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Farm-to-Fork Dinner with Hungry for Truth

June 26, 2018

That time of year for the Hungry for Truth Farm-to-Fork dinner again! I really look forward to this event every year (it was the 3rd annual!) and this year surely blew me away again! It’s a spectacularly beautiful event filled with engaging conversations and mouth-watering food.

Hungry for Truth is an initiative from South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council designed to open conversations about food between South Dakotan consumers and the farmers who passionately grow it. Their goal for this event is to have open, honest conversations about how our food is raised and its safety and to provide a night where farmers and consumers get to meet and discuss anything and everything about farming, produce, and food safety. Truly a unique experience getting to know the farmers who feed us!

This year’s event was held at the gorgeous Meadow Barn right outside of Sioux Falls. It has the perfect indoor and outdoor flow and was great for the hot windy weather we had! The Event Company designed the space and the combination of eucalyptus and florals were GOOOORGEOUS!

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Vegas! With Kids!

May 23, 2018

I am on a whole nother stratosphere of crazy with this trip! But, I managed Vegas and airports and flying with 3 kids! And they had a TON OF FUN. The pools were incredible, the sun was shining, and the naps weren’t happening! :) It was an experience for sure!

My sister had a conference in Vegas, so my other sister and her two kids and our Mom all decided to join her last minute and booked a trip to Vegas! My sister’s husband and my husband were both on the same bachelor party trips, so we were solo anyways! What fun to meet up in Vegas – book the tickets and worry about everything later, right?! Basically!! EEEK!

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Circus!

April 22, 2018

Circus time!!!! I LOVE the Circus! The wild animals, the sloppy snow cones, the sticky (yet delicious) cotton candy, the death-defying acts, the crazy clowns, and all the flashing lights! It’s so much fun. Brings back such memories of being a kid and I love every second of it! This was the best year yet. All the acts were amazing!

Not sure Leo likes the clowns (haha), but Ivy does!!! :)

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Happy Halloween

October 31, 2017

Happy Halloweeeeeeeen! Hope you all had a spooky night and had fun trick-or-treating! We had a BLAST and the kids were like crazy lunatics going from house to house! Leo ESPECIALLY loved it. He was all over the place! Mostly dodging scary werewolves and other freaky creatures, but when there wasn’t something spooky in his way, he was running for candy. Kinda loving this age. So young and still scared, but enamored with all things festive and excited about Halloween and trick-or-treating! So much fun with these little goblins! Faye stayed nice and warm snuggling with Emmie and Papa Koch while we were out with the other two. She will be cruising with them next year!

Ivy’s pose, LOL. She’s got that princess thing down! Ivy wanted to be Belle this year so that was easy!

Leo struggled with his costume. I showed him about 57 different costumes he might like, took him to Target AND the halloween store, and he would NOT pick one out! He kept saying he wanted to be “nothing” and would never pick one out, uhhhh! The only one he liked was a DIY bulldozer one I found, but yeah right, never got around to that, NOR am I crafty enough for that to turn out right! So we finally found a Blaze (Nickelodeon show) costume with inflatable tires which was awesome because he’s obsessed with all things trucks, but one of the tires got a hole in it this weekend while we were at a Halloween party. Shoot! So, we had this pumpkin in their costume closet and he was happy to be it! All worked out! WHEW.

Me and mah girls!!!

A vampire and his witch. John even did his own makeup, good job!!!!

Koch Kiddos! Love those three little goblins

Now let the trick-or-treating begin!

Such a blast! Now time to dive into their candy buckets and steal all their sugar and anything sour! I don’t like chocolate (I know I’m weird!)! Nerds and fun-dips please!

How many stomach aches are we going to have in the next few days?! :)

Apple Orchard // 2017

October 19, 2017

I feel like this fall has already gotten away from me! WHERE did September go. And now practically October! Between starting school, Ivy’s birthday, and trying to get Faye on a schedule, it’s flown by. But with this indian summer this week (loving these 70’s temps!!!), we finally made it out to the apple/pumpkin orchard (twice!)! Gimme all the caramel apples!

We usually go to one of the three festivals each year so that the kids can ride the ponies and choo choo train, but since those somehow got away from me, I just brought them on a random day, and we LOVED it. Having the place to ourselves was a miracle and I didn’t have to give in to buying unnecessary pumpkins and treats just to dodge a complete hysterical meltdown from one of the kids in front of hundreds of people. So nice having the place to ourselves and the kids running amok (amok! amok! amok!) all over the pumpkin patch. And Leo loved that the train was there. He was climbing all over it! Had it all to himself.

The kids would run from pumpkin to pumpkin trying to pick up which one they wanted. Ivy kept asking which one was a magic pumpkin that would turn into a carriage like Cinderella! Loving her imagination lately!

Went on to the apples and Leo devoured about 8 of them! Ivy’s style is more like wanting to find a “baby apple” (aka a little teeny apple) taking one bite, throwing it on the ground with the 57 other apples under each tree, then asking for another baby apple.

Yes. That’s a rock she’s carrying. No idea.

Must make a stop at the ponies and goats, and apple orchard complete!