Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Gus - New Pet

Since we began keeping the class pet during second grade Charli Beth begged and pleaded for a guiena pig. She even took the time to write out and make a persuasive video about how it would make our family, "happier."

Curtis had a straight forward no for the longest time. Then I had a sweet friend with one that her daughter was having terrible allergies with. 

So he gave in. 

The kids are now the proud owners of Gus. He's far, so cute and gets completely crazy at night while playing. He loves to nibble and eat hay but you can pretty much tell that from the size of his big ole belly. 

We have had him for a little over a month and the kids love him just the same. Bryar gets so excited to see him but of course he does not get the responsibility of holdin him... Just yet. 

Gunner on the other hand still isn't quiet sure of this new friend, and to be honest I'm not sure if Curtis is either ;) 

Softball Champions!

I am incredibly behind on all of my summer posts due to the busy season. But for once every one is in bed and I have a few minutes to spare.

This softball season was one of the most fun times as being a softball Mom. Charli was on a team that I loved and with a coach that I will miss. The firecrackers have held a special place in my heart since Charli first started playing ball. The amount of fundamental skills she learned from Coach Howell and John is amazing. They were patient every season and gave the girls the uplifting they needed when they called for it. 

These girls have always found their way in playing well together. Some of the girls live for this sport and although CB really only "lives" for horses, she truly loves softball. It was such a blessing seeing these girls interact, cheering and befriending one another. This is a huge thing that so many little league sports lack these days. It's more about the memories than the trophy. 

The team went the entire season without being defeated. Let me just say how NICE this is after being on the total other end of the spectrum for two seasons. Although at tournament time the girls let a game get to their heads and were defeated which meant they would go into the losers bracket. They would have to play six games in one day to win the championship with the last two games being agaisnt the team that had first beat them. 

The girls started playing at 8:30 on a Saturday morning and thankfully we did not leave the ball field until 8:30 that night with first place trophies in hand. 

It was fun and a proud moment as a parent but these girls deserved it. They played the last game as if it were the first of the day and just absolutely played to win. 

CB had goals to hit better during that day and completely accomplished them. Even though she is not at the top of her game I love the fact that she is getting better with each season. I hope that she continues to love this sport and I hope as a parent that if she does not I accept it with full grace. 

The firecrackers ball team or what is left of them will now move up in age groups as Charli Beth stays in the 8 & under division. It slightly makes me sad but I just hope we find the perfect team once again. 

Canning and Gardening

This is the first year that I have completed a small garden since we have been married. In the past, Charli Beth and I have planted a few small items but it really never produced much. I'm not a green thumb type of lady, but I have always wished to be. 

Since my MIL is the gardening extraordinaire I asked that she teach me the tricks and trades of how to have a successful garden. She has a large garden that we all are able to eat from so in our plant selections I tried to pick items that she did not have. 

Charli loves to garden. (Love is probably an understatement in that sentence.) She helped me pick broccoli, okra, cherry tomatoes, sweet potatoes and strawberries. 

So far I have made two batches of strawberry freezer jam, cherry preserves and froze many more items. My MIL took Charli cherry picking one day and then I asked to go back the next time. We were loaded down with cherries for days. It was actually a lot of fun learning the process. Now I gladly have several bats prepared for cobblers for the next year. 

We have started freezing our broccoli and squash because it's coming in bulk and how often can one truly eat broccoli? My kids thankfully LOVE it but it will be great to have it during the winter months too. We will officially grow broccoli forever. 

There are a few items that we are still buying from the Amish. Blueberries are WAY cheaper there and already picked. The crazy little bunnies in our yard have are my sweet potato vines so I've been purchasing them from the Habegger's as well. I honestly just cannot pass up a trip to visit Amish country. 

There is so much more to learn but for now I will have the hard lesson of hoeing out the garden and praying for rain. 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Rare Storm for Us

Recently we had a storm come through our area in which is now being called an Isolated Supercell. Curtis and I are storm lovers. We typically sit out and watch the storms roll by or just keep up to date with them. 

This storm was so different though. I had never viewed such low and dangerous looking clouds. We were all in awe of this. The amount of pictures shared on Facebook was a true testament of just how dangerous this cell could have been. 

As you can see, we were on the outskirts of the storm. 

Here is a YouTube video of the entire cell within our city. 

Can you imagine the damage that this could of caused? It's a true humbling experience. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Magic School Bus Character Day

During the last week of school the second grade held fun little themed days. They shared camping, beach, storybook character, science experiment and field day. We have always loved storybook character day but this year was by far my favorite. 

It took forever in deciding on the perfect character. It was June 2, for a Pete's sake so to much costume was a definite no. Then after turning on Netflix it hit me that Magic School bus was the way to go. Charli Beth completely agreed as well and we decide to go with the great Mrs. Frizzle!

In the days to come I searched Goodwill for a dress that I could decorate up but instead I found other adorable treasures. So while visiting my Mom she gave me an older shirt of hers that is now to large for her. I brought it home and began cutting and sewing. 

No, it wasn't perfect but is Mrs. Frizzle known for her perfection? Not at all. 

