October 9, 2017

PICNICS & BONFIRES

Happy Columbus Day family & friends!!!

There's no school today so the kids are having a slow morning of breakfast, cartoons and playing toys.

This past weekend made for lots of memory making...
 
Jer & I attended a wedding, we had a picnic by the pond and ended the weekend with an evening bonfire. 


I captioned this picture on instagram with, "We don't get dressed up very often."

The last time I wore a dress was my Sister's wedding, which was over a year ago, ha!


The wedding was for a friend and coworker of Jarret's, also Bryce's baseball coach this past season. 

It was set in a beautiful rock-barn in the Ozark hills which was painted in fall colors.
It was a special ceremony and we were honored to be invited. 


Speaking of Fall colors did you see this past weekend's Hallmark movie?!?

This was a sequel to last year's All of My Heart and I loved it!

I just love all of the Hallmark movies this year.


Lately Maddie has been into wearing "charm" necklaces...


This one involved hay string, her "amulet" and Shopkin charms. 


Lately Naomi rides the scooter in the hay barn and...


Maddie runs.

Maddie loves to run!😊


One of the kids' favorite things to do is to have a picnic by the pond.

I usually barbecue something up at the house and then pack it to eat down at the picnic table.


Cheese burgers & chips.


We had some visitors!


The trees are starting to change down here by the pond.



I never get tired of this view...



Sunday evening we had a bonfire by the house.

The kids have been asking if we could roast marshmallows and I new the perfect fire pit we could use...





We sat, talked, asked the kids hypothetical questions, listened to music and watched the kids play.


Here's to lots more bonfires & s'mores!

Have a great week,

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October 2, 2017

HAPPY FALL Y'ALL

Happy Fall Y'all 
🍁🍃🍂 

Autumn hands down is my favorite time of year here in the Midwest, the mornings are crisp, the evenings are cool and there's a nice breeze in the air. October gets me re-energized!  

"Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go".

I always wanted to live somewhere where we actually had seasons and you could see & feel the changes in the air. Growing up in California you really only remember the long summers and the light "winters" if you would even call it that, ha! 
We grew up sunshine kids.☀


Lately we've had a few changes that have made me put my blogging on the back burner and now that Jarret is done with night school, I'm hoping to make this more of a regular thing again!

I needed to let it go for a while so I could focus on the dairy, household duties, my family, myself-and not feeling guilty for not posting... 

I lightened my load while my load felt a little too heavy to carry, but guess what, I made it!!!

A few things to note in the above picture:

Naomi wears glasses now & really has quite the strong prescription!
All the kids are growing like weeds.
Maddie has a new friend she takes to school with her named Sprinkles.
Bumper wears a men's small now, what!?!
Leaves have started falling, yay!


Majority of my September was met with early a.m. milkings & p.m. tired/sweaty milking shifts.
Followed by taking care of the kids...very happy for October! 


This is me with Jarret's headlamp on getting our cows up and in the barn, approximately 3:50 in the morning. My Dad & Mom were there too to help with all the chores as well.

Jarret at this point would still sleeping because he had just got in a few hours prior from school, he slept til it was time to be at his day job, 4:30 a.m. majority of the time.


This was me hanging my early morning dairy hat, showered and ready to get the kids fed, dressed and off to school.


Three days a week I went to the gym (and still do) after school drop off to fulfill my mental health, which my physical health benefits too. Not that I needed much physical activity at this point since I had already been up for 5 hours, hence the reason I'm on the bike, low impact.


On the way to the city to do my grocery shopping, my Mom & I came upon an Amish family taking their Fall Harvest to the auction. Honest, hard work. 



Pumpkins, Gourds, Mums and straw bales...


and the little Amish boy waving hi!

Another thing that happens in Fall is Naomi turns one year older on the 24th of September. 


Naomi turned 5 yrs old this year!


Naomi has grown & matured so much over the last year and is turning into a little smarty-pants.


Naomi is really into Lego Duplo right now and helping on the farm.


Naomi's birthday marks the last birthday in our little families line-up.

Next big events are the up coming holidays!


I saw this and had to share because everybody raves and plans their days around the Pumpkin Spice Latte and Starbucks...I must be the 5% that doesn't care for the P.S.L. at all!!!

But I do want to try the new Maple Pecan Latte...

Who's excited for all the new Hallmark movies happening every Saturday, yay-yay-yay!!!



This movie was on over the weekend & I loved it!

My first deer sighting since it turned Fall, this is right down the way from our mailbox.

Another thing I'm loving is the fall candle from Walmart, Apple Pumpkin is the best and what's even better is that it's only $3.33!

I couldn't round out this post without sharing the book Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist . I purposely took my sweet time reading this book because I really loved & connected with every chapter she wrote. Personally I think this book could speak to everyone on some sort of level but especially for the people who carry a lot on their plate.

This is the book that really helped me get through this difficult time, even when I didn't realize I was having a hard time with certain areas of my life. It helped me identify the areas of need or where I needed to focus more of my energy on. But instead sometimes you keep yourself so busy with mundane tasks, so you don't have to deal with reality or really isolating the root of the problem.

This book really came at a time of need & much needed self reflection to be a better person to myself, my husband and to my kids. This book taught me that's it is ok to let things go and who's the person that's telling you that you have to keep it all together? You.

We can let the day run us or we can run our day.

“Present is living with your feet firmly grounded in reality, pale and uncertain as it may seem. Present is choosing to believe that your own life is worth investing deeply in, instead of waiting for some rare miracle or fairy tale. Present means we understand that the here and now is sacred, sacramental, threaded through with divinity even in its plainness. Especially in its plainness.” 
― Shauna Niequist




Have a great Monday and Happy October!

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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!!!


Now I have some important information for you...

This is such a game changer for me. You all know I'm pressed for time during the week. So if I can order fresh groceries from home or from the Walmart app, pull up and they're ready...sign me up! Plus, they load them for you.



All you do is pull up, call the number and they come right out with all the groceries you ordered.


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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