Friday, June 4, 2010

A little sunshine and some rain too

This winter I realized that I have FINALLY, after over 10 years, become accepting of Nebraska winters.  Maybe it is to compensate for poor Ben, who has lived here his whole life and yet told me last week that he is already getting depressed about winter coming (umm hello, it’s june…?!?). ANYWAY, I used to hate the snow, now I don’t. I used to hate the wind…I still do…but I have accepted it as a part of life here. I have become increasingly impressed with myself to the point where I really wondered what the big deal was about summer. So it’s warm…so what? The cold isn’t so bad, right?! And then came this BEAUTIFUL weather, and now I am sitting here questioning my sanity and how I could ever, even for a second, think that summer is anything but the most amazing season that exists.  I mean really, snow Heather?! What was I thinking?! Summer is where it’s at my friends! Need examples of why I was crazy to think winter was even an acceptable season? Read on…

1. Family outdoor car washing! How cute is it to watch little Hayden grab her soapy sponge and scrub dirt off of the car?! (And the cement, and Ben’s hair, and her clothes…)
Could you do that in the winter? I suppose you could but then I would be forced to question YOUR sanity!
2.. Memorial day. There is a reason that doesn’t happen in winter. It is a day meant for swimming, barbequing, s’mores, picnics, and all around outdoor enjoyment.  This year Ben didn’t work (thank Heavens he doesn’t work at V.I. anymore and can actually enjoy a holiday with the fam!!!) and we had a blast doing ALL the things meant to be done on Memorial day.  We enjoyed our day with our friends Courtney and Dan and basically relaxed! We had a picnic at the park (Hayden is SO obsessed with swinging!) then went swimming at Star City Shores:

Then we had a fabulous barbeque of hamburgers and hot dogs (and chips and cheetohs puffs and cookies and pop and all that delicious/terrible for you food) and then roasted s’mores. It was a BLAST!  
  3. Summer storms! I mean really, the word SUMMER is in the name because they just don’t happen in the winter. Tornado season is upon us and our family is loving it! Crazy thunder, lightning, sudden downpours…all the makings of some great pictures and an AWESOME nights sleep. Really, we LOVE storms.  One of our favorite family activities is sitting outside and just watching the skies go crazy…it’s so beautiful!

Hopefully when winter comes I will once again be able to put behind me my love of beautiful summer weather and remember that winter really isn’t so bad, and that summer will be back again soon…but with as well as this summer is already going it might be a harder task than I thought it would be!

Well, I think that’s about it for today, but I wanted to leave you with a lovely photo montage (as if I haven’t already posted a zillion pictures!!!) that I like to call “The world according to Hayden.” Enjoy :D
The end!  


  1. Summer is also great becuase it has some very special birthdays in it. But of course Winter is your birthday so then is has to be a good season too! Plus you can come see us lots easier in the summer!!

  2. Ooh there ARE a lot of my favorite people's birthdays in the summer...Jason this month and you and Ben AND Hayden in august...AND we get to come visit easier AND get to go out on the boat...all excellent things!!!

  3. I am glad you started a blog! I'm sorry I haven't commented..or maybe I have. I am so busy with school. You graduated, yes? Are you still going to school? I love the post below this comparing pics of you with your kids. Seriously, they look just like you! But I DO want to see a Ben comparison. I love that you married Ben. It is fun to look and see where people have ended up. I am clearly behind in making kids, but I'll catch up someday!

    And PS. The #1 thing I miss about the midwest are the thunderstorms. I am SO jealous!