Alive and well
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Alive and well

Several years ago, we planted five apple trees in our yard. And within a few years, they were producing apples. We’ve had a few attacks from Japanese Beetles and plenty of squirrels pillaging for their share, but every year they continue to grow and produce fruit. Since I grew up with apple trees, I love...

The greatest moment
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The greatest moment

Over the past few days, Dallas and I have been at a soccer tournament for his team. And to be honest, it’s been a tough tournament with plenty of learning experiences. On the parent’s side of the field, we really, really want the boys to win, however, we also know that losses can bring the...

Ahhhh….Ughhhh
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Ahhhh….Ughhhh

A few days ago, on a beautiful evening, Ian and I went for a bike ride. The other kids were participating in soccer practices, so we loaded up the bikes and took off on our own exploration. It didn’t take long to hear the birds and squirrels rustling in the woods. There was a river...

That looks amazing
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That looks amazing

Leigh-Ann is incredibly talented at putting together pretty much anything edible. Whether it’s the main course, a snack, or a desert, if her hands have touched it, you can expect your mouth to be watering. This week our kitchen has been brimming with nearly anything that can be concocted with sugar, tastes great, and looks...

Big Doings
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Big Doings

Yesterday, Dallas celebrated his 13th birthday. Time flies! He was too excited to sleep, so he woke up early. He just couldn’t wait to open his gifts and enjoy a day of celebration for him. He and I went out for lunch and Leigh-Ann made him his favorite dinner-tacos and homemade ice cream cake. We...

Goooaaaaallll!
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Goooaaaaallll!

This past week, Sophia and her soccer team traveled to St. Louis for a regional championship. They were scheduled to play a semi-final and then the winners would advance to the final. Due to the weather, the games were squeezed into one day. One game in the morning and the finals in the afternoon. The...

Clearing and cleaning
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Clearing and cleaning

Family dinners are a highlight for our household. Even with plenty of kids and crisscrossing schedules, Leigh-Ann works hard to get us circled around an amazing meal several nights a week. We have a rule that whoever cooks, doesn’t have to clean up, and that leaves everyone else to either slide out of the kitchen...

Drifts
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Drifts

After the past few days, I’m guessing you all might have some stories about the snow. It feels like Minnesota here in Kansas City. But it also feels like Kansas City because in a few days it’s supposed to be 64 degrees again. Nothing explains KC weather like shifting from shorts to snow pants and...

Propane Fire Pit and the Big Picture
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Propane Fire Pit and the Big Picture

Have you ever missed the big picture because you were focused on a particular detail? This past week, the boys and I decided to build a table/bench for a fire pit. I love sitting outside and have wanted a rectangular, propane fire pit in the front of our house ever since I enjoyed the massive...

Tom Brady
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Tom Brady

This past week, the greatest NFL Quarterback of all-time retired. In 22 seasons, Tom Brady won 278 games and 7 of 10 super bowls. He threw for 710 touchdowns and a total of 97, 569 yards (more than 55 miles of completions). He is leaving the game with an incredible reputation for winning. Even at...