Warmest greetings and best wishes for the new year.
-Jess, Scott, & Owen-
So, as is the trend seems to be with with posts on this site (sorry ’bout that), we are a bit late getting to the big news of the summer. On June 15 at 1:10 p.m., we added a member to our family. Owen Nelson was born – weighing in at 7 lbs 11 oz. The labor went as good as it could, and out baby showed up as perfect as could be. Those first few weeks were a wild ride, but we’re figuring things out and getting into a pretty good routine.
Owen will be three months old on the 15th and has developed quite a bit in short time he’s been around. His newest tricks are smiling on demand, and he’s started to interact more with the world around him – playing with toys and reacting to movement and colors.
We’re having a lot of fun with the new little guy and watching him grow and develop a bit more every day. Hopefully we’ll be a bit more punctual with updates (and photos) going forward.
Every two years when the Black Friday Iowa/Nebraska football game is in Iowa City, the family descends and we celebrate with turkey(s). This year we had about 15 in attendance and prepared a fried turkey in the front yard and Ben smoked a turkey again. Two birds plus a lot of sides rounded out the delicious meal.
The day after Thanksgiving Jess and I and our dads braved the cold (it actually wasn’t too bad this year) to attend the Iowa-Nebraska game, and I have to say, that the outcome of the game was lovely. We then came home for some Lasagna to warm us up, and some cake to celebrate National Cake Day (our family’s made-up holiday). Check the plethora of photos (and turkey fry video) below.
Greetings from the Aloha state! We just returned from a lovely vacation to Maui. We took a nice long break in paradise to recharge. We did a lot of snorkeling (saw several turtles), some hiking to the Nakalele Blowhole, and around the Haleakalā crater (the volcano that formed the island). We participated in a Luau where one of the couples we traveled with (Aaron and Katy) got engaged. We experienced the twisty turn-y Road to Hana where we swam in a water fall (brrr!). We ate some great food. We also participated in a beach wedding. The 2nd couple we traveled with (Ken and Nicki) surprised us by celebrating their nuptials on a beach at sunset. It was a beautiful ceremony! So not only were were we in one of the most beautiful places ever, we got to participate in a few life events while we were there. Check out our photo album from the trip.
Yah, I know it’s been 8 months since the last post on this blog. On top of that, this post is about two months old. Sorry! This post is a catch-up/photo post from a short Vegas vacation we took back in July. Jess and I went with a couple of friends, Ken and Nicki, for a long weekend in Las Vegas. We saw several shows, including 2 Cirque Du Soleil (Ka and Beatles Love), and the Penn and Teller show. We ate really well. Jess and I had the best (and probably most expensive) meal of our lives at Tom Colicchio’s Craft Steak. All in all, it was a good trip. Check out photos in the album.
We recently took a quick road trip to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship game. The Hawkeyes were 12-0 for the first time ever, so we figured we needed to see their tournament game in person. It was a low-scoring slug-fest, but unfortunately, we didn’t end up on top. Both teams were very evenly matched and it came down to the last team to have the ball. On the plus site, the crowd was almost 3-1 Hawkeyes. Indy was painted black and gold for the day. We took a number of photos in the gallery.