Field Day 2016

selah_candace_rose_FieldDay_01A couple of years ago, Jordan wanted to have a field day with his cousins, which has started a wonderful tradition. This was the Third Annual Russie Field Day. Cousins, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, and Grandma were in attendance. selah_candace_rose_FieldDay_02There were some non-water races and then water joined the fun. It was super hot out, so the water was a welcomed addition. selah_candace_rose_FieldDay_03J4 and I played spectators, since he was too young and someone had to keep him from falling face-first into the pool (again). He didn’t seem to mind too much since he received his own little J4-safe pool and he got to eat lunch in his pool! selah_candace_rose_FieldDay_04 selah_candace_rose_FieldDay_05 selah_candace_rose_FieldDay_06There were also some side sand-games, played by Sam and Tyler before they joined in the water games. These games were cake making and hole digging. selah_candace_rose_FieldDay_07 selah_candace_rose_FieldDay_08One one the funnest games to watch was a summer spin on Duck, Duck, Gray Duck. It goes Drip, Drip, Dump and involves dripping and pouring water and chasing. It was hilarious to watch! selah_candace_rose_FieldDay_10Field Day always concludes with snacks, and this year there was also grilled pizza!

Silly Visitors

This was the last visit The Three J’s made to Minnesota…before they MOVED HERE!!!! It was a short visit, but we packed a lot of laughs in. It was warm enough to play games outside, and when Ryan came after classes, the boys had fun riding on his shoulders around the yard (they called these rides ‘neck rides’).

Jordan Judah Jacob playing outsideJordan Judah Jacob Ryan Shoulder Rides Jordan had some studying for his math test coming up, which Grandma had fun doing with him. While he was doing that, Judah piled toys on Kristina’s head and Sam played with Kristin’s hair.Jordan Judah Jacob Tyler Sam playing at Grandmas JudahKatie and The Three J’s drove back to Missouri on Monday to start packing…within a week they were on the road to live in Minnesota!

March of The Three J’s

How blessed we were this year for Katie and the boys to visit Minnesota first in February and then in March! The week was so warm that we shed our coats and sweatshirts and unpacked our sandals.

1Jordan is getting pretty good on the drums and Judah loves to cook! Judah made us scrambled eggs and helped make caramel rolls. Sam and Tyler came over many times to play with their visiting cousins. 2Just like February, March has some birthday to celebrate. 3While in town, it is always important to get the best hair cuts from Aunt Holly!hair cutsWhen the weather is nice and the snow is pretty much gone, where is the best place to find kids? At the park, of course!!parkWe went for a walk. We threw sticks in the river, trying to get them over the ice. The boys tried pulling up a tree. Jacob was so worn out near the end of the walk that he wanted to be carried to the car!walk1 walk2

2014 Year in Photos, Part Two

In the second quarter of 2014, many chapters closed to welcome the start of new ones.


In April, I met Tyler Jay for the first time. And we got (tons of) snow. And I took part in a 100 Happy Days challenge (you can see those photos here, if you wish). In addition to meeting Tyler, the highlight of April was getting together with some girlfriends for a girl’s movie night. Movies were never watched, but good food was eaten and darts were shot.

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One week in May we had snow. Two weeks later the tree in our new backyard had blossomed! My youngest cousin Ryan graduated from high school. A road trip to Michigan to see my best friend Lydia and her kids over Mother’s Day weekend rounded out May with so much happy!

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Oliver was dedicated in June and I spent a lot of time at Springbrook. I got a new haircut just in time to start working at the Operation Christmas Child Regional Office again! Woot for the UMW!

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2014 Year in Photos, Part One

One year is a long time to stay away from posting! It has been fun going through all my pictures from the year and remembering all the good times. So much fun, I wanted to share! Since so much happened I’ve split this into four posts, which will post for the following four Sundays.


We moved in January. And again in February. March was busy setting up the new house, unpacking, staying warm, day-caring dates with Cole and Ada, hanging out with Oliver at church, and trying to not catch whatever nasty bugs were floating around that time of year. This also seemed to be the. coldest. time of year ever! And we still ran around barefooted…but well dressed for jaunts around Minnehaha Falls!

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{Shenanigans} Memorial Day: Foursquare & Food

Spending time with church and blood families playing foursquare and eating grilled meat (!) is a Memorial Day tradition. Plenty of fun to be had!mem1 mem2 mem3 mem4I’ve been messing around with using a prism on photos. Sometimes the effects are neat, but it’s a challenge to use it during a foursquare game! Better stick to … slow moving subjects. mem5