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Monday, January 31, 2011

the City Girl Farm Blogs!

It's my dream come true!  My sis-in-law decided to start a ridiculously fabulous blog.  Go check it out.  It's a must see.
Sally blogs about her inspiring creations and fun ideas.  That girl has more creativity in her little pinky then Ryan & I combined!  I'm excited to be able to keep up with her new concepts and checkout behind the scenes photographs.

Her latest product design was scaling down the original chicken to a more manageable size.  Introducing Chicken Little!  :)

Go here to see her amazing screen printed Valentine Cards.  If that doesn't put you in the mood for V-day, I don't know what will.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Georgia May

We are celebrating an incredible woman's life tomorrow, Georgia May Ebright.
Georgia passed away last Friday surrounded by family at the age of 93.  She lived a long abundant life, and had 5 children.  Can you believe she was still living by herself and driving??  She's incredible.

A week or two after Thanksgiving, she fell in her home and broke her hip. She was transported from her small town to a suburb of Kansas City to be closer to family. There were times we thought she would fully recover over the past few months but we knew she was ready to go. Georgia was missing her husband and wanted to be with him again. 

I was such a delight to know this woman.  She was ornery (I know where Ryan gets it from!), liked intelligent conversations and loved the farm.  She was always so proud of her children and grandchildren.  They were her world.

She definitely had a special affinity towards Ryan.  Who could blame her? :)

This was the last picture I took of her this past Thanksgiving.  I'm so glad it was her son Harlan & grandson Ryan.  She looks so happy.

LYONS - Ebright, Georgia May, 93, passed away Jan. 21, 2011 at the Villages at Jackson Creek in Independence, MO. She was born on March 2, 1917 in Toronoto, KS to Cornelius and Blanche (Bolton) Foster. She lived in Lyons, KS since 1941 as a homemaker. She graduated from Geneseo High School and Emporia Teacher College. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Worthwhile Club, Rice County Historical Society in Lyons, was chosen as a Master Homemaker, and was a former Gray Lady at Lyons District Hospital, She married Forest Wendell Ebright on Nov. 10, 1941 in Geneseo, KS. He preceded her in death on Octy. 21, 2001. Also preceded by a brother, Harlan Foster and a sister, Mary Carr. Survivors include 2 sons, Harlan Ebright of Lyons; Alan Ebright of Wichita; 3 daughters, Beverly Brejcha of Independence, MO; Evelyn Ericson and Elaine Patterson, both of Blue Springs, MO; sister, Christine Zouzas of Ellsworth; 13 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 at the United Methodist Church in Lyons, with burial to follow at the Lyons Municipalol Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the Methodist Youthville or Lyons Public Library in care of Birzer Funeral Home in Lyons, who is handling the arrangements.
 

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Judealicious

Last week we went over to our friend's, Britt & Carly's, house to watch American Idol and have dinner.  I've known Carly since I can remember from growing up in our church together.  We were both pretty involved with all the church had to offer.  It's been so fun reconnecting with her and her family.  We now go to the same church again and are in the same small group.
A year ago in December she had her first baby boy, Jude.  He has got to be the most precious thing!!  I think I took a hundred pictures of this little guy while we were hanging out.  I just can't get over the cuteness.
Britt's in the background and Carly is pushing little Jude on his toy plane.
We all know that this couple would have gorgeous babies but oh man Jude is so stinkin' adorable!
Even Ryan enjoys playing with him and he's scared of babies.  Ha!
One of his favorite things to do is dig through his mommy's purse and pull things out to play with.
Afterwards he will then try to put the purse over his shoulder and walk around.  Melts my heart.

This is a little video clip of Jude dancing on cue when his mom starts singing "Drop it like it's Hot".  Seriously too funny.
(I couldn't get the video to turn right side up!)
Jude from Lindsey Ebright on Vimeo.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Misc. Wednesday

I know that it's supposed to be Misc. Monday but hey, we'll make it work. 

