Thursday, October 7, 2010

Timmm-berrr

Tuesday, I set off into the woods to help Jason cut wood. I'm using the term "help" loosely here because as you can see... I only took pictures of HIM cutting wood. My job was to load it onto the trailer. But... let's be honest... that's no easy job!!! I definitely got my workout for the day. And we treated outselves to lunch out afterwards.

My lumberjack:

I told him he needed a plaid button up shirt and a roll of Brawny paper towels for these pictures. He only rolled his eyes at me.



Look at that saw dust flying up!
This was my job... stacking the wood on this trailer...

And while we were busy doing that... this precious little pumpkin was entertaining herself in the truck...



Little dumplin'!! She had to coordinate just the right outfit and make sure to bring along her purse... even though I told her we were going into the woods to cut wood. Ha! I love this silly girl. SOOO much. Today, she wore a backpack and went outside to pretend she was waiting on a school bus to pick her up. That image broke my heart... my last baby. Where have five years gone?? That's for another blog post though.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Cock-a-Doodle-Doo

The funniest thing happened yesterday...

I went out to get eggs from my chickens and this was in the chicken coop...


How it got there... nobody knows.

Well... SOMEBODY does... but they're not fessin' up!!

So... now we have a rooster.

and he needs a name.

Suggestions??

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Blog-o-sphere

Jason went back to work on nights tonight. Which means he left about an hour ago and will work from 7:00 tonight until 7:00 tomorrow morning.

So it's just me and the kids tonight. And our two very fierce watchdogs... a S.W.A.T. team staked out in the bushes... a personal bodyguard... and neighbors a phone call away who all own fully stocked gun safes. So, don't get any ideas!

I'm sitting here at my worthless piece of junk computer which literally almost got smashed to bits last night by yours truly. Except then I realized I wouldn't be able to edit the pictures that I had just taken, and I kid you not... that's the only thing that saved my laptop last night. Because I was comletely ready to throw this one in the drive way and back over it with the 'burb several times and then drive to Best Buy in the city an hour and a half away today to buy a new one. And this was all justified in my mind because really I hate this laptop with everything in me. It's a piece of junk. But... I got a good nights sleep plus a few extra hours (thank you honey)... and somehow, the laptop lived to see another day, because really... is it the end of the world if it only stays juiced if I physically hold the cord into the back of the computer the whole time I'm using it?? I can think of worse things.

So I'm sitting here. Listening to the kids play. Watching the sun set. Editing those pictures I told you about, and browsing various blogs that I love to read.

And I want to know...

what are some of your favorite blogs?

Right now I'm loving http://www.memoriesoncloverlane.blogspot.com/. She writes like my head thinks. I totally get it.

Check her out... and leave me a comment with some of your faves.  :)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Farm

I ordered this book through Scholastic with my last order. When I saw it, I knew we had to have it. Had to!



The other day, the kids and I read it for the first time while we were enjoying breakfast together.

This book is officially going onto my list of favorites at our house. It's so simple... yet... so... US!

I love the simple watercolor drawings.

"Take a farmer, another farmer, a boy, a girl."



















Ok, so... minus the silos because we don't crop farm, we cattle farm. And... minus the few farmhands because we do our own farming... and it's us! Complete with barns, sheds, equipment, tractors, cattle, chickens, and the dog(s).

Farm

"Dust covers everything: shovels and buckets, swallow nests and spiderwebs, a toy tractor, a chair with three legs, the handprints of the girl and boy in the concrete floor...

                                                                                                        ... Even the barn cats are dusty."

Oh my word! Sooooo true. Dusting this house is almost a daily necessity. It comes in from outside and coats EVERYthing!!

"The girl steps on a bee."

Seriously?? This summer, Audrey stepped on a bee! Got stung on the bottom of her foot.

"Cut hay smells like summer."

That picture was my life this last summer. And the summer before that.

Even the little town in the book looks like our small town! I'm not kidding. One day I should take a picture to compare. You all from my small town reading this will agree with me.


Even the little water tower beyond the gas station!!



"They stop for hamburgers."

"They stop for milkshakes."

In our small town... one of the only about two or three places that you can eat in town... is a drive-in. It's where everyone goes to get burgers. And milkshakes. And hang out. And catch up. It's where out of towners stop on their way home from the lake. And to most of them... it'll always just be a place to grab a burger in the middle of otherwise nowhere.

But to me... it's my home.

Farm.

There have been several songs written about small town life. Mayberry by Rascal Flatts, In A Small Town by Kenny Chesney, Small Town by John Mellencamp, Famous In A Small Town by Miranda Lambert. Just to name a few.

When my youngest sister was about three years old, she LOVED the song If The World Had A Front Porch by Tracy Lawrence.

I didn't appreciate the song then like I do now. But this small town life... this is what it's all about. About slowing down time, about knowing people by their first name, about cheerin' at the high school football games, about sitting out on the front porch drinking homemade wine, about watching kids run and dance with fireflies, about being able to walk outside at night and actually be able to look up and see stars in the sky. A place where you don't have to lock your front door if you don't want to, where your neighbors look out for you, where the dogs have place to run outside, where it's useless to take the car through the carwash because one drive down the gravel road and it's dirty again... and noone cares!

