September 13, 2017

LIFE LATELY | 9/1-9/12 2017

Hey there family & friends, Happy Wednesday!!!

I decided to jam pack this post with tons of pictures and updating you all on what's been goin-on since there's been a lot of life happening lately!

My posting schedule is not what it use to be, but my schedule isn't what it use to be either, lol. Lately I've been pulling a lot more early morning milking shifts and afternoon shifts because Jarret is in the process of getting his commercial license. 
He's going to driving school at night after he gets off from his job in town, which makes for late nights. So between me, my Mom & Dad, we've been covering most all of the dairy work so Jer can get some rest.

Here are some potential questions you might have:

Yes, we are still doing the dairy thing and yes, Jer & I still have our small herd of milking cows who are doing great!

No Jarret is not getting his commercial license to professionally drive trucks. (Which there is no problem with that) He is getting his license because the career he is interested in requires you to have your CDL. 

In this day & age, if you are a small family farm, you really need an additional outside income to support the many needs a growing family of 5 has and since I'm a Stay at Home Mom / Work at Home Mom, I'm doing a lot of the dairy chores that I can do on my own. Of course with the help of my Dad & Mom and vice versa.  They couldn't do this with out us, nor could we with out them.
This is a team effort!

I know a lot of people say that we can't keep this work pace up but honestly, our bodies are conditioned to working like this, we've done it for years. We eat pretty healthy, make sure we are getting enough sleep, drinking enough water and that makes a huge difference! 
This won't be the pace for ever, but for now this is the season we are in. We are digging in deep and determined to succeed ❤

Here's what the last 12 days have looked like:

Now that the humidity has turned off, thank God 😏, we ventured down to the pond.

We all love to spend time down by the pond, it is so peaceful and grounding.

The girls love to look for turtles & frogs in the water.

I love this view.

When we pulled up there was two momma cows cooling off.

And there's their kids!

School is in full swing with tests, studying and tired mornings!

The kids have been really missing Dad lately so when we can meet him in between job & school and take him dinner than it makes them happy, especially Bryce! 

The weather here has been so nice and the nights have been cooling off, HeLLo FaLL!!!

In the mornings before school Bryce goes to the gym and workouts with a small group of boys (around his age) and a trainer. He LOVES it and it really is making him feel good about himself and learning the importance of taking care of your body.

Last week I took Naomi to see the ophthalmologist and we are going to have another person wearing glasses in the family!!! 

They had to dilate her eyes so she was required to wear temporary little sun-shields.

This past weekend was our town's Apple Festival. 

It pretty much shuts down our town's square, the school even gives the kids a half day off just to walk around and check it out!

On the half day we went straight to the festival and the girls picked out their "princess hair" crowns.

On Saturday morning, we went down to the parade.

We look forward to the parade every year.

One of the stands was selling hand crafted root beer and of course Bryce had to get the one in the glass bottle. 

Sunday we had help on the farm from my cousin Luanna and her husband Chase. 

They just got married a little over a week ago and were headed for a honeymoon to the Caribbean but because of Hurricane Irma, their plans changed. So a cross country road trip it is! They stopped here in Missouri to see us and spent the night by my parents. It was so nice seeing them and they were a lot of help too! 

Sweatshirt weather in the morning means fall is on it's way!!!

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I also do this with Sam's Club too. The one thing with Sam's is you have to go in and get your cart.

But it still cuts down on your shopping time and it saves me money because I'm not getting bamboozled by all the shiny sparkly things! 😊 
Here's $10 off your first order, just for trying!!!

Thanks for catching up with me and I'll talk to ya soon, feel free to following along on instagram too @mehaffeymoments 

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August 30, 2017

LIFE LATELY 8/26-8/29 2017

Before I start my Life Lately post I just want to take a second and acknowledge the unfathomable devastation left by Hurricane Harvey. I mean words can't even begin to describe...
The sheer number of people that are homeless and have lost everything is absolutely mind blowing...
We all need to do what we can to help by donating!

*Text the word Harvey to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross*
 (It's billed to your phone bill)  

Life Lately has been eye opening to say the least.

When such a huge natural disasters happens in your country it really brings everything into perspective and what you are worried about is nothing compared to a massive number of people who are homeless and have lost everything!

Yesterday I was looking at things in a whole new way and just being thankful for the most simplest things like a roof over our heads, dry-clean clothes, home cooked food, our bed, the town we live in...

It's sad that it takes something like this to happen for everyone to feel how lucky we are.


Here's a little life lately and another weekend vlog. ☺

During afternoon milking I was pushing a group of cows back to their corral.

Naomi is my little helper during the day since it's just me and her.

