Sunday, August 30, 2015

Green Lake Memories {2015}

I have an entire afternoon free to blog, so I'm going to split our summer events up {instead of doing one lengthy catch-up post}. One of our favorite things to do in the summers is go to our cabins. Here's a bit of a photo-dump of some fun 2015 Green Lake memories. We'll still get up there a few times before winter rolls around, so I'll try to add more pictures from the upcoming trips too {and a bit more timely at that}. This is hands down my favorite place to's a glimpse at why. We took park trips, moped rides, pontoon rides, had friends up, played with our nieces, spent time with family and soaked up the sun.

s'more time!

Willa wanted in on the blanket swing!
they are both in love with honking the boat horn

Ninja Warrior came to Spicer this summer!

Grandma was a great lion!
Dad caught a fish with his bare hands!
paddle boarding fun.

Adam used his loupes to remove a splinter...of course ;) 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Summer 2015 {and a dash of Spring}

I have so much to catch up on. I've avoided this post because there is so much I'd like to remember and the mere thought of writing it all down made me resort to Netflix instead. It deserves thought and I didn't want to rush through it... This summer catch-up will need a few posts (and lots of pictures!), but simple summaries to start will make me feel like less of a blogging failure.

Most importantly, Adam's Grandpa Ken went to be with Jesus almost two months ago now. Grandpa Ken was (and will continue to be), such a special person to Adam. In the short four and a half year since I've been in Adam's life, I've gotten to know Grandpa Ken as well. I got to know his tender spirit, caring heart and humorous side. I had the privilege of witnessing him adore his children, grandchildren and wife, Grandma Jayne. Parkinson's was a part of his life, but everybody knew that didn't define him. His body became weak, but his spirit did not. Hearing stories at his memorial service was incredible. Friends and family came from all over to honor Grandpa Ken's life. We cried, laughed and recalled stories of strength, leadership, love and humor. One of my favorite stories was from when Adam was little. He had a lose tooth and wouldn't let Grandpa Ken pull it out. After Adam's protest, he and Grandpa started rough housing on the ground. He ended up on Grandpa's back and in a moment of play, got his tooth knocked out accidentally by Grandpa Ken's head. Adam had the biggest grin on his face when he told that. His love for his Grandpa was so obvious and unyielding. Fortunately, we get to celebrate as well; not simply mourn. Our tears fall a little softer, knowing this isn't goodbye, it's a see you later. How lucky are we?! I can't imagine navigating through moments like this without Jesus and our promise of eternal life with him and those we love.

Grandpa Ken's hats. We took a family photo with us all wearing them :)

Grandpa Ken and the beautiful urn he made. 

At the end of April, I went to Barcelona for work! It was an amazing trip. I went with my boss to assist with training our European team on our new customer management system. It was launched in North America first, so he wanted an extra set of eyes and ears familiar with it to help during training sessions. We were there for about four days and it was amazing. We flew in via Amsterdam and even arriving at that airport made me feel like such a worldly explorer. Yeah, I'm not...but it was pretty cool. There were wood clogs, tulips and chocolates all over the airport shops. Barcelona was so beautiful. The age of the city is hard to grasp, never having been to Europe before. These buildings were thousands of years old, but hundreds (old in my American eyes). After work, we headed to downtown Barcelona on all but one night. The first night we went to the marina and ate at an amazing seafood restaurant. Another odd thing in Spain (and Europe in general I've heard) is that they eat really late. Like really late. We arrived at this restaurant around 6/6:30 and were met with numerous perplexed faces. Not just because I was annoyingly taking pictures of everything, but because we were attempting to eat dinner before 9pm. I'll let a picture of our food speak for itself (when I upload pictures), but it was unique to say the least. Another night we went out to dinner with the entire retention team at a very nice and unusual restaurant. This restaurant was, again, in downtown Barcelona and nestled between multiple buildings. You walked through a narrow entry way and the restaurant winded and turned up steps, down steps and every which way. I felt like it was straight out of Harry Potter. Tables were tucked into little nooks and crannies. It was so cool! Our group's table ended up being in it's own room with (not joking) ham hanging from the ceiling above it. I guess cured ham is a delicacy in Spain and we got to dine right underneath it! After we got done with dinner, around 10:30pm, everyone started talking about what to do next. Might I add this was a Wednesday night. When in Spain! So, we went to a large courtyard in the middle of town for drinks. It was so funny seeing the town still alive at midnight on a weeknight. Not just adults either, there were entire families, elderly people and children running around playing. It was so fun getting to know all of the people on the European team. I'd communicated via email with most of them, but getting to know their personalities was awesome. I work with a pretty great group of people and am so blessed my job provided me this travel opportunity. I wonder if we have a team in Bora Bora that needs training? ;)

Amazing seafood dinner! 

