It’s a New Year!

Today Ashton and I are home for a “snow day” because his school/daycare cancelled in anticipation for a snow storm that  never came.  So, we’re making the best of it by getting caught up around the house and snuggling!  The last month has been busy and fun!

We celebrated Christmas early with some friends.  We had white elephant gift exchanges for both kids and adults, games and fun!


I love how sweet these girls are to Ashton – he can be a real pain being the youngest in a group of girls, but they always find a way to include him!


Both Danika and Ashton had Christmas programs at school (Jayde will have a spring program instead!)



These boys have fun in pre-K together, but I’m scared of what’s to come in about 10 years with these two;)


We celebrated Christmas early with my family, and there were lots of gifts and craziness with lots of kids, but we had fun!


The kids were happy to see a little snow before Christmas…


Danika found a recipe for reindeer food so the kids made that on Christmas Eve.


Christmas was lots of fun – the kids were all happy with their gifts and we hosted Joe’s family for brunch (somehow I failed to take any pictures of that part!).


Apparently Christmas was exhausting, as there were lots of pictures like this in the few days following.

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The rest of Christmas break consisted of lots of other fun – ice skating with friends, lunch out with my people, and enjoying all of the Christmas gifts!


The weather was crazy cold on New Year’s Eve (think 20 below zero with wind!), so we opted to stay home.  The kids made their own party and had a photo backdrop:)


Danika started basketball league last week, and they also had their first tournament.  They won their first league game and went 1-1 to get 2nd place in their tournament.


I have no words for this next picture (other than it’s likely going to come back and haunt Ashton some day!).


January will consist of work Christmas parties, lots of basketball, and hopefully not a lot of snow!!

Holiday Craziness!

The craziness of the holidays has hit and we’re in fast forward to 2018!  I’m going to recap the past month in one post so I feel caught up:)

The girls had mismatched day at school, and Ashton thought he needed to participate as well.


I had an extra student in my CCD class because Joe was working one night and he’s been asking ever since when he gets to come back:)  Next year, buddy!


Grandma Sandy sent an extra package of morning sausage over to us and Jayde was SO excited – she and I are the only ones in our house that eat it but we were loving it!

Ashton had been begging for a tie (no idea why!) so we were in Walmart one day and he found this suit/tie set and just HAD to have it.  He was beyond excited and has tried to wear it to school, daycare, church, you name it…I may have to hide it soon:)

I got to celebrate Thanksgiving with Ashton and his Pre-K class and then he got to help me bake pies for Thanksgiving.  I love when I get to have a little one on one time with each kiddo.

The kids and I enjoyed movie night the night before Thanksgiving – we went and saw The Star, which we all liked.


We got to celebrate my cousin Angie’s wedding with a reception the weekend after Thanksgiving – and Ashton was excited to have a reason to wear his suit!

The first weekend in December we celebrated Christmas with one side of Joe’s family.  Santa made an appearance which is always a hit!


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This past weekend was filled with Christmas fun.  We baked Christmas goodies on Friday evening/Saturday morning, the kids got to decorate their gingerbread house, and the girls had their church Christmas program on Sunday (and another appearance from Santa!).




Charlie, our elf, has arrived and the kids are loving his daily shenanigans.  Sunday night, Charlie hid in Ashton’s cowboy boot since he forgot to put them away before bed.  Ashton got up in the middle of the night and needed help looking for his water bottle.  We walked past his boots and he stopped to pick up whatever was in his boot (he later told me he thought it was a “random” stuffed animal).  When he realized it was the elf, he threw him on the couch and started to cry.  He was so worried he ruined Charlie’s magic but I assured him if we wrote a note that said it was an accident that he’d be fine.  I wish I had a video of it because it was pretty funny!


Since it’s likely you won’t see another post from me until after Christmas, Merry Christmas to you all!

Happy 8th Birthday Jayde!

