Family Photos 2016

Well, there is no hiding that blogging has not been my priority lately. I'm sorry my friends. I hope that just getting an update every now and again is okay. I wish I could promise that I would update more often, but the Homestead definitely is much much MUCH more work than you might expect. And with a toddler on my hands that makes getting anything done a lot more difficult. Recently, we have been trying to get numerous things done around here before winter hits and the holidays arrive. I feel very thankful for my parents who have definitely put their fair share of work into the house and property. I think once we get past living here for the first year we might be able to feel like we have more of a handle on things.

Anyways... onto topics that put a smile on your face! This year, to save a little money we decided to take a stab at doing our own yearly family photo session. And where else? The Homestead! I feel so blessed to live somewhere I love so much and has an infinite backdrop for pictures. It was also nice that we could do them when they were convenient for us and it was much less stressful on Remington since he was in his own element and didn't have a ton of different distractions. Hope you enjoy! We definitely felt that we got a few good ones ;)



























We really wanted to take some in the later fall season when the leaves changed, but with all the rain and wind we've had here our leaves just kind of fell instead of changing much. We'll save those for next year I guess. So looking forward to adding one of these to our photo gallery wall!

Tomato Pickin'

When we moved to the Homestead my Dad brought out four tomato plants and put them in a garden area that the previous owners already had made. I had grand plans of taking care of those little plants, but all the work that needed done around the house took top priority. So those plants had to fend for themselves and that they did. They survived with the very little rain we got for a while and also the big storms that came. And guess what! They grew huge and produced a ton of tomatoes! Going out to check on them became a favorite evening activity for our family.


Daddy and R-man with a juicy tomato! Too bad this puppy was dropped and busted a few seconds after this photo was taken!


See the little R-man making his way out to the tomato patch!


Let's go Roarke! We have tomatoes to pick!


Yes we are so proud of our tomatoes!

We definitely had fun this year with our four little plants! Next year I'm wanting to tackle a much bigger garden. Tomatoes, corn, onions, potatoes, pumpkins! Oh the fun we will have!

Mileage Monday

Running/Biking stats for the weeks of August 29th - September 25th... I don't know if I should even be allowed to have a blog. Talk about falling behind. Uhhhhgggg! Here's a months worth of workout stats! Excited for the change in season and mild temperatures moving in!


Monday, August 29th, 2016 - REST DAY!

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 - 8 mile bike ride with R-man

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 - 9 mile bike ride with Dan and R-man

Thursday, September 1st, 2016 - 6.5 mile bike ride with Dan and R-man

Friday, September 2nd, 2016 - REST DAY!

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016 - REST DAY!

Sunday, September 4th, 2016 - Walked Indy Zoo!


Monday, September 5th, 2016 - Ran 2.5 miles / Stretch

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 - REST DAY!

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 - Ran 2.5 miles / Stretch

Thursday, September 8th, 2016 - 8 mile bike ride with R-man

Friday, September 9th, 2016 - REST DAY!

Saturday, September 10th, 2016 - REST DAY!

Sunday, September 11th, 2016 - Walked Indy Zoo!


Monday, September 12th, 2016 - Ran 3 miles / Stretch

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 - 100 sit ups / 60 push ups

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 - REST DAY!

Thursday, September 15th, 2016 - REST DAY!

Friday, September 16th, 2016 - REST DAY!

Saturday, September 17th, 2016 - Ran 4.25 miles / Stretch

Sunday, September 18th, 2016 - Walked around the Indy Zoo


Monday, September 19th, 2016 - REST DAY!

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 - 6 mile bike ride with Roarke

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 - 4 hours of trimming the paddock fences

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 - REST DAY!

Friday, September 23rd, 2016 - 8 mile bike ride with Roarke

Saturday, September 24th, 2016 - Ran 2.5 miles / Stretch

Sunday, September 25th, 2016 -

Totals for the month : Biked 45.5 miles / Ran 14.75 miles

Lawrence Community Safety Day

Every year the City of Lawrence puts on a Community Safety Day. Obviously it is to help educated the citizens about what their first responders do on a daily basis, but it is also to help build the relationship between the two. Lawrence can be a pretty rough area and the people who live there often have bad feelings toward police, fire, etc.

