Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Pickle Ball, Hiking and More Family

Nothing like spending a weekend away with big kids!
We played "Pickle Ball" for the first time
and LOVED it!

At one point we were even beating these two!
Okay, it didn't last long
but it was a moment of glory!

Another new passion of ours,
is hiking!
We knew we loved walking but 
wow, hiking is even better and feels great!

Johnny took us on some great hikes
in southern MN!

It was picturesque!

And adventurous,
because we had no idea where we were going 
and when we'd be done!

Lovely views!

And a gorgeous day!

Fall/ Autumn is my favorite season!

While Abby worked, we hiked with Johnny!

Found another hiker,
that took a few scenic pics of us!


Thankful for this time together!

A proud Momma and her son!

Enjoying a beverage at a local brewery!

My fav "Miss Sippi"!
Two thumbs up!

I know... why would I post two almost identical pics?
Because my baby boy is in it and 
I couldn't decide which one I liked better...

Off to a womens soccer game,
where Abby is the trainer for the team!
(We won and my friend's daughter played in the game!)

Day 2 of hiking!

Was even better than day 1!

We saw many deer with large racks!

It was so impressive!

This was a more difficult hike!
We only spent about 30 hours together but
every minute was treasured!

Our driveway back home!

Our beautiful fall walks!

The front yard!
The chairs are off of the grass for mowing.

The conference or sections(?) cross country meet!

Sammy ran JV most of the season!

Melissa ran Varsity.

This dude is Owen. He got 4th in the state!
He runs like the energizer bunny!
Just keeps going!

JV with a bundle of our gals in the mix!
(Jenny, Ava, Madeline, Anna, Abby)

Go Anna!

Go Abby!

The many faces of Abby!
And in the reflection are the rest of us,
chatting away!

We have 7 kids in Baker Nature classes this fall!

Including 3 in the High School class!

Anna, Ben and Sam!
Grace, Mary, Luke and Jake are also taking nature classes!

A girl's gotta "doo" what a girl's gotta do...

Blondes have more fun!
At least this one does when she is blonder!

Fall FUN with family!
It's been ages since we saw this group!
WHAT A BLESSING the evening was!

The two little guys love our crew
and it makes it even more of a blessing!

LOVE My Family!

So exciting to celebrate Kelly and this precious baby 
that will be arriving 
any... day... now!!! 
For real!
Any day!
(Update... Baby Boy has arrived BUT more on that later!)

So blessed by these ladies in our family!
Our boys (and girls) made good choices!
We are missing Matt's wife, Caitlin!
(Wish you were with us!)

The boys went golfing and then watched the Viking game.

So, no need to worry about them!
They had a great afternoon!

These four went to a tea party with their friends!
They had a super good time!
I am amazed at what lovely young ladies they are!

Not everyone loves their neighbors
we LOVE ours!

They are a little nosey...
when we walk in the neighborhood they follow us
(and watch us)!

In my attempt to catch up on the blog posts
I ended the CC season too early!

It truly was such a good experience for ALL
seven kids that participated.

 he is very focused on lettering next year!

Jenny and Abby
(red top, navy bottoms)


So here is our sweet, awkward, clumsy BerneDoodle,
This is our second attempt at the name Teddi!
We had a beautiful red golden retriever named, Teddy
but it didn't quite work out...
so here we go again!
More on Teddi later!

FYI- she was supposed to be about 45-50 lbs...
that didn't happen...
Teddi is a very big girl!

Homecoming was in October!

For these 4 teens-
 it's their first homecoming dance!

This year we had 6 beautiful daughters attend homecoming!
Honestly, all 6 make my heart want to burst!

Ellie has a lovely corsage from Jacob!

Hubby and I divided our time between 
two pre parties, dinners and photo sessions!

Ellie is loving her new height!
Another photo will reveal her trick!

They have an amazing group of friends that celebrated 
the evening together before going to the dance!

We have been very blessed by this group of kids, 
volunteers, parents and friends!

Ellie's secret has been revealed!
Well that was FUN!

This group of girls loved the photo session at Noerenberg Gardens!

We attempted to be creative!

And many times it worked out!

Other times, it didn't!

But no matter what...
these girls are gorgeous!



And they LOVE-

A photo op!

So we did NOT want to cut it short!

It brings me such joy looking at these photos!

Even though they were taken months ago!

And that's why I blog!

Because every day life,
is so busy...

This reminds me-

to slow down and enjoy the moment!
Even though the moment has past,
I relive a portion of it in my posts!

Feeling blessed on this cold January day
from October FUN!