December 12, 2017

TWO WEEKS TILL CHRISTMAS

Hey y'all! 

This morning we did our annual drop off the Santa letters at the special mailbox inside our local Post Office.

The kids look forward to this little tradition every year and I also included last year's picture to show you how much the kiddos have grown. 



Every year it is always so cold outside that we jump out of the warm car, run up the ramp, drop the letter in the box, take the picture and then run back into our toasty warm car. 


Here's last year's picture, look at everyone's baby-face!



We crossed over and got an artificial tree this year...

One main reason being a fire hazard, since we have wood-fire heat! 

At Jarret's work they were all telling him about the dangers etc. and so this was the year and I'm not gonna lie...I kind of felt like a trader...a Christmas tree trader...

It really is so pretty and it was very easy to set up!


This particular tree came with 8 different light combinations and yes there are no ornaments on the tree right now and might possibly stay that way, we will see.  


The girls like when the tree is lit with colored lights!
  



This past week my Tia Rocky (Aunt) was out visiting from California. 

This was her holiday visit and spoiled us all with early Christmas presents and a helping hand in the kitchen.



Bryce got a new r.c. car for Christmas from Tia, which he lovessss!!!


Naomi had an ophthalmology appointment during the week, so she got to accompany Tia & I to the mall and rode a cute submarine too!


This was a beautiful Christmas tree that was all decorated up in the medical building her eye doctor is in.


We braked for a sunshine walk. 🌞


School bus drop off


New winter PJs.


Bad Moms 2.


Bryce & Jer cut so much fire wood for the wood stove and they made sure we were all toasty warm.


Bryce is such a big guy!


Look at all that wood...


Our town had their annual Christmas Parade and the kids loved it. 


All ready and festive with their headbands.


Advent Calendar tradition!



And if you'd like to see how our beds stay so cozy & warm while it is so chilly outside, check out my last year's post where I share our Winter Cozy Beds!!!

To see all about the Winter Cozy Beds click here!

Another Show I'm loving, besides all the Hallmark Christmas movies is, Food Network's Christmas Cookie Challenge.


Ree Drummond is one of the judges this year but even more than that, I just love all the creativity and the different flavor combinations that I wouldn't think of! 

I wish I could decorate Christmas cookies like a boss!?!

Alright talk to you all soon, hopefully sooner than later and not such a long span like this last stretch! 😊


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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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