Tuesday, April 29, 2014


:: Mimi Nguyen Photography ::
Well, it seems that Spring may actually be here.  The rhubarb is peeking it's little red face from the dirt, tulips are poking up, Bry took the skis off the plane and has put on wheels.  
Yesterday we planted a dozen dahlias in pots to start sprouting.  Today I'm hoping we get a few seeds started as well.
I have some new plans for the garden and water system that I'm getting excited for.  And we also have a new lawn-mowing technique:

This guy was working at it off-and-on all day yesterday :)

More pictures from our recent NYC and Florida trip tomorrow ....

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lately 1.

So, I broke my phone last month.  Luckily I had insurance and just last week I got my phone back from being fixed.  Somehow, in the clearing and re-booting and syncing and linking, my phone linked up with my blog and all the photos I had ever posted on here are now on my cell phone.  It's crazy.  Bry thinks it's a little creepy -- all the syncing and linking that occurs without us really knowing it's happening.

Anyhow, it was such a great trip looking back at all those photos!  I love it and am so grateful for the peek back at the last four years.  I've gone in spurts of posting my very favorite pictures, sometimes frequently, sometimes not.  It really re-energized me to keep it up.  

Sometimes this blog is an outlet, other times I'm looking for advice, sometimes just sharing something I think is great, but most of the time it's simply a good old new-fashioned journal.  It helps me remember these "long days, but short years" and the fleeting stages these kids (and us, as parents) just storm through.  So without further ado -- here are more pictures ;)
:: My little Frida Kahlo ::

:: And here we are as Coolio and mini-me Coolio ::

:: Barefoot races on the ice. Love their in-sync stride here .... ::

:: Special trip to NE with Ollie, Stace, & Isla ::

:: Ready to eat! ::

:: Feed me! ::

:: Still ready -- sense a theme? ::

:: Isla and Sunnie at Omi & Opa's. ::

:: Miss these turkeys every day. ::

:: Sawyer loved looking at herself in the DSLR screen. ::
:: cuties. ::
I didn't take as many pictures as I normally do in Nebraska (Maggie, I didn't catch you once!).  But it was a short trip and I think I was just enjoying having a little more hands-free time since it was just Isla and I.  Looking forward to the kids getting to visit this summer, they were feeling so left out as you can see:
:: "Let me see all the kids." ::

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spot On.

::image from Pinterest::

A bible verse in church today really reaffirmed for me how timeless God's word is and how sinful people have always been:

Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. 
Philippians 3:19.

Is that not a perfect description of modern culture?!?  Of society's celebrities, idols, and so-called "successful" people?  Amazes me every time.  Every time those puzzle pieces fit right into what I'm struggling with at the moment.

Another humbling lesson at church: looking across the aisle at a 90-something, recently widowed women sitting there intently listening to the sermon, with her bible open and taking notes.  Such a lesson for me.   She appeared as a  true 'child of God' if I've ever seen one. 

We will never know it all.  The Lord is always willing to teach us, if we will only take the time to listen and look for Him.  If we can take our mind off our own earthly things, He can show us what truly matters and brings lasting joy, purpose, and contentment.  
I want to be His student for always.

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Not exactly sure why, all of a sudden, I feel the urge to write something on here more often.  Getting thoughts down I guess.  And, if you could see my house, you'd see the computer is a much safer place than paper at this moment....

Musing about:

:: House decor and craving blank space.

:: Allergies.  Troubleshooting what is causing Isla some serious rashes on her face.  Dairy is a possibility, among others.  Can my nursing baby seriously wear the evidence of my ice cream cake binge for days?!?  Motherhood.

:: Camo skinnies.  I needed them yesterday.

:: Book Clubs.  There are so many online.  Considering this, this, and of course Oprah has one.  And pondering how fun it would be to host one out here.  Hmm....

:: Gardens.  The thought of hauling water this year completely wears me out.  Planning to plan the smallest garden in the world that still puts out some produce.  Any tips out there?

:: Marriage.  It's hard. Period.

:: Exercise.  Looking forward to incorporating the kids into some workouts.  Because it's fun .... and, at this stage in the game, it's simply reality.

:: Getting things done.  I think my self-granted maternity leave is drawing to an end here.

Thanks for listening! xoxo

P.S. Wouldn't this look great above the kids on the deck?!?
:: source ::
:: Hamming it up with Ollie when he came out to visit his "country mice" cousins. ::

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Fun Police.

Okay, so I just finished off the strawberry rhubarb pie from last night and came down to check e-mail and Facebook during nap time.

Read this timely article.

Man, another one of modern culture's "bad guys" --  Sugar.

Another one of those polar topics where people are either, "Aww, come on."  Or, "No, really, that stuff is evil."

Trying to figure out where I fall in this debate.  But two things I do know:
1.)  I am tired.  All.  The.  Time.
2.) My kids eat way too much sugar, evil or not.

Appears as if a test run is in order, for myself first of course.

Dang it.  First TV, now sugar?!?  I really feel like the fun police are making regular rounds in my conscience...

Monday, April 7, 2014

These precious days.

A couple random pictures and a random thought put on digital paper.  

Read this today: here.

Totally resonates with me.  Really inspires me.  Could we ditch our television entirely?  I know that might sound crazy to some of you for exactly opposite reasons.  Ditch the TV? Easy!  Ditch the TV? Crazy!
I mentioned getting rid of the computer a while back and was met with a resounding, "N-O."

But really, what would we be missing without the TV?  It has become such a nightly crutch for my relaxation that I'm starting to wonder, what am I missing WITH the TV.  What would I be filling my time with if it weren't there?  Could I finally learn the guitar or uke?   Would I be knitting?  Would I be getting things done that instead sit undone, on a list, just the thought of them sucking my energy every day?  Would I take the time to become closer to Him?

I'm tempted, I really am.  Maybe the trick would be a trial run during the summer, while said opposer is away ;)  Although it would have to come completely off the wall.  Otherwise I'd be giving in within hours I'm sure...

Anyway, something to think about it. Simply because: