Sunday Babysitting

After church on Sunday, March 1st, we babysat Hudson, Emma, Jackson, and Quinn for Darrell and Shelly.IMG_8440 Lego Fun!IMG_8441 The girls built a really tall lego tower.  They were trying to get it taller than Ethan, I think.  So, he was measuring to see if they did it.IMG_8443 They got it taller than him!IMG_8444IMG_8445 And then, T-I-M-B-E-R!!!!IMG_8446 IMG_8448 And, then it snowed of course, because that is just what it did this winter.   And I loved it!!IMG_8449 All the boys went out to play……IMG_8454……except Jack.  He was all snowed out.
IMG_8457 Hudson, Weston and Ethan were having a blast together!IMG_8459

The Last February Fun Friday!

Toot and I went out to lunch Friday, Feb 27th.  Fun times!IMG_8406 Weston made himself a cozy little bed!IMG_8407 That night the kids had youth group up at the farm.  Night time sledding!IMG_8412 They had lots of fun!IMG_8415 IMG_8417 IMG_8418 Ethan was too old for this youth group, so he was at Taekwondo.IMG_8419 Eventually, the cold temps brought most of them inside for snacks.IMG_8428 And I got to hold this sweet baby~Lana!  IMG_8432 I don’t know why I took pictures of all the kids when we got home from youth group, but I did, so here they are.  Just random pictures of the kids.  You’re welcome.IMG_8434 IMG_8437 IMG_8439And good night!

P.S.  Have you noticed I have made blogging my new full time job??!  I’m taking advantage of not having to do school and trying so hard to get caught up!  However, I have many, many other things I need to get caught up on too, so not sure how long I can keep this pace, but I’m doing it while I can.  For some strange reason, I just know all those other things will patiently wait til I get to them!

Red Curry Soup and Fish Tacos

Here are two new things I tried this winter that I have never had or made before.

I have never done much with curry.  But I was inspired to try this curry soup when my Mom made some.  I found a recipe that sounded good to me and went for it!  I love it!  It is super yummy!IMG_8391 Then I had some leftover fish one night and decided to make fish tacos.  I have always turned my nose up at that when I saw it on the menu at a mexican restaurant, but no more! They are soooo good!  There is a simple sauce you can make, and then add cilantro and a squeeze of lime and you are in fish taco heaven!IMG_8404Two new recipes to add to my collection!  Yay!

Another Snowy Sunday!

Sunday morning (2/22) we woke up to the snow still falling!IMG_8220 It was originally forecasted to stop much earlier, so they had decided to just have second hour at church.  Well, it was still snowing when second hour began!  And Sam was still at the church clearing snow, so I had to drive to church with the kids.  I used to never mind driving in the snow when I had my four wheel drive and it was just me.  Now I drive a mini van with four kids.  And Sam warned me the roads were terrible.  So, I was not too happy about having to drive in it!  Thankfully, we made it.  Just had to go super slow.IMG_8221 That afternoon, Sam got called in to work.  The sun came out, so the kids and I went out to play!IMG_8229 They played king of the snow hill and tried to see who could stay on top the longest.IMG_8232 Then they all had to take turns jumping off of it.IMG_8241 IMG_8242 Ethan just loves a good snowball fight and the girls don’t like them!  These are the days that Ethan especially misses Asa and Josiah!IMG_8246 So nice to see blue sky!IMG_8248 My four snow monsters!IMG_8250 IMG_8251 IMG_8257 IMG_8258 IMG_8259 IMG_8260 IMG_8265 IMG_8274 Once they got tired of playing on that hill, we decided to hide out and wait for Sam to get home from work.  The boys hid along the driveway.IMG_8283 The girls were up closer to the house and I was hiding behind a tree.  The kids were going to bombard him with snowballs when he pulled in and I was going to get pictures.IMG_8284 It seemed to take forever, but finally we saw him coming around the corner on the road.IMG_8289 And the snowballs started flying!IMG_8291 IMG_8292 IMG_8295 But we knew exactly what would happen as soon as he got out of his van!IMG_8297 IMG_8298 IMG_8299 IMG_8302 IMG_8304 Then they wanted to try and get Daddy off the hill.IMG_8309 IMG_8310 IMG_8314 This is one of my favorite pictures on this long picture post!  Weston is being bombarded by snowballs, but we can still see his face.  I love it!IMG_8323 IMG_8326 IMG_8327 Dunk had borrowed the tractor to clear some snow up at his house and was bringing it back.IMG_8333 Chore time!IMG_8336 IMG_8337 IMG_8341 IMG_8344 IMG_8345 We were having a mouse issue in the barn so every night the kids were setting several mouse traps.  That’s peanut butter on the knife.  They got very good at setting the traps.  Except for Grace who couldn’t set the traps because she had to plug her ears in case the trap snapped and you can’t set a trap with no hands.IMG_8346 IMG_8348 IMG_8349 We were doing chores that evening when we looked out at the snowman the kids had built out by the barn and we just started cracking up at the way it had melted.  It just kind of melted into itself and the nose was sticking straight up in the air.IMG_8355 Grace was mimicking how he melted.IMG_8356Then she sat on him and stole his nose.
IMG_8357 IMG_8359 IMG_8362 Weston was actually the best mouse trap setter we had!IMG_8366 Grace was getting a lesson on how to set the chicken light timer.IMG_8368 Their favorite treat~~banana peels!IMG_8375 Look at Katie’s head all sideways!  Haha!  They are so funny!IMG_8376 IMG_8377 IMG_8378 IMG_8379 This was Sam’s second full time job this winter~~clearing snow!IMG_8383 IMG_8386We thoroughly enjoyed playing out in the snow this Sunday!

