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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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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