Farm.

:)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Cast of Characters

I was going to blog about a family tree homework assignment that Levi had over the weekend, and I figured now was as good a time as any to introduce blog readers to our family.

Cast of Characters:

Jason:
Husband, Dad, Son, Brother, Uncle, Farmer, Shy, Loyal Kansas City Royals Fan

Me (Becky):
Wife, Mom, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Photographer, Outgoing, Loves All Things Crafty

If ever there were two more opposite people in this world who were meant for each other... It was me and Jason. City Girl/Country Boy. He's the yin to my yang...the quiet to my loud... the stop to my go... the tall to my short.

together, we have a beautifully blended family of four kids.

Logan:
15. Highschool Freshman. Plays Volleyball. Likes Boys

Jacob:
11. Sixth Grade. Plays Football. Still Thinks Girls Have Cooties

Levi:
6. First Grade. Plays Football. Doesn't Even Know Girls Exist.

Audrey:
4. Does Preschool At Home With Me. Likes Anything Purple Or Pink That Sparkles.

So, over the weekend, Levi had a homework assignment to create a family tree. The assignment was to pick something that grows on a tree that would represent our family and be creative in how we did the assignment and decorated our tree. On the back of our tree we had to write the sentence "We are a _____ tree because _____." And we were supposed to fill in the blanks.

This is what we ended up with:









Love each other!
Becky

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Baby, You ARE Still That Cute!

Today over at http://www.citymousecelebrates.blogspot.com/, we are celebrating Weirdoes Day, which reminded me of a funny story that happened recently.

I was on a popular website/blog that I frequent and she was having a funny photo contest. I submitted this photo of Audrey in her carseat when she was a baby:



The picture in itself is hilarious... but the funny part is... that Audrey was sitting here at the computer with me when I submitted that photo and she says to me "Aw, I wish I was still that cute."

Hahahahahaha.

Baby, you ARE still "that" cute!



And... you're still a weirdo.


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Ants [Cricket] In My Pants

Have I ever told you all about the time I was pitching a fit in front of my husband and the two younger kids... and a cricket was in my pants?

no??

I was standing there in the kitchen having a hissy about something. The two younger kids were at the table. I'm mid-rant when it feels like something is crawling up my leg inside my pants.

So I start screaming "I have to take my pants off!!!!!" as I'm trying to literally throw my pants off and my six year old boy covers his eyes.

Jason starts laughing at me wondering what in the world has possessed me and at this point I'm shaking my pants, trying to convince him that something was in them... when sure enough a big ole cricket drops out.

And to behonest... I'm kinda grateful it was "just" a cricket since I had visions of a creepy crawly spider being in my pants.

Oh... and there was the time that a bee was in my pants and stung me on the inner thigh twice before I could get my pants off to let it free.

what is WITH me and insects getting up in my pants??

Hmmm... I'll have to think on this today.

Happy Literacy day! Click the tab at the top that says "Let's Celebrate" later. I'll be posting a list of people's favorite "must-read" books.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Happy Biiiiiiiirthday Dear Looooo gaaaaaan!

Yesterday was Logan's birthday. She's 15 whole years old! Watch out world... we will have another permit driver soon. Scary.

For those of you who don't know our family, I will do a cast of characters soon. But... right now I'm supposed to be editing pics... not monkeying around on here! (oopsie, mommy)

Logan last year:



Logan this year:



Happy Birthday, La! We love you!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

My First Blog Post Ever! (on this blog, at least)

WHEW! I know what you are all thinking... Anooooother blog. I know, right? Well, I figured the blog I had while we lived in the city just wasn't fitting anymore since... well... we aren't in the city.

So, welcome to the new blog! This is it, I promise. I hope. I think.

We will still be celebrating over at http://www.blogger.com/www.citymousecelebrates.blogspot.com, but this blog will be more for blogging about our life on the farm... and when we leave the farm every now and then.

So for my very first blog post ever (on this blog, at least,) I wanted to share a cute, kind of ironic story for you all.

Last weekend, my parents swung through on their way home from dropping my youngest sister off at college in Oklahoma and they stayed a night with us out on the farm. My mom used to be an elementary school teacher and did a couple of years specifically as a reading coach. The woman (and I say this literally) is obsessed with books. More specifically, she's obsessed with kid's books. She knows all the great children's authors and what books are great age-related reads for any age.

Here lately, she's been divvy-ing up her stash between me and my siblings to pass down to our kids. So, while she was here last weekend she brought us a whole tub full of books! As she was going through her books, if any of them had my name written in them that they had belonged to me, or if she specifically remembered me loving a certain book, she made sure that those got brought to me. We were sitting there going through the books she brought and I noticed that there were a few farm related books. I thought it was cute that she'd given those to me, since I live on a farm now and all... but come to find out... they had all been mine as a kid! They all had my name written in them. One was even written in my little Becky handwriting. So cute! I'm so excited to have these books on the farm with me to read to my kids (and grandkids some day. Some day far FAR away in the far FAR away future.)





My mom and dad both instilled the love of reading in me... and it's from a favorite childhood book that I got the name for this new blog. Anyone remember Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm??




Well... I am Rebekah of Schenewark Farm...

... and this is my life.
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