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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Our 5 year old

I know we have had a few Birthdays since Ryan’s but I am just getting to posting his Birthday interview.  I have Jenna and Quinn’s interview done too but I just need to take them out for some new pictures before I post theirs.  Anyways, on to Ryan….IMG_0590

How old are you today?   5

Describe what type of person you are?  (At first no answer so I started to give him some words that he could say yes or no to.)  Funny, shy.  (Then Ryan started talking on his own, I think he finally understood the question).  I am all over the place. ( as in high energy)

What’s your favorite color and why?  Blue because I think it just looks pretty

Who is your favorite person in the whole world?  Jordan Jones  (He is a neighbor kid who just moved away.  He is really missed around here)

What do you want to be when you grow up?  A super hero…….. with webs

What’s the hardest thing in your life right now.  Control Jax, he is all over the place.

What is your favorite thing to do.  Eat candy (Yes I don’t think Ryan could come up with a better favorite thing than eat candy unfortunately.)

What are your favorite foods and drinks.  Orange juice, Blow Pops and Black Olives.IMG_9768

What is your favorite books/movies.  Book:  How to Train your Dragon      Movie:  Rio

What do you not like?  I don’t like playing with the girls

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?  China, I want to find out where the girls came from, about their home.

What do you want for your birthday?  LEGOS! Ten hundred and fifty LEGOS!!!!IMG_0985

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A Storm with a Punch

Last weekend we had a very strange day.  It started as a nice day but ended with a doozy of a storm. We got about 2 inches of rain and 1 inch of hail in about 15 minutes.  The rain started coming down but then started coming in sideways.  We were out in the porch having supper when it hit.  We quickly got the kids inside, shut our windows, and got our car in the garage.  Everyone in our area has hail damage, our roof took a beating.  We went out to play in the hail after the storm.  Jenna and Quinn were very scared of the storm, of the hail, basically of everything but they still had some fun playing in the backed up street water.

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Ryan’s Birthday Party…Finally

Ryan turned 5 about 2 weeks ago.  Even though I was sick..coughing, blowing my nose and running a fever, I let Ryan pick out his birthday meal.  And of course he picks some of his favorite foods that are all labor intensive.  That morning we made cake pops (cake and frosting mixed together then put on a stick and candy coated with sprinkles).  IMG_0834Ryan also requested Chinese dumplings so I don’t think you can get more labor intensive but that’s ok.  I was sick but I didn’t lose my appetite and Chinese dumplings are so good. IMG_0835Later that week we went to the store so Ryan could spend some of his birthday money on what ever he wanted.  He has been looking forward to buying his own Lego sets for a long time so we headed straight to the Lego isle.

IMG_0811Lets just say he was impressed with his options (and yes I brought my big camera into the store so I could get a picture because I knew his face would say it all).  In the last few months legos have become very important to Ryan.  No more cute animal cakes for his birthday, it had to be legos.  IMG_0921We finally had his party this weekend.  He invited a few friends to play with, mostly neighbor kids because Ryan is still very shy.  We painted pumpkins, had a treasure hunt, played sardines, and had a pinata…you know the typical Yoder kid party.  IMG_0922But this year, this is the first year Ryan has not been too shy to blow out his own candles.  He did it himself…in front of people…while they were looking at him.  He is growing up.  IMG_0945

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The last of our Blackhills Pictures

While we were at the Blackhills we stopped at Bear Country were there were signs about how wild the animals are.  We were suppose to keep our windows rolled up at all times.  While we were in the bear cage, the workers came and feed the bears.  Thought it was hilarious that they fed the ‘wild’ bears hot dog buns but they loved them.  One bear went and grabbed 7 buns in his mouth then sat down right in front of our car.  The kids thought it was the coolest thing. IMG_0729Right after Bear country we headed up the road to a large maze.  It was a life-size maze which takes the average person an hour to get through.  There were bridges which added a whole different dimension to the maze.  In order to make it through the maze you had to make it to all four towers, get your paper stamped, and then find your way out again.  Luke was in high heaven as he tried to lead the way.  I wish I could have gotten a picture of the whole thing but here is what half of the maze looked like while Ted and kids found one of the towers.  IMG_0749-2As we finished up our time in South Dakota we headed up to North Dakota to visit some friends.


While we were driving down the road in between rain storms this happened…

IMG_0767-2a flat tire…bummer.  Anyways, we changed it quickly and headed on our way.  Considering that was our only casualty the whole trip, I don’t think it was that bad.  But to leave with a happy note….with all of the new memories that we made, all of the new experiences… probably our kids favorite activity.  A picnic on the road.  IMG_0758-2


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