Wednesday, October 16, 2013


It has been a long time since I have updated and I am just sitting in the envoy as Tyler has Blake in the combine right now so I figured I'd better do an update! Grandpa was driving so they went for a ride! The tractor seems to be where we spend most of our time these days! Tyler hauls the corn or beans to the bin so we ride along when ever we can! Usually at least 2 times a day, when I take lunch and supper. Sometimes we ride another time depending what I am doing at home. 
Blake is still growing up way to fast!! He doesn't talk much but he defiantly gets his point across to us! His favorite words are "more" and "Dadda" but Dadda is always a favorite :) He likes to get "more" corn and beans all the time with daddy! And if we aren't in the tractor he is getting "more" at home on his farm in the toy room. There is always corn scattered in every room of the house now. His combine, tractor and auger wagon seem to be his facorite things to play with lately! I wonder why?! :) He doesn't talk to us about what is going on with harvest but he defiantly knows what is going on and where stuff is going! We can drive by 3 other John Deere combines on our way to the field and he doesn't get excited about them but as soon as he can see ours, even if we are a mile away, he gets excited! He already knows our equipment apart from other farmers. He is going to be wanting to farm all the time in a year from now!! He would last all day in the tractor with daddy if I would let him! The first thing he wants when he wakes up every morning is his combine and the thing he is playing with right before bed is his combine! It is all he does anymore :) 

This was the first time Blake was at the field for this year! He was really excited that daily tractor rides were starting back up!
While the wagons are unloading sometimes Blake and mommy sit on the bin pads and watch!
Or he sits with daddy and watches :) 

I snapped this picture as I was getting lunches ready one day!

Tyler got his first deer of the year last night! Blake had fun helping skin it last night! He loves to be right beside his daddy no matter what he is doing! The most common thing he cries about anymore is he misses his Dadda! Most days when we leave the field he has a melt down about Dadda not being able to come with us or because he can't stay with Dadda! When he wakes up and Dadda is already at work he cries, and he usually cries a couple other times during the day because he wants Dadda :) He loves his Dadda!! 

Blake also went on his first hunting trip!! Tyler said he wasn't sure if Blake caught on to everything but they had fun and that's all that matters! Tyler took him one evening while my mom and I were making apple cider. We couldn't watch all our apples go to waste so we are both stalked up on cider for the year!! 

In other news we are adding an addition to our family in early April!! We are excited about it and Blake is when we ask him :) 

I am sure there is stuff I could have put on here that I forgot about. But maybe I should try to update more than once a month so I don't forget stuff :) 

Friday, August 16, 2013

Overdue update!!

I am sitting here in Tyler's shop as he is finishing up mounting his buck he got last season. We have been really busy around here this summer so far! The biggest news is that we painted our house, it isn't green any more!! It is now tan, which makes it look a lot newer. The roof is going to get done hopefully within a couple months! The house is going to be the same colors as Tyler's shop. Light tan siding with a darker tan metal roof. 
I haven't taken many pictures of it with my phone yet. This is the only one I have of it :) Tyler is painting the overhang in this picture. We both really like the way the house looks!

On Monday we went up to Weko beach in Michigan with my family for the day! It was very relaxing. The only negative was the cold water!! There had to be ice floating in there somewhere :)

Blake loved to play in the sand!! He was covered in sand by the end of the day but he had fun :)

It has been fun having fruit trees and a garden this year! I have been able to freeze a lot of cucumber slaw, sweet corn and green beans. Today I made some applesauce with our apples! I also have canned sweet pickles, kosher dill pickles, spicy pickles, bread and butter pickles and polish dill pickles all from cucumbers from our garden! I got some nectarines from my grandma and I canned those. My mom, Laura and I also spent most of a day making salsa and pizza sauce. Tyler was able to help me blanch all the tomatoes before he went to work that morning, it was nice working with him :)
Our 2 bushel of tomatoes washed and ready to be blanched. 
We used my parents 100 quart turkey fryer to make the salsa. It worked really good. That is also what Tyler and I blanched all the tomatoes in. It has came in really handy as we also used it to do the  sweet corn! It goes really quick when we can cook 60 to 70 ears of corn at the same time! It would fit a lot more we just didn't have the muscles to lift more corn out :) It has a basket in the inside so it worked good just to dump the corn in a cooler! 

In other news, our chickens are laying eggs!!! We have been getting between 20 and 22 eggs a day from them recently! It gets to be a lot of eggs :) I consistently have around 10 or 11 dozen in my fridge :) We did have to kill one of our chickens, she has something rupture in side of her and wasn't doing very good. So we are now down to 34 chickens :) 
This is about 3 days worth of eggs :) 

I am sure there is more I could update on but that will have to be it for now :) Hopefully it won't be so long before I update again!! 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I am trying to do an update from my phone, so we will see how this goes :) I take a lot more pictures of what we do every week now that I always have a good camera with me. Now if I forget the actual camera I don't miss out on something that is picture worthy :) 
Things have been going good around here. We are staying really busy! Our garden is doing really good! We had several pickings of radishes off of it, and just today I picked a couple peas!!
We went to the Remington water tower days a couple weeks back, they had a petting zoo there and Blake just loved it!! :) Here he is feeding the goats!

