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.

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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.

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

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

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We had to stop for an ice cream break.

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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!

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

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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!

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

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

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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.

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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:)

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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:)

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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!

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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:

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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…

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After supper we had family game night.

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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.

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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!

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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

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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:(

 

 

County Fair 2017

We survived our first county fair with kids in 4-H!  It was a ton of fun, and we were all exhausted by the end of the weekend.  We took the pigs to the fair and checked in Wednesday morning.  Danika and her friend Gracie did a Favorite Foods Day project which they presented Wednesday morning.  They did a great job and got purple ribbons – we were really proud of them!

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The girls and I helped with food judging on Wednesday afternoon and we checked in pigs Wednesday evening and then hung out and camped until the pig show on Friday morning.  The girls both did a great job showing their pigs, especially since it was a first for both of them.  Jayde showed in Clover Kids, which meant she didn’t actually compete against anyone, but she did did very well.  Danika ended up with 2 purple ribbons and 2 blue ribbons for her pigs, which was really good for her first year!

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Both girls had friends that also showed pigs, so that made it extra fun!

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Danika had a couple of friends spend the night with us Friday and Ashton got to have a sleepover at his cousins house.  We spent quite a bit of time checking out the fair (mostly the kid barn petting the animals!) and the kids spent most of Saturday afternoon on the rides.

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Sunday afternoon we did a family monster truck ride!

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The girls and I rode through the parade on our church float, and then we spent a bit of time with friends and family.  Ashton wouldn’t cooperate for a picture at all…silly kid!

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We went out for pizza with some friends and then headed to load up projects and animals.  We were happy to call it a weekend, but sad the fair is over!  We’re already looking forward to next year!

Weekend Recap

Yet another busy weekend for the Kreifels family – I’m pretty certain I can just assume every weekend from here until forever can be classified as “busy”!.  We lined my mom up to watch the kids Friday night and decided to hit up the Scotty McCreery concert at the Washington County Fair.  It was a much needed night out without the kids- I can’t speak for the quality of the performance as we spent most of the night in the beer garden and couldn’t really hear the band at all.  Still nice to have adult time!

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Saturday morning Joe and I were up early and took one injured pig that we aren’t going to be able to show at the fair to the butcher, ran to Omaha and ran a few errands, and then went and got the kids.  We all took naps in the afternoon (I apparently am useless on 4 hours of sleep!), and then I tackled projects around the house – cleaning, helping Danika with a 4H project, etc.

We’ve been dog sitting for our neighbors this week, and two of their dogs are lab puppies with a lot of energy.  The owners gave the kids spray bottles to spray the dogs so they don’t jump – the kids spent more time spraying each other than anything, so Saturday night we let them go crazy and have a spray bottle fight.  They loved it!

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We spent some time working with the pigs and went for a Ranger ride, and then I decided to tackle a late night project and make Danika some pig signs to hang by her stalls at the fair that she can write her pigs’ names on.  She’s been having a rough time with her favorite pig being gone, so I thought it would cheer her up.  It helped a little at least!

Sunday, we got the camper ready for the fair and then headed to the lake to swim with cousins for a couple hours.

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We got home from the lake and Ashton snuggled up to Joe and not long after he was passed out!

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We had a picnic with our 4H group Sunday evening at the fairgrounds and got home in time to get everyone showered and to bed…long day made for cranky kids!  This week is our county fair, so we’ll be camping most of the week/weekend. I’ll do fair recap next week sometime….should be a fun/busy week!

 

Vacation – Part 2

I’m not sure we could top the water park on the second day of vacation, but we thought we’d try!  We got up early Monday morning and drove to Adventureland.  Ashton wasn’t too patient on the car rides, but found this map of Kansas to be pretty entertaining for at least 30 minutes.  We never knew Walmart, and Adventureland could be found on the Kansas map:)

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In years past, Monday’s were never very busy there so we were banking on that again this year.  Unfortunately, I think it’s late enough in the summer that everyone was trying to get their vacations in because when we pulled in the lot, there was a LONG line to park…so much for thinking we’d have the place pretty much to ourselves!  Luckily the weather was really good, so that made the crowds more bearable.  We always hop on the train around the park as our first stop.

