December UNadventures

Friday, January 6, 2017

December.  The last month of unadventures for 2016.  And just like Decembers tend to be, it was a full one.  A good full.  Celebratory and busy, but not stressful and cumbersome.  It was filled tight with Christmas lights and ornaments and Advent calendars, hot chocolate with little marshmallows, St. Nicholas, decorating cookies again and again, gingerbread houses, pretty greenery, a carousel, bowling and a birthday party, school music programs, ballet class, family gatherings with tons of food (my fave, but you knew that already), gifts, and church, friends, and eggnog, and all the Christmas movies and music you can imagine, gobs of lipgloss in a certain 3 year old's hair (#jesustakethewheel), a bearded dragon named Seesaw, family date nights, and vicious stomach bugs and other sickly stuff that knock out the whole family with feeling yucky, but recovering with more bowling and ice cream dates, and movies and cuddles on the couch to ring in the new year.  

This month seems to be a particularly hodge podge mix of pics.  Good and bad quality, but sometimes you just need to remember the moment regardless of quality, because of course you do.  It's the first month since early in the year in which there's a handful of Canon pics.  The last several months have been solely iPhone, because of life or who knows what.  I do want to start taking more real deal camera pictures again, because I'm getting rusty and I want the challenge, and because the photos truly are nicer when all is said and done.  I've been reflecting on these unadventures and plan to do this again for 2017.  I have 3 or 4 bonus unadventures posts of some bigger things that happened throughout the year and will post those in the next week.  I'm also going to finish up the 52 project for the year, but don't plan to continue that again.  It was a little too much to try to do both in 2016.  I have more to say about all this and may share some more in-depth words I've written rather than this quick summary style I've gotten used to for these posts.  Hope to finish out 2016 soon and then really get going with the new year.  Happy New Year, friends!!  As always, I am forever grateful to the small tribe of you that share in these words and pictures with me.  Wishing you the very BEST in the coming year.

November UNadventures

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

I haven't wanted to do the work of writing about November.  November started with hope and excitement, the feeling that we were on the verge of making history.  And it quickly changed.  I can't lie, I was devastated with the election results.  Heartbroken even.  But it happened and lucky for me we had a little celebration at the end of the month where I was reminded to stop and look around at what I have, and be thankful.  That well timed opportunity was a gift and a relief in and of itself. Because goodness, I am overflowing with treasures to be thankful for.  And because there were mashed potatoes.  And while I'm still processing the election results and all that has happened since, there's not much more I want to write about it now, other than to say I'm ready and motivated to listen and learn, and fight the good fight, and love like crazy.  In between the beginning and end of the month, were the glorious, regular, everyday middle moments.  Oh you know, the unadventures that carry us along.  Vibrant leaves, goddaughter's soccer game, nephew's birthday, cupcakes, taking your girl to vote with you, dentist appointment, white pumpkins, coloring, church and small group, hand-me-down nightgowns that become a very favorite, fresh red paint on the front door, friends and family, and then out of town friends and out of town family, tree climbing, dirt digging, sidewalk chalking, hiking, delicious food, good drinks, laughter, Texas, Thanksgiving, and a weekend away with old friends to watch football and do all the things without all the kids.

October UNadventures

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Well you know we had to start October off with a little trip to get pumpkins and mums and all things Fall.  We got to see lots of cool animals at church to celebrate St. Francis, and then we headed off to celebrate our goddaughter's birthday with cupcakes and family fun.  We tried to keep busy while Jaron was away in Denmark for a week.  Yeah, I know.  Denmark!  His pictures looked amazing, his adventures sounded amazing, but the best part of the trip was that his sister got married, and it was all so stunning that I could hardly stand it.  The kids and I oohed and aahed over the pics of my sister-in-law and brand new brother-in-law (!!!).  Seriously, so gorgeous.  We are so happy for them!  Jaron has tons of great captures from his time there that I just oughta make him do his own post.  Luckily though, I managed to steal a couple of shots from the big day to share here.  The weekend after Jaron got back, we headed to Texas for a family reunion (affectionately called Dad on Down) with my Dad's brothers and sisters and my cousins and of course our Grandman.  We had such a nice time seeing everyone, and even snuck in a quick trip to the State Fair with cotton candy, a corndog, fried oreos, rides for the kids, and some good ol' fashioned people watching.  Besides a family photo session with Hannah Kate Photography, a TCU watch party, and our big Halloween tradition of chili and movies and trick or treating (and a broken water pipe that left our guests without running water for quite some time, but whatever), the rest of the month was filled with the regular UNadventures of outside shenanigans, good food, all the coffee, soccer, and watching the changing leaves.  October was a good one.

