I got so preoccupied with getting the family weekend pictures posted, that I forgot about the photos we took at our nephew’s first birthday party! So, here’s a belated post to wish our sweet nephew Hudson a very happy birthday!
Since we were multitasking the family reunion at Lake LBJ with handing out Team Sherry t-shirts, I figured why not also throw in a baby shower on the same weekend for good measure? We do, after all, have Griffin and Lauren’s new baby girl to celebrate! So, Saturday night was all about Baby Dayton. Well, Baby Dayton and bees. I’ve always wanted to throw a bee themed baby shower, and this seemed like a great time to give it a try!
Now the food! Which of course, I had to stick to the bee theme when coming up with ideas! I LOVE a good theme. I will not let you leave a party without making sure that theme is beat into every aspect of your consciousness. After all, the fun is often in the details.
Honey Vinaigrette Orzo Salad from Everyday Italian with Giada. (I don’t love mint in my food, so I substituted with more basil)
So, we took a bunch of photos of Griffin and Lauren opening Dayton’s gifts. However, it really takes a very special photographer to get good present opening pictures. Andy and I are not said special photographers. I always find it hard because people are usually looking down, talking amongst themselves, and awkwardly gesturing. So, I thought it would be best if I didn’t post those pictures. How about a cute one of Hudson as his parents open his new sister’s gifts instead?
And because that one was a little dark and grainy, how about this one?
We are so excited for Griffin, Lauren, and Hudson. They will soon have one more darling member to add to their family. And we are even more excited to meet our baby niece!!
And there you have it, one action packed family weekend at Lake LBJ. You can check out some more of the pictures we took by clicking here.
Cancer is a big scary unhappy topic. Though it may sound macabre, it is also what keeps me employed. Being in the research department, it means I scan through a lot of patients everyday looking for matches to the clinical trials that we currently have available. Often from the background, I get the chance to mourn with the sad stories, rejoice with the survivors, and cheer on the fighters that are still in the midst of their battles.
My view on cancer took a sudden twist last January when we learned that Andy’s mom has been diagnosed with metastatic melanoma. The last few months have been rough and the next several months may be tougher yet as they pursue more treatments and options.
I truly believe that a good attitude can make a difference in so many things, even when it comes to fighting a frightening beast like cancer. So, Andy and I wanted to help his mom remember how many people are out there cheering for her, wishing her luck, and hoping for the best for her.
With that said, Cathy and I started brainstorming ideas for a “Team Sherry” t-shirt. We decided to focus on something to do with roses, since Sherry’s maiden name was Rose and the entire family has had an affinity for roses for…well, close to forever. Eventually, we came across the phrase, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” from the musical, Gypsy, by Stephen Sondheim. The idea was distributed amongst family and friends, t-shirts were printed, and photos were sent back to me of everybody in their t-shirts.
The first big chance we got to show off our shirts was at the family reunion lake trip (as you may have seen from previous pictures). But the idea was to collect as many photos as possible and place them in a picture frame for Sherry to see whenever she’s feeling discouraged or weak. Since the picture frame was successfully delivered to Sherry last weekend, I thought I’d post the pictures here for everybody else to see too.
There you have it. Love, support, and happy thoughts from all around the country. I’m not sure how to end a post like this, so I’ll leave you with a few lyrics from Everything’s Coming Up Roses and a performance from the great Angela Lansbury.
You’ll be swell! You’ll be great!
Gonna have the whole world on the plate!
Starting here, starting now,
Honey, everything’s coming up roses!
For several years, Andy and I had talked about trying to get his family together for a non-Christmas/non-Thanksgiving outing. But life always seemed to get in the way of actually planning such a trip. About a month ago, Andy and I finally organized a weekend lake trip for his family. We searched a few different lakes in the area, but decided on Log Country Cove at Lake LBJ right outside Georgetown, TX. Several of our friends stayed there previously and raved about their experience. (Thanks Adam and Jenny for the suggestion!) So, we decided to give it a try!
The beautiful rental house slept 14 with a giant kitchen and a lovely pool in the backyard. It was perfect for a family filled weekend, full of eating, drinking, talking, lounging, napping, swimming, sunbathing, and just having what I hope was a great time!
So, in total we had twelve adults, two babies, and seven dogs. It was a rowdy house filled with laughter and happy memories. And I hope it’s the first of many family outings in the years to come! And yes, I’ve got more pictures and descriptions to post in the next few days, but this will have to do for tonight!
