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Dec 27 2013

Christmas

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For the second year in a row, we cut our own Christmas tree and the kids helped to decorate it. We opened a few presents on Christmas Eve (and promptly had a karaoke contest), had surf-n-turf for dinner and made cookies before turning in and hoping Santa would make a stop at our house. The next morning was full of giggles and joy for everyone. Thank You Nana and Opa for your visit!

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Oct 31 2013

Halloween

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We did our usual “Trick or Treat” event in downtown Naperville and good thing we did….because the actual night of Halloween was very wet and cold. Opa also came out to visit around that time and we treated him to his first Pumpkin Patch ever!

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Sep 09 2013

Our last summer adventure

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We were very lucky to have the opportunity to spend the last summer weekend with some great friends at Kentucky Lake….in a house with a fishing dock, fire pit and beautiful patio.

Sophie and Clay got their very own kane poles…and both caught fish! We roasted s’mores, played a lot of corn hole, Uno & Monopoly, swam in the lake, saw the most accurate replica of the Pinta Ship every made and rented a pontoon boat for a day. Oh, and we saw Hoover Dam too!

Thank you Kirbergs for an awesome weekend!

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Aug 27 2013

A beach house in Duck

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We celebrated the end of the summer by meeting up with some dear friends and renting a beach house in Duck, NC. We woke up to the sound of the ocean, had our coffee/tea/cereal on the deck and our toes were in the sand every morning by 8am. Our daily agenda was body surfing, swimming to the sand bar, building sand castles, going back in for lunch & naps….rinse and repeat. There were some fishing excursions, hot tubbing, a trip to play mini-golf and lots of laughter and being silly together!

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Jun 21 2013

Our very own, very first – Fruit & Vegetable Garden!

Published by Tina under The Family,The Place

One of our favorite parts of our new house is the backyard. I love seeing the kids run around, play ball, splash in their pool, dig for worms, learn about composting and just be outside!

Our backyard also came with a fenced in garden area that we immediately wanted to turn into our very own growing patch! We thought it’d be fun for the kids to be involved in prepping the soil, planting the seeds, taking care of it and then of course, harvesting the fruits of their labor. Clay might still be a bit young for this new adventure but Sophie was thrilled when we told her about it.

She and Brad have spend countless hours pulling out weeds, taking out rocks, tilling the soil, deciding what to plant, what will go where, making signs and then planting the seeds.

We’ve had a good amount of rain and with Sophie’s daily “grow veggies, grow!” talks, we’ve been able to see great results. We’ve had a ton of our own spinach (used in salads and our morning smoothies) and the jalapeno peppers are delish too! Sophie is really looking foward to the strawberries and I can’t wait to have some squash, zuchini and kolrabi.

Here are some pics to what we started with a few months back, to last night…..

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May 13 2013

Kentucky Derby

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Growing up in KY, we’d always talked about how great it would be to one day go to the Derby. The opportunity never really presented itself and since we always have such a great time hosting our own Derby Party, we were happy to be surrounded by our closest friends, eating homemade pulled pork, Derby Pie and Mint Juleps and cramming into our TV for the fastest 2 minutes in sports!!

But that all changed about a month ago.

One of Brad’s passion projects is to create a vibrant film community in the Bluegrass so that students in the mid-west (especially in KY), aren’t forced to leave the state to pursue their film career goals. To this cause, Brad serves as a member in the KY Film Commission and recently led a meeting where film educators from all over the state attended to brainstorm strengths, opportunities and weaknesses currently experienced by the state. The meeting was a big success and a few days later, the Film Commissioner called Brad to thank him for his service…..and invite us to be part of the Governor’s Derby weekend activities!!!

We were absolutely thrilled and honored. The entire weekend was an incredible experience and one I don’t think either of us will ever forget.

We joined the Governor and the First Lady at their mansion on Friday Night, for a black-tie Derby Gala dinner. The next day, we boarded the train that takes the Governor, his family, his team members and a few other invited guests from Frankfort to Louisville. Once we arrived at Churchill Downs, we were brought into a beautiful grand ballroom, where we could watch the races from Millionaires row.

From the food, to the police escort, to seeing the inside of the mansion, to riding on the train and singing karaoke with the Governor…..it was just an absolutely fantastic weekend and we just felt to appreciative of having been invited.

A big Thank You to Mom-Mom, Pops and my friend Angela for taking Clay & Sophie while we were away. I know the two of them had a great time with you and we so appreciate you allowing us the chance to have this experience!

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May 08 2013

Spring Break

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We wanted to speed up spring a little so took a trip to Venice FL to visit Nana & Opa for Easter. The kiddos spent a ton of time in the pool, at the beach and of course, hunted for Easter eggs. We also spent a day at Myakka State Park where we ran in endless open fields, saw an aligator and climbed up a tree house…with a giant tree swing!! It was a super fun visit and we loved being able to get some quality family time in!!

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Apr 17 2013

And some fun in the snow

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Apr 17 2013

And our big family Christmas in Kentucky

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Apr 17 2013

Our family Christmas in Naperville

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