Boys Will Be Boys ~:O)

This is such a cute picture of some of my boys and a couple of nephews.
They were playing football. Funny, I don’t see a football anywhere.

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Fair Time

Fair time in the country.

For those of you in more urban environments
we country folk do our fairs a little differently. Our county fair is
80% agriculture and 20% rides and fair food. Super fun, and totally educational.
Our kids are completely involved this year with sheep and cat showing with one of our numerous 4H clubs, lego building, photo contests, wool sheering, and maybe a little calf riding.

We are heading out this evening to camp at
the fair and it should prove to be loads of smelly fun!

Here are some things our family has entered
this year
.

Ryan entered this country bumkin photo of Ben

He also entered this one of Matthew

smile was just too cute not to enter

Ryan caught this picture of Uranus a week ago

As for Kait, she has a sheep she has been working with to enter this year. She stands to make a pretty penny on him – he is a terrific looking lamb. We are told he is likely
to go for more than 3 or 4 hundred dollars!


Kait and Little Brother last week – almost ready for showing. She has him so tame that he comes when she calls him and follows her around the yard.

Gabriel entered a picture of his boots that he took which I cannot find now – he is so cute.

Kaitlyn also entered a number of photographs of our country-side. Below are a few of them.

There is much more but I really don’t have
time to put all the stuff they are doing on here. I will blog more later
on maybe Friday or maybe not until after the fair on Sunday night. If
it is late it might not be until Monday. I will give thorough detail on
placement results and overall event fun.

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Our Summer Vacation

We went out to Ryan’s dads house for our vacation this year – it is a log cabin 20 miles out of town.It was cheap and his dad and step mom needed us to watch the house for them. It was a sweet deal. They have an indoor swimming pool with a hot tub and a couple hundred acres to take our 4-wheelers exploring. The 4-wheeling didn’t end up happening as you will see below.

Anyway, here is a run down of our awesome fun vacation.


we had dirt

we had trouble


we had sunsets


We even had fire within a mile of the house! EEEKKK! There were a few lightening strikes that caught a number of close fields on fire. We left for a day and came back when they said it was safe again. Thanks to our local fire department, and a large team of local farmers, nobody was injured!

we had splashing

and sliding

we had creative photography

beauties and cuties

and miraculous phenomenon


Needless to say, we had a blast – especially when our friends came out to hang out with us for a day. It was so relaxing and so much fun! I could not have asked for a more blessed vacation!

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The Cutest Baby Ever Update

The
ULTIMATE
cute baby

This little guy has just come in and taken over. Everything revolves around Sam. Sammy this and Sammy that. He is just so stinking cute – I can’t resist giving him everything he wants!

He is such a good baby too – and has been since he was born. He is sleeping a good 5 hours at night before he wants to eat and then he goes back to sleep for another 4 hours. He did keep me up until 2 am the other night but that was unusual and I wasn’t tired anyway so we kept each other company. He was so smiley and I almost heard a little giggle. I have never had so much sleep with a new baby before. It is odd not to be completely exhausted every day. I really do feel great for the most part. Don’t mention this to my dear husband (we just found his first gray hairs, snicker), but I’d be happy to have another soon.

Sam’s hair is starting to turn that light red color like Ben and Matthew and I think his eyes are going to stay blue. They just keep getting lighter and lighter. Other than Sam, the only bluies in our family are Ryan and Matthew. The rest of us have brown eyes.

Seeing as he is almost 11 weeks now so told him he has to get a job, earn his keep. His chosen profession is to act as our unofficial swim team mascot and he helps to keep my swimmers calm and in one place at swim meets. I used to keep him in the ERGO Baby Carrier but that just isn’t possible anymore with all the kids and parents around who want to cart him around. His clothes are constantly damp because of my swimmers swarming, coddling, and taking turns holding him – I will have to get pics of that. I don’t mind so much that his clothes are wet all the time, it helps to keep him cool. We also have a little Play Cabana tent for him to lay down in. It really does help to keep him from getting so hot and allows him to rest without the tons of stimulation provided by my dear swimmers. Still, they can’t seem to stay away from him. The girls will all collaborate around the tent and listen for Sam to make the slightest sound signalling his distress at not being held – and they are more than happy to acquiesce to his request to be picked up.

Right now he is kicking his little chubby legs, smiling a toothless smile at the air, and making little baby squealing sounds. I wonder what he is thinking. Whatever it is he sure is happy about it.


