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Thirty Three

Daniel turned 33 yesterday. We had a really low key celebration. He stopped to run on the way home from work and then we had pizza from Papa John's pizza followed by Chocolate Pudding Oreo Heath Pie and a RedBox for dessert – his pick.

Tomorrow we are headed to the beach for some much needed R&R. We have been traveling a lot lately, none of which has been even remotely relaxing. We need some time to reset and figure out some things pertaining to the next phase of our life.

I hope you have a blessed weekend and that you don't have to work too hard on Labor Day!

Thursday Things: Lake House Edition

This week we had the opportunity to stay at a lake house. We were under the impression that the house was in Sale Creek, TN (30 minutes from Daniel's work, 30 minutes from downtown Chatt). We found out after booking it that it was actually located in Harrison, TN. Harrison is directly across the lake from Sale Creek, but it is NOT Sale Creek. This meant a 50 minute commute around the lake for Daniel and I was still 20-30 minutes from anything. It was nice being on the lake but it was a little too far from everything.



A few things from this week:



1) Don't lock yourself out of your rental house immediately after you get there. Thankfully I had my cell phone and was able to call the owner and find a solution for getting back in the house.



2) Also, I am thankful that Jack was with me and not locked in the house!



3) Jack is fascinated by front-loading washing machines. Our washer and dryer are well over 30 years old. They still work, so we haven't felt the need to replace them. We …

See Jack {early-mid July 2013}

This is an ongoing series of videos that I am sharing so that our extended family can keep up with how Jack is growing and changing in these early years.


See Jack attempt to put shorts on. Over his pajama pants. He is very interested in trying to put on his own pants. {early July}


See Jack play on his "bike." He still hasn't gotten the hang of pedals yet.
{early July}


See Jack practice running. On a hill.
{early July}


See Jack build with his Legos.
{mid July}


See Jack pretend to talk on his daddy's flip phone.
{mid July}

A Little Exploration

This is our fourth Saturday in a row of riding bikes. I believe that this is the most consistent amount of outdoor activity we have done since we were newlyweds.


Today we went back to Hays Nature Preserve, but instead of trying to increase our mileage (like we did last week), we opted to do a little exploring on the horse trails. If you know us very well, you might be aware that Daniel and I have very different ideas of what constitutes a trail.

My idea of a trail is a clearly delineated path that humans and animals use to get to another point. Daniel's idea of a trail is much broader than mine. It could be a drainage ditch; or a hayfield with a swath of grass that is slightly shorter that the grass around it; or a path that he bushwhacks his own way through in an effort to see what there is to see. According to Daniel, his definition of a trail is,"a potential path through which sufficient space exists, or can be made, for me to proceed with no more than a moderate amount of …

Things I am Missing

This is the end of Week 8 of Daniel's new job and traveling is taking its toll. We need a vacation (living in a rental cottage for 4 days each week does not constitute a vacation).  


While I really love a lot of things about being in the city again, there are things about being home that I just plain miss...


1) My own bed. Sleeping in a king size bed is nice, but my dark room and our pillow-top mattress are calling my name.


2) Being able to open the back door and shoe Sophie outside without having to worry if she will get lost or hit by a car. Living on 3 acres in the country is a dream for our dog. It's nice for me too. One night this week I had to go outside with Sophie at 1am. 


For some reason Sophie feels the need to go out more often when we are not at home. Someday her neediness drives me up the wall. I'm trying to work on my patience.


3) Having a fully stocked kitchen and not having to guess where everything is. This week, I could have used a crock pot. Bringing my own i…

See Jack {early July 2013}

This is an ongoing series of videos that I am sharing so that our extended family can keep up with how Jack is growing and changing in these early years.

See Jack practice using his daddy's vise in the garage.{early July}


See Jack try his hand at "Chubby Bunny: Toddler Edition"
{early July}


See Jack try walking in his rubber boots for the first time.
{early July}


See Jack try to sit on his Little People Airplane. 
At the end, he figures out a stable solution.
{early July}


See Jack watch the rain. We've had a really wet summer this year.
{early July}


See Jack calling Sophie.
{early July}

Bike Rides and My Life List

If you have read my blog for awhile, you might be aware that I have a list of 100 Things that I would like to do in my life. On that list is the goal to ride a century (#19). If you don't know what a century is, it is a 100 mile ride (64 miles if you do a metric century).


In order to ride that far, I really need to start adding miles. After all, you don't just go out and bike that kind of distance without some kind of training.


Daniel and I (with Jack in tow) have been consistently taking 9 mile bike rides over the last few weeks, so today I asked if we could go farther. My initial goal was to up the ante to 12 miles.


We went to Hays Nature Preserve (one of our favorite places to ride) and set out. This is the first time that I have been able to maintain Daniel's pace for the majority of our ride. We even raced at a couple of points and I was able to hang with him. The last 1.5 miles I slowed down, but I still kept a decent speed.


I think the hardest part of increasing our mil…

Jack is 21 Months

This post is a few days late (Jack turned 21 months on Sunday).


In three short months, our little baby will be two! TWO! With every passing day he seems more and more like a little boy and less like a baby.



This last month was a busy one. We have been traveling a lot and Jack has been a real trooper. I hope he doesn't outgrow his pack-n-play while we are doing this weekly traveling!


I think Jack is going to be a real rule follower. Any time he is in a seat that can be buckled (even if it just pretend), he insists that he get buckled in. Likewise, if he is on a bicycle, he insists that he wears his helmet! As parents, we are thankful for this little quirk.



He continues to really love cars and bikes. Weekly family bike rides have become a thing. Every time Jack sees a bike, he asks, "Ride?" He also continues to show interest in mechanical things and loves to help his daddy take things apart.



New phrases this month include: "What happened?" and "I don't know.&…