The Last Few Weeks

The last couple of weeks have flown by! So much so that I forgot to document them. The weather has been really nice – we even got two legitimate Midwest-style thunderstorms – but it looks like fall is at our heels and will come in this week with a vengeance. I’m guessing it will be short-lived, though. We just returned from a long weekend in the Oregon wine country {more on that soon…} and we are looking forward to quite a busy week ahead!

This week we are celebrating Carrie’s 30th birthday, working hard {big news!: Alex got a VERY exciting promotion at his job… I know he won’t be happy with me for boasting about that but I don’t much care. He is an exceptionally hard worker and I know he is very talented at his job and I am grateful that his team is using this promotion to recognize his accomplishments.}. We will also be welcoming Alex’s parents who are coming for an extended visit beginning this weekend. Summer isn’t over yet – we’ve still got a lot of fun things on our docket. But for now, here’s what we’ve been up to over the last few weeks…

{I am in half-marathon training mode now... I had a beautiful landscape while on my 8 mile run last week and I can only hope for the same view for this week's 9 mile run. I have been having some issues with my IT band and hip flexors. My friend Ryan, a physical therapist, gave me some stretches and exercises to do and they seem to be helping so far.}

I am in half-marathon training mode now… I had a beautiful landscape while on my 8 mile run last week and I can only hope for the same view for this week’s 9 mile run. I have been having some issues with my IT band and hip flexors. My friend Ryan, a physical therapist, gave me some stretches and exercises to do and they seem to be helping so far.

{Our good friends Ryan and Mary are expecting twins in December! They hosted a gender reveal party a couple weeks ago to share the exciting news that they'll be having two boys!}

Our good friends Ryan and Mary are expecting twins in December! They hosted a gender reveal party a couple weeks ago to share the exciting news that they’ll be having two boys!

{Gender reveal cuteness!}

{Gender reveal cuteness!}

{Carrie and me with the mama to-be! We are excited to be hosting Mary's baby shower together in October.}

{Carrie and me with the mama to-be! We are excited to be hosting Mary’s baby shower together in October.}

{We had a great day in the sun at a recent Sounders soccer game.}

{We had a great day in the sun at a recent Sounders soccer game.}

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{These two crack me up more and more each day. We have become quite lax in allowing Jackson on the bed because it doesn't seem to bother Henry too much. I am not enjoying having to wash our quilt more often, but there are worse things to whine about...}

These two crack me up more and more each day. We have become quite lax in allowing Jackson on the bed because it doesn’t seem to bother Henry too much. I am not enjoying having to wash our quilt more often, but there are worse things to whine about…

{My freshman and sophomore year roommate from Iowa State came to visit us last week! We had such a great time catching up with Rachel and reminiscing about the "good old days" of college. Rachel, Alex and I all met on the same day, so we've got a lot of history together!}

My freshman and sophomore year roommate from Iowa State came to visit us last week! We had such a great time catching up with Rachel and reminiscing about the “good old days” of college. Rachel, Alex and I all met on the same day, so we’ve got a lot of history together!

{The three of us! It was so good to catch up :) }

{The three of us! It was so good to catch up 🙂 }