So long...

...summer, you will be missed. But I'm ready for change. Ready for school and volleyball and Fall and getting up at five. Well not that last part...yuck.

I forgot my big fancy camera on TWO vacations this summer. I was so mad at myself. However, my trusty iPhone saved the days -- praise the Lord -- and will make this post super picture heavy.

We went back to Texas for a second time to see our BFF's, the Ewings! They had just bought their house and it was Adam's big 3-0. We ate and shopped and attempted (but failed) an Ikea visit and went to the Texas Rangers game and soaked in every moment with our dear friends.

Please add your own caption to this first picture. There are too many that come to mind...I can't even pick one.
Crazy Texas, flying their flag at the same level as the U.S. flag. Should be illegal...just sayin.
It was 4th of July Night!
You guys are practically old, but you've still got it goin' on!
Happy Birthday, Adam!
Goodbye Texas, on to Arkansas. I left Bry at home and joined my mom, sister, cousins, and aunts for a girls trip. It was SO fun! We had a beautiful house on the lake. Our time was spent doing A LOT of relaxing and reading with a little Insanity, shopping, extreme zip-lining, and eating mixed in. Okay I lie, we ate a lot too...of course. 

Lake living : )

Rockin abs, Al Pal!

Ali, you ruined this picture, poop face.

My supposed-to-be-starburst became a whoops-didn't-mean-to-leg-spread. I am so lame!
Porch swinging perfection.
Facials...a good perspective that things could always be worse.
Christy and Jamie might be stoned, we're not sure. Al, we actually look alike in this picture. I don't know what that means but I'll take it!

It was the best time with my favorite women. Thanks so much, Christy for planning everything. Next year, pretty please?!

After Arkansas, it was off to Colorado for cross country camp. Remember from last year? Bry was able to go with us for part of the trip and it happened to fall on our 4th anniversary, so we made a mini-anniversary trip out of it. 

Geez, I love that guy. He makes me happy everyday and I definitely don't deserve it everyday. 

So I guess I blinked and summer is over. 
Maybe I'll get better at blogging now that I'm in a routine? 


I'm attracted to older men...

Heyo, it's me. Just sitting at Panera doing some lesson planning. I get so much more accomplished when I'm not at home distracted by what needs to be cleaned or cooked or whatever. Amen? Except the challenge at Panera is to not be distracted by Facebook or Instagram or blogs.

Ahhh, distractions everywhere...I digress.

The last month has been crraazzaayy.

Day Camp went on without a hitch. I think it was the best year yet.

I've always wondered what it would be like to be married to a ginger.

Bry's dream job.

Movie Star.

600 kiddos surrending to Jesus!

After our busiest week of the year, we left early in the AM for Texas with Bryan's family. Nine adults and three kids 5 and under in two cars means lots of potty stops, movies in the car, fast-food meals, and improvisational dance moves. What? You don't dance in your car? Well take a lesson from Benson - movemaster - himself.

Man, I love that kid.

We spent our vacay putting in a lot of pool time, as well as hanging around the cabins eating, playing games, and watching NBA finals. We also toured the George H.W. Bush Presidential Museum. In his day, George was a serious hottie. Yes, I just said that.
Oh, and we shopped at Ross. Yes I will have a maxi dress for $10, thank you very much. And despite all my complaining about how bad the shopping is in Wichita (which it is), we are getting a Ross. Wohoo!

cute. both of you!

the littlest fishy and aunt relly.

you are cutest asian-looking (but not asian) baby i've ever seen, MJ!

the George's.

boys and their toys

Jaylee spent a large portion of her vacay taking pictures with my phone. This meant I spent a large portion of my vacay deleting them. She's stinkin' cute though. That's what counts.

Get it MJ. Eat that corner.


Dunham Texas 12' was too fun (we missed you Bennett!).

And I still have a second Texas vacation to blog about, amongst other things. Yep, to Texas and back twice in a week-and-a-half. Crazy? Maybe.

But I shall the leave the blogosphere for now so that I can go make dinner for my husband.  

Back soon.


Stay a While

Ohhh Summer, thanks for stopping in. Please stay a while. 

I must be good at seeing into the future because pool days, house projects, morning runs, sleeping in, reading, vacations, and church camps are in full swing around here. It has been busy and wonderful. 

The last few years, summer has kicked off with my family coming down for Memorial Day. Actually, my dad is in Wichita for the high school state track meet, so we just make it a weekend. 

But this year, Bryan's mom and dad came down first and we had ourselves a little field trip to the Underground Salt Museum. Who knew there was a bunch of salt 600 feet below Kansas? Not this girl. It sure was fun licking the walls, though.

Just kiddinnngg.

Carol and Matthew protecting their valuables.
The way down to the mine. Pitch black for 3 minutes...with my husband. I'll leave it at that.
Everything that goes, stays. Everything. Even trash. A lot of this was from the 1950's.

After all that salt, we were thirsty...and hungry! So we went to Carriage Crossing which is an Amish restaurant about 30 minutes from where we live. The food is unbelievable and the pie is even better. Sometimes there is even a horse and carriage or two in the parking lot. 

We spent the rest of the weekend watching high schoolers run-a-muck at Wichita State and relaxing with my parents. I had a massive bloody nose which is always a good time. Like, I'm driving down a highway and the floodgates open. Thanks, allergies. Okay tmi, sorry. 
This is the only picture I got at the meet. I hope you can appreciate his hair.
If you can't, think this
It was so cool. And gross. 

Aside from knocking out a lot of little house projects like:
-installing the downstairs handrail
-finishing the grout on my backsplash
-painting the wall vents the color of the walls

Bryan (mostly) and I decided one Saturday morning to build shelves in our garage. It was so fun. And now we want to build more. And I'm really proud of my husband and his manly skills so I have to tell the world...duh.

Sweaty man!
Finished! Good job, babe.
Several months back, I got a Groupon Getaway for my dear friend, Tracie and I. We met up this weekend in Tulsa for a perfect day of shopping, eating, museuming, bachelorette watching, sleeping, and catching up. 

It was so fun and relaxing that I am having withdrawals and am contemplating leaving in the night to go back. Trace, are you in?!

Lunch at Wolfgang Puck's Bistro.
I have a love affair with sweet potatoes.
The amazing gardens at the Philbrook Museum of Art.
Starbucks and shopping, yes please!
Going out to dinner! We took this picture about 5 times...I don't know how you narcissist teenagers do it.
Out on the town.
Tracie, the rooster is still confusing me...
Tulsa street tacos. SO good.
Dinner...rooftop style!

Tulsa was a pretty sweet city. Except their highway tolls are ridiculously prehistoric. I think it's due time for change, don't you, Tulsa?

We are gearing up for a week of Day Camp around here. Remember from last year? It's going to be crazy and exhausting and FUN and hopefully life changing for some little people. Right after we finish camp, we leave for a week of vacay with Bry's family. 

And then it will basically be July. Excuse me summer, I just asked you to please stay a while.