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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Looking Back on 2013...

2013 was once again filled with many great memories!  Jo celebrated a lot of "firsts" this year!  She rolled over for the first time...FINALLY....She decided to make us all wait until 7 months! 

She had her first bite of rice cereal, baby food, and table food.

We celebrated Jo's baptism...
and her first Easter..
We were once again reminded of how grateful we are for good friends both near and far...

We began and ended the planting season with the reminder of the drought of 2012 and had high hopes of a wonderful harvest...



Our garden was bountiful and, once again, provided us with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in the summer and throughout the year...
We enjoyed our staycation at the Steam Engine Show...


B started second grade all smiles and she continues to love it!
Mel started preschool and loves it!  She wishes she could go every day!
Mel turned 5...
Jo turned one.

She also began walking at 13 months!  I don't have any pictures to document that because she hasn't stopped since!


We were blessed with a wonderful harvest!!!  Such a refresher after last year!

In October, I lost a friend and my role model to cancer.  She was such a beautiful person!  She made a huge impact in my life and as I stood in line with the hundreds of other people at her visitation, I was reminded of all the other lives that she touched.


Brad and I celebrated 9 years of marriage.

B turned 8.


I went to my first ever Ugly Sweater Christmas Party and was reminded of how thankful I am for the people that social media has put in my life.

We celebrated Christmas with our family and made more great memories!






This Farm Family's Life would like to wish you and your family a happy new year.  May 2014 be the best one yet!










































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Thursday, December 19, 2013

She's 8...

Eight years ago today, at 9:47 pm, Miss B decided to finally make her appearance into the world.  The labor was loooong.  She refused to enter the world on her own, so I had to be induced.  At around 8:00 the doctor told me that if things didn't progress any faster, I would have to have a c-section.  I did NOT want a c-section.  Finally at around 8:30, she decided it was time and an hour and fifteen minutes later it was over....or was just beginning..however you want to look at it.  

If someone would have told me eight years ago that time would go by this fast, I would have laughed at them.  Actually, people did probably tell me that but I was too tired to listen.  Our first several few months of parent hood was definitely not a walk in the park. I remember waking in the night while in the hospital and I could hear a baby wailing in the nursery.  I thought to myself, "Oh!  I feel sorry for that baby's mom."  Yep!  It was mine!  We battled colic, number 2 problems, problems spitting up, sleepless nights and days.  The girl seriously would not sleep!  There were several mornings when either Brad or I would hop in the car with B at 2 am and go for a ride around the block just so she would fall asleep.  Then we would quietly walk in the house and place her car seat in the crib and let her sleep.  What were we thinking?  I guess we were desperate!  I tell myself that she wasn't an easy baby, but really I think we were just first time parents who didn't know what the heck we were doing!

So, even through all  this the last 8 years have flown by!  I am so proud of the smart, caring, energetic, silly girl she is growing up to be.  Happy birthday, B!  I hope you rock this year!!

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Monday, December 2, 2013

The Polar Express and Cookie Day 2013...

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed your time with family and friends!  We had a great day and I don't have a single picture to prove it.  Oh well!

On Friday we took B and Mel on a ride on the Polar Express!  This is our second year for this and hopefully Jo will be old enough in the next couple years to enjoy it.

Brad and Mel.  Mel being a stinker and refusing to smile...
 That's better even though they aren't looking at the camera...
B and myself... 
Santa came to visit all the kids on the train and the girls had their lists ready;0)... 



Saturday was Brad's family's annual Cookie Day.  This was the 34th year for it.  It's tradition.  I've said it many times before, but I love tradition!

Jo and Aunt Lauren... 


Chocolate puffs... 

Peanut butter kisses... 
Thumb prints... 
We also made Mexican wedding cakes, but I didn't get a picture of those.  We made about 1500 cookies!

Brooke and Mel... 
Cody and B enjoying some electronic time... 

Jo was smiling for the camera even if no one else was;0)... 

 These pictures have nothing to do with Cookie Day of the Polar Express, but I still wanted to share them.

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