southern style snow day

We had a snowy day last week!! After raining for 7 days straight, the temperatures finally got cold enough to grace us with some snow.  The day switched from pouring rain to pouring wet heavy icy snow and within an hour and a half we were under about 2 inches of the stuff.  Schools let out early, offices closed early and we all began the trek home (Mike and I only got out about 1/2 an hour early…).  It was quite pretty until it turned to ice the next day, but we were not slowed down and still went into the office.

Here are a few pictures from the day..

cemetery on my drive home

cemetery on my drive home

two tracking

two tracking “southern style”

Mike snow shoveling! He did have whole shoes on but that's only because he has to wear them to work and he started shoveling right when he got home

Mike snow shoveling! He did have whole shoes on but that’s only because he has to wear them to work and he started shoveling right when he got home

And then my sister and I went to the gym that night.  No sense in changing our schedule just for some snow!


goals – 2013 ed.

It’s that time again to lay out some dreams for the new year.  I do believe it is important to asses each year that passes, what we’ve done well, what ywe’ve enjoyed, what you can improve upon, etc.  It is also important to set out new year goals because

 So here it goes!

  1. Get on a boat!! We are super excited this year to put our toys to use and get on the water thanks to Mike’s new job.
  2. Destination Triathlon – We love being able to train and race in Knoxville but sometimes it’s nice to challenge ourselves outside of the area.
  3. Another big trip!!  We are praying about traveling with our students again, possibly in a different capacity.  Stay tuned.  (Use of passports is a bonus!)
  4. Make it to Ikea – from last year I know… it’s still on the list
  5. See the lightning bugs phenomenon – again another last year goal
  6. Hike Mount LeConte – we loved our hiking experience in Poland… now to bring it home  
  7. Paint a few rooms in the house – after the window install, it’s time to refresh a few rooms, plus I’m getting the itch
  8. Mike – gain 20lbs of muscle mass by end of March =)
  9. Katie – make dried blueberries/strawberries.  I enjoy dried fruit and want to try it myself
  10. Travel to visit friends and family
  11. Take a get-away together like we did last year.  Maybe a cabin?!?
  12. Continue the room-by-room purge throughout the house (at a minimum… clean out the bunk bed room – my nightmare)
  13. Give more generously
  14. Take some 5 year family pics or just pics in general… maybe with Bill Roop Photography?!?! Love this guy

Praying for another great year of growth and togetherness.

Family Festivities – Part 3

We celebrated our final Christmas this past weekend… or we got a jump start on Christmas 2013?!?!  Either way =) travel/holiday season is coming to a close for us.

This Christmas celebration was with my mom and her side of the family (as many as could attend).  We met up at my aunt’s cabin near Lake Lure, NC and enjoyed a beautiful weekend of good fellowship, food and views.  Here are a few shots I captured over the weekend.

The guys putting together a bed post.  Henry - the acting professor, Pops - the supervisor, Mike - the grunt worker

The guys putting together a bed frame. Henry – the acting professor, Pops – the supervisor, Mike – the grunt worker

Exploring an abandoned barn/homestead

Exploring an abandoned barn/homestead


My version of this picture – Mom was making Henry walk the plank and since he showed a bit of fear, she made him put his hands in his pockets so he couldn’t catch himself if/when he fell. =)

My crazy awesome candle.   And Mike with a lace headband and his gift card inside.

My crazy awesome candle. And Mike with a lace headband and his gift card inside.

Out on another trek through the woods

Out on another trek through the woods

my curly haired cousin!

The only other person on this side of the family with curly hair.  Love you Jess!

The "Balds" as they call themselves

The “Balds” (as they call themselves)

hanging around the house

hanging around the house

hanging around the house

more hanging out

more time together

and even more hanging out

I’m really thankful we were able to spend another year together!  Love you all.  And we love our new bedspread and towels and other treats (and the crazy candle is currently set up on my desk!).

Family Festivities – Part 2

(I’m a few weeks behind I know!)

We were able to celebrate Christmas with Mike’s family up in Michigan.  Our time together was spend with quite a bit of laughter, good food, activities and more. 

We took a walk in Aman park with all of the mutts who of course were in and out of the water.  We all slept good afterwards. 

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We ate a lot of treats.  This picture is of Mike… saying “get in my belly.”

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Spent some time with the g-rents. 

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Worked hard at guessing what was inside our secret gift.IMG_20121224_185306 It turned out to be a hunting garden gnome!  Mom guessed it this year, so she’s up for selecting next year’s gift. 


Christmas Eve candle light service at Highland Hills.

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Christmas morning at the house.

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Wass family Christmas


Spent a very cold afternoon shooting at cabbages, I-beams and other old scraps in a field.

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Made gingerbread houses and trains with grandma and grandpa.

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Even took a shopping adventure into Holland to help grandma pick out a sweatshirt and buy some candy from the candy store.

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It was a wonderful week spent with Mike’s family.  We were very thankful we were able to make the trek up north =)