School pictures and interviews

I interviewed the kids on the first day of school along with taking their picture, you know like everyone else that has a Facebook account but I didn’t get to downloading the picture and many other pictures until today.  I also finally got their school pictures taken so I figured I would get to one big post about the whole thing. IMG_5032

Luke 2015-2016

What grade are you going into?  3rd
Who is your teacher?  Ms.  Hofmeister
What are you looking forward to in school this year?  Learn cursive.
What are you most scared of?  That there is a bully.IMG_5125

Ryan 2015-2016

What grade are you going into?  Kindergarten
Who is your teacher?  Ms. Pasanen
What are you looking forward to in school this year?  Doing lots of music.
What are you most scared of?  Having bad friends.  IMG_5137

Quinn 2015-2016

What grade are you going into?  Preschool
Who is your teacher?  Ms……..
What are you looking forward to in school this year?  I love to play with the cars.
What are you most scared of?  Participating in class. IMG_5150

Jenna 2015-2016

What grade are you going into?  Preschool
Who is your teacher?  Ms. Bartlet
What are you looking forward to in school this year?  Books. blocks, and painting.
What are you most scared of?  The pirate, this a people in boat.  IMG_5122

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A little late but here is our 6 year old.


How old are you today?  6

Describe what type of person you are.  A funny person.

What’s your favorite color and why?  Blue because I like to look at the sky.

IMG_5005Who is your favorite person in the whole world?  Momma

What do you want to be when you grow up?  A firefighter

What’s the hardest thing in your life right now? Get taller than Luke.  (They are over 2 years apart but only about 1.5 inches apart).

IMG_5000What is your favorite thing to do?  Color and do legos.

What are your favorite foods and drinks?  7UP and Chinese dumplings

What is your favorite books/movies?  Fly guy and my favorite movie is How to Train your Dragon.

IMG_4998What do you not like?  Getting in trouble.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?  Go to Grandpa Jason’s house so I can go fishing. 

What do you want for your birthday?  Momma, a new lightbulb and some legos. Then he starts laughing.  (yeah, we are still trying to figure out Ryan too.)

What are you most looking forward to in the next couple of years:  Going to the Black Hills again.  IMG_4829

Here is a link to his 5th Birthday interview (it might take me a bit to figure out how to insert a link so if you use it the day I published it, it might not work.  Sorry).

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Follow up on Panama

I realize that it has been almost 2 months since Ted and I left for Panama on our first missions trip since we have had kids.  I never did write about it because life got really crazy when we got home.  For starters Jenna and Quinn went through some weird separation anxiety that we had not seen for over a year or so.  Apparently having mommy and daddy gone for 13 days will open up a lot of their old scars.  We were a little concerned about this happening while we were gone but they did great at Ted’s parents house.  However, even now Jenna is very upset if daddy does not come back from work when she thinks he should be home.  But it is becoming less and less so hopefully it will be back to normal soon.

Anyways, our trip to Panama was great.   We were able to speak in about 7 public schools during the day.  After our little presentation we played with the kids.  In the evenings we would go to smaller churches and Pastor Brad would give the sermon.  Each night a few of us would give our testimonies or at least parts of them before the sermon.  We also do a lot of praying with the people.  I am not a person who has ever felt comfortable praying out loud for people (I blame my Lutheran up-bringing) but I did a lot of it.  Still can’t say I am comfortable with it but I can do it so that is a plus.

We did get to do a bit of sight seeing down there.  I can now say I have been to 2 man-made wonders of the world:  the Panama Canal and the Great Wall of China.

IMG_4429  I was amazed at how big those boats were and how little extra space there is in those canals.  I think this boat hit the side and we felt the ground shake beneath us.  IMG_4414I don’t know if this is true or not but someone said that in every boat that goes through the canal there is an average of 100 children and women in containers being forced into the sex industry.  Just thinking about that fact made me sad and kind of sick to my stomach.  I wish there was more I could do or even have something I could do but I think like a lot of people in the world they don’t really know what to do so they don’t do anything.   Unfortunately I find myself like that with a lot of issues.  It is frustrating.

