Monday, September 15, 2014

3 in 1 ranch birthday

Terry turned 36 on September 3rd. His birthday always slides under the radar because it's before Youth Group has started and it's not listed on facebook. He gets this day off from work so we were able to go shopping for a gift all together. He chose to get his mountain bike tuned up. Kind of boring but that's what he wanted! It needed to happen. The seat had even fallen off. 

That evening I made spiral sandwiches without the cheese soup since it was so hot out. Terry made a break from his usual favorite angel food cake for chocolate cake and frosting. I was all too happy to oblige. We celebrated just the six of us since we were planning to go to the ranch to celebrate Alice's birthday from August 26th, Terry's on September 3rd and mine coming up on September 17th.

So that Saturday, the 6th, we headed out the ranch for an afternoon of fun outside, dinner, cake and games. 

While Terry and his dad were trying to get the motorcycle to work (for some mysterious reason, it quit after we had only driven it a couple weeks before), Samuel was impatiently asking to go on the four wheeler. He used to be terrified of the thing just a few months ago. I'm glad he's wised up.

They got it started by pulling it, however that works. 

Terry just looks so big on it. Ha!

But get it started they did, and then Noah took a few turns up and down the drive way in first gear. He doesn't want to learn to switch to second gear yet but he'll get there. 

Jerry has some renters in the house we lived in before we went to Gburg and they have kids Noah and Evie's age. So Carson came by for a bit. 

While Shari and I were comfortably watching the fun from the shade, I took a creepy photo of myself with baby Sarah. She's just so darn cute! 

I don't know why but the bike died. They had to tow it back. Nice tow truck right? Hehehe. 

Terry wanted to go for a ride on his bike and we thought Samuel should go. He did not want to. This used to be his reaction to the four wheeler.  

He calmed down pretty quick though. 

While Terry and Samuel were off, Carson learned how to drive the golf cart. Noah didn't want to for some reason. 

I went to find Terry and then we went out together with Noah and Samuel. 

Samuel had to ride with me on the four wheeler. He tries to drive the thing and turns the handle bars when he wants us to turn. Little punk.

Terry wanted to go over some little hills overlooking the creek and field next to the road. 

Noah was freaking out at this point because it was a little steep. But really he had fun. 

"Are you coming or what?" 

It was just so pretty out there that I had to take some photos. I wanted to keep going forever! 

Here we are close to where Terry proposed to me.  

We made our way back to the one corner of land that has some pine trees on it. Having a cabin back there would be amazing. 

I just wanted to sit there and enjoy the view but we kept riding. It was so beautiful and the weather was perfect. 

One more shot. I had so many pretty pictures that maybe I should have posted them to facebook, but I settled for a long blog post :) 

all drains lead to the ocean

Terry's sister asked us to feed their fish a couple weeks ago while they went to Sioux Falls for a wedding reception. Terry went that night and found their fat goldfish stuck, swimming upwards in the little shelter thing.

He couldn't get him out no matter what he tried so he finally grabbed Shari's tweezers and gently pulled him out. Then he started swimming upside down...  Not a good sign. 

I think that the fish was in it's death throws the night before and that's why it was swimming in the tower. The following morning, before church, we went over to feed the fish and found fat goldfish dead, floating in the water. 

I must have a dark sense of humor. Terry felt bad that their fish was dead, especially on our watch, but I thought it was really funny. We recorded this video of Terry's eulogy to the fish to send to Shari. Didn't think she'd want us to keep the fish around for them to flush themselves. After all, as Shari reminded us, all drains lead to the ocean.

I accidentally took a photo of Terry washing his hands afterwards and thought it was rather appropriate.  And humorous. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

flume hike

The day after we biked the bike path, we went for a hike. I don't think I've been on a legit hike since we returned to Rapid. When we were in Nebraska, I always missed the hills, but for some reason, I now we never get out into them! Probably has something to do with having a baby. And three other kids. The punks!

My friend Frannie had told me about this Flume hike and gave me directions. I also checked online so we wouldn't get lost. It was only about 20 minutes from home right off Sheridan Lake Road so that was nice. Before we started we visited my parents who were picnicking right up the road at Dakota Point where I used to cliff jump. Then we started our hike with all four kids. And Snap.

Here we are just starting.

Evie especially loved the bridges but Samuel was a bit scared. 

Here we are at the other end of the longer tunnel. There was a hiker who had come up from the opposite side of the trail and met us here so we had her take our photo. We had been planning on turning around at this point to go back since the kids (Samuel) were whining, but she informed us that we were nearly to the end if we took a left from the trail not far ahead of us. All we had to do was follow the way she had come, veering off the trail to the left and down the hill back to the parking lot. I didn't realize the hike was a loop. Turns out we took the long way to the tunnels but got to hike next to the Spring Creek, which was beautiful and fun for Snap to swim and drink from. But we were so thankful to have met this woman who helped us out.

Ezra needed a turn to walk his slow baby legs not far from when we took the shortcut down the hill. 

When we came out of the trees and saw the parking lot across the creek, we were like Hallelujah! We had only been gone about two hours, but the littles were so done. I think we'll have to do this hike again now that we know how to do it properly. says I burned over 1000 calories! Haha, I kind of doubt it. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

6 pack on the bike path

With the forecasted snow for the next two days (it's only September 10th!!!), I am very much missing the weather we had two weekends ago when we went on a family bike path ride. 

