February 21, 2009


I had so much fun for the last month, planning a surprise for Todd! Back in the middle of January I got to thinking how nice it would be for us to get away for one night and do something really fun as life has been a little crazy for a while here and we are moving into busier times for him for work. I knew it would be a long time till we could do that again so started planning. It turned out the best weekend was Valentines weekend so that is when it all happened. My parents were able to come and watch ALL of our kids, I struggled with leaving the babies but all went well, and I reserved a room in Medora. I also packed up all our stuff and had snacks ready. Todd took the big man to school and when he came home our friends Mike and Maija were here (they went with us) and I told Todd we were leaving.

He had no idea where we were going or what we were doing. What we did was go to Theodoore Roosevelt National Park snowshoeing and then down to Medora for a night. We had an awesome time! We had so much fun together and a great time with good friends. We ended up back home on Saturday evening. Here are some pics that captured the fun.

Just getting going on our snowshoes.
It was an absolutely perfect day! In the 20's, no wind and totally sunny. For those not familiar with this national park it is in ND's badlands and beautiful!

Todd and I after we left the river and just cut across country through the woods. For the record, no, I am not calling that open space woods! The next pic will show the woods. :)

Mike and Todd

Myself and Maija

The trail we made through the snow

Of course, I had to let you see how the little sweeties are doing too. They are getting more interactive and smiley, it's so sweet!



February 11, 2009

Fun Times

We have had lots of fun things going on lately. We were able to make a trip to MN a couple weeks ago. Todd had a retreat to go to and I got to spend some time with my family which was great as I had not seen them in quite some time! As usual, we had lots of fun and the boys had a blast playing with the cousins. This trip was also the first time that my younger sister and her family and my brother and his family got to see the girls so that was fun too.

It was beautiful weather so we got all the kids out sledding.

Here are the three little 2 year old monkeys. (Or almost 2 in my little man's case :)

These two are the crazy 3 year olds.

And the older boys, who are obviously good buddies!
They are a wacky bunch!
This last weekend we were at a retreat for our CYIA'ers. It was so fun and again we had great weather! The kids and I were not going to go but then we found out Grandpa and Grandma would be there and one of Todd's sisters and her family, so knowing I would have plenty of help, we went along. I am glad we did because the boys had a great time and the girls got to meet the more of there cousins and and their aunt and uncle.
Here is part of the awesome tubing hill. I am standing onthe second part of it. It was so slick and fast. Lots of fun!!

Our big man with his older cousin. He went down about a million times I think!
KK and KR staying warm and cozy at the retreat.KR, I was finally able to capture some smiles.

KK and her big smile with the cute dimples!
The sad news of our weekend was that our yellow lab was hit by a car and killed while we were at the retreat. We did find another pup and Todd picked her up this morning. Her dad is a chocolate lab, her mom a yellow but with a little Chow in her. The mom totally looked like a lab. So our pup looks like a lab but is more like a mix between a red lab and a yellow. She is a bit reddish in color, very pretty. We named her Akita (u-kee-tu) which means "great hunter." So far she seems to have a really sweet nature about her. Here are some pics from her first day with us.
Bringing her home.

The middle man, along with the other boys, is pretty taken with her.

She loves the dog bed.