 Blake loves being silly :) He likes grandmas sun glasses, with these being pictures off my phone you will see all sorts of silly ones on this blog now :)

Blake has been my little fix it man this last week! Nothing was wrong with anything he fixed though :) he would carry around his wrench and want to fix stuff, in this picture it is the fridge door.

Here is just a good picture I got of our crazy little man! 
He is starting to slowly say more things each day. Bubbles is one of his favorite words. Dadda is the only word that tops it :) Dadda is involved with everything Blake does. He has even started calling me Dadda :) but he has started to say mamma now, but not near as often :) he has his "b" sounds down pretty good. Some of the words he has said are- hi, bye, lulu (aunt Laura), ang (aunt Angie), grandpa, hello, big buck, bird, bug, broke, yeah, no, dis (diesel), bread and I know there are more but I can't think of them right now. He is really starting to learn what things are and he will copy everything we do! So things are getting interesting around here :)

Have a good week!!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Chicken Shed....

or I should say WAS the chicken shed! On Friday night/early Saturday morning we had some bad winds with a storm that came through. We didn't think about the chicken shed blowing away when we went to bed. We had two and a half foot rods in all the corners inside the shed to help keep it from blowing away. These were not going through any part of the shed but we didn't think it would be able to blow away.  Much to our surprise when Tyler looked out the window on Saturday morning the shed was gone! After we got dressed to go see the damage we were shocked to see all 35 chickens still alive!! We were just sure we would have lost at least 1 chicken with everything that happened! But nope....they were all living and they were all really close to where the shed was when we went to bed. We must have exceptional chickens since they lasted through their shed blowing away and since they didn't go more than 15 feet from their pen :) We had a nesting box in the shed and that just fell over once the shed was gone, and all 4 rods were exactly where they were when we put them into the ground. The wind some how picked the shed up off the ground at least 2 1/2 feet straight up!  We are actually wondering if it went straight up 4 feet. The nesting box is that tall and the legs of it were not moved at all, it just fell straight back wards from where it was. Neither one of us saw the shed blow away but this is what we are guessing happened with how everything looked on Saturday morning.
This is where the shed landed....straight out from the kitchen window of the house.
The shed is a complete loss.

We are thankful it didn't touch this tree! It looks like it hit it but it was a couple inches from this tree and the tree didn't have a single mark on it! It is one of the new trees we just planted a couple months ago.

You can't see where the shed was but it was to the right of Tyler's shop that is in the back ground. The shed blew clear across our drive and only touched down 2 times that we could tell. Once in the landscaping by the shop and once in the drive way. Thankfully it didn't hit anything on its way through!

There was a few pieces that landed in the drive way.

This is where the shed was. You can see our rods that were in the corners. They are not bent over at all! And you can also see the nesting box. It was on the right side of the shed, it just fell straight over once the shed was gone.
This is as far as any of our chickens wondered.

Dad came and helped us get the shed out of the front yard, we pulled it with his truck.

Our 35 wet chickens! Tyler and I caught them all and moved them back into the green tool shed where we had them when they were little. Thankfully we hadn't taken down their pen in there yet!
 Tyler got started right away thinking of a new place to put the chickens. The bin rings that we had them in would not work for very long. After we got the shed out of the yard we talked with dad and came up with a plan to build a pen inside the green tool shed and to make an outside pen on some concrete that was beside the shed. I didn't get many pictures of the process but I got a few.
Dad and Tyler putting a door on the outside pen.

I couldn't get this picture to turn but here is the inside pen.

Putting chickens into the new pen!

Tyler moving chickens over to the new pen.

Blake making sure the chickens know they can go outside by shoving them out :)

And there they are once they were out.

He really likes the chickens :) He gives them hugs!

Here is Blake helping with the new pen by putting a screw in a board :)
We got the new pen built in just an afternoon with some help from Dad and Laura. We were very thankful for their help! We wouldn't have gotten both the inside and outside pens done without their help! We are pretty sure the green tool shed won't blow away with some strong winds so hopefully our chickens are safe now! We don't want to have to build them a third pen! :)

Monday, May 20, 2013

  Planting season is almost all over. The only thing that is left is the hay field which they are going to spray then plant once the first cutting is off of it. So it is pretty much done! Tyler had been filling the sprayer the end of last week and I think they did some more today and got done. Tyler sold hogs early this morning (as in got up at 3:15 am) then moved some hogs and now he is grinding feed. I have been working at home. Blake has been loving this warm weather! He has got to spend a lot of time outside and riding in a tractor. We have also taken lots of rides with Tyler these last couple weeks in a pickup. He has been driving a pickup delivering seed with the seed tender and then he also delivers the chemical to the sprayer with a goose neck trailer. Blake has enjoyed that a lot!! Blake has found a new obsession!  He loves carrying around a shovel of some sort. He will not hardly go anywhere without a shovel in his hand. I don't have hardly any pictures to prove it but he likes his shovels :) We got the deck completely finished last week and he likes to play on that! It is nice to have that all the way done! Here are just a few pictures of our last couple weeks!

