April 21, 2017

MY MORNING ROUTINE

Hey all, Happy Friday!

Today it's all about my Morning Routine. Yes you read that right, morning routine, ha! Every morning I do these few things and it makes me feel accomplished, like I have the day going on the right track. I'm a person that loves routines and fines comfort in them. Although it is nothing profound, it's more of a mind thing and it's my little bit of quiet time. 
    
Here, let me share what I do and this is all based on a typical day, which is pretty often.


For starters I usually wake up around 4:45 a.m., I should preface this with the fact that I'm a morning person! So if you're not a morning person, maybe you could have an evening routine?


I always start my morning by getting a cup of coffee from a pot that is already made by my husband. Jer goes out to work a little earlier than I wake up, so he makes it when he's getting ready and takes his cup out with him. 

Sidenote: When the pot of coffee is not made before I'm awake, it throws my whole routine off! Not really, but it does make me feel like, aaahhh the coffee isn't made, greeaattt!!! 

Now if I'm posting a blog that morning, this is when I would be typing away. I've honestly tried writing a blog at night or during the day and I don't have the same juices going. It's a routine thing, I will upload pictures in the evening though...


Next I get a load of laundry going, but I set it on a timer to start in 3 hours! Now I'm sure you're wondering, why 3 hours? Well the milk barn is still going on at this time of the morning and by the time the barn needs to do wash up, it takes away from their water pressure. So I wait till there done, but I like to get it started on a timer so then it starts when I'm usually at the gym! 


Next if there's a load of laundry to fold, I'll usually re-warm it and fold it on top of the washer.


Also if there's a load of clean dishes in the dishwasher, this is when I'll put them away. Now the dishwasher is open and ready for dirty dishes from breakfast and the rest of the day! 

Right around here it should be 6:00-6:15 a.m., this is when I go take a shower. My kids usually start waking up around 6:30 starting with Bryce, then Maddie, then Naomi! After I'm showered, dressed and skincare put on, I start making breakfast for the kids and they are watching morning cartoons. 

Now I make myself a bowl of oatmeal, or toast & yogurt, or scrambles eggs with avocado toast, YUM!
(That is my typical weekday breakfast)


Last but not least, I write in my planner. This is where I go over any appointments I have for that week, to-dos I would like to accomplish that week and reminders of things that are important and need to get done, no matter what. If I write it down, then I don't need to try and remember it over and over! 

Now sometimes I may run out of time to write in my planner, so I will do it after coming home from dropping the kids off or after the gym. Either way I like to write it there everyday!

That is my morning routine, it gets my day off to a great start and away I go. 

Let me know if you have any morning rituals or routines you'd like to share!  
Have a great day,
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April 17, 2017

MONDAY RANDOMNESS

Hey family and friends, Happy Monday!
I hope you all had a beautiful Easter. Ours was very casual with a yummy lunch and an Easter egg hunt. The kids are getting so big and this was the first Easter where Bryce hid the eggs and the girls did the hunting. He's a big guy now...

Yeah, so I sort of took a week off blogging... 
It wasn't planned, it just kind of happened and well, Spring has Sprung. What I mean, other than the obvious is, everything work wise outside is starting to ramp up. Yard work, weed control, mowing the fields, calves and days when I milk make for longer days. My priority is always my family and this past week all their needs came before the bloggity-blog. 

I love my blog and am always thinking of things I want to share or posts but, sometimes right now, less is more. I really want to try and stay with the 3x a week posting schedule, that's my goal, I think it's do able and attainable but, I have to give myself grace if it doesn't happen! I also vlogged yesterday SURPRISE! It was a spur the moment, last minute thing but, creatively something I've been missing.
(scroll to the bottom for that)
    
I know this post is going to be random and disjointed but you know what, who cares, Ha!

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Easter

Here's our Easter picture, nothing fancy, no perfectly dressed & posed picture. Just a random felfie! (Family-Selfie) 😁


Yesterday morning it poured rain and cleared up after lunch, just in time to hunt eggs, play outside and I didn't have to milk in the rain, yay!

Here's a little peak at their baskets!


Both the girls received new bathing suits and a cute little bunny!


Bryce's basket was fun with some of his favorite snacks, slime eggs and body spray "shower in a can" for tween boys!

DAIRY


Now that the sun has been shining, the grass is growing and also the weeds. So I'm making my way through all the pastures. 


