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Damn. I've been meaning to blog all summer. Please excuse me! Once you read what we've been up to, I think you'll understand.

1. We moved.
In June this summer we made the move to a bigger house on a MUCH quieter street. I STILL haven't posted pictures of our new place, but will one day soon. There's a lot of painting I'm hoping to do this fall and I just don't want to post pictures of these white walls :)

2. We went on vacation.
Mid July we went to a resort (resort=cottage on the lake) in Moravia, Iowa for a week with Johnny's family. It was a week of boating, going to the indoor water park (Roz LOVED this), and eating homemade meals. I hope to post more about this soon - I wanted to do something with all the awesome Instagram pictures I took on my runs each morning.

3. Family Time
In addition to going on vacation, my brother and sister both visited (different weeks) after we were back.

4. Went to the pool!
Finally! A reason to spend a few hours at the p…


Ya'll, it's been a while. Thanks for the push to make me blog tonight, Katie! I guess I better do this more often.

Since April just a few things have changed:

1. We're moving next weekend! Please keep me in your thoughts as you know how short my patience is, I'll be on my best behavior. I promise. Maybe. We're so excited to be a part of a neighborhood instead of along a busy street. The street we're moving to is the same street I grew up on, I have many fond memories of my best friend and I riding in circles on our bikes at the end of the dead-end street. Our garage is full of boxes and boxes of things we've packed already and the house still feels really full! Sign that we have too much, I suppose.

2. Our baby girl is almost an entire year old. It's possible I may cry at her party, in my mind she's already married with her own babies. She can now blow kisses, almost say puppy, stand for a few seconds without falling and can dance dance dance!


Oops, I think the last time I wrote it was Valentine's Day!

Today is one of those days that it's a little too chilly to be outside and there's not much to do indoors - so, we're watching Monster's Ink. We're working on selling our house, so there's never any cleaning to do besides light picking up because we're constantly having to keep it picked up incase someone wanted to look at it (whoa, run on sentence). It's kind of funny how packed the weekdays seem and all I wish for is a day like today, and when a day of no plans happens - I get super bored. Sigh...

Anyways, this house thing. I sure hope we sell this soon or decide to just back out - there are so many projects we had planned for the current house that we'd rather not do if we're just moving anyways. So, cross your fingers we're able to move soon and I can add some new projects to the to-do list :)

Annnnd, now I give up writing - here are some recent pictures though!

The Life & Times of the Russ Family

I don't know. I couldn't think of a title.

Updates! Roslynne turned EIGHT MONTHS old two weeks ago. I don't know how many times I've said "I can't believe how the time has flown!" It quite honestly feels like yesterday I was waiting to get this little wiggly fish out, all the while what I actually did yesterday was reserve the venue for her birthday party! Yes, I realize it's only March and that her birthday is in July. Whatever. I'm excited. Yes, I'm going to be that mom that pins multiple ideas on her Pinterest page under the grouping "Birthday ideas!" But, don't worry - I make sure not to send all those updates to my Facebook page like some of those people in your friends list, you can thank me now.

Ok, so EIGHT MONTHS. This baby recently started dancing. No, really - dancing. She shimmies side to side when she gets excited and then back and forth singing and talking. Two itty bitty teeth have popped through on the bottom row …

Such a sweet, sweet blessing.

You know what? Yes, I should be working on designing wedding invitations for a friend and/or work things. But you know what? I'm. Not. Going. To. Instead, I'd rather write a post about my little Valentine.
She is the best possible thing that ever ever could've happened to us - it's too much to think about how she even came to be. There's so much that has to go right to even get pregnant and today I feel extra special to have her in our life. Yes, she's stinky and pukes (usual baby things, right?) sometimes, but the happy moments far out-weigh those stinky diapers! She's already 7 1/2 months old and get her first teeth on the bottom! She wasn't ever really cranky when they were breaking through, although it seems like it's taking a long time for them to come in. Month 6 brought her first ear infection and 10 days of meds - she seemed to recover from it quickly and we're hoping that more aren't in her future.

Oh gosh, what have we been up to …

The sickness.

Oh man, it was a rough week in this household. The little lady was sent home Monday morning from daycare with a slight temp. Johnny stayed home with her that day and I stayed with her Tuesday because of the temp she still had (it only ever got to about 100.5) and to the doctor we went that day. They checked her over and basically couldn't find a thing wrong! Frustrated.

Wednesday she seemed back to our normal and so off to daycare she went. Wednesday night she woke up around 2 am screaming and nothing at all could console her. Bless him, Johnny got up with her and rocked her downstairs for a while until she fell asleep. Her temp seemed to stay up all day and luckily we were able to get her into the doctor that day, to find out she has an ear infection. Poor baby had been battling it for a few days by then! Just as she started to feel better I started getting a nasty cold and sinus infection. Sigh.... I just wish we could open the windows and air things out. Spring can't get he…

Ooops, where has the time gone?

I haven't posted since November 5th! I think in the year that I've had this blog, that might be the biggest gap between posts - oops.

Well, I suppose that means I have a bit of updating to do. Since we last talked, we've celebrated Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's!

Here's a quick run-down on those holidays...

Thanksgiving was everything we love: food, football and parades! And most of all? A day that has become tradition: a day that we have nothing to do and nowhere to go. Thanksgiving seems to be a holiday that both Johnny and I's parents are visiting our siblings and so we get to have a quiet day at home. This year we woke up and watched the parade in our pj's (from what I remember) and then Johnny set to work making this:
It was a chicken and biscuit bake: it was SO good, this will definitely happen again next year!

And as you can imagine, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas becomes a whirl-wind of holiday gatherings, food and lots of bu…