Another Snowy Saturday!

Saturday, Feb 21st was another snow day around here!  The goats were taking it in stride. And the chickens were still in their coop trying to decide whether or not to come out.IMG_8195 IMG_8197 IMG_8199 You can’t really see him, but Sam was up on the roof of the camper getting the snow off because more snow was coming.IMG_8206 Here is Ethan letting Sam down in our homemade “tractor lift”.  See Sam in the bucket?IMG_8209 Then, later on we are inside and hear this horrendous noise on the roof.

 I ran outside to this:IMG_8211 Don’t ask me how Sam actually got up on the roof.  He obviously somehow got in the bucket, then climbed up the ladder and onto the roof, but I’m just not exactly sure how.  He never asked for help.  He needed to clear snow off the roof of the house.IMG_8215 Meanwhile, inside we were having popcorn, playing ABC Spot It, and cutting out paper snowflakes.IMG_8217We are always glad when Sam finally comes inside to join us!  It was the second Saturday night in a row that the hymn sing and bible study were canceled due to snow.  So we had a cozy night!

Fun Friday!

Friday, Feb 20th, the girls and I had a tea party while we watched an I Love Lucy episode together.  It was so fun!  Penny, you would be proud of me!IMG_8184 Then Friday night, we babysat Quinn.  I can’t remember why because its been so long now, but we did!  Here’s the proof…….IMG_8188 IMG_8189 Lyvie wanted to feed him dinner.  IMG_8190 Isn’t she cute with her hand behind him to make sure he didn’t fall?  She is such a natural! Quinn had meatballs……IMG_8192 And we had meatball grinders!  Sometimes we take a break from pizza.  We also had guacamole and chips.  YUM!IMG_8193

Two Days Later……

Two days later, it was snowing again!  I feel like all these posts look exactly the same, but this was our life this winter, so this is what I post!  IMG_8160 Gracie had some perfect snowflakes land in her hair.IMG_8164 IMG_8169 While the kids did school, I baked!  Because that is what I do when it snows!IMG_8171 I made Oatmeal Raisin and Chocolate Oatmeal.IMG_8172 Then, because Sam went straight from work to the church, the kids helped him out by shoveling the driveway.  They had a little system going……IMG_8174 I couldn’t help any because of my back.  I did a little shoveling during one of the storms and that was a really bad idea.IMG_8175 They are such good workers!  And an encouragement to Sam and I.IMG_8176

Church Canceled Due to Snow

Sunday, Feb 15th, church was canceled due to snow.IMG_8126 We had Belgian waffles for breakfast!  Then Sam headed over to the church to clear snow.IMG_8129 And I got busy in the kitchen cooking up some good stuff for him to eat when he got back.IMG_8131 We made Potato Salad, deviled eggs, cole slaw and pulled pork.IMG_8133 IMG_8135 We also skyped with B&B&B!IMG_8141 The kids and I did some snow clearing here while Sam was at the church.IMG_8147 It was such a beautiful evening!IMG_8148 IMG_8149 IMG_8150 Here is a little project Sam had worked on the night before.  He recovered Ethan’s dining room chair.IMG_8152 And when he got home from the church, he did some more snow clearing here.IMG_8153 And then we finally ate!IMG_8154

Valentine’s Day 2015

February 14, 2015!

 I realize I already posted most of these pictures, but I decided to do it again to keep things in order somewhat.

Sam and I got engaged on February 14, 1999, so we have always made an effort to go out on Valentine’s Day to celebrate that special day!  This year a big snowstorm was forecasted to arrive the afternoon of Valentine’s Day, so we decided to get up early on Saturday morning and go out for breakfast instead.  It was perfect!IMG_8048 I love seeing the smoke come out of our chimney.IMG_8051 Haha!  Our van looked so small next to that boat.IMG_8054 IMG_8057 I had gotten my nails done the day before!  IMG_8060 It was such a beautiful morning.IMG_8061 Me and my love.IMG_8063 Here we are back in 1999!Untitled When we got home from breakfast, Sam had to jump the tractor because it was so cold.IMG_8066 Here is the bottom of the cupcakes the kids and I made the day before.IMG_8069 My rose from Sam.  He also brings his girls each a white rose.  IMG_8071 IMG_8073 Sure enough, Saturday afternoon the flakes began to fall!  I was down making soap, but had to come up and get some pictures.IMG_8076 Sam and the kids were having fun…..IMG_8077 IMG_8078 IMG_8081 Ethan was trying to dive out of view of the camera, but I beat him!IMG_8082 Grace!  You’re looking in the wrong direction!IMG_8084 IMG_8086 Mom and Dad stopped by with Valentine Treats for the kids!IMG_8087 Off they go!  Good thing they don’t live very far away!IMG_8090 Evening chores!IMG_8091 IMG_8093 Lyvie does not have blue eye shadow on.  Haha.  I tried to get rid of red eye and I got blue eye instead.IMG_8094 The view from the barn.IMG_8095 Grace was trying to feel Katie’s babies.  At that point, we still thought she was pregnant.  Sadly, though, she wasn’t.IMG_8096 Ethan is doing eye lid checks!IMG_8097 Hay time!IMG_8100 IMG_8101 IMG_8103 IMG_8104 IMG_8106 IMG_8109 After chores, it was really starting to come down.  Here’s our pine down by the road.IMG_8111 IMG_8112 IMG_8115 The kids have such a blast on their four wheeler in the snow.IMG_8118 IMG_8120 IMG_8121Church was canceled for that night.