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National Independence Day Parade 2017

We took a break from house hunting last year and watched the July 4th festivities in DC. All the offices were closed for the holidays anyway. And we were in Washington, DC during 4th of July! (When in Rome, er, DC!) Unfortunately, I am just now getting around to posting these because life happens. 
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Tenth Year Anniversary

Ten years. A decade.

Can I be honest? I am surprised I'm still married. Not only that, I am surprised it is actually working.

Growing up, I never saw a future past marrying the man I loved. It's like I could imagine this person but beyond that is a blank. Maybe it's because all the crushes I had up to that point did not reciprocate my feelings. Maybe it is because my own parents separated when I was young so my definition of family is non-traditional. Maybe it is because when Hubs and I briefly broke up in college, my friends told me it wasn't a good idea to get back together.

Whatever the reason is, I believe it worked in my advantage because Dean continues to surprise me in the best of ways. He shows me what a Godly marriage is supposed to be. He knows tough times are part of any marriage and taught me to apologize by example. He proves daily that a broken person is still capable and deserving of love.

And so I hope from this day on, I will stop projecting my own ins…

Breakfast Date

Unfortunately, date nights around here are pretty rare. With living far away from family and very limited number of people we trust our children with, family date nights are a lot more common. So every time we visit in Indiana, Hubs and I always squeeze in a date night or two. Thankfully, our family are very understanding of our situation. Plus, I don't think they mind the extra one-on-one time with their grandchildren.

With our wedding anniversary being four days away (at the time), Hubs and I took advantage of our weekend visit to Indy to celebrate our upcoming 10th (a decade!). The weekend was jam packed with events and trying to see both sides of our family so we opted to go out for breakfast instead.

//Herb Farro: creamy farro, pickled mushrooms, sunny egg
We were still exhausted (mostly Hubs) from driving Thursday overnight but we were determined. We aren't sure if we will have a chance to celebrate on the actual day so we rolled out of bed and got ready. It's amazi…

Windows Down

My mood is definitely getting better now that we're experiencing warmer temps and longer daylight. For some reason, the time change this past winter hit me harder than ever. (Seasonal Affective Disorder on top of Postpartum Depression is no joke. It's depression on top of depression) Now that it's not pitch dark by 5:30pm and we're getting more Vitamin D, everyone is in better mood. Happy wife/mommy, happy life, right?

The kids love driving with the car windows down. They ask all the time if we could roll down the windows and crank the radio up. Even Eleanor, who was the reason I said no for the longest time, now enjoys the wind on her face, too.

The last three photos were taken by Nathaniel. He enjoys taking photos with my DSLR. I am especially in love with the last photo. It's soft focus but Amelia's smile is making me feel all the feels. Hopefully someday soon, I can teach Nathaniel the proper settings and technical side of photography. But even if that doe…

Crazy Hair Day

I am a little discouraged that Nathaniel's new school is not as enthusiastic about school spirit week. (But they do a lot of after school events!) Per Nathaniel, not a lot of students participated. But that didn't stop him from participating everyday of the week.
Monday: Pajama Day Tuesday: Crazy Hair Day Wednesday: Sports Day - Go Chiefs! Thursday: Career Day - dressed as a musician  Friday: School Spirit

Photo taken April 10, 2018

Kids Will Be Kids

We had a huge snow fall last March and the bigger kids were begging to play in it (poor Eleanor was sick). Well I asked if they wanted to clean Daddy's car instead. Hubby was heading to work anway and I figured why not kill two birds with one stone.

Well, they sure showed me. If they were going to scrape the snow off the car, they will do it in their own way. At one point, Nathaniel was on the hood and doing snow angels on top of the windshield. Oh kids.
Hubs eventually went out there with them. And when they were all finished, Nathaniel and Amelia were rewarded by playing at the park with friends.

(Photos taken March 21, 2018)