Sunday, March 24, 2013

Duck Dynasty Birthday Bash!

Another year and another Burdorf Birthday Bash is in the books!  Whew! It was a fun-filled day with family and I will declare it another success.  This year, the kiddos chose to have a Duck Dynasty theme.  It was so much FUN!  We encouraged everybody to wear camo, as you will see in the pictures.
Blakers with Aaron (pre-camo). 
 Look at these two monkeys!  I just smile looking at this picture.  We had them start the day in their Hawkeye camo before switching over to their other camo for the actual party.  Aaron picked-up some bandannas on Friday (a la Willie on the show!) and the kids actually kept them on for awhile!
 Lots of orange and camo.  I don't go all out with the decorations.  I do napkins, plates, cups and that's generally about it.

 So, a certain somebody (ahem), (my mother!!) decided to not participate in the wearing of camo.  We told her she had to wear the bandanna for awhile.  She looks good, right?!
 So...remember how Jenna told me after the jumping on the bed incident that we should get them a trampoline?  Well, we've actually had this one since Black Friday and have just been waiting for the birthdays to give it to them.  Excited kiddos to say the least!
 Uncle Justin and Aaron worked on it for a couple of hours.  Brody was super patient and was literally outside waiting the entire time for them to get done. 
They let him test it out before they put the net up for just a couple of jumps.  I didn't get a picture of the final product, but it is finished and ready for four kids and warmer weather.
 On the inside, Grandpa Larry played puzzles with Maddox and Jenna.
We were all kind of sitting around in the afternoon and decided we should play a game, so we drug out Headbanz.  Crowd favorite!  Look at Justin and Mandy.  Cute in their camo and headbanz.
So, while I was at the party store I had this great idea to buy these ducks.  When I got home I figured I could make some punch and float them at the top.  FAIL.  The dang ducks kept tipping over!!
 Aaron got them to stay up, for about two seconds.  It's the thought that counts, right?!
 I snapped some pictures of all the awesome camo!  My sister, Jess, and her hubby, Mitch and my nephew Carter.
  My brother, Justin, his wife, Mandy and my nephew, Maddox.
 Even Grandpa Frank and Grandpa Linda donned their camo!  Very cool of them to participate too!
The Gifts!  The nice thing about when the kids have their birthdays is that it's before spring and summer, so they always get a good start on their spring and summer wardrobes.

 They liked the new chairs and refused to look at me for a picture.  Bowen was too interested in showing me the bottom of his socks and Blake's book was really good, I guess. :)
 The Cakes!  For the last, I don't know how many years, we have had a gal here in town do our cakes.  She is AMAZING!  Her name is Jennifer Pelfrey and she runs her business, Cherry Darling Cakes.  We have always thought the cakes have been good, but this year she absolutely outdid herself.

Brody found this cake online and she made it to a "T".
 If you're in to the show, you know that's Jase with his frog.
 And Jenna picked-out this one online.  While the top part is nice, look at this...
 Why yes, those are the edible guys (Si, Willie, Jase and Phil) from Duck Dynasty.  Seriously.  Are those not the coolest things you've ever scene.  I'm just in awe!
 And for the twins, something a little more age appropriate, with camo on the sides (of course!).

 Blakers liked the fire.
 Bowen was a little uncertain at first, but ended up blowing out his candles like a big boy!
I had to get a picture of my siblings and me since: 1. We don't see each other near enough and 2. It's rare we're all three together at the same time. 
All in all, a great day.  A successful day.  A tiring day.  It was awesome to have family here for our annual birthdays!  Thank you all for making the day so special for our kids.  We love you guys!

And, last but not least, the Burdorf Family Photo.  Duck Dynasty, redneckified style. :)

Thursday, March 21, 2013


It's almost the weekend!  And that means the countdown is on at our house for the birthday bash!  We are super excited, but not ready at all...  I know I should be making a grocery list or something right now, but instead I thought I would share some of my Instagram photos from the last couple of weeks. 

In celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday they had Wacky Wednesday at school.  Brody was all about being wacky. 
Oh Bowen...  No matter how crappy of a day I have, this kiddo can always put the biggest smile on my face with his personality!
 Baxter delivery day is a favorite at our house.  Not for the mom and dad, but for the three boys.  Baxter delivers our dialysis supplies once a month and then in turn, the boys think that it's their own personal playground. 
 My kitchen sink sometimes looks like this.  UGH.  Behind clothes, I loathe dishes.  Does yours ever look like this?  Just say yes, it will make me feel better. ;)
 Last Friday we went to Ames and made a stop at Target.  The kiddos are OBSESSED with getting Icees everytime we're there.  And who can blame them?  They are delicious!
 Did you know March is National Kidney Month?  It is.  I wore green last Friday in honor of my baby boy.  Kidneys are amazing organs.  If you have healthy ones, take care of them.
 We had a super fun family day on St. Patrick's Day that started off in a festive mode with green chocolate chip pancakes. YUM!

 After church we went to Des Moines to get party supplies and made our first ever stop at Bass Pro Shop in Altoona.  Oh my word.  That place is AMAZING!  I mean seriously cool!  And I don't even hunt.  Or fish.  But, after walking through there I want to. Ha!
I ran the second longest run of my life recently.  10 miles!  Woo-hoo for double-digits.  
Aaron had to get a new mask for umpiring this summer.  Blakers kind of liked it a little.  We were trying to get him to say, "strike," but he would only say "ball." Clearly he has a tight strike zone!
I've seen this quote before and I just like it.  Don't you think it's great?  Sometimes life doesn't end up how we ever imagined, but that's ok.  We get dealt a certain set of cards and we just do the very best we can with that hand.  Clearly, there's a higher power that thinks we can handle the things that have been set before us.  Sometimes it's hard, but we just need to remember that. 
As I'm typing this I'm reminded of another quote that is similar - 
"You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it."

