Category Archives: Family Life

Weekend Rewind: Progress (Thanks in Part to my Parents)

This weekend, we worked. And by worked, I mean we painted… moved in some furniture… painted that furniture… cleaned… painted some more… painted more…   replaced a door… painted just a little more… oh, and painted a little more… Basically, we had a progress-filled weekend. Wyatt and I worked on getting the ceilings in the […]

Weekend Rewind: Time to Trim Edition

This weekend, we worked on trim. In several different ways. Wyatt was in the garage building and sanding and prepping trim to install above the kitchen cabinets and at the base of the nook area. I was in the nursery working on painting the trim in the closet white. Then, on Monday, my mom came […]

Weekend Rewind – Camera and Cows Edition

Wyatt and I spent a great weekend visiting our family, which included a couple birthday celebrations (one belated, one early, but still) and some baby animals, both cows and cats. Wyatt’s dad took us around to see his new calves. My mom got to show off the new little kittens they have. I also spent […]

Weekend Rewind: Springing Into Action Edition

This weekend was wonderful! The weather was nice, we didn’t have anywhere to go (besides church and a couple meals we met up for with friends) and we were able to tackle a bunch of projects we’ve been needing to get going on. Three cheers for a progress-filled weekend! Woohoo! Sorry, I’m just a little […]

Weekend Update: Valentine’s Edition

Well, our first Valentine’s weekend as a family of three (to be!) has come and gone. I didn’t feel wonderful, but we still enjoyed the time together. I even updated our chalkboard to help set the mood a bit for this lovey-dovey day. We had some friends come stay with us and took a day […]

Meet Rhonda 2.0

Ok, we haven’t officially settled on a name, but I wanted to go ahead and share how we spent last night… Yep, we said goodbye to good old Rhonda the Honda and replaced her with the same car…only 19 years newer. We didn’t get a brand new one. It’s a 2009 Accord, but it’s quite […]

Hello Again!

Hi guys! Have you had a nice holiday? We took a break from blogging (and work) over Christmas to enjoy some much-needed rest and relaxation with friends and family. Now, we’re back to work, but thankful for another holiday later this week to help us ease back into the habit of getting things done. We […]

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Resolution Update – It’s Time for One Final Push

You guys, it’s November, and that means we only have a few weeks left to accomplish our entire list of 2014 goals and resolutions. To refresh yourself on our progress over the year, you can read our original resolution post, here, and our first update, here, and where we were at the halfway point, here.  This […]

Weekend Rewind: “LEAFing” Fall Behind

We may have had our last gorgeous fall day if the weather people are correct. Today’s highs were above 70 degrees, and the weekend was still sunny enough to spend some time outdoors compared to what is in the forecast for the coming few days. In fact, we might even be seeing some snow this week! […]

Weekend Rewind: Leaf Peeping Edition

This weekend, Wyatt and I snuck off for a long weekend of glorious fall fun away from home. We had gorgeous fall weather the entire time, and despite Wyatt ending up with a cold, we had a great time just relaxing and not working on the kitchen.  And taking couch selfies using a new setting […]

10 Years Strong

Yesterday marked a fun milestone for Wyatt and I. We’ve now been together for 10 years total (dating and marriage years). Wowza. That’s over a third of my life! And just for fun, this photo was taken the day he asked me to be his girlfriend. 10 Years ago yesterday.   Since we had been […]

Weekend Update: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back Edition

Remember last week when I was all “Look at my kitchen! It’s beautiful!” in this post?   Well, now it looks like this: Yup, we went from wonderful to wild. It’s like two steps forward and one step back… But, I know that when we have a tiled backsplash (hopefully in the next week), I’ll […]

Winding Down to the Last of the Summer Bucket List

Well guys, after the amazing fall weather we had this weekend, and the COLD! weather we had on Thursday and Friday of last week, it’s time to admit that fall is, most definitely, around the corner. Which means it’s time for a little check up on our Summer Bucket List and for one last push […]

Weekend Update: Laboring on Labor Day

Happy Day After The Day After Labor Day! We had a great long weekend. It was sort of an extra-long weekend because Wyatt and I spent half of yesterday doing a stadium tour and watching the Royals game. (He worked from home so we could do the tour over lunch. Then, we came home and […]

Weekend Rewind: Home Sweet Home Edition

Today has been a busy one, friends. First of all, I’ll admit I was distracted a few times by my amazing new counter tops. But more than that, I’ve been trying to get caught up on life and work after being gone for almost two weeks to work at the state fair. Yup, we spent […]

