Friday, December 10, 2010
Oh Rogue. Today you turn two years old. I honestly don't know how to feel. I feel sad that your no longer a baby and happy that we have made it together this far with so much farther to go. You are constantly talking even though we can't understand everything that's said. You absolutely love fish. We just got back from a week in Florida and I think you could have fished with your dad all day. Which is really saying something because you are not a patient child. You also love pretty much any animal. You always try to play with Boone, which he doesn't often appreciate. Lately you have had more opinions about what affects you, like going to bed and the clothes you wear. Overall I have to say you are a pretty easy going child. We love you with all our hearts baby girl! Happy Birthday!!
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Thursday, December 9, 2010
I have some serious catching up to do, I know. This is just a little of what we've been up to. In October we went to Post Family Farm with my mom and sister in law and Rain and River. It was freezing that morning so we fed the goats for a little while and had our cider and donuts and booked out of there. Those donuts are just amazing.
We also made our annual trip to Cranes Orchard. We walked through the orchard a little bit and of course and dinner there. As you see in the picture Rogue is eating her apple with a knife stuck in it. Not the safest I know but we were trying to keep her happy so we could eat our dinner in peace. That girl has no sit in her.
And finally we have Halloween. I have to say it was a lot of fun this year. Rogue really got into it. Every year we go to my brother and sister in law's house in Borculo to hit up a few houses in the subdivision where they live. She would walk right up to the door and say Trick or Treat all on her own. She did however have a habit of giving her candy and not receiving it. Cute!
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Saturday, October 23, 2010
October 21, 2010. Chad turns 29 and gives me a present.
We met in the bank parking lot at 5:30pm. I gave Chad an ear piece for his phone as a birthday present (really more of a present for me and dad), and then we had the normal discussion of who is going to sit where. We decided a flip was in order. No one had a coin on them so we flipped the doberman keychain I had on my car keys. Head up, I go to the top stand (hotspot); head down, I go to the lower stand. The head was down so I went out to the lower stand.
About an hour went by and 4 deer came in from the south. Two button bucks came in right under my stand and the two doe that were with them were a little more reluctant to come in. They stood about 70 yards out watching with their noses in the air. After about 10 minutes of me being in statue mode hoping these deer didn't bust me, they turned around and walked off.
No more than 10 minutes later, I heard a bunch of commotion across the creek. It looked like a buck was chasing some doe around (I assume the same doe I had seen earlier). I heard them crash across the river and seen the buck start heading up toward Chad. The entire time Chad and I were in communication on our nextels. Chad told me the deer was coming back down toward me and sure enough, there it was coming straight at me from the north.
It got to the same spot I shot my turkey this fall (25 yards) and I shot. It arched its back up and just kept walking. It came into another opening at 25 yards and I managed to shoot it again. After finding the deer 50 yards from my stand, we noticed one shot was double lung and the other was a gut shot. I'm not sure which was the first and which was the second, but it doesn't matter to me. I got my first 8 point deer!!
Posted by Bryan and Katy Kraker at 6:17 AM
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, I went out deer hunting at the bank, and in no more than a half hour of sitting in the lower treestand, I found myself surrounded by turkies. The biggest one of the group presented itself at 25 yards and I decided to take the shot. It's not what I hoping for, but it's meat on the table. I only seen two deer later that night. One was a button buck and the other was a fawn.
Thursday, October 14, I was heading out with all intentions of sitting in the lower stand at the bank. On the way out there, I heard a bunch of noise coming from the "hotspot" stand. Thinking it was deer, I went to investigate. It turned out that it was just a bunch of squirrels, but since I was already over there I figured I would sit there for the night.
At about 7:30pm, when it was getting dark and I had pretty much given up hope of seeing anything, this 3pt half rack came walking in on the hill behind me chasing some doe's around. I quick changed my pin to 30 yards, and just before he walked in to the woods behind me, he gave me a perfect 30 yard shot, and even though it was hard to see through my peep site with the diminishing light, I managed to get a double lung shot in.
Chad came to help track him,and we found a good blood trail. About 150 yards later, there he was. It was an exciting night!
Posted by Bryan and Katy Kraker at 7:12 AM
Sunday, October 10, 2010
It has been a pretty good start to the 2010 bow hunting season, kinda. What I mean by kinda is that there have already been two deer that were never found. I shot a doe behind my house in early doe season and had a great blood trail until it got to the cornfield. And my brother and I both shot one opening morning at the bank. I shot a doe (from the hotspot) and he shot a spike (in the lower stand). Chad's shot was pretty decent and we had a good blood trail for a while and my shot was one that I should have not taken. That is all the detail I will give you on that.
On October 2, Saturday night, Chad shot this 3 point and it didn't go more than 60 yards. He was sitting in the hotspot at the bank.
The very next morning, Sunday October 3, I sat in the same stand and shot this doe. The doe came in from the north with 3 other deer (2 fawns and another doe) and walked right under my treestand. Once they were to the south of me about 20 yards, I made some noise to get her to turn broadside and give me a shot (so I didn't make the same mistake I did on opening day). She turned just enough and I put it right behind her shoulder.
If two deer from the same stand in consecutive days isn't enough, my dad's friend from work sat in the hotspot on Monday night, October 4, and shot an eight point. I guess you know why it's called the hotspot.
(Bob's on the left and Chad's on the right)
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010
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Friday, July 16, 2010
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Sunday, July 11, 2010
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
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Sunday, June 13, 2010
The weekend before Memorial day the Kraker family, the Koeman family, and Grandpa and Grandma Koeman decided to get a head start on a summer full of camping. We went to Hungry Horse Campground in Dorr (a whopping 15 minute drive from our house!). We pulled our little Skamper in on Friday in the midst of a lovely thunderstorm. Of course, as soon as we were all set up the rain stopped and the skies cleared. Thankfully. We had a riot of course, ate way too many smores (o.k. maybe I did but one is never enough), and had lots of fun. The pools were just opened that Saturday that we were there but were a little too cold to enter. We are attempting the ol' Hungry Horse again this coming weekend with more of our extended family and hope to go for a nice dip in the pools. They also have a 12 inch deep wading pool for the kiddos that I'm pumped about!
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Monday, May 3, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Here is a video clip of Rogues latest learnings. You may have to turn the sound up because it is tough to hear. She will do a cow, a dog, and a rooster. Grandma Koeman taught her the cow, the dog was taught to her by Hildee and the rooster was compliments of Fisher Price.
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Monday, April 19, 2010
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Sunday, April 11, 2010
Rogue playing on the golf cart
Playing in the fort that Bryan built on a rainy day
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Sunday, April 4, 2010
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