Minnesota Vikings

I have not posted in a while because our lab top crashed and burned.  We had to get a new one and then we had to load all of our programs and pictures before I was up and running again.  Because it is close to Christmas, I have been taking a few family pictures for people so all of my time on the computer has been trying to get those pictures to the families so they can order their Christmas cards.  I am slowly getting caught up in my work.  I know a few of these got posted on facebook but about 1 1/2 weeks ago we were able to go visit the Vikings training facility for free.  Our adoption agency had a fun night with the Vikings.  The only criteria was that our family had to be affected by adoption….which it has.  It was really cool to see the training facility, actually cooler then I thought.  We saw the locker rooms, sat in their dressing chairs (could tell which players had a clean locker and which ones didn’t)IMG_2236ran around the field, caught some balls,  IMG_2214you know things you would do if you were a professional football player.   Yeah, they were there too, just a few.  IMG_2211Luke had a blast even if he got asked from the snapper what a snapper actually did (Luke had no clue).   The next Sunday game we were busy matching numbers to the people we met and explaining what they actually do.  I think it was completely lost on the other kiddos but they are young.  IMG_2217

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A Red-Neck Thanksgiving in Pictures

It’s cold today but we just got fresh snow yesterday and can’t let it just sit there.  Not wanting to spend a lot of money but still wanting our kids to go skiing, we came up with a great red-neck way of getting the kids up the sledding hill which didn’t wear us out too much.  So here is our Thanksgiving fun.  Hope everyone else had a great day.  IMG_1757 IMG_1810 IMG_1999


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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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