Wednesday, November 26, 2008


So you'll just have to imagine a picture for this post. Yesterday when I was cleaning out the pictures on my camera I accidentally deleted the one of me & Grampo. I was so bummed. But yesterday we met for lunch because he is leaving on Friday to go to Florida for the winter. Wendi just bought a one way ticket and will be driving him back. So it worked out pretty good. It was good to see him one last time and if things work out ok, looks like I will be visiting him quite a bit this winter!

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!! We're headed to Mom & Dad B's in Poky tomorrow!

Wendi's Home!

My younger sister, Wendi, is home for the week from college (Florida). It has been so good to see her. Since we won't be spending Thanksgiving together I took a couple days off work to spend time with her, it's been nice. Can't wait till she's home longer for Christmas break!

Abby was pretty excited to see her too!

Sisterly Love!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Iowa vs. Minnesota

Saturday we headed to the Iowa Hawkeye game at Minnesota. It was the last regular season game this year and so of course since it was so close we couldn't miss it! And boy was it a great game...Hawks won 55-0!!!!!! Nice way to end the season!

We went to Poky to drop off Abby at Kyle's parents house (Thanks for watching her Mom & Dad B....and Travis too!) And since we were in the area we wanted to stop and show off all our Iowa gear to Grandma & Grandpa DeWall. They were quite excited to see Kyle's shoes too! I don't get what all the hype is!?!? When we went back out to our car there was about 2-3 inches of snow on it! It was coming down fast & hard and it was SUPER windy! So we decided we better get on the road just in case we have to take it slow (it's a rare occassion for Kyle to drive slow!). We got past Humboldt and there wasn't a sight of that was good!

We stopped at the Medford Outlet Mall on the way up for a little shopping. Didn't really get too much, wasn't in the shopping mood (it's a rare occassion for me NOT to be in a shopping mood!). There were a TON of Iowa fans on I-35 on the way was fun honking & waving the whole way there!

When we got to Minneaplis we stopped at a friend's house (he comes down to all the IA games) who was having a tailgate party and said hi to everyone, got our tickets, and then decided to head downtown to figure out where things were and meet up with Libby.

We met Libby & her bf, Adam, at Applebees downtown for a late lunch/early supper and a few drinks! It was SSSOOO great to catch up with them and hear all the exciting news going on in their lives! Libby and I grew up together and we have always been close....when we go for a while without seeing eachother, when we do see eachother it's like we haven't even missed a beat! So good to see them...hope to see them around Christmas time!!

Kyle, Abby & I with Grandpa & Grandma DeWall

I bet Minnesota "welcomed" a TON of IA fans that day!!

Kyle & I at Applebees

Adam & Libby....luv u guys!!

Twin Cousins!! (or so we always thought when we were younger!)

The Hawks taking over the last time!

Giant flag for the National Anthem
This is Don (my friend Sara's Dad) saying, "That's another Hawkeye" and then everyone else shouted "First Down! Notice Kyle on the side of the picture yelling!!
If you look close you can see "Flyod of Rosedale" the trophey for the winning team! And it's staying in Iowa City...once again!

I took this picture for Stefanie & Geoff. This kid was sitting next to me and I thought he had a striking resemblance to Geoff (my brother-in-law). What do you guys think?
Check out that score!!
If you look closely you can see that there cops on BIG horses! This was right downtown about 2 blocks away from the dome! I waved and they didn't wave back...I don't think they were too amused with us Iowa fans!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Iowa vs. Purdue

We got up extra early for the game for multiple reasons: 1) Younkers opened early and we wanted to shop before we went to tailgate! 2) We didn't know how full the parking lot would be after the Hawks' huge win last weekend. 3) The weather wasn't the best. And it was a good thing we left early, Kyle couldn't drive his usual lighening speed...every bridge we went over, we fish-tailed! Kinda scary! But we made it there in one piece, had time to shop, and got our parking spot for tailgating! And it was a great day....we won!!! Here's a recap of the game:

One week after the Hawkeyes defeated Penn State on a last second field goal, Purdue failed to beat the us on a last second Hail Mary and boy was I nervous that one of those Purdue guys was going to catch that pass. But the 22-17 win over Purdue did not come easy and it was not too pretty.

Since we have won 4 of our last 5 games we have a good chance of heading to Tampa for the Outback Bowl! We would love to be able to be somewhere warm for New Years! To get there though the Hawks have to beat Minnesota next weekend in the Metrodome and we will be there cheering them on! Can't wait to see our cousin Libby too!!

