Catch Up

Storytime: When I was in high school, I decided I would pronouce ketchup as “castup,” and it drove my dad crazy. To this day, if I do it, it will make him upset. I have no idea why. Maybe I will figure that out over Thanksgiving. Moving on, I have almost a month’s worth of blog posts to catch up on, so I’ll see if I can do it in one big post. I know once the holiday season begins, these posts won’t get done, so let’s start with middle October, which I can’t believe was a month ago. Where does the time go?!

October 19-21:
We went to Wichita to meet our newest niece, Kennedy, and see her mama and papa. Kennedy and Shepherd were born seven months to the day apart, and we got to celebrate Kennedy’s first- and Shepherd’s seventh-month-birthday. It is really nice to be able to make a weekend trip to see family, watch the Huskers barely squeak by with our little corn heads, and enjoy time with people we love. Plus, we got to stop at Braums… they have my favorite kind of ice cream, cherry pecan. Yum.

October 22-28: 
The day after we got home from Wichita, my mom flew in to spend the week with us. We spent a lot of the week working on projects for our house and also drove up to Northeast Nebraska to visit my grandparents and aunts, uncles and cousins. My Aunt Shelley and I drove to a tiny hamlet called Brazile Mills to their country church. It had snowed that morning, and the church looked idyllic nestled in a bunch of evergreens behind a corn field. It was one of the prettiest things I have ever seen. We actually met the pastor of the congregation, and he told us about the church’s history and took us up to the steeple. It was really cool! My mom and I stopped at a few churches along the way so I could take pictures. I have a fun little project I’m doing on instagram, country church project, where I’m taking a snapshot of churches that are 100 years old or older. Most of them happen to be in the country, hence, country church project. If you are on instagram, search the hashtag #countrychurchproject to see what I’ve found. If you come across a cool church, add it to the tag! On the way back home, Mom and I also found a few antique stores with some great stuff. I’m on the hunt for a few things for my house, and though we didn’t come home with anything, I at least know where to look. It was so fun to have Mom visit.


November 9-10:
Aaron’s mom and dad came in to town for the Nebraska vs. Penn State game and spent the weekend with us. Chris, as evidenced by the picture below, is the ultimate Husker fan. πŸ™‚ They generously offered to babysit Shepherd on Saturday night when they got home from the football game, so Aaron and I got to spend an evening out, having dinner at the restaurant we went to the night we got engaged and then catching Skyfall, which we both loved despite the awful viewing experience! I don’t know how people can go in to a movie and talk to each other, text, or kick seats… sigh. And then the projector bulb went out. And then we had to move theaters…at midnight. It was memorable.

November 16-18: 
TJ, Tiffany and Kennedy spent the weekend with us so TJ and Tiffany could go to the Nebraska vs. Minnesota game, which meant we got to spend Saturday afternoon with Miss Kennedy. It was fun to spend time with a tiny baby again. I couldn’t believe how old Shepherd seemed next to her!

And, in the miscellaneous category, we did our civic duty, and Shepherd displayed that he will stand up, but only of his own accord, and definitely not when anyone but I am watching. I think Aaron’s seen Shepherd standing in pictures more than he has in real life, because that baby won’t stand up if someone’s watching him.
Also, I painted these odd panels in our dining room with chalkboard paint. I love it, and I need to get better at my hand lettering! Since this picture was taken, we’ve also added curtains! I feel like things are getting done! Exclamation point!

So, that’s enough photos and catch up for one day. I feel pretty caught up now! Just don’t want these memories to slip by; I love looking back each year and seeing what we were doing at any given season. It seems like this season of our life is all about reconnecting with family and friends, and I am so happy about that. Thankful, actually, might be the correct word… how fitting for this time.

It means a lot to us to be able to host in our own home, especially after being so far away, so thank you to everyone who has stopped by (for any period of time). I feel like I am getting the itch to find a home of our own, through I know that’s all in due time…

Happy Thanksgiving week, friends!

