Congrats Dathan!

A friend of mine from high school (who I also ran cross with) ran in the Olympics for the second time last night. He did remarkably well (and it was only his third marathon ever!), finishing 9th overall and 1st for the USA.

I dug up a few old photos of us from high school (I apologize for the poor scanning quality).

(l to r: Kyle, Dathan, Seth, Andrew, Phil)
Us showing off our pop bellies (I think Ryan on the left won by a fair margin)

During college at a cross reunion

Dathan dressed up in my brother and sisters puppy-dog sleeping bag

Mommy and Me Soccer

Madisyn and I get to play soccer together Tuesday nights for six weeks! I may enjoy it more than she does, but I'm sure she looks cuter!

Playing goalie, and not so focused on the game. Yes, she got scored on.

And posing during the game

A late birthday celebration

We finally celebrated Elliot's bday (my brother) Sunday. His birthday was June 28th, so we were a little late. None-the-less, we were lucky enough to have my aunt and uncle join us as well and my uncle took some fantastic pictures of the kiddo's.

I love this picture!

Landon likes planing IN his toy box (Madisyn did the same thing at his age!)

Madisyn and Grandma Grandia

Seriously, I think she looks so old here! (minus the cheesy smile, of course)

Don't mind the naked diaper photo.

Loving Daddy

Loving Aunt Shell

Loving Landon (and cheesy posed smile)

Still enjoying the swingset!

Pool time


Our wonderful vacation has come to a close. Rob and I stayed at a campground in Bellaire, MI (near Shanty Creek) in a cute little cabin. Five days was a very long time for me to be away from the kids! I probably annoyed the sitters calling all of the time to talk to them :) None-the-less, everyone lived :D

Rob and I spent the majority of our days boating on the "chain-of-lakes" and our evenings having campfires (or attempting to do so). We launched at various public launches and found our way from one lake to another until evening. It was fantastic! We had gorgeous weather, were able to spend a lot of quality time together, and even sleep in! I was absolutely amazed at how beautiful some of the lakes were, especially Torch Lake! The water was crystal clear, turquoise in color, and it had the most silky sandy bottom! If you haven't gone there, you need to!

(photograph by Tina Vink, link on picture as well as below)
We are a busy family of five! I enjoy time with my husband and kids, running, being outdoors, shopping for deals, and cuddling. My wonderful husband keeps busy playing with the kiddos, hunting, fishing, exercising and working on projects around the house. Madisyn is six, in 1st grade, loves being outdoors and isn't one bit afraid of bugs or worms! Landon is four, a spitting image of Daddy, and is the sweetest, naughtiest and funniest little boy, all in one! Tinley was born February 24, 2012 and has already blessed us beyond belief! Here's a glimpse into our crazy and wonderful lives... hope you enjoy!

Tiece of Cake

I've finally decided to make a blog (Tiece of cake) dedicated to cakes... as to not consume the family blog.

(photograph by Mindy Leigh Photography, link on picture as well as below)

Madisyn Grace

Madisyn Grace
"Baby" & "M" (photograph by Melissa @ M Design and Photography, link on picture as well as below)

Landon Adrian

Landon Adrian
"LD" & "Bubba" (photograph by Melissa @ M Design and Photography, link on picture as well as below)