Today we celebrated Jayde’s 8th birthday!  It’s hard to believe that she can be 8 already, but she has been counting down for months!  We had a fun day – she got to spend the night at Grandma and Grandpa Hasemann’s last night and then we had brunch with Grandma and Grandpa Kreifels this morning.  She chose to have a birthday party at Ruff House with some friends from school, so we did that this afternoon.  Tonight, we’re celebrating at home with ice cream cake!  Here are a few pics from the day:

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I ask the kids the same questions every year on their birthday and here are Jayde’s answers for this year:

  1. What is your favorite color? Teal
  2. What is your favorite toy? Hatchimals
  3. What is your favorite fruit? Grapes
  4. What is your favorite TV show? The Toy Box
  5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Meatball subs
  6. What is your favorite outfit? My dress with a heart on it
  7. What is your favorite game? Tag
  8. What is your favorite snack? Crunchy Cheetos
  9. What is your favorite animal? Giraffe
  10. What is your favorite song? I don’t have one
  11. What is your favorite book? Dolphin School books
  12. Who is your best friend? Paityn Vacha
  13. What is your favorite cereal? Fruit Loops
  14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play on monkey bars
  15. What is your favorite drink?  Water
  16. What is your favorite holiday? Thanksgiving
  17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Fuzzy blanket
  18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Morning sausage
  19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Meatball subs
  20. What do you want to be when you grow up? A famous gymnast

Happy Birthday Jayde!  We love you and the sweet, caring girl you’ve become.  We hope 8 is the best year yet!

Halloween/Fall Fun

October was a fun month full of lots of fall/Halloween activities!  Jayde had a great cheering section at her last volleyball game!



We enjoyed a nice Sunday afternoon Ranger ride, and stopped to throw rocks off a bridge…I don’t know why but every time my kids get near a bridge I freak out and it totally takes the fun out of it for me (and probably them too, because I’m constantly saying “Be careful, don’t get too close to the bridge, you could fall into the water, …).  My stomach feels all of the roller coaster feelings whenever anyone I know gets within 10 feet of a bridge!



We celebrated with ice cream after good parent teacher conference reports for the girls.


Joe and I spent a weekend in Kansas City for our anniversary (I apparently was having so much fun that I failed to take pictures – or maybe it’s just that Joe isn’t as cooperative of a subject as the kids are:)  During that time, we welcomed my sweet new niece into the world.  The kids got to visit her that weekend, and we’re all in love!




On our actual anniversary, we went out with some friends for dinner and small town bar hopping – the best kind of night!


Ashton got to trick or treat multiple times at school/daycare, and then we all went to the trunk or treat event at Ashton’s school the Sunday before Halloween.


The night before Halloween, we carved pumpkins.





On Halloween, we met some friends for trick or treating – it was REALLY cold, but it didn’t seem to slow the kids down.


Ashton has been able to spend two weekends helping with harvest (one weekend with Joe’s parents, and then on Saturday he got to help my dad).  The kid looks forward to this every year, and will spend the entire day in the tractor/combine happily!  I love that he loves it, because harvest is my favorite time of year too:)



We got to spend Saturday evening watching my niece/nephew and loved every minute of it!




Whew…as I look back through October I realize it’s been a fun month!  Lots of holiday fun coming up this month too I’m sure!




Fall is Flying By!

I cannot believe it’s October already…not sure where September went?!?   The last few weeks have been busy with volleyball every Saturday morning for Jayde and on Sunday afternoons for Danika.  Danika’s team is currently undefeated (after a close call yesterday against a 3rd grade team they were maybe a little too confident about!).  It’s been fun to watch these girls really improve this year.



Jayde’s team is improving as well and it’s fun to see them learn the game.



Jayde got to have a sleepover with a friend a couple weeks ago – if you ask her she never gets to play with her friends so she was excited for this.



I got to have a much overdue girls night out to the Luke Bryan concert.



Ashton and I snuck in a little park time during Danika’s dance class last week before it started to rain.


We see a lot of this on the days Ashton doesn’t have Pre-K and spends the day at daycare with his friends/cousins….he must play a little harder on those days!


