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Lately 4.22.14

It’s been pretty crazy around here lately, so my thoughts may be a little scattered.

Brad has officially been living in KC for a month. He loves his new job and he’s enjoying spending time with his dad, but I think he’s getting pretty tired of driving down to Springfield every weekend.

We’ve been packing up as much as we can every weekend to send with Brad. My parents are so generous to let us store all of our stuff at their house! This is my last week in our duplex. We’re officially moving the remainder of our things this Sunday. The house is a little depressing right now because all that’s left is the furniture, some kitchen stuff, and my clothes.

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I’m a big fan of The Voice winner Danielle Bradbery. She was coming to Springfield in concert with Hunter Hayes and I really wanted to see her, but didn’t want to pay for tickets because they were a little expensive and I’d basically be paying to see Hunter Hayes. Luckily, working for MSU has its perks and I was able to get free tickets a couple of days before the concert! My friend Michelle and I watched her season together, so it was a lot of fun to get to see her in person!

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I’ve been thankful for cuddles with this little girl since Brad has been gone. My parents came to visit for Easter this weekend and they took her with them so we wouldn’t have to mess with her during the big move. I really miss her, but I know she’s loving it at my parents. I’m worried that she’ll like them better than Brad and me!

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I will not miss all of the cats around our duplex.

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We’re sure going to miss Saturday brunch at Gailey’s.

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We got a fish! It’s a Betta and its name is Noodles. Brad has been wanting a fish for a while, so we finally got one! It’s new home is in Brad’s office at Midwestern.

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I had my thesis defense and presentation last week and I passed! I wasn’t too worried about not passing, but it feels good to be done with it. To complete my masters degree at MSU there are a few requirements: write a thesis, take a comprehensive exam with each committee member, give a thesis presentation and defend it with your committee, and take a certain number of graduate courses. I’ve turned in my thesis, passed my thesis defense, taken all of my classes, and taken two of my comprehensive exams. That means all I have left is to take one more comprehensive exam! It’s crazy that I am so close to being done!

I’ve decided that graduating from graduate school is more like graduating from high school than from undergraduate. I was still super busy working and studying clear up until graduation when I was at SBU. But in high school, the last month was laid back and I slowly got everything turned in and taken care of. Now, I have stuff to do before graduation, but the majority of my responsibilities have been fulfilled already and graduation is still three weeks away.

One thing that has remained the same about each graduation is how I feel about it. At the end of each chapter of education, I’ve been thankful for what I’ve learned and the relationships I’ve made, but I’ve been ready for the next step and what the Lord has for me. My time at MSU has been great, but I don’t think I’ll miss it. I’m really looking forward to our new adventure!

Okay enough rambling. Now you’re updated on our life!

Lately 3.31.14

Hello! I thought I’d give a little update on the Bartletts since we announced our big move to Kansas City!

For those of you who didn’t know, Brad was in a hit-and-run accident at the beginning of February and our car was totaled. Since then we have been sharing our Jeep. This last month and a half of sharing a vehicle has definitely been challenging, but the Lord has taught us a lot through it and our LifeGroup has been awesome to help us out and give me countless rides. We’ve been so thankful for their servant hearts! Now, we are super excited to say that we finally got a new (to us) car this week! We were able to buy Brad’s great-uncle’s car at a great price. It’s in perfect condition and we love it so far! Here is a pic of Brad with his new ride! (And I’m soooooo happy to have my Jeep back!)

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Brad has been at his new job at Midwestern for one week and he loves it! (We send each other regular selfies these days.)

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I definitely missed him this week, but he brought me back this Harry Potter coffee cup and made it all better :)

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This little one really missed her Brad-dad this week! She kept wandering around the house looking for him. Libby was so excited when he got here on Friday night!!

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It’s crazy that April is already here! It’s going to be such a busy month, but we are excited! Most of my time is going to be consumed by preparing for my thesis defense and taking my comprehensive exams. If you live in the area and would like to come to my thesis presentation, you are totally invited! It is going to be Thursday, April 10th at 3:00 pm on MSU’s campus. I’m starting to get a little nervous, but I’m also really looking forward to it! So close to graduation!

Lately (12.6.13)

We are snowed in today, and although Brad is home, he has shut himself up in our “room of requirement” to get some work done. That leaves me with a to-do list about a mile long, but I figured I’d procrastinate a bit and do a little blog post about what we’ve been up to lately.

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Brad ran a half marathon! I am so proud of him for achieving his fitness goal. I didn’t run it with him, but I did enjoy helping him train. Running the first or second half of his long runs with him helped me achieve some goals of my own. We’re planning on running a half marathon together sometime next year!