I have never missed a Community Safety Day because Dan is usually involved in it, but this was R-man's first! We debated on whether or not we would go because the weather was not great. But I knew he would enjoy seeing his Daddy there. So off we went. I so love to see these two together.


R-man with the Fire Truck!


The littlest member of the SWAT Team


Chillin' in the MRAP!


Bike Patrol!


A little overwhelmed!


This boy so loves his animals!


Giving the Police Horse some lovin'!


We got soaked by the rain, but had fun!

They say that police officer and pastor kids usually turn out the worse. This is one of my greatest fears. Having a little kids you have problems, but they are small problems. When they grow up you begin to deal with the bigger problems. I so hope that Roarke grows up to be a good citizen and makes this world better. I hope he grows up to be like his Daddy. He sure looks up to him right now at least. Let's hope that continues throughout his life.

Mileage Monday

Running/Biking stats for the weeks of August 1st - August 28th... Friends, I never meant to go this long without blogging... but it has been an interesting month to say the least that is for sure! It seems like one thing has happened after the other. The biggest obstacle we have faced is my Mom having a bicycle accident that put her in the hospital for a few days and a surgery to repair the damage in the upcoming week. That was extremely scary for me. I'm so thankful that it wasn't any worse.

In other news, my running has definitely slacked off and riding bikes has taken over. Because I have been riding a bike so much I started to develop pain in my wrists and hands. I have read this is pretty normal for novice riders to experience, but still very painful none the less. There were days that I could hardly hold my cup of coffee. During the week that it rained like crazy it was definitely a good break for my hands.

My birthday was this week and you know me I'm thinking about the changes I would like to make in the upcoming year. My main goal is to get back down to my pre-baby weight. This has been a huge struggle for me. I never thought getting the weight off would be this difficult, but its time to start really concentrating on doing so.

Monday, August 1st, 2016 - 6 mile bike ride with Roarke

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 - 2 mile bike ride with Roarke

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 - 7 mile bike ride with Roarke

Thursday, August 4th, 2016 - 6 mile bike ride with Roarke

Friday, August 5th, 2016 - REST DAY!

Saturday, August 6th, 2016 - 2.4 mile run / 7.75 mile bike ride with Dan and Roarke / Stretched

Sunday, August 7th, 2016 - 16 mile bike ride with Dan and Roarke


Monday, August 8th, 2016 - REST DAY!

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 - REST DAY!

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 - 9 mile bike ride with Roarke

Thursday, August 11th, 2016 - 8.1 mile bike ride with Dan and Roarke

Friday, August 12th, 2016 - 5 mile bike ride with Roarke

Saturday, August 13th, 2016 - REST DAY!

Sunday, August 14th, 2016 - REST DAY!


Monday, August 15th, 2016 - REST DAY!

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 - REST DAY!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 - REST DAY... so much rain this week!

Thursday, August 18th, 2016 - Trimmed the paddock fences (3 hours)

Friday, August 19th, 2016 - REST DAY!

Saturday, August 20th, 2016 - REST DAY!

Sunday, August 21st 2016 - 10 mile bike ride with Dan and Roarke


Monday, August 22nd, 2016 - Hospital

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 - Hospital

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 - Home Care

Thursday, August 25th, 2016 - REST DAY!

Friday, August 26th, 2016 - REST DAY!

Saturday, August 27th, 2016 - REST DAY!

Sunday, August 28th, 2016 - REST DAY!

Totals : Biked 76.85 miles / Ran 2.4 miles

Ridin' with Roarke!

Roarke and I's new past time is bike riding! When we lived in town I would take him and Remi for a 2 or 3 mile walk every morning. When we moved I was kind of at a loss because I knew that stroller walks were probably not a possibility. I started looking for bike seats for sale online and boom! I found one for way cheap! Very dirty, but in good shape. We cleaned it up, bought R-man a new helmet, and hooked it up! Just like that we were off and taking adventures together every morning!


R-man hates his new helmet!


Ready for our maiden voyage!


You would think Roarke would smile just a little... of course not!


"Watch the road Momma!"

So far Roarke and I have loved exploring all the country roads that surround us! I love the fact that during an hour long bike ride we usually only see 1 car! We especially like stopping to look at chickens, horses, and cows! Love my little bike riding partner!
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