While Nick has been busy with work travel, Ivan and I have been traveling our own share.  Right before my birthday Grandma Karen came to visit for Spring Break.  Ivan enjoyed time with his cousins and Grandma.  A couple weeks later we headed out across KS by ourselves for a road trip to Hutchinson, KS for the Kansas Mennonite Central Committee relief sale. Ivan did great on the road trip in the car! My mom was in surgery that same day in AZ so Friday I booked a last minute flight from Denver.  We enjoyed the sale and more Hostetler family time celebrating Dewey and Bernie’s 65th wedding anniversary.  Nick flew into meet us then flew out from Wichita for another work trip.

 

We drove back home to do laundry and repack and headed to AZ Monday morning. It was a very short turn around as we had a 6am flight, but Ivan did fabulous and was pleasant and social as always. We spent a little more than a week in AZ helping with cleaning and food and giving smiles and spreading joy to help Grandma Reimer recover from her surgery.  Nick was able to combine a work trip and meet us up for the Easter weekend. It was great to spend some time with him in AZ.

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Ivan and I flew home with a few days to recover before heading back out for a combo work/pleasure trip to Seattle.  The three of us flew to Seattle Friday evening and stayed with family by the airport before heading up to Bellingham to see my grandparents.  We also met up with my cousin and her fiance and an adopted Grandpa.  We went to church with them and after church hung out for a bit with my aunt and her husband.  We headed back to Seattle Sunday evening so Nick could be there for meetings Monday.  Meanwhile Ivan and I met up with my cousin Jana and went to the Boeing Museum and checked out the tulips of Skagit Valley in Mt. Vernon.

Check out the video of more pictures and some videos of our adventures.

My Birthday was this week so I celebrated like I wanted to.  I went out to brunch with a friend on Saturday then after dropping off Ivan with my Sister-in-law Nick and I went on a hike. WP_20170318_13_27_03_Pro

With my current food restrictions I decided it wasn’t worth paying to eat out a simple meal, so instead I found delicious recipes and Nick and I spent the evening cooking together.  It was terrific and very tasty.  Here are some picture and links to the recipes.

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Iranian Eggplant Dip was both of our favorite!  This was amazing and I will definitely make it again.

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Lamb Shawarma was very tasty, but our chunks of meat were a bit too small so they were a bit over cooked. We did roast veggies with this and made the tahini sauce. The mint was an interesting addition to the roasted veggies.

Herb crackers was for me to be able to eat the eggplant dip. Though these are delicious and I will be making them again.

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On Sunday we celebrated with our church family and I made a special dessert that I could share with everyone.

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On Monday, I made a special breakfast with my hand at homemade hollandaise sauce. Ivan and I met up with Grandma Karen at the library for story time and mask making after I got a walk in with a friend. After Ivan’s nap we went to Caribou Coffee for my free drink then to a playground.  In the evening, Nick watched Ivan so I could go out with friends to InTea as well as Wahoo Fish Tacos. I was so excited to see spring flowers for my birthday. In 11 years of being in CO I don’t think I’ve ever seen early spring flowers.  I have been enjoying all the blooms this year! Nick as super creative and sneaky and bought us tickets to go see Jim Gaffigan.  He presented it in a fun way with the tickets inside his book so we can read that together for now.  Here’s to a great 35!!!!

 

Ivan and I were able to take a trip to AZ to see Ivan’s Reimer Grandparents for a week.  My mom actually was waiting for some news from the Dr so it was a great distraction to be there. Ivan loved going to the pool to splash Grandpa. We also enjoyed going to the train museum, library, playground and mini golf. The RV place they are parked at this winter has a great facility of pools and mini golf and live music.  We delighted all the people living there on walks and then were able to sweetly ask for rides on golf carts a couple of times.  One couple even let Ivan pick some grapefruit off of their tree, and it was delicious! As always Ivan was a great traveler and spread love and joy every where we went.

Check out the video here https://vimeo.com/209444307 for more pictures and watch Ivan jumping into the pool and playing golf.

After a hectic week of floor remodeling we enjoyed a visit from the Reimer family for Christmas.  The guys hit the slopes on Christmas Eve and we had a delightful fondue dinner for Christmas. The visit was short and sweet, but Ivan loved the time he had with extended family.

The week after we spent time with local cousins and Grandma Karen who lives in KS.  He loved the warm days to jump on the trampoline!

 

All the Moseley siblings got to go to the Raiders vs. Broncos game on New Year’s Day.  It was a fun week of celebrating with family!

I would have liked to read so many more….but this is my season.

