December 30, 2008

Christmas, Christmas, Christmas...

A little late is better than never, right? We had a wonderful Christmas. It was so much fun to watch Jenna again this year, she's such a character. Each party had a catch phrase for her. When she opened all her gifts at the Kapenga family party it was "this is exactly what I wanted". At my family party it was "oh my goodness" and with just Dave and I it was "I really wanted this, I love it".
Jenna was super excited when she opened this gift from grandma, a crib for her Bitty Baby! She loves playing with it.
Christmas morning we opened stockings right away since it seemed unfair to make her wait any longer. She loved all the little things we had found to fill it, but the eyes got really big when she saw nail polish and Lip Smackers! She was so excited.
Some new Lego's. She thought that made a good new toy to play with Dave and they were perfect because they were pink.
I guess we are encouraging her "rock star" habits by buying her dress up clothes that come with a microphone, sunglasses and heels!
She was determined to get one last present from under the tree.
Me and my little girl....I can't believe how big she is getting!

December 28, 2008

House for SALE...

Yes, we are putting our house for sale. We have been looking at moving for some time now and as we get closer to doing so we figured it was time to put this quaint little home of ours on the market. If you know of anyone interested in a smaller, yet easy to maintain home please send them our way! Here is a blog we've set up as a link for those looking for more information.

December 15, 2008

Mini Montana...

Yes, I know that Jenna is only three and yes, I know that she is a bit young for Hannah Montana. However, she has older cousins who are in love with all things Hannah and some of this has rubbed off on Jenna. I don't actually think she really knows and understands all that much about her, just likes the music and toys when she sees them in the stores or sale fliers. She had stopped me several times in the aisles of local stores so she could play and sing with the Hannah Montana guitar. Not just quietly singing but loud enough to the point that she'd get smiles from those listening. Every week she'd scan the paper to look for the picture of the guitar. I told her that she was too little but apparently she tugged on the right heartstrings when she did her "grandma wouldn't it be so fun" and "I just love it grandma" act because after dropping Jenna off there for a couple hours one day last week I arrived to pick her up and was told she had a surprise. She came running down the hallway with a huge grin and laughing her little head off. Guess the $15 was worth it for my mom to see and hear that every time she sees takes out that guitar. Jenna took it home for a night but it's a stay at grandma's house toy! Here's Jenna in concert the night she had it home...

Getting into it with a little more rocker attitude!

Then she asked Dave to join in so they could have a band. Dave got to play the Wiggles guitar. If you've ever heard the Wiggles song " Fruit Salad" and Hannah Montana's "Best of Both Worlds" you can understand the noise level coming from our house with both playing loudly at the same time! She tried to make Dave perform a solo but he explained that he was only a guitar player and a back-up singer. They were so cute to watch! You don't have to mention this post to him...he'd kill me :-)

December 8, 2008

Snowy Day Fun!

Dave recently sold his snowmobile and bought a newer one. He was really excited about all the recent snow and was even more excited to see if Jenna was going to enjoy riding it with him. Saturday was freezing cold and out in the open at his parents house the wind made it feel much colder than here in town! First he pulled Jenna and I in the sled behind the snowmobile. We had to wear sunglasses so we were blinded by the snow coming down, maybe we need to invest in some goggles.
Then Jenna actually asked to ride on the snowmobile instead of in the sled. She LOVED it and you could hear her giggling and telling Dave to go faster. He was very happy that she liked it so much.
Any snow adventure should end with a cup of hot chocolate! Here is little miss Jenna enjoying her cup of cocoa while snuggling on the couch.

December 4, 2008

Our little Christmas DIVA!

Any of you who know Jenna also know that she loves the camera and will ham it up when she sees you pull out the camera. This was no different when I attempted to take her picture for Christmas cards this year. When you ask her to smile you usually get cheesy grin so I asked her to give me a nice smile and all I got was total attitude. Here are a couple photos that will NOT be making their debut on this years card!
Apparently she didn't think the first one had quite enough attitude...
Then I tried some away from the Christmas tree but she insisted on needing this flower to hold on to. When I asked her to sit and smile she replied "how about if I just put my hand on my chin like this mommy?" End result.....looks like a senior picture pose, but thanks for trying Jenna.
What I really wanted was a picture outside since her outfit had a matching hat (to anyone who thinks dressing a girl like this is torture I have to say that SHE picked the outfit out at the store and it was ALL because it had a matching hat. What can I say, she likes her accessories!)
after getting only a couple she ran back up to the door and was jumping up and down saying "too chilly to smile mom". The last shot of the little diva before she ran into the house...
No need to remind me that she's only 3 and acting like she's 13.....we're in trouble!

