Lemonade Stands and Block Parties

It’s really summer now, isn’t it? Today is actually quite cool for a Kansas summer (65 degrees on my run this morning, what?!), but last week was scalding. We spent most of our time at the pool or in sprinklers, searching for relief from the heat. This weekend was our first annual neighborhood block party, and have I mentioned how much I’m loving our street lately? When we first moved here almost five years ago, I was so blah blah about living in suburbia, but in the last year our little nook of the city has become a pretty fun place to be. Lucy spends her days and evenings running back and forth to the neighbors’ homes, making grand plans and catching fireflies. Little Tate runs behind them, trying desperately to be part of the crew. It’s hard being the littlest sometimes, but he does pretty well for himself. This is the kind of life I envisioned for my kids when we moved out here. Running from house to house, eating popsicles and pushing each other on tree swings. Having a secret walkie talkie code with the neighbor boys and spending all day selling lemonade from their homemade stand.


This weekend was the debut of the big lemonade stand that Trent and Lulu made together. It took them about a week, two weekends really, but it really is the cutest thing you’ll ever see. Trent made it out of an old desk painted with leftovers from Lucy’s room remodel. He got all the neighborhood kids involved and everyone had a piece in making the stand a success. They served three kinds of drinks (regular lemonade, strawberry lemonade and Kool-aide…or a mix of the three if you wanted to get crazy!) and even came up with a bottomless cup system, where you’d pay a base price, then you’d get a temporary tattoo to wear, which you’d show to get your refill for free. I was so proud to see them work on this together and to see how happy Lucy was to show off what they’d built.


The lemonade stand’s first day was at our block party, which was also a huge success! It was so awesome to see all of our neighbors come out and spend the day together. One of our neighbor’s used to own his own BBQ restaurant, so he smoked ribs and grilled hotdogs and hamburgers for everyone, while the rest of us brought sides and desserts. The fire department came with a shiny red truck for the kids to climb all over and explore. Sidenote: This was seriously the best looking fire brigade in history. They looked like they belonged in one of those hot firemen (and women!) calendar. Tate was especially enamored with a firewoman aptly named Megan, who he flirted with the whole time. There was a bouncy house, karaoke and a fire pit with s’mores. At around 10 p.m. I finally made Lulu come inside, covered in dirt and with a Kool-aide mustache, exclaiming, “This was the best day ever.”



Bouncy house wildness! #summer #blockparty #iloveourstreet







As you can probably tell if you have seen a calendar today, it’s the first day of July! And if you’re a long time reader, you know July is when I take some time off from the blog to refuel my creative engine and go on a little Internet hiatus. I have lots of fun plans for July, and I will definitely share our adventures when I’m back in August, but if you miss me too much, you can always come visit me on Instagram, where I will be posting daily. I am participating in the July Photo-A-Day Challenge and have set a goal to run a mile each day, which I will be documenting over there under the hashtag #mileadayjuly. I will also be over on my Crazybananas Facebook and Twitter pages sharing bite-sized updates and photos when I just can’t help myself. I hope you all have a fantastic July! I will miss you like crazy!

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Happy Weekend!


Hello everyone! I’m still in Salt Lake City at Alt Summit and I can’t wait to share all I’ve learned with you. Today is the final day of the speaker sessions, then tomorrow we have design camp. I’ll be flying home Sunday to my littles who I’ve missed like crazy while I’m away. This week has be BEYOND beyond, but I’m really looking forward to returning home and digesting all I’ve learned here.

I would like to quickly say thank you so much to everyone who made it possible for me to attend Alt Summit this week. It was really a pipe dream of mine that I never, ever thought would come true. My husband, always more patient than I probably deserve, said okay to a huge sum of money (Alt ain’t cheap, y’all) right after I’d quit my full time job because he wanted to support me in getting where I need to go in this weird world of lifestyle blogging. My in-laws have been wonderful, coming to Kansas City to help out while I’m away and spending time with the kids. And of course, those kids, who make everything worth it. Oy, my heart may burst.

Okay, enough of that sappy stuff. Here are some links to get you through your weekend. I’ll be back on Monday!

