July 23, 2014

"Fishing for lake trout." {July 4th}


For lake trout?  For lake trout...actually, brook trout.  Whatever.  I wanted to use the quote.




My 4th of July weekend this year was AMAZING.  I was with Hank and his family, so duh, right?  But seriously, it was fabulous, fun, and fantastic.  It started off with Hank, his folks, and I going on a 16 mile bike ride.  So much fun!  And not as hard as it might sound, since it was a paved bike trail and mostly flat.  But it was just lovely, following the lake shore.  So beautiful.  I wanted to take pictures, but I need to figure out a way to bring Jack along so he will be safe and secure.  Anyway, that day ended with a Duck Dynasty marathon, which is always a great way to end the day.



The next day (the 4th) we went fishing at Hank's grandparent's place.  Well, he fished, I took pictures.  I've also been told that his sister, Bonnie, almost hit me on the head when the fish she caught came off the hook and flew through the air.  I was looking the other way, so I didn't even realize it until she told me. *grin*  We spent the rest of the afternoon eating, visiting with Hank's family, and went for a 4 wheeler ride, too.  And we were supposed to spend the evening at a friend's party, but I ended up with a nasty headache (too much heat, not enough water) so Hank took me home.  Which was really sweet of him, as I told him multiple times.


Warning: pictures of a dead fish coming up next. :)





And we finished up the weekend working on our fence at our house...well, it's not my house yet.  But it will be in 73 days. *smile*  I have fencing pictures which I will share with you all later.


So what did you do on Independence Day?  I want to know!

July 21, 2014

The Visit | Grandma & Aunt Liz

Selfie time at Jack-in-the-Box!  We're so classy.


Antiquing in downtown Coeur d'Alene.


I had so much fun taking pictures with Jack at the antique store.  There's so much potential!





Music jam time!


Cooking and eating together.






Alex and Sarah. :)

Peaceful mornings.



All of the sisters together for the first time in...well, a long time!
l-r: Kathy, Pam (my mom), Grandma, Liz, Lorraine

Cousin time: Parker, Alex, and Sam.

Oh look, I'm there, too! ;)
It was a wonderful, wonderful visit!  I enjoyed the long talks on the couch with Grandma, telling her how wonderful Hank is (I mean, she could see that for herself, but it was fun telling her). *grin*  That and watching Aunt Liz bottle feed the lamb were the highlights for me.  And I get to see them again in October when they come out for my wedding!  Eeep!!

July 10, 2014

Quite Engaging

I still can't quite wrap my brain around this.

I mean, I still had a hard time believing that Hank and I, at long last, were actually together.
I thank the Lord for that every single day, and for His faithfulness and love.

And now, we are engaged.

We are ENGAGED!

Nope, still hasn't sunk in completely.


On Sunday evening, in our orchard with golden light streaming through the leaves, Hank got down on one knee, held out a ring, and asked me to marry him.  I said yes, of course!

And here's the ring...


I think it's just as perfect as can be, although Hank is correct when he says that I would have been happy with anything he gave me. *grin*  But it is perfect, isn't it?


Hank brought Jack (the camera) outside with him, so this was taken just seconds after the proposal.


And now, I'm planning my wedding.  Oh my word.  My WEDDING!!!  Our wedding.

It is completely unreal, typing those words, let alone saying them.  But pretty darn awesome.

If you'd like to see some of my ideas for the wedding, you can check out my wedding boards on Pinterest.  Yes, I have multiple boards.  And I only wish you could create sub-boards - you know, boards within boards.  Please, tell me I'm not the only person who thinks that would be really neat.

Decorations/Reception - The Dress - Miscellany
The Bridesmaids/Flower Girls - The Groom & Best Man - Bouquets

  Anyway, my colors are lilac purple and light blue, and I'm going for a vintage country rustic look.  And just like I've always dreamed, it looks like we'll be having the reception in a restored barn!  And I only have a little under three months to pull this all together since our date is October 4th.  Eeep!!  I now have a notebook which I affectionately refer to as "my brain".  In it, I write down every wedding thought that pops into my head because if I don't, I will most likely forget it.

And I'm shutting up now and going to bed.  Goodnight, all!

p.s.
By the way, there will be dancing at the reception! I can't wait!!

p.p.s.
I am sooooooo excited!!!  But you couldn't guess that, could you? *wink*

June 27, 2014

Photo a Day // June // Weeks 1, 2, & 3

O N E | Snickerdoodles, fresh from the oven.

T W O | Tomatoes and nasturtiums in the garden.

T H R E E | What can I say? I love our old truck and it was "golden hour".

F O U R | Working on Jenny's bridal shower/wedding present.  Kind of loving the colors!

F I V E | Kitty in a box.

S I X | Clearing some trees on the property line at Hank's house.  We're putting in a perimeter fence, which is going to be awesome!

S E V E N | Candy Land.

E I G H T | Peonies from Hank's yard.  He's so sweet. *smile*

N I N E | Enjoying my Grandma Barb and Aunt Liz's visit!  They're here until Tuesday!! :D

T E N | Alex gets the credit for this fantastic photo of Maryann!