Monday, October 31, 2011


Happy Halloween!  We really were not sure if what we wanted to do on Halloween but once we saw how much Annika liked picking out her candy at Deanna Rose, we thought we would try trick-or-treating.  I'm so glad we did!  She LOVED knocking on the door and then getting candy.  She would not even let us carry her basket and kept saying, "No!  Mine!"  This was one of the best nights we have had with Annika and I can't wait for many more fun Halloweens!

Playing with Belinda.
She knocked on every door. 
Picking out her candy bar.
She was so excited, she didn't want to wait for us.
Ready to get to the next house!
She walked up to this house and stopped when she saw the
 skeleton on the door.  It was talking and making noise.
 I asked her if she was going to knock on the door she
 said, "no" and then turned around and walked away.
Ready to walk to the next house.
We had to stop to try a piece of chocolate!
Happy now that she has had a treat!
Great ending to a great night!

Deanna Rose

On Saturday we took Annika to Deanna Rose for their Night of the Living Farm.  Annika got to pet the goats, swing on a big swing, race boats with Ashton, ring cow bells, and most importantly, get lots of candy.  The night was a little cold but overall it was great.  

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Church Carnival

A few weeks ago our church moved into our own building and we celebrated by having a carnival.  It was a great way to celebrate something so great.  It was a beautiful day and we had a wonderful time. We are very blessed to have such a great church family.  I love our  church and am so glad Annika will grow up there.

Jumping in the bounce house with Derek.
Taking a break from lunch.
She was playing hide-and-seek around the tree.
Cotton candy.  She wasn't real sure what to think.
Trying it for the first time 
She became a fan very quickly.
She loved watching others play this game.
She loved playing the game even more.
She didn't even make it halfway home!

Future Warrior?

After Derek competed in the Warrior Dash he was given this helmet.  Annika thought it was pretty fun to wear as she was playing.  Maybe we have another Warrior on our hands!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Warrior Dash!

I decided to run what is called the Warrior Dash, a 3.2 mile obstacle course, this summer.  I trained all summer, at it got canceled due to heat in KC just as I got the registration table.  Luckily, they let me transfer my registration to the race in St Louis, which was this past weekend.  Monica and I made a weekend of it, and had a great time, but here is what the race itself looked like.  Warrior!
Getting ready to race.

Bunched up at the beginning.

This is one of the last obstacles, Fire Hurdles!

I'm the one towards the top.

Fire aint got nothing on me!

Mud pit under barbed wire, the final obstacle.

Warrior, baby!

There was an organization that takes donated shoes, it was a great idea to get involved at this event!