Recently my husband and I celebrated 15 years of marriage. The funny thing is that even after 15 years of marriage, I am so happy I married my husband and it doesn't feel like it has been 15 years. We wanted to celebrate and at the last minute elected to go to Phoenix where it was 112 degrees during the day and 104 degrees at night. It didn't bother us, we just made the most of it and enjoyed being together. I am grateful for my in-laws who took our 3 kids (at the very beginning of the school year) and loved them to pieces until we returned. It was time alone that we needed and are fortunate enough to have family who was kind enough to watch our kids and get them to all of their events!
Relaxing outside at our favorite spot, Olive & Ivy.
On our way to celebrate with a romantic dinner on our last night in Scottsdale.
We were surprised with these delicious desserts!
I was having fun on the highway...on our way back to the airport.
Getting back to reality meant getting back to Ohio and the start of another football season for the Buckeyes. My years of living in Columbus lead to a fondness for the Buckeyes. My husband earned his doctorate at The Ohio State University, so he is a big fan of the Bucks, too. We are both glad that Tressel is gone and think that just because he wore a sweater vest, did not make him an honest person. Funny how people look at how you dress and not at your actions. Anyhow... we never had the opportunity to take all of the kids to a Buckeye football game, as getting 5 tickets together can be rather difficult to obtain...until this season.
The kids at the Horseshoe.
The game was the day before the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. The American flag was beautiful.
Marissa was so excited to have her picture taken with two of the Ohio State cheerleaders. She is almost as tall as the cheerleader!
Doing their part getting O in O-H-I-O
The Health baby had to come with us during the game, but was turned off for most of it. Good thing, too, because we might not have heard it crying with all of the stadium noise. Part of being a freshman in Health class!
Mom & Dad
Many of you have asked how my Mom is doing following chemo from Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. I am very happy to say that at this point, she is in remission. She is getting back her energy and her hair is starting to grow. My parents were able to visit and spend time with us. I was bossy and demanded some photos.
Rich and I with my parents. Love them so much.
We live very close to an apple orchard, which is really nice in the fall. This year we went apple picking with our good friends. Here is Marissa climbing trees and picking apples.
Me & my friend Kim. We have been friends for 15 years! She was my first friend when I moved to this area. We make time to get together for fun with our families.
The boys trying to split apples with their hands. Its a "guy"thing.
Taste testing some apples & having fun.
The gang going to look for more types of apples. Love the sky in this photo.
One bonus of living in the country is that there is no waiting line for the trampoline.
We had a pretty nice fall. Rainy cool days and then beautiful, warm, sunny days. The grass is super green from the rain & sun. It almost looks like spring.
I like looking back at the past few weeks. Only a few weeks to go and I will be caught up on my blogging. Part 4 is coming soon!