Sunday, August 28, 2011

Nauvoo, IL

Yesterday Tim, Kate, and I made the two hour drive to Nauvoo to go to the temple. Isn't that cool that we are in the Nauvoo Temple district?! We didn't actually go to the Nauvoo sites but I was able to go do a session while Tim hung out at the family waiting room building with Kate. Oh my goodness, this temple is so gorgeous not only on the outside but even more so on the inside! It was nice to get to go and Kate did awesome. We are excited to go again.

Don't forget visitors are always welcome! We even have an extra room with a really deluxe air mattress (complete with inflatable headboard) we got just for visitors.

The Mighty Mississippi
Also just some pics of cute Kate from the weekend!
Kate loves her mobile 
Favorite thing...sucking her hands
Time with Daddy
Finally hung the letters I made for Kate's room

Friday, August 26, 2011

Happy Friday!

Yay, it's the weekend! Tim made it through his first week of medical school!
Just thought I'd share a few pics from the past week. Enjoy!

Wide open spaces here in Iowa!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Center of the State

Saturday we made the important drive to State Center, Iowa! My Dad grew up in this tiny town in the middle of Iowa approximate population is around 1200 people. I have so many memories visiting my grandparents.  My grandpa was the town doc. It is pretty fun Tim will graduate 75 years after my grandpa graduated from the University of Iowa School of Medicine. Pretty cool!

We first went to Collins, IA to visit my grandparents and great-grandparents graves. It is nice they now have someone close to come put flowers on their headstones.

We then headed to State Center. It was so fun to drive up and see my grandparents house.  It looked mostly the same although there were several new houses around it. When we pulled up to my grandparents house there was a young boy out front with his friends. He let us walk around and take pictures but since he has home alone I did not get inside. 

Front door knocker 
We had planned to eat at Bailey's, this little pizza place on Main Street (and one of two restaurants in State Center) that I loved as a child, but unfortunately it isn't open for lunch. I was heartbroken. While we were out on Main Street we talked to an old farmer who said my grandpa had stitched up his head after an accident. So cool. Grandpa's picture is even in the Historic State Center Book.

 It was so fun to show Tim around and to reminisce about our trips out to visit Grandma and Grandpa Sokol. A few things have changed but some has remained the same too. Here's a little video of me and Kate out in the yard. 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Future Dr. Bahr

Yesterday was a very special day- it was Tim's White Coat Ceremony! The white coat ceremony is the meaningful ritual at the beginning of medical school where each student is "cloaked" with their short white coat. (They don't get the typical long white coat until they become actual MDs). The white coat ceremony is a rite of passage of sorts. And most importantly Tim's first official step to becoming a physician. It was very exciting and Kate and I are so proud of him!

Here is a video and pictures of the occasion!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Time for a Name Change

Seeing that we left Colorado in June and have now been in Iowa for 13 days (and will be here for the next 4 years) we thought it is about time for a name change... thus... our photolog is now "Makin' it in the Midwest."

Tim has orientation this week and med school classes will begin on the 22nd. So we have been making every minute count and decided we needed to get out and see what Iowa has to offer...

 Last Friday to celebrate Kate's 3 month birthday we went to downtown Iowa City for their annual "Sand in the City" event. Groups compete to sculpt the best design out of large quantities of sand. We had fun exploring downtown a bit more and saw some pretty awesome sculptures.

Then on Saturday we went to the IOWA STATE FAIR! Do you know what a big deal the fair is out here in Iowa? It is absolutely huge! The fair grounds are enormous. There is no way to even begin to see it all. The number of visitors is insane.  We saw a lot of cool stuff, ate some fun fair food, and had a great time. We loved it and definitely plan to make this a tradition.

There were a bunch of old tractors at the Fair
Tim's favorite part of the fair--riding in a steam-powered tractor
The crowds
The largest pumpkin (1295 lbs.)

The famous Butter Cow sculpture
Kate's first encounter with sheep
You better believe it!! We're in IOWA baby!
We just had to try one!
And... Kate is a big girl!  On her 3-month birthday she transitioned from her bassinet to the crib.  

Friday, August 12, 2011

3 months

Yipee we finally got internet!! Man after not having internet for a week you really realize how much we depend on it. I felt so disconnected. Anyway, we are now in business :)

Today is Kate's 3 month birthday! It's hard to believe she is already a quarter of a year old! Being her mom (and Tim being her dad) is so much fun. She is such a joy. She has the best smile and makes the cutest sounds. Kate's favorite thing right now are her hands. She has really discovered them and loves putting them in her mouth. Here are some good pics from the short 3 month photo shoot we had this morning.

We continue to work on organizing our little home. We pretty much just need to hang the pictures and organize the office a bit more. Here is a picture that shows how much fun Kate has had unpacking.  One minute she was kicking her legs and having fun, the next minute she was out.

Oh and last week we tried Kate in her Bumbo chair for the first time. Here is what she thought of it.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Good Bye Rocky Mountains, Hello Rolling Hills

So we made it to Iowa! Tim, Kate, and I packed up the car and headed out on Monday to come to our new home in Coralville, Iowa (just next to Iowa City, IA). We arrived at 10 pm on Tuesday night. Kate did awesome on the long drive out! She slept like a champion. We were so fortunate.

We have been spending most of our time unpacking but have also taken some time to do a little bit of exploring around town. I forgot how long it takes to unpack and get situated. It just takes longer than you think but we are making great progress. If you didn't know we are renting a 3-bedroom house. It is so nice to have more space. Pictures to come...we do not have internet yet and don't want to spend too long at the library. Today we woke up and headed to the weekly farmers market in Iowa City. It was fun to see all of the local farmers with their produce, cheese and meat. We also took a quick glance at the old capital building.We are certainly adjusting to our new life here in Iowa. We miss our families so much! The last 6 weeks in Utah was wonderful. But we are also excited for the fun to come. It will be great here too. Go Hawkeyes!

Our house

Old capital building