A busy November

We started off the month by taking our oldest 2 boys to Feed My Starving Children to pack food.  IMG_1429Luke had volunteered his time before but this was Ryan’s first time.  He was so excited.   He took his job of counting and packing the little bags into boxes very serious.  When he was done he continued to ask when we could go again so if you are in the area and want to put together a team keep us in mind because my boys love packing food.  I like that they tell us where the food is going to, the food we packed that day is going to Liberia . IMG_1444Otherwise we have been around the house for the last few weeks.  Mary and Jax (my sister-in-law and nephew) have been spending a lot of time here.  My kids have enjoyed having Mary around because she will do coloring and art projects with them.  IMG_1629IMG_1653She also sits and reads with them which they love.  IMG_1475We are just getting over our first cold of the season.  It wasn’t too bad, just a little coughing with a very sore scratchy voice.  Because of the cold, all of our kids have had fun playing doctor.  Sometimes I need a shot to get better sometimes I don’t.  I have noticed whenever any of the kids get checked out, they never need a shot…go figure. IMG_1460Because we have been staying home a lot lately, it means we have been baking and taking pictures with my shower curtains again.  So I will leave you with 2 very sweet pictures.  IMG_1636 IMG_1707

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Halloween Pictures

These past two weeks have gotten away from me.  There has been a lot of drama, busyness, parenting, etc.  and every evening I have been drained so I never seem to have the energy to write about pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating.  Here are a few pictures and that is all I got tonight.  IMG_1380 IMG_1381 IMG_1404 IMG_1405

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Last few weeks in pictures

The last weekend in October we were in charge of bringing a friend to their surprise party.  We had to deliver her to a trampoline house about 1 1/2 hours away from our house on her actual birthday for her family.  Our excuse of why she needed to come with us….we needed help with our kids.  Ted and I had to go to a meeting but still wanted to do something fun so we wanted our kids to go with us so we needed a babysitter.  Averi jumped at the chance…I know it is a bit weird but our youth group thinks we are really cool and they love hanging out with us.  We got her up to Zero Gravity without a clue that her whole family was there waiting for her.  It was a lot of fun.    IMG_1335 IMG_1276




They also had a foam pit which Ted and Luke had a blast jumping into.  I had a hard time jumping into…I know it didn’t hurt but mentally it might have.  We did find out that Ted could do flips.  IMG_1367Next post I will put up all of the Halloween pictures but I will leave you with a few picture I put up on facebook titled …”I miss Lucy”.  Quinn has really been missing Lucy so we decided to skype her the other day.  Quinn loved it but Jenna’s emotions got the better of her and she couldn’t stop crying even after we stopped the call.  IMG_1389 IMG_1391


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365 photo challenge done in leaves.

We have been taking a lot of pictures outside in the leaves because it is going to get cold soon, well it actually got cold yesterday but we knew it was coming.  Most of these pictures I used in my photo challenge.  I love warm yellow fall colors which is maybe why I went picture crazy…oh well.  They will never be this small again so who cares if our computer’s hard drive is almost full, I will keep on shooting.IMG_1171 IMG_1211 IMG_1220 IMG_1226 IMG_1235Along with playing in the leaves, my kids have also been helping out at the farmer’s market.  My mom is happy to have her last time last week so she is done.  Jenna and Ryan had fun opening the last of the Indian corn but Jenna was always a bit upset when it was not a purple one.



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Our last camping trip of the year.

Last month we had planned one last camping trip but the weekend we picked ended up getting down to 38 degrees F.  We thought that would be a bit too cold for our kids so we stayed home.  Oddly enough two weekends later we had nothing going on and it was supposed to be wonderful fall weather so we packed up our camper and headed out one last time before the snow flys.  IMG_1044We found a state park not so far away that had a historical village you could tour and a cave to explore.  The historical village had reenactments every weekend.  All the actors went along with their day as if it were in the late 1800’s early 1900’s.  We were busy sawing wood, carving a handle for a hammer, shelling corn, making food, etc.  For being shy, Luke seemed to volunteer for a lot of things.  Sadly to say I did hear a few comments like: “we do this at Grandma Janett’s house” or “Grandma Janett has one of those”.  Yeah….some of those comments came from me too, my mom is a little old school.  IMG_0969The state park was also known for its trails for horses.  There were tons of horses every where.  I grew up riding horses and I really miss it.  While we were just sitting there, a couple came really close to us with their horses and asked if my kids wanted to pet their horses.  Big mouth me decided to go even farther and asked if my kids could have a free ride.  Yep, that is me.  But guess what….my kids got to ride a horse for the first time.  As Luke was talking to the lady, we found out that we live about 4 miles apart from each other.  Small world.  IMG_0995 After a horse ride we went on a walk on some of the trails.  While on one of our walks we found a milliped which worked great for my M on the 365 Photo challenge.  IMG_1018We also found an empty stage.  We sat down when suddenly Ryan decided to put on a show for us.  He is such a little entertainer if he could only get over his shyness.  IMG_1036It was a great trip even if we got a mouse in our camper in the middle of the night (and yes we chased it out without waking up the kids although it did make me jump for the rest of the night).  Our last camping trip of the year….. IMG_1149

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A few 365 photos that haven’t found a post yet

Most of my daily photo challenges have made it into other posts but there are a few that have not so I thought I would just throw some random ones out there.

