Monthly Archive: December 2012

Dec 30

A Country Christmas

Whew, the whirlwind is finally windy down (say that 5 times fast). The move to Kansas was a smooth one and we were so grateful to be close to family for the holidays. Although we weren’t able to see all of our families, it was a lot more than previous years due to the distance. We also noticed a calm about the holidays this year because we didn’t have the impending drive to dread or the packed vehicle like we’ve been used to. Although we miss our friends back in Sidney SO much, we know this move was such a blessing for us in so many ways. Our apartment (temporary housing) isn’t exact something to write home to mom about, it has the necessities we need till we can move into our permanent home. Barkley is adjusting wonderfully (thank you Lord!) and Lilly is hanging out in my parent’s barn getting used to being an outdoor cat until we move into a house. Overall, we’re happy, healthy (the flu bug has yet to visit!) and enjoying being a Kansan once again.  This is the Rinehart version of a Country Christmas.

Now, onto the pictures!
A Country ChristmasChloe and Barkley really hit it off. Isn’t she adorable??

A Country ChristmasThe token Christmas picture by the fireplace 🙂

A Country ChristmasWe love a white Christmas! This was in Kearney, MO at the Rinehart Christmas gathering.

A Country Christmas Penelope and Barkley like to dress up for the holidays! Surprisingly enough, Barkley didn’t hate the reindeer hat.

A Country Christmas Jillian and BarkleyA Country Christmas A Country ChristmasAnd a trip to Kansas wouldn’t be complete without a trip to see the horses and cows in the pasture. Dad is having a heart-to-heart with this guy.A Country Christmas A Country ChristmasI think some of the cows got jealous that we were petting the horses and not them. We have enough love to go around!  A Country Christmas A Country Christmas A Country Christmas A Country Christmas A Country ChristmasI love the hustle bustle of Christmas gift giving/opening A Country Christmas A Country ChristmasChristmas also isn’t complete without some embarrassing game-playing…Dad’s mission was to guess who each person was, while blindfolded, by only touching their faces. Keep in mind, two of them were twins!  A Country ChristmasKansas sunsets will always be my favorite…

Dec 05

We’ll be home for Christmas….


Yes, we’re still alive and kicking, we’ve just been a little preoccupied with the new development of our upcoming relocation to our old stomping grounds- KANSAS! That’s right, it’s happening. Eric has accepted a new job in Topeka, KS. We’ll be moving to Lawrence next week! Although it’s super exciting to be moving closer to all of the people we love, it means leaving a lot of people wealsolove in Sidney. The overarching feeling regarding the move is- bittersweet. We’ve had our hearts set on moving back to Kansas for a while now, but never thought it would happen so quickly. I’ve shed a lot of tears over the last few weeks and know there’s more to come. We’ll miss our friends in Sidney so much and are infinitely grateful for everything we’ve learned here. We couldn’t have asked for a better place to spend our first chapter as a couple. It’s been quite an adventure!

We thought it would be fun to make a list of our top 10 favorite things about Sidney (in no particular order):

  • The easy-going lifestyle- no traffic, no lines, no waiting
  • Our friends- both old and new 🙂
  • Our neighbors- wow, we couldn’t have asked for better neighbors
  • Cabela’s- the amazing job experience, shopping
  • The Sidney Raider’s Football card- buy one get one free burgers (we love a good deal!)
  • The Goose Pit- thank you for supplying endless hours of Friday night entertainment
  • Dude’s- get your steak for dinner and your booty-shake on after dark
  • Coffee Corner- Friday mornings will never be the same
  • Intramural Sports- go for the gold!
  • Proximity to the beautiful Rocky Mountains- crisp mountain air only 2 hours away

So long Sidney. Thanks for the memories. We’ll miss you!

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– Kel and ER –