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Melt My Heart...

More preschool photos and recap to soon follow. You know, after I recover from the melting of my heart the sweetness of this photo caused.


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Into the Woods...

Yesterday, sparked by the beautiful weather, we took a drive down to check out Ahquabi State Park. Several people have recommended it as a great place for hiking, swimming, and camping, which we are considering doing over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Plus it's only about about a 20 minute drive so afternoon trips for a hike or a swim are totally possible. There is also a mountain biking trail and the trails are open in the winter for cross country skiing, which means fun possibilities for future adventures.

With tennis shoes, Tilde, a water bottle, and my camera with only my new Lensbaby Composer attached, we headed into the woods for about a 45 minute "hike" before checking out the beach so the girls could take off their shoes and cool off their feet in the lake. I still have lots to learn about using my Lensbaby...says the fact I took about 35 shots and have only 2 I felt were OK enough to share.



I'm sure with time we will figure out how to work together better. I…

High School Football Fridays...

Last night we went to the opening home football game at the High School. It was nice. We found our neighbors, whose son plays on the Freshman team, in the stands. It was fun to have some familiar faces around us. For once I was the one waving at people and Scott was the one asking "Whose that?" thanks to my part time work in town. It was a weird switch of roles.

The stadium is great and there's plenty of room in the stands so you don't have to snuggle with the guy next to you, unless you want to. Lexi even had a new friend from school come sit with us for a bit. We met a nice guy next to us whose oldest son, a Sophomore, is on the team. Brea's preschool teacher and her family were sitting behind us. Brea crawled up for a visit to let her know just how very excited she is to start school on Monday. Carlisle is starting to feel a little more like home.

The band, well, let's just say there is room for improvement as the season plays out. HOWEVER it warmed my heart…

The Poor 2nd Child...

You know how the story goes. The first born child gets all the attention, all the photos, all the neurotic parenting...and then the second child comes along and life relaxes. Apparently in my case that meant relaxing so much as to have NO idea where I put Brea's birth certificate...a necessary document for the start of pre-school next week. I have: her SS card, the receipt from her emergency trip to the hospital at 10 days old for treatment of Jaundice, a letter from our state representative wishing us congrats on her birth, a copy of the newspaper the day she was born. But no birth certificate. In fact I don't remember ever even receiving said birth certificate. I mean one would think if I had I would have put it in the same spot as all the other important documents in our lives...marriage license, Lexi's birth certificate, the dog's vet records...you know, all the important stuff. But as everyone who has gone through the first few weeks of new parent life knows, one&…

3rd Grade...

Lexi is off being an official 3rd grader today. There has been a lot of excitement for today. A new school, new friends, learning. I love that my daughter loves to learn. She's kinda geeky like that. (It's OK, so are her parents.)


I'm not sure why, but today was a little teary for me. Maybe it's because she's in a new school. It's partially because I am so happy that she is so happy to be headed to school. And I'm sure it's a little because she's growing up so fast, choosing to head into the building on her own instead of having one of us walk her to her room. We stood outside watching her put her bag in her locker, remembering to get out the papers that she needed to give to her teacher this morning.


I can't wait to hear all about her day this afternoon when she returns home. To learn the names of her new friends. To find out if indeed the rumor she heard was true...that third graders only get ONE recess. To find out if she likes her top open des…

Ready...

Tomorrow is the first day of school.

We went back to school shoe shopping today.

Apparently we are not the only ones who waited till the last minute to buy new shoes for the start of school.

Each of the girls came home with two pair of shoes.

Both pair are closed toed tennis shoes because I have this thing about letting them wear sandals or slip-ons to school.

I just don't allow it.

We can currently shop for both of the girls in the same size section of the store, which means they can come home looking like this.


I'm pretty darn happy that a new pair of Converse has been deemed as a back to school necessity.


They are SOOOOO my daughters.


peace

A New Toy...

So...I may have done a little online retail therapy lately...twice. (I know, not necessarily smart considering the whole unemployed thing...which is why I've needed the comfort of retail therapy. It's an evil, evil cycle I tell you.) Only the first time I didn't end up jiving with my purchase so it went back so I could get credit so I could choose differently. It was a FABULOUS decision to make the switch.

I present to you a few play photos taken today with my new Lensbaby Composer. Lensbaby offers (in their own words) "...a whole line of creative effects camera lenses..." and I've been wishing for one ever since I borrowed one from a photographer friend in Grinnelllast fall. I love how the selective sweet spot focus of this unique line of lenses allows one to bend light and create mood and attention to detail. What I'm discovering is that my photography style is pretty up close and personal. I love to find new ways to make close interesting. Some people l…

Just Looking at That Makes Me Want To Puke...

Those were the first words out of Lexi's mouth as we started our trek into the Iowa State Fair grounds via the mid-way. (She definitely gets that from her father.) Generally we are not big State Fair goers, but Scott's employer is a big sponsor at the fair each year, which means the need for employees to help staff the "community relations" tent. For two (interesting) hours last night Scott and I applied temp tattoos to young fair goers among the smells of fried foods on a stick and the sounds of mid-way rides, free entertainment stages, beer tent DJs, and dirt track car races across the street at the Grandstand. (Talk about sensory overload!)


While maybe not my first choice of activities, I would be lying if I said it was a completely un-enjoyed experience. It was fun to see just how exciting a friendly smile and a free bear tattoo can be to even a hot, tired toddler. Plus it's nice to get a chance to meet some of the people Scott spend's his days around whil…

If Dogs Could Talk...

I'm pretty sure this is how Jasper would describe what heaven must be like.


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Perspective...

Sometimes I have to remind myself to keep perspective on the happenings of life. While our move this summer has been hard for me emotionally as I try to find my place in our new community, I also have to remember to appreciate the good it has brought into our lives.
Our house simply makes us happy. It has such a great spirit with its old house character, open spaces, and lovely light thanks to the many big (old) windows. We simply feel at home here. With the cooler fall months ahead I'm looking forward to digging into some yard work and getting out the paint brushes to start adding some new color to our interior walls.
My husband is the happiest I have seen him in a long, long time. The shorter commute, occasional picnic lunches with his girls, and increased family time in general are obviously doing good things for his spirits. I look at his smiling, relaxed face and I feel like I am falling in love with him all over again. After 18 years, his smile, his touch, and a glance from th…

Just Floating Along...

This weekend the National Balloon Classic kicked off in Indianola...now a short 15 minute drive for us. Saturday we went to watch the "Open of the Skies" mass balloon ascension. At last count we could see over 80 balloons floating along in the mostly dead evening air. It was amazing...and I didn't have my camera.

Tuesday night with Mom, Rod, and Uncle Jason in tow we returned to watch the evening's flight. This time I took my camera. Granted we choose not to go to the actual balloon grounds avoiding both the traffic and the cost of entrance, and there were many fewer balloons taking flight, but even so it was well worth the trip.


Mom and Rod (who arrived Sunday evening for a short visit) and my brother Jason (who has been in Iowa for the summer) took off today to head west. Their departure has hit me hard as it somewhat signals the end of summer for me. From this point forward I seriously need to focus on getting my business re-established in our new community as well …