We went to a friend’s house the other night to watch the football game and the kids were planning a half time show, which included this look….somehow it doesn’t even surprise me anymore that he chooses to wear heels…I guess it’s just part of having older sisters:)


We made our annual pumpkin patch trip after volleyball yesterday and were surprised to find that our friends were going at the same time!  The girls loved it because they had friends to play with (always better than just mom and dad!) and Ashton loved having Brooklyn and BJ to keep him entertained!  It was a win-win for all and the weather was perfect.






We are starting off this week tired from a fun weekend but hoping to get one more camping trip in this coming weekend before putting it away for the year.  Hopefully the weather cooperates!

Life Lately!

The last few weeks have been crazy busy so I’m trying to get caught up with pictures so I least I have some record of fall:)  We’ve been busy with fall sports, camping, getting ready for our church fall festival, and my real estate business has been really busy lately too (great problem to have!!).

We’ve been able to make it to one of my niece’s volleyball games.


Over Labor Day, we went out to the State Fair.  Some friends were showing pigs, so we went to the pig show and checked out some of the exhibits at the fair.  The kids really wanted to ride the skyfari so we did that too.  It was a little warmer that day than we expected but we still had fun! We’ll definitely be going back.


My skyfari riding partner…he’s pretty cute:)


There was a fun firefighter training course for kids – it was fun watching the kids try to do it.




We had to stop for an ice cream break.


Ashton was so excited to spend some time with his “girlfriend” Brooklyn:)  She is so sweet and is really great with him and Jayde – Ashton just thinks she’s the best thing ever and Jayde really looks up to her.  She really is a great role model!


Danika loved spending time with her friends – it made the day that much more fun!


Ashton may have had too much fun at the fair, so he spent Labor Day on the couch coughing all day – I think it was a combination of a cold and allergies, but the poor kid was just miserable all day!  I felt horrible for him!


The girls got to do a cheer camp at school and we got to watch them cheer at the high school football game.


Jayde started volleyball this year, and her team had their first game.  She did great and their team won!


We’ve been canning lots of salsa with our garden tomatoes.  We planted just 2 tomato plants, and it’s crazy the number of tomatoes we have.  I think we’ve canned 20+ jars of salsa and there is still a ton of tomatoes still growing.


We had a fun Friday night trip to Costco.  I told the kids they could try as many samples from the sample stands that they could find, but unfortunately on a Friday night the options were limited.  Ashton did find a stand with kombucha and was excited to drink it – Grandma Sandy would be proud:)


We got to pick the pumpkins from our garden this weekend.  We didn’t really know if any would grow this year because of some spray we put in the garden last year, so we just planted some leftover seeds from my mother-in-law.  Some of the plants died (not sure if it was due to soil or old seeds), but we still ended up with quite a few pumpkins.  We don’t have quite the variety as we usually do, but now that we know they will grow, next year we will plan it out a little better and plant a better variety.  We were still excited to decorate with all the pumpkins!


That’s our life lately in a nutshell – at least with the pictures I have.  We’ve done a lot of other fun things but apparently I was having too much fun to take pictures:)


Weekend Recap

Joe was planning to have a guys’ fishing weekend this past weekend, so the kids and I had originally planned a low key weekend at home.  But plans changed on Thursday, so we decided a last minute camping trip was a great idea, especially since we haven’t had much time to use the camper this summer.  Jayde had a friend’s birthday party on Saturday, so we just stayed close and headed to the Fremont Lakes with my brother/sister in-law and their kiddos.  Friday night, the kids got to try out some sidewalk paint my sister-in-law brought.


My sister and her family came out for a while that evening too, so I tried to get a picture of all of the kids around the campfire….it was a good idea in theory but after about 10 pictures, this is the best I got – love these kids!


Saturday morning we went for a bike ride and then went fishing for a little while, and the kids each caught a fish…Danika actually caught 4 I think!




Jayde had a friend’s birthday party in the afternoon, so the rest of us played Mancala for a while – my brother loves board games as you can tell:)


We also went to the park for a little while – Ashton has mastered the monkey bars, which I didn’t realize until this weekend.  He’ll be the next American Ninja Warrior!




