Sunday, December 14, 2008

Carly makes it home!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


This past week ryan had the opportunity to help a friend (and his wife) with taking in the fall crop! Needless to say, ryan is like a kid in the candy store. Here is a couple of pictures.

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branson, branson, branson...where else?!

below it alot of pictures of our latest trip to branson-- great time had by all. most laid back trip, with only one show!! ( i don't know how we pulled that off with my dad on the trip!) some of the events were: outdoor show, min. golf, trainride, walks, and much more!

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when somethings in the way the huhns...MOVE IT!

the cabin we were staying in, one of the housekeeping staff decided to park (right in the way, and only way to exit the resort) so...with some muscles we moved it!


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Mr. Babycakes

couldn't resist!

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goodbye to the houck truck!

Last thursday ryan was hit (from behind) in Cedar Rapids while on an appraisal requests. He was okay (minor tailbone pain, and hit his head on the glass below) but the truck was totaled. It was first purchased by his grandpa Roy ( who has since passed) and then given to Jon, then given to us as a wedding gift. It was a good truck, nope I stand corrected, ryan said is was a GREAT truck, with all caps! :-)

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Monday, November 3, 2008

homemade laundry soap (that works GREAT!!)

its no secret, i get excited at the possibility of saving money for our little family! So, when i found a recipe for homemade laundry soap, i thought i'd give it a try. Well, that was over a month ago, and i LOVE it. Not only is it WAYYYYY cheaper, it also cleans better, even ryan's SMELLY basketball shirts! If you'd like to give it a go, here is the recipe:

3 cups (2 bars) Fels Naptha or Zote Soap, grated (I use lever 2000)
1 1/2 Cup 20 Mule Team Borax (you can buy this at walmart)
1 1/2 Cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda (you can only buy this at cub foods!)

Mix ingredients together, then put in the blender to get to a powdered substance.

USE: Use one tablespoon per load for normal sized loads with normal dirt. This will wash about 90 loads. Be sure to store this marked and covered tightly.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008


will be uploading more updates tonight! lots going on the last few weeks!

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Big Race

Steroid tests will be conducted on the winners to check for cheating!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

One for the ages!!

The Stonebrook donut eating Grand Champion is....

Monday, September 29, 2008


On Sunday evening we hosted a hayride for all the young couples & their families at my parent’s house. 32 people we able to make it. We had a great time! We enjoyed the three legged race, potato sack race, bobbing for apples, went on a hayride and came back for a bonfire with smores. Can’t get much better than that on a beautiful fall day!

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