September UNadventures

Friday, November 11, 2016

I'm typically a little partial to the month of September because it's my birthday month.  I like that it usually shows some signs of Fall (although never as much as I really wish for), I like that we're starting to get used to the new school year and schedule, with some of the bumps beginning to settle and smooth out.  This September, E started soccer, and Jaron was the coach, bless both their hearts.  This was the first sport for E to play and overall it went really well.  I'm not mad it's over though, probably 'cause I'm the worst.  September was extra lucky with an overnight date with Jaron in downtown OKC to celebrate my birthday, and then some unexpected little bonus dates throughout the month.  We explored our city, got to see out of town family, finally made it to the Plaza Festival, saw Jason Isbell at the Criterion, had a zoo field trip with E's sweet class, played lots of games of Scientist, but mostly just trucked along contentedly with the same ol' things.

August UNadventures

Monday, September 26, 2016

August had endings and beginnings with summer happenings coming to a close and the new school year activities starting up.  August had good family time, and good friend time... art time and outside time... train time and silly time... flower time, bug and garden snake time... birthday celebration time... piano time and voting time... evening walk time... chalk time and chickenpox time... sleepover and movie time... lego time and muffin time and twinkling lights time... more family and friend time... and food time all the time ;).

July UNadventures

Thursday, September 15, 2016

July had some fun adventures that will need their very own posts, like a trip to CancĂșn and a little stacycation in downtown OKC, but I still posted a few pictures from each of those here, because I guess I'm greedy.

July included walks to the Plaza District for pizza and ice cream * trips to the zoo with family friends and church friends and school friends, and all the friends * good food.  always good food.  and good drink.  always good drink. * 4th of July * swim parties with friends * fireworks and water balloons and bounce houses and kiddie pools * legos and lipgloss (I love that E loves legos and C loves lipgloss.  Truly, it makes me the happiest.  And also.  Lord help us with the legos and the lipgloss.) * dress up * backyard foraging * a trip to Texas * a trip to Mexico * a family band session in the basement * concert at the library * matching clothes with Cora, because sometimes I like to match clothes with Cora and I don't care who knows it * first time sleepovers with the sweetest of kid friends and the bravest of parent friends ;) * popsicles * finding garden snakes * hotel fun and being tourists in our own city * catching up with best friends * Weezer concert at the zoo * sticking a plastic googly eye in a nostril * hanging out with cousins * making the most of the summer break as the start of school inched closer and closer.  July was so full and so good.

June UNadventures

Friday, September 9, 2016

When I think back to June, I remember it being sort of all over the place.  I was excited to be on Summer break with the kids, taking our days slow and lazy, watching them play.  And I was nervous to be on Summer break with the kids, because while the time together was truly precious, it was also a big change in our schedule, and that's not my best thing.  But through the adjustment period, we still managed to find lots of happiness in the little and big moments.  We celebrated Cora's 3rd birthday, and I have to say that girl adds so much love and light to our world.  She is a delight to be around and our days are grander with her in them.  We love you more than you'll ever know, Cora Marie!  We also had some work done on our bathroom, and took another quick trip to Texas.  Jaron and I cleaned out our basement one weekend and found lots of treasures, some of which made my eyes water a bit (maybe a lot).  As always, we ate good food, let flowers brighten our day, went swimming, played outside and got filthy with dirt and water and bugs, and watched too much TV a lot of days.  We were sweet and we were cranky, and when the world felt dark, we were encouraged by our village and reminded that people are good.  One of my favorite things from the month was getting to go out to dinner with Jaron, my parents, sister and brother-in-law without our kids.  We sure love those kiddos, but dinner out, without them?  Well, that's a pretty nice treat.

Here's something I wrote for one of my Instagram pictures back in early June.  It's a good reminder for me as we get used to the new schedule of school.  Life is always changing, huh?

I keep thinking to myself how well we've transitioned into Summer and the new schedule.  I feel pleasantly surprised at how sweetly the kids are playing together, how they're not yet glued to the TV, but rather creating and imagining and enjoying their toys.  And every single time I start to get all romantic like this with my thoughts, thinking how precious this time is, like clockwork someone has a disgusting potty accident, or a complete meltdown, or tells me I'm the meanest and pops a sibling on the back, causing tears to erupt.  And there it is. It's good to have balance in your life, right? ;)


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