Jingle Bells

Claire is my youngest, the baby. It takes her a while to warm up and speak to you. I hope that she is courageous enough to ask for what she needs, and mannerly enough to ask nicely. You never can tell what kids are going to do. Tonight at her preschool Christmas performance I got... Continue Reading →

Local Food

I puttered around the kitchen today while the kids are taking a much needed nap. (they argued all morning) I realized that everything this house is making for Thanksgiving one of us had a hand in growing. Roast Beef: A beef Lynn raised on feed that he grew Creamed Corn: All 4 of us planted... Continue Reading →

Election day

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Between Three Waters

I took the day off today.

Since I early voted it was just me, the wild/feral children and a long to-do list.

I told them to put some clothes on, thinking that I could wear yoga pants and a sweatshirt and at least run errands in comfort.

THIS is how they marched out of their rooms.

Seriously kids. How am I going to blame my slouchy look on you when you dress all cutsy and stuff?

Ugh. Makeup and real pants it was for me.

We got some stuff done (calf starter picked up, bills mailed… you know regular boring stuff) Then I pulled into Lowe’s to get some supplies to fix the fireplace. The kids have been working diligently to pull the bricks up one by one. I didn’t think they had it in them to actually destroy BRICKS but they proved me wrong.

My sweet little delicate flowers…

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Strep

Strep throat has hit our house. Claire and I are down and being treated. Caroline woke up this morning with a scratchy throat. Dang it. Since Lynn is neck deep in corn harvest he's not able to help by hanging out with Claire. Two kids at the doctor are quite a challenge. So I call... Continue Reading →

Hot late summer

The calves are still being born. This calf is a day old here, it was hidden in the grass with Mama cow closely monitoring. The girls gently petted it a couple times, which made their day. They are so soft when they are new. No matter where we go, Claire wants to wear a dress... Continue Reading →

The Adult

Between Three Waters

Some people delight in rules. They love following them, enforcing them, making up new ones. Anyone who knows me but I am not one of those people.

But Caroline is.

We are intrinsically different people. Learning to parent her as she needs to be parented might be my biggest challenge in life to date.

She loves to be early to things. She has been laying out clothes for me in the morning (against my wishes) so that I will “hurry up” and get her to school earlier. I got her to school 10 minutes ahead of when she absolutely had to be there yesterday…she got so excited she shook. In her mind school is a task to accomplish, and she loves tasks.

Last night I jokingly said I was going to take flying lessons.

C1. “Oh Mama. You can’t”

Me. “Why not?

C1. “What if you crashed and got hurt?”

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