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a spontaneous trip

Sorry I’ve been away.
When you are a farmer’s wife you never know 
when it will be time for a vacation.
Because our vacations are planned around the weather.
And the weather is very unpredictable.
Which means our vacations are unpredictable.
But that keeps us young and spontaneous, right??
So when the rain came, Joel said he was ready to go.
And off to Colorado we went.
I was so excited to spend time with one of my best-est friends.
And to meet this little guy…
My friend Laura had her second little boy three weeks ago. 
This is sweet Tanner. 
He is just precious. 
And so little…at least compared to my chunky monkey.
Laura and I have been friends since fourth grade.
We met when my family moved to Colorado,
and three years later we had to move away.
But Laura is one of those friends 
that you can pick up right where you left off,
no matter how long it’s been since you have seen each other.
I love that about her.
In fact she didn’t even hesitate when I called her on Friday
and asked if we could come on Saturday…
because she didn’t just have a baby or anything.

Oh my. 
Little Tanner makes Levi look humongous. 
Lately people have been telling me that he is a “healthy” little boy. 
I think that is their polite way of saying that is a HUGE three month old!
We didn’t do a very good job documenting our trip.
Probably because we were too busy holding the babies.
It was pretty laid back.
Just hanging out at the house.
And lots and lots of talking.
I did manage to document our one two trips to Chick-fil-A.

It was so yummy.
This is Tanner’s big brother, Hunter.
I am sure that I was chowing down my food just like Hunter was.
Luckily no one took a picture of me.

Levi loved his first trip to Chick-fil-A too.
How couldn’t he?

My mouth is watering just looking at these pictures.
Really, it wasn’t the hi-light of the trip. :o)
Chick-fil-A, will you PLEASE come to Wichita?

Laura and I did manage to sneak away to do a little shopping.
They had the biggest JOANNS I have ever seen.
It was awesome.
And I went to Home Goods for the first time.
I loved it.
Home Goods, will you PLEASE come to Wichita too?
Joel and Hunter hung out while we shopped.
Hunter loves his Uncle Joel.
It is really sweet.

I just love it when my friends marry guys 
who immediately click with my husband.
There is no forced hanging out just because the wives are friends.
I think Michael and Joel could be best friends 
even if Laura and I weren’t friends.
They are so much alike it is scary sometimes.
And they get in a lot of trouble when they are together.
But we always have lots of fun.

Hunter did so good with the babies.
He is a sweet boy.
And such a good big brother.

And here they are…
the boys.
Someday, these three will have a lot of fun running around together.
I hope they will be great friends.

Thanks Michael and Laura for letting us come on such short notice.
We loved our time together.
Come to Kansas soon!

  • Anonymous - what a nice trip…Levi is so stinking cute!!!ReplyCancel

  • The Sieberts - precious pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - Aw Levi reminds me of MY Hunter, I was always told he was a “healthy” boy. He was 20lbs at 3 months.

    Great pictures and its so great to have an always friend 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Christina - Your pictures are amazing! So beautiful, all of them. What a fun trip for all of you…I just got back from a girls’ trip and it was so refreshing. I’m glad you had some good time with folks that you can just pick up with. There’s nothing like it!
    ha, my word verification is refula-which made me think of refuel…I hope that’s exactly what you were able to do!ReplyCancel

  • Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend - What breath taking pictures….adorable…Have 2 great giveaways that I am drawing for on Sunday night

  • NatalieDeltaGam - girl, we have TWO chick-fil-a’s where i live )in a
    sm ga town….not necessairly a good thing–we eat there too much!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Ann - I have followed your blog forever and prayed for you guys constantly during your journey. I loved this post, because we also have a BIG BOY and he was about that same size at 3 months. Your son is PERFECT and BEAUTIFUL just like little Cora. So glad you guys got to get away from some R&R. I will continue to lift you up daily.ReplyCancel

  • meg duerksen - i love home goods.
    i miss it so much. yes….it needs to come to wichita!!

    levi looks like huge!
    that is so funny!ReplyCancel

  • Dina - Looks like a fun trip. Not sure what I would do without a Chick Fil A.

    Levi is precious and both my boys were “healthy” boys and I loved it that way.ReplyCancel

  • Sara - I love Levi, he is just so darling! He reminds me of my boys, they were little chubbers too! My middle child’s name is Tanner, he’s 5. I have never heard of another child named Tanner! Cute name to go with a cute boy!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - Looks like lots of fun! Levi is so adorable! The pics were wonderful of all of you! Glad you had fun!
    Courtney MayfieldReplyCancel

  • Don, Aimee, Kaitlyn and Kysen - Gotta love those Colorado friends…I still have a best friend from when I was 4 years old when I lived in Colorado…moved to Nebraska when I was 8 and 22 years later, we are still great friends! I live back in Colorado now and she moved away, but still friends…such a pivital point in life to have lifetime friends! Glad you had fun in Colorado…we sure love it here in the mountains!ReplyCancel

  • Jenni Lynn - we heart chick-fil-a too!! I am glad you got to enjoy some! looks like such a fun spontaneous trip! Do you have hobby lobby where you live? I hope so because it is the best craft store ever!ReplyCancel

  • Alex(andra) - Adorable pictures!!! The friends that you can just pick back up with after a long time are the best ones.

    I’m all for Chick-Fil-A coming to Wichita! Even though I’m in Manhattan right now… but the Chick-Fil-A’s in the WSU student center and here at our student union just don’t cut it!ReplyCancel

  • Mallory - *gasp* You don’t have Chick-Fil-A?!?!?! How have you lived this long?! 😀

    Adorable pictures. Glad you had a nice trip. And that picture of Tanner and Levi makes me laugh because Tanner does make Levi look huge. 🙂 Don’t worry, he’s beautiful no matter what size he is. Haha. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Candice - Levi is a chubby little thang, isn’t he? There is nothing more adorable than a chubby baby!!ReplyCancel

  • Whimsical Creations - What a fun trip. Beautiful photos!!ReplyCancel

  • Anne - I agree about the chick-fil-a’s!! I live in Colorado and there ARE everywhere here! We have even talked to the owner of one close to my house and told him that he should open one in Wichita (We have family there)!!

    Where in Colorado did you visit?

    I love HomeGoods too! Usually they are attached to TJ Maxx….

    Cute pics- Glad you had a good time!ReplyCancel

  • The Moffats - awww- loved seeing all the pics again on the blog. can you please come back now? we miss you already 🙂 thanks again for making the loooong drive just to see us and spend time with us. love you bunches and bunches.ReplyCancel

  • Bridgette - Hey! So glad you were able to get away on vacation! I was SHOCKED that Wichita didn’t have a Chick-fil-A! LOVE that place! My husband is from Kansas and we always laugh how it lacks the best of everything. So I researched for you. There is indeed a chick-fil-a in wichita.
    1845 Fairmount
    Wichita, KS 67260
    Licensed Location
    Limited hours and/or accessibility – please call first
    (316) 978-5830

    Not sure what the limited hours/accessibility means.. ha!ReplyCancel

  • Robin in Benton - Love seeing pictures of the babies – Levi reminds me of our granddaughter Amelia – she has rolls on her rolls and will be 1 year old in another month – and then I look at her 2 year old sister Emi who has run all her rolls off and know that in a year all the pinchable chubbiness will be just a memory – Still praying for all of you every day – and glad to see you smiling. I still have Levi’s gift – I WILL get it to you one of these days – hopefully before he turns 1! Have a great week!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - YAY!! I’ve been waiting to see these pictures – although I’m still waiting to see the others of Levi too!

    I think I love Laura a lot – just because of how much you love her!
    Laura, can YOU please come to Wichita???

    And I don’t believe for a second that Joel gets into trouble.

    The picture of the boys is precious!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - The Chick-fil-a’s in the WSU student center.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Kelly - Sooo glad ya’ll were able to get away! Such sweet pics!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • TheHappyNeills - it IS coming to Wichita soon, so i’ve heard! west side.

    and there’s the tiny one at WSU.

    your family is precious!ReplyCancel

  • Toni :O) - Oh my are those ever some precious photographs. How wonderful that you got away for a bit and had some cherished friendship time. Yay for you! Levi may be chunky but he’s GORGEOUS…”LOVE EM’ U” as our Pediatrician always says!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - I am married to a farmer also, so I have to agree on the whole vacation thing! So many places I would like to go in the Spring and Fall but that doesn’t usually work out! Looks like you had a great time!ReplyCancel

  • The Schilling's from Cimarron - I’M jealous! 🙂 ahaha
    TWO of my favorite girls got to hangout together! What an awesome trip! So glad you got to go and visit! Loved the pics! Take care and miss you!

    Love ya,


  • Laura - I believe there is also a Chick Fil A in Towne East MallReplyCancel

  • Our Lives - My “healthy” boy just weighed in today at 38 pounds. He is 25 months old. 🙂
    So glad you had a little unexpected family vacation. Sometimes those are the best ones.ReplyCancel

  • Heather - Jess,

    THERE IS A CHIC FIL A HERE!! It is on the WSU campus!! Not the greatest of places to meet with babies..there are no high chairs etc..but the food is GREAT!!

    I know i love Home Goods too!! I go everytime I go to New York

    Love the pics!!

  • HisTreasuredPossession - You may have already heard, but CFA is coming to Wichita! It was in our paper this morning. Apparently they’re setting up at Central and Rock on the East side! Come on down!! =)ReplyCancel

  • KristinGheen - Okay, I only know you through your blog – I am friends with Erin Hutton and started following your story in the beginning of 2009.

    I live in Colorado Springs and totally recognize your friends from this post! Laura’s mom just sold my house and Laura did the staging. What a crazy small world! I was scrolling down and thought, “Hmmm, that looks like the Chick Fil-A by my house…hmmm, that guy looks really familiar…wait a minute! I know those people!” Anyway, I just had to tell you that.

    Also, thank you so much for this blog. I appreciate your faithfulness to the Lord and openness to share your heart as you navigate through life’s trials and high points and everything in between. I feel like I know you well. Thanks again.ReplyCancel