My bed has been captured by the best possible crew doing the best possible thing.  Can't beat 'em, join 'em.  And that's exactly what I did after this pic. 

Bonus happiness-I made all of their pants. <3

Mama Made: Prairie dress

I'm teaching Little House on the Prairie again this semester at our homeschool co-op. It's SUCH a fun class to teach!  I have all the 4 and 5 year olds doing these old time handcarfts and such. It's so fun! Many of the kids dress in period clothing too.  Audra wanted a new prairie dress, complete with an apron and bonnet.
 I actually got the base fabric at an estate sale, so it actually is vintage fabric.

 The bonnet is reversible.
 Don't be fooled...under all those layers, she's still Audra. We're still working on Prairie Manners.

(Another) Snowday!

What's another couple of feet of snow in March?  Am I sick of snowdays?  Nope. Not one bit. I would take 52 snowy Tuesdays a year. 

We read books, played in the snow, ate yummy food, I did some sewing ( happy place) while the kids played in their rooms and we worked on the crafty projects Grammy and Grampy sent. Did I mention that I love snowdays? I absolutely do. 


We just got 16 inches of snow less than a week ago. Forecast says we could get the same today. Folks round these parts are grumbling about the meteorologist's news.


My entire workday has been cancelled. I was up late cooking a whole ton of food for us to eat during the storm.

Pajamas all day (pic below my two bigs are wearing mama made jammies!), books, art, sewing projects...repeat...all in our home sweet home.

I am so excited for you, snowday.


When one of my little 4-H friends makes me a homemade gift with her dad, and it's a bookmark-a perfect gift for me, my heart warms instantly. Thank you, Sophia.

A sad goodbye...

We said goodbye to the best goat, Katy.  Always hard to lose an animals, especially one dearly loved and one my kids have grown up wtih. THanks for the sweet memories, Katy.

He's 7 and a HALF

Here's 6 1/2
5 and a HALF
Age five.
Here's 4 1/2
Here's 4.
Here's 3 1/2.
Here's 2 1/2,  
Here he was at 2.
Here he was at 18 months.
(And before that, I wasn't a blogger).

Well, Adrian. You are now seven and a HALF. You've been asking when your half birthday was for...oh about 6 months.

My favorite thing about you is you know what you like and you do not veer.  John Deere. Tractors. Pickups. Cows. Carhart. Overalls. Repeat. 

I have been loving your artwork and the detail.  99% of your pictures have a vehicle, almost always tractors. Lately we are getting the whole landscape behind the tractors. You still spend hours making John Deere scrapooks from magazine clippings.  You have volumes.

You love books. Especially if you aren't the one to read them. You'll listen to me read or an audiobook for hours upon hours. You love talking about the favorite books you've read again and again. If we go to a bookstore, you are busy trying to find your old favorites.

While sports are not your thing so you say, you have taken to riding horses and you enjoy swimming.  When there is an absence of snow, you ride your bike.

You work more than you play. You love a job. You are a very useful kid.

I'm thankful that you love giving hugs and snuggling. You add so much to our family, especially information. We would never know as much as we do about tractors if it wasn't for you, Adrian.

Love, Mama

Nicknames: Adri

How old are you? 7 and a HALF

What is your favorite color? Green because of John Deere

What is your favorite animal? Cows

What is your favorite book? Where the Red Fern Grows

What is your favorite song? Undeniable Cows

What is your favorite food?  Peanut Butter and Jelly

What is your favorite drink?  Milk

What is your favorite breakfast food?  A nice tall glass of milk with a muffin

What is your favorite snack?  Junk food like something in a package

What is your favorite outfit?  Overalls

What is your favorite game? Candyland

What is your favorite toy?  Blue Ford Pickup Truck

Who is your best friend?  Desmond

What is your favorite thing to do? Go to the Tractor Supply

What is your favorite thing to do outside?  Haul things with my dump truck

What is your favorite holiday?  My birthday and Christmas

What do you like to take to bed with you at night?  My stuffed bear.

Where is your favorite place to go? The Tractor Supply

What is your favorite restaurant?  Friendly's Toast

Where do you want to go on vacation?  NY and Florida

What do you want to be when you grow up? John Deere dealership man and Pratt and Whitney worker.

What did you do on your birthday? Go to 4-H and do my presentation about logging


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