1. Life has been a whirlwind to say the least since we've been back in KC.  It is such a change from our life in Houston but it's a good change, just one I need to get used to.

2.  This cold weather is wearing on me.  I tend to just want to hibernate during the winter months and it takes a lot for me to get out of the house.
I'm wishing we were back here right now.

3.  We've been working so hard on this house and it seems like it will never end! If you have noticed a lack of blogging this would be the cause of it.  I promise to get pictures up soon of the inside of the house.  Even if the rooms are not completely done I can show you the "in progress" pics.  :)

4. It's been a rough couple of months, but our friends and family have made it so worth it.  There's definitely been an adjustment to coming back home, but I'm excited to really get involved with our community and friends again.
(Picture from Kara's Bachlorette party a few years ago.)

Sorry this was a lame blog...  Maybe once I sleep for a month straight I'll be back to normal.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Snowed In

Isn't it ironic that we leave Houston at the very end of an incredibly hot summer just in time for the freezing cold winters in Kansas City??

We experienced our first snow storm of the season a week or so ago.  I didn't get any pictures because it was too cold to stay outside for very long.  :)  I'm still adjusting to this weather.  Well, I bought some new boots just in time for our second snow storm that hit today.  So I was able to brave the weather to snap a few pics.

These were actually from a few days ago.  The snow is still lingering from the first storm.
I thought this was the strangest thing I've seen in awhile!  Isn't that weird to have ducks in the middle of your neighbors yard in the dead of winter??  I don't even think there's water near by. 

I guess they are just getting food from where ever they can at this point. 

Today we got about 4 inches and the weather man said we could get up to another 6 by morning!  It took me an hour and a half to get home from work today when it normally takes me 20 to 25 minutes.   

Poor Ryan has shoveled the driveway 3 times today and it's still this thick!  I'm sure he'll be sore tomorrow. 

Tonight we are snuggling in by the fire, watching a movie and drinking hot coco.  Perfect.

Monday, January 17, 2011

13 Week Walk/Run Program

Ever since high school I've always wanted to be a "runner".  It was relatively easy for me back in the day.  I could not run for months and then randomly whip out a 3 mile run and not be winded, not so much these days...  I ran off and on through college when I felt like it.  It was hard motivating myself to hit the pavement on a regular basis since I wasn't really running with anyone.  Either my friends were running allstars or just walkers.  I always feel in between.  Looking back, I didn't really struggle with weight so I just didn't feel like I needed to work out all that much.  Lazy!!

Since getting married (eating what my husband does), working at a desk (way less active) and some recent health issues I've put on quite a bit of weight.  You would think that once I started putting on the weight I would have done something about it right off the bat.   Unfortunately, I did the opposite and got overwhelmed with it.  It was a vicious cycle of having no energy from not eating the right foods and not working out.  Breaking that cycle has proved to be extremely difficult.  However, I recently have become fed up with my self image and decided I'm going to do something about it. I want to be healthy for my husband and someday our future kids. 

So back to running.  I tried to get back into it last year.  Some of you may remember reading about my 10k experience.  Soon after that I developed horrible shin splints.  I've never really struggled with them before but hey, I'm getting older.  :)  I had to stop running for a long time and then we moved and so on and so forth.  I was over at my girl La's blog and she had mentioned something about the 13 Week Walk/Run Program.  It totally spiked my interested so I had to ask about it. 

The program is a great way to start running or get back into it in a healthy way.  I always start out running faster and farther then I should and get shin splints.  This program alternates walking and running and builds up the running every week.  I've been really encouraged by it and have completed 4 weeks so far.  However, I am still sort of struggling with shin splints, but I think it's my fault for not stretching properly before and after.  I also just finally replaced my shoes.  So I took at week off and will repeat week 4 and continue the program.  I will let you all know how it goes!  So far I would totally recommend it to anyone.  If you've ever wished you could run but didn't know how to start you need to check this out.  I'll definitely keep everyone posted on when I complete the 13 weeks.  You all will keep me accountable.  I'm looking forward to being back in shape.


