Friday, April 10, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


What it takes to get an 11-year-old boy actually interested in Valentine's Day...

In addition to reprising these anatomically correct Valentine's Day cards, we stepped it up a notch this morning and created a matching wardrobe component, too!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

School pics


Fifth grade

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Big Blue

Spotted this statuesque blue heron out the window at work.

I'm a little surprised it was that far above the ground/water. Plus, it stayed in that same exact spot for more than an hour!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

First day of school

And away we go!
At dinner tonight, when I asked the boys specifically how the bus ride was, Jack said it was “sucky.” Because he had very much been looking forward to sitting with Landon and walking into school together, but the bus driver said kindergarteners — and only kindergarteners — had to sit in the front of the bus.

Jack was genuinely disappointed ... and we were extremely proud.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

For the record

Driving to work on Aug. 12th — in the Midwest — and it's only 55 degrees out!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Back-to-School Night

We've been gearing up for this for quite a while: the only year that Jack and Landon will go to school in the same building.
And Landon's turn.
Inside, he sat right down and got to work. Later, when I asked Landon what his favorite part of Back-to-School Night was, he said, "The beginning — getting to meet my teacher."
Meanwhile, Jack stopped by to see his former teacher, from last year.
Kindergarten, here we come!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Throwback Thursday

My dad — 1938

Me — 1985

Jack — 2009
Landon — 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Double date

We went out with our friends Lisa & DJ to The Bristol last night.
Both the company and the food were great!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

While you were out — Landon’s cowboy bedroom

While Leslie took the boys back to her hometown for the weekend, I gave Landon's room a little makeover. It's hard to tell from these pictures, but I painted three of the walls a soft brown color (Sherwin Williams "Hopsack" — SW6109) and painted one accent wall, opposite his bedroom door, with a denim faux finish (Sherwin Williams "Needlepoint Navy" — SW 0032).

North wall, before:
North wall, after:

Northeast corner, before:
Northeast corner, after:
Southwest corner, before:
Southwest corner, after:
We bought the furniture — the headboard, footboard and rails; nightstand; vanity with mirror; and chest of drawers — a year or two ago off Craigslist, all for $180. It's old and has lots of character. So the mirror's clean, those spots are just imperfections. And I replaced the hardware with rope.

Other than the furniture, virtually everything else is something we already had or is a family heirloom/hand-me-down. Besides the paint, the only things I bought new were 99-cent bandanas for the lampshades and one 4x6 picture frame.

In this picture, the piece on the nightstand is part of the livestock "tie-out" from the old Ak-Sar-Ben (if you're from Nebraska, you'll know what that means) cattle barn, the guitar is from Leslie's family with the words "Singing Cowboys" on it and my grandpa picked up the cattle skull in western Nebraska decades ago.
After seeing these before-and-after pictures, I decided to paint the white candlestick lamp. I spray painted it a brushed bronze color, but it looks nearly black.

The framed horses is a pencil drawing by my uncle when he was in elementary school (the same school my dad, siblings and I all went to) in the 1930s. On the back is the original tag showing it won "First Premium" at the Douglas County Fair.
  • The "Broken Diamond N" on the wall-hanging above the desk is our family's brand.
  • The chair is from the old library at Northwest Missouri State University.
  • The horseshoes are from Leslie's family.
  • The makeshift shelf is reclaimed wood from Habitat ReStore on top of bricks from my grandpa.
  • And the book was a gift my great-grandmother gave in 1951.

  • I hope Landon likes it!