5 years of anniversaries & 11 years with the husband!

We don’t really celebrate our “dating anniversary” anymore, but we did for so long that the date January 10th will always be remembered. On that day in 2003 (our senior year of high school), Steve and I went on our first date. He picked me up with a beautiful bouquet of purple snapdragons and we went to a nice Italian restaurant.

After that summer of fun, we headed to separate colleges… he went to Iowa State and I went to University of Iowa. We were two hours apart. We did our best to see

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Happy Summer! A Dickey family photo overload!

Hope everyone had a fun and relaxing 4th of July! We usually spend it at the lakehouse, but this year we got the itch for home improvement… and we stayed home all weekend to clean, organize, and paint! Ah, the things that excite you when you get “old,” haha.

We spent the 4th of July at a friend’s pool for a cookout. Ryan and Rebecca made their own festive shirts and were in bed long before the fireworks 😉 The picture above is the best I could get of the two of them

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wordless wednesday: think warm

taken on our honeymoon in St. Lucia

my family in photos

When we took Rebecca’s newborn photos (omgosh I don’t think I ever posted those here! another post…), we didn’t get ANY family photos because she wasn’t too cooperative. And since then? There haven’t been many. I’m usually the one taking the photos… and Steve hates being in them, lol.

But we have SOME so I thought I’d share… the first set were taken in August in my parents’ backyard and the second set were taken when we were all on vacation in Wisconsin in early September.

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a night out for the hubby & wife: offspring concert

The hubby and I don’t get out alone much. Like, at all. Ever. We really need to get better at planning date nights and things… I like to say that it’s because I’m breastfeeding Rebecca, but there isn’t really a reason I can’t pump more often… as long as we can find a babysitter!

Anyway, a few weeks ago we had a GREAT reason to get out alone. OFFSPRING! They are one of my favorite bands of all time. I’ve been listening to them since I was in the 8th

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a family of four: updates

Oh boy, where to begin! We’ve been busy! Steve had to go back to work the Thursday after Rebecca was born and my mom came down and stayed with me those next two days. And some more the next week, too. Thanks, mom! She definitely made the adjustment from a family of 3 to a family of 4 easier (although we are still working on it lol). But it gave me time to recover and rest after that marathon labor! She helped a lot with Ryan, too, so I could cuddle up with my

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2011: a year of Baby Dickey in review

January 2011 started out with a bang! We had Ryan’s 1st birthday party, which was an awesome monster-themed party. My baby boy was getting so big! I started working on my VBAC to-do list because Steve and I decided we wanted to start trying to conceive over the summer.

Then in February, my husband lost his job, but we found the positives of it and enjoyed the family time. We thought this would delay our plans for baby #2 and just took everything a day at

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