Archive for the ‘Friends’ Category

Snowy Sunday

We ended up with five or so inches if snow (and, thankfully, we maintained power). Just as we bundled up and made our way outside this morning, neighbors Todd and Joe were heading down the hill. The kids had a great time playing while the grown ups made short work of the driveway and walks. Bryan joined the crew as they finished the street.








Girls’ Night In

About once a month (or, occasionally, a bit more frequently…), a group of my girlfriends hold a “Girls’ Night Out.” Last week, I hosted a Valentine’s Day-themed “Girls’ Night In.” About 25 women came together for conversation, cake-tinis, cupcakes and other sweets, and I was left feeling pretty darn fortunate to be surrounded by such amazing people.

Here are a few photos (and recipes) from the night.

Glasses awaiting pink cake-tinis

Dawn and Terri:

Chocolate covered pretzels with candy sprinkles, and a few other treats:

Red wine lollipops:

Jen, Elspeth, Monica, Erin, Tami and Jill:

Carly and Molly:

Made especially for Monica–Dark chocolate cupcakes with salted caramel filling and topped with fleur de sel:

Jill, Sarah and Jen:

Mini almond frangipane pies:

Michelle, Jill, Tami, Jen and Erin:

Here’s to you, Rex.

You were a good man, Rex. We were fortunate to know you, and though we’re not in Minnesota with our family and yours, we’re lifting a pint in your memory today.

Halloween round-up, part two

Trick or treating downtown with Gramma and Papa, and roughly 5,000 other kids from the area.

While the trick or treating was primarily limited to downtown businesses, we did have one extra, very popular stop on Mass Street…

Go, Tom, go!

We cheered for Tom as he competed in the Kansas Ironman 70.3 yesterday at Clinton Lake. He did a fantastic job, finishing strong and meeting his goal after nearly a year of training.

The swim course alone was extremely intimidating at 1.2 miles long. Tom was one of 2,000 competitors, which means a lot of flailing arms and legs in the lake. We were looking for a white swim cap–the color assigned to his heat.

There he is!

We didn’t get a great shot of Tom on the bike (he’s just too fast), but knocked off those 56 miles with relative ease. We saw him several times as the 13.1 mile run looped through the park. He said it was difficult, but he was smiling every time we caught sight of him.

Liv caught a quick nap in the shade of the finish chute while we waited. Fortunately for the athletes and spectators, the temperature was in the low 80s, instead of the mid 90s like the day before.

At the finish line with some pretty big fans.

One of the highlights of the weekend was meeting Tom’s sister Jenn (left) and seeing his sister Sarah (right) again. We had a great time getting to know them.

Seventy miles in just a few short hours–I found the whole thing incredibly inspirational. Congrats, Tom!

Kissing cousins

Laura posted some sweet photos of Ava & Olivia hanging out with Hazel & Eliza last weekend in Nebraska. You can check them out over on The House on Hudson. I have some photos of the babies coming soon to this page, too–check back this weekend!

Tom Fix

Ringing in the new year

Alisa and Melissa brought their kids to Kansas for New Year’s Eve. It was a great way to celebrate!

Tis the Season

Saturday morning, we bundled up and headed downtown for the annual old fashioned Christmas parade.

We’ve attended the last four of the parade’s 17-year run. As far as Ava is concerned, this is the start of the season, and it is serious business.

Tom joined us, too.

The parade began with a fly over:

Next up, about 100 entries, all horses and horse-drawn carriages.

Ava loved the carriage with Santa.

Bryan’s favorite:

Olivia loved all of them. She squealed with delight every time a horse came into view.

Every. Single. Time.

That was definitely my favorite part!

Feliz cumpleaños!

Lori, Alisa and I surprised Melissa by whisking her away to Cancun for the weekend, just in advance of her 40th birthday. We had a fabulous time. And, if this is what 40 looks like, sign me up now.