Brazilians in my Backyard

So part of the reason I was so MIA last week was because I was helping host a team of Brazilians who were in Missouri through a group studies exchange program for Rotary International. It was a blast but took up every ounce of my energy. Here are some photos of the fun!

Andrea, Pablo, Nilo, Andrea, and Junior on the first morning in Kirksville
Nilo and Pablo at the Osteopathic Museum
Andre driving the pontoon boat

Nilo, hanging loose (my fave)
Me and Junior catching rays
Pablo, Andre, and Andrea with wind in their hair 

Andre giving a radio interview- famous
The flag of Rio Grande do Sol and the Brazilian flag
Our hike at Thousand Hills State Par
The group presenting flags at Kirksville Rotary.

Andrea describing the tradition tea of Rio Grande do Sol- mate.


Uhm, I think Nilo has a sweet tooth!

The chefs cooking up a traditional Brazilian meal

I laughed so much with this group!

Riding bikes with Rachel and Nilo

A photo op.


Glow Run 5K

So a few weekends ago now, my friend Kimber and I drove up to Des Moines to run in the Glow Run 5K with my cousin Jer. I sort of planned it as a pre-Hospital Hill race experience, to encourage me and keep me going. It, uhm, did not go as planned. Basically, we ate a huge meal at a German restaurant before the race, drank a ton of beer, got pretty toasted, had to pee super bad during the middle of the race, cut through an alley and ended up reconnecting with the race at the finish line. A well-run race it was not. However, I did run 3.1 miles at home the next day to soothe my guilty conscience.

Here is my photo essay.



So apparently a liter is kind of big. IMG_4204





It took us forever to drink. It was almost painful.




Finally finished.


The race started at the Science Center. This created many photo ops.




So, we started to take this photo and it turned out really bad. We decided just to make it a bad photo, in that case.


Have you ever gotten out your phone to take a pic and you’ve forgotten it’s in the forward facing mode? Yeah, so have I.










There were over 12,000 people there. Tasty.IMG_4239


My “finishers” medal


On our detour


IMG_4255That’s me. A Star.

Progress (8) (Or not…)

Pounds Lost This Week: 0
Total Lost: 22
Pounds Left to Goal: 28

No fancy photo this week, y’all. I lost zero pounds last week. This is not particularly surprising to me because, no excuses, I have not been eating like a person trying to lose weight. I have not been eating that bad. . . but I have not been eating that well either. Lots of travel, lots of temptation, and not a lot of will to pick the smarter option. This one is on me. Continue reading “Progress (8) (Or not…)”

Saint Louis

This weekend Brett and I went to St Louis to see our bestie Mary, who we met and fell in love with during our brief time together at Missouri State. She was a bridesmaid in the wedding and has known Brett and I as long as there as been a “Brett and I.”
Our visit coincided with The Loop Ice Carnival Pub Crawl and that event is virtually responsible for everything that follows. We had so. much. fun.
We started at Pi Pizzeria for lunch. I had a Schlafly Kolsh that could be my new favorite beer.

Christmas/New Year’s Eve

I had a really amazing holiday. Of course, I forgot to take as many photos as I would have liked, but here’s a nice sampling of my Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

I got really excited when it snowed- We had a White Christmas!

We watched a lot of classic Christmas Shows!

I also did some fun Christmasy work stuff- like showing The Muppet Christmas Carol…

And walking in our First Annual Christmas Parade with my friend’s adorable daughter Macy.

There was a LOT of this..

And wrapping, eating, drinking, playing:

Our Christmas Eve Tradition- Chinese food! 

Christmas morning-

(Every Christmas morning we’ve ever spent together, I get out my camera and Brett exclaims, “Are you going to take pictures of me?!” The answer is always, “Uhm, yes.”)

I felt like a princess when I unwrapped this! My favorite..
Hanging out at Brett’s parents 

 And spending some awesome quality time with a couple of our favorites (Fries and Rachel and Kyle)

New Years Eve meant a new hair cut and some fun in Des Moines!

Confession: I still have not taken down a single Christmas decoration. Really hoping to tackle it this weekend but man! I really lost my fire for it!

Back in the Saddle

Well I’ve returned to the world of blogging. Won’t lie- it was a nice vacation. BUT! Now I’m back and I’m totally ready to over-share and under-perform for my captive audience.

Isn’t Thanksgiving the bomb? Or da bomb, rather. I just love it. So much food. So much family. I love my Iowa family and I don’t get up to see them enough so when I do, it’s a great treat. Food was awesome and I was so busy eating I neglected to take any photos.

Friday we drove to Kansas City to be with Brett’s family for the rest of the weekend. It was our first trip to KC as a married couple, and look at this adorable way his family greeted us:

We had game night that evening and relaxed most of the day on Saturday, but did a little shopping here and there. We caught up with Chris and Sarah and we all ate and drank our weight in beer and pizza at Waldo’s Pizza. Again, too much eating, no photos.

My wedding gift to Brett was a pair of Chiefs tickets and coincidentally, Sarah and Chris have season tickets and we were able to tailgate Sunday before (and after) the game. Photo time was totally on. Bask in the glory:

 Brett and I doing the tailgate thing

 Me and Sarah, whom I love

 At our seats

 With our treats

Game time baby! 

Outside the stadium, a little chilly at this point 

 The gang, cameo by other Sarah who looks cute even though she wasn’t really in the picture which is something I never manage to do. 
Brett and Chris… True lovers. 

Yay for a photo-full post of fun things! We did it!

Happy Thanksgiving!

If you’re me, and I am, you got up this morning and checked your reading list for new blog posts. So if you are me, and you’re reading this-

Happy Thanksgiving!

Brett and I are headed to a carry-in with my mom’s side of the family today up in Iowa and then we’ll relax for the rest of the afternoon. Tomorrow we are driving to Kansas City for family/friend/football time!

I’m gunna take a blogging break for the rest of the week but hopefully I’ll have so much fun I can do one of those “What We’ve Been Up To” posts that Rachel always does.


Here’s a picture of us being goofy at the wedding (this is my “thing I’m always thankful for”):

Photo credit Katie Day Photography