Sunday, November 27, 2016

Be Thankful

We have so much to be thankful for in our lives and I am so happy to say we had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family. It was a very low key Thanksgiving, which is something to be thankful for in itself! My family is pretty spread out so we didn't all get to be together physically for Thanksgiving this year. Each of my siblings were in different places with their kids, so my family of four spent the day at my parents' house. We have a big shindig for Christmas planned with the whole group, though so I'm definitely looking forward to that when we'll all be together again.

Our Thanksgiving Day started off bright and early - we went out for breakfast and the kids had hot chocolate!
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Then we rushed over to mom & dad's house to catch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (which I love to watch) and help get our dinner going! We had a great day at my parents' house and made a not so traditional Thanksgiving feast - we decided we'd make a big pot of gumbo and it was so great!! Mother made cornbread and rice to go with it and of course made Michael's favorite dessert - apple dumplings! He's a little spoiled, too! 

Starters to tide everyone over!
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Baked Brie with apricots - warm and creamy!
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The Main Course!!
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Emma snuck off with my camera and snapped this picture of mother and me at the stove!!
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Michael and my dad didn't move for a while after that meal!
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But Emma and Teta were hard at work on their dessert!
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So they found their way back to the table for this!
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Emma and Geddo worked on some hand art, too!
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Thanksgiving 2016
Do you separate your candy by color???
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The day after Thanksgiving Michael's side of the family came over to celebrate! We had a bigger crowd so we had to have two tables set!
One for the kids with some fun for their setting!
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And the big kids table set with two birds!
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One roasted and then Michael fried another for us - it was amazing!
I guess in total we had three turkeys b/c Emma helped put this fun tray together, too!
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We had such great weather, we spent all our time except for eating outside playing games!
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These cousins had so much fun seeing one another!

We hope you had an equally blessed Thanksgiving holiday!
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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Kreinhop Krescendos

It's Thanksgiving morning now...I just snuck out and got my run in while the rest of the fam is still snoozing!!! When I got home I went back through my pics on my phone a while and realized I never posted from Emma's concert this past weekend!!

I am so proud of this girl. She is really growing into an amazing young lady and impressing me all the time! She's been in Pulse at her school for music and they along with the Choir had their first concert last Saturday at the Dickens Market. They did so great and I was so proud of her. Emma played the xylophone, bass xylophones, eggs (basic beat) and a glockenspiel.  She did so great - they all did and she had a blast! She loves it!! It was a great way for us to really kick off the holiday season, too!!
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Kreinhop Krescendos
Kreinhop Krescendos
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Kreinhop Krescendos
Proud Geddo & Teta!!
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And just b/c I thought the church had such pretty stained glass!!
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I recorded all the songs Emma played and put them together if you'd like to watch. I didn't record the ones with the choir singing, though b/c they stood up and I couldn't see her. :( 
It was a very good performance, though and I can't wait for her next one!

Now it's time to go wake up everyone and get ready for Thanksgiving!!!!


Monday, November 07, 2016

Camp Life

Rayburn Park
Well we were off again in our camper this weekend! This time our whole family had the park taken over - we had four family campers out there this weekend and we were actually missing two! It was opening weekend of deer season, which my husband and son were so excited about and it was absolutely great weather for us, too. 

I kept up with my running at the park and it was the best run ever - I had great weather and a gorgeous view and got to watch the sun come up over the water while I ran and beat my best time by like two minutes! I think I should be at the lake all the time now - which is fitting b/c I grew up on this lake!
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We made it home, but I wish we were still on the lake! 🚎
I always miss it and wonder if I shouldn't be back here raising my babies when I visit!
Would love to see this view on a regular basis - we had a beautiful camping spot this weekend!! 🚎🌲☀️
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We definitely got all our steps in exploring!
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And we all had fun on the playground - kids and non-kids alike! LOL
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Rayburn Park
And what is camping without s'mores...but what is s'mores without a campfire? Yes, the county was under a burn ban, but luckily my niece was resourceful and still brought the heat to make our s'mores!
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And there were late night games of dominoes...Rayburn Park
and yes, that's a head light on my son's forehead. I mean, how better to see when you're riding your bike around the park in the dark!

And though it's November, the girls were still excited to hit the lake and go swimming! 
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Those little dots out there are Emma, my great-niece and her friend out there swimming! It was too cold for me!!

And, of course, everybody's favorite uncle - Aaron loves to hunt and fish with Uncle David!
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This boy here - he LOVES to fish!!! 
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Emma just likes to play at the water as opposed to fish! 
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Mom was so happy to have all five of her kids there and both my big brothers have birthdays in November so Sunday morning we had birthday cake right after breakfast to celebrate!
Rayburn Park
I love these crazy siblings of mine - the five of us could not be more different from one another, but I love them all to the moon and back! 

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Trick-or-Treat

We had another fun and successful year of Trick-or-Treating!! We have one of the best neighborhoods for Halloween! There are tons of kids out all over the place and lots of houses handing out candy - we could just have a huge street party every year!!

This year Aaron opted not to be a WWE Wrestler like he has the past couple of years and was a very scary Werewolf! Emma put her own costume together this year - I was proud of her creativity and in the end she was a very colorful and neon Unicorn!! She was going for a bright little monster till she added the horn!!!
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Halloween
We always load up the trailer and take the kids all over the neighborhood and go through the annual haunted house in one our neighbor's houses - they really do a great job every year!! We had a couple of baseball friends come join us this year, too!
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Halloween
We had some real characters out and about!! LOL! 
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Halloween
Our wonderful chauffeur!!
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When Michael and I came in from putting up the trailer the kids were organizing all their candy! LOL
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Necessary "posed" sugar come! Ha ha!
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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Down by the Campfire

We love camping!! Earlier this summer, though we sold our pop-up. We've had it three years and have loved our adventures with it, but it was time for an upgrade! About a month ago we bought a bigger camper and this weekend we took it out for our first trip along with my parents who got a new fifth wheel just about the time we got ours!

We headed out Thursday night and even let the kids play hooky on Friday! I still had to work Friday morning, but there is Wi-Fi everywhere now, so I hooked up in the rec center for Friday morning, got my work done and then off for family fun!! Halloween camping is always fun, too b/c most places have lots of events and trick-or-treating for the kiddos!

Aaron's favorite part is fishing - kid loves to fish!!
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Which makes his daddy very happy b/c daddy loves to fish, too!
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We also played tennis...
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and putt putt...
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and we swam...well, the kids swam & I tried, but the water was freezing and I just couldn't handle it. The kids didn't care, though!
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The place where we staying had a Halloween Carnival...the kids had a blast and were so happy to wear their costumes (Aaron forgot the jeans for his costume so he had to just wear shorts)...and they got to go trick-or-treating on a hayride.
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Werewolf attack!!!
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Lucky kids will have two Halloween celebrations this year!!

We also enjoyed regular camping stuff - like super yummy grilling and spending time out by the fire at night! Michael prepared a feast for us!
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And I was good and even had a lettuce wrap instead of buns on my burger!
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And I even kept up with my running while we were camping...so I excused myself to have a s'more while we were camping b/c that is a must have while camping, right??
And I couldn't believe it, but my daddy had never had a s'more, so the kids had to fix up one for their Geddo!!
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We had a wonderful time and I cannot wait to go again...which will actually be next weekend - all the family is going this time. We will all have our campers lined up together side by side at the lake!! We can't wait to get out there again!