Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Getting ready for the annual pumpkin carving!!!

Nope. They still don't like pulling out the seeds. For some reason they would rather catch snakes than pull out harmless pumpkin seeds. Go figure.

The finished products. Still trying to figure out who is missing the most teeth, Lucas, Jack or the pumpkins.??

Jack Sparrow.....
The Ninja.....

The loot. Yes, way more than we need again this year.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Deardorf Apple Orchard

We spent a great afternoon at the Deardorf Apple Orchard. We got to see them make homemade apple cider and we picked some great honey crisp and haralson apples.

Darin had to climb a few tress to get good apples. Most of the low hanging fruit had already been taken.
Jack took his turn to climb as high as he could to find the big ones too!
With Lucas' arm in the cast he had to settle for dad lifting him up to get the apples. I can guarantee you he will be high up in the tress next year.

Anderson Orchard Year 2

Well, year two of our orchard. This year the Fireside was the only tree to produce fruit. None of us had ever had a fireside apple so it was fun to taste the fruits of our labor. Looking forward to what the trees produce next year.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


So, on day 3 of school I get a call from the school nurse informing me that Lucas had an accident on the school playground and he has a fracture. He is asking to come home. Since she is so calm I am a bit confused so she helps me a bit and tells me Yes, he needs to go to the ER! This is what I find when I get to the school and see Lucas in the nurse's office. He was being so brave. We carefully got him loaded into the van and headed to the 212 ER. Every bump we hit was so painful for him.
We got him xrayed and I think I would call it a break not a fracture. The PA consulted with an orthopedic surgeon and we decided to head to Waconia so that he could set the bone.
Lucas is chilling and waiting for the ambulance to transport us to the hospital.
Lucas went in for surgery around 7pm. The doctor came out around 8pm and said he had been trying to set the arm and he just could not get it set. He thought there may be some muscle in the way. He said he would have to make an incision and use pins to set the bone. Two hours later he finally came back and said it was done. He said it was a lot harder than he thought it was going to be. He has been setting arms for 26 years and this is only the 2nd time he has seen a break like this. We are just thankful it is set and getting ready to heal. This is our patient the next morning after his first ever hospital stay.
A nice after xray to show us the pins that are being used to hold the bigger bone in place. We are looking at removal around 4-5 weeks.
The happy camper back home. Our next step will be a permanent cast once the bone starts to set.

Look out Kindergarten....Here comes Jack!!!!

Jack and his teacher Mrs. Langan. Poor guy. Since we met Lucas' teacher first he got her name in his head so whenever someone asked him so his teacher was he said Mrs. Ottinger. Hopefully by Christmas we will have the right name :-)

First day of Kindergarten. Jack was sooooo excited!!!!!
Waiting at the bus stop for the bus to come. Jack wanted mom to ride with him so we got to ride to his first day of kindergarten together on the bus.

Jack blowing kisses to daddy.

3rd Grader Lucas!!!!

Lucas met his teacher Mrs. Ottinger at back to school night.

First day of Grade 3.

Waiting at the bus stop with Piper and Jack.

State Fair 2011

Another fun year at the fair.

Thanks Heidi for being our wonderful friend and joining us at the fair. We LOVE going to the fair with you!!!
My wild cowboys tried to do some lassoing this year.

I would have to say our favorite thing at the fair is the big slide. Jack was so excited to be able to go down by himself this year. I still got to carry his carpet but he got to go down by alone.

Can't come to the fair without riding some rides.

This year we got to the sheep barn just as they were having a contest to see who could get the sheep fur into the big in the quickest time. Lucas did great. He came in 3rd.