Thursday, September 7, 2017

Last weekend at the lake

We went to the lake on Sunday morning after the Dakota Bowl for a couple last days before John and Linda leave for Arizona. 

Joe, Amy, Ellie and her cousin Grace were there for a few hours when we got there on Sunday. They left mid afternoon. It was fun to have them around for a couple of hours before they went back to Des Moines. 

We ended up connecting with one of Isaac's school buddies on Sunday evening and he stayed overnight with us and hung out until we came home on Monday. It was a chilly morning but they had fun tubing and swimming and jet skiing. 

Anna contitues to be the cannon ball queen. She rocks it. 

It was hard to say goodbye to John and Linda. Hard to believe another summer season is over. We all had such a great time at the lake this summer. The kids both got so much better at swimming and spent hours in the lake. They always have so much fun with their grandparents. Thanks John and Linda for all you do for us to make our summer so memorable at the lake. 

cannon ball queen

Isaac and Anna with their grandparents

Isaac and his buddy Nathan going tubing

wrong size underwear, dude. 

Dakota Bowl

It was a gorgeous day for the Dakota Bowl! 

We had a tailgate party with a bunch of 3rd grade families. The kids played and played and the adults hung out and enjoyed each other company. Anna did the cheerleading camp and Isaac did the football camp so they were both part of the pregame festivities. 

The game was really good and O'G won! 

We came home and we were all exhausted. 

Such a fun day! We can't wait until next year!

our family

a few 1st grade girls

3rd graders



We got to see Sophia who is a senior! 

celebrating 11 years!

We celebrated our anniversary family style this year. 

The 4 of us went downtown to do the sculpture walk and then had dinner. It was really fun.

Love my family!

11th wedding anniversary!

major bike accident

Anna and I were riding bikes to Isaac and Jeff where they were having football practice. We were going down a hill and Anna couldn't stop and lost control of her bike. She fell off her bike by going over the handle bars. It was so scary. 

I rushed to her and picked her up and sat her down on the curb next to our bikes kind of in shock regarding what played out. I attempted to clean up her bloody face with her school shirt and started to collect myself and figure out who to call. 

Within about 30 seconds 2 different cars pulled up and offered to help. The one woman ended up taking us and Anna's bike to the park Isaac and Jeff were practicing at. Another man in a pick up brought my bike. I was so thankful to those good samaritans. They truly helped. 

We stopped and saw Jeff and got his car and came home to get cleaned up. Luckily her mouth took the grunt of the fall. She had a really fat lip and a scrape on her chin and nose and one on her elbow. Otherwise she was clean. I checked all her teeth and everything was good. 

I was so thankful. It could have been much worse. 

I was so proud of my brave girl. 

golfing with grandpa Paul

As our warm summer days come to a close, so does Isaac's golf season. He had so much fun playing lots of golf with my dad and they both enjoyed their time together.

It makes my heart happy!

golf buddies. 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

1st soccer tournament

Isaac had his first soccer tournament of the year. His team didn't play at that well but he got to play against one of his best buddies. So that made for some fun. Jeff's parents and my mom also came to the game to watch. 

Isaac vs Rylan

Nikki and me with our boys

best cheerleaders!

head to head

best little sisters!

soccer love

He is growing up so fast and he is playing hard.... 

old cleats 

new ones

the solar eclipse

We had big plans for the eclipse on Monday. I even found some eclipse glasses while in Omaha. I met my mom and sister and some aunts at the falls to watch it unfold. Unfortunately it poured rain most of the day so we didn't get to see much. It was still fun to spend time together. 

kinda dark during the peak of the eclipse.
Lights went on at the falls

rocking our glasses. 

1st day of school!

Both kids were ready and excited for their first day of school... and maybe a little tired. They both popped right out of bed and were ready in record time. Isaac is starting 3rd grade and Anna is starting 1st grade. How is this really happening? I cannot believe how fast they are growing up!

I was very anxious to pick them up to hear all about it. They both came out of school with big smiles on their faces. They were so happy to be back with their friends. 

I think we are all ready to be back on a routine. 

3rd grade parents celebrating the first day of school!

my 3rd and 1st grader

Anna and her teacher, Mrs Diedrich

Isaac and his teacher, Mrs Zimmer

3rd grade boys

1st grade girls

girls weekend!