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Here’s the list for 2016

  1. Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents need to Know to Do it once and Do it Right by Jamie CLowacki is a funny and informative book on potty training. Interesting tid bits on toddler brains and reminders on training, teaching and behavior in general.
  2. Engaging Islam by Georges Houssney is a very informative book written by a man from Lebanon who converted from Islam to Christianity as a teenager.  He discusses how to engage people from a Muslim background, mostly from an American perspective.
  3. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter is a novel that flashes from 1962 Italy to modern day USA to tell a story of a few lives intertwined.  I don’t often read romance novels so this was a different read for me, but I did enjoy it, especially the look at Italy in the people and culture.
  4. Smart Moves: Why Learning is not all in your head by Carla Hannaford, Ph.D. is a book on how learning should happen.  It is based on whole body so looks at the brain, emotions, stress and movement.  She highly encourages using Brain Gym activities to stimulate learning and grain growth.
  5. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo is an amazing nonfiction narrative of stories in the slum.  The way these people survive is an incredible testimony to the human spirit, or not, when they choose otherwise. This book is very well written and artistic in a manner that speaks deep.
  6. Keep Your Love On by Danny Silk is a great book on relationships.  Direct and simple that in order to have healthy God honoring relationships one must choose love no matter what the other person does.  Interesting perspective on tough love.
  7. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver is a novel with pointed discussion on climate change and the monarch butterfly migration.  I learned a lot about butterflies and enjoyed the book. But it was not a favorite.
  8. Hope for Health: Functional Bio Analysis by Dr. Scott Monk is a very scientific and cited book that describes muscle testing and how it works with Functional Health.
  9. Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is a marriage book pointing out that the Bible tells wives to respect their husbands and husbands to love their wives.  He give practical tips as to how that looks and tons of stories of real people.
  10. How to raise a Mondern Day Joseph by Larry Fowler is a book that mostly encourages churches to get on board and work together with all their age groups. I took away a few things from this easy read, but mostly just skimmed it.  It is interesting to note that this is a person in AWANA.
  11. Power of a Praying Parent is a book I started and continue to read. Technically I did not finish it as it is not really a finishing book, but instead an ongoing read. Stormie Omartian discusses how to really pray for your kids.
  12. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer is a modern history story of the manuscripts of Timbuktu, Mali. Amazing story of the liberal and jihadi extremism of Islam.  Interesting read about the ancient history of Mali and more modern war.
  13. A Shepherd’s Look at Psalm 23 by Phillip Keller is a classic that I’ve read before, but I enjoy going back to.  He brings out nuances of what David meant by discussing modern day shepherding. I love the way it makes me think about God differently.
  14. The life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Marie Kondo. This is a quick read about the author’s own method of tidying up. Keep only what sparks true joy and give everything a home.  I like and agree with these practices; she does get a bit mystical and spiritualizes stuff, but if you can look past that, I think this method would be great!
  15. The Littles by John Peterson is a childhood favorite that I read to Ivan. Story of theses little people with tails who live in the walls of a house of regular humans.
  16. The God Shaped Brain: How changing your view of God transforms your life by Timothy R Jennings, M.D. Is a great book of the paradigm shift of setting God of love. This book combines brain science with scripture to look at truth and our relationships.
  17. Borrower of the Night by Elizabeth Peters was a great beach book to sit and relax.  It’s a mystery novel of art and history in Germany.
  18. The Food and Feasts of Jesus: Inside the World of First Century Fare with Menus and Recipes by Douglas E. Neel and Joel A. Pugh is an informative and entertaining book.  I would love to get this book again and follow some of the recipes and feasts.
  19. The Bible by the Trinity of God through humankind.  Ivan and I had a combination of listening and reading together this year.

After 10 years of being in our condo (as of July 2016), it became time to invest in a few upgrades to our home.  In 2012 we had already remodeled the kitchen, which was a major undertaking since we did the work ourselves (with the help of Kara’s parents).

 

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Ivan eating in his chair in the only space in the house…

 

This round of renovations included replacing the worn-out carpet and ugly bathroom vanities, so we elicited a contractor to help.  In addition to those upgrades, the bathrooms and master bedroom received a much needed new color and coat of paint.

 

In all, the project began in early November, but do to complications with our flooring order, it was only completed a mere 2 days before Christmas!  Just in time to share with family visiting for the holidays.

Video of the transformation: https://vimeo.com/197095887

 

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We had the wonderful opportunity of having Jo Julia Photography do a family photo shoot for us.  We were able to snag some time while the leaves were still really pretty!

 

Enjoy the video highlighting our favorites: https://vimeo.com/195339554.