Moment Over

Each year at work, they do a March Madness pool. I always participate, just for fun. This year was no exception. Unfortunately, I did not do well. I had a super strong first round, and by the second round, I only had one team left in the final four and I didn’t even have them winning. Things were not looking good.

This morning, the person who organized it came in and said “I’m tallying the results today, you have a real shot!” I was astonished. How bad must everyone else have to have done in order for me to actually win this thing? The real humor in the moment was when I said “it’s over?” Yep, I follow so closely….

Then, I saw him at a meeting, he said, “sorry, you didn’t win. You came in third. Well, I guess technically fourth as there was a tie for second.”

I was still thrilled. How exciting to come in fourth! I know next to nothing about basketball, so I was strangely proud of myself. Then a few minutes past, he sent an email with the “Final Results”.

I opened it, so excited and proud to see my name listed at the top, near the winners.

And I read the list….1st place….2nd place….2nd place (tie)….4th place, Olivia.


I had no idea that hardly anyone played this year….turns out, ONLY FOUR PEOPLE PLAYED. Here I am walking around feeling all proud of coming in fourth OUT OF FOUR.

Moment Over.

Red and Blue

Happy Independence Day to all my Livlife followers. This is going to be brief because I’ve got holiday plans and a lot of not working to do….

I was trying to think about what cute things I could post here to help celebrate. Then I remembered I had to wish Meg a happy birthday. I thought of posting pictures of the adorableness that is her daughter Nora and then realized that I’ve got babies of my own to post! (Cause you obviously wanted to know my exact thought process).

And then I realized…



How’s that for cute and patriotic? Camden – in blue – was four months old and Brecken – in red – was three months when we took these down at my pool. Let me tell you, two little babies in swim clothes? Kayoot.

Of course, they don’t sit up, so there was a lot of slumping going on…



A fair bit of not paying attention/can’t see from under this hat going on…



And a bit of just random chaos.



This is probably the best, because they are both LOOKING and sharing their cuteness with the world.


Between the blue, the red, and the babies, it doesn’t get much more patriotic than that. (Okay, fine, it gets WAY more patriotic than that, but patriotism has never been so cute and that cannot be denied.)

Happy 4th of July!

Summer is Here!

If you haven’t been paying attention, or are fortunate enough to live somewhere that is NOT here, you may be unaware of the intense crappiness that was our spring/summer. It snowed into May, then rained the rest of the month and the first two weeks of June. It was mid-June before our highs started hitting the 70s. Essentially, super-awful weather. Finally, finally it started warming up and though it still rains most days, it has stopped raining all day, every day.

It hasn’t felt even remotely like summer. I have hardly been able to read outside and the pool? Forget it.

Yesterday, Mindy called and asked if she could bring the boys swimming. I wasn’t remotely in the mood. It didn’t feel like summer and I didn’t think I was up for it. However, I haven’t seen Mindy and the boys in ages, and they are some of my favorite people in the world. So, I ignored my impulse, shut down the negative part of my brain and simply said yes.

I am so glad that I did!

It was a wonderful afternoon and evening. It was simply the perfect way to kick off the summer and now I truly feel like summer is here and I can enjoy it. And, for those of you keeping score at home, the pool is officially open!!!

Me and Clay, I was teaching him to dive. I LOVE to dive and it’s a tough skill to learn. I showed him and he’s a natural! He was diving like he’d been doing it for years.
Sweet little Lewie. He was catching butterflies. About the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. And then he got in the pool, which has never been his favorite thing to do. However, what a difference a year makes! He was tentative at first, just hanging in the shallow end. Then, suddenly he realized how much fun this was and BAM! he’s swimming the length of the pool. Jumping in off the edge. Jumping into the deep end, by himself, and swimming to the ladder to do it again. It was amazing. He played in the pool for 3.5 HOURS and only got out because it was time to go home. Next time, I’m teaching HIM to dive, too!

Because it is still not as warm as I’d love it to be, we headed into the sauna to warm up. It took a while to figure out how it worked, but Clay and I put our heads together and….mmm, a nice warm sauna.
Then, as always, before they left I asked for a nice photo of the boys.

 Those are a couple of handsome boys! I loved my evening with them and with their mother. It was a perfect way to spend a summer afternoon. And for future reference, bringing a pizza to the pool might just be a genius plan!
Thanks for being the perfect way to kick off the summer and open up the pool for days and days of fun to come!

Baby Pool Update!

Can you believe I forgot to update this? I can’t either. Emily even noticed it wasn’t updated and was razzing me about it. But, the results are in. Our baby boy is here and now we can find out who best predicted his entry into the world.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here.









Me! That’s right, I’m the best guesser. I was so surprised that I won. I didn’t even place in guessing in Arionna’s pool, so I’m pretty thrilled. There’s no prize, obviously, but it’ll always be reflected in his little baby book that Auntie Livi guessed  the best on his newborn stats. Hm, I guess that actually is a prize.

Hot Fun in the Summertime

Yesterday was another scorcher. I finally had no choice but to give in and turn on my air conditioning on Saturday. After living a week with my upstairs running about 85° on average, I couldn’t take it anymore. I uncovered it (yep, I nearly made it to July before I uncovered my air conditioner for the summer) and cleaned it and turned it on.

