Monday, May 28, 2018

Here and Now: Week 22

Here’s what we did in four everyday lives this week:

We went on a little family trip to Kentucky to play in the park. The splash pad was a winner with both babies!

Elsie and Daddy

On Memorial Day we went to a berry farm to pick strawberries. It was a fun (and delicious) adventure. 

Samuel helped pick and eat. ;)

Elsie also sampled a few bites, and then proceeded to use the rest of the berry as hair conditioner. 

Ta-da! Berries for days!

And a close up, because I sure love that juicy little face.

In Newburgh

Assembly crew

As he screams, “Demo-day!!” . . .

Over the weekend we also went to a drive-in movie. The actual film was the dumbest (NEVER see Show Dogs!) but we enjoyed the experience. Mostly. ;)

Babies and berries 

Loves him some dessert in a “fancy cup” 

Southwest Indiana. So green.

Happy Five Years! Xoxoxo

Corn fields in May

Brent’s last day at the Toyota job site was on Friday. We finished packing our car and cleaning the apartment, loaded up, and began the trip back to Michigan. We rolled into Michigan on Saturday morning. Farewell, Indiana! 

Hello, new apartment! We are hoping to stay for ten weeks in our downtown Ann Arbor home. (We’re subletting from some recent University of Michigan graduates. Our building is geared toward students, so it feels a little like living in a dorm!) We have a lot of cleaning and unpacking to do, but we already think it’s our favorite place yet!

First nap in the new place 

❤️, Molly

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Here and Now: Week 21

Our lives this week:

Until a few days ago, Samuel hasn’t been very interested in coloring. Then one morning he woke up and decided he was going to color a picture for Jon, our “Oregon grandpa” and former landlord. With Jon as his muse, he’s been coloring for hours everyday!

Resting on the lawn after “running the bases”; Samuel likes to pretend he hits lots of home runs

A mom brought a bubble machine to the park; it’s an instant way to make toddler friends!

Double umbrella stroller for the win!

Second time I’ve made this mistake...

So proud of his “BIG load!!!” on the trailer

Pile of babies and a pile of blankets

When Elsie eats markers

Sporting his overalls from Grandpa and Gigi; he insisted on “no shirt”

Picnic lunch at the middle school; school finished on Wednesday here in Evansville 

My friend, Cassey, and I are doing a summer photo project. I haven’t touched my good camera since the day we left Oregon.

Sunbeams and chunky thighs

Did I mention that Brent and I didn’t pack well for summer weather? Doing a quick mall run for a few basics. I haven’t been to a mall since Abu Dhabi!

Saturday afternoon

Although our sweet girl turned 11 months last week, I didn’t snap her picture until yesterday. 

  • She screams for ice cream.
  • Loves to give lots of slobbery kisses
  • Is the slowest eater ever (exception: ice cream!)
  • Has recently become my little baby bookworm; touch and feel books and the “babies” series by Global Fund for Children are her favorites
  • Walks everywhere and climbs everything (which is terrifying, because she can’t seem to figure out gravity)
  • She is our unstoppable Elsie!

❤️, Molly

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Here and Now: Week 20

Here’s what we did in our everyday lives this week:

We had a full week! We moved out of our Monroe house on Saturday (12th) and drove to northern Michigan that afternoon. We stayed with my inlaws until Sunday nap time and then hit the road to move into our new apartment in Ann Arbor. We unloaded, shuffled stuff in our suitcases around, and reloaded our car with all that we thought* we would need for a two week work trip in Indiana. 

Hello/Goodbye! This is our “dorm room” apartment in downtown Ann Arbor. 

Then we drove late into the night to get as far south and as far west as we could. The babies were good little travelers, which was the best Mother’s Day present they could have given me. We made it to the job site on Monday and spent the rest of the week settling into our rental house in Evansville.

*We’re still trying to settle in... I wish we’d packed more of our everyday things, especially  kitchen items!

Samuel showing off his LEGO tower: “Ta-da!” 

Southwest Indiana is green, lush, and full of flowers.

Even the evergreens are sporting new growth. 

Walked her to sleep

Good morning, beautiful flowers!

Stopping to smell the roses 

Living my best life 


... and pinks

We call this row of bricks the “snack spot”. These two cutie babies absolutely love to have a popsicle and watch the neighbors.

Japanese maple?

Busy little bee

Shyly modeling what he calls his “Uncle David” shirt 


A virtual Mother’s Day present hand grown, picked with love, and digitally sent by my dear Jillie. xx

Samuel also calls this his “Uncle David” book. Can you tell he likes his Uncle David, Aunt “Cait”, and their puppy, Watson? (Although he still has a hard time remembering his cousin, Millie.) :)

❤️, Molly