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This pretty lady came to visit me (and stole my rad sweatshirt). I’m so thankful that our friendship has remained so strong after so many years of living in different cities. I look forward to the day that we live near each other again.

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This semester I taught a cell biology lab of all Chinese students from Qingdao University. It was certainly a challenge, but I really grew to care for them and it was a joy to teach and get to know them. They gave me this card and bear as a thank you. It was really hard to say goodbye to them on our last day of lab, but most of them have friended me on Facebook so hopefully we can stay in touch.

Brad and I went home to KC for Thanksgiving. We are really blessed that both of our families live in the KC area so we don’t have to choose who to go see each holiday.

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I always love dinners at my parents’ house. My mom does such a great job of making our time there special. I really loved how she decorated the table for Thanksgiving dinner this year. Maybe everyone thinks their parents’ house is magical at Christmas, but mine truly is. My mom has a real knack for decorating for Christmas. I know many of you that follow this blog know my mom, so I’m sure you can attest to this.

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After lunch at my parents’ we were off to Brad’s grandma’s for another meal. Last year, we were newly married and I still felt a little awkward at Thanksgiving, but this year was totally different. I had a really great time and felt totally comfortable with my new family. I think that inheriting a new family is one of the best things about getting married.

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Me and his grandma’s dog Libby became good friends.

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So thankful to have Heather as a sister-in-law. We are going to miss her when we leave Springfield!

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On Black Friday, my brother won a pair of cleats signed by the Royals pitcher Jeremy Gutherie on Twitter! He got to meet up with him and talk about baseball. How does Dylan always get so lucky? (Photo c/o @danky_don, my brother’s Instagram)

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We had to say goodbye to one of our favorite undergraduate students in the lab, Courtney. She’s leaving us to join a lab in the chemistry department. We will miss her very much!! I’ve been really blessed to get to work with some great people in the lab.

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The snow began to fall at about 1:00 yesterday. By the time I headed home at 4:00 the roads were completely iced over with snow covering the ice. It took me almost an hour to drive home! It usually takes me less than 20 minutes. I was very thankful to be in the Jeep that does well in snow. I think we’ve gotten about 5 or 6 inches and it’s still falling.

Enjoy your snow day! It’s about time I get to that to-do list…

Lately (8.6.13)

Brad and I have just emerged from a very busy three weeks. Despite all the stuff going on, I didn’t manage to take a lot of pictures of what we’ve been doing lately. But it’s been a month since I’ve done a post about our daily lives, so I thought I’d share what I did manage to capture!

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These are my labmates and my advisor. We get pretty excited when we get packages with dry ice.

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Our one-year anniversary!

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Brad was a groomsman in his friend Tyler’s wedding last weekend. This is at the rehearsal. It was a beautiful evening!

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We love weddings! Thank goodness this wedding wasn’t as hot as ours was a year ago!

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Last fall I got an email from MSU asking me to take a short survey and in return I would get a $25 Amazon gift card. I took the survey and never heard anything else about it. A few months later I remembered the survey and realized I had never gotten my gift card, but I didn’t worry about it since the survey probably took less than 5 minutes. Last week I finally got the gift card! It was an unexpected surprise. I’ve been wanting the seasons of Friends for a while now, so I ordered the first two seasons and they came today! I’m so excited to make Brad watch it with me!

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My mom and I went to First Fridays last weekend in Kansas City. I’ve been looking for one of these vintage paint-by-number paintings for a while, but they are a bit hard to find and can be expensive. I was so excited to find this one in a frame for only $12!

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There has been a blank space behind our door for a while, and this painting fits there perfectly!

 

It’s that bittersweet time of year when you aren’t ready for summer to be over yet, but you are excited for all the great things that come with fall! We’re going to try to soak up as much summer as possible while it lasts, but I’m also looking forward to my favorite month for weather… September!

Lately (7.7.13)

Well it’s been a while since I’ve done a “Lately” post, but I’ll try to keep it short. Brad and I have been lovin’ summer. I’ve been really busy in the lab, and things have slowed down at work for Brad. Here are some highlights from our last few weeks.

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I went to Maranatha Bible Camp with Freshwater Church kids. It was such a great couple of days to get away from regular life, be outside, love on kids, and praise Jesus. It was really cool to see the kids start to make their faith their own. Kids camp was one of the first things that helped shape my faith journey, so it is dear to my heart.

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Speaking of church, Brad and I are involved in planting a church through Freshwater Church in northwest Springfield. The core team journeyed to the Missouri Baptist Convention in Jeff City a few weekends ago for our first session of training! It helped get us all excited for our launch and it was a good chance to get to know others on the core team. I’ll let you know when we officially launch!

