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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Happy 2nd Birthday Jo...

Today Jo is 2!  What a crazy two years it has been!  I've said this on the blog before, but everyone always told me that once you have two kids, adding another is easy.  Well, going from two to three was a huge adjustment for me.  We were outnumbered, but we have learned to manage the chaos that comes with three kids....and three girls on top of that!  Couples who have more than three kids...I don't know how you do it!!


 Jo was such a good newborn (except car rides and she still hates riding in the car).  I always rolled my eyes at the parents who would tell me how their baby slept through the night as soon as they brought them home from the hospital...we were up every hour with our older two it seemed.  Jo came home from the hospital and only woke once in the night, so I guess it was my turn to be "one of those moms."  ;)  Although, I wouldn't tell any mom of a newborn this because I've been there too!








 Her Baptism...

 6 months...
The obligatory bath shot;)



 8 months!  This is the time that most babies are sleeping through the night.  Jo was the complete opposite.  She slept like a champ until now...She decided now would be a good time to start sleeping like a newborn.  Paybacks I guess!  She still isn't the best sleeper.

Yay!  We made it to one year!!! A huge accomplishment for Mom and Dad!!


















 Happy 2nd Birthday Jo!  You certainly make life interesting, especially at the grocery store.  You have to do whatever your sisters are doing and you love being on the farm.  Maybe this will be the year that you decide sleep is a good thing!






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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Farm Tour...

On Saturday we hosted several Indiana women bloggers and their families at our farm for a farm tour. The event was sponsored by Indiana's Family of Farmers.  Mel was all decked out in her sparkly boots for the event...

A showcase of old and new...
The tractor on the right is original to the farm...

We were excited to introduce the families to our beef and grain farm.  I loved watching the kids' faces light up when they saw the calves or the tractors.  I told everyone all the facts about our farm as well as the history.  Brad is the sixth generation to farm the family farm, and we are raising the seventh.  Brad's Great Great Grandfather bought some of the land that we still farm in 1879 for $53.00/acre.  (Thanks to Heather from Basilmomma for snapping this pic)


Next Brad showed everyone what we feed our cattle....haylage, corn silage, corn, dry hay and supplements.



This kid below...he's one of our favorites...and Jo's favorite too;)...

The kids were then each given bags and a mixture of their own "feed" (don't worry it was all edible...cheerios, pretzels, candy corn, m&ms, and chex mix) to mix up and eat, just like we do with all of the things we feed our calves.





Lucas (driving the tractor and shown here with his sister) was full of questions!  They were all excellent questions and I loved that he had that much interest in the tour!
Brad and Jo talking about the combine.  Everyone was amazed at the cost of a combine!
After we finished with our part of the tour, we headed to Megan's parent's pond and cabin for an evening of food and fun...
Megan, welcoming everyone...
The night was a blast...complete with s'mores, (Jo roasting her own marshmallows)...


Chatting on the front porch with friends...



and fishing...



One of the highlights of B's evening was catching her first fish!!! 


Another highlight was meeting Heather...

Heather is on one of B's favortie TV shows on Friday evenings called The Friday Zone.  The Friday before our tour, B was watching the show and Brad walked in the room and said, "Hey it's Heather."  B asked, "Who?" Then I came in the room and Brad asked, "Isn't that Heather?"  To which I replied, "Yes." and B said, "Mom, you know her?!! I watch this every Friday.  It's one of my favorite shows!"  I said, "Yes.  She's a blogger and will be at the farm tour tomorrow."  B was so excited to meet Heather the movie star and she even asked for her autograph later on that night:)!

I really enjoyed hosting this farm tour.  I was a little nervous because I didn't know what people would think of our farm and what they would take away from it...other than a little manure on their shoes, but I was extremely happy with the outcome.  We were scheduled to talk for an hour and fifteen minutes and I asked Brad, "How are we going to talk that long?  That's forever!"  But we actually went over.  Everyone was very interested in our farm and asked a lot of good questions!  I hope everyone enjoyed the tour as much as I did!  Also, thank you to the Kuhn family for hosting us that evening as well!






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