With all the hectic traveling in May, I completely forgot to post the pictures we took for Mother’s Day 2014. It was a crazy weekend with Andy in class Friday night and all day Saturday. But we filled ourselves with coffee, packed up the puppies, and drove down to Austin in time to celebrate on Sunday!
And we certainly couldn’t celebrate Mother’s Day in Austin without stopping to see Grandma Trommer too!
So, there you go! I may be late in posting the pictures, but I am still hoping that all the moms in our lives know that they’re loved, respected, and cherished all year round not only on Mother’s Day!
I love Kansas, and I always will. With that said we, unfortunately, usually only make it up to Kansas City once a year. It’s just not a very entertaining drive! But this year, we saved up our pennies (and miles) and just took a flight to MCI instead. Problem solved! So many things to do, so many dear people to see, and plenty of food to eat! Picture it, Memorial Day Weekend 2014…
Usually, we mooch off of family members or friends for lodging in Kansas. But for this trip, Andy had enough hotel points that we were able to stay in the Crown Center Westin. It was a fancy treat with a fantastic view of downtown!
The next day was packed to the brim with amazing memories and fun times! Looking at all the photos now makes me so happy but also just a little bit tired!
Next off? We managed to get tickets to the Boulevard Brewery tour. Andy has always had a fondness for Boulevard and we’ve never been able to go on the tour! So, how thrilled were we when we FINALLY fit it in our KC schedule? Really Very Thrilled!! **Hint: If you also want to check out the Boulevard tour, get there EARLY. There is definitely a line and they definitely run out of tickets quickly. We got lucky because they added extra tours for Memorial Day weekend.
After many tiny beers, it was time for the big event! It doesn’t seem to matter how much time we’re in Kansas, it never seems to be enough! We have so many wonderful friends that we want to see that I’ve started just inviting everybody to one big event. This year? A fun evening at the T-Bones minor league baseball game, tailgate included!
What a fantastic evening, one that I’ll always remember. We are so lucky to have such loving friends and I truly feel blessed. I only wish we could see everybody more often!
There you have it! Another fantastic trip to Kansas City come and gone. We already miss everybody tremendously and we’re thinking about the next visit! I have a few more pictures posted in our gallery, if you’d like to take a look!
The last installment of our Seattle trip! Hey, it’s not my fault Seattle is so awesome it warranted three different posts and over one hundred pictures. (Not everything was worth posting, but that’s still a lot of photos to comb through!)
Let’s start with one of my favorite oddities that we saw during Seattle trip, the cat man. We were just meandering around downtown Seattle when we saw this fellow, dressed in an amazing ensemble of leather vest, coon skin cap…and some furry animal perched on his shoulder. Andy was convinced it had to be a stuffed animal. But no, cat man is much too awesome to use a fake prop!!
In the slightly more normal universe, I also got the opportunity to meet up with an old high school friend that now lives in Seattle. It’s been over ten years, but it’s always nice to catch up with friends! Glad to see that Kristin’s doing well and enjoying Seattle (and yes, I’m supremely jealous that she gets to call Seattle her home.)
This is absolutely not in chronological order, but we also went to Golden Gardens Park north of downtown Seattle in the Ballard district. It is an absolutely fantastic park! Perfect walking trails through lush forests AND a beautiful beach. It’s a very strange but wonderful mix of environments. It definitely made us wish for a lazy afternoon with our dogs and a fun picnic lunch!
After all this wandering around everyday, we obviously had to find some tasty lunch spots! One of our many favorites was Capitol Cider, a real cider bar!
We were also lucky enough to get a patch of sunshine so we could venture to the Olympic Sculpture Park. It was perfect for our last afternoon stroll in Seattle. We loved spending time enjoying the art and the scenery before heading home.
And this was our favorite piece, named Love & Loss. It took us a second to find all the pieces…but here it is with a couple additions.
There you have it. Three days in Seattle. And there’s still so much left to explore! I have a long list of places that I’d like to return to someday and Seattle is definitely high on that list! Even though I’m still working to blog back up to the present, fun stuff just keeps right on happening. That’s certainly nothing to complain about, but I do promise to catch up someday! In the mean time, you can peruse the rest of the Seattle pictures that I’ve posted by clicking here.