Ok, sorry for the overload of quotes.  Have a super weekend my friends!

 (Oh...and if you want to follow me on Instagram I am: jburdorf)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Seven things

1. We had a crazy busy week last week!  Doctor's appointments, appointments with our AEA lady, a busier than normal work week, our first of four kiddo birthdays.

2. On Thursday, Jenna turned 7!  Cannot believe it.  I swear I just brought that little papoose into the world.  She is spunky and sassy and fun and I wouldn't trade her.  We butt heads sometimes and I'm sure we will continue to do so even more so as she gets older.  I think it's because we're just too much alike.  I adore this photo of her...
2. Also on Jenna's birthday was an Iowa City clinic day for Blake.  Overall, things went well and Dr. Jetton is pleased with his growth.  She decided he might be on dialysis a little too long, so she cut him back to one less cycle a night.  We're watching his numbers to see what happens.  April 4th we go back for a urology appointment to try to figure out what to do with his cluster of a bladder.
3. Aaron and I took some "Future Leaders" photos for the paper on Saturday for four hours.  Holy cow!  That was exhausting and I'm pretty sure we have no future in small child photography if they aren't our own children.  And, can I just say that I think two years old is the toughest age to photograph?!  Can't wait to see how our kiddos pictures turn out with two two-year olds. :)

4. My week also started a little rocky.  Sometimes my job as small town newspaper editor is tough.  You know, when you have a job that is more in the public eye, people seem to think that they can judge you a little more harshly perhaps than other occupations.  Here's the thing: I love my job!!  I wouldn't trade it.  But, when people criticize me I take it very personally and I get upset.  Which makes it nice when...

5. Your week ends a HIGH note!  A POSITIVE note!  I realized at the end of last week after talking to some very kind-hearted people, that for every bad apple in the bunch, there are way more good ones!  I got a hug from a complete stranger after she found out who I was.  "You're Jamie?! You are so much younger than I thought!" Haha!   I also got told I was a very strong person and was thanked for what I write in my editorials.  And, we got anonymous mail.  It was happy and sappy and overall the best mail I've gotten in a really long time. Made. My. Day. :)

6. Saturday is the Burdorf Birthday Bash!  2013 edition.  I will be busy running around like a chicken with my head cut-off this week, but I'm so excited to get the family together.  We (Jenna and Brody mainly) decided they wanted a "Duck Dynasty," theme this year.  We have our camo ready to go!  I can't wait to show you the pictures of the weekend!

7.  Dear Mother Nature:  Please just cooperate.  Pretty please.  Spring starts Wednesday.  Maybe you could make it start to feel like it?  Ok, thanks...!! :)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Cabin Fever

I think we have been doing really good at our house this winter.  Until this weekend.  Saturday was rainy and melty and foggy and gross.  Sunday it was more rain and then this...SNOW.  Ugh.  This weekend I told Aaron, "The kids are driving me bonkers!" We have major cabin fever at the Burdorf Household!
 After church I snapped this quick photo of my love bugs and decided I better have a plan for the day because I knew we may all drive each other up the wall if I didn't organize some activities. 
During the twins' naptime Brody also fell asleep.  It probably had something to do with the fact that we let Jenna and Brody camp out in the living room to stay up and watch "Wreck it Ralph," last night.  No enforced bedtime.  You would have thought it was Christmas! :)
Anyway, while the boys were sleeping I needed something for a bored Jenna to do, so I pulled out the paint.  She loves to be creative so we sat at the table together and she painted, while I wrote a story for the paper. 
We promised the kids we would take them to the gym after naptime to burn off some more energy. 
 Aaron always says Blake is going to be his sports buddy because he will always sit on Aaron's lap and watch games with him.  He knows what to do.  He threw the football and tried to shoot the basketball.
 This photo melts my mommy heart...  Oh my word.  Just the cutest...
 Brody.  Multi-tasking.
 Brody thought he would give this whole roller-skating thing a try.  He struggled a little bit and got up slowly.
 ...and then went down.
 He decided he had had enough.  I told him it was ok.  I told him I was 32 years old and I still can't roller skate worth a hill of beans. :)

Aaron got some shooting in.
I couldn't stand it.  I had to take a picture of his socks.  Winter wool-hunting socks.  They crack me up.  I'm one lucky girl, aren't I?!  Love him. 
 This little sass-a-frass is really good on skates!
Show-off!! :)

 Did you get all that mom?!
 Twins antics on the homefront.  Why yes, Blake has an older sister that likes sparkly headbands...
 Have you heard of the game Headbandz?  Have you played it?  We love it!  We got the kids version for Christmas and the whole family really enjoys it.  I'm glad we didn't get the adult version because this is hard enough for us big kids. 
 We also played Apples to Apples.  We're fans of board games and it keeps the kiddos busy.  Always a good thing. 
 Bowen's face.  What a stinker!  Do I look like a tired mama?!  Well, I am...
 Since I've been a slacker on my 4 on the 4th, I tried to get a couple of pictures of the four kiddos on the couch tonite. 
 I love these monkeys.  They are loud.  They fight.  They scratch.  They get naked at inopportune times.  They giggle.  They play together.  They cuddle.  They snuggle.  I wouldn't trade them...
In the meantime, let's hope Mother Nature is done with the snow.  We are looking forward to green grass and being outside and walks and bike rides and playtime at the park!