Saturday

Happily Ever Morris: Wedding

Dreams are the beginnings of realities. 
-unknown

Indy to Vegas for a layover, a cancelled flight and then FINALLY a connecting.
Waking to gorgeous California.
Chicken Enchillada Omelet, yes!
On our way, hubs and I, to the mountain wedding. 
at this point i'm beyond excited!!
Blue sky day.
The ceremony setting. Just gorgeous.
Mr. and Mrs. Morris, first dance.
Side yard view beside the coffee bar/dinner line.
Mother of the groom, Cindy.
Cindy, Mother of the groom, and I. Such a beautiful 'IG love story' that brought us together.
Fairy tale outdoor wedding...

A few years ago I made a blog friend, Cindy. I admired her parenting and joy for life. We connected each week for awhile through a fun blog link up called 'instafriday.' Then IG became popular and we followed each other. 

Shortly after I started IG I had another blog friend, Erin, start to follow me. I had admired her and her blog as she blogged about life (from a Christian perspective) as a twenty something and followed her too. About a year or so later Cindy posted musical YouTube links on IG of her son Daniel. I remember sitting on the couch in our great room watching the videos when I had the thought Daniel and Erin would be a perfect match. I prayed about it and waited for just the right time to say something. Fast forward a couple months to December 2013. I was packing to head on a family ski trip. I scrolled through Instagram and saw my friend Cindy had posted a pic of three of her sons with a caption saying something to the effect of, these three are heading to ice skate...if they come home single...I thought, now is the time to say something! So on a comment in Cindy's feed I tagged Erin saying I'd been wanting to mention to her Daniel was available...then I waited. We headed out on our family travels to CO. Cindy direct messaged me: who is this gal?? Your neice?? She's a knock out. And a beauty inside/out. I responded how I 'knew' her through blogging and so forth and that I would direct message Erin to see what she thought. And really I wanted to reiterate I wasn't teasing and or being flippant when I made that suggestion. Erin responded and the rest is history.�� Today they became Mr. and Mrs. Morris. It's a dream come true for each of them and we are so happy for them. 

xoxo,

(a link to Erin's blog telling how they met: here)
(a link to Erin's blog telling about their engagement: here)

Sunday

10 on 10 :: May 2015

How fun that my favorite monthly photo day also falls on Mother's Day! So ten photos over ten(ish) hours capturing the beauty in our ordinary:
The golden hour with my baby; the first one up!
The perfect spot (the door to my coffee mugs) for my magnet flower gift from the mister. (He was SO proud!)
Love notes and hugs.
We have a snoozer on my right, a fidgeter on my left, a teen that takes the prize for most well behaved, and hubs. (Our oldest wasn't feeling well this morning and missed services.)
A Happy Mothers Day surprise we put on Nana's front porch. (Sweetest watering can of planted flowers that she wanted.)
Late country club buffet lunch with Nana/Mom. Everything she does is beautiful.
After lunch feeding the swans. (Ice chips.)
Back porch shenanigans.
All I wanted was a day of kindness towards all from my family (they only had to be reminded a couple of times;)) and  time to finish planting my flowers.
Before dinner lego assembly. 

What a nice day. Hope you all enjoyed this Mother's Day.

xoxo,






Saturday

our week

Here's a look at our week through the eye of my cell phone. It was a beautiful spring week with lots of evenings outside with the exception of Tuesday evening our middle schoolers lacrosse game was cancelled due to lightening. Thankful for an unexpected evening at home with the family. :)
Friday: our race day pics came + our awards! Hubs got third place in our 5k race and I got first in our division of 40-43 year olds. It was our first time to race in the same division and will be our last for a couple years now as hubs has a birthday this month. So fun!!!

Saturday: game day for our middle school lacrosse guy! He scored his first goal of the season, turned to the stands and with his fist up in the air yelled, "that was for my mom!" Aww!
Sunday: movie Funday! Hubs and the others are seeing Avengers while I'm taking the littles to Mall Cop 2. (This was Nicholas's second time to see it and he gives it two thumbs up!)
Monday: pretty little hosta transplant from my flower bed to flower pot! (I had wanted to do this last season but didn't get to the hosta in time...they are hard to dig out once they grow a bit!)
Tuesday: (no pic! I had a spa day getting wedding ready. SO excited...more on that later.)
Wednesday: first grade field trip to the park. We had a beautiful day hiking, visiting the nature center and picnicking. (My last first grade field trip. Happy/sad.)
And also on Wednesday...
Mother's Day Dessert with my girlie. The third grade really does a nice job making Momma's feel extra special at this dessert. The kids each stood before the class reading something they had written about their moms. My favorite line: "my mom can do anything because she knows God." Too sweet!!
Thursday: a little after school shopping for girlie and I while brother reads. (Girlie volunteered to bring in treats for school for a day without shoes and was looking for treat toppers. She found cute flip-flops.)
Friday: an after dinner bike ride around the water, to the park for some swinging and then home with a little fall for my mister as we had about a fourth of our bike ride to go. We had to call oldest brother to come pick him up and middle brother finished out the bike ride with me. 

Happy weekend!!

xoxo,

our week

This was a full week as I anticipate each of them to be now leading to the end of the school year! 
Friday: our no school kayak adventure
Saturday: the senior banners are hung for lacrosse (wish that was Hershey!)
Sunday: after church lunch at Ted's + a great quote!
Monday: the framed prints are back and hung! (I love!)
Tuesday: beautiful sunset as hubs and I head home from a meeting
Wednesday: a little after school book store browsing with the mister and girlie; these are on his wish list! (He can't get enough of the 'I Survived' books just like his middle brother was at his age.)
Thursday: market day and fresh flowers for the mantle 

Friday: yay! A lacrosse game to watch and over night guests for our oldest.

xoxo,

Sunday

Jr/Sr formal

Friday evening was our seniors last Jr/Sr. The dinner/program was downtown at the Eiteljorg Miseum with an after party at The Hawthorns Country Club. We were thankful to have gorgeous blue sky weather as it rained all day/eve on Saturday. (For each of our lacrosse games!)
Handsome and ready to go.
The years have flown! 
Cutest!
The group before heading downtown.
Lax Bros + Syd.
Winners of the best shoes in the house. ;)
The guys. 
��

xoxo,

Saturday

our week

A look back at our week through the eye of my cell phone:
Friday: my MOST favorite sign at the packet pick up for hubs and I 5k race
Saturday: a look back at the finish line after I finished; a gorgeous run and a personal best for hubs and I!
Sunday: helping our oldest align the candles just right to take to his girlfriend's later that eve and ask her to jr/sr
Monday: the trees are greening up; hello spring in the Midwest!
Tuesday: our sweet boy came in from playing outside with a knot in his shoe. He prayed, untied the knot and went back out to play.
Wednesday: picking out a mirror for above the mantle (I'm ready to hang something I don't have to change with every season.)
Thursday: new sandals for girlie; her first 'heels.' :)
Friday: no school today; our first day out on the water...to the ice cream shop!
Jr/Sr :: the cutest!
And a pretty little dinner party hubs and I went to while our oldest was at Jr/Sr

xoxo,
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