Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Weekend Away

Dan and I went to Minneapolis this weekend - without Kaiden - and it was wonderful!  We left Friday afternoon and made it there by evening to celebrate our anniversary.  Dan planned an evening as a surprise to me.  We ended up on the riverfront and ate at a restaurant with the most amazing food.  Then we spent the evening walking by the river and enjoying the atmosphere of the area.

Saturday we went shopping.  Mostly because I wanted to.  Thanks Dan.  A while back I had come across this store online called Home Goods.  I really wanted to check it out but the closest one was in Minnesota.  So when planning our trip we of course had to make a stop at this store.  It was first on the agenda and I must say I love Home Goods.  I was like a little kid in a candy store.  Seriously.  Sioux Center needs one of these stores... and a Target, but that's another story.

Then we went to Ikea, which neither one of us had ever been to either.  According to Mapquest, what was supposed to take us 15 minutes took us an hour and 15 minutes to get to because of a detour.  Which wouldn't have been so bad except our gas tank was pretty much on empty and we were sitting at a dead-stop on the interstate.  Kinda of scary.  We did make it to Ikea, but we decided we for sure needed to fill up with gas before heading back to our hotel... so after Ikea, what do we do?  Get right onto the interstate, without filling up with gas... only to merge onto the interstate and sit at a dead-stop.  Now my car is dinging because our gas is on empty.  I start freaking out.  I do not want to be the one causing more of a traffic jam when I run out of gas in the middle of the interstate.  We turn the car off and try to coast; we turn it back on when traffic starts moving a little... then stop again.  My nerves start to get the best of me and I start to cry (a little).  Since we're just sitting there we ask the person in the car next to us where the nearest gas station is.  The next exit.  The next exit seems like forever when you're not moving at all.  Eventually we get to a place where we could drive on the shoulder and pass all the cars to get to the exit, but I don't want to do that so Dan and I jump out of the car, switch seats and Dan drives on the shoulder to the exit.  We make it to the gas station just in time.  I was finally able to calm down once we had a full tank of gas.  I didn't care how long it took us to get back to our hotel as long as I knew we had gas.

Anyway, Ikea was cool.  Then later that evening we went to a dinner theater and watched an improv comedy show.  That was pretty funny.  Sunday before we went home we stopped at Menards.  It was the biggest Menards I have ever been to.  It was huge.  It had two floors and strangely enough there was someone playing a baby grand piano in the middle of the store.  In Menards.  Anywho... that was our weekend and though it was a wonderful weekend I was very much looking forward to seeing my little K-man.  But, wouldn't you know, he wanted nothing to do with us when we walked in the house to see him.  He was busy playing 'farm' with grandma and grandpa.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Summertime Sweet Corn

One of the best things about summertime in Iowa?  Corn on the cob.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Spinach & Feta Stuffed Chicken

This is one of our favorites.  Got this recipe from my friend, Kelly Fischer, and thought I would share it since we enjoy it so much!

4 chicken breasts
1/2 cup mayo
1/2 cup feta cheese crumbles
2 cloves garlic, minced
handfuls of fresh spinach (to taste)
chopped sun-dried tomatoes
sun-dried tomato vinaigrette

-Combine mayo, feta, garlic, spinach and tomatoes in a bowl and set aside.
-Butterfly chicken breasts, season with salt and pepper.
-spoon mixture into chicken breasts, close and secure with toothpicks.
-Place in greased cooking dish, top with vinaigrette.
-Bake at 350 degrees 15 minutes covered; 20 minutes uncovered; 5 minutes on broil until chicken is cooked through and lightly browned.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

our story

As many of you know, we recently moved to Sioux Center, IA after living in Ames for nearly nine years.  We loved living in Ames; loved the town; loved the church we found there; loved the culture and most of all loved the friends there.  As with anyone living in a place for an extended period of time, we got very connected and our roots began getting deep there.

Dan has always had a talent, skill and passion for woodworking, design, building and construction.  While in Ames he worked as a graphic designer and was able to do some construction and building.  As much as he enjoyed his job he always had in the back of his mind that he wanted to do something more with construction and building.  His dad owns a small construction company and it seemed it was just a matter of time before he would work with and learn from his dad.

After years of talking about it and praying about it, it seemed that moving to Sioux Center to work with his dad was becoming more and more a reality.  We did a lot of praying and seeking wise counsel about the situation and for the first time in our life together we felt God was leaving the doors wide open for us to move to Sioux Center.

We put our house in Ames up for sale by owner and within a week we had an offer on the house!  In a poor housing market like this, God was again reassuring us that this was the direction He wanted us to go.  We planned a weekend to visit Sioux Center to look at houses there.  We probably looked at six or seven different houses and found only one we liked.  There was already an offer on it so we quickly threw our offer on the table as well.  After a couple days of negotiating and counter-offers and working against some other unknown individual that wanted the house too, we got it!

So here we are - living in Sioux Center.  Dan's working with his dad and I'm staying home with our two-year-old son (which I was not able to do before the move).  I'm loving being able to be home with Kaiden and am blessed to have such a hard-working, loving husband that works his butt off to allow me to stay home with Kaiden.

We are getting settled and know it will take time for our roots to grow deep again in this new place.  In this blog we hope to share our journey of our new life here in Sioux Center.