They turned 6!

Just like last year, the girls had their fancy tea party this past October for their friends party. They had a blast making fancy beaded key chains.  They then went out to the patio to eat their snacks on fancy plates.  The boys got dressed up to be servers again and they did a great job.  IMG_8768On their actual birthday we had a small celebration just with family.  The girls got their own cake and came up with the design ideas.  They were very proud of their cakes.  It was simple and small which works for us.  When it came time for their interview, they were very excited to answer the questions and to read their previous interviews so I hope you enjoy them as much as they did.    IMG_8798-editedJenna’s interview.
How old are you today?      6

Describe what type of person you are.      I like the birthdays.

What’s your favorite color and why? Purple…because I love it in the rainbow.

Who is your favorite person in the whole world?    Bella, Kenna, and Emi

What do you want to be when you grow up?    A ballerina, a cooker, a police, and a doctor and….that’s all.  IMG_8785What’s the hardest thing in your life right now?   Doing cartwheels….like Quinn.  I can’t do that.

What is your favorite thing to do?    Play with Bella.

What are your favorite foods and drinks?  Chinese Dumplings.  Chocolate milk.

What is your favorite books/movies?  My movie is…umm..Daniel’s Tiger Neighborhood.  My favorite book is…. Hmmm….I’m still thinking what my favorite book is….Hmmm….Sheep, the Sheep book in my room.

What do you not like?  The dark.  IMG_8777If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?  To work.

What do you want for your birthday?  Ponies!!  My Little Ponies I meant.

What are you most looking forward to in the next couple of years?  Going to preschool so I can help Jaxy.  IMG_8765Quinn’s Interview:
How old are you today?  6

Describe what type of person you are.   Quinn….I have great eyes.  And I have two feet and 1 nose and two hands and 1 belly button and 1 mouth and 1 hair and 1 head and 1 pajama…. And toes and fingers.  That all.

What’s your favorite color and why?  Pink and rainbow colors.  Because I love seeing them in the sky.  Everyday!  Forever!

Who is your favorite person in the whole world?  Assie and Lucy…Davis and Averi.

What do you want to be when you grow up?  Princess.  A king.  A doctor.  A fireman, a police, a teacher, a piano teacher, and a guitar teacher, and a…..mailman.  That all.  That IS all.  IMG_8791What’s the hardest thing in your life right now?  Nothing.  I can’t think of nothing.  I really can’t.

What is your favorite thing to do?  Go at Lucy and Assie’s house.  Forever.

What are your favorite foods and drinks?  Dumplings and …. Orange juice kiss  (Sunkiss)  When we go camping we drink it sometimes.

What is your favorite books/movies?  I like Frozen movies and Frozen books.  5 in this side and 5 in this side and together that make 10.  IMG_8779What do you not like?  Lions.  That really hurt my ears.  I have to do like this (covering her hers) as a walk past.  I’m too scared.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?  Valley Fair to go on all the rides.  100 days.  Never stop the rides.

What do you want for your birthday?  Some more creature and some more creature toys.  (Calico critters).  Some more campers.  Some more toliets in the campers.  Some more showers in the camper.  Some more… that all.

What are you most looking forward to in the next couple of years?  To be a mommy and to have a baby in my tummy.

Here are the links to their other birthdays:Our little 5 year olds

Our 4 year old girls

Last Weekend’s Birthday Party

Happy Birthday Jenna and Quinn!

Happy 2nd Birthday (the 1st with us)

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Reuse and Repurpose

Luke had a homework assignment last September for Science.  He had to use something that we thought was garbage and find a new use for it.  We searched and searched on the internet for a project that would be easy enough for a non-crafty family and have all the things laying around the house.

