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!

Weekend Recap

It seems like the weekends go by so fast.  It’s always Sunday night and it feels like it’s just begun.  I saw a quote today that said “The first 5 days after the weekend are the hardest!”    This is so true – especially in the summer.  Here’s a recap of our fun weekend:

Saturday morning we were able to let the kids sleep in for once, which was really needed after a full week of softball.  Joe had to work so the kids and I headed to our local library and picked out some books.  They found the puppet show area and had a bit of fun there too.

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After the library, we attempted our luck with making slime.  It was easier to mix up than I thought it would be, but I will say I don’t think ours was anything like the consistency of the fluffy slime tutorial I watched online.  Regardless, the kids had fun with it so I guess it was a success!

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Later Saturday afternoon, we headed down to my parent’s lake house for some swimming and supper.  It was perfect lake weather and the kids had a blast fishing, swimming and frog catching with their cousin.

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Sunday morning, this cutie helped me make some cookie bars (mostly so he could taste the dough!).

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The girls were cleaning their rooms, and I told Ashton to clean out a basket in his room as well.  Instead of putting things away, he just found a way to attach them to his body.   He came out to the kitchen like this:

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Sunday afternoon, I took this sweet girl to softball practice.

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I had a church fundraiser meeting at our house later in the afternoon, and then we grilled homemade pizza for supper and relaxed for the rest of the evening.  I actually got to do some reading – it’s been a LONG time since that has happened!  Our friends brought over a box with magic tricks, so we enjoyed a evening magic show from the girls (Ashton got to be the audience helper:).

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Lots of softball again this week, so we’ll be doing our best to stay cool as the temps are supposed to be hot again.  Have a great week!

5 on Friday

Happy Friday!  We made it through another week, which is reason to celebrate!  I think I’ll go mix myself a drink…

Another random assortment of thoughts on this Friday:

One

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If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that our pumpkins started coming up this week.  This makes me so happy – we were holding our breath that they’d grow since Joe sprayed something on the garden last year that prevented anything from growing in our garden.  Our tomatoes that we planted several weeks ago area still doing well too, so I’m hoping we can keep everything alive.  I love decorating with all of the pumpkin varieties in the Fall and it’s one of my favorite things to watch them grow all summer long – and the kids enjoy it to which makes it a fun family project.

Two

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It’s supposed to be crazy hot this weekend (like 100 degrees hot), so I’m hoping to enjoy some lake time with the family.  We never seem to have time in the summer to spend a lot of time at the lake, so it’s fun to squeeze it in whenever we can.  If you need me Saturday afternoon/night, you’ll likely find me at the lake with a drink in my hand relaxing!  This is the first summer where I don’t have to worry about the safety of my kids in the water – Ashton proved to me last weekend that he’s very self sufficient at the lake with a life jacket.  I think he went down the water slide into the lake at least 20 times and swam back to the dock while I watched from the patio.  I’m SO excited to actually be able to relax and actually enjoy the lake this summer!

Three

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I think we’re halfway through ball season – not that I’m counting – but actually I am!  We are 100% into game mode, and have games 3 or 4 nights a week, and typically one of the girls has at least one practice thrown in there too, so we spend most of our evenings at the ball park.  It’s fun and I enjoy watching the girls play, but definitely look forward to ball being over and having our evenings free again.  Somehow I’m sure those evenings will quickly be filled with some other activity (probably walking the 4H pigs which are currently being neglected due to this crazy ball schedule).

Four

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All of a sudden my 4 year old seems like a big boy.  I’m not sure when it happened, but this week it hit me.  There is a buzzer/door bell at daycare to get in the front doors, and all year he hasn’t been able to reach the button.  This week he reached up and pushed the door bell with no problem – he was so excited (and so was I because otherwise he makes me lift him so he can be the one to push the button – because all hell breaks loose if I even think of touching that button!).  After proving he’s a very capable swimmer and learning to ride his bike without training wheels last week, he’s showing that has no use for me anymore.  I’m sure all too soon he’ll be hopping on that school bus for Kindergarten!  Now, if only he can figure out how to get up and ready for daycare in the morning without an hour long fight…a girl can dream right?!?

Five

What’s with this “make your own slime” craze lately?  I feel like it’s everywhere and my kids keep asking to make it.  So – it’s hopefully on my agenda for this weekend.  But I need your help!  Have you made it and is there a good recipe that isn’t going to make a huge mess??  My OCD personality can’t handle projects that make a total disaster which is why I’m dragging my feet a bit on this one!  Help!