Some friends came and had some drinks with us Saturday night at our camp site, and Sunday morning we headed home and I spent the day in bed with food poisoning or something like that…not a fun Sunday!

We’re glad we got to camp this weekend – it’s always nice to get away and relax for a bit ….although with kids camping is not always relaxing:)




1st Day of School!

I’m a little late in posting this, but I don’t want to forget the first day of school pictures, because I know it will be fun to go back and look at them later.  The girls started 2nd and 4th grades last Monday – both were really excited about their teachers and so far seem to be having a great year.  They both have some friends in their class, so that makes it more fun.  Here are their first day of schools pictures:





Ashton started Pre-K last Tuesday.  The daycare he goes to busses the kids to Pre-K and back to daycare after school, which makes it really easy for us.  He seems to love it there, but can’t wait until he gets to ride the bus with his sisters – hopefully next year!



Ashton rode the bus to Pre-K on his first day since he goes to afternoon preschool, and he told me on the way home he was the only kid that rode the bus and that all of the other parents took their kids to school and picked them up.  Talk about feeling like a total crap parent!  I was feeling horrible, because I could have easily picked him up from daycare and taken him to school, but figured most kids would ride the bus.  I found out later that night that he was totally kidding – note to self – keep an extra eye on that kid as he gets older because his lies are really believable and his face gives nothing away!

I’m sure the school year will fly by just like summer did, but we’re hoping for a great year for all three of them!

Weekend Recap

We’re kind of in the in-between season where summer activities have died down, but fall practices/games haven’t yet started up, so we’re enjoying a little calm before the crazy starts again!  This weekend was pretty low key – Friday night we went on a family Ranger ride (it’s the kids’ favorite family activity, and to be honest, we all really enjoy it)!  We didn’t really have a destination in mind, but stopped and talked to some friends, and then had a few drinks at another friend’s house – the kids loved having someone different to play with and it was a beautiful night to sit outside!  We headed home before it got dark, and the kids were pretty worn out after their first full week of school.

Saturday, we went to my parent’s lake house to swim/tube/boat.  The kids haven’t been able to tube all summer because the lake has been no-wake due to high water, so they were pumped!






I enjoyed a little time on a floatie in the water with a drink in my hand, so I’d say it was a successful day:)

Sunday morning we went to church and then I went and got groceries.  Jayde had a friend’s birthday party in the afternoon, so Joe canned some salsa and I decided to make banana bread and no-bake cookies.  Sometimes it’s nice to have time to actually bake/cook, and it made breakfast really easy for Monday!  The negative is that my poor dishwasher ends up working overtime….I think it cleaned three loads of dishes Sunday!



We spent some time outside in the afternoon playing basketball and volleyball.  Some friends gave Ashton some hand me down cowboy boots last week, and the kid thinks he needs to wear them 24/7…it’s literally a battle to get him take them off, so most of the time he looks like this…



After supper we had family game night.


We haven’t done that in a long time and it was a great way to end the weekend!

Weekend Recap

Joe was on call this weekend, so it forced us to make no real plans, which was just what we needed.  Friday, the kids and I enjoyed our last real day of summer break with haircuts for the girls and lunch at Applebee’s.


Saturday, I had to meet with a client in the morning and then Joe got called into work for the day/night so the kids and I hung out and did projects around the house.  I got the swingset stained, which was long overdue!


While I was staining the swingset, the kids were creating a play inside, so I got to watch that when I was done.


We spent the evening outside since the weather was perfect – we went for a walk, played basketball and volleyball, and the kids made an obstacle course in the driveway for their bikes.


Sunday, Danika and I went on a morning “date” to the grocery store, and I surprised her with McDonald’s hot cakes:)  It’s not often we get time alone, and I enjoyed it….even if it was only to get groceries!


Joe cashed in his birthday coupon for a free Ranger wash from the girls, and then we went on a Ranger ride down to the river Sunday afternoon.



It was a little cool on the ride home and I looked back and saw this…


We celebrated the end of summer with strawberry malts after supper!


I’d say we’re ready to tackle 4th grade, 2nd grade and Pre-K….although I don’t think any of us are ready for summer to be over:(