Saturday, January 09, 2021


Even though 2020 is a year we will always look back on and remember for being the year of the pandemic, I posted absolutely nothing last year.  I might want to remember the timeline of how our lives played out though.
  • First week of February 2020: We went to Walt Disney World for a long weekend! We loved it and had so much fun. We ate croissants in France at EPCOT, took Remy on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (twice!), and just had a magical weekend.
  • Beginning of March, COVID-19 was beginning to spread to Iowa. We had parent-teacher conferences right before going in to spring break, and everyone was sort of disillusioned. Parents I visited with sort of laughed nervously about what was going on in the world and discussed various trips that friends and family were canceling or debating canceling. One of my colleagues had planned to go to Disneyland over break, but they closed--and they are still closed as of this writing. Before we left school that Thursday night of conferences heading in to break, we heard that Des Moines Public Schools would take an extra couple of weeks off after break. It was really surprising.
  • We were supposed to be heading to Naples, Florida to see Mart & Mary and we were so conflicted about going. The news was dire about how bad the virus was and how easily it spread. Even on the drive to the airport, we considered just staying home. We did go after all, and had great weather and a great time. Ben & Jerry's closed down while we were there (the day we were going to go!) and we mostly got takeout and played on the beach and at the pool. The beaches ended up closing right after we got back to Iowa. The airport was pretty crowded heading home and we remember seeing just one couple wearing masks. Now we have lived for 10 months wearing masks everywhere.
  • Governor Reynolds ended up calling off our school year in Iowa. Every school district offered their own version of voluntary school, but it was sure a sad way to end the year.
  • We tried to get outside as much as we could, especially to check out new places. Lilly really loved it when we could bring her along! Lakes, parks, trails....we saw a lot of new-to-us places that we have been back to visit several times!
  • Mace's spring soccer season was canceled, but they offered the players different voluntary workouts to do virtually, which Mace did. Of course it wasn't the same, but it was something.
  • The pools didn't open for the summer, but a couple splash pads did.  Mace had some summer soccer opportunities which was amazing. Both kids were able to play tennis every day for six weeks, and Mace played golf on Saturdays in June. We were so, so happy for these things to do, but all the while we wondered and questioned every move we made.
  • Our school spent first semester on a hybrid model, where masks were required, and Mace has gone to school 2-3 days a week and then brought home work to do on the other days. He did really well with keeping up with his studies and has become a good reader and an excellent mathematician. Remy went back to preschool and daycare in August and has gone every day with no problems.
  • Rob's company decided not to renew the lease on their building, since all their employees were already working at home anyway. We finished our basement so that Rob would have an actual office and we would simply have more space since we have been occupying our home more than usual!
  • Mace played fall soccer and was at soccer more often than at school some weeks. His season went perfectly with the team being able to have every training and every game. He had a great season and really became a leader on his team.
  • Remy was able to play fall soccer too. She also started a combo tap and jazz dance class, where she wears a mask without complaint.
  • For winter soccer, both Mace and Remy have to wear masks while they play, but all the players have done so well with this requirement. We have been so grateful for something to do.
  • We are set to return to all students back in school five days a week this month. I think it will be overwhelming for everyone. 
  • I am happy that some health care workers have been able to be vaccinated; I am looking forward to the state casting a wider net for everyone being able to be vaccinated, especially seniors and those who have compromised health already.
  • January 6, 2021: Insane Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, incited by the president himself. I don't know what the rest of 2021 holds, but it's off to an iffy start, that is for sure. A word of the year already is "insurrection". I want the pandemic to be over, to have some normal politicians in office, and to be able to make plans again!

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Halloween 2019

This year we had Roger Federer and Tinkerbell......and then we had an Elsa for actual (freezing cold) trick-or-treating night. Remy really got into trick-or-treating this year and asked us for weeks afterward when we'd walk Lilly through the neighborhood if we could go up to houses to trick-or-treat!  Rob took the kids around a couple blocks in our neighborhood and I stayed home and handed out candy.

Sunday, July 07, 2019

7th birthday

We made a special weekend visit to Okoboji a couple weeks ago to celebrate Mace's 7th birthday!! It was chilly, but we had so much fun. One of the best parts was when Mace begged to play the basketball game at the Arnold's Park midway. We were all 100% certain that he had no chance of winning. The counter he had to shoot behind was kind of tall for him. The rims aren't the regulation size (although the guy working did prove to us that the ball really goes through). You only get 3 shots for five bucks. The odds were not in his favor! Anyway, the last shot he took, he made it! We all went nuts. He got to pick out an NBA flag and the guy working had to go retrieve a ladder to get it down, which made it pretty obvious that no one ever wins. He picked this Bulls flag (they didn't have a Golden State Warriors one) and loves it. It's now hanging in his room. A special memory from the weekend!
We also loved taking a boat out. Remy loved sitting up front and getting sprayed now and then. 
Mace desperately wanted "NBA clothes" for his birthday, so he ended up spending the whole weekend dressed as a Harlem Globetrotter :))
Overall, the rain stayed away and let us have some fun. Mace loved the roller coaster and Tiltawhirl at Arnold's Park, Remy loved running around at mini golf, and they both loved having grandparents along for the fun too.  Can't believe Mace is 7!!!

Sunday, April 07, 2019

T-shirt weather :D

Mace had his first spring soccer game this weekend, and it has finally been t-shirt weather! Last year in April we had a snowstorm, so who knows what the next couple weeks will bring.....hoping spring is here to stay!! Not too much longer and school will be out for the summer. Since returning from Florida, the kids ask pretty much daily to go swimming, so I'm sure we will be at the pool a lot when it finally opens!!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

500th Day of Winter

Old Man Winter gave us a little relief a couple weeks ago and we were able to visit the zoo for an afternoon. Since then it has been constant snow and cold. Today we got another 8 inches and it's still falling!!
We have been busy planning our spring and summer travel.....we are all anxious for warm weather. Remy has taken to adding swimsuits to her dress up rotation and Mace has been learning how to play chess with Rob......the cabin fever is real!!!!

Saturday, November 03, 2018


We had another fun Halloween this year! Cinderemy and the SWAT team made it magical. Remy loves pretty much any princess story, and we have an old copy of a Cinderella book from when I was a kid, and she loves the part with the mice making the pink Cinderelly's pink dress. We watch the mice sing their work song on YouTube and she always points when the mice say "do the dishes! do the mopping!" etc. So it was a no brainer to be Cinderemy in the pink dress with a little Gus Gus mouse. Mace spotted this SWAT team outfit when it was still summer I think and begged his grandparents to buy it for him. He's been dressing up in it for months and still loves it!

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Been a minute

We are coming up on Remy's 2nd birthday this week, and I'm having a ton of feelings about it. Birthdays bring back so many memories. Mostly I'm just so happy to have her and know her.

She's gotten so fun and funny lately....talking so much more and just being silly. I think her favorite thing to say is "Where'd _____ go?"  Where'd Dad go? Where'd Mace go? Where'd Mama go? She is learning all about Halloween and can say punkin and witch and Halloween guy which sounds like Hawkeye, haha.

She's learned how to say her own name, and she says it perfectly, and then she usually adds a little nose scrunch and giggle at the end. I'll get a better video of it, but for now I want to remember this: