Coming back after battling the very elusive Wichita Stomach Virus of 2012 that ruined several days for me, I was pretty psyched to start enjoying the summer in our new house with our friends and family. After the very fun and successful housewarming party, we were able to help celebrate a few other joyous occassions like my pal Jillian’s 30th circus-themed birthday, hosted by her sister.
A few days later, the entire Schaeffer crew was invited to spend an evening at the house where Brian’s grandparents, Phyllis and Gerry, their children and grandchildren (my husband) came to swim and play games in the basement for so many happy years. Just recently, the house was sold from our family contact (who bought the home from Brian’s grandmother). But, before they had to give up possession, we were graciously invited to come swim and and pretend it was 1995. For my husband and most all of his extended family, the opportunity to come over and enjoy an evening reminiscent of hundreds of backyard pool parties was surreal, happy, and bittersweet. Keep in mind that this is probably one of the coolest 1950’s style homes and backyards I’ve ever seen, so I tried to document a little for posterity:
When the Heritage Beer Festival came beckoning several days later, Brian, Chris, Jenny and I answered and tasted several a’brew. In true fall-loving fashion, my favorites were anything with pumpkin. Some documentation from that evening:
The next weekend the Michael’s invited us to go down to Hermann with both sets of their parents. Gladly, we accepted the invitation. Had a blast, which should be evident by these happy faces:
We celebrated another birthday for one of my best friends, my sweet puppy dog Harper, as June was dwindling. He turned FIVE on June 30 and I just can’t believe he’s that many years old. I love our boy so much and hope to be enjoying his company for many more years. He was treated to a puppy cup at Ted Drewes and then, he got a really fantastic gift from his Aunt Rachel. Feast your eyes on these:
Last but not least, June was capped off by a sister/niece team who ran in the Kansas City Color Run…and that team was me, my sisters Kim and Wendy, and our little bird niece Peyton. So much color, so much fun.
On to July with more activities!