I know the month is not over, but since I've been both a photo and blog slacker, here's an overview of life as captured imperfectly and in the moment.
May is walk/bike to school month. We did one of each in the first week but nothing since. It's just far too easy having the school bus pick up 20 yards from our door.
My parents sent chocolate covered strawberries for Mother's Day. I did a good job of sharing, but probably just because the insert card said they should be eaten within 48 hours and I thought I'd get a stomachache doing that alone.
I ran the Hippie Chick again - only this year I did the quarter rather than the half marathon. In truth I felt like a slacker since all these amazing ladies are so. much. faster. than I am and totally rocked it. Then I saw this picture and noticed how much weight I've gained since last year and wanted to cry. Oh, well. It was a really fun time.
Squirt made a Mother's Day gift at school and hid it in her room. Amazingly, it stayed alive and well! I almost cried when she gave it to me. She was so very happy about it and it's pretty much the cutest thing you ever did see.
Jim made chocolate souffle's of awesomeness. One bite and your eyes will roll back in your head from awesomeness. Seriously, we eat really well. Like, really, really well. It's no surprise since our entire courtship (like 2 weeks) before we decided to get married revolved almost entirely around food or conversations about food.
Aeryn's newish bike endured it's first major wipeout. Of course, that means Aeryn did too. It was in the middle of the bike lane on Alder and I just counted my lucky stars there wasn't much traffic at the time. She was a little freaked out by this one, and it made for the third pair of pants to get gaping holes ripped in the knees in the same week.
Squirt had track and field day for school. She was so very excited about it. She really is enjoying running and track events, even though she takes after me and doesn't have an excess of natural talent in the area. I love her continuous excitement just to try things and that she doesn't get discouraged by other's successes.
Some friends are gone for an internship this summer and loaned us their laminate flooring. I installed it one night (or was it two nights?) while Jim was gone and it was seriously a PITA. If we had somewhere to move our furniture it would have been much easier, instead I would move things from one side of the room to the other laying a small section of floor and then shifting the furniture so I could fit a few more boards. It was a lot of work for 2.5 months of non-crappy flooring (but I LOVE IT anyway).
Jim's cousin Jordan got married so we (Aeryn & I since Jimmer was in L.A.) headed to Portland to offer support. Aeryn and the cousins had so much fun running amok around the temple grounds. I love this picture. They were so goofy and really make me laugh. Tyler looks like a total hipster with his hair and glasses - it's pretty much my favorite thing ever.
I love the Portland Temple. The contrast between the marble and the evergreens is just stunning.
This is actually the only picture I took of the wedding-folk and it was mostly so I could text it to Jim and prove that the deed was done. It was a delightful day and both families seemed very pleased with the union. I wish them all the best life has to offer.
After the wedding we headed to the coast to spend the weekend in the Lenz family's beach house. It was really charming, but seems small compared to the new one that is in the works.
This house will be about as close to the water as possible. It was a chilly day at the beach, or rather a normal Oregon one, but of course the kids did not mind one way or another.
Our youngest niece spent a decent amount of time like this at the beach. She was squeezing the sand between her fingers repeatedly and I don't really have any idea what she was trying to do but it made me laugh.
May has been good. For June, I plan to return to my normal camera-happy self. I've missed it.