Tuesday, October 28, 2014


life has been crazy. the last few weeks were harvest, harvest, class, work, harvest. we went straight from work to lucille's and then home in time for bath and bed.
we had a "free" day on sunday that i spent mowing the lawn (better be for the last time this year!!!!!!!!!!), cleaning out my car and doing mounds of laundry.
we also threw in a quick trip to denver to (finally) meet baby kate, who is beyond precious, and a little bit of volunteerism at the pumpkin festival this weekend with hallie.
so now things feel more manageable. i mean, laundry is still out of control, but the yard looks good and my car is clean. and i've finally  met my niece.

Monday, October 13, 2014


friday would have been mike's 60th birthday. it was a hard day, but was a fun night. it got pretty stupid there at the end, which he would have loved.
his son especially, he would have gotten a kick out. actually, both of his kids were in rare form. it was hilarious. HILARIOUS.
driving dave home was the opposite of hilarious. but that's not a story for this blog.
he played drums with madd hoss, and did a beautiful job.
 and guitar too? with lots of crazy feedback at the end. such a rockstar.
and then he played drums with Kentucky Headhunters. and some air guitar too. and commandeered the microphone quite a bit.
and we enjoyed good, good friends and family who came out to celebrate mike's birthday.
he was missed. he should have been on stage playing guitar and laughing at dave. he should have done the talk box weird thing on rocky mountain way.
they brought us all out on stage, mason sound guys and family and dave was supposed to say something appropriately sad and poignant....but that's not how dave rolls.
and anyway, it was a great night.
the end.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


we are down to a simple bandaid! No more wrapping, wrapping, wrapping, hooray!
now, please no more doctors for the rest of the year. our poor hsa has taken a beating this summer/fall.
all is well. the end.

Friday, October 3, 2014

HENRY EATS A CUPCAKE: a story in pictures.

*i found this draft that was supposed to publish on February 18th...last year. and then i thought i hilarious so i'm posting it now. look at that hair!

Thursday, October 2, 2014


we were going strong! harvesting and whatnot! we had help (shout to luke & betsy brass! friends for LIFE, I tell you what), and nothing was breaking down. and then the corn was too moist (sarah loves that word) and then it rained. boo.
that's okay. it's time for a break, right?
in the meantime my mom is coming up tomorrow(!) and we are beyond excited. a visit from mom means donuts and candy, a clean house and she does my laundry and loves on my kids. it's basically the best thing ever.
happy thursday!

Monday, September 29, 2014


started off bad, bad, bad. ended up good, good, good.
it was really, really sad without mike. like, a big crappy reminder of his death. as if we could forget, but man this really shoved it back in our faces.
and then the combine broke down and the semi got stuck and dave was getting really frustrated and i almost broke the tractor. it was so awesome. but we had this great, mature moment where we gave each other lots of grace, accepted apologies and moved on.
it took eight hours to get one load of corn. it was a long day.
but then (!) yesterday went without a hitch. so that's good. and they are in the fields now, so please everyone say earnest prayers that nothing breaks down or gets stuck. please and thank you. your prayers mean so much, you have no idea.
harvest is always my favorite time of year, and definitely henry's. his dedication to the combine is second to none, and my dedication to his dedication is very...dedicated. case in point: it was hot, hot, hot yesterday and the ac is out in the combine. it felt like the pits of hell had opened and were fanning the flames in our direction. i don't know how chad sat in that inferno all day long. IT WAS HOT.
but henry was happy to sit in the heat, occasionally saying, "uncle chad! corn!" and pointing.
i am grateful for this harvest time. it brings us all together. it's hard to miss mike, but it's bearable when we are together.

Friday, September 26, 2014


i am so happy it's the weekend. we have nothing tonight (!) and plans for a fun saturday at the steamshow, every little boy's delight. and then hallie and dave have a father/daughter sleepover with some of our favorites, which should be hilariously interesting.

a note about hallie's finger: it's healing nicely. i would categorize it as a really yucky nail now. the bone will heal on its own and the stiches will dissolve. she has the "cage" around her finger for another two weeks and then she can take it off as long as it's not too sensitive.

a note about henry's potty training: the boy is rocking it. no poops yet, but i'm confident we will be in full-on underwears in a month. A MONTH?! yikes, but yes. he was dry all day yesterday and even told Irma three times that he needed to potty. he figured out how fun it is to pee on tires, grass and gravel, so he doesn't completely have to interrupt his play to take a whiz. he sure does love to play with that thing though, so it's in a constant state of erection. hilariously uncomfortable.
a request: books! i need book recommendations, please! I've figured out how to use our nanny's library card to borrow ebooks from the library. i'm so happy. i'm back into my full-fledged bookworm status, much to dave's dismay :)
happy weekending!