We purchased 23 cent felt from Walmart and cut out solar system shapes. As we were running out of time I decided to glue them on. I then taped stars onto brown flat shoes and stars onto cheap earrings. 

Overall, I think my Mrs. Frizzle look a like was pretty cute! It was cheap and easy to make, which is totally my style! 

Hopefully, next years costume will be just as cool for third grade! 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Our Little House Makeover

This Spring I have been working on having a "greener thumb" and fixing up our yard. I've learned that I really enjoy yard work and taking on new task to better our property. Since Curtis has been working so many hours and we have had some down time, I've taken this role on. We have a small garden out by the corn field, and I cannot wait to learn more about growing our own vegetables. 

One of the small tasks that I had been dying to taken on was to fix up an area for our play house. Bryar has never been a fan of going into it because even though he is all boy, he HATES bugs. Grass seems to cause all sorts of little creatures to gather in these homes. 

My first task was to spray weed killer then wait a few weeks to make sure everything was dead. Then I spread newspaper out before placing mulch on top (Note to self: Make sure the newspaper does not include a very important article about your Husband's awesome fight and arrest at work. Yep.. Wife fail.) Using the newspaper will help eliminate any weeds fom growing to quickly through the mulch. 

Next we went down on the farm and gathered rocks. The kids really enjoyed being big rock collectors.

I placed the rocks that we found as the outline if the mulch. Which was budget friendly as well as cute! 

I then planted some left over annuals infront of the house to just make it a little more, "cute." I'm sure all of my little girlies that I watch throughout the week will enjoy them - or stomp them by accident ;) 

My Mom gave me two flowers for Mother's Day and I planted them in a bucket that was left over from a birthday party a few years back. I purchased a pinwheel for Bryar to play with and once he was finished I planted it in the ground as well. I also remembered that I had a set of numbers that had been lying in my file box for years and thought they would be cute as "house numbers." 

Altogether I spent around $5 for the mulch. Everything else we already had at our home or was given to us. It is so much more cute and now the littles can play without the itchy grass tickling their feet. Hopefully they will enjoy this new little addition as much as I have making it! 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Firecrackers Softball

Charli Beth is finally back at playing softball and we could not be more excited about this season. She is proudly back on the team that we started out and I could of kissed the phone when I got the call. This coach is wonderful and the team is just all around so fun! 

Charli has grown stronger since her last season and her strength in throwing has improved so much. Her batting stance has changed per the coaches request, so she is working to get back into her groove. 

Our team consistent of several travel ball girls, which are hardcore and great players. Charli continues to improve and of course that makes me even happier! 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Easter 2014

I am a little late to the game of posting all about our Easter fun but it seems that Instagram is my new blogging tool. Which is a shame I know?! 

We started out Holy Week with Curtis participating in the church play. It was actually really great! He held two roles in the play as there were past and present scene. I wish I could have taken pictures because I cannot describe in words how great everyone who participated made this play. 

We attended a egg hunt with friends and then one at Aunt Amanda's house. We also colored eggs last minute late Friday night. We were all sleepy so they were kind of colored, cracked and thrown away. 

Easter morning Charli woke early to find that the marvelous bunny had left her and Bryar sweet little baskets. Then she found bunny prints outside which lead to an investigation. 

No kidding... She even licked the prints and in one guess she figured out it was flour. But she carried on making a morning of it by finding little fuzz balls and explaining to us that the bunny rides in a basket that has wings. I am still thankful for her innocent imagination. 

Honestly, Bryar could of cared less about any of this except the fact that there was candy. 

Since Curtis was participating in the play on Sunday morning I made the decision to attend church with my family. It's always a blessing to go, "home" and see so many loved ones. We had to leave before church service was over to get back in time for family dinner number one. 

Nice hand placement Bryar has, huh? If I could of got another shot, I would of . But this is the best of  Easter 2014. 

We are lots of good food and had wonderful family time at both family dinners. When we finished with one, it seemed we were right off to the next. That is part of Holidays though right? I love it but boy does it make me wish for an extra day of rest. 

While we were at my Grandmothers later in the afternoon. The great grandkids were in the backyard playing when Charli got her hair stuck in a bubble blower. I am very certain that my face explains this situation well. 

We did end up cutting her hair but you cannot tell it at all thanks to her curls. 

The kids and I made bunny cakes for desserts. If you ever wonder how much d a control freak you are, decorate cakes with kids. Oh my... Charli made it a cute one though! 

The kids were blessed with so many wonderful things this Easter. But most importantly Charli learned even more about Jesus and lots of her questions were answered during this blessed Holiday. 

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I am a Christian, Wife to the man of my dreams and a Mother first before anything. I am the very PROUD Momma of Charli Beth that is a five year old little lady & and a new precious boy Bryar that was born in October! I just hope & pray to be the best mommy & wife as possible! II am a very simple girl, and the little things in life make me the happiest. My heart belongs in the country, and I can never imagine living anywhere else! I have amazing dreams for our family and I cannot wait to see where the Lord takes us on this journey!

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