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August 29, 2010

Earning Their Keep

We are a no allowance family!  We feel like if we provide room and board - you can help!  And when they need a little spending money we provide that!  There are also plenty of opportunities to earn extra money as well, and they always get a small amount of money when they sell their steers from the fair!

This is My Cowgirl bush hogging the cattle pasture!  We do this at least twice a summer - to keep it looking nice by knocking down the weeds the cows won't eat and also to make sure no weeds or grass are shorting out the electric fence.

This is My Midget AI'ing (Artificial Insemination) sows.  Sometimes her Dad has to help her balance because her legs aren't long enough to touch the ground!  She also picked up afterbirth and deads in the farrowing barn (not really picture material)!

My Lil' Farmer did the weed eating around the hog barns!  He also rotated the composter and buried the deads and afterbirth!

And that was just this weekend!!!!

Of course they also help around the house - but it is not near as fun to take pictures of them doing my work (OOPS I mean) helping me -  as it is to take pictures of them helping Chris!

August 28, 2010


Well I did it.  I wasn't planning to - but I couldn't help myself - I started (unwittingly, against my own advice) - and now I am deep in the middle and it seems the only way out is to trudge forward bravely!

I am a very start to finish person (ok not always so much with the finish) but I like to start at the begininning!  I never ever start a TV show in the middle and I NEVER start a series on television in the middle, if I haven't seen the pilot I won't watch it!  Which is the main reason I have   had never gone the The Pioneers Womans website, too much unread baggage for me to start now!

BUT - for some reason the other day I went!!!!!  And now I can't stop!  Oh and I started at the beginning!  That's right - I clicked on the little button half way down on the Confessions Page that said "Montly Archives....Got an hour?  Got 800 hours....."  Yep, I clicked it - and she ain't kiddin' - I have become additcted!  I don't even think I could (or would want to) calculate the number of hours I have spent reading - just as a reference I am into Feb. of 2007, but then got sidetracked with Black Heels to Tractor Wheels!  Now I go back and forth!  Not to mention when I feel like I should take a break it is only to go into recipes and photo advice!

I read in the morning, afternoon and into the wee hours of night/morning!  Just as an example - I picked up again last night at about 8pm read until 1am (luckily I have a laptop) when I fell asleep reading - woke up this morning to the phone ringing - boars out! - helped put them away and right back into bed to read!  Decided I was hungry, made cookies for breakfast, took a shower and decided I really need to get outside and get something done - so I moved to the porch swing outside to read more!!!!!

Yep, definatly in trouble - really need help...
Gotta get busy - MORE TO READ

August 27, 2010

What My Kids Think Of Me!

Found this on my Facebook page, had forgotten I did this - I love it, it is so fun to ask kids questions like this and just listen to their answers without leading their answers!  Kind of can't wait to do it again so I can see if their answers have changed!

March of 2009:

This is my interview with:
Cole - 6
Emi Lou - 9

Casey - 13

1. What is something mom always says to you?
Cole: "I Love You"
Lou: "Pick up your room"
Casey: "I Love You"

2. What makes mom happy?
Cole: polar pops
Lou: "When I clean my room"
Casey: "Her happy pills"  - just as a clarification this is PEZ candy - I call them my "happy pills", I eat them by the package all the time

3. What makes mom sad?
Cole: Her house being dirty
Lou: When I tell lies
Casey: When I don't do my best with my calves

4. How does your mom make you laugh?
Cole: telling really funny jokes
Lou: when she get sprayed by the hose when washing cows
Casey: She didn't answer go figure I can't make a teenage laugh

5. What was your mom like as a child?
Cole: blonde hair
Lou: friendly, kind to her friends and didn't lie
Casey: just like me

6. How old is your mom?
Cole: "This one is hard - 18? Is that right?"
Lou: 38
Casey: 39

7. How tall is your mom?
Cole: 10 inches
Lou: 10 feet
Casey: "About a foot taller than me"

8. What is her favorite thing to do?
Cole: "Cook"
Lou: work with the cows
Casey: spend time with us out in the barn

9. What does your mom do when you're not around?
Cole: "Works in the kitchen, cleans in the kitchen, just stuff in the kitchen"
Lou: Take shower, Clean, brush teeth
Casey: "takes naps, hmmm yeah she takes naps"

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
Cole: being fun
Lou: "I do not know"
Casey: being the best Mom

11. What is your mom really good at?
Cole: Cooking
Lou: cleaning (I have no idea where this child lives)
Casey: yelling

12. What is your mom not very good at?
Cole: "Being on time to pick me up from school"
Lou: hunting!!!!!
Casey: Keeping her temper

13. What does your mom do for her job?
Cole: Works with Daddy
Lou: helps Dad with farm
Casey: takes care of kids

14. What is your mom's favorite food?
Cole: Steak
Lou: Beef
Casey: Spaghetti

15. What makes Mommy proud of you?
Cole: When I get a 1st grade reading book
Lou: When I do all my jobs that I am suppossed to
Casey: when I do me best in the ring (show), on the softball fiels

16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?
Cole: Morticia Adams (Seriously this is what he said, I have no idea why)
Lou: Supermom the Hero
Casey: the mom on Phineas and Ferb

17. What do you and your mom do together?
Cole: Snuggle
Lou: cook, watch movies
Casey: watch TV, wash cows, practice softball, go camping

18. How are you and your mom the same?
Cole: We both love Disney World
Lou: We love each other and live in the same house
Casey: Can't keep our tempers undercontrol

19. How are you and your mom different?
Cole: Mom is taller
Lou: She is older than me and she is married!
Casey: Gee, I don't know

20. How do you know your mom loves you?
Cole: "For the things she does for me!!"
Lou:"She always kisses me goodnight"
Casey: "Because she always says it like she means it, and she helps us"

21. Where is your mom's favorite place to go?
Cole: The Mexican
Lou: Wal-Mart
Casey: Anywhere in the camper

August 26, 2010

It's A Hot, Dirty, Dusty Job!

