After having been away since Memorial Day, I recently spent two weeks in Michigan with the girls. I saw the dazzling total solar eclipse on a Monday (my advice: never miss a chance to be in the path of totality for a total solar eclipse!), worked part of Tuesday, and then headed up to the top of Great Smoky Mountains National Park to spend a few hours photographing the night sky. Here’s one picture for now – more coming on that later in a future post:
So I’ve been pretty quiet here lately. One post in seven months.
I don’t want to spend a whole post on introspective emo shit, so let’s just say that this hasn’t been the rosiest period.
There have, however, been plenty of things to celebrate and share in that time period, so I’m going to catch up on some of those instead.
My dad died yesterday.
Because birthdays are a big deal, this is the second post about Leah’s birthday this year. Here’s the first.
Leah chose Puppies as the theme for her party, which worked out well, since we still had some leftover supplies from the maybe-a-bit-too-much Puppy Party that we threw Aly when she turned six.
I recently spent a long weekend in Michigan (not as long as scheduled, Thanks Delta) to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Leah’s arrival. It’s amazing how far she’s come from being born under crazy circumstances at 36 weeks – she was around 5.5 pounds when we took her home from the hospital a week later. We reviewed pictures from that wild time, but we also had the typical myriad birthday festivities.
And so it begins, pictures with Santa:
After a quick business trip to Tulsa, I spent the last week of October in Michigan, because the girls wanted me to be there for Halloween.
During my September visit to Michigan, we had good weather most of the time, which meant lots of time enjoying the outdoors. This is basically a post for Grandma Jan – 90% pictures of the girls.
After an exhausting and fun week at Sage Summit, I rode back from New Orleans with two co-workers and we somehow survived each of us taking turns asleep at the wheel. At the same time, Rachel and the girls were making their way to South Carolina after stopping at the Kentucky Horse Park the night before.
I’d like to pen this as a “I can’t believe this, it makes me so old” take, but instead, I’ll just say that I’m really proud of Devin and his parents threw one hell of a graduation party.