First Day…

Alex on his first day of Montessori school…

Sigh…they grow up so fast!

Mom and Dad were just thinking that 20 years ago they both were starting high school (yikes!). Class of ’93 rules!


Farm at the Fair

Last weekend, Alex got to go to the Iowa State Fair with his dad and Grandpa Jay and Grandma Gloria (mom stayed at home because she’s not big with crowds, or noise, or hours of heat and sun exposure…)

Turns out, it was quite a rainy day, so they didn’t get to see as much of the fair as planned. Alex did get to go to the farm exhibit for kids and he really had a blast.

He got to ride a little John Deere tractor and fill it up with biodiesel…

Collect eggs, and milk the cow!

In exchange for doing his farm chores, he got a “dollar” to use to buy a prize at the general store.

The food…

The Iowa Egg Council gave out boiled eggs on a stick!

My favorite tree

We’ve got over twenty trees in our yard (yes, I’ve counted), and I love all of them for the shade and beauty they provide, not so much the piles and piles of leaves they produce in the fall. The first owner of our house told Matt that he made a point of planting all native Iowa trees in our yard. Well, the last owner planted a ginkgo tree, which is native to China. It is my favorite tree because I love the distinctive fan-like leaves.

Our ginkgo has survived an accidental snapping a few years ago (check the base where you can see where it broke) and has recovered nicely. I’d love to see it grow really, really big!

Best Movie Quotes Ever…

In honor of the summer vacation and the untimely passing of John Hughes, I present…

Motorcycle Cop: I had a pooch like this when I was a kid.
[both Clark and the motorcycle cop sorrowfully look at the empty road behind them]
Motorcycle Cop: Poor little guy. Probably kept up with you for a mile or so.
[tearing up]
Motorcycle Cop: Tough little mutt…

National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)

There are literally a hundred other quotes in this movie that are awesome (and I have most of it memorized), so it was a hard choice!

Best Movie Quotes Ever…

Presenting an 80’s classic:

“There are three rules that I live by: never get less than twelve hours sleep; never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city; and never get involved with a woman with a tattoo of a dagger on her body. Now you stick to that, and everything else is cream cheese.”

Coach Bobby Finstock
Teen Wolf (1985)

And here it is from the movie (towards the end of the clip)


Yesterday we spent our morning in Adel, home of the Adel Sweet Corn Festival. We got up early for the 5k run, which we ran with our brother-in-law Jimmy. It got up to about 95 degrees, and the humidity was brutal. Even at 8 a.m., it was hot and windy when we started. We all finished, and Matt and I dropped our times, but boy, was it nasty in that heat! Aunt Morgan was there at the finish line with Alex to cheer us on.

Afterwards, we walked around the town square as the festival and parade were getting underway. (Look closely at the sign)

Red popsicle + White sunblock = Joker Toddler

Josh, Jenelle and little Barrett joined us, and we enjoyed some of the fare. We were there right when they opened up the free sweet corn line, so we were able to get hot, fresh, locally grown sweet corn right away. Awesome!

Matt cueing up in line with his plate for corn.

Volunteers serving up corn – according to the Register, they served over 7 1/2 TONS of sweet corn yesterday!

Butter and salting station

Jumping around!