Last month Luke decided he wanted to be big like daddy … he wanted to mow the lawn by himself.  It proved to be a bit hard then it looked but he tried. IMG_0900

We are going through the alphabet for pictures right now.  Last week we had the letter C which just so happened to be around the time Luke ran his first Cross-Country race (again no bonus points for double letters in photography club).  Our high school team had a meet in town and they had the little kids do a fun run before they ran so we signed Luke up.  He loves running.  He did pretty good at the race too.  He had to run a 1 K and his time was 4 min 47 seconds.   I know when he ran the mile at school he got 8 min 36 seconds.  That is probably faster than I can run right now and he is only 7.  IMG_1068

Back in September we went to a corn maze which the kids had a blast in.  I was really impressed.  It took us a while to get out of it and we almost gave up and tried to find our way back out the front but we didn’t.  We finally made it out. IMG_0876

They also had a few blow up jumping things there.  I thought it was hilarious that one of the blow up toys was a giant caterpillar.  They went in the mouth and came out the butt.  Kids loved it. IMG_0886

The only other big random news around here is that Ryan started taking communion. We finally decided it was time when just about every day he leads Jenna and Quinn in a prayer asking Jesus into their hearts and asking for help to live the way Jesus wants them too.  Ted asked him a few questions about communion and Ryan was able to explain everything about it so…it was time.  Ryan has been waiting for this day for a long time because he wants to be like big brother Luke and all the other youth group members who take communion.

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Our 4 year old girls

The girls turned 4 a little over a week ago.  It just so happened that on their birthday my photo challenge for the day was B so we did Birthday Girls taking a Bubble Bath.  I asked if I got bonus points for getting triple B for the day but no luck there.  IMG_1061Last weekend we had the girl’s birthday party.  We didn’t want a big party because the girls get really scared in front of a lot of people, not because they are shy but because they don’t understand everything yet and they are aware they have speech issues.  So we started off with a small list of people to invite but by the end we had quite a few people come through our house.  It worked out great because most of the youth group visited with them for lunch and then family/neighbors were here for supper.  I knew it was going to be like this so Ryan and I decorated the cake the night before (I don’t even have a picture of the finished cake because it was so hectic the day of…a little bummed but can’t do much about it).  They wanted a rainbow cake so Skittles to the rescue.  IMG_1081

The girls had all of the normal Yoder birthday games like a treasure hunt and pinata it was just spaced out with different people present for each part.  They did their treasure hunt with the youth group.  At the end of the hunt they found a very big doll house that a youth members family gave to us (love the fact we get free hand-me-downs), all of my old dolls (which another youth members family cleaned and redressed for me) and a whole bunch of accessories.  The girls were in heaven.    IMG_1093I am fairly sure the girls did not appreciate me taking pictures of them while they were trying to explore all of their “new” toys.  IMG_1105

So here are the girls interviews.  As I was picking out pictures for these I am finding I am lacking a lot of good pictures of Quinn so that might be on the agenda for the rest of October.

Jenna’s 4 year old interview. IMG_1124

How old are you today? This many (she holds up 4 fingers)

Describe what type of person you are. I Jenna, I happy.

What’s your favorite color and why? Purple

Who is your favorite person in the whole world? Bella cause Bella play with me.

What do you want to be when you grow up?  Me no cry when old, me work on phone.

What’s the hardest thing in your life right now? Poop, wipe my butt (yeah that is what Jenna really said)


What is your favorite thing to do? play legos (I don’t think this is her favorite but that is what she said)

What are your favorite foods and drinks? Soup and water (this girl loves her soup)

What is your favorite books/movies? Frozen

What do you not like? Don’t like Elmo (just to help you guys out, check out Quinn’s favorite movie)

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Home…here..my house. (I just wanted to clarify what Jenna meant by home)

What do you want for your birthday? a phone.

Quinn’s 4 year old interview. IMG_1130

How old are you today? 4

Describe what type of person you are. I Quinn (I don’t think they understood the question but maybe next year)

What’s your favorite color and why? Blue…Because.

Who is your favorite person in the whole world? Bella

What do you want to be when you grow up?  Me talk on phone.

What’s the hardest thing in your life right now? Mommy brush my teeth.

IMG_1116What is your favorite thing to do? Play with bear.

What are your favorite foods and drinks? Meatballs and milk

What is your favorite books/movies? Elmo

What do you not like? Strawberries not my favorite (this whole sentence was told in a very stern voice.  I am sad to hear she doesn’t like strawberries because they are my favorite but QUINN SAID A WHOLE SENTENCE!)

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Grandma Janett’s house.

What do you want for your birthday? a pink horse (which she did get)

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