I love the idea of taking a train somewhere in the states. I’ve always wanted to go cross country, but I think I’ll wait until Tate is not two years old (no offense, Tater). I really enjoyed reading about Jordan’s trip with her family to Seattle from San Francisco. So fun!

Please oh please someone buy me a Doctor Who valentine!

The “You Are My Wild” project is a blog where 14 photographers document how they see their children. It’s perfection.

I would love a video like this with my kids, showing a normal day together (with a bit of fancy fun thrown in, of course!).

Speaking of beautiful videos featuring bloggers and their kids, go watch “Betty in Paris.” You won’t regret it!

Guess what city made Refinery 29’s list of places to travel? Well, yeah, New York City. But also, Kansas City! Yay for KC! (Apparently the new hipster capitol of the Midwest….okay?)

The best photobombs of the presidential inauguration.

Nicole helped me make these sweet valentine’s last year, and now she’s sharing how on the Petit Soul blog!

I also wrote this week at Sweet Lemon Magazine’s Zesty Digest about my need to get out and run again…my dad is always right.

Lucky Number Seven


Seven years ago today I got married. I was happy, giddy and in love. I was also terrified.

Marriage can be a scary thing…telling someone that you promise to be there for them FOREVER and ever is a bit daunting. I look at the person I was seven years ago and I’m amazed that Trent got down on one knee (in a suit of armor, no less) and asked me to be with him the rest of our lives.

The day we were married, we were facing a whole new world ahead of us. There would be no honeymoon period, no newlywed years spent traveling and reveling in married bliss, as our friends were planning for themselves. Our future seemed very serious, and quite frankly, pretty damn scary. There was a baby on the way and a business being built, and we were just kids! It was overwhelming, and combined with the hormones, I can’t believe I didn’t go off the deep end.

But I didn’t. We didn’t. And even though it was hard some of the time, we moved forward together. There were slammed doors and storming out in to the night and screaming at the top of our lungs….and then, one day, there wasn’t.

I don’t know when it happened. But one day, it seems, we just grew up. We have grown into ourselves and into this marriage until it became the perfect fit. I don’t mean, of course, that our marriage is perfect. Not even close…but who wants perfect, anyway? When I say a perfect fit, I mean that we have reached a place in our relationship where it just fits. It’s comfortable, warm, loving and, dare I say, really freaking happy.


Our wedding song was Ben Harper’s “Forever,” and when I listen to it today, I’m awed by how perfect it is for Trent and I.

Not talkin’ ’bout a year
No not three or four
I don’t want that kind of forever
In my life anymore
Forever always seems
to be around when it begins
but forever never seems
to be around when it ends
So give me your forever
Please your forever
Not a day less will do
From you

I am so proud of this life we’ve built together. So proud of us. We figured it out. Seven years later, I look at that girl on her wedding day and want to give her a hug. “It’s going to be alright,” I’d tell her “In fact, it’s going to be the best thing you ever did.”


Click here to read our interview on marriage over at So Wonderful, So Marvelous. Click here to see Trent looking super dashing in a suit of armor.

Bottom photo by Nicole Coleman

Love and Marriage


Trent and I are being featured today over at the always awesome So Wonderful, So Marvelous blog! She’s doing a super fun series on marriage and asked us to answer some of her questions on how we maintain such a picturesque union. I told her it was the abundance of breakfast sandwiches. Trent agreed. See? We’re meant to be!

Truthfully, we have worked pretty hard at our marriage, especially in the last year or so, and I can confidently say I’ve never been happier. I know that a huge part of this came from my whole “journey to be happy” and making real decisions to make my relationship a good one. Trent and I have really done the work (and yes, it is work) and the payoff has come in spades. When I look at who we are now, compared to where we were as 19 year old college kids (volatile, dramatic, passionate, slightly bonkers) or even 23 year old first time parents/newlyweds or, hell, even 27 year old professionals, I am amazed we made it through. So many times we could have jumped off this ship and left it to sink, but every time we found ourselves clinging to lifeboats, doggie paddling for each other.

Here’s to doggie paddling for many more decades…


For more of the So Wonderful, So Marvelous marriage series, click here!

{Photo by Nicole Coleman}

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