Farmer Blake playing in the gravel.

He likes this toy! He normally digs in the dirt with it but Tyler was mowing so we moved it to the deck. You can see the finished deck behind him.
He doesn't care what size the shovel is as long as he has one!! :)
Mowing with daddy :)
Blake loves it when daddy gets home in time to play outside with him!!
On Saturday evening around 6:30 while Blake was taking a nap Tyler and I started to put up our chicken shed. We got it finished around 10 and got the chickens moved in before 10:30! :) So our 35 chickens now have a new, much bigger home! :) This is the shed that Tyler and I had at our Decatur house. We kept our 4-wheelers in it along with most of our outside stuff and it was also Tyler's shop for all his tools. As you can see we upgraded quite a bit by the below picture :) Now all we have to do for the chickens is get their outside pen built. We are going to cut a hole in the shed and attach a pen so they can get outside. We have the doors on the shed open now so they get some fresh air. 

Our 2 sheds :)

The jugs on the left and the broad head target on the right are to help hold the wire in place.

Our chickens in their new pen!

Today we went outside and rode his little tractor before daddy went back to work from lunch. He pulled his feet up just like he does for his 4-wheeler rides :)

He was not so sure about going barefoot.

Federer's planted the field across the road from our house today. Blake enjoyed watching them!
Driving his bull dozer on the screen waiting for the planter to come closer.

It finally got close! :)

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Outside Tour

Since my last blog post, they have gotten 4 fields planted and all the spraying done! Blake has been enjoying planting season already and it just started! He has had several tractor rides in the last couple days :) The field around our house is planted and Blake loved being able to look out the window and see a tractor! He would hear it and run to a window so he could see it.

Here is an updated picture of our chickens, I just took it this morning when I was out feeding and watering them. The 2 chicks on the left of the picture are some of the new 10 we got. They are fitting in very nicely and catching up to the others fast!

I thought since a lot of people haven't seen our house that I would do an outside tour to show you where we live. Sometime when the house is clean I'll have to do an inside tour :)

 As you drive in our lane and look at our house this is what you see. Starting from the right the windows are: the living room, our front door, a big kitchen window above our table, another kitchen window above my sink, then our office/laundry room window, then it is our garage.
Remember my bird poop post? The pipe you can see just to the right of the roof is where our birds were getting in at. We thankfully haven't had any visitors since Tyler put a net around the top! :) You can see Diesel's spot under the porch. We sat on the glider the other evening for a while when Blake was playing with Diesel and it was very relaxing!!
 I was standing on the road when I took this picture. So you can see how close we are to it. The window on the left is our kitchen table window. The double window in the center is our living room. Then the window on the right is our toy room window. And you can also see Blake's room window above the living room one.
 This is the back side of our house. Blake's room and the toy room windows are what is on the left. The big window is another window in the toy room. The window that is hard to see is Tyler and I's bedroom window. And you can see Tyler's shop off in the distance.
 After I took the above picture of the house I just turned around and took a picture of our back yard. It is very big :) It is nice for riding 4-wheelers! You can see a red semi on the interstate in the background. You can kind of also see all the little trees that Tyler planted if you look close :) They go all the way around the 2 sides of this yard. Tyler also cut down a lot of big pine trees that were in the clump of them on the right of the picture. Even though the interstate is so close we don't hardly hear it. There is one bump that if an empty semi goes over it we hear it :) It sounds like a shot gun going off sometimes. But that is about all we hear any more. We got used to it pretty quick.
 The window on the left is another one of Tyler and I's bedroom windows. The window that is upstairs is our spare bedroom window. The 2 windows under that are bathroom windows. The one that is closer to the bedroom window is Tyler and I's bathroom then the other bathroom is off our kitchen. The next little window is in the office/laundry room. Then it is our garage door that leads to our nice new deck!! Tyler got the side boards put on it last night and we have spindles for the middle ordered! I will post a new picture when we get it all finished!
 This is another view of our back yard from the deck. Once our new evergreen trees get bigger we will cut down the rest of the pine trees that we left standing.
 This is Tyler's shop. He landscaped around it earlier this year and it looks very nice! It has been very nice to have this shop!!
 This is just to show what all is at our place. The green shed on the left is where our chickens are at. There is also some farm equipment in there. Then a grain bin set up. Tyler's shop and the house. In between the bins and Tyler's shop you can see a big pile, that pile is the pine trees that Tyler cut down :)

 This is a close up of our deck. I was standing in the garage door when I took it.

Hopefully this helps people get an idea of what our house is like. We really enjoy living here and it is nice to have a big yard for Blake to play in! If you haven't been here to personally see it you are welcome to come any time! :)

And since any blog post wouldn't be complete without a picture of he is helping Tyler pick up rocks before the planter comes through. