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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Farm Life

I am really looking forward to spending a few days with our family over the holiday. Part of our time will be spent on the Ebright family farm in Lyons, KS. I always get so excited to go there because I love the small town atmosphere. It is so different from how I grew up. I also love that you can just relax, have home cooked meals, everybody knows each other and there's always time for family games.

Ryan's dad, Harlan, farms mainly wheat but also corn, soybeans and milo. He farms a TON of acres, and I have no clue how he does it. I think Ryan really misses helping his dad out. He's always speaking farm lingo and it's actually pretty interesting! Ryan was just talking about getting a rain gauge for our house. I didn't know people have those! Always time to play some good old frisbee. Annie, the family dog, is in the background. She really misses Ryan and will hog all his time at the farm.
Harlan, showing of his frisbee skills. Farm boys are always multi-talented. :)One of things I always look forward to when visiting are the new kittens! They are just so stinkin' cute. I took this picture last time we were there through the window and screen. I will have lots to update you on in the coming days. Stay tuned.

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Fourth of July Tradition

It's become a tradition to celebrate the Fourth of July at Ryan's family's farm in Kansas. It's perfect because you are around family, good food and no restrictions on fireworks when you are outside the city limits. :)
I found some pictures from the fourth a few years ago that made me laugh. This picture was of Sally (my sis-in-law) & I trying to pinch the "snappers" between our fingers to make them pop. I don't know what their official name is but I call them snappers. You usually throw them on the ground to pop. It is a staple on the fourth. I don't know what it is with fireworks and boys. They HAVE to be the ones to light the big daddies! Notice all the smoke that was around the tank that says "flammable". I praise God every year after the fourth that the boys didn't seriously injure themselves.
This is the usual place you will find the audience watching the light show. It's relatively safe until one of the firecrackers gets pointed into the shed! We are usually in here because the last few years mother nature has decided to rain. Why is that?? I'm crossing my fingers that it doesn't this year. It's looking promising since it has been so dry! Ryan & his best friend, Miles, ducking from sparks...
I love this picture of Sally and her mom, Susan.
Ryan & I a little wet from trying to light fireworks in the rain.
One of my favorite things to do is lighting sparklers with the family. It's so pretty and makes for good pictures.
I LOVE the fourth and I can't wait to see all our family and friends. Hopefully, it will cure my homesickness. :)

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Hairy Issues

Oh my goodness this was so much fun to do! My friend Katie showed me this website where you can upload a picture of yourself, and then try out different celebrities hairstyles. I spent way too much time on that site trying out hundreds of hairdos. If you want to try it out, just go to instyle.com and then click on makeover.

Take a guess on who's hairstyle this is...
Did you say Jennifer Aniston? Well, then you are right!

These next couple I can't remember which celebrities sport these locks. You can still guess if you want. I've always wondered what I would look like as a blond. I think I'm a little too burned in this picture to really tell but it was the only picture I could find of me with my hair out of my face.
I like the reddish look too! I'm feelin' the itch to dye my hair!
This is a little darker then my color of brown and it has a little red in it. This was Jessica Alba's hair. I love her style.
What do you all think? Should I go blond, red or dark brown?? Bangs? :oP I probably will just stick with what I have for now until I'm forced to dye it when the greys start coming in. Unfortunately, it maybe sooner then later... I'm starting to see a few popping up!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Lazy

Sorry, I couldn't help myself. They are just so darn cute! :) Looking at this picture will give you an idea of this past weekend for us. I haven't had too much to blog about this week, which is a good thing. We needed to slow down for a bit.

Friday night was date night with dinner and a movie. Saturday we slept in (well... I did anyway). Then I made an attempt to clean the house but my biggest accomplishment was getting caught up on all the laundry. Ryan spent all day cleaning the Tahoe. That thing is a beast! Even though I would have rather him clean the house, it's nice to have a squeaky clean car to ride around in. If you thought Saturday was lazy, you should have seen my Sunday! I can't even remember what I did! I love those weekends. They seem few and far between. Now, I just need to snap out of this laziness. Any suggestions? I am making brownies at the moment. Maybe that will help... :oP

KC is so lazy that he needs assistance propping up his head to look around.

Well, I guess I am off to go make sure the brownies aren't burning and catch up on all my DVRed shows (since I've been so busy to watch them?). I hope I will have more exciting things to blog about soon. You could come visit me and then I could blog about you. Just a thought. :)

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

*This is a post from my husband Ryan. It's his first blog entry ever! He's pretty good at it. He might have to guest blog more often. ;)*
Happy Father's Day Dad!
Harlan, Ryan & Graham at Ryan's batman themed birthday party in college.
I was a little early when I wished you happy fathers day over the phone a week or two ago, so here is round two. I have never blogged before... but I thought this was a good one to start with.

You are the "best" dad in the world, and I just want to say thanks for everything. It would be a long list if I tried to name each thing I am thankful for over the last 26 years, so I will just name a few.

Thanks for...

