Established 10.30.10

Established 10.30.10

Friday, December 21, 2012

Almost Christmas!

It's almost Christmas!  I had a snow day yesterday from work- it was AWESOME.  I cleaned my house spotless, finally switched over my winter clothes to the closet, did lots of laundry and checked a few things off my "Christmas Break" list of to do's.  Who doesn't love a head start on that?!  Went back to work today after the roads were cleared and now have 7 consecutive business days off of work-- HALLELUJAH!!! :)  Between now & January 2 I can only think of 2 days that I don't have something going on though... regardless, it will be a very fun relaxing break and I am excited!  

December has seemed to fly by-- preparing & planning for the youth group candlelight service took up most of my time and getting ready for Christmas gatherings, etc.  Here are a few random pics:
A couple weeks ago Auntie Leah's backpack was REALLY heavy from all the books to study for exams!  Rowan tried to put it on, and put her shoes on after, but kept falling over backwards....he never did even make it to the shoes! :)
 The Star.  I would like a round of applause for Aunt Julie & I.  Decorating a star w/ four strands of Christmas lights is harder than it looks or sounds....but we did it! :)  "Grandpa" Jr. Vos made this star the year that Grandma Van Wyk passed away.  He's put lights on it and put it on top of the grain bin every year since.  Last year, Jr. passed away on December 31.  Julie felt like Jr. would really like to see it up again this Christmas so we made that happen.  (we, as if i'm taking credit for it).  I'm not sure who they forced to climb the ladder and put it up, but it wasn't me- I just helped w/ the lights.
 Julie noticed the cool reflection of the star on the grain trailer wheels-- I told her this pic would make the blog :)

 Asplundh!  I came home from work one day and Karl said "yea, there was Asplundh trucks working on the trees on the road today".... I responded "So, i'm assuming you took a picture for me?!?!" ..karl..."nope".  Well, thankfully they were there the next morning as well-- I left my camera at home and he took some pictures for me :)  Asplundh is one of the accounts that my group works with/on on a regular basis.  You know it's them because they paint all their equipment orange.  I think this is a BC1000XL behind the truck.   It's always fun to see some of the stuff you work on everyday out in "the real world" :)
Early Christmas present for Karl.  We got this in the mail a week or so ago-- 5.44 lbs of Smoked Rack of Pork.....this could be a Christmas gift that's hard to beat ;)

We have Candy Day tomorrow and then tomorrow night our Christmas gatherings begin!  

Merry Christmas to all! :)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

November Highlights

November proved to be busy as usual!  Our highlightes:
Our steel got put on the corn crib.  I think it looks really nice!
 Youth Group seems likes it's really busy this November & December.  Above was a picture taken after we got done raking leaves for elderly people.  We also had a fundraiser this month.   Preparing videos & powerpoints for the Thanksgiving service took up a lot of my nights this month as well!
Matt was a frequent visitor to our house.  I think it's funny how he has to shower with certain "chemicals", carry his clothes is "special" bags, and not touch anything "human" before going out into the tree stand.  Sounds boring to me :)
Busted!!!  When Matt was hunting Rach & the boys would come hang out at our house.  Rowan climbed up on the table and started eating out of the candy jar.  Sneaky!
 How many candies do you have in those fat cheeks of yours?!
 A nice Sunday afternoon hike was relaxing this month.
 Beautiful view.
 Volleyball started this month too!  It is SO fun!! I love it, and probably get a little too competitive when the game is close :)  In the first game we played, apparently a 30 yr old guy didn't think I had ups or something and he went up to hit it- and I literally blocked it straight back down into his face.  I screamed a yell of joy because I was so proud of myself and after I calmed down I heard him mumble..."wow, that was embarassing".  I won't forget that for quite some time :) :)

 Kipper got a Thanksgiving meal too! :)
 My new table centerpiece.  It came from a craft show that I went to.
 Ahhhhhh. Carrie Underwood.  This was my surprise anniversary gift from Karl.  We went to Moline, IL to the concert and spent the next day at Farm & Fleet a some shopping along the way home :)
She was an amazing entertainer.  I put more pictures on facebook :)

Something I was thankful for this Thanksgiving & always- Family!