the upcoming Art In The Park sessions with which they will be involved.

First the girls created some monsters...





And then they colored a background...


Uncle Jason explained how the stop animation process works..…

Buddies...

Pretty much this picture says everything that needs to be said. What a pair.


peace

The Bengston B&B...

The girls and I took off last Thursday for north central Nebraska to visit our friends the Bengstons. It's always such a treat to hang out at their beautiful house and enjoy some much needed time catching up. It's quite fun that the Bengston girls and the Mavin girls are so close in age. The big sisters play so well together we hardly know they are around. The little sisters are getting to the age when the 6 month difference in their age is become less of a gap and I'm confident that before long they too will be inseparable.

Friday's weather was PERFECT and we spent most of the time in the yard and on the deck enjoying the warm sunny day.




Little E enjoyed some of her swimsuit time hanging out in the kitchen "pool" while the mommies chatted and readied for a social event later in the evening. I couldn't resist snapping a few pics of her contently sucking on a slice of lime in her private spa. She is such a cutie.


On Saturday the Mommies snuck away for afterno…

Unconditional Love...

Fourteen years ago tonight I was dancing it up with my new husband, friends and family in celebration of our newly recited vows. It was a great party.

I had just turned 20 not even 3 months before. Scott and I had been together 3 years and he truly was the only boyfriend I had ever had. We were young and starry eyed and hopelessly in love.

What I didn't know on that day 14 years ago was just how true those words spoken would be. For better, for worse. For richer, for poorer. In sickness and in health. (We were young and lazy and opted just to use the old traditional vows, something I would change now that I'm older and wiser...though given my tendency to get weepy at the simplest of sappy moments these days, I'm not sure I could ever make it through more heartfelt words.) On that day 14 years ago I didn't have a clue about how much the ups and downs of life can both test and strengthen a relationship. I didn't understand how many growing pains we would have to experi…

Changes...

I've been thinking a lot about choices lately. About how some choices bring about expected change, and how some changes are not necessarily by choice. How it's so hard to know if you're making the "right" choice. At times figuring out what the "right" choice even means seems impossible. Thinking about whether it's best to make choices based on one's gut, one's heart, or one's head. (I tend to follow my gut and heart more...which doesn't always make for an easy outcome, but rarely am I regretful.)

I've been thinking about choices a lot lately because over the past 2 years we have experienced lots of changes in our little corner of the world. Some expected based on choices made. Some not. And honestly, I'm getting a wee bit weary of some of the struggles which we face on a month to month, week to week, day to day basis. It has made me question choices that have been made earlier in my life, at times wishing I could turn back th…