Life
Teaching me how to farm
Encouraging me to think outside the box
Supporting my head while I slept on long combine rides as a kid
Blowing up M80's and tennis balls on the 4th
Introducing me to my faith
Working so hard daily to provide for our family
Being there whenever I need to talk
Playing trumpet in the band
Pointing me towards DU
Always believing in me
Singing Christmas carols with me while running at 5:30 in the morning
Laughing so hard on the golf course (sand greens)
Setting an example for marriage

I could go on forever Dad. You really are the "best" dad in the world! Thank you and Happy Father's Day. Love you!

- Ryan

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Sally's Home!!

Sorry, this is not the Show Us Where You Live post. Its been a crazy week, and I haven't created the post yet. I will try and get that up on Saturday.

I have some BIG news... Sally is HOME!!! I haven't been able to post on it until today, but she got back from Europe this past weekend. Everybody is beyond excited and was really ready for her to come home. She was missed dearly. Unfortunately, Ryan & I couldn't be there to greet her because we were in New Mexico, but we were there in spirit.

She has been gone a long time with studying abroad in Italy since January, and then when school was over in May, she traveled all over Europe for 6 weeks with some good friends. We couldn't be more proud of her but are so glad she is home. I don't think we will let her be gone that long again, ever! We need our Sally!

I got these pictures from Ryan's parents. This is Emily (older sister) hugging Sally.
Sally & her dad, Harlan
Sally & her momma, Susan
Taking it all in that she is actually home.
Sally, we can't wait to see you over the Fourth of July! I want to bake chocolate chip cookies with you! We are so glad you made it home in one piece. LOVE YOU! XOXOXO

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

New Mexico Day Three

On our last day in New Mexico, we started off with a fabulous breakfast that was provided by good friends of the Norton family. Their cabin was gorgeous as well.
To the left is Kenneth's dad, Don, and in the middle is Ken's cousin, Joey. Joey is a junior at Kansas State University right now. All three of these men are DU's. Do you see a pattern? :)
Victoria (on the left) used to be roommates with Ken. She was also on Mortar Board with Ken & Ryan. She is currently a teacher in Kansas City but will be leaving for Virgina shortly to pursue her masters.
Dereck (on the right) was also roommates with Ken as well as being a DU with him. He currently lives in Kansas City as well.
Jon & Erica- currently in Kansas City (Jon was a roommate and DU too)
The bride & groom. Ken graduated as an Industrial Engineer a few years ago and just left his job at Deloitte in Kansas City to pursue a MBA at UCLA this fall. Melinda is a Physician Assistant working at a Urgent Care facility and just left her job to join Kenneth in Los Angeles, CA where she will find another PA position. They dated 9 years prior to getting married and have known each other since the third grade! Needless to say, this was a long time coming. :)
Ryan & I all grungy.
After we said goodbye to a few people back at the cabins, we headed out to explore the Pecos National Historical Park. You can read about here if you're interested. We got to learn about the history of Pecos while watching a video that was very interesting. Then we went on a hike to check things out for ourselves. The only pueblo still standing is the old church.
Then it started to sprinkle so we decided to head back.
Then it really started to come down so we took off running.
The weather was touch and go all day. After we left Pecos we ventured on to Santa Fe. I've always wanted to see it. Our first stop was at the Miraculous Stairway at the Loretto Chapel. This is a must see when you come to Santa Fe.
Front of the chapel.
The famous stairway. There are many miraculous things about this staircase but the most evident is the fact that it was built with no support system and no nails. It is essentially floating with nothing touching it. It was originally built without any rails. Can you even imagine! Read more about this staircase here.
A picture of a picture before the rails were put on. Looks pretty scary to me.
Ryan admiring the awesomeness of the staircase.
The rest of the chapel.
After that we hit the streets of Santa Fe. I love all the pueblo looking buildings. Everything was so artsy too!
Lots of awesome shops and outside vendors. Ladies, you could do some damage here.
Later, we ventured on to Albuquerque where we were staying the night at a hotel near the airport. We originally wanted to take a tram to the top of a mountain but due to a storm coming in, it was a no go. This is a picture of the line the tram went up on. This was just the first tower. It's goes much MUCH higher then this. Too bad. :( Maybe next time.
Since we were already there we decided to hike up one of the paths near by.
It was an incredible view. I've never really seen a storm roll in like this. You could see forever. In the distance you can even see where it was already raining.
Picture moment!
Melinda & Ken
The storm started to get a little too close for comfort so we hightailed it out of there and went to grab some grub at a local pizza place. It was sad because this was our last meal together.
Kurt, Kelli, Ken, Melinda, Christyn, Tony, Me & Ryan
Ken & Melinda headed back to Pecos while the rest of us went to Apple Bee's to watch the rest of the NBA championships. We were all catching flights out of NM in the morning. Ryan decided he was still hungry and tackled a cookie and ice cream dessert. :) He did have some help with that.
It was one of the best weekends that I have ever experienced. Thanks to Ken & Melinda's gorgeous wedding, and their hospitality with showing us a very special place to them. I will never forget the hilarious moments, lots of laughs and the beautiful places we visited from this trip. I want to go back already but everybody will have to come with!

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