Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I'm back! (May edition)

At least I think I'm back. It's been 6 months since I've posted here, and the longer I've waited, the more intimidating "the update" has felt. So this is going to be a gloriously messy whirlwind of a journey. Our lives have changed considerably in the past 6 months, and all for the better! We are all happy, healthy, productive, and (finally) on our way to finding our niche here in Kansas again. It has taken us almost 2 years to acclimate after our time in Japan, but we're finally there. I'm thinking a photo journal is the quickest way for me to get it all out in an efficient way, hopefully with one post per month missed (some months were more eventful than others, and may require multiple posts). So here's what May looked like!

We spent a lot of time supporting our local farmers (two of which happen to be Hans' brother Jed and his wife Amy) at the farmer's market.

Their greens were heavenly, and kept us well fed through the early summer months. 

I developed a love for green smoothies (blended fruits and green vegetables - you must try it if you never have before!). I even tried out a 4 week cleanse that only ended up lasting about two, because of some news I discovered around that time. :)

This is what a lot of our meals looked like. Looking back, I wish we still had access to all those garden fresh vegetables now!

 Hannah learned all about farming from her cousin Golden. Here they are enjoying popsicles while communing with the chickens.

She still knew how to glam it up, though, when the time was right. :)This is her right before our family photos.

Here's Hans on his first day of work as an emergency 911 dispatcher. We sure are proud of him.

And here he is with his team on his last day of soccer. He decided this would be his last season after his own rib injury, his team captain tearing his ACL, one guy breaking a leg, and one guy losing his front teeth from a run in with the goalie box. I'd say it was a wise decision.

He also had the chance to volunteer with his brother and father in Joplin, MO after the devastation of the tornado. Here are some heart rending photos from their time there.

That's all for today. Stay tuned for June. It was an exciting month!


courtneyadele said...

welcome back! i was just contemplating killing facebook and going to blogging and twitter fulltime. we'll see :)

what's the 4 week cleanse thing? i need a kick start to get my butt back in shape, i'm starting to feel too round for my own good ;) hehe

Suzie said...

Yay! Thanks for commenting. I forgot how much fun this was. :) I definitely want to start expressing myself here more often than facebook, though the past has shown that I'm just not able to completely cut the facebook cord without some serious feelings being hurt!

The cleanse is in a book called "The Crazy Sexy Diet." You should check it out, though I don't know if you'd like the vegetarian aspect so much (?). I checked it out at the library because I was curious about the recipes and ideas behind it, and I would have given it a full go if I hadn't gotten pregnant in the middle of it!

courtneyadele said...

i'm on it :) pretty much ready to try whatever... i'm feeling blah in the sexy department ;) i don't mind the vegetarian thing at all... i was one in high school... i just happen to like chicken a little too much haha