November 20, 2017

LIFE LATELY | 11-20-17

Happy Monday family & friends!!!

I know its been a hot minute since I posted last but you know what, life happens. 😊

I'm feeling a little accomplished this morning because I finished 90% of the kids' shopping online last night, yay! I usually like to have the kids completely done by Thanksgiving...

So this weekend I finally shared on social media about us closing down the dairy, feeling lost and starting a new chapter, eerrr book, in our lives. The response was more than I could of ever imagined!!! Family & Friends (new and old) were so supportive and encouraging with their comments. It takes a level of humility to admit that things didn't work out the way we all hoped and you know what...that's. o-kay.

Sharing your story and struggles makes you human. Putting your story out there in the universe helps you to release what you are hiding or bottling up inside. 

I honestly feel that until you can release what happened, you will never be able to move on. 

And most importantly, it is how we recover. 

It is how you get up after you've been knocked down and you know what, we are fighters and good people. What you put out, will come back around and with that...lets get on with this post! 💞


During the Fall & Spring time the kids and I love to go on nature walks around the property.

We like to look for the biggest leaf in fall & step on acorns and enjoy all the beautiful spring time flowers & leaves in the Spring.


Sunday was such a beautiful crisp, November day!


Maddie loves going on nature walk and... 


Naomi loves to complain about walks and then quickly becomes a fan when we start searching for things and make it a game. 


Maddie said, "Mom, take my picture with this big rock!"


Naomi said, "Mom, take my picture with the biggest leaf in the world!"


When we came back up from the bottom pastures the kids wanted to walk through the empty barns and into the back field.




Saturday evening the Amish came by to pick up a lot of tools, supplies and equipment they bought off of my Mom & Dad. They brought the big horse power for this load!


Saturday Jer and my Dad loaded up the flatbed trailer with a lot of misc. equipment set for the auction.


Getting kids off the bus on Friday!



Dinner for the kids Thursday night was provided by McDonald's, ha, the girls really-really wanted a happy meal because they are giving Hello Kitty toys out. 

Next are just a random assortment of pictures:


Rainy school morning...


Bonfire attire...


The guys always fixing something...


Swim party for a friend from school...


Baking supplies...


Harvest Festival benefiting the school...


Class raffle basket...


Class cookie jar...


games...


And the most important thing at festivals...face painting!




Sunset.

The next two pictures were snapped a week apart!


Trees still had leaves...


Bare bones; that's fall for ya!

Now one last thing I want to put out there is, moving to Missouri is one of the best things that happened to us, Jarret & I don't regret being here for one second!

Have a great Thanksgiving week and enjoy all the yummy food,

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November 5, 2017

HALLOWEEN & HALLMARK

Hey y'all! 

This past week we celebrated Halloween and our Halloween was quite chilly here in the Midwest.

We all ended up needing to wear our big jackets and we got done right before it started to rain!


Bryce was Ninjago (Lego Ninja), Naomi was Elena of Avalor and Maddie was Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony!


Sunday before Halloween we carved our pumpkins...


Jarret and I both helped the girls with their designs and helped them with the carving.

This was the first time the girls did the little pumpkin knives on their own!



Bryce of course drew a robot on his pumpkin and carved on his own.

All in all, the kids had a great Halloween and scored LOTS of candy!


 Christmas...Christmas everywhere!!!


Sunday is usually our family grocery shopping trip!

It's not our big shopping but, what do we need or what are we missing to get through the week, lunch packing etc.


We usually divide and conquer so then we can get in and out as quick as possible since we have all the kiddos with us!

Sidenote: Jarret loves to go grocery shopping...especially to Sam's Club! 😊


Since 95% of the cows are gone, we have been spending our extra time collecting feed troughs, water tanks and supplies from the different pastures and storing them all together!


We followed Jer down on the John Deere Gator to the bottom pasture.


Bryce always lending his Dad a helping hand.




Then the kids & I drove around the different pastures picking up any trash or plastic that had blew in from the wind storm we had earlier in the week!



Our weather lately has been all over the board from freezing 20° cold to 70° a few days later...



and this little guy needed my L.L. Bean down vest more than I did!

I checked on him later in the day and he was toasty warm, it worked like a charm. His core temp was up and he could barely tell we were having freezing temps!

(Nothing a little hot water, heavy soil laundry load couldn't fix.) 



Here is an easy Apple Cake Recipe that I am loving right now and has been on repeat in my kitchen!

It is really easy and here I doubled the recipe to share with my folks since they love it too.


 This week was Bryce's yearly well visit!

He had to get 4 shots this visit, 3 boosters, 1 flu and I told him that I would take him for a burger & shake afterwards for being brave, ha!

Although he is 11, it was a little special time with him.


Instead of a shake he talked me in to getting him a "dirt n' worm" sundae!


Another thing that makes me happy besides spending special time with my kids is Hallmark Christmas movies...

Nothing puts me more in the Christmas spirit than #countdowntoChristmas on the Hallmark channel!
These were the NEW movies on this weekend:
Christmas Festival of Ice

The Perfect Christmas Present

Miss Christmas 

Christmas in the Air

If you missed any of them, they play all during the week, it's Christmas movies all the time til Christmas!!!

If you want to know what I'm listening to on Pandora, this stations has been on repeat in the background of the house...



Alright, here's to the starting of a new week, talk to you soon,
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October 29, 2017

THE CLOSING OF A CHAPTER

Heeeyooh!

The last two to three weeks have been BIG decision making times for all of us. As of last Tuesday we are officially not milking cows anymore...we are not in the dairy business.

This was one of the hardest decisions we've ever had to make. 

Over the last month or so, we've all been on a roller coaster ride of emotions trying to make the best decision for us collectively and individually. This decision didn't come lightly, but over the last 6 months, the dairy industry as a whole has just become to volatile for our liking. 


Dairying has been apart of my life since I was born. So it is very weird for me and a major closing of a chapter...an era for my family.

I can't say it enough, this was a really-really-really hard decision for us to make!



I think the hardest part of all was loading our cows up, our cows that we took such good care of and seeing them go. 

I know there are chapters waiting to be written and changes that have been happening, but for now...I'm just trying to live in the moment and take it day-by-day.

Speaking of living in the moment... 


After the kids got off the bus on Thursday we went straight to taking a ride around the property and appreciating all the Fall colors.

Usually I would be getting the kids off the bus, getting them settled and returning to the barn to finish milking. 



On this day we cruised around, it was such a beautifully warm day and Maddie said to me, 
"Mom, I love this spot."


Before the kids got off the bus, Naomi & I baited all these cows up in the catch pen with grain because on Monday they are going to the sale.


Naomi & I made a great team! 


This past week at school was Red Ribbon week and on this particular day it was Western day.


Crazy Hair Day!


Both the girls had a whole bunch of little ponytails.

Can I tell you one thing that put a huge smile on my face!?!?


Count down to Christmas started on Friday!!!!

Yay, that means new Christmas movies every weekend until Christmas and all during the week they play reruns from past years. 


This was the new movie from Saturday, I'm sure it will be playing on the Hallmark channel all season!



Have a Great Sunday!
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