To Wisconsin we go

We’re on the last leg of our trip, and spending some time in Wisconsin with Pete’s family.

I can’t believe it’s gone by so quick!

I feel like I was just in Texas, the week before we left, telling Pete that “no sooner we get there we’ll be right back here”. It felt like it was over before we even left!


I miss my family already. It’s hard to leave them because I never know when I’ll see them again.


Okay, enough being sad.


Our drive to Wisconsin was nice, and as always, beautiful!

I seem to always forget how gorgeous of a drive it is. Being up only once a year will do that.

Having short term memory loss will also do that.

So when I’m back, I’m amazed again as if I’m seeing it all for the first time. Again.

(There’s gotta be a pill for that…)


We ran into a little weather, but nothing too bad.

One thing I loved was all the rainbows we saw following the storm we were trailing!

Photo taken on my phone and processed with Instagram.

It sure made for some pretty photos.

I know camera phones aren’t exactly professional grade, but it takes a pretty good picture.

My camera was packed away, so there’s my excuse.

You can decide if you will forgive me after this photo…


And one more…


All taken with my phone.

So at our last stop, the guilt had caught up with me, and I dug out my big girl camera to snap some better quality photos.

By that time it was getting darker.

I need to practice more on “in the car” shots.

I guess we’ll just have to take more road trips. :)

Especially with scenery like this, who wouldn’t want to.

I hope we move back soon!

I think I could stand seeing this everyday.

You may only have to twist my arm a little.

A Sunday visit with a cute little boy

Last year when I was home in Minnesota, my friend was pregnant with her first baby, and was so excited.

I was excited!

We were excited. :)

I was also sad.

But only because she was due a few short months after I headed back to Texas, and I had no idea when I would be back to see her and her sweet little bundle.

So, we skyped a few times after Grady was born..

And it was fun! But just not the same as seeing them in person.

Now it’s “next year”, and I’m home, and I finally got to meet him!

And last night I even got to take some pictures of him.

I had to post this one. His mom was trying to catch him to put a diaper on him.

He doesnt like the grass, so we put a blanket down. He wouldn’t get off the blanket, but he’d touch the grass with his hands.

And then he’d try eat it.


All though most of the time was spent picking grass out of his mouth,

I was able to get some cute ones like these…

He’s such a happy little guy! I’m going to miss him when I leave.

And I suppose I’ll miss his parents too. :)

A day in the life: Mother’s Day [with photos] -Northern Midwest Edition

Man, days seem to fly by fast around here! It’s been non stop since we arrived.

Today, especially, has gone by fast.

9AM: Today I slept in a little. I was woke up at 5AM when my husband finally came home from night fishing with my brother and friends. At least he had a blast. They didn’t catch anything, but had a HUGE bonfire by the river.

This is the only evidence I have of what actually went on last night.

And so far, no complaints on Pete’s end about being worked to death. Night fishing was a fun break for him :)

10AM: Wrote in moms card, and drew her a picture on the envelope.

Because I lub her.

10:30AM: Between Danae and I, we made overnight caramel french toast, scrambled eggs, and bacon for breakfast for Mother’s Day.

I have no photographic evidence, because it was scarffed up within minutes.

12PM: Cleaned up brunch.

People, especially men, forget… a meal may have only taken 45 minute to make, but there’s an hour worth of dishes afterwards. (but, that’s a rant for another day)

12:30PM: We went to visit Grandma to give her flowers and a card.

We also invited them for supper (and fixed their tv :P).

2PM: Then, I came home and made supper. Ranch house chicken and parmesean mashed potatoes, with gravy.

It’s mmm mmm good.

3PM: It’s in the oven as we speak.

Danae cleaned the house while I made supper.

4PM: Now everyones napping. It’s the only way to make it through the day around here!

And since It’s taken me 30 minutes to write this, nap time is over, potatoes are boiling on the stove, and life as we know it has resumed.

Grandparents will be here in 30 minutes which will put us at 5:30PM.

We are about to whip up some brownies for dessert.

And can’t we all agree that after supper the day is basically over?

Then maybe if the wind dies down we can have a bonfire. :)

I hope you all had a great Mother’s Day, and that you were lucky enough, like me, to be able to spend it with your mom.


9PM: Since the wind wouldn’t die down, me and the hubby decided to go to the drive-in theater.

Yes, I said drive-in theater. It’s the only one in the state of Minnesota besides one I’ve heard of in Minneapolis. And it’s so cool, it’s in my home town!

You don’t know what you miss until you don’t have it out your doorstep anymore :)

We saw Act of Valor, and it was awesome. I was very surprised I’d be into a Navy Seal type movie, but it was really good.

And my hubby finally got to experience the drive-in!

Mom’s Garden

I’m back home in Minnesota for three weeks!

Last year when I was home, I ripped out my moms entire front flower bed. We tilled, weeded, rearranged, and replanted everything she had.

I worked my butt off.

You’re welcome Mom. :)

It took me 15.37 hours.

I love you, Mom.

Well this year, her flower bed still had “good bones” from last year, and we just had to freshen it up with some new annuals.

Coming back home feels almost like I’m going backwards. We’ve already experienced spring in Texas, and the new growth and nice weather is long gone. Seeing all the new spring blooms here is almost a surprise.

A nice surprise.

The tulips are up, the trees are blooming and fragrant, the birds are chirping, and the earthworms are recouping from dodging my trowel yesterday.


Being gone, there’s one thing I really miss about home.

Of course, my family.

But, what I also miss is sitting on the front steps, in the morning, with the sun peaking through the big white birch tree that shades the entire front yard.

Sitting, breathing in the crisp air, drinking a cup of coffee, and just reflecting. It’s so peaceful. And brings back so many memories of growing up.

So that’s what I did this morning. Sat on the front steps and soaked it all in.

Then I couldn’t take it anymore, and had to go grab my camera.

Here’s some shots I got this morning.

Bleeding hearts have always fascinated me. They are so unique, and beautiful.

Her hostas didn’t have a cold winter to come back from, so they are going strong already!

This little guy is one of the annuals that we planted last year that reseeded itself right on her path.

All of these that we planted last year have reseeded themselves, and her flowerbed is covered with the little buds bursting through the soil! We have about 6 that are this big and already blooming. Planting the new annuals, we were careful not to dig up too many of the ones that have reseeded.

Her flowerbed is going to be so pretty once it’s in full bloom!

Now for my moms flowering crab tree.

I hope these don’t get too repetitive, because they’re all so pretty, I’m going to post most of them.

Click any of the photos to view larger.

The wind was so strong, I’m surprised these turned out so well. It made for great backgrounds on all these.

We planted alyssums all along the outside of her flower bed. They get big and mound up, and will be so pretty.

Maybe these will reseed themselves for next year. :)

I can’t wait for next year.

I love gardening.

Prom ’12

For the past two years, my sister has been asking me to come home for her prom and take her photos, and this year we were able to make it back early enough to be here for prom and my brother and sisters high school graduation!


Danae’s so photogenic, and never takes a bad picture. >jealous<



I asked him to pretend she was poking him with the pin. A natural response, I think. :)





Her hair was gorgeous.


And so was her dress.







So happy I got to take her pictures. It was a blast.