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After the train, we hit up the skyfari to take us to the other end of the park.  The view behind me was all of my favorite people.

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We did a couple of rides and then thought we would do the Raging River – along with 1,000 other people.  The line was long but we didn’t gauge how slow it would move.  We thought the wait might be 30 minutes so we decided to get in line.  After 1 1/2 hours, we finally made it to the front to front of the line….Ashton had about lost his mind by that time and we were all pretty cranky.  We decided it wasn’t worth the wait for the 5 minutes of entertainment.  Lesson learned!

We grabbed some lunch and then hit up a few more rides – by this time the people had all moved to the water park so the rides were less busy.  The kids were all about the Tilt-A-Whirl and the Scrambler and I was happy to sit and watch – those kind of rides don’t sit well with me anymore!

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Ashton was obsessed with this guy – had to run and give him high fives whenever we saw him!

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We ended our visit to Adventureland with a stop at the ice cream shop and then headed home.  Luckily, the ride home was pretty quiet and the kids got all wound up about 15 minutes from home.  Here’s the response I got when I asked for a picture showing how they felt about almost being home:

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We had a great little vacation…it’s always fun to get away even if only for a short time.  I love spending time with these people and hope that the kids will remember it for a while!

 

Mini Vacation

It’s been hard to find time to get away this summer with softball and 4H pigs, so we decided to do a quick vacation the last couple of days.  We left Sunday morning and headed to Kings Pointe Water Park in Storm Lake, IA.  I knew a few people that had been there before and it had good reviews.  It was a HUGE hit with my kids!  Ashton wasn’t tall enough for all of the slides, but there was one big outdoor slide (the orange one in the picture below) that he could ride down on a tube with an adult (it was fully enclosed and completely dark most of the way down, which was actually pretty nerve-wracking, but it didn’t seem to bother that kid!).  I think Joe and I each carried a double tube up the huge set of stairs to the top of the waterslide at least 15 times (quite the workout!!), but it was worth it because I’ve never seen Ashton more excited.  The girls were brave and tried every slide there – even the ones that went straight down that Joe and I wouldn’t even go on!  We managed to spend the entire day there between the outdoor slides/pool and the indoor ones.

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The kids were pumped to find their own American Ninja Warrior course:)  Apparently, Ashton was happy to tell anyone (even the kids he didn’t know) that fell in the water during this obstacle that they were an American Ninja Warrior loser!

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Both Ashton and Jayde we excited about the diving boards.  Ashton was pretty entertaining to watch running and jumping off of the low diving board.  He really wanted to try the high dive, but Joe and I decided that might scar him for life so we made him stick to the low dive!

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Jayde went off the high dive a few times and then decided she wanted to try a flip like she saw some of the other kids doing.  It started off okay, but then ended in a back flop…she came up crying (which made me convinced that she broke her back or something since I’m a huge worrier!).  In the end, I think it just scared her and probably hurt a little (or a lot!), and Joe was trying hard not to laugh at her!  It might be a while before she tries that one again.

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We ended the day with a little park play time at the park next door to the water park, and we walked up to the top of the lighthouse for a quick picture.

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We had such a fun day!  The kids were excited to spend the night in a hotel (which apparently we don’t do often enough).  I think Jayde would have been happy just staying in a hotel for the night.  Stay tuned for day two of our mini vacation….

Grandma Camp

Last week, Joe’s mom took all of her grandkids for the week and had their annual “Grandma Camp”.  The kids always look forward to several days with their cousins and it’s always a nice break for Joe and I.  This was the first year Ashton got to spend the entire week there so he was excited to be one of the big kids.  They went to the cabin on Sunday night and we picked them up on Friday afternoon.  The kids were busy horseback riding, swimming, miniature golfing, doing projects, and they even got to go to Ronald McDonald House to donate all of the pop tabs they have been collecting throughout the year – they use the money from these to pay the electric bill at the Ronald McDonald House.

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My kids came home tired and that’s always a sign of a fun week!  Jayde told me this was the best Grandma Camp she’s ever been to, so Grandma must be doing something right!  They’re already talking about next year – and so am I because having 5 kid free days never happens!