So, obviously, it’s been a while. I’ll tell you about our crazy month is a bit. First, I need to gush on my little brothers for a second.
Before moving here, I really didn’t know Ethan’s brothers that well. I always wanted brothers, and they were exciting additions to my life, but I didn’t know them that well. Clayton (the oldest of the 3 and just finished his 2nd year of college) was the most enigmatic to me. When Ethan and I first started dating, he was in his early teens and was firmly in the “too cool for school” phase. Leland (the middle one who just graduated high school) I met at just the right age. He was old enough that he talked with me very easily but not so old that he felt like he had to look cool. He also adored Ethan so by default that made me cool. We, therefore, hit it off really well and he actually liked to spend time with me. Spenser (who will be a Junior in high school this fall) was so little that it was hard to get to know him. Also, his gameboy was glued to his hand. We couldn’t even eat with him without his gameboy being whipped out!
As they got older, I got to know them a bit better, but really it kicked into high gear this winter. They drive over all the time to “help” Ethan with things, have movie nights and just hang out. They really hadn’t been able to spend any substantial time with him for at least 10 years- so they’ve been catching up. All visits, however, have been when Ethan was around. We hang out, and have a blast together, but visits were not to explicitly see me.
That is, until this week. You may or may not know that my birthday was this week. Sadly Ethan has been out of town all week so he was not here to celebrate my birthday. One set of friends were out of town and the other set was busy, so that left potential birthday celebrators to Ethan’s family. Well, Ethan’s parents decided to go out of town that day, so duh duh da duh…. that left the bros. Side note: I was pretty bummed on my bday. Elijah was a beast, Ethan was gone and I felt lonely. But, that all changed when, at 7:15pm, my bros called to inform me that they were picking up pizza and a movie and coming over to party! They bought me a cake and everything! It was so sweet. It was so much fun. They stayed till after midnight, and I really think the ice has been broken! Next week Ethan will be gone again and so will his parents, so I think I might get visitors again! Squeal! I can’t tell you how excited I am.
So, now then. This last month, Ethan and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary a bit early. It is, in fact, on Saturday, but Ethan was a groomsman in a wedding in Washington DC and we decided to make a trip of it! Let me just say that it was definitely needed. After all the life changes that have happened in the last 8 months, we needed some time to ourselves. We had a blast at the wedding, seeing some amazing friends, going to museums, walking, seeing the monuments and eating Indian food at the end of the trip with Amanda and Matt (the bride and groom). We had been craving Indian food for a while, because the Indian place in Casper closed, so we demanded it. Although, instead of satisfying my cravings, it just made it worse. sad face.
my favorite Murillo! Sadly, the baroque section was roped off so I couldn’t see my favorite period, but it was still amazing. There is nothing like being surrounded by so many friends. 🙂
us on our evening monuments date. It was amazing!
WW2 memorial with the washington monument in the background
us with the ever amazing Melissa Neuman…. in front of the White House! Not only did she sing for our first dance at our wedding, she just happens to work for the White House and gave us a personal tour! It was so cool. But it was even more amazing getting to catch up with her. It was one of my favorite things from the trip!
While we were party-ing it up, Elijah was chilling out with my family in Topeka. My parents were waist deep in crazy work schedules, but they still were kind enough to watch Elijah.
Also, we celebrated his 3rd birthday there. Mom made the most amazing Little Einstein’s cake.
this picture with my grandparents was just too cute not to share!
When we got back to Casper, it was Mother’s Day, and Ethan built me a fire pit! IT’S AMAZING! I love it. Then the next week, we celebrated Elijah’s birthday again. This time, we had an Octonauts theme. Octonauts is very favorite show. It’s from the UK and is on the Disney channel. It’s all about these characters who live in an underwater submarine/house called the octopod, and they take care of and help all different kinds of sea life. It’s super cute and I think he knows more about underwater stuff than we do! You can’t find toys though, unless you get them online. The downside is that they have to be shipped from the UK, so they are crazy expensive. I had a brain lapse and decided that I would make him the characters out of felt. Such an idiot. They turned out amazing, but they were a TON of work.
the characters I made for him
Then, after that, I had to make 8 dozen cupcakes for Leland’s graduation/ Eagle Scout ceremony. Also, during this time, Ethan was building out fence in our back yard. He’s almost done, and I’m so excited for it!
Vanilla bean cupcake with a vanilla swiss meringue buttercream
devil’s food with a peanut butter filling and chocolate ganache with a chocolate boy scout emblem on top
double chocolate chip with a chocolate mousse filling and a swiss meringue buttercream
After Leland’s eagle scout ceremony. He’s the 3rd brother to become an eagle scout.
L-R: Clayton, Spenser, Uncle Jim (a former scout master), Leland and Ethan
Now that you are all caught up, it’ll be 2ish weeks before I post again- I’ll be crazy cleaning next week because next Friday…. Cheri, Kurtis and Kenny (and Cheri and Kurtis’ kids Sam and Penny) are coming to visit!!!!!!!!!!! We are so excited! We’re going on lots of adventures, so afterwords, I’ll share some pictures!