Life at a Glance: May 2016

May 28, 2016



Whew.  Today is the first day in 3 weeks that I didn’t have any plans or commitments.  Needless to say, life has gotten pretty busy… and while I am certainly enjoying it, I can’t deny that a day off feels good.  I spent my time sleeping in a little bit, catching up on housework & Dahl House Designs work, and enjoying some gorgeous weather!

So, what have we been up to lately?  Here’s life at a glance:


We are counting down the days until Brian is done at his current job, and we are looking forward to civilian life.  The last few months we’ve thought/prayed/talked about what we’d like to do next, and it is exciting that the time is coming closer.  Brian has had a few job interviews, and we’ve got some more thinking/praying/talking to do, but we expect to have some exciting news to share with you all next week.


These past few weeks I’ve spent a lot of time at the ice cream shop.  It is a really interesting place to work, and I enjoy most of it.  I am the oldest employee there; I am easily ten years older than the next oldest girl.  I love teenagers (heck, I went to school for youth ministry)… but this group of girls is CRAZY.  There is always drama, and I am just doing my best to stay out of it.  I have officially tried all the ice creams & all the toppings, but I will never exhaust all the possible combinations available.

Also.  My scooping arm is totally ripped.


Since Brian & I have both been busy lately, we’ve tried to at least take some time to relax after dinner.  We started re-watching all of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit/Lord of the Rings movies (the Extended Editions).  We’ve made it through all 3 Hobbits, and finished the first half of Fellowship last night.  We’ve never watched all six movies back-to-back, and it’s fun (although I did work through the Battle of the Five Armies).


A couple of weeks ago we took Molly to the vet for her annual check-up, and I was a bit surprised when she hopped up on the scale… seems our girl got a little tubby over the winter!  The vet said she isn’t overweight, but she recommended she lose a pound or two to get back to her normal weight.  So, Molly & I have been enjoying some bike rides/run-alongs together.  I love it, but not as much as Molly- she’s in heaven when she gets to trot along with me.


We are looking forward to the weeks ahead.  We’re planning a trip to Block Island to celebrate Brian’s 30th birthday (WOOOO!) and are cooking up a trip during the last two weeks of July.  Plans definitely include a stop to visit family in St. Louis, but may also include camping(!?!?) either somewhere here in New England or maybe the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee.  Suggestions welcome!!

What are your summer plans?  Any adventures up your sleeve?

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Meet Brian & Katie Dahl, a couple living in New England with their dog Molly. Most of the time you can find us working on our home renovation, or cooking up something new in the kitchen, but our favorite thing is having adventures & sailing... read more.



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  1. Erika on Saturday- May 28, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    Goodness! You certainly have been busy! It’s good to “hear” from you! ☺️

  2. Anonymous on Saturday- May 28, 2016 at 10:23 PM

    While at Block Island try to hit Nantucket and Newport. New England is beautiful in the summer.

    • Katie on Saturday- May 28, 2016 at 10:25 PM

      We live in South Eastern Connecticut & love summers here! We’ve been to Newport several times, but still haven’t been to Nantucket; we’ll have to check it out! Thanks for the suggestions 🙂

  3. Carlee on Sunday- May 29, 2016 at 7:52 AM

    It sounds like you have been super busy! I could never work in an ice cream shop… I’d eat all of the product for sure!

    • Katie on Sunday- May 29, 2016 at 2:50 PM

      I definitely overdid it the first week I was there, but now I am enjoying it in moderation 😉

  4. Kim @ Three Olives Branch on Sunday- May 29, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    I absolutely love camping in the summer! That sounds like a great idea. I’m headed to Europe this summer (Barcelona, cruise, and Rome) so I am glad to be going back there! I’m not too familiar with New England and the East coast, but I always did love visiting DC!

    • Katie on Sunday- May 29, 2016 at 2:53 PM

      I haven’t been camping in a long time, but I think we’ll have fun! Wow, sounds like you’ll be having quite an adventure- have a great trip!!

  5. livebysurprise on Monday- May 30, 2016 at 1:52 PM

    Our dog loves running along behind us too…so long as it’s not to warm! I’m glad I don’t work in ice cream. I couldn’t resist. 😉

  6. Aarika on Tuesday- May 31, 2016 at 1:22 AM

    I really enjoyed your post. It sounds like so many great things are in the works. =) Where is Block Island? Have a fabulous summer!

  7. Anonymous on Monday- June 6, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Katie, I so enjoy reading your posts about what you and Brian are doing. Very happy to hear about his new job and that it was one that he wanted. Sheryl kind of keeps us updated on what is happening with you so that helps. God bless you in your new ventures.