Oh and for the record, Kyle wore his homemade Hawkeye velcro shoes and got lots of great comments on them!! And he even said they were comfortable!!

We finally made a Hawkeye fleece blanket! Kept us nice & warm at the game!
I took this while we were waiting in line to pay for our tailgating spot. Notice how the flag poles are tilted so was WINDY!
Tailgating!! Erica, Conley, Vahn, Sara, & MeSara & I before we went to our seats! So sad that it's the last home game of the year.
Me & Kyle
Notice the band on the scoreboard, they spelled out "HAWKS"!

Captains - Some of the best IA players!
Shonn Greene after his 75 yard touch down run!

This picture is for my Mom. She always "happens" to call us on Saturday mornings when we're either tailgating or on our way. She said we were nuts to be out in the cold and I told her that we had tents with sides and fires to keep us warm. And she said "how do you put up a tent on asphalt?" So I took this picture on the walk back to our tailgate spot after the game to show her that we are kind of in the woods while we tailgate! Notice the line of cars to get out!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Kyle's Shoes

Velcro Tennis Shoes - $11
Paint - $3
Paintbrushes - $2
"Custom" Hawkeye Shoes - PRICELESS!


Notice the Nike sign!
He wanted to have "Iowa Hawks" on the back of his shoes like I do on mine!!


The Hawkeyes did it....we beat Penn State, the #3 team in the nation!! It was an amazing game!! To be honest I really wasn't excited about the game at all. It was going to be COLD & I didn't have a good feeling about how we were going to play (I know that sounds horrible!). But it was a great game and we came out on a last second field goal!!

Kyle and I didn't have to leave as early because the game didn't start till 2:30. So that was kinda nice not to get up at 4am!! We got to Iowa City in record time! So we did a little shopping and headed to the tailgate parking lot just in time....after us they were only going to let 5 more cars in!! We tailgated for a while, warmed up in the car, and then headed to the stadium! I kept saying that it wasn't that bad (cold-wise) and Kyle thought I was nuts...he was freezing!! Towards the end of the game though it didn't even bother us because it was so exciting!! Great day to be a Hawkeye!!

Sara & I tailgating! She's due in about 3.5 months!
We went into the game early and went down close to field and took a few pictures!
Sara & I all bundled up!

After the game...the fans stormed the field!! You couldn't even see the field anymore!!
This is the what is played when the Hawkeyes are coming out....gets me pumped everytime!! And "Back in Black" by AC/DC is now one of Kyle's favorite songs!!

Friday, November 7, 2008


This is what I woke up to this morning.....snow covered roofs!! I couldn't believe it! It was actually quite cold too, but evidently not cold enough for it to stay on the ground. And now, 5 hours later, the snow flurries are still flying in the air.

I hope everyone has a nice (warm) weekend! We're headed to Iowa City tomorrow for another home Hawkeye football game. And the forecast for tomorrow doesn't look too bright either. :(

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Monday, November 3, 2008

Our Weekend

We had a nice weekend, except that the Hawkeyes lost. :(

Kyle had to work Saturday morning until 2pm. It was state cross country this weekend here in Fort Dodge and it is the busiest day of the year for Wendys.

So while Kyle was working I was busy getting ready for our first 'Hawkeye Tailgate Party' in the garage! I made strawberry pretzel salad (which I forgot to get out of the fridge), double batch of chocolate chip cookies, rice krispie log, nacho cheese dip, and chili. It was a busy morning, but acutally went really well and I even had time to run a few errands.

(sorry didn't take any sad) We weren't sure if we would have many people come to the party because we didn't start planning it till about 2-3 days before. But we acutally had quite a few people come, about 15 or so. Not everyone was a Hawkeye fan, including my sister Mindi who wore her "Iowa State" shirt, but I think everyone still had a good time visiting, playing bago, and watching the game. Too bad the Hawks couldn't pull out a win.

Once everyone left Kyle & I got the garage cleaned up and put back together and hit the hay early, not realizing really how early it was because of day light savings time. I felt like an old married couple!!

Sunday we were lazy for a while, read the paper and watched some TV. Then we worked in our upstairs bathroom. Needed some new caulk. So we tore out all the hold stuff and Kyle re-caulked it. Now we are just wating for it to dry and then I need to scrub the tub good and it will look like a new tub/shower! I took a few pictures, I know it's not too exciting, but I think the new caulk looks so much better! Hope everyone has a good week!

Kyle working on digging out all the old caulk.

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