While I was finishing up this pasture, Jer walked out to check on the cows!




Since the tractor doesn't have a cab or sun shade, I've been really diligent about wearing a sun hat, sun screen and long sleeve shirts to protect my skin.

BUT I forgot to wear gloves the other day and my hands got so tan, lol! 


One of the evenings me and Bryce went out and mowed for about an hour to try and get more done!



The sun was going down while we were mowing and it made for some pretty pictures!



This is the newest little calf and he has a nice clean stall in the horse barn.

Family

Jarret and I surprised the kids with an overnight stay in Branson. We were in need of some quality-family time and fun!
We stayed at a resort that had an indoor water park that the kids LOVED, especially Bryce, he's our little fish!!!


Their favorite thing was the lazy river. 




Naomi wasn't tall enough for the slides but they did have a little play area with some much smaller slides, but she still had fun!






Our hotel room had what they called a "clubhouse" with bunk beds and a little flat screen television for cartoon watching!




On the Mom Front

The girls started swim lessons.


This learning how to swim thing is important to us because you never know what could happen. Bryce took swim lessons when he was 4 years old and I would of put Maddie in lessons at that age too but she just wasn't ready to take direction like that. 


Naomi is loving the lessons and sometimes get a little too confident and on the other hand Maddie is really cautious!


Kick, Kick, Kick!


While the girls have their lesson, Bryce swims and plays with other kids that are swimming. More than not, he knows one of them from school and it's good exercise for him!

The last two weeks I've been dealing with doctors appointments.


Dentist.


Dentist.


Ophthalmologist.

Maddie's eyes have become more near sided, with the left eye being worse, which requires a stronger prescription.

The week before Bryce had his dentist appointment and this week Naomi has her Pre-K screening. Appointments, appointments, appointments...


Did I mention I received a letter from school, Maddie owed $22.00 dollars on her lunch account because she was going to breakfast, after eating breakfast at home too!?! Ha,

Well that's a little bit of a random catch up and I'll talk to you all soon, ENJOY the vlog!

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April 10, 2017

WEEKEND WRAP-UP (4-10-17)

Good Morning and Happy Monday!

The weather here in Missouri was perfect spring like weather and we all LOVED it! Cool in the morning, but sunny and beautiful the rest of the day. The kids played n' played n' played and Daddy & Mommy worked n' worked, ha!  

As you all know, on the weekends I usually milk 1 or 2 shifts to let the two high school boys have half the weekend off, well this weekend was prom, so we gave them the whole weekend off. Which meant Momma had to milk both shifts, morning and afternoon. Luckily the morning shift starts early while all their heads are still cozy on their pillows and the afternoon shift Grandma helped keep an eye on them while they all played outside. 

This season of life Jarret and I are in right consists of working a lot, putting in the time a business needs and raising good kids! The kids are one of my top-top priorities and we are going to reward them later this week by taking them away for the night and having some much needed family time off the dairy. Jarret and I can't wait to surprise them!!! 

So here's a little how the weekend went... 


4 a.m. I was in the milk barn milking! Jarret went out about 3:30 to go gather all the cows and in that time I drank a cup of coffee, got dressed into my work clothes, threw in a load of laundry and then made my way.

This picture was taken after I went back into the house for a second cup, around 6...? 


My favorite part about working in the early morning was to see the sunrise each morning, not from through the window...from outside, ha!




Calves getting their breakfast!


Later after the barn was washed down and the pipe line washed, I made breakfast for the crew and got on with the rest of the day.

Bryce is eating pickled flavored sunflower seeds and just like his Dad, loves them!


Bryce and I were talking while we waited for his little buddy from school to be dropped off, I guess when you are this age they are not called "Play-dates" anymore.


We had a calf born out in the pasture and Jer brought it back on the tractor.


It was a BIG bull calf and Maddie was loving on it!


So was Nomie. ☺


Sunday morning moon.


The leaves just started to come back on the trees. 


This is me with Jarret's headlamp on, remember this was on the men's Christmas gift guide, well he loves it and uses it everyday! 



Sunday morning sunrise.


The girls came out from eating their breakfast and watching Sunday morning cartoons in their pajamas, sandals and morning hair. 




That was our weekend in a nutshell, me working and the kids outside in the sunshine playing. 

Have an awesome start to your week!

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