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:)

 

 

 

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:(

 

 

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!

 

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!

 

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!

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!!