Christmas Parade!

Jenna was so excited to go to the Christmas parade in Zeeland on Monday night. It wasn't very long but given the fact that it was SO cold, that was fine by me. We met the triplets there and together they watched all the lights and grabbed plenty of candy!

December 1, 2008

Belated Thanksgiving & then more...

I'm not really sure where the last week has gone. We haven't been doing much of anything special but the days fly by. Dave spent a few days hunting at his grandparents cabin on Drummond Island. He and his dad both had some luck and came home with deer. Dave shot a four point and Mike got an eight point.
They got back on Wednesday afternoon. We headed to church after dinner where we enjoyed the English/Spanish service. It was great to be in a room with so many people praising God...and language didn't matter. Jenna had a ball clapping and singing!
We spent most of Thanksgiving with my mom and some of my family and at night headed to Dave's family for a little while. So many great things have happened in the past year and we have a lot to be thankful for. I love most the fact that we have so much family to share our lives with!
Friday morning I headed out early with my mom and sister to get some deals. It was that I needed a lot but I did manage to get a couple bargains and can say that my shopping is at least started. Dave and I spent the remainder of the weekend doing little projects around the house. If we ever do find a house that we both like at least ours will be ready to sell or rent.
Last but not least we were able to little Allee Jo baptized on Sunday morning. I don't have any pictures but will post some soon. She was adorable and was perfect during the entire service.
This week is gearing up to be a nice snowy and cold week. Guess that means lots of indoor play time. I'll admit that Jenna can officially beat me fair and square at Candy Land and Memory!

November 20, 2008

1st Snow = 1st Snowman!

Winter has arrived, at least in some areas, and Jenna couldn't be more thrilled. I'll admit I was really dreading the start of winter figuring it meant another long season of hibernation but I'm starting to have a bit more optimistic attitude. Last year it seemed Jenna would get cold pretty quickly and trying to amble around with those short legs in snow pants and big boots was only fun for a little while. On Tuesday however, she couldn't wait to find those "pants thingy's" (a.k.a snow pants) and her mittens. We headed outside for an afternoon of fun! With legs that have grown substantially since last year making them more proportionate with her very large feet she ran and ran and ran, giggling all the way. A few other things that made the snow fun....

Sledding...yelling "mommy go faster!"

Building a snowman, and eating half the carrot

Testing the ice cicles...

and more ice cicles
Playing on the swing set while it's covered in snow!
A snowy day + lots of giggly play = EASY bedtime...I'm not sure we were out of the room and she was out for the night.

November 17, 2008

Speak or Act?

I really don't do any serious, heavy posting but this one's a little more like that. This is just a post about an experience and how it has taught me something. I'm not typically a Christian that wears my faith on my sleeve. I get upset when people suggest that this type of behavior is not really being "Christian". I don't think that being a Christian must consist of daily public accolades of how much God has done in my life. Before you judge please give me the benefit of the doubt and keep reading. I'm a believer in the actions speak louder than words kind of living. Genuine actions that come with no strings attached, being a real person to those around me and through that I hope they see love, kindness, gentleness, sincerity, unselfishness.....the spirit of Christ....not just the right words.
Why do I post this? Sunday our church didn't actually have church. Instead we were asked to sign up to "do" something to show our love to the community around us. It wasn't about carrying around Bibles and ministering to all we came into contact with. It was all about showing others an outflow of Christ's love with nothing but our actions. Dave and I signed up to go door to door to collect food in the Zeeland area for His Harvest Stand. Their need at the food pantry is immense with donations being down and families in need being up. In the past 2 1/2 years I've looked at my bank account and been scared by how little money was there and I've been hungry for my next meal before but I have never actually been without food with no way to get it.

I was a little concerned that doors would get shut in our face and people would be unwilling to give but the morning proved to be anything but that. Home after home people graciously gave out of their own cupboards, be it a can or two or almost an entire grocery bag full. I have no idea if these people went to church or even know who God is but that didn't matter, they chose to give. To make my point about actions speaking louder that words was the one woman who shut the door on me. When I told her that our church was collecting food for the pantry she asked "what church?" I told her I was from Victory Point. She looked annoyed and responded with "I give to my own church" and shut the door. Is that the idea that we as Christians give to those around us, that being part of a church is as though we are a member of some exclusive club and that's as far as our Christianity goes? This lady was dressed in her Sunday best when I was on her doorstep but her actions made it seem as though any words about God's great love that had been spoken to her during the morning service had fallen on deaf ears.
Just as any TRULY genuine act of kindness there was no reward or recognition for participating. The funny thing is that when you're not looking reward, you get it. The reward was simply the feeling of knowing that as we carried the bags and boxes into the food pantry the shelves would be filled to feed families for another few days and that in a world where so many things seem dismal and bad there are people who didn't say a single word about God or their faith as I took their food but through their action of giving made me feel as though there is hope in the world. So my thought for the day, speak or act?

