Afternoon Walk

Ever since the Holidays have been over and school has been out, I find myself waking up just to lay around all day until I have to get ready for work.  So today Adam and I went out and took a walk in the nature preserve behind campus.

It was the perfect way to spend an afternoon and get a little exercise in.  Plus Adam taught me about deer tracking and the different types.

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It was a beautiful walk and we even got to do some impromptu ice skating on a frozen pond.  Maybe January won’t be as bad as I thought it would be.

“Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.”

John Boswell


My Life Lately According To Instagram

I heart instagram.


Mr. Kiepert got his CPR certification. Movin’ up in this world!


Our Christmas tree. My favorite night time moment.


I’ve been into lipstick lately. This was my passed time at work.


Made breakfast for Mr. Kiepert one morning. The fruit was frozen and the pancakes burnt. I’m working on it.


Where are the purple and red ones! I got shafted.


One of the awesome Christmas presents for my Dad.


Christmas break reading list.


First snow fall of the year. View from our balcony. Very peaceful.


Favorite Christmas card this year.


I have crazy friends.


Bathroom photog session.


Gandolf gets me every time.


Santa makes me happy.


She hates the in-laws.


“Where are my presents?”


We sell babies during the work hours.


Checking out cakes for the wedding.

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The Holidays 2012 Part 2

This year, I spent New Year’s Even with family in Iowa.  My sister and I road tripped 5 1/2 hours to Marshalltown to watch Iowa State in the bowl game(they lost) and play cards for hours.  We only got to stay for one day and headed back the next but it was well worth it.

These pictures were on New Year’s day.  You will see me sporting my Badgers jersey in lieu of the Rose Bowl game(they also lost) later that afternoon.


Grandma with the grandchildren and the great grandchildren that were there.


Take two.


Grandma Benson having some bonding time with Carson.  They also took a nap together in the rocking chair moments after this was taken.  That is definitely a precious image that I will always remember.

We also made a trip over to see my Grandma Hopkins.  Please excuse Taylor’s shirt.  I know, it looks like a Bears shirt.



Since Adam and I have never been able to spend a New Year’s together, we decided to have a mini celebration on the 2nd.  Got a free left over bottle from work and popped some champagne!

We almost had a fiasco on our hands because we popped the top out on our balcony.  Well I made the mistake of closing the door all the way and almost locking us out.  It was the longest 45 seconds of my life I think before we realized that the door was just stuck, but it was open.

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His cute surprised look from the cork popping open.

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We also finished out our “New Year’s Eve Party” with the latest episode of American Horror Story(HOLY CRAPPOLA! If you watch it)

Happy 2013 everyone! Hope it is all that you want it to be.

The Holidays 2012

I know, I know! I’ve been terrible at keeping up with blogging.  I have a slew of things to catch up with but have been so busy with balancing the holidays, working and traveling between cities.  Here are some highlights.


Christmas eve and the days leading up to it were spent at my parents house in Port.  I spent most of the time in my newly acquired, oh-so-soft, I-could-live-in-them, collared pajamas and Ugg boots and planted my butt on the couch to watch endless Christmas movies.  I did get dressed however for church and dinner.  That lasted for only a few hours before I was back to where I started.


Santa Clauses everywhere! He even serves me coffee.  What a man.


Waiting for dinner to start.  He looks so wonderful in his outfit!


These two were guests at Grandparents Benson’s house.  This was the only moment they stayed still near each other.  We were lucky they stopped playing for even a minute.  That’s what we get for letting a puppy and a kitten hang around.


Poor Aunt Bee.  At her old age, she had enough of the youngin’ in-law pets after just a couple hours.  Don’t they understand she doesn’t want to play with them?!  This was the only time she was invited onto the couch as an escape from the chaos.  Otherwise she would sit in a corner and when Toulouse or Brewer could come her way, she would turn around and face the wall.  I think her theory was if she didn’t make eye contact, they would go away.


Wouldn’t be Christmas without some LOTR!  Watched the reruns on TV and then went and saw the Hobbit in theaters.  It’s a family event.


We got home with all the presents and Toulouse was still wondering where his presents were!


Made a run to the apothecary to stock up on drinks for later that night(still in pajamas and ugg boots).  Although we didn’t splurge on this $4 6 pack of quality Sconnie beer, I did have to take a picture to make sure I bought it another time.


…….Whatever is comfortable Brewer.


This pretty lady and I went out on the town with some pretty lip stick.

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Again….lady killer at age 4.


Before we all left school for back home and to celebrate with family, we celebrated with the Whitewater fam with a Christmas, white-elephant, gift exchange/ugly sweater party.  This was some of the crew before we headed over to the party.  Had to take a quick awkward family photo in front of the tree!

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I also made dinner that night, which is a large fete for me.  Made Adam take a picture to prove that I CAN cook.  It was easy too.  Flattened dough and put pizza sauce, veggies and pepperoni in it.  Rolled it up and baked it for about 30 minutes.  Delish! And it made dinner/lunch for the next week.

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Hope everyone had a great Christmas!