Friday, September 16, 2016

Fortitude - A short Film by Patrick Stagg and Brett Sarver

Incase you missed it at Plaza Theater, here's my brother's short-film.
Please view and share. Patrick wrote, directed, filmed and acted in the film, but the amount of work put in by all of the young men involved, was astonishing. Really.
All of the costumes and props that you'll see were authentic clothing, guns, ammunition, and gear, from WWII. Even the enemy gun used in one scene was an actual Nazzi gun. 
The explosions you'll see are not computer graphics. These guys do it all! They're amazing!
So please, take 20 mins and watch this powerful story. 
Note: If watching with children, the battle scenes do have some cussing. 

Oh! And our boys have a small part in the film. See if you can spot them:)

Sunday, September 11, 2016

First 5k

The This is a pic Mark snapped of me, my first time running. 

What a difference a year of exercising, running and eating better, can make!

I ran my first 5k with these lovely gentlemen! They're both veteran half-marathoners. Slightly intimidating:)
Mark actually pushed that behemoth stroller the whole way! 

Look at those faces! That's a happy, exhausted couple. 

Yay! Although I look miserable in this photo, it was actually a great run and is hopeful the first of many. 

Discovery World with The K's and I's


I can't believe I actually captured this! Leify had just pulled down the cookie box and got caught when they spilled all over. Priceless!

Grandma Pat's Picnic

Since I was a little girl, my Grandma has hosted Tea Parties for us Grandaughters. Originally, it was Bryana, myself, and my two cousins, Amanda and Natalie. Back then our moms would sew us all handmade dresses, and would make themselves matching dresses. You read that right. This was very much normal life in Illinois. We would wear tights and lace gloves.....
Time goes on and over the years these luncheons have grown and included my younger sisters. Then, when I had 2 little boys, we included them. 
Now, between myself and Amanda, we currently have 7 little boys and one little girl, that have been added to our family.
No problem. Great Grandma Pat now hosts picnic lunches at the park. 
It was lovely. We enjoyed the playground and the wonderful spread that my Grandma had prepared. 

Grandma Pat brought over Leif and D'Marius

Yay for a shady place to dine!
Nan, Emanual, Grandma and Brandi

The relaxed setting made it easy for kids to munch and play. 

Playing Catch

D'Marius and Oliver are buddies. I think D was trying to casually hug Oliver:)

D and Laiken

West, Jocelyn, and Momf
Silly Picture

What a troop! 
Thanks for another lovely day Grandma!

Oliver's geometric art