Yesterday, Sunday, was another over-90 day (like the sixth in a row) and the humidity is up there as well. After sleeping in (hallelujah for my only day off in the week) the family came down and we headed to the pool. Somewhat surprisingly, it was NOT crowded.

We played and romped and laughed and grilled and ate and played some more, for a total of four hours. That’s a long time for little ones, they were completely wiped by the time we called it a day.

I don’t have a ton of pics, because I was in the pool for most of that time, being the one who played with the kids and toted them around.



lunch break

The view from the deck of the pool


We saw a HUGE frog (can you see him, he’s kind of camouflaged in the mud. Just at the edge of the water line, slightly right of center in the photo). Mind you, we were about 15 feet above him when taking this and this is with full zoom. This frog was ginormous. Biggest frog I’ve ever seen.


She’s gotten adept at spotting turtles and kept dragging me to the fence to point out more.

That’s Chip. Simon named him. He was the biggest one we saw that day.


Modern day turtle hunting.

Boy, three years sure does make a LOT of difference, hmm?


I think she spotted Chip…

And, my favorite photo of the day…


Those two are so sweet together. And laughing like loons as they played in the water.

It was a perfect way to spend a Sunday. All the people I love in one place, food, sunshine, and swimming. Summer at its very best.

Random Photos & Stories

For the past few weeks, I’ve taken snapshots, thinking, “oh, I’ll blog about that”. But, realistically, most of these aren’t stories, they’re snippets. And I’m busy–too busy these days to invest in lengthy stories.

Therefore, I’ve decided to do them all in one.


At my sister’s bday party, it pretty much rained all day. Whenever the rain let up, we’d trickle out into the damp yard. As it turned out, we weren’t the only ones.

4 baby ducks. Yes, it’s blurry, but you try to make four ducklings hold still for a photo.

They were sans Mama, and we were worried about them. They latched onto us like we were their mommies. It was kind of sad. We ended up putting them in the pond nearby, hoping they are okay and made it. But to get them there, we had to carry them.

There were so small!

So small I could easily encapsulate two of them in one hand. I could have probably done three, but they were wiggly.

I liked this guy. He was feisty. I would have taken him home…in a heartbeat. My mom talked me out of it. Whew. (But, wouldn’t it be kind of cool to have a pet duck?)

Last weekend, I was sitting on my patio, reading. One of my neighbors came by to check the sprinkler system. He chatted with me for a minute and introduced me to his dog, Holly. I’ve seen her around, but never met her. Holly is actually the mother of the other neighborhood dog, Chopper. George was exercising both dogs. I know Chopper well, he is Reggie’s dog and is always out and about. He loves me, he is constantly coming up to me and leaning on me so I’ll pet him. He’s a nice dog, so I do.

This day, both dogs were excited to see me.

Yep, two giant dogs on my patio. Chopper is the body-less dog.

Then, when George moved on, Chopper followed, but Holly decided to make herself at home.

You can see my toes, I’m lounging and reading and she’s laying in a pool of sunlight at my feet. After about 15 minutes, I could hear George calling for her and then he walked by and saw her and said, “I think you got a new dog”. I said it’s not happening, but she’s welcome to visit anytime.

This same weekend, my sister and Chad and Arionna, and Tarah and Layla came over for the first swim day of the season. It was fun to have them. For some reason, this year, a whole year older, and Layla is scared and Arionna is brave–complete role reversal for these girls.

That’s all she’d do by herself. And she even got scared when someone held her. And this girl is afraid of NOTHING.

Eating…and wondering….

Why it is crowded at the pool, yet somehow her dad is the ONLY person in it!

Of course, the most popular person of the day?

Auntie Livi! Over and over, these two girls would ask for “auntie Livi” (yes, Layla calls me that, too) and I’d hold them both and play with them. And, yes, Arionna’s hand is down the front of my suit. That’s where she held on to me.

The next weekend I started one of my part time jobs…as a wedding planner’s assistant. My first full day, I got to work with Lane, which made it supremely fun. I enjoyed all 18 hours of it.

Our first wedding was at the Guthrie:

The windows are tinted yellow, thus the weird color–and it makes the interior of the building that color as well. Different, that’s for sure.

This is the view we are blocking:

Gorgeous, right? Looks like a postcard.

And then last Friday, I popped by Tom and Mindy’s house to see their new patio and hang with the boys. It was a pleasant evening and reminded me how much I miss that family when I don’t see them. I brought Clay several college reference books to read. He’s very into non-fiction and I was discarding many of our old reference books. In thank you, he gifted me with the prettiest flower from his garden. Gardening is his new hobby.

How beautiful is that?

It is also the exact color of my kitchen.

See? It’s hard to tell where the petals end, they blend right in. I’ve had it in this vase for almost a week now and it is slowly dying. It darkens as it dies. He’s so sweet, that Clayton.

There you go. A quick snapshot(s) of my first few weeks of summer. I’ve been busy, but definitely still squeezing in some fun. Busy will be my constant companion for the next few months, but I’ll keep snapping away and popping in to show you what I’m up to.