We finally settled on one.  The problem was we didn’t have the star ingredient, empty 2 litter bottles of pop.  The problem was solved with grandma going to the landfill and finding 2 for us.  IMG_8543-editedUsing some leftover car spray paint, Luke set to work coloring the bottles.  They were a little streaky but for his first time spray painting, not too bad.  Then with some cardboard we had in the recyclable bin, a few old play necklaces and some used tissue paper we made a jet pack.  IMG_8554For the past 6 months they have gotten a lot of use out of it so I would say it was a pretty good re-purposed project.

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He’s 7!

Ok, I realize he is almost 7 1/2 but again I was taking a break from most things.  We started a new tradition with the birthday cakes too.  Not only do the kids get to pick out their cake, they also have to help me make the cakes.  Ryan wanted sprinkles and more sprinkles and more sprinkles.  They are everywhere on this cake, inside and out.IMG_8509

His birthday interview:

How old are you today?  7

Describe what type of person you are.  Funny, smart, compassionate

What’s your favorite color and why?  Blue because it is the color of the sky  IMG_8524

Who is your favorite person in the whole world?  I got 2 to choose from: Davis and mom.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I forgot what they were called……someone who looks for dinosaur bones.  (Michele answered, “Paleontologist”)

What’s the hardest thing in your life right now?  School…I do not really know why.  IMG_8536

What is your favorite thing to do?  Fish

What are your favorite foods and drinks?  Root beer floats and Chinese dumplings 

What is your favorite books/movies?  Movie is “how to train your dragon” and book is the “lion, witch and the wardrobe”.   IMG_9710

What do you not like?  Science in school because today was our first day of science and all we did was compare an apple and an orange.  Boring.  (Michele inserts, “oh the horrors of 1st grade”)

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?  Nashwauk where Grandpa and Grandma Yoder live.

What do you want for your birthday?  My own Bible

What are you most looking forward to in the next couple of years:  Winter because I like playing in Grandma Janett’s big snow pile.   

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And that is/was our 7 year old.  Here are links to past years.

A little late but here is our 6 year old.

Our 5 year old

Ryan’s Birthday Party

Happy Birthday my Sweet Baby Ryan

Somebody is 3!!!

 

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Must edit pictures!

Ok, so I have taken quite a few pictures in the last 6 months but then decided I didn’t want to post on my blog any more so I took a break.  But what I realized is if I don’t have a place to post pictures, I don’t edit them.  So to help me get back into a hobby that I love, I am going back to posting so that I will edit pictures again.

I took this of Luke last snow storm.  All of the other kids were in bed, it was late but there was no school the next day so I asked Luke if he would go outside for a walk with me.  He looked at me funny and asked if I was sure because it was well past his bedtime.  If going for a walk in a snow storm with his mom got him to stay up later, he was all in.

It was coming down really hard and by the time we walked around the block and then got the camera out for pictures, we were soaked.  My hair that was outside of my hat was dripping wet.  I was a little scared I would wreck my camera but it seems to still work and the time with Luke was worth it.

walking at night

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2016-2017 School Year

First day of school…a few months late.img_8171School started back in August which is when I did the usual first day of school interview but I didn’t get to taking their school pictures until a few weeks ago.  Now that I have their pictures I can actually put together this post.

Luke img_8913What grade are you going into? You know that….4th  (while slapping his leg at me and rolling his eyes at me)
Who is your teacher? Ms. Smith
What are you looking forward to in school this year? Homework
What are you most scared of?  ……….nothing.

Ryanimg_8974What grade are you going into?  1st
Who is your teacher? Ms. Nippoldt
What are you looking forward to in school this year?  Math
What are you most scared of?  My new teacher (he came home the first day and said she
was awesome, one of the nicest people he knows so we should be fine.)

Quinn img_8883What grade are you going into? Kindergarten
Who is your teacher? Ms. Gruenzner
What are you looking forward to in school this year?  I want to play there and learn some stuff.
What are you most scared of?  Lions and talking in front of people.

Jenna img_8887What grade are you going into?  Hartley Elementary Kindergarten
Who is your teacher?  Ms. Gruenzner
What are you looking forward to in school this year? Doing craft projects and playing
What are you most scared of?  That I get in trouble. 