November 12, 2008

Lovely Leaves & Beautiful Bugs

The weather last week was so wonderful. We spent plenty of time outside taking advantage of the warmer than normal temps before going into hibernation. One nice thing about living in town is that when the leaves fall from the trees all we have to do is rake them to the road. Don't get me wrong, there are still a lot of leaves and we get sick of raking them all the time but at least we don't have to bag them. Jenna helped me one morning and had a ball jumping in them, throwing them and posing in them for a picture.
Later in the day while playing in the backyard Jenna found a ladybug. She is fascinated by bugs and will even touch some of them, she does not get this from her mother. She got the ladybug on a leaf and carried it around for about 10 minutes picking it up every time it fell. She must have gotten sick of dropping it so she decided she'd just put it in her hand. That was good for a period of time but then she decided that ladybug needed a home so I went old school and got out a glass jar. We furnished ladybugs home with some wood chips, grass and a leaf. Jenna watched curiously as the bug crawled around. This tiny bug provided an afternoon of entertainment. When Dave arrived home she was more than excited to share her latest find with him and told him all about how she caught the bug and the home we had made. She then asked Dave to help bring ladybug home, so off the two of them went outside where Dave placed ladybug back onto a branch. Jenna thought ladybugs friends might miss her if we kept her inside all night....too sweet.
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November 3, 2008

Cheers for Halloween...

Jenna was so excited to be a cheerleader for Halloween. She and her dad went shopping for her costume. I was excited that the weather was so nice making her costume a little easier to wear without her freezing. She had a ball the entire day!

All of Dave's nieces and nephews dressed up together for a picture...quite an accomplishment.
Jacob the dog, Oliver the lion, Jenna the cheerleader, Grace the leopard, Hannah as Hannah Montana, Jonas the Banana and Evan the pumpkin...Silas the pumpkin had not arrived yet.
Jenna and Allee

We even stopped at ZFS to see uncle Travis at work since Jenna would be at her dad's by the time he was done working. Jenna thought it was pretty special that he had a whole big bag of M&M's for her!
A quick picture with Dave before we headed off for more stops. It was a busy day of visiting grandma's and great-grandparents but all worth it. She loved trick-or-treating door to door with her dad and some friends and by all accounts had WAY too much candy to eat.

October 29, 2008

Parties, Pumpkins, Applesauce & Allee

Last week Saturday was a hayride bonanza. We spent the chilly afternoon at the Boetsma fall party. While the weather was less than perfect the rain held off and we were able to take a couple hayrides, stop to pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch (which was "created" by my aunts and uncles who love all these little kids!!!), paint pumpkins, get candy galore and even roast some hotdogs and smores.
Jenna and I get ready to go on a hayride with Grandma, Aunt Nae and Allee.
After having fun all afternoon we headed to Oliver's birthday party where we got to go on another hayride and paint more pumpkins. It was really fun seeing everyone again and as always the kids had a ball.

Sunday we managed to finally carve our pumpkins. Jenna thought digging the guts out was fun but lost interest during the carving part....I'm sure being told 100 times she couldn't have a knife played a part in that. She was happy with the end result. We have a small kitchen with a small table so don't mind the fact that we did this on the kitchen floor!
Monday morning we picked up Great Grandma Boetsma and headed to Grandmas house to make some applesauce. Jenna was so excited to wear her new apron from Great Grandma Overway and even more excited that Allee was there since Aunt Nae was home sick. It was a fun way to spend a dreary fall day. We're so lucky to have Great Grandma around to share these times with. She sure doesn't act like she's 91!
We got to have Allee at our house yesterday since Aunt Nae was still sick. I think that makes 6 days in a row that Jenna has gotten to see Allee...poor Allee!

October 22, 2008

Jenna-ism of the Day...

I love the way that kids make you laugh, not just giggle or smile but when they really make you laugh because they are so passionate when they speak. Today in the car on the way home Jenna was talking away to her bitty baby, which is completely normal, and had quite the conversation going on. I didn't particularly like the tone she was using and asked her to stop. The conversation progressed as follows:
Jenna: why can't I talk like that?
Mom: it doesn't sound like a very nice tone.
Jenna: why is it not a nice tone?
Mom: We're supposed to talk kind and it doesn't sound kind.
Jenna: what does it sound like?
Mom: (stumped)....ummm, kind of not nice a little snotty
Jenna: Snotty? what's that?
Mom: When you say words in a not nice way.
Jenna: mom, you don't know what snotty is. Snotty is not what we say it's the stuff that comes out of your nose

End of story...she was right. The score: Jenna 1, Mom 0!