Happy Sam


Tasty, tasty fingers


This is the best Elvis impersonation I have ever seen from a baby.


Curious Sam looking at a toy

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Our Home’s Newest Life Form

Brownie Mantis. I believe he is a California Praying Mantis but I am not 100% sure on that yet. This little guy lives in a large aquarium in Joe’s room. I have to say that although I am not a fan of having pet bugs in my house this little guy (or gal???) is SO COOL! Watching this little carnivore eat his little bug prey is unusually interesting. He is a keen hunter, a lion among insects. I was sure when he cocked his head and curiously stared at me that he was sizing me up and wondering how I might taste.

Seriously, he does appear to be a curious little bug. Joe set him out in the grass for these pictures and the thing just looked and looked but never tried to escape. I think he is content being fed – not having to hunt down his food as he would have out in the wild of our garden.

Joe has two more Mantis’. We have heard that they will happily munch on other mantis’ but from what I have read if you keep them well fed they won’t try to feed on each other. We will add one and see how it goes.

Any Mantis experts have any info for us? Joe would greatly appreciate little tidbits on this subject.

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These Crazy Swimming Days

Although being the head swim coach of our local swim team has put a damper on fun summer camping

vacations I am really glad, now that the season is almost over, that I volunteered for this position. I have learned so much about my ability to lead something – I have never been a leader.
I haven’t cried once although frustration has been my constant companion these last few meets with one particular family giving me grief. I have actually felt more empowered and tough because of it and I have learned that I really can handle a tough situation well.
The swimmers are looking great this year and have really worked hard. After a hard butterfly practice I actually had kids thanking me for pushing them. That says a lot to me about the job I am doing. I have also watched the initial surpised looks my swimmers give me when I give them a certain event to swim turns into thanks – they thank me for pushing them and they are so happy that they accomplished something they didn’t know was in them to complete. I am so proud of them!
Only 3 meets left this year. I will be happy and sad at the same time. I am going to miss them – we transfer in the spring and I won’t be able to coach these kids again.
Good memories.
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We Warned Her!!!

So, this is “Mr. John’s Little Brother”. That is his name. He is Kaitlyn’s new lamb. She has to raise him for two months and enter him into the county fair as a 4-H project. Then he is sold and will become somebody’s dinner. It is a competition on lamb rearing for food. She is learning all the different parts of the lambs body and what sections need to be big, small, muscular and lean.
We warned her what would happen and she begged to do this anyway. Call it a lesson in life.
Kait is an animal lover. Yes, she loves meat, but actually knowing this sheep and training him, feeding him, and taking care of him is going to make this tough on her. I am beginning to regret saying she could do this. I know how much it is going to hurt her in the end and it will break me to see her so sad. I keep thinking that there has got to be another option but there is not. She has actually asked me why we can’t keep him.
He is actually quite tame compared to the other sheepies he is housed with. He comes right over to the gate when he sees Kait and when she tries to leave he gets between her and the gate. He follows her around everywhere.
Anyway, she is really enjoying him right now, even knowing what will happen in a couple of months. It will be tough.
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Links we like
blogrolls we are members of
and other stuff…

Wanna trade links? Just email
me
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Blogs I like

MINE!!!

Kaitlynology
Mantisology
The Bug Hunter

Kim & Jason
Amy’s Blog
Aussie’s Blog
Carrie’s Blog


Websites I like

The Lemonade Stand
Crosswalk Plus
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This Cute New Baby

I just love being a mama. I love having new babies. It really makes me feel good to coddle a new life.

We have had some wonderful women from our church bring us dinners each night for the last five nights. It has been such a blessing and all of the food was so good. Now our fridge is stocked with leftovers that we will munch on for the next few days. It is so nice to be a part of such a loving community of people.
The last few days have been cold and rainy so I haven’t been able to get out at all. I was feeling a little home bound so my husband and I took the baby to the grocery store tonight to get milk and bread. We were stopped a number of times by people just wanting to look at our adorable little baby. Nobody chided me for taking him out so early – something I really expect in this small town. I did have a number of grandma types in my church who were unhappy that I was not on bed rest. They are so sweet to be concerned but, man, bed rest? I am going stir crazy enough just trying to take it easy. I couldn’t imagine being stuck in bed or on the couch all day, everyday for two weeks.
Tomorrow it is supposed to be a bit warmer so I think I will stick Sam in my ERGO and go for an afternoon walk. I have got to get out and do something!
Hopefully the sweet church ladies won’t see me, LOL.
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