We had a really fun weekend planned in Omaha for a girls weekend! There was a really good turn out, too. Eight of us on Friday night. On Friday night we just went for dinner and then back to Jamie's house for drinks and fun. On Saturday morning we went and got our nails done and then we had lunch. We checked into our hotel and got ready for the big night... Lady Gaga!

We went for appetizers and drinks and then we headed to the show. The show was amazing. Like nothing I have seen before. We sat in general admission so when she was in our zone we were so close to her. We lucked out by being in the back of the stadium and that is where she played her piano for some epic ballads including Edge of Glory and A Million Reasons- my favorite. 

It was so great to see everyone. We have been friends for more than 20 years. Life takes us all in different directions but our roots keep us connected. 

Karla. Me. Nicki. Jamie. Sarah. Nikki. Noelle

Lady Gaga

Thursday, August 17, 2017

School Open House

Ahhh! I can't believe school starts on Monday!

I can't believe I am going to have a 3rd and 1st grader!

Where is the time going? 

We went to meet their teachers last evening and drop off their school supplies. Anna was very excited to meet her teacher. Isaac was, too. But Isaac was more excited to see his buddies. We spent time in each of their rooms unpacking their stuff and then we had pizza and got to see some friends. 

Monday will be here fast! We are excited to see what this year brings!

Anna and her teacher, Mrs Diedrich

Isaac and his teacher, Mrs Zimmer

South Dakota Children's Museum

We have been trying to get to Brookings to go to the Children's museum all summer. And guess what.... I got it in the week before school starts! We are sure cramming everything in. 

We took our next door neighbor with us and spent the whole day there. The kids had a really good time. Their favorite part was being up in the clouds. They would find a little area and just sit up there and hang out for a while. 

We were able to hit every room and do every activity before coming home. We went outside where they have a new activity with huts made out of sticks that was pretty cool. 

Elijah. Anna. Isaac

obligatory sibling pic

playing up in the clouds. 

Anna painted this on the window all on her own.
My favorite part of the whole day. She is such a sweetie!

bike rides at the lake

One of the our favorite things to do at the lake is to bike ride to breakfast- about a 3 mile ride from the cabin. Since this summer has been so crazy we finally were able to make it happen last weekend.

Last year Anna had a bike that connected to Jeff so it wasn't as hard for her. This year she was on her own. She did it! No big deal.

It was the perfect morning and we all had fun. 

kids choice

On Friday we didn't have much of anything going on. So when we were getting breakfast and getting moving for the day I decided to let the kids pick our activities... Isaac picked golfing and Anna picked Skyzone. It was really fun day. The kids had so much fun and had fun together. 

Often times when we do fun activities together but we usually have friends along. So this time when it was just us we had a really good time. And the kids play together which makes my heart the most happy. 

selfie in the golf cart

Isaac taking his shot

Anna's turn


summer sleepers

teeth pulled

Anna had to get 2 teeth removed because her adult teeth were coming in mega fast.

She was so brave..... until we were on the way to the dentist and her nerves were creeping up on her. It totally broke my heart. (Reverse to a couple of years ago when Isaac had to have this done he didn't even think twice and walked back to have it done and didn't even look back.) 

When we got to the appointment she asked me if I would go back with her so I asked the dental assistant. She told me I could until the dentist came in. So I went back with her and she got in the dental chair and she total broke down. She couldn't stop crying. It was so hard for me to see her like that knowing we had to face this. After a few minutes we were able to get her mind off the current situation and the dental assistant was able to get her prepped. When Dr Nick came in I gave her a big squeeze and left the room. 

About 10-15 minutes later I had the good news she did awesome and she was finished. 

She walked out a couple minutes later so proud of herself... and it didn't even hurt a bit!

Thankfully, that's over. 


during....notice us holding hands


Monday, August 7, 2017


Suzie and Dave rented a cabin in the Palisades last Friday evening and invited some people out to enjoy the evening. The weather was absolutely perfect and the kids had so much fun hiking around and exploring. We had great food and a campfire accompanied with some music courtesy of Jo, Pat and Isaac. It was a great evening. 

Isaac spent the night out there with Dave and Sullivan. Suzie and I took the girls back to her house for a girls night sleepover. It is safe to say everyone had a great time. 

Thanks for including us in such great memories! 

so pretty


campfire music

Piper, Anna and GG ready for bed

the boys exploring on Saturday morning


Piper loves loves Isaac

National Twin Day!

kids crew.
Piper. Isaac. Sullivan. Greta. Anna. Savarra. Dorian

grill master- my dad