Around Here – Winter 2015 Edition

Wow!  It is already 2015 and officially time to turn the heat back up (both on this blog and outside)  🙂

Brett and I have had a busy year.  Our Christmas letter was late (as usual) and will be sent in the next week as a Valentine’s Day letter 🙂  I figured the letter was so late by now that I’d just go with it!  I’m excited to be heading full-force into a new career (more on that in the coming weeks) and am hoping to be able to spend at least a post per week worth of time here, at  Brett and I have many changes coming into our lives in the next year (but no, we’re not pregnant) and really want this blog to be a place to update our friends and family with our big happenings.

Winter has been cold here in Champaign.  We celebrated Thanksgiving in Champaign with friends, helped my dad move into a new house, and enjoyed Christmas down in St. Louis.  We’ve been working a lot, scheming of what is to come, devoting time to old and new hobbies, and playing with our lovely daughter dogs.  Here are some photos of what has been happening around here…

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Around Here – Early Spring Edition

This is what early spring in the Casperson-Jones house was like…we will update very soon about our lovely trips with family and Brett’s defense 🙂

Life has been super super super busy in the Casperson-Jones house!  🙂  We’ve celebrated Brett’s birthday, his sister Kristin and his Mom’s birthday, Easter with both of our families, my dad’s birthday, a successful half-marathon run, some good food, fun with the pups, and so much more 🙂  Here is a little bit of what our past couple of months have looked like in pictures!

Brett’s Birthday:  I woke up early and before Brett was awake, made homemade, triple berry buttermilk pancakes.  They were sooo good!  That night I surprised him with a homemade(ish) brownie ice cream cake…with plenty of candles 🙂

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Running pups:  The girls have continued to enjoy running with us.  We take them for a few miles and then leave them at home 🙂

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Food!:  I learned to make a fun and really yummy asian dish from a friend!

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Lacuna Loft:  I took Lacuna Loft to the Working Women’s Expo and had a great time!  The company continues to be great fun to run and I’m enjoying the ride.

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Easter:  Easter was a great time, as usual 🙂  We dyed eggs with Brett’s family, celebrated some birthdays, and then helped cook Easter dinner at my dad’s  🙂  We also got to see my dad’s new house for the first time!

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More life:  more food, more work, more pups, more fun…and a concert!  Man, do we love music 🙂

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The Champaign Half Marathon!:  nothing more to say 🙂  Dad, and Cathy came to cheer us on.  Brett ran with me and we both added a bit of time but it was 🙂  We won’t be able to run the Chicago Marathon this year…I am in a wedding the day before.  I’ll have to find another fun race to start training for!

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(and obviously we had ice cream afterwards)  🙂


with warmer weather…out comes the hammock!!!

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For my dad’s birthday, we put together a small, 5 pot herb garden for him…and for ourselves!  We planted basil, chocolate mint (that is a REAL thing!), rosemary, cilantro, and lemon balm.  Along with a random succulent.  All plants are doing well 🙂

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We had fun celebrating Raj’s birthday and surprising him 🙂


we’re still loving Champaign…and the random things that happen here like robots on the street.


The pups continue liking my work schedule…though I do enjoy working from around town too

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For my dad’s birthday we surprised him at a restaurant!  Lucas, Brett, my dad, and I all went to the Air Show in St. Louis for the day and then freshened up at home and headed to dinner.  While I didn’t have a good reason for why we *had* to rush home and head to this particular restaurant at this particular time…my dad was still surprised and we had a great time 🙂

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That weekend we also spent a bit of time in Freeburg and some time hiking around in the woods behind my dad’s new house  🙂

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So far this spring I have made homemade chocolate mint ice cream and a strawberry pie.  (My first pie!!!)

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Girly Wednesday ~ xxxviii~ a Paris nightclub flashback

Musing on relationships is something I very much enjoy.  Meeting up with old friends is always such an interesting experience.  Regardless of the time that has passed in between, I have found that these encounters either illuminate exactly how similar the two of you still are… or exactly how completely opposite you have become.  I rarely find anything in between….we are either in exactly the same spot in life (relatively speaking obviously) or we could not be in more different situations 🙂  Thinking about all of this the other day made me think back to our Paris trip.  (more posts from our Paris trip herehereherehereherehereherehere, and here)  🙂  While in Paris, Brett and I met up with friends of mine during our week long stay.  We reconnected with two of my friends a few times over the week and had such a lovely time with them.  They invited us to their home in the suburbs of Paris and I couldn’t have been happier with our time spent together (except that I didn’t get a picture of all 4 of us together!  I want to get better at that!)  Brett and I also met up with a group of my friends at a Paris night club.  A picture of the two of us with a favorite couple of mine is below.  I was able to reconnect with a few people that night…though many more old friends were present.  With a few of them, after 7 years of not seeing one another, we picked up right where we left off.  It was so nice to see them and for them to meet Brett.  Just makes me want to up and move across the ocean where I get to speak French all day long 🙂