Monday, April 23, 2012

Good Genes

See those 2 beautiful women, I am blessed to be in their gene pool. My beautiful grandma is 90 years old and doesn't look a day over 70 :) My mom is in her upper 50's (I will try to be a little discrete for you mom) and doesn't look a day over 40. They have both aged so gracefully and welcome each birthday, never worrying about the number. Maybe that is part of the reason I was excited to turn 30 a few months ago.

Today my parents took my grandma to Disney, tonight my family lands in Orlando. Steve and I have a conference this week, then Saturday the whole Wiens clan heads to the beach for 1 week. It is one of my favorite weeks of the whole year. Since I live half-way across the country from my parents and brother's families, I cherish our time we are all together under one roof. This year Grandma gets to come with us, which I am so thankful for because at the ripe age of 90, her summers are getting limited. We head to the beach as a family every summer (this is the 4th annual Wiens family beach vaca) we are going a little earlier this year and hopefully the island will be a little quieter too. So if you don't hear much from me for awhile, I will be enjoying family and Florida's sunshine.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Group, Turkey, Faces

Here is a hodgepodge of pictures

Our community group had a bonfire last night to end the semester. Our group was a new group this semester, mostly everyone had never been a part of a group at ICCC before. It was fun connecting new people.

Chris and Crystal own the Coffee shop downtown Olathe, if you are near there stop in and say Hi!

This was the small fire (before it was lit)

The BIG fire

Buster was excited for the BIG fire
This morning, my stud of a husband was up before the sun, providing meat for his family, literally. 

Since we had the camera out for a dead turkey, I thought I would get some breakfast pictures of these turkeys (not at all to be compared to a dead animal)

Sister is so enjoyable right now. Her brain captures so much. She surprises me everyday with something new. She loves sharing things she learns at school. She has such a sensitive heart for others, constantly praying for people we know who are sick. She is very observant, you can't sneak anything past her. She is a strong personality, flexing her free will often. I love having independent children, but almost to fault, she things she can do everything adults do. She isn't very athletic right now, actually almost clumsy. Being that Steve and I are both pretty athletic, we hope this is a stage, but all her friends seem to be more fluid in their movement than her. We actually had her hearing checked recently because she has asked me "why I am talking so quietly?" and seems to fall often, which both can be back to hearing and balance. Her right ear failed the initial screening so we have to go back and get it checked further. She hasn't had long-term hearing, as the girl is so verbal that she has heard fine before. She might have fluid or wax, we will see what the audiologist says.

Sister licking her breakfast cereal

Her nose curl smile
Just a quick shot of daddy at 3 years old for a comparison

Buster is cracking me up right now. He is 16 months and his personality is shining through. I have a feeling he will be the life of the party kind of guy. He is a joker, laughs all the time, and loves people. He doesn't say too many "real" words, but talks all the times and get his point across. He loves using silverware for meals, his favorite thing to say is "Uh-Oh." He just started saying day-day (supposed to be pay-pay) for sister. He is a lover, cuddles then runs away. He loves balls, cars and wrestling. He thinks it is funny to run in the middle of the street, so we will be playing in the backyard a lot this summer. He is a climber, that boy climbs on everything. He loves his big sister (gives her hugs and kisses) and tries to keep up with her.  

Sunday, April 8, 2012

He has Rised, He has Risen Indeed!

Easter is such a day of celebration!
I am thankful for Christ's ultimate sacrifice and resurrection, allowing me to have a relationship with my creator.

Today was an amazing day. Great services this morning. Steve preached a sermon that was right on for Easter. Check it out HERE (it isn't currently up, but should be up real soon).

We had a few friends (who like us, don't have family in the area) over from brunch. 
Here are too many pictures

Sister and E-man searching for eggs (all the little kids were asleep, so they got a lot of eggs)

Checking out her loot

Checking out his

Mindy, Matt and baby ? coming in August

The Zimmers and baby girl arriving in June

The youngest guest of the day, Maddox a whopping 5 days old!

Maddox's daddy and mommy (Jason and Chelsea)

The McNeils

This was the girls first time in our backyard :)

Buster woke up after the party was almost over and again was obsessed with opening 1 egg

The little ones got their own hunt after nap time.

The only reason this picture is included is to show that I spend 20 minutes curling my hair and my daughter wakes up everyday with the wild mess that I love!

I would love to live near family, but I am so thankful for friends that are like family to share the day with.

Thursday, April 5, 2012


We have had amazing weather here in Kansas, especially for March (this post was written over a week ago). When it is nice here, I literally want to live outside. We go out as much as we can. With this weather I want to spend some quiet time out in nature. I considered a few places to go, but started dreaming too. 

Steve has the desire to live on land one day. He grew up on land and loves the freedom (and even the work) that is brings. I grew up in a subdivision and we often joke about different things with each other relating to those different upbringings.  Maybe it is his dreams rubbing off on my, but I have started thinking about living on land. We know that reality would be probably 10 years away (for financial and relational reasons) but it is fun to dream.

I have the dream of designing my own house. He picks the land, I design the house. Currently I only have a few priorities for my house. I really don't want a huge house, that is a lot to clean. I want a good use of space. The kitchen, mudroom/laundry room and outdoor living are what I dream about. 

In regards to outdoor living, I would love a front porch, a sunroom (enjoy the outside year round), and back porch/deck. I want my back-yard to be my oasis, my place I go to enjoy the outdoors. I probably will have to recruit my mother-in-law who grows gardens that belong in magazines to help. 

Dreaming of Sun Rooms
 (I apologize for the weird formatting)

Dreaming of a deep front porch

Dreaming of Backyards

A girl can dream