Pumpkin Patch...well, kind of

We decided it was finally about time we headed out to get some pumpkins...especially since the weather doesn't look like it's going to stay very nice. We didn't take a real pumpkin patch trip but we did head to

Green Acres where the selection of pumpkins was huge and somewhat "pumpkin patchy". The bonus of waiting so long is that they were all buy one get one free....what a deal! I think Dave and I had just as much fun as Jenna trying to pick out the perfect pumpkin. Our little softhearted Jenna even found a soft spot for the really ugly pumpkins. She had her choice of every huge and perfect pumpkin but she kept picking the smallest, misshapen, dented and damaged ones...gotta love a girl who sees the beauty in everything. They have other little treats in the store as well and Jenna used her smile and "please Dave" to get herself a bag of homemade Carmel corn...such a pushover - haha. I don't know why Jenna was in such a weird smile mood. We'll carve later in the week, I'm sure it will be a great time.

October 15, 2008

Reading, Running & Hiding

The fall weather we had on Tuesday was GREAT and we made the most of it. I've come to love living close to town and taking advantage of being able to walk places. Yesterday we took a nice long walk to the library and picked out some new books. When we got home the mail had been delivered so we sat on the step to read it. Jenna wanted to see the Parents magazine....good thing I had the camera out since this is not a posed picture at all! Dave had just come home from work and also got quite a kick out of her "lady-likeness".
After dinner we headed outside and played some soccer. Jenna loves getting out her pink ball and going around and around trying to keep it away from us.

This is a girl playing soccer....ALL GIGGLES!!! She did this for a very long time which made bedtime easy. It's a little shaky, sorry.
Then she decided she wanted to play hide and seek. This is her "counting spot" while Dave and I hid.
This is Dave getting a lecture for finding a hiding spot in the tree which Jenna did not like. (note finger pointed at him and she even threw out the "David Michael Kapenga")
When it was her turn to hide I put her in the back of Dave's truck. She didn't want him to find her so this is her telling me to be quiet as I tried to take her picture in her great spot.
What a great day!

October 13, 2008

4 Fun Filled Fall Days

The fun started on Friday. It was so nice outside that we headed to Helder Park with Lisa, Grace and Jacob for a picnic and playtime. Other than tons of bees trying to eat our lunch with us it was a great way to spend a couple hours. Friday night Jenna spent time with Grandma while Dave and I headed to dinner to celebrate his mom's upcoming 50th birthday! We all surprised her at Blue Water Grill, it was a great night!
Saturday night we headed to the Leeuws for a cook-out and campfire. It was a great way to spend such a nice October night. The kids had a ball playing and roasting marshmallows. Jenna was pretty shy when we first got there since this is the first time she's been around this group of Dave's friends but after a little warming up she had fun. Christine Sloothaak bribed the kids for kisses and I think Jenna will affectionately call her "cookie face" from now on (some silly game Chris had going on with the kids). Kylie has some great pics on her blog at
Oh yes, the fun is not over yet. Sunday after church we went to Cranes for lunch and some apple picking with Brad, Danee and Allee. We didn't really need the apples but the lunch and experience for Jenna was very fun. The weather was a little warm and sort of took away from the fall feeling that normally comes with apple picking but it was fun nonetheless.

Jenna showing off the apples

A family picture...why does taking a photo with a 3 year old have to be so hard?!?

Jenna wasn't satisfied with the apples she could reach, she wanted the ones at the top!
After a little time at home in the afternoon we headed to the Kapenga's for some pizza so Sandy could celebrate 50 with the grand kids...all 8 of them! It's a crazy bunch of kids with 5 of the 8 being boys under age 2 but so much fun. It was great to see them running around playing soccer and riding Joey the pony. Jenna LOVED her ride, thanks Amy!

Today we ended this 4 day bonanza of fun by heading to grandma's to help with some yard work. It really wasn't much work, just trimming down her flowers and taking care of some outdoor decorations. Jenna was a big help and thanks to the "butterfly experience" she had at Parkers on Saturday night she loved looking for bugs. Today she found and touched caterpillars, roly poly bugs and watched a praying mantis on the tree. When I told her the little bug she had found was a roly poly she affectionately said "just like baby Allee"..... sorry Allee...rolls are cute at 5 months though!!! Hope everyone else had a great weekend too!