Monday, November 29, 2010

Our trip to Nebraska

As most of you know, Brian's brother Eric and his family moved to Nebraska at the end of the summer to run Nebraska Corn Processing, the ethanol plant ZFS purchased last year. We miss them dearly so we decided to take a road trip out to see what the small town of Cambridge was all about. My parents decided to take the trek with us and it was great to have them along. Overall the boys did GREAT on the 13 hour car ride and we had a really good time.

Our nieces, Karinda and Kylie, didn't know we were coming so we got them out of bed and surprised them when we got there Friday morning.
Later on Friday we headed to NCP for a quick tour. Carter and the girls had to climb up on the train engine.
They get so much corn in that there isn't enough room for it. Yes, this is one a of few HUGE piles of corn! Saturday all the guys did some road touring and then back to NCP for a more thorough tour. Kylie and Carter were best buds all weekend so they went along too.
Karinda took care of Trey most of the time so they stayed back with the ladies and we went to a craft show and then met up with everyone for lunch. All the kiddos snuggled up with their daddies on our last night.

And of course we had to stop at the Worlds Biggest Truck Stop along I-80 on the way home. Carter could have stayed there all night looking at everything.
We are looking forward to having them home at the end of December and hanging out with them again. Thanks Eric and Kate for a great time!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Our little zoo animals

What a fun Halloween we had! Friday night we went to my parents house to trick or treat. Carter was a lion this year and Trey was a monkey.
And our little chili pepper nephew Kasen came over too...isn't he cute?

Saturday night we went to DeWitts to trick or treat in their subdivision with Huyers and DeHaans. We picked up Vitales (a must!) on the way and had dinner together and then headed out. Here's all the kiddos....from left to right > Trey, Carter, Liam, Deacon escaping in the back, Norah, Jacob and Ethan. Carter ate it right up...he was SO ADORABLE. He had a blast going from door to door. I just loved watching him run around having so much fun. Trey just took it all in from the stroller. :)
Thanks Jason and Martha for inviting us! We had a lot of fun!

Super trucking

A few weeks ago Carter got spoiled and got to go to work with daddy for the morning. Since riding in trucks is probably a bit more exciting than sitting at a desk with daddy, Carter got to go with Brian's cousin Mike hauling corn back and forth to Hamilton for the morning. I guess Carter was pretty quiet but loved it and Mike even got him out to watch the corn be dumped. The glare is kind of bad on this picture but Carter had a great view from his car seat!
There they go!

He wanted to give Mike a hug and kiss when they were done but I guess Mike wasn't falling for that. :) Carter LOVES to go to ZFS and watch all the big trucks. I am pretty sure he could probe trucks and test beans with all the time we spent their during harvest!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Girlfriends Getaway!

Last weekend some of my friends and I headed to downtown Chicago with a bus full of 45 women for some awesome girl time! This was my second time going on this trip and it is definitely going to become an annual trip! We started off on Friday stopping at Michigan City for a few hours of shopping.

Friday night we grabbed some dinner (appetizers and margaritas!) at a great little mexican restaurant we found then we went to a Second City show. It was hilarious and I would definitely go again. From left to right: Martha, Amy, Sarah, Debi, Jenni, me and Marti.

Saturday morning we had a wonderful breakfast at the hotel (made to order omelets....yum!) and headed out for shopping. It rained a little bit and then was a gorgeous day. Tim...this picture is for you. :)
Saturday night we went on a dinner cruise off of Navy Pier. Awesome dinner, fireworks and dancing!

This was the view from the boat...pretty sweet, eh?

Saturday morning we decided to go check out the Skydeck.
The views were awesome and it was pretty cool. It wasn't as scary as I thought it would be but it was hilarious watching some people that would not walk out on it.

Thanks girls for such an awesome weekend! Can't wait til next year!