Established 10.30.10

Established 10.30.10

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Twas the night before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house..... was sounds of saws, hammers and drills!!  My little elf was busy working on my deck all afternoon.  Merry Christmas Eve to me! :)
It's looking like a deck!! :) :) :)

Is this the last supper? No... just one family gathering around a very large table to eat lots of yummy food for Christmas dinner.
 Last night we had Christmas with Karl's family.  Jan made a great dinner for everyone that was delicious!  The kiddos had to take a picture before they opened presents.....for some reason, this was about the fastest picture they'd ever taken!  They were all very excited to open gifts!
 All the kids watching Grandma open her present from Grandpa!
Ahh... beautiful fire to set the mood and keep everyone warm...
 ...and then this is what happens when it gets too warm and smokey in the cabin and we open the windows to let some fresh air in....
..the St. Bernard "pup" named Kinze wanted to join in on the Christmas fun!

Luke 2:7  ..and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.  She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manager, because there was no room for them in the inn. 
Luke 2:18-20 ..and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.  But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.  The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which was were just as they had been told.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Candy Day!

Well, Christmas is almost here!  One sign of that is Candy Day!  Candy Day is the Saturday before Christmas where all the Van Wyk  girl cousins get together at Aunt Julie's house and make Christmas Candy goodies.  We were trying to decide how many years ago this started... we were thinking at least 6 or more years!  Each year, Aunt Julie buys all the ingredients and we go to her house (for the record, she has the world's smallest kitchen) to make 10+ different types of goodies.  Oreo balls, cake balls, peanut butter balls, cookie dough balls, pecan turtles, fudge, christmas trash, peanut brittle, cherry mash bars (YUMMY YUM), cookies, dipped pretzels etc..... is your mouth watering?  The best part about the day, is that it's about giving.  We make all this candy and then put it on a decorative plate, wrap it up and give it away to someone.  I think I've given my plate to a different couple each year.  It's very fun to see the excited look on their face and how thankful they are! 

 Nicole giving the thumbs up to approve Brooke's work on the dipping oreo balls.
 Karissa makes the pecan turtles each year... it's a long process but she's so good at it she gets the job each year! :)
 Working away...
 Taylor was really concerned about getting her hair in the food so she tied it up tight.  Just kidding! She had Christmas Banquet that night so she was multi-tasking... getting all pretty & baking!
 Grandpa Van Wyk comes to have lunch w/ all his grand daughters.  I think he really likes listening to all of us chit chat and giggle. :)
We have such a great time together!! Missed you Jordon!  Thanks again Aunt Julie for everything!
 yummy candies!
 Okay, I've lived on a farm my entire life, but NEVER have I seen a heard of cattle going down the road.  I was at my sister's house last weekend and we see a tractor w/ a bale of hay on the back of it driving down the gravel road.  THEN we see about 50-75 cattle running down the road after it!  I guess that's an effective/quicker way to move cattle from farm to farm rather than loading them in a trailer!  who knew?!
 I made Chistmas cookies last night and Karl helped me decorate! (he ate more frosting than he decorated but was good help)
 Yes, I know, I can't hardly believe it either.  Yes, that is a slight & small resemblance to a deck.   My Christmas list went like this this year: 1. A finished, completed deck.   Well, Christmas is in 3 days and I'm not getting my hopes up for a finished, completed deck but I thought it was worth putting on my wish list!  We're getting there, slowly but surely!  I can not hardly contain myself when I think of the day that I take those 3 pieces of plyboard to the pile and gleefully watch them burn!!!!!!!!! :)
Yep, the plyboard is still functioning as our it's just a "raised" sidewalk.   Ha, we just reveresed roles, the plyboard is high and cement step is low now.  I'm just excited to see progress :)

Hope you all have a great Christmas with family and friends!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

What DO you do?

I sometimes wonder, surely, everyone has to know the answer by now because I've answered it 1,000+ times!  Oh well, it's a part of life.  The infamous question.  Everyone gets asked it, but yet it never seems to get old.  Here are some examples (time of life & the question):

Early High School: What activities are you involved in?

Senior High School: Where are you going to college?

College: What are you majoring in?

Post College: When are you getting married?