P.S.  Anyone have recommendations for shin splints?  Stretches you do?  Do any of you wear shin sleeves? Do they help?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Evan & Joannie's Wedding

On New Year's Eve Ryan & I went to his cousin, Evan's, wedding.  We'd never been to a New Year's Eve wedding and it was a blast.  Ryan was one of 10 groomsmen!  Evan and his now wife, Joannie, lived in New York and just recently moved to San Francisco.  So they had friends from all over coming to this wedding.

The rehearsal dinner was held at Lidia's in downtown KC.  It is such a gorgeous restaurant.  Ryan & I looked into having our reception there at one point. 
Adrianne (sister of the groom) & Brent
I had such a cute dress on for the rehearsal but every picture that was taken of me was AWFUL!!  I almost posted one but then saw how large I looked and immediately deleted it.  Boo.

 
The wedding was at the beautiful Country Club United Methodist Church close to the plaza.  I didn't get very many pictures because it was the first freezing night we had in KC.  I was just trying to get to one venue to the other without my tears turning to ice. 
It was such a fun wedding party and Ryan got to do all sort of fun things with the guys the day of the wedding.  Since it didn't start until 7 pm they had some time do goof around.  Joannie had bought these crazy socks for all the guys to wear.  They were pretty excited to show them off.

The reception was held in The Sawyer Room.  You have to go check it out!  My pictures do not give it justice.
 
Cousin Sarah & Sally 

The ceilings were so intricate and had so many gorgeous chandeliers.
This was our center piece at our table.  Other tables had flower arrangements as well.

Love this picture of Harlan.
Jeff & Sarah just recently moved away to Indiana for Jeff's school.  It was so good to see them.

Cousin Alison & Uncle Alan
(You could probably tell that Alison & Sarah are sisters.)
Close shot of Ryan & I
I loved their cupcake "wedding cake".  It was adorable and easy for people to just grab one.  Some of them had little signs on them that meant something to the bride & groom.  Too cute!
Sally & Ryan
Ryan & his dad

I, of course, had to have the cupcake with my sorority letters on it.  :)
Joannie & Evan cutting their mini cake.

Listening to toasts.
The couple's first dance.
Susan & Harlan
We had such a good time and rang in the New Year's with our family.  It will not be a night I will soon forget.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Friendtastic

Over the holidays we were able to see some good friends that came in from out of town.  Brad & Lindsey were in from Houston visiting family so we snuck in a few hours with them.
 Brad, Ryan, Me & Lindsey eating at a local Mexican restaurant.

Then we got to see some good friends that were in town from Bartlesville.  They were able to see our new house and then we grabbed some lunch at the same restaurant we ate at with Brad & Lindsey.  Ha!
(Left to Right)
Janet, Me, Ryan, Eric, Nate, Jordan & Emily

Later in the week, we went over to Lindsey's parent's house to play... Canasta!  
Linds ringing in the New Year with Cooper.  (Ok, so it was a few days after New Years.)

Ryan & I couldn't get over how big Cooper has gotten since we last saw him in Houston.  Ryan's famous quote, "Is he like 200 pounds now?!" 

Since we don't have a dog of our own, we live through Brad & Lindsey.  :)  This picture made me laugh because Cooper totally missed catching the toy but his mouth was wide open!

Their little family. 

Kelsey (Lindsey's little sister) had to jump into a picture with her dog too.

Then all the girls tried to take "the" picture in front of the Christmas tree.  Which of course, is always difficult when my husband it taking the shot.  :) 

Mackenzie, Kelsey,(both are Lindsey's little sisters) Linds & I  
Oh and Kelley, I'm wearing the chicken shirt I got from Sally in these pictures.  Shout out!

The boy picture.  Aren't they just adorable??