I have been anticipating this weekend for weeks. And I am sad to see it gone so quickly. But isn’t how we feel most Sunday nights or most Monday mornings when the dreadful sound of the alarm goes off before you are ready to pull yourself out of bed and start another week?
Anyways… More about the highly anticipated and wonderfully spend weekend!
- My parents came and stayed in Vermillion. After living here for over a year, my parents finally made it to our home and life in Vermillion. I was planning the day the would come for month – thinking through all the places I would take them, what we would eat, and all the things we would do. I took them to Mr. Smith’s, a bakery and sandwich shop in an ACE hardware store for lunch. We were inspired for holiday and home decor at Wilson’s Florist – a floral shop, gift shop, with a little boutique. Then we went to Cafe Brule for a warm cup of coffee, more specifically a roasted marshmallow latte.
- A Weekend of Volleyball. My parents visit was planned around a tournament my sister was playing in NE. So part of Friday and ALL of Saturday we cheered on Sami and the Knights. I was so glad I finally got to watch her play at the college level and meet her team. #Welove#7
- More Fall Decor. A visit with my parents is alway accompanied with their generosity and gift. Check out these cute pumpkins my mom made for fall decorations. [Maybe you want one too…]
- 3 tests in 9 days. David has been dedicated to his books and notes. I now think his iPad is attached to his hand. We keep reminding each other that the next 9 days are going to be rough, but after that he’ll have a week off with zero school obligations!
A Woodard Weekend Wrap-Up is farrrr over due. So I will post about two weekends in one.
Last weekend and this weekend has been some of the best. David has been able to take off one night of studying (soon to change with upcoming Mid-Terms + Foundations 1 Exam). We learned the hard way, that these nights off need to be planned and intentional or we’ll both walk away feeling robbed of our date night. For example, watching a movie at our house for a date is code for “Tanya will fall asleep within the first twenty minutes”. And that equates to zero quality time.
- A “hawt’ date. Last weekend David and I went out for dinner for our favorite food, Mexican! It was a much needed dinner after two grueling weeks of studying.
- Our second trip to Ponca. We first went to Ponca part over Easter when David’s dad came to Vermillion. The trees were still bare, but the State Park was beautiful and a place we wanted to visit again. Since we never made it over the summer, an early fall hike was in order to take in the vibrant colors fall colors and enjoy the minimal days of sunshine left.
- A watercoloring workshop. The Vermillion Public Library partnered with the Vermillion Arts Council to host monthly art workshops. This month just so happened to be watercoloring! I learned some basic techniques and must have supplies. Two hours was not enough time to learn + create a piece of art. I’m thinking Talens Watercolor Set will be on my birthday/ Christmas list this year.
- Campfire, Beef Hotdogs, Apple Cider, and Good Company. Saturday night, David and I drove to Yankton to meet some friends who were squeezing in one last camping trip for dinner. We filled ourselves with vegis + hummas, watermelon, and beef dogs.
As a side note, I did document 3 out of 4 of theses happenings…Hooray for setting goals!
If you have been following my blog of late, I apologize for the constant mention of Med School this and Med School that. For the past year it has been a topic of uncertainty as our dialog orbited around the what ifs and when. But now it is a sure thing. And with the sureness of acceptance, the ease of breath and sense of peace in the place we will call home for the next 18 months has settled in. I have begun to see the community around us take shape. A new found excitement about Vermillion and the surrounding area has blossomed with the spring rain. In so many ways the weekend activities represented the security and freshness of life in our home. What is more, it is a mere glimpse into what God has promised – salvation and new life in Christ. Today we celebrate our risen Lord and the hope we have in Christ.
- An early Easter gathering. Unfortunately David had the Sunday shift at the Care Center this week, but that comes at a small price for what is to come next week. Since he couldn’t attend Easter services or partake in the tradition Easter Sunday dinner, we decided to invite his Dad for Easter lunch on Saturday. It was my first time hosting a holiday meal and I was chomping at the bit for the opportunity to prepare a full course “fancy” meal and use serving dishes we received as wedding presents. The menu was the traditional ham and scallop potatoes with salad green and my personal favorite, Strawberry Pretzel Dessert. Conversations flowed from family Easter traditions and father-son intelligence on history and the like.
Baked crust from Strawberry Pretzel Dessert.
- A trip to Ponca. After eating, we decided to take a trip to a nearby Nebraska State Park, Ponca. Scenic outlooks and fossil finds kept us plenty busy. I will let the pictures do the talking. It is a trip we are sure to take again.
Sporting my hiking boots.
David after throwing a rock into the river. Boys will be boys.
Ponca State Park
View of the 3 State Overlook
- Glass jars. I stumbled upon a rust stained glass jar on our way out of a walking trail at Ponca. The weathered glass would be a perfect fit in my anything old goes apartment decor. I am very pleased with the how it turned out.
Close up of the glass jar I found.
Glass jar center piece arrangement.
- Sunrise Easter services & breakfast. Hillside Community Church hosted an early sunrise service in celebration of Easter. A co-worker and her daughter joined me for the worship and brief message on the resurrection. I then joined their family for breakfast and egg dying. We indulged in a cheesy kale quiche, hot-out-of-oven monkey bread, and a juicy pineapple. We decided to dye Easter eggs with a twist, natural dye. We tied rubber bands around raw eggs and boiled them for 20 minutes with peelings from a yellow onion. We got the idea here.
Naturally dyed Easter eggs
Weekly buzz. I thought the easiest way to record and share weekly Woodard happenings, was to publish a weekly buzz every Sunday. This week (mainly this weekend) has been packed full of joy, celebration, and remembrance.
- Triple Chocolate Chip Muffins. Yum! I have been on a chocolate crave of late. I’m sure to many of my friends that comes as no surprise. My college roommates can attest to my chocolate chip and peanut butter obsession. I got to enjoy these hot-out-of-the-oven, melt-your-in-you-mouth muffins with a friend from church and warm cup of coffee in my Guatemalan hand painted owl coffee cup. Don’t worry, I will share the recipe in a later post.
Triple Chocolate Chip Muffins
- USD Second Look Day. The med school David will be attending starting this fall hosted the Second Look Day on Saturday for admitted students and their guest. David sized his white coat, got the skinny on the curriculum, and mingled with the class of 2018. He was giddy! I was so thankful to be a part of the Look Day and share in David’s excitement.
- Spring walk. After the Look Day, I took David on my running trail path for beautiful spring day walk. We felt at such peace for choosing USD and couldn’t stop talking about both our excitement and anticipation for the Fall.
Our spring walk to a fishing dock.
- Baptism Sunday. By far one of my favorite church services to attend is Baptism Sunday. It serves as a reminder of God’s love and the promise of new life that Jesus’ death on the cross accomplished. This Sunday, I had the pleasure of witnessing two people whom David and I started discipling make the public proclamation of their love for God, dedication to the gospel, and obedience to Christ.