Marriage: When are you going to have chil....... well, we'll just stop right there with that question.   But, there is a 2nd question in this stage of life that I get asked often: What DO you do?  Well, let me tell you.

 I work at Vermeer in the corp. office.  My title is Global Accounts Administrative Assistant; a mouthful.  So what does that mean?  I mainly work with centrally invoiced rental accounts.  So, in my simple terms, I do anything from invoicing to processing purchase orders to quoting machines to being a customer service rep.  I work with accounts like Home Depot, Sunbelt, Asplundh, True Value, Do It Best, Ace etc.  My job is never boring and it seems as if though there is always something new to work through.  Monotonous is NOT word that is used to describe my job.  I feel like I'm constantly doing something different; it's a wonderful feeling.  Equipment wise I work with the smaller brush chippers, stump cutters and small trenchers- all equipment that is typically rented out.  If there is a ice storm or hurricane it typically means a jump in sales for that particular area.  Yes, in rural Iowa you'd probably load up branches in a wagon and take them out to the burn pile and burn them the next summer.  Well, if you are a homeowner in a suburb you have to get rid of those down branches somehow- by renting equipment.  In summary, hopefully that gives you a better idea of what I do at work.

More importantly, I truly believe the saying "who you work with makes the job".  I love who I work with and they definately make the difference.  The day is brighter, funnier, & peaceful.  I work directly with 2 wonderful women, a mom & a grandma.  It is so fun to have 3 of us in 3 different stages of life.  There are teachable moments and "remember when" moments that go along with that.  Because of theses women I have a huge appreciation for working mothers and have been reminded just how much your grandparents pray & care about you.

These are the women who make my day more enjoyable:  Jodi (left) Deana (right)

The Global Accounts team has 9 people on it.  The 3 of us, and then 6 sales managers who go out and make deals with the Global Accounts throughout the U.S.  I like to look at us 3 as the nucleus of the operation, the "powerhouse" so to speak :)  Basically, to simply sum it all up, for a lack of better words, we do all the paperwork behind the scenes. 

Then we have Wanda.  She isn't a part of our group but all the people in her group are men and travel 90% of them time.  So we adopted her :)  She is very full of life and is always laughing.  These 3 women definately make my job enjoyable!

Today is my 1 year anniversary of starting at Vermeer.  It has gone very quickly and it definately doesn't feel like it has been a year.  Time flies when you're having fun! :)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Tis' the Season

Christmas Season officially begins (in my mind) the day after Thanksgiving.  I went Black Friday shopping for the first time this year.  Below is one of the lines I waited in.  If you count about 5 overhead signs down is where my final desitination was. 
 Last week I had both Thursday & Friday off for Thanksgiving break.  It was WONDERFUL! I got to hang out with family, shop and put up my real tree.  I wanted to go cut a tree down ourselves but since it was raining we settled for Earl May.  I left the blankets and towels out for a while so the tree could drip dry.
 Very excited about my big real tree.
 The finished product.
 This past weekend we had "Boender Sister-in-law Girls Weekend".  We went down to Emily's families cabin at Lake Thunderhead and spent the weekend relaxing.  We ate, talked, ate, talked, shopped, ate, talked, painted nails, ate, talked, watched movies, ate talked, went to an auction, ate, talked....oh, and did I mention we ate and talked?!  It was VERY fun and great to spend time alone together!  Left to Right: Cassia (baby Natalie) Becky, Emily, Suzanne, & Stacey.
 If this many nails polish colors isn't the sign of girls time, I don't know what is... :)  Thanks girls for a very relaxing weekend!
 Rowan came over this afternoon.  He's getting soooo big.  He's doing the army crawl for right now... hopefully crawling soon!

We've been staying busy with youth group and just have a few more times before Christmas to practice for our candlelight service.
May the Lord bless you and your families this Christmas season!

Friday, November 25, 2011


I'm a day late but that's okay.  I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!  This is going to be short, sweet, and to the point.  Yesterday was Thanksgiving and Karl had to sing at Osky church so I wasn't able to go "home" for Thanksgiving Church....needless to say, I did not like this AT ALL.  So, here is a video they played at Sully church yesterday for Thanksgiving.  A lot of people put a lot of work into this video and my friend Jodi shared it with me.  Jodi is a very close friend and I actually started crying when she was talking in this.  I hope you enjoy it too!