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This is Taylor’s Drive-In. It’s been here since 1947, but it’s only open Monday through Friday from 11 to 2, so Brad and I have never been able to go. We actually had a week day off, so we took advantage of it by going to Taylor’s! It was delicious and the staff was really sweet. I definitely recommend it if you get the chance!

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We got to go home to Kansas City! We hadn’t been there since Easter, so we were really excited to spent the weekend in our hometowns.

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I got to spend some quality time with my mom. I was lucky to come home the same weekend that a friend of ours was having their baby shower! I miss getting to do things like that with my mom.

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And I got to see my Casie! I left Brad for a night to have a sleepover in her new apartment! It was such a blessing to spent time with my best friend!

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A great weekend in Raymore was completed with a delicious meal at my favorite chinese place, Oriental Garden.

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Brad and I spent our first married 4th of July together with friends, food, and fireworks.

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We wanted to keep the party going after the fireworks, so we played a new game called HedBanz. It was really fun! It think Brad and I are going to have to get it.

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I had Friday off after the 4th, so I got to do some shopping! I saw a sign that had this saying at Francesca’s a long time ago, but didn’t buy it and I have regretted it ever since. I was so excited to find this at Hobby Lobby! And it was 50% off! I would have payed full price for it! Hollaaaa! It was the perfect addition to our kitchen. I love it.

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Have you been to The Cup? It’s my favorite! There’s another cupcake place in Springfield called Gigi’s, but I think there is too much icing. I have loved everything I’ve gotten at The Cup (but I mean they are cupcakes, so how can you really go wrong?). This one was dark chocolate cupcake with peanut butter icing and pieces of Reeses on the top. Yummmmmmmm.

I hope that you had a lovely Independence Day weekend! Don’t you wish every weekend was a four-day weekend?

Lately (6.10.13)

This week was busy, so I have a lot to share.

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The weather was perfect this week, and the Missouri heat is coming, so Brad and I visited Starbucks for the first of several times this week.

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I’m still enjoying these beautiful orchids from Matt and Molly’s wedding!

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Our lab advisor is coming back soon, so Michelle and I took advantage of what little time we have left and left the lab to get Starbucks!!

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….And this happened…. so HOLLA!!

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We hit up the Artwalk this Friday and these parking meters were around downtown. You insert money, and it goes towards a local charity! Pretty neat. And they look cool.

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Of course a visit to the Artwalk isn’t complete without a trip to The Cup. I got a dark chocolate cupcake with buttercream frosting and it was amazing. (P.S. I edited this picture with the A Beautiful Mess app!)

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On Saturday Brad and I went for a run through one of our favorite neighborhoods in town, then negated all the calories we burned by re-hydrating at Starbucks. We have a problem.

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That evening we went on a bit of an adventure… to the roller derby! It took us about 20 minutes to figure out all of the rules, but once we did it was really fun! I would like to try it sometime, but I think I’d have to get better at skating.

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Brad has been in need of running shoes, so we took a day trip to Osage Beach to the outlet malls, and he found some that he really liked!! Success!

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It was nice out, so we found a restaurant on the lake where we could sit outside! (Sidenote: I really love it when restaurants just bring you a pitcher of water so you never have to wait for refills!)

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It had been a long time since I’d been to the lake, but I knew we had to make a trip to Randy’s. Andy’s are all over the place and that’s where the tourists go, but there is only one Randy’s and that’s where the locals go!

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And last but not least, this is my current obsession. I’m addicted. That’s all.

Matt & Molly’s Wedding

Two of Brad and I’s dear friends got married this weekend. We were honored to get to do the scripture reading in the ceremony! It was a beautiful wedding and we had such a wonderful time with friends. Instead of a Lately post, I decided to devote this post to Matt and Molly! Here are some of my favorite moments from the day!

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This is Molly and I at the rehearsal dinner. They catered Zios and it was amazing!

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Not the best quality picture, but their ceremony was so sweet! The music was amazing. Molly’s sister is an extremely talented vocalist and did the special music with the help of some of their friends. Her song and the parent’s prayer were definitely my favorite parts!

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The cake! This is one of my favorite wedding cakes I’ve seen! Isn’t it pretty? Plus it tasted delicious.

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Me and my hot date!!

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One of my favorite things about weddings is to get to reunite with old friends. Matt and Molly were science majors at SBU with me, along with everyone else pictured above. I was so blessed to have such a wonderful community at SBU and I’m thankful for the friendship I got to build with Matt and Molly through all of those hours spent in lab!

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The bouquet toss!! Matt’s sister (in blue) is about to snatch it!

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The garter toss!! Molly’s face is so priceless in this picture.

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And the send-off. I even got a bubble in the picture!!

Congratulations Matt and Molly. Brad and I are so thankful for your friendship! We are sad that you are moving away, but we are excited to see how the Lord is going to use you both!