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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Spraying Fungicide...

This has definitely been an interesting year thus far for farmers.  It's hard to believe that 3 years ago we were in one of the worst droughts in history.  I saw on the news today that in 2012 we experienced 51 days of 90 degree temperatures.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  I was pregnant and spent a lot of time in the pool, while watching our crops burn up.  That year we had some of the lowest yields on record.

This summer has been the complete opposite.  I forget the exact number, but we have only had a few days of 90 degree temps and the rainfall has been above average...way above average.  I've tried to refrain from sharing very many crop pictures on social media because I know that we are very fortunate where we live in terms of how our crops look.  I have seen pictures of fields that are flooded, fields that didn't get planted because of Spring being too wet, and corn that is only a foot tall and is beginning to tassel.  My heart is definitely aching for these farmers and their families and I am keeping them in my prayers.

With all the moisture we have experienced combined with late planting times, there comes a risk of diseases in corn that can affect yields.  Many farmers have chosen to spray their fields with fungicide in hopes of preventing further disease.  We decided to have our fields sprayed as well.  Some chemical companies apply the fungicide with an airplane, while others, like ours, use a helicopter.  Some farmers can use a "sprayer" with very tall wheels to get through the rows of corn to apply it, but there are only certain types of sprayers that can do this.  Fungicide is applied after the corn has tasseled.  It seems that for the past several weeks we have heard planes in the distance spraying corn.  It never gets old watching them spray the fields and it is easy entertainment for the girls;)

This was the first year that we have sprayed fungicide from the air, so the girls were pretty excited to watch.  It's not every day that a helicopter lands in the barn lot!;)

Here is a short video of the helicopter spraying...
 The helicopter landed on the back of the truck to fill-up with more fungicide.  They are able to spray 26 acres between fill-ups.

Here is a short video of the helicopter landing...

 A quick fill-up, which only seemed to take a couple minutes, and he was off again...


Thursday, July 23, 2015

22 Days...

22 days.  That is exactly how many days Jo has been paci free!  I didn't think it would happen this soon(I know. I know.  She's almost three, but I really wasn't worried about weaning her from it at this time.), or that it would be so easy.  
She always had at least two pacis everywhere we went, and if we were going for a car ride, I always made sure to pack at least 5!  She is a HORRIBLE car rider, and if any of my friends or family members are reading this, they are probably nodding their heads right about now.  She has never liked the car!  I remember taking her to B and Mel's gymnastics lessons when she was a week old and she cried for the 18 minute drive there and the 18 minute drive home.  Not just cry, but that blood curdling scream that a newborn has.  I came home in tears (I blame the hormones) and Brad said, "She's only a week old.  Give her time.  She'll get better."  Yeah.  She never did.  So, the pacis have always made the drive a little bit easier.

Another reason   excuse she always had the paci was because she is very strong willed!  The most strong-willed out of the three.  Once again, friends and family are nodding their heads;).  So, I didn't think that the weaning process would be easy.

B was weaned by planting them in the garden.  She was 2.5 also.  We planted each one, then at nap time I dug them all up and put sunflower seeds in their place.  She was convinced that those seeds would grow a paci tree!  She soon forgot about them and the sunflowers bloomed and no pacis grew;)

We told Mel that she left her's at Grandma's and we would have to get them the next time we were there.  We didn't visit Grandma for a while.  This wasn't a total lie because she really did leave one there, but we had 5 in the cabinet;).

So, how did we wean Jo?  The three girls and went to town to run errands.  As we were pulling out of the driveway I realized I didn't grab any extra pacis.  She had one in her mouth and one in her hand.  I didn't feel like running back in the house for more, so I thought to myself 'She's just going to have to deal with it."  5 minutes in to the ride she was asking for more so I explained to her that we left them at home.  We went to the library, then drove to the county courthouse.  When we were getting in the car from the courthouse she asked for another paci.  She still had one in her mouth so I asked her where the other one was.  She said, "At church."  Which also means library.  I told her that it was lost and I wasn't going back to find it. She is notorious for leaving them places! Looooong ride home.  When we got home she took a nap, with her 5 pacis.  That night, after supper, she came to me and asked for another paci.  She opened the drawer in the kitchen where we kept them and the two in there had holes, so she didn't want those.  I reminded her that we left a paci at the library and that they were all gone.  Then B, Mel, Brad and I scrambled through the house to find the pacis that we could and hid them.  She only asked for it once at bed time and a few more times after that.  If she sees a baby with one, she will ask about her's, but is usually satisified with hearing that she left it at the library.

We have visited the library since then and she never asked for it;)  She did find one miraculously appear on the kitchen counter.  I have no idea where it came from.  She exclaimed, "My paci!  Thank you, Daddy!"  Brad was just as clueless as I was.  I told her it had bugs on it so we had to throw it away.  We are still keeping our eyes peeled for any missing ones that might be hiding in the house!

So, there you have it.  It was all because she left one at the library.


Monday, July 20, 2015

Puffy Paint Ice Cream...

July is National Ice Cream Month and what better way to celebrate all month long than by eating your favorite flavors of ice cream and making this fun craft?  Mom for Less and I have joined together, thanks to Indiana's Family of Farmers to bring you a homeschool lesson and craft all about ice cream!

My girls love playing with shaving cream.  I buy probably 10 cans of the cheapest shaving cream I can find at the store so I always have some in the cabinet.  They love practicing letters, spelling, or just pretending with it.  Then when you are done all you have to do is hose them off!

Last winter we made puffy paint snowmen (which I will share later), so we decided to make ice cream cones with the same "recipe."

You will need:
shaving cream
brown construction paper
black sharpie marker
food coloring
brown acrylic paint (optional, or another color of your choice)
glue stick
school glue
Black beads (optional)
red paint (optional)

Begin by cutting a triangle out of brown construction paper and draw black lines on it.  This will be your cone.  Then glue it on the cardstock.  For the younger kids, I drew the outline of the ice cream to help give them direction on where to paint.
Apply the same amount of shaving cream and school glue in a bowl.  You really can't mess this up.  I try to get the consistency of icing with nice smooth peaks.
Next add in the food coloring or paint.  For chocolate ice cream we added a drop or two of brown paint until we reached the desired color.  The same process went for the food coloring.
Now, begin painting...
Finally, add your toppings.  We used black beads for chocolate chips on some of the cones, and drops of brown paint on others.  We added a cherry to the top with red paint, but again, that is optional.

Have fun creating the flavor ice cream of your dreams!  While this ice cream does look good enough to eat, I don't recommend it;)

Now, jump over to Mom for Less and find a homeschool lesson to go with these puffy paint ice cream cones!

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