Summer Round Here

I haven’t blogged on months. And months. I sometimes don’t think what happens around here is newsworthy to anyone but us.

We’ve had a busy, happy, fun, and sometimes sad summer so far.

June is a busy month with fun activities. Rodeo, demo derby, and a local fair. All of which we managed to get Brad to come with us to. Quality family time and good memories. Complete with a fantastic fireworks show.

July found us expecting our third child!! So excited and I’m not feeling too bad over all. Colin and Hannah are very happy that there is a baby in my belly. Colin swears he can feel it!
Brad also lost his last grandparent in July. His Grandma had lived a long life and we were relieved she went peacefully. It was a good time to reminisce and visit with a lot of his extended family that we don’t see often.

August has been a slower month so far but not for long as the fields are ripening every day. A week or two at the most and we’ll be combining this beautiful looking crop.
I lost my great grandpa earlier this month but he was ready to go see my great grandma in heaven. He didn’t suffer too much and I got to see him before he passed and for that I am grateful. I enjoyed seeing my Dad’s side of the family for a few days.
At the end of the month is my first ultrasound and I can’t wait to see this beautiful little baby.

I hope you’ve also had an enjoyable summer.

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Making Memories

Every year for the past 51 years there has been a Christmas party for all the neighboring families at the little one room school a mile from our farm. My husband used to go when he was a kid and his Mom when she was a young girl. Now our kids get to go. In fact, my husband’s Grandfather used to attend school there.

It was built in 1914 and so we are trying to plan a big 100 year party for summer 2014. I hope it’s a huge success.

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We have a big potluck supper and desserts which everyone enjoys. Once supper is done, Santa comes in and hands out a present to each and every kid there. It’s such a joy to see each face light up as they hear their name called! After everyone gets their present, Santa gives the kids a treat bag and we try for a big group shot of all the kids. Young babes to teens are all welcome and share in the magic of the season.

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I can’t wait to take my kids every year while they live at home. And maybe someday the 5th generation of this family, our grandkids, will partake in this magical party. Merry Christmas!

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Stormy Winter Days

This is what it looks like out my front window at 5:00pm today. And it’s only going to get worse through the night.

 

This coming storm is also combined with both my kids being sick. This means we are hunkered down and hibernating at home. We haven’t went anywhere for four days and don’t have plans to leave anytime soon. So we played and laughed and cried and coughed and napped today.

Do your kids like sitting in their toybox? Because mine do. They methodically throw all the toys out and then park their little rears in there and talk and play with toys they haven’t seen in a while.

Sometimes it’s a test to my patience to stay home with them for days. And not see or really talk to an adult human being. But I’m trying. REALLY trying! It’s a little harder when they are sick because none of us sleeps much. So I try to love and cuddle and fill the days with crafts and just pass the time in constructive ways.

And here’s my sick little cuddlebug baby girl.

 

There will be more storms. And more sicknesses in this household. And we’ll be fine. We will stay home and love each other and fight with each other. Cause that’s how our family works.

 

The Hills Are Alive With Farming

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These hills in Southern Saskatchewan are home to us. We farm hills and our cattle graze hills. In fact, we do not grain farm any flat land although my husband more than wishes we owned some. I like that we are hidden in the hills and can’t see every neighbor within 5 miles of us. And I won’t take offense anymore if someone jokingly or otherwise calls me or my husband a hillbilly.

This evening I got a phone call that any farmer’s wife jumps for joy while talking. Our harvest for 2012 is complete!!! It’s been ongoing since the beginning of August so exactly two months later we are done. A big sense of accomplishment is floating around here tonight and we are happy. It all started with the peas, then the canola came pouring in (our best crop this year), the durum was done third and now all the flax is in bins. We didn’t do amazingly this year (although we had high hopes like every year) but we didn’t do poorly either. It’s been one of the driest years out of the 8 I’ve been here so we didn’t expect bumper crops.

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Our last supper in the field tonight! For this year anyways 😉

I hope all of you had a great harvest too. Whether it be your grain fields or your garden.

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Growing My Family

This is my first really personal blog post so go easy on me! I have some big decisions to make in the next few months. I’m really struggling with the option to have more kids or to leave our little family at 4.

We have a son who is almost 3 and an 18 month old daughter. So my husband calls us the “million dollar” family and says I should leave it at that. Most days, I want more. In my head I picture a bigger family. We have the space and I have the time and love. On our really bad days, I do not want anymore children.

I think about this nearly everyday. Sometimes all day. I have a few people that say yea go for it. But there are also those who say no more kids than you have hands. I’m blessed to be able to even think these thoughts. Some women have been trying to get pregnant once for years and years.

Why do these family decisions have to be so hard?! What are your thoughts on this?

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A Brave Boy

This is my first really combined post. I want to write about my family and the farm. Because my little boy went for dental surgery and it was a tough day. But the evening was beautiful.

My 2YO had teeth pulled yesterday along with some caps and fillings. All this due to a sippy cup of milk at bedtime for over a year. Yes, we’ve learned our lesson. Yes, we feel terrible about it.

By the time supper rolled around last night he was talking more and getting back to normal. So we decided to check the cows in their new pasture and the crops around our home farm.

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He really enjoyed himself out in the truck with us. It was a nice relaxing time that we all enjoyed. A beautiful summer evening.

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We had to go on a wild goose chase through the pasture to find one of my cows. She’s pretty old and has a hurt back leg. I was scared she’d be found dead but she was laying nicely beside slough. Just cooling off and enjoying the evening.

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We also found two duck nests snuggled right into the ground. They were only a foot apart and both full of eggs. One more covered with straw and feathers but both protected. I could count 9 eggs in the one nest.

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After our pasture visit we drove around and looked at our crops. The heat has been strong here for a couple weeks and no rain. It looks like some of the crops are burning in the heat. So we checked our canola and it looks AWESOME!

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So go enjoy a nice summer evening drive or even a walk. It just may cheer someone in your family up.

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