Friday, April 23, 2010


This is where I spent 18 hours of my day yesterday. That's right. Ty had to go to Sioux Falls, SD to pick up what's on that trailer, and somewhere along the line, I had the brilliant idea that it would be fun for us to take a road trip. So, we left the girls with Ty's parents, got up at 4 AM (I didn't know I was capable of getting up that early), and headed out in the pouring rain. Luckily, the rain only lasted 45 minutes or so, and the rest of the day was beautiful and mild. We drove and drove and drove, and it was kinda interesting to see how similar and different all the "middle of nowhere" places around here can be. We were going to pick up these huge tires that are going to be used somewhere on the farm. They come from gigantic dirt moving equipment, and if you can see in the pic well enough, those are actually 2 halves of a tire on there. They are about 12 feet across, and weigh something like 5,000 lbs each. Whoa! It really was a pretty fun trip, aside from the guys meeting us to load the things were late, and one of the tires on the trailer locking up causing about an hour long delay while Ty did something to fix it, and Ty getting a nasty cold that started rearing its ugly head on the way back. Other than that, it was great. I don't think we've had that much awake time together since...well, it was at least before Abby was born for sure.
So that's our adventure. Next up is Abby's birthday, and then her very first birthday party next Saturday. Please pray for good weather, as I'm planning to have it at the park. Then my trip to TX, Cats for Christ fundraiser, Give Away Day at church, and a bunch of other stuff that is going to keep me pretty busy for the next few weeks. Don't worry, though. I won't forget about you, and I promise I'll still make time to come talk to you and post cute pics of the girls. I know that's why you're here anyway.
Here are some I found on my camera from a few months ago. The girls (mostly Anna) are obsessed with Ty's hats, and typically, he's barely gotten two feet in the door before she's already begging to wear whatever he's wearing for "just a little bit".

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

With a rebel yell...

She cried, "Mow, mow, mow!" Well, it finally happened today. I was starting to think I could make it out here without ever having to do any real "farm work", but it was not to be. I guess some people thought I should start pulling my weight around here, so today I became the proud operator of this fine piece of equipment... That's right; try not to laugh. I'm now the unofficial, official lawn mower in the family. I'm not going to admit this to anyone around here, but it was actually kind of fun to ride, and I enjoy contributing. Only a little, though. If you start contributing too much, then people start to expect something of you. It took me just under 2 hours to mow Grammy's yard, and I must say, it's looking mighty fine. Once they figure out a way to transport "the beast" around, I think I'm supposed to start mowing everyone's yard too. Grammy did tell me she thought it just wasn't right that they were making "the women" do their "man work", but I figured this beats hangin' around a bunch of stinky cows any day. Well, that's it. I'm a regular farm hand now. Who would have guessed?

And because I can't have a whole post with only a picture of some boring lawn mower. Here's one of Abby in the tub playing the girls' favorite new bath game: Slap Foam Toys on our Heads and See if They Stick. It's hilarious!

Have a blessed day!

Monday, April 5, 2010


Well, I haven't been able to edit my Easter pics like I wanted to. Something got messed up in my photoshop, and I haven't been able to getting going again. So, I guess I'll just have to bare my unedited soul ( today rather than wait till whenever I get my PSE running again. So here is a LONG pictorial of our Easter fun.

Here we are decorating our Easter eggs. Anna really liked it, but I was almost kicking myself for buying the kit I got. Don't get me wrong, it was a fun little kit. It caught my eye because it came with a bunch of those shrinking sleeves, and stickers you could use to decorate the eggs as well as the coloring stuff. Since Anna loves stickers, I figured it would be a hit. The only problem was that this kit was apparently designed to appeal to girls AND boys when it comes to sticker choices. Anna picks up a red egg, and says, "I'm going to make a basketball egg!" She promptly covers it in basket ball stickers. Then she picks up a purple egg and says, "Let's make this one a baseball egg!" Being the control freak that I am, I suggest we not do anymore "ball" eggs (these are supposed to be pretty, GIRLY eggs). She says, "Ok, how about a rocket ship!?" Eye roll, "Alright. Put the rocket ship on" (it's at this point that I start contemplating the fact that it appears the rest of my life is going to be an exercise in giving up control). While I'm checking some of the other eggs, she sneaks 2 baseball stickers on with the rocket ship. Next, the orange egg. Anna: "Hmmm. I think this one needs soccer balls." Me: "No, sweety. No more balls." Anna: "Fire trucks?" Aah! I finally convinced her that lady bugs would be better, and then the next one I just asked her if she wanted butterflies or flowers.She really did have fun, and here are their Easter baskets...On Saturday, there was an egg hunt up at the school for young kids. Anna did great. She ran around grabbing some eggs and leaving other that were right beside the ones she picked.
Saturday night we put our Easter baskets on the table. We told her that the Easter Bunny would come and take our eggs (and hide them outside) and leave presents instead. She was very excited. Here's her first peek at her basket Sunday morning.
She loved everything (I'm sure Abby liked her gifts too), and after a yummy breakfast, we went outside to hunt for our Easter eggs. After that, it was off to church and our whirlwind of Sunday activities. Not sure how many pictures I took of them in their oh-so-sweet matching dresses from my parents, but it was alot. We had a ton of fun, and even though Easter is about alot more than eggs and bunnies, I sure am glad we get to share in these fun times with our sweet girls!

Happy Easter!