The Lieslands

simply livin' it up

November Catch-up

I have once again fallen behind and will need to do some monthly posts to get caught up.

Andrew, Elliot, and I ran in Des Moines’ Turkey Trot.
Thanksgiving Dinner – We kept it simple this year with Andrew home from college.
Decorating the Christmas tree, a day-after-Thanksgiving tradition.
Rose, Andrew, and Susan
The cousins, with Ian and Andrew home from college.


Lucia is in the nutcracker this weekend. Here are some videos from her dress rehearsal.

Luke’s Rugby Game

The Connors were in town this weekend for Luke’s rugby game. He plays with the KU rugby team and was in town for a tournament, though they decided not to play the final games because of the weather.

Rugby Fans
Post-game festivities

Work Trip to DC

While Susan was in KC for Mary’s birthday I left on a work trip in Washington, DC.

Doug, Me, Emily, Brendan, and Kim

Mary’s Birthday in Kansas City

Susan and Erin went down to Kansas City this past weekend to visit Mary Connor for her birthday. I think they are out and hung out and did yoga.

Happy Halloween!

Finished Pumpkins

Beggars’ Night Jokes

Pumpkin Carving

Elsie (neighbor) joined us for pumpkin carving this year.

carvers hard at work

Halloween Party

This evening Rose, Lucia, Susan and I went to a Halloween party at a friend’s house.

Susan (Jenny), Rose (cowgirl), Lucia (mime), Rob (Forrest)

Birthday Party Redo

This evening we hosted Lucia’s birthday party redo. She ended up being sick the first time we were going to host and luckily everyone could make it this time.

Painting Pumpkins
Birthday Cake
Group shot

Cross Country Banquet

This evening was the annual Valley High School cross country banquet for Mari (junior) and Elliot (sophomore).

The Sophomore Boys
The Junior Girls

Corn Maze

Lucia, Rose, and I went to a corn maze today with the Reagens. Ian was home for fall break.

Rose was not having the most fun. It was hot, windy, and dusty.

Erin, Nate, Ian, Lucia, and Rose