I was able to get some herbs from my herb garden a few weeks ago before they died off for the winter. I am drying rosemary and oregano.Smells lovely!
We love to have breakfast for supper. When we got our deer butchered, they highly recommended getting some made into breakfast sausage. And boy were we glad we listened to them! It is delicious! The next night, which was Thursday, November, 14th we had eggs and veggies, fried potatoes and venison breakfast sausage.
It was super yummy!!
On Wednesday, November 13th, we headed to the slaughterhouse to watch our deer get butchered and packaged and bring it home to the freezer. Here we are waiting outside til they were ready for us, because it was stinky in there. They were running way behind. I think we waited at least an hour or more before they got to us. But I wasn’t about to make a stink about it~~they were holding really sharp knives and saws. Haha. I took this picture with my phone and it’s the only one I took inside. I wasn’t sure what they would think of me snapping pictures! But you can see Ethan’s deer hanging from the hook behind the butcher there. Just like that, with no head or skin plus all field dressed, it was 101 pounds! ”Nice size” said the butcher! They were really very nice in there. It is a family run place. The butcher you can see in white, plus his brother (not in pic) who stood right next to him, plus the lady standing behind the calendar, are all siblings. They run the place. They butcher your deer or whatever animal you bring them, while you watch. It was quite an experience! I was grossed out at first, but we all soon became accustomed to the sights and smells and it didn’t bother us. It was actually kinda fun. They were so intrigued by me and the four kids. It was funny. They had so many questions and kept saying, “your kids are so well behaved!” It was a neat experience for us all! When we left there, we headed to the taxidermist to drop off the head, etc. They call it “the cape”. We were all very tired and hungry. Thankfully, I had put beef stew in the crock pot before we left the house that morning, so when we got home, all I had to make were the dumplings. And dinner was served!That was a day full of new experiences! First the slaughterhouse, then the taxidermist.
My poor petunias finally got bit by the frost on November 13th. But look how many blooms were still on it! Poor little thing! I couldn’t believe how long into the cold weather they lasted.
WOW! What a day! These first two pictures are actually from the evening before on the 11th. Asa and Josiah came to spend the night for a boys night. They were off to the cabin for a little bit. It’s hunting season so they all have to wear orange. They were gonna get Asa’s vest back at the house. The next morning, November 12th, we woke up to it snowing! Our first snow! Yay!! The kids did chores in the snow that morning. And then they came in for school and hot chocolate! See the snow covered ground out the window?? :) Mmmm. Finally after two weeks of waiting my soap making supplies arrived! Everyone was excited and they all wanted to help open it! Do you know what it’s like to try and get five kids to diligently do school around a table?? Let me tell you~~it was no picnic!! However, we survived and managed to get some school done! In the afternoon, Ethan and Grace had piano, so while they were at piano, I took the others to the park to run around. It was a really cold and raw day. The snow had stopped and we didn’t get much but a nice dusting. But the cold didn’t stop these kiddos! They played tag and all sorts of games and never complained once about being cold! Sweet Lyvie! It was a joy to watch them play together. I walked around the basketball court while they played–mainly to keep warm, but also for some exercise. :) While we were packing up and leaving the park, we got word that Penny had had the baby! We were all so excited! When we got home, the sunset was gorgeous!After an early dinner, Mom, Dad, and Jay came to pick up Asa and Josiah to head to the hospital, but they also had a special early Christmas gift for Sam! Mom never gives early Christmas gifts, but she is getting soft in her old age! Haha! She knew this was something Sam could use now and Darrell was getting one also and she wanted to give him his early so he and Wes could play with it. So she gave Sam his too.
Dad was helping Lyvie with her puzzle. What is it?? The boys were so curious! A Bushnell game camera! Woohoo! Then, we dropped our kids off at Mimi’s and we headed to the hospital to meet our new niece, Zoe! I already posted those pics so I will only include this one.After we left the hospital, we went out to eat at Ortega’s then headed back to Mimi’s to pick up our kids, plus Asa and Josiah.
It was a big day full of exciting and new blessings and on top of all that it was my little sister, Brooke’s birthday! I went to bed that night feeling so full of happiness.
On Monday, November 11th, Veterans Day, it was time to say goodbye to Weston’s beloved cowboy boots. Both pair had to go. The pair on the left were actually a rather expensive pair we bought for Ethan when he turned three. He mainly wore them for church so they stayed very nice. The pair on the right, I bought from walmart because I had forgotten about Ethan’s pair. I realized later they were the same exact size. At first, one was for play and one was for dress, but somehow that went by the wayside and they both ended up looking pitiful! I hated to throw Ethan’s pair out, but they had to go. So, I took pictures to remember them by. I know. I’m pathetic. Surprisingly, Weston had no problem throwing them away. He reminded me of Mimi H.! Ha! Then while we were in the throwing out mood, we decided to get rid of the girls sleeping bags. These sleeping bags were Lindsey and Brooke’s when they were little. They are outgrowing them, the zipper is broke on one of them, and there are holes in the bottom of both of them.Funny thing though, those sleeping bags are actually still sitting on the back porch. Just as they were throwing them out, one of the girls thought they could be used for something! I know! They just need to go!
On Sunday, November 10th, after church, we headed down to the rec for a birthday party for our friends, Lily and Lucy. Lily was turning four and Lucy was turning one. The weather looked promising when we first got there, but it soon clouded up and turned windy and cold. Thankfully, Angie had chili dogs, hot choc and hot apple cider to keep us warm! The kids had fun running and playing. They also had a scavenger hunt. The birthday girls are at the bottom of the slide in the middle of the picture, but you can’t even see their faces! Lily is looking up the slide and Lucy is in the pink coat. I wish you could see their faces!It eventually started raining, but thankfully we all huddled under the pavilion to keep warm and the rain didn’t hinder the fun! The pinata! Weston….. Gracie….. Lyvie….. Ethan…… Austin was keeping Katrina warm! And Quinn was keeping Lindsey warm!It was almost impossible to keep the candles lit!
We were all so cold. Weston went to say goodbye to Lily and she kept her hands in her sweater and still tried giving him a hug. It was cute. Then we came home and I tried thawing out with a cup of coffee, but that didn’t work, so I took a bath! That did the trick! Then Sam and I fixed the tenderloins of Ethan’s deer for dinner. We definitely enjoyed it, but we didn’t prepare it quite right (we later learned from Uncle Steve how to do it properly). I also tried a new recipe called Crash Hot Potatoes. Very Yummy! Ethan’s first bite of his deer!
Friday night, the same day Ethan got his buck, my Dad had invited all the grandkids to one of our local high school football games. He also said if any of the parents want to go we could. Well, we all ended up going! One of our dear friends from church, Juan, is one of the coaches and both of his sons, Hunter and Major, play on the team. So, here are some of us below…..from L-R is Lindsey (with the white scarf), Sam B., Dad, Nelson, Bethany (smiling), then the next row down is Sam who is turned around, Weston, Lyvia, Grace and Ethan. It was cold and windy! But we are a bunch of tough ol’ yankees! Hunter is one of the captains and he is in the center of the field, #48. Sweet Cousins! Sisters! You can see Hunter from the back in this play, #48. Weston decided he wanted to go sit with Amanda. Wes and Penny and boys came as well, as Darrell and Shelly and all the kids. I just didn’t get their picture. It was a very exciting game! We pulled through at the end and won! At the end of every game, Juan kneels in the end zone and prays. Anyone who wants to join him is free to do so. Here they were all gathered together praying. An awesome sight to see.And, finally, that brings us to the end of a very exciting Friday!