Archive for May, 2011

I just got back from my whirlwind tour of MD and NE.  Phew! There was so much going on that I didn’t take very many pictures (I was too tired!).  However, Kira helped me out and I think we got some good ones. I will share what I have (warning: this will probably be a LONG post).

First things first—Kira’s Birthday Party!

Kira had her 5th birthday while I was out in MD.  It was at an art studio and the kiddos got to make some pretty neat sculptures.  Angie and I (but mostly Angie) made her cake, so we got to be creative and have fun as well.

This is Angie icing the 4 layers of strawberry cake.  The layers alternate between pink and purple, but it was a little hard to see until we cut into it.  The icing was homemade buttercream. Soooo good :)  We (and by “we,” I mean “Angie”) decorated with more pink and purple—pretty much anything Kira said she wanted on the cake, Angie took it as a personal mission.  What a great mom!


Kira really enjoyed her birthday party! She got to wear a special dress, have a special cake, and run around with all her friends!  Too cute!



While in MD, I finally got a chance to see Mary and Tim’s house. And meet their new puppy, Jake!  However, the time change was beginning to get to me, so I was too tired to run around taking pics.  Lucky for me, Kira took an interest in my camera. She is, of course, a much better photographer than I am.  So, while I took this super cute pic of Mia trying on Uncle Tim’s hat:


I’m pretty sure Kira took the rest of these (though my dad may have taken 1 or 2 to show her how the camera worked).






Truthfully she used up my entire 1g card taking photos. I had to toss a bunch, but it was really tempting to keep them all and recreate Mary and Tim’s house in a collage.  🙂

And then came the roadtrip.  20+ hours in the car.  We tried to stop and rest in Iowa, but all of the hotels were booked. So, we drove straight to Omaha in one trip.  We did get out and play at the rest stops:



Angie and Kira even did their exercises! Go Angie and Kira!


Cuteness overload. Where was I? Oh right! We’re in NE now…

Well, we went to Desi and Brandon’s beautiful wedding.  None of the pictures of the ceremony turned out well.  I didn’t have enough light for my camera to get an un-fuzzy shot.  However, Kira ran around with my camera at the reception. More pics by Kira (except the few that she’s in—I took those):






Naturally, we stopped at the Book Store. Had to get some NE gear so that we could fit in when we walked around town:


The day after the wedding, we made a trip to the zoo with family. It’s always fun to see the cousins!

Kira actually walked across the bridge this time! So brave! And, in case you didn’t know, the NE zoo is AMAZING!









And, we got to visit a couple of times with Grandma Hotovy! She snuck me chocolate.  What can I say? The woman knows me 🙂

Kira took all these photos (love that girl!)


My new favorite pics of my dad:


“Make a silly face Aunt Rachel!”



It was so great getting to see Grandma. Now you all know where Angie and I get our good looks from. And our love of chocolate 🙂



Well, I think this post is getting ridiculously long. But, I just can’t resist a couple extra pics of my super cute nieces:




Alright, I’m done now. I promise I’ll post all the pics (these are just a few) on facebook so that people can tag/share them. Some day. <evil laugh>

We have an old, dilapidated computer chair that sits in our office area just for Beta.  Without it, she will steal our chairs. So, we have an ugly old chair that Beta sits in while we’re on the computer.  And today I turned around to find this:


I’m not sure she could look any more lazy if she tried 🙂

I’ve been playing in a bell choir at my church for a couple of years now and I really enjoy it.  Recently we’ve been ringing some pretty difficult music (at least, difficult for me).  At Palm Sunday service, we played a song called King of Glory. It was a really neat song! For me, it was particularly challenging because it changed from a 6 count to 9 count to 6 count to 4 count to 6 count…you get the idea :) 

Anyway, we actually got a pretty good recording of it, so I thought I would share it  so that all of my friends/family across the country can enjoy:

I’ve been working on creating a playlist to jog to. Correction (just in case my dad reads this). I’ve been working on creating a playlist to which I can jog.  I have a few good songs I’ve been listening to for a while, but now I need to update the list with some new songs. I’m looking for suggestions.

Just a couple of guidelines:

1. It can’t have a slow start. For example, I thought “Faith” would be a great song, but it has a really slow/long beginning section that is TERRIBLE when you’re on the treadmill.

2. It has to be a little fast. No slow songs please 🙂

3. No yell/scream music.  Which basically cuts out most of the music Anson would recommend 🙂

Other than that, I’m willing to try most anything!

It feels like time is flying by!  Now that I’ve been accepted to grad school, I’ve been looking for scholarships/funding. I’m hoping to get a TA/RA position, but they haven’t listed any openings for the fall yet.  In the meantime, I should probably start re-reading some of my texts. I don’t want to be behind on my first day!

I watched Gone with the Wind for the first time today.  It was good.  Sort of. I like movies with happy endings, which this was not. And I feel like, with 3 hours and 58 minutes of footage, it shouldn’t have been left quite so open-ended.  I actually wanted to to be longer.  Nuts! Is there a sequel? If so, is it any good?

I’m slowly getting ready for my trip next week.  I’ve got to figure out what to pack. I’m going to attempt to only bring one carry-on, so I hope people don’t mind my doing laundry.  I’m super excited to see everyone!

Speaking of super cool people I’m going to be seeing soon, my cutie-pie niece Kira is doing a bike-a-thon to raise money for St. Jude’s hospital.  She gets a neat prize if she meets her goal of $100.  So, if any of my friends and family that read this blog (yeah, all 4 of you) want to contribute, you’d be superheroes!

And, last but not least, a BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO KIRA!  5 years old today!