Something that happened state side while we were gone….THAT I MISSED…. was Ryan lost his first and second tooth at Grandma’s house.  I was bummed.  I am a stay at home mom and have gotten to see all the firsts for the boys.  And here I miss not just the first but the second also.  While texting Ryan about missing this event, his reply was, “don’t worry mom, I have more teeth I will lose.”  True enough Ryan but I still felt a bit bad.  At least I know life will continue.  IMG_4757

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Last weekend with Asi

Well, this is Asier’s last weekend here.  He flies out on Monday already which seems so soon.  For his final weekend we took him up north to Ted’s parent’s house.  It has taken me a whole month to figure out if he is bored or not because Asi always has a straight face.  But while he was on the 4-wheeler I saw a few smirks come across his face which I assume means he is having a lot of fun.  He took Ryan for a very long paddle boat ride too.  Today we had him on the jet ski.  I didn’t take any pictures but I heard a lot of whooping and hollering from the middle of the lake.  I think we found Asi’s new favorite toy. His mom, Maria, told Asi he needs to go shopping and bring home some things from the states.  I wonder if she would mind if he came home with a jet ski? IMG_4653 IMG_4657Our kids played a bunch in the lake.  They had fun going off the slide.  Luke went as fast as he could go right from the start. IMG_4668Quinn took her time slowing herself down but after 2 attempts she let go of the sides and went flying into the water. IMG_4691Jenna apparently was a daredevil because she started going fast.  She even pushed herself off at the top so she could go faster and she laughed hysterically the whole way into the water.  IMG_4695 IMG_4715I made Ryan go on the slide once and that was enough for him.  He prefers to quietly fish with Grandpa away from all the commotion of his siblings.  IMG_4718Every time we come up here I think Ted and I are more and more ready to move north.  I know our kids would love it.

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3 Years a Yoder

About 2 weeks ago we celebrated a very special day.  The girls Gotcha Day.  They have been with us for 3 years now.  It seems so long ago when Ted and I were in China holding the girls for the first time yet the emotions of that first day are still so vivid that it seems like it was yesterday.  IMG_4544Over these 3 years we have struggled with sleep issues, attachment issues, language issues, learning issues.  Medically we have dealt with so many ear infections you can’t count, 3 sets of ear tubes that were suppose to help with countless ear infections but sort of didn’t help, lip surgeries, palate surgeries.  It has been a long road, a road that we did not travel very gracefully.  Even with all the bumps that we have traveled Ted and I feel very blessed to call these two ours.  They have taught us a lot about ourselves, about being parents, about unconditional love, and about faith in God.   As they continue to grow I hope we can teach our kids some of those same lessons we have learned these past few years.  IMG_4571

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Camping on the Weekend.

We have been busy showing Asi around Minnesota these last few weeks.  I think my kids like it because we are always going to new and fun things.  A week ago we took him to a Twins game.  It was the first time I and the girls were at the new stadium.   It was really nice and we only lost 1 kid for about 5 minutes so that was good.  Ryan apparently turned the wrong way off the ramp.  We didn’t even realize we lost him until he came running up to us in tears with a worker.  But it ended well so hopefully we have learned our lesson.IMG_0583Over the weekend we went camping at Whitewater State park.  It was an amazing area with great trails to hike.  However the trails I think were meant for a bit older children then ours.  IMG_4553It was a bit nerve racking but with Asi’s help all 3 of our little ones were matched with an adult to make it a bit safer.IMG_4557 On all of our hikes Ryan seemed to find a lot of critter friends.  IMG_4563Ryan even named one centipede Philip.  He told me he prayed to God so that he would find Philip again.  We found multiple other centipedes but Ryan seemed to find a difference in every one to know it was not Philip.  He seemed to have fun.IMG_4589We actually didn’t get a camp site at the state park but we did manage to find one right on the edge.  It had a pool, a bounce pillow, and a petting zoo.  The kids had a blast and apparently it was the first time Asi had feed some animals out of his hands.  IMG_4610IMG_4618IMG_4549On one of our hikes we came across this pretty little creek with a bridge. IMG_4620 We let our kids play for a while because it was hot out which of course lead them to hop in the creek which lead to this.  Sorry Asi but you did take it well.   IMG_4641It was a fun camping trip.  I think each time we go camping our kids fall more in love with our camper which makes it easy to create memories for them.  IMG_4581

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Our Birthday Boy

Luke had a birthday a few weeks back and I am finally getting to posting his birthday interview.

How old are you today?   IMG_4530

Describe what type of person you are?  A good friend, smart

What’s your favorite color and why?  Orange because I like the sunset.  IMG_4515

Who is your favorite person in the whole world?  Shelby Bomsta

What do you want to be when you grow up?  Same as daddy, an electrical engineer.  

What’s the hardest thing in your life right now.  Being nice all of the time.  IMG_4520

What is your favorite thing to do.  Building Legos with Ryan.

What are your favorite foods and drinks.  Orange crush and my favorite food is my sandwich that I invented which is a turkey and jelly sandwich dipped in apple sauce.

What is your favorite books/movies.  Book:  Magic Tree House Series      Movie:  How to Train your Dragon  IMG_4538

What do you not like?  Vacuum 

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?  Visit Spain to see where Lucy and Asi live (our two summer foreign exchange students.  Lucy the sister came last year and Asier the brother is here right now).  IMG_4565

What do you want for your birthday?  LEGOS! 

What are you most excited to do as you get older?  Stay at home by myself.   IMG_4584

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