Oh, and P.S. ...I told Karl that I will be going home to church on all holiday's from now on...regardless. :)

Sunday, November 20, 2011


Last week Rachel, Rowan & I headed to Des Moines to do some quick shopping.  Our first stop was Hobby Lobby.  I was after some simple decorations for my Christmas tree.  Well, it was our lucky day because all Christmas decor, lights, wreaths, etc. were all 50% off.  So, needless to say I got everything I needed for my tree and we also decided to attempt to be crafty!  We picked up fun decor to make a Christmas centerpiece for our tables. 
Essentially I just watched what Rach did and copied hers :)
 The finished product.  We were pretty proud of ourselves!
 The other night when ISU was playing OK St. Karl sat on the ground like a child until 11:30 when the game was over.  He was yelling and getting excited the whole time and literally lept to his feet when they scored the final touchdown in double overtime.  It was funny to me :)
 Yesterday we went to the Thanksgiving Family Forum held at a church in Des Moines.  There was 6 of the Republican candidates for President there.  They did a great job and it was very enjoyable listening to them not talk over eachother, have buzzers going off, and trying to defend every single word they say.  You can read a lot about it in the Des Moines Register today.
(below) Left to Right: Ron Paul, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Hermain Cain & Newt Gingrich.

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Last Tuesday the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) hosted a Republican Presidential Forum on Manufacturing at Vermeer.  Due to it being held at Vermeer they had a drawing where you could sign up to win a ticket to this invitation only event.  I put my name in and was able to attend.  I also go to sit in the 3rd row from the front so I was able to see well!  It was a live television brodcasted event via Iowa Public Television.  If you go to you can view it online there also.  The president of NAM and co-chair Mary Andriga, (CEO of Vermeer) welcomed and introduced the nominees and Governor Terry Brandstad.  Each candidate came out and was quizzed by the Governor and president of NAM for 15 minutes.  I think my favorite part was watching them discuss their views seperately and not having to listen to them fight over eachother!  They all discussed items from corporate taxation to import/export taxes to the lack of engineers.  Here are a few pictures from that day.

 Vermeer had a great stage with big equipment in the background.  It looked very nice!
 All the candidates came out at the beginning to be introduced and then left to come up on stage individually.

I was in the third row but was on the side where the candidates weren't facing.... oh well, here's the best I could do for pictures with no flash.
 Ron Paul
 Newt Gingrich
 Rick Perry
 Rick Santorum
Michelle Bachmann.

Monday, October 31, 2011

1st Anniversary

1 year ago we were planning, preparing and experiencing one of the most memorable days of our lives- our wedding on 10.30.10.  It was a beautiful 60 degree day, harvest was over, and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.  The below picture is one of my favorites, simply a picture of us enjoying our "big" day- it was SUCH a fun day!  I could go on and on about it and tell you every detail that happened...what I need to do is write all the things down that I remember because in 20 years I won't remember! Sometimes, just for fun I look at all 1,000+ wedding pictures- I can't get enough!  It definately does not seem that it was a year ago-- time flies when you're having fun! :)
Happy Anniversary, Karl :)
To celebrate, on Saturday we took off and headed for Des Moines- went shopping, and out for supper at Texas Roadhouse and stayed in a hotel that night.  It was a nice get a way and lots of fun reminiscing about the past year.
When we got home on Sunday night we had trick or treaters come to our door.  We had a cow & a bridesmaid! :)  I knew the little cow was coming but I didn't expect to see a bridesmaid at my door- I actually got tears in my eyes...and I don't typically cry!  It had to be because it was a special day :)
 He even had a tail!!
 My wedding dress is still at my parents house so I didn't get to put it on on Sunday.. I was jealous when Rachel showed up in her dress so I grabbed the next best thing, my bouquet and pretended to hold that :)
 Rowan loooooves Uncle Karl!
 Sooo cute!
 He even grazes in the grass!! haha :)
 By far, the cutest cow in the barnyard!

Thanks to everyone who wished us a Happy Anniversary and have been supporting and praying for us!