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!

 

Weekend “Adventuring”

I love Summer and the ability to take weekend adventures to new places.  This weekend we had fun “adventuring” as the kids called it!

Friday night we got to celebrate my nephew’s 4th birthday.  Somehow I only took one picture – of Danika and the dog:)  The girl does love dogs and often reminds us that she’d love to have one again some day (I keep pretending I don’t hear her!).

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We had plans to go to to a drive-in movie Saturday (there are only 2 drive-in movies left in Nebraska, and the closest one to us is 2 hours away).  Neither Joe or I had ever been to a drive-in and the kids couldn’t wait to go.   We went back and forth about taking the camper up to Neligh and finding a camp site or getting a hotel and letting the kids swim.  We ultimately decided we should take the opportunity to use the camper, so we had no real plan except to pull the camper up there, hope to find an open camp site and go to the drive in.  We left Saturday morning on our adventure!

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After stopping in Norfolk for lunch and a few groceries, we headed to Neligh.  Once we pulled into town, we found the park and were a little nervous when we saw that there was a ball tournament going on and it appeared there were a lot of campers there.  We did find an open spot so we set up camp.  It was a very nice park/camp ground and the pool was right there too.  It had a fun water slide and basketball hoop so the kids were in heaven.  The kids thought it was so fun that we played a game of “PIG” at the basketball hoop in the pool.  We swam for a couple of hours and then played at the park for a bit before heading back to the camper for supper.  There’s nothing more I love than spending an uninterrupted, mostly unplanned day with my people!

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We hung out at the camper for a while and then Danika wanted to go on an adventure in town.  We packed up for the movie and then drove around town – we found some cool old bridges to drive over and located the town “airport” before heading to the drive-in.  We got our snacks and were ready for the movie!

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The movie started about 9:45 and by 10:20 Ashton was asleep on top of me and I’m pretty sure Joe and I were asleep long before the movie was over (that’s the downfall of putting an air mattress and lots of blankets in the back of the pickup!).    The drive-in plays two movies a night but we only made it through one before deciding we better head back to the camper.  I’d definitely recommend checking this place out if you haven’t already – we loved it!

We headed home Sunday morning, let the kids rest for a couple of hours and then headed down to the cabin to swim.  Again, I failed to take pictures but we had a great time and the water felt amazing on such a hot day!

I’m hoping this week I can get back into some home projects since our evenings are finally freeing up!  Maybe you’ll start to see something on this blog rather than our weekend updates….maybe!

Have a great week!

 

 

Weekend Recap – Long Weekend Edition!

We had an amazing LONG weekend!  Joe took Friday/Monday off of work, so we had a 5 day family weekend and it was just what we needed!  Friday we finished up softball season with Danika’s last game.  The girls both had great seasons and learned a lot!

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Saturday Joe had to cook meat for a wedding, so we hung out at home for the morning and Danika helped me make some treats for family picnic Sunday.

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I went with Joe to deliver/set up the meat at the wedding while the kids hung out with my niece Reagan.  After we got home, we went out to the lakes for a while.  The kids had fun playing and we got to see some neat fireworks when it got dark.

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Sunday we had a family picnic at Joe’s aunt and uncles cabin near North Bend.  The weather was perfect and the kids had a blast tubing and swimming.

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Monday we decided to go back to the lake and swim some more!

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We had fun lighting off fireworks when it got dark.

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We had a great 4th of July – the girls and I tie dyed shirts over the weekend so they were excited to wear those.  We also went through the Hooper 4th of July parade for Joe’s BBQ business.

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It’s hard to see such a fun weekend end, but glad that it’s a short week!  We’ve decided we are going to take full advantage of what summer we have left!

 

Week in Review

We had a crazy busy week this week with Joe being gone for work, softball games almost every night and a quick visit to the ortho doctor thrown in just to keep life interesting.  Tuesday night at Danika’s game, Ashton fell off the swing and hurt his arm/wrist.  He complained it hurt the rest of the evening so I gave him tylenol and sent him to bed.  He woke up Wednesday morning crying that it still hurt so I decided to take him into the doctor to make sure nothing was broken.

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We got lucky and x-rays showed his wrist wasn’t broken.  The doctor said to bring him in and they would put a cast on it if it wasn’t better by Friday.  He’s still complaining it hurts from time to time – I’m guessing he maybe sprained or bruised it pretty good.

Wednesday night, Jayde had her 8 and under softball tournament.  It was HOT out but Ashton and I sat through three games and survived.  Was fun to see the girls pull out a couple of wins and get 3rd place in their tournament!

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Several of the girls left before medals were handed out, so we were a few short for this picture.

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While we were watching Jayde play, Danika’s team pulled out their first win of the season!  She got to go celebrate with a couple friends and their families after the game.

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Danika’s game Thursday got rescheduled at the last minute due to having no umpires, so she got to play with a friend on her team for a little while and I got some cleaning done.  Joe finally finished up his storm restoration on Friday morning, so we got to spend the day Friday catching up around the house.

Saturday the 10 and under girls had a softball tournament, and the weather was perfect for a day of softball.  Love watching my girls play!

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They didn’t place in the tournament, but did win one game and we were proud of them.  After the games, we stopped for drinks and pizza with some friends.

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Sunday was spent running errands and resting up for our final week of softball.  We spent some time outside playing ball.  The girls had a basketball challenge to see who could make 30 baskets in the shortest amount of time.  They were fast and there was just 6 seconds difference in their times.  A little competition is good for them:)

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Ashton was working on his dribbling skills too!

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Danika thinks she wants to pitch at softball next year, so Joe set up a target for her so she can practice.

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We ended the day with yummy apple pie from the pie stand down the road from us – Ashton has been begging every day to get a pie from there so he was pumped today when we finally stopped.

Have a great week!

 

Weekend Recap

So, I fell off the blogging wagon last week.  I’ve decided I must have early onset Alzheimer’s because I completely forgot to post anything throughout the week.  The reality is that we were SO busy this last week that having extra time to blog just wasn’t there.  (And I make no promises for this coming week, which is likely to be even more insane as Joe will be gone working to restore power from the storm.)  Here’s a recap of this weekend:

Friday evening a large storm came through our area and knocked down some trees at our house – we were watching out the window when I heard a large crash.  A big maple tree on the side of our house lost some large branches and fell on top/off to the side of our house.  We were really lucky, because no windows were broke and our roof/soffit damage is very minimal and it could have been so much worse!  We lost power in the storm and were out for about 12 hours.  If you ask my kids this was the longest 12 hours of their life, even though they were sleeping through most of it!   I think they have a new appreciation for what Joe does when he goes to work.  I reminded them that we were lucky to have power as quickly as we did.  Here’s a few pictures from the damage:

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We spent a good chunk of Saturday morning cleaning up.  A plumber had to come out and put a new vent in for our hot water heater since the storm damaged that as well.  We were happy to have hot water after he was finished!  Joe headed to work after we got most of our damage cleaned up and will likely working 16 hour days most of this week – say a prayer for me (and him too!) 🙂

The kids and I spent Saturday running a few errands and relaxing.  They came up with a “talent show” and I got to sit through that in the afternoon, followed by some of this:

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At least they weren’t fighting…

The kids finished up their Father’s Day gift for Joe – according to Jayde they are bears snuggling.  I love their creativity!  He came home to sleep for a bit Sunday morning so the kids got to give him their gifts and enjoy a few snuggles before he went back to work.

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We went to Grandma and Grandpa Kreifels’ for the afternoon to enjoy Father’s Day with Joe’s family.  We all enjoyed the perfect lake weather!

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Hope all the Dad’s out there had a great Father’s Day weekend!