Lately she has been playing with a bucket of toys and soapy water in the milk house while I'm in the barn milking. It's easy for me to keep an eye on her and she gets to play with her toys in water, which she LOVES!!!

When Jarret gets home from work in the afternoon everything is pretty much done on the dairy, the only thing he has to do is mix our load of feed for the next day.

Then during the middle of the day I put the feed out to our cows.

Yesterday he also put a grass bale in our round feeder.

Saturday was Bryce's 11th birthday!!!

We celebrate ultra low key with going to the store, letting him cruise up and down the aisles of Target looking to pick out something with his birthday money, per his request.

We also celebrated with loaded baked potatoes, another one of his requests! 

They were loaded with butter, chili, bacon bits, sour cream and grated cheddar cheese.

They were pretty amazing!!!

He also worked on his training with Osa Girl.

She's turning into such a big lug, ha!

Onto the Maddie front...

Maddie has been transitioning back to being a school kid and by the weekend she is d-o-n-e done.

Done with people wanting her attention, she pretty much wants to be left alone for big chunks of the day to do what she wants, like hold her kitty or play in her room by herself of watch videos on Mommy's phone.

Then when Maddie is ready to play, she'll let you know. 

Lately the kids have been playing in the front planter beds where the dirt is nice and soft. 

That's all for Life Lately, enjoy our weekend vlog and let me know if you even like seeing these!?!

Talk to ya soon,

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August 24, 2017


Hey all, Happy Thursday!

I know I've been a little absent around these parts of the blog lately but I wanted to do a little check in and share a VLOG I put together from this past weekend. 

So lets see...

The kids are back in school, which (silly me) I thought I would gain all this time back but not so much. ha!

My day is so broken up by mom duties, household duties, dairy work, me time and by the time I sit down to work on something my brain is so scattered I can't focus. 😊 

Does anybody else do that? 

Right now this season of life we are in is busy! 
I know I hate saying that word "busy" because I don't like it to come off as I'm doing something more important than the next guy, we are just in the thick of it all right now. 

Raising kids-working-growing a business, the list goes on... 

So instead of sharing through pictures I thought I would share through video today!

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August 16, 2017


Surprise...we got a new puppy!!!

Her name is Osa and she is Bryce's puppy.
(Osa as in a female bear in spanish)

Osa is part Australian Shepard and part Golden Retriever. She reminds us of a little bear cub though because she has a docked tail, from behind when she is running across the grass-she's bear cub all the way!

The puppy came from my friend and workout partner, her family breeds dogs, and we kept it as a surprise for Bryce. He got back from California on a Sunday and puppy was ready Tuesday, she is the perfect addition to our family and has a great temper.

Osa and Mittens have become fast friends!

We weren't sure how the puppy would take to the kitty but they are doing great together...

Mittens likes to pounce on Osa and Osa likes to chase Mittens, it's really cute to see them play.

Bryce is doing a great job taking care of her and he can't wait to start training her. He's been doing his research on YouTube and watching video about training puppies and what type of commands you start first.

I will definitely keep you all posted on how the training is coming along!  

I will let you guess to how the girls feel about this puppy...😍

Osa is not going without attention, that is for sure!  

We've all grown attached to her, it's pretty easy when she is such a good puppy.

Back to School

The kids went back to school on Monday and we are still getting use to our back to school schedule, even me!

The mornings are waaayyy more fasted paced, but I've implemented some time saving steps that are helping me get out the door in the morning, especially since Jer isn't here to help me get them in the car with brushed teeth and shoes. 

I took Jarret's help for granted because he's always been here in the mornings. So I've made some adjustments and we are golden!

Isn't that what life is about, adjusting when things change?

Naomi was so excited to start school this year!!!

She is a big preschooler and loves to tell me all about school when I pick her up, she leaves no stone unturned. 

Maddie is in 2nd grade this year and loves her new teacher (thank God) because last year the beginning of the school year, for almost a month, was met with lots of melt downs and crying.

This year her teacher was her speech teacher last year, so she is very familiar with you and is still in class with her little buddy. She still goes to her special ed teacher that she went to last year and they let her bring a little stuffed animal friend from home to keep her company.

Bryce is the big 5th grader this year, the big man on campus at the elementary school. Next year he will be across the street at the middle school! 😂 

Bryce is a great student and I have no doubt that he will rock this school year!

Now to just get him to tell me about his day without the single word, fine or good...

Here's a few random back to school prep pictures.

Sam's Club picking up Maddie's new glasses, her prescription changed.

Getting all the school supplies at Target.

Back to school lunch supplies!

So hard to get a good picture with everyone smiling, ha!

Have a great week,

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