Friday, October 28, 2016


I ripped out all the tomato plants and planted garlic and flower seeds in their place.

We had a birthday party for the kids with nachos. And then had nachos for the next four meals, give or take. We are nacho-ed out. 

We said goodbye to our turkeys, two made it to the freezer but one (Baby, the one that had NEVER been handled by humans) escaped its fate.. at least for a day until it refused to go back in that night and ended up a coyote snack. Sigh. 

Home sweet home.

Sick, the tom cat. He looks rough and has been sick his entire life.. but somehow he lives.

Acting like turkeys after the other turkeys "moved out." 

I cannot believe how big those trees by our house have gotten over the years. 

Seemingly treacherous way up to the hay loft.

You can hardly see, but where the grass looks dead is our small orchard. Hopefully it will look much different in a few years! 

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Elliot & Finnley - On Your 4th Birthday

Birthdays are a day of treats. You started the big four off with the cereals you chose in town the previous day on the way home from Grandma Barb's 55th birthday party. You blew out your watermelon candle like pros and later had some scrambled eggs because the cereal didn't taste as good as you thought it would. (Note Finn's 1st shiner or "shine eye" as you all called it. Finnley ran her face into the window seat a couple days prior)
We moved right on to opening presents. Mom and Dad gave you a pony memory game, some books, and new pony pillow cases Mom sewed. Mason picked out a pony with a helicopter and one with a house for you. Those were probably your favorites.
Going with the theme of a day of treats, I let you guys each pick and watch an episode of My Little Pony and then there was lots of playing with the new toys. We brought the memory game to the restaurant and had dinner with dad. Grandma stopped by and we made some plans for supper.
We packed up your birthday supper choice (chicken nuggets, broccoli, and tomatoes.. yes you agreed on this) and took it to the grove for a picnic with Grandma Kim and Grandpa Tim (and Maggie!). Grandma Deb called for a birthday chat, but the grove was much too distracting to hold a good phone conversation. After eating, playing in the park and seemingly getting hurt on everything, a hike was next. It was a great way to end a lovely birthday!

Thursday, September 15, 2016