The plaza outside our office

Beautiful building in downtown Barcelona


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Farmer's market candy stand

Soccer field in the middle of our office building :)

We spent Easter with my family this year and had such a fun time finding Easter eggs with the littles! I have so many fun pictures to add from this day :) It was great being together as a family! It's also so cute that Willa can participate now. Her and Emeri loved finding their treats hiding in eggs and knew pretty quick which ones were candy and which ones were goldfish crackers. He is risen!

Adam's finished  his first outreach session! Additionally, he is officially a fourth year student! We can see the light at the end of the tunnel. It's dim, but it's there and I'm so so proud of him for all of his hard work. He's a rock star and never complains about the stress or workload. He was up in Hibbing, MN, which is about 3.5 hours straight north, for four weeks (coming home today!!). He and three other dental students spent their days working on patients at the Hibbing Community College Dental Clinic. They have a supervising dentist to check work, but they see and tend to all of the patients. Adam loved it. At school, professors are much less readily available and getting worked checked off before moving to the next step takes a very long time. He's seeing about twice the number of patients (if not more) in Hibbing daily and loves it. They stayed at an apartment on campus and spent their evenings exploring fun restaurants, golfing and fishing. I was able to visit a few weekends ago and we had such a wonderful time! Hibbing is smack dab in the middle of the Iron Range, so of course we visited the mining pits. We also spent time exploring a few local state parks! Again, so many fun pictures from this weekend that I'll add. So excited to have him home!

McCarthy Beach State Park

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Hull Rust Mine

Lots more to update on- work, volleyball and cabin trips! That will be next though, along with adding pictures to this post of course ;)

Monday, March 30, 2015

It's Birthday Season.

We celebrated two birthdays in March; Willa girl turned one year old and Scotty turned 23. Such a fun few days. For Scotty's birthday, the entire family spent time together at a Nate's hockey game! So nice of Britt and Nate to get us tickets, as it's such a fun thing to do as a family. We had dinner before the Wild game at the arena, played with the little girls in the family room and the birthday boy got to open presents! Can't believe our little brother is 23. He's such an adult now...geeze Napoleon.

Birthday boy watching two Wild hockey players go at it ;)
We celebrated Willa's birthday that following Saturday and had such a fun morning. It was sprinkle filled gathering with both our side of the family and Nate's. It's so different having Nate's side around too, as it adds five more kids to the mix! So fun seeing all the kiddos running around and Willa was so stinkin' cute. She was such a little lady diving into her cupcake. At first, she was looking around as if to say 'wait, nobody is going to take this thing away from me!?'. After a few minutes, she was in head first and gobbling it up. She is such a doll. I love her sweet eyes and mild demeanor. At times I see Emeri in her, but other times I don't see any resemblance at all. She's such her own personality and is fitting perfectly into the prestigious role of second sister {we're an elite club}.

So pretty!

I am one!

Opening gifts.

We love you too, Willa girl.

We also celebrated my dad's 50th a few months ago, but I never posted the pictures from that either! Gosh, I've been lapsing on my blog.  Our family is beyond blessed to be anchored by such a steady, funny, reliable and loving dad. You'll see in the picture below, but I'm fairly certain I know what his style is ;) We all went over to my parents house for dinner and had a great night together. Here's to hoping your next 50 years are even better than the first.

I got him almost the exact same shirt that he was already wearing...

My Strawberry White Chocolate Oreo Cheesecake bars were a hit at Dad's party

Last of the birthday updates, Britt turned 27 at the end of January! We got together at my parents and some of Nate's family was able to join as well. We grilled and watched the little kids play and just hung out. We did what we do best, casual gatherings ;) I love it. Love you so much, sister!

The Prosser family on Britt's birthday.