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Aaron’s Movember

This month, Aaron is participating in Movember.

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital awareness and funds for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives. Once registered at www.movember.com, men start Movember 1st clean shaven. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.

He and his team are hoping to raise a yet-unspecified amount of money for men’s health research and initiatives. For the entire month, Aaron will be growing a mustache that will become a walking billboard–a talking point to share why this cause is important to him.

Truth be told, I am not a fan of the mustache, like, at all. But I think this cause is worth it, so I’m supporting Aaron and his team, the Mustachioed Marketers, with a donation, and I’m encouraging you to, as well. The funds each team raises will go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Livestrong. You can read more about Movember’s strategic goals here.

If you’d like to donate, click here. On behalf of the Mustachioed Marketers, thanks for your support. And don’t forget to remind the men in your life how important it is for to be aware of health issues unique to them! 

Awake/Asleep

I will forever cherish these moments. Shepherd’s fallen asleep in his daddy’s arms twice in two days, which almost never happens. Maybe we are pushing through the separation anxiety phase? This bug always wakes up as happy as a lark in the mornings. It makes me smile (most mornings)!

A Weary Halloween Week

Why is it that midweek holidays seem to mess up the whole week? I loved all of the Halloween festivities, but it seems like the days before and after Halloween have been a mess for me. I haven’t washed any laundry, the house feels like it is in shambles, Shepherd is cutting a fourth tooth and waking up all night… I just don’t feel together. Really, this seems silly to write in light of the destruction Hurricane Sandy left in its path. If you’re looking for a way to help, may I suggest the Red Cross’ relief efforts? My troubles are nothing, and yet, I’m bogged down in them.

I think part of this is due to my mom leaving last Sunday. We accomplished so much while she was here that I felt overwhelmed when she left. I’m not sure why that is… if anything, she showed me how much is possible to accomplish and easier ways to do some things I want to mark off my list. The days seem a lot quieter without her with us, but at least we have FaceTime. Shep and Mom and Dad chat every day, a routine we all look forward to. Miracle of miracles, my dad actually has his own iPhone now. If you know my dad, you’re probably laughing… I think the salesman laughed when he saw my dad’s phone he traded in. I think he had his flip phone for at least seven years. Talk about an upgrade!

I hope you guys have a good weekend. I’m looking forward to hitting the refresh button as we fall backward. If current conditions prevail, I doubt there will be any sleeping in, but a girl can dream! Otherwise, we will be painting, cheering for a Husker win against Michigan State, working a little bit more on the nursery and (crossing my fingers) scaling the mountain of laundry. Don’t forget to turn your clocks! πŸ™‚

Halloween 2012

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We were excited to celebrate Shepherd’s first Halloween. He received a pair of overalls like this before he was even born last Christmas, and we loved him in them. I found a bigger size of the overalls and the engineer hat at a local children’s consignment store, and it just made me smile to put it on his head.

At the last minute yesterday, I decided Shepherd needed a train. I cut out either side from one of our leftover moving boxes and spray painted it brown. I wasn’t sure how to paint a train, but I did my best. One side definitely looked better than the other, but it was fun!

Shepherd is too small to trick-or-treat, but we dressed him up anyway. We went down to the train tracks and our little engineer fit right in. I love his cardboard train next to the real thing. We then carved our pumpkin and hoped for trick-or-treaters, but there was nary a costume to be found (that wasn’t Shepherd’s)! Afterward, we went to a church trunk-or-treat and then over to our friends’ home for a bit. It was a fun day, and by the time we got home and put Shepherd to bed, he was almost instantly asleep. Aaron wanted to watch a scary movie, but I refused (I hate them!) and so we settled on some dumb TV show and a little bit of Hocus Pocus. The only frightful thing about our Halloween? Shepherd has continued his habit of waking up around 3 a.m. Trick’s on me, I guess!

And if you’re not ready to stop celebrating Halloween yet, here is our post from Halloween 2011!