Posts Tagged ‘Winter’

Cold As It Is

In early March, we took a short mid-week road trip up to Minneapolis to visit family and to get a single night ‘away’ at a concert of a band we’ve wanted to see for quite some time. We fell in love with the music of The Lone Bellow over a year ago, but their rather extensive touring schedule never seemed to bring them close to Kansas City. So on a bit of a whim, we purchased a couple of tickets to a show being played at a small venue in St. Paul (The Turf Club; Capacity ~350) and made the drive up just ahead of a snowstorm (a rather paltry one, but in the Winter of 2014-15, even a paltry snowstorm was substantial). We enjoyed a great Tuesday with family before letting Auntie Natasha and Uncle TJ watch over the girls while we escaped to the show. The incredibly short visit proved very memorable.

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Coloring Easter Eggs with Aunt Amy: 150304 033



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Homemade Play Doh with Auntie Natasha:

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The Turf Club:


Christmas 2014 in Photos

Somehow, two months has passed since Christmas and we finally got around to sorting through the ~500 or so photographs that were taken over Christmas. I learned a while ago that here on WordPress, one can backdate a post — effectively, you can select the date that it will appear to have been posted…and WordPress will automatically keep them in order. For instance: I could date this post back to 12/26 or so and it’d appear in the proper sequence with the other posts. What an incredibly effective way to mask the fact it took me two months to get to this batch of photos. But instead, I’m just going to leave it right here – proudly posted on March 1, 2015 … however out of time that may appear.

Christmas 2014 took us on the ‘circuit’ as we’ve come to call it – a trek to both families in Minnesota and South Dakota. But before the bit trip, early in the month we geared up by visiting the Christmas Tree farm and cutting down our tree. It was a slightly smaller tree this year since we knew we’d be away from the house for more than half of December (first with the San Francisco trip, and then with the family Christmas trip). We also squeezed in our traditional trip to the plaza for some window shopping and dinner at Winsteads and some sugar cookie baking and decorating. They didn’t last long…

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One of our annual Christmastime traditions is a trip to the Country Club Plaza for some window shopping.
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A Christmas eve trip to the Visitor’s Center overlooking Gavin’s Point Dam: 141227 370 141227 393 141227 440 141227 448 141227 462 141227 513 A Christmas afternoon trip to Memorial Park:
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Before leaving Yankton, we took a trip down to the Meridian Bridge – one of the oldest double-decker bridges in the Plains states.  We also took this opportunity to participate in a tradition that was adopted from counterparts on a bridge in Paris, France:  affixing a lock to the bridge and tossing the key into the river — a new custom that has been embraced by the City of Yankton: 141227 545 141227 553 141227 562 141227 576 141227 578 ????????????? ????????????? ?????????????

My Name is Mud

A short little trek to Shawnee Mission Park on a Saturday provided plenty of thrills.  The most obvious, but least interesting to the girls was the 5-story lookout tower in the Southwest corner of the park that provided panoramic views stretching for miles in all directions.  But the bigger draw proved to be the mud all around the park.  Coming off of a week of a stomach bug going through the house, this little respite from the confines of the house was just the ticket for a Saturday afternoon.

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The winter of 2014-15 has been paltry – lame – virtually non-existent – when it comes to snow around here, but we are making the most of the little bit that we get.150204 020

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It’s been a paltry ‘winter’ here in Kansas, so we’ve had to seize the day when it comes to the little snowfall events we’ve had.  We got about 1.5″ last weekend and another 1″ this past Wednesday…enough to provide some thrill.

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San Francisco – Video

The San Francisco trip – in moving pictures form.

Vimeo doesn’t like me any more because I use songs (that I purchased) as background on some of these videos. So to youtube we go:

January 19, 2015

Title of the video borrowed from another video I saw of a man chronicling how he chose to spend some of his non-work time:  the evenings, weekends, snow days, etc…  This video was created on a day off from work (MLK, Jr. day) on what turned out to be a particularly nice day around town.

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