Birthday Rewind: 25th Edition

Last Monday, I celebrated my 25th birthday, guys. I’m officially no longer in my “early-twenties.” Of course, that milestone isn’t especially significant. Many of my close friends are already in their late twenties, or even starting in on their thirties. And, I don’t feel any older, as usual. So really, this birthday wasn’t all that […]

Three Years Later…

On Wednesday last week, Wyatt and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary. Since we’ve both been really busy with work lately, we weren’t able to take a trip or anything. So, we just got ourselves semi-fancied up and headed out to a nice dinner. (As a side note, we did a much better job of […]

Weekend Rewind: A Winter’s Tale and Summer Stuff Edition

This weekend, we enjoyed summer. Not only was it beautiful outside, it was also a holiday weekend, so there was plenty of time to spend enjoying that lovely weather. On Friday, Independence Day, we worked on installing the new cabinets which went pretty well, all things considered. We spent the majority of the time working […]

Weekend Rewind: Summer Sun and Fun Edition

This weekend, Wyatt and I took a much-needed little getaway and spent some time just goofing off and having fun. And, we crossed one important item off our Summer Bucket List, floating around in a lazy river. (You can barely see the water behind us. I didn’t actually take my phone with us while we […]

Weekend Rewind: Family Picnic Edition

This weekend, we did something pretty unusual. We went to a family picnic with Wyatt’s family. And if that wasn’t unusual enough (cheap joke–sorry, guys!), the reunion is for the 4000+ living descendants of the Katherine and Henry Meiners family, of which Wyatt is a fifth generation family member. Sheesh.  (I’ve often joked about Wyatt’s […]

Weekend Update: Yard Bird Edition

This weekend, we had an adventure of the avian variety. On Friday evening, I looked out to the garden and saw large flapping wings inside our bird netting. I was shocked and angry at first, but after we went out there to check it out, we saw it wasn’t a bird trying to steal our […]

Resolutions 2014 – Halfway Point Progress

We’ve officially made it to the middle part of the year, so it’s time for a little accountability update on how we’re doing with our goals for 2014. To see our initial post about our plans for this year, read this post. You can see our first quarter update, here. 1. The kitchen/flooring/stairway project. You’ve only heard […]

Weekend Rewind: Wet and Drywall Edition

This weekend, it rained. In fact, it’s really rained a lot lately. So much so that we’re having to spray the garden with the organic oil-based bug repellent we’re trying this year nearly every other day because it keeps washing away. But more on the garden later. Anyway, we spent a lot of time outside […]

Shipman Speedshow: Kentucky Wedding Edition

I finally got the video finished from our quick trip to Kentucky. And yes, there are a few random road trip goodies to be found. (Including some accidental footage when I didn’t know the camera was on. Oops!) Anyway, hope you enjoy tagging along with us for another little trip. I think my favorite part […]

Summer Bucket List 2014

A few weeks ago, as I was running home from an evening jog around the neighborhood, I was followed, part of the way, by an ice cream truck making its rounds. Not many people were out and no one flagged it down, so it went on about the route without stopping and selling any ice […]

Weekend Rewind: KY is for Weddings Edition

Hi all, Happy Tuesday! It was a loooong weekend for us, as we spent most of it on the road to Kentucky for a wedding! Yup, we roadtripped 8 hours with another couple and attended the wedding of a dear friend from our younger days. (Read: High school) We also found a few fun stops […]

Weekend Rewind: We’ve Officially Gone Crazy Edition

This weekend was a great one…really, but it made me realize something about myself. I’m crazy. Crazy for tackling a kitchen remodel on our own (it’s going well, but it’s still madness, I think.), crazy for ordering our cabinets and then having to walk around them in giant boxes in our living room for several […]

Weekend Rewind: Mother’s Day and Mosquitoes Edition

This weekend was busy. Busy as usual, I suppose, but it was also really great because we got to relax and spend some time with our families. It was also messy, because really, the garage has been heavily used and little neglected lately. Ugh. We’ve just been piling stuff up out there, making a giant […]

Weekend Rewind: Bless This Mess Edition

This weekend was a busy, but great, one. We started out recovering from 2 weeks of craziness. I have a grandma in the hospital for a serious injury so I’ve spent a lot of time with my family there. Before that, we were both gone for a week (Wyatt in Canada and me visiting family) […]