Here is a link to last years interviews. School pictures and interviews

 

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August 2016

Ok, I know I am over a month behind but I have been busy taking peoples pictures.  They say everyone wants new family pictures in the fall so they are ready for Christmas which must be the case.  I also had a few senior picture shots that I had to get through, most old youth group members.

We or I have been really struggling with some things so most of my free time I have been in my room on time out, not getting anything done but watching a lot of TV.  I can recommend a few good series if you have Netflix right now.

Back to August….it started out with VBS with our new church.  They go all out for their children’s programs which is one of the reasons we switched to them.  Think 5 days for  5.5 hours a day.  The kids got to have picnics with their friends which they loved.  img_7039-2

I was nervous on how we would handle all those kids for all those hours but everything went smoothly.  Kids had Bible time, craft time, song time, snack time, recess, story time.  They watched skits and when all the activities were done for the day they had play time which always involved something wild and crazy.  img_7313One night during VBS, our boys had their end of the season baseball game.  Luke definitely had better games.  He was a little frustrated with himself but that’s life in sports.  We told him to continue to practice and he would get better and not to compare himself to others so in the end I think it was ok.  Ryan on the other hand did pretty good but he is always out practicing and when he can’t find anyone to practice with him, he plays catch with himself.  img_6787As soon as we finished with baseball and VBS we headed off to a wedding where we camped out with all the other Yoder family, around 9-10 RVs on a small piece of land on a lake in Wisconsin.  It was a lot of fun.  The kids got to play in the lake before we headed out.  We managed to get Ryan on a tube but he didn’t last long.  Ryan does not do well with water in his face.  He wanted to get back to dry land as soon as possible and pouted most of the time in the boat.  The others had a blast on the water.  img_7427Once we got the little girls off the tubes we let Luke play a little harder with Ted and his cousin Brooke, who is close to Luke’s age.  They had fun and flipped a couple of times but they were still pretty mild compared to some of the Yoder cousins who went after.img_7455We then headed farther north along the north shore of Lake Superior.  We hiked and explored.  img_7679  img_7676img_7465 At one river we were able to jump off cliffs which was a first for our kids.  Luke went all out.  After Ted checked the bottom to make sure it was safe, Luke was in the water before I could even get my camera out.  He started out small but by the end was going off the big jump.  img_7661Jenna and Quinn jumped off the littler jumps a few times.  We even got Ryan to jump once.  He said that was enough and then went to play downstream where it was a bit more calm. img_7638We hiked to Devils Kettle.  It is a river that splits into 2.  One continues down the rocky riverbed but the other one disappears into a hole, the kettle.  The kids had fun throwing rocks and other things into the hole.  They loved coming up with ideas about where the water went but sadly to say for everyone, it will continue to remain a mystery.   img_7682I would love to say the trip was peaceful and fun but that was not the case.  We struggled and fought through some on going issues.  It didn’t end well.  But at least we made some memories….. good and bad.  School actually started the last week of August. I have the school interviews done but I am waiting to take school pictures hopefully this weekend to post them together.  img_7703

 

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July 2016

Busy, busy, busy….July came and went like a blur.  School starts in 2 weeks which I think is crazy.  I feel a little bad because I didn’t get any post out to show Assie’s family what he was doing in the states.  The sad thing….I don’t think I even got my camera out to take pictures.  I feel we were running from one thing to the next with time at home only to clean and do laundry….but my kids had a blast.  They badly miss having their Spanish brother with them.  Here are a few pictures I found off of my phone.

A few that were sent to me.  (we did a 5k color run fundraiser for orphans with our church)

I didn’t get any pictures of all the frisbee golf we played because I was trying really hard to beat Assie…..I never did so I guess I should have concentrated on taking pictures.  I want a rematch.

Then as fast as he came, it was time for him to leave.  IMG_0158

And that was July.

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