Have a good weekend – and stay cool!

 

Summer Fun List

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I mentioned recently that I wanted to create a Summer Fun List of things the kids want to accomplish this summer.  We sat down this weekend and made a list.  Here’s what they felt was most important for this summer:

  • Water balloons
  • Ruff House
  • Go to Grandma’s lake house
  • Go out for ice cream
  • Make our own door signs
  • Run through the sprinkler
  • Go to the pool
  • Visit the zoo
  • Visit the Lincoln Children’s Museum
  • Visit the Sensory Garden
  • Obstacle course in the yard
  • Treasure hunt
  • Make slime
  • Play a board game

I love the items they put on their list.  Most are pretty simple and all will be lot of fun!  We can’t wait to get started checking items off of the list!

I’m hoping soon to start adding more home decor projects to the blog – it may be Fall before it happens though as this summer is kicking my booty when it comes to home projects.  I have a ton of ideas that I want to implement in our home, but finding more than 5 minutes a day to work on them has proven to be impossible (and convincing my husband to jump on board and assist me with these projects is also proving to be difficult at the moment)!  So stay tuned for more of that in the coming months!

Weekend Recap

We had a fun weekend of celebrating Danika’s birthday.  Friday night she had softball practice, and it was hot out so we brought freeze pops for Danika and her teammates to enjoy after practice.  We grabbed some takeout for dinner and headed home.

Saturday morning we ran to Omaha for a few quick errands and to visit my niece who had surgery this week at Children’s.  Danika invited a few friends to my parent’s lake house to swim and then over to our house for pizza and a sleepover.  They had the best time and were truly the best group of girls to have over.  They’re all so polite and well behaved – I almost forgot they were even at our house.

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The girls each chose a country that they wanted to be from and then raided my closet to dress like they were from that country – it was pretty entertaining!

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Sunday morning the girls played for a bit before we took them home.  We spent some time in the air conditioning most of the afternoon and then headed outside to get some yard work, etc. done late afternoon.  I found the kids playing a game in the yard.  As you can tell, Ashton was thrilled to be involved with this game.

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I started watering my flowers and somehow that turned into a water fight – the kids loved it but Ashton was really worried Daddy was going to get mad that he was all wet.  I assured him he was safe!

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We grilled out for dinner and declared this another fun weekend!  We love summer!!

Happy Birthday Danika!

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Somehow it doesn’t seem possible that I can have a 9 year old!  Today, we’re celebrating this sweet girl!  Danika is the sweetest, most kind-hearted child I know.  She has a soft spoken personality, but yet is so witty and has the best one-liners when no one is expecting them.  She’s the best big sister and cannot wait until she’s old enough to babysit.  Danika loves volleyball and is enjoying her first year of having 4H pigs (she actually spent most of last night writing an “essay” about how to care for pigs because she thought it would be fun!).  We measured her on the growth chart last night and she’s close to 5′ tall – somehow that makes me feel really sad (probably because I know it won’t be long and she’ll be taller than me).  I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this sweet girl!

I ask all of my kids the same questions on their birthday each year, and it’s fun to see their answers change from year to year – this year it was funny because over half of Danika’s answers were the same as last year.  Here they are:

  1. What is your favorite color? Turquoise
  2. What is your favorite toy? My volleyball
  3. What is your favorite fruit? Strawberries
  4. What is your favorite TV show? I don’t watch TV
  5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Mac and cheese
  6. What is your favorite outfit? Long pink maxi dress
  7. What is your favorite game? Doctor and spy dodgeball
  8. What is your favorite snack? Cookies & milk
  9. What is your favorite animal? Turtles
  10. What is your favorite song? Fast by Luke Bryan
  11. What is your favorite book? A Dog’s Purpose
  12. Who is your best friend? Gracie Reynolds, Sydney Sagehorn &                                                                                                                                   Adelyn Tenclay
  13. What is your favorite cereal? Fruit Loops
  14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Practice volleyball, softball and basketball
  15. What is your favorite drink? Milk
  16. What is your favorite holiday? Birthday
  17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Spot (small stuffed dog) and Big Dog (big stuffed dog)
  18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Pancakes
  19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Pizza
  20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Daycare provider

We plan to celebrate big this weekend with her friends!  Have a great weekend!