No - this is not about me cleaning my house!  The title would work perfectly for that as well but I am talking about cleaning out grain bins!

It is that time of year - out with last years crop to make room for this years!

Just for the record this is not bad photography - that is all dust/bees wings!  Ieventually climbed in the bin to get some pictures and they were a little clearer - just not much good light to work with in a grain bin!

All of this corn has to be moved out of the bin with the sweep auger, shovel and a broom!  This was only half the bin - Chris had already done the other half!

My job is very techinical - watch the lights and listen for the buzzer!
This is the "control" panel!  It runs everything at the bins!  I am only allowed to touch the buttons and switches that they tell me to - AND IN THE ORDER THAT THEY TELL ME TO!  Even I have cleaned out the pit enough to know that that is really important! 

We have 10 bins and can store approx. 150,000 bushels of grain!  That is a lot of sweeping!

God Love My Kids -

Because someone has to!!!!!!!!

August 24, 2010

It's Pickin' Time

I can't believe harvest has started!  Planting was early this year thanks to a beautiful early spring so makes since harvest would be early - but I still can't believe we might be harvesting corn in August!

My Dad and brother grow seed corn for Pioneer and while the crews have been harvesting south of here the past couple of weeks they have finally worked their way here!

All of this corn is hauled to Rushville to the Pioneer Plant that will be processed, treated and bagged for next years crop!

August 22, 2010

Let's Be Honest . . .

Sunday mornings around here are not the most pleasant!  There is usually some whining and complaining involved!  But once I convince myself and Chris that we really should go to church we wake up the kids and have the battle of getting everyone ready!

But NOT today!  Today I woke up a few minutes early, I took a deep breath and told myself "You can do it"!   AND WE DID - without screaming and crying and without me using any "non-church" words!

And here they are - all of their clothes are matching, our shoes are on, we are brushed and combed and faces clean - and all with enough time for a picture!

And this is my church!

This is the church my Dad grew up in, I grew up in and my kids are growing up in! 
This is the church Chris and I were married in!
My Mom and Dad, my brother and his family and my family still attend on a regular basis! 
I know everyone who attends this chruch on a first name basis, and love each and every one of them as I know they love me - I have known almost all of them my whole life! 
We sit in the same pew every week, most people do - one Easter a few years ago we were running late and when we walked in the sanctuary there was already someone in "our" pew and My Lil' Farmer looked at me and announced in all seriousness to everyone in the church "Someone is in our seat Mom - what are we suppossed to do?"!
On a good Sunday we average about 50 people!  Now on special occasions such as Easter and Christmas we have a good 100 in attendance!!!!

Some of my very best friends attend this church as well!

We have so much fun together!

My Cowgirl takes piano lessons from the same lady I took from - who happens to also be our church organist - so she gets to play in church as well for special occasions.

And in May of 2009 she finished her comfirmation classes and decided to join the church!

I love this church  - not necessarily because I feel closer to God (I do that 7 days a week no matter where I am) but because of the people that make it up!

August 19, 2010

Today I Was A Hog Farmer

It's weaning week!  So this morning Chris asked if I would help down at the hog barns while he swept out a grain bin!

So armed with my instructions and map (of where to move pigs) I headed down to find my trusty sidekick Josh (our hired guy)!  Well - Josh does this a lot more than me so I guess I would be his trusty sidekick - OK fine I was Josh's lacky for the day!

To make room for all these little guys in the nursery:

We started out by shifting 2 pens of big finishing pigs into one pen (has to be a new pen so no pigs have home court advantage on bullying) .  Now time to move smaller finishing pigs into the empty pen.
So after shifting around about 80 head of hogs it was time to move 140 nursery pigs into the finishing barn!  This is not easy - pigs don't like to go out doors - and today I know why - it was hot outside and nice and cool in the barns!

 Then it was washin' time!

and more washin'

and then a McDonald's break for lunch with Chris in the shop,

and then more washin'

and that is cleaner than my kitchen!

Seriously!  Cause when I got home I had to clean the kitchen -

wish I could just use the pressure washer!

but I got it done - it was still the worst job of the day!

August 17, 2010

Bringing Back An Old Favorite

Snack choices and preferences vary around here a lot - most of the time we get on a kick that lasts for a month or so and then move on!

The other day while grocery shopping I had a hankering for a peanut butter and marshmellow creme sandwich!  My Mom used to make them when we were little and I love them!  And now I have my Lil' Farmer hooked on them as well - they are now his choice of snack for school and as soon as he gets off the bus that is the first thing he asks for!

So I fix us each one and we sit down and talk about his day!

Seriously - what more could I ask for!

August 11, 2010

The First Day Of School!

My baby's are off on another school year adventure!  My Cowgirl is a freshman, My Midget is in 5th grade and My Lil' Farmer has got to be the most excited 2nd grader ever!
I know they will have a great year and I am so proud of them, but yes it does make me a little sad!