We hauled our bikes down the hill to Canyon Lake and then headed east on the bike path to Memorial Park. I had Ezra in the baby seat behind me and Terry pulled Samuel while Noah and Evie rode. And poor Evie. She had the smallest bike with no gears with her little legs just pumping nonstop, working harder than of all of us, and she didn't complain at all! In fact, at one point, when we had just crossed the bridge at the top of Omaha, she exclaimed, "I just feel so good right now!" Yeah, that's from The Lego Movie, but she applied it appropriately. I think she takes after me - she appreciates being outside.

I mapped out route out on and found that we biked nearly 10 miles!

When we got to Memorial Park we stopped to take a short break and drink some water. At first we thought Ezra was sleeping with his eyes open. He was so still and catatonic. 

Then he looked at Terry. Nope, still awake. Just lulled into oblivion on the back of my bike.

What a hard peddling happy girl. 

Terry took my picture while I was looking at Evie, thinking he was taking Evie's. So there's me.

And Noah. I hadn't seen all the improvements made to this park. It's nice. The wind was blowing the fountain water at us, making us cold.

Samuel was so thirsty he had to have 2 water options. He's all sweaty but he didn't do anything except sit there. 

The way back was a little harder since it was all uphill (only a very very slight grade though). We stopped at McDonalds for a special ice cream snack and then at Sioux Park for some playing. That ride was so much fun...even though mapmyrun said I only burned 52 calories for 2 hours of riding :P

Monday, September 8, 2014

church luau

Last year our Director of Connections organized this fun fall kick off event at church called the County Fair. He did it again this year as a luau. I didn't get any photos (because I was so busy with my own kids and laughing at Terry get wet) so I swiped some off the facebook page :) It was a fun day, though sort of windy for all the water! That didn't stop them from dousing poor Terry though... ;)

Complete with bouncy castles, gaga ball and a whole roasted pig!

Poor Pastor Dave received the most votes to get dunked and went first.

Terry was up next - the look of pain! Poor guy didn't even have time to change. He made the best of it though.

Anyone who wanted to get him wet had to pay $1 (which was then used to raise money for youth trip scholarships). Then they were given 3 wet pool balls to throw at this bullseye. If they hit the bullseye the bucket turned over. But some of those kids got tired of missing (or the bullseye wasn't sensitive enough) and they eventually just went up and hit it with their hand! Very cold water, especially with the wind blowing. It felt more like a fall day than a summery August 24th. 

Terry purchased this old vinyl sign and used it as a slip-n-slide! 

Not many went down it, but it looked pretty fun nonetheless. There goes Terry!

2014 fair

Since we came back to Rapid in 2012, Terry's folks taken the kids to the Central States Fair to ride the rides and see the sights, but mostly for the rides. The first year I had no photos. Last year I got a couple from our moms. This year Terry and I both attended so we actually got to see what fun the kids were having. And turns out, I think a big part of the reason Terry's dad likes to take the kids is because he likes the rides for himself :). It sure seemed that way to me anyway. But I like the rides too! I think next year I'll get a wristband as well and have a blast like I used to when I was little. The fair used to be the highlight of my year!

Grace got to go along again as well. Evie loves her little girl cousin. She's the closest thing she has to a sister after all.

And Samuel loved all these little rides, especially the car ones. I think Noah was only in them because they were at the beginning of the midway and he had to start there before he could go systematically through all the rides. He's a perfectionist like that. 

Miniature roller coaster but too little for Samuel. Next was the mirror house and the lady let Evie take Samuel and Grace through even though they were too small. It was hilarious to watch them run into mirrors and look all confused. So funny!

The further you went down the midway, the bigger the rides got. Look at Grampa on that lay down Superman-like ride!

Terry was able to capture a couple shots of his dad really enjoying himself. The same can't be said for Evie in this photo though. Ha!

Grampa was so happy to be crashed into by Noah :)

Samuel loved these motorcycles!

Evie didn't want to do anything real scary so she was content and happy to do the baby rides with Grace.

I loved these flying swings when I was little. My folks have the funniest photo of an Evie-size-me in these swings with my feet all dangling cockeyed sideways like my ankles were broken. I just have weird ankles.

They were even able to see the Asian Elephant show.

The littles plus Evie are trying to turn themselves in this little bear. I posed this photo because you can see Gramma to the side. Proof she was there!

Shari came later with baby Sarah and her friend Caryn. They had a hankering for rides that they had to satisfy. I also love rides and was convinced to pay to go on just one ride - the scariest one there that swings you back and forth until you go upside down. Terry and I did also get to go on the free fall ride. I screamed like a little girl.

There's me, Shari and Caryn. It was SO much fun. I screamed and screamed. I haven't had that much fun in forever.

Halfway up!

Upside down! AH! AH! AWESOME!

When it started to rain we went into the bunny/chicken barn and wandered around. I was quite in love with this miniature bunny. I even let him nibble on my precious camelback a little. :P

After some subs for dinner we headed back out there for maybe another hour, until it was going to rain again. In the end, we were caught in a deluge. I was absolutely soaked by the time I got to the van

Ezra finally got out of his stroller and went on the carousel with Daddy. :) He was so confused.

I like this photo because Samuel didn't care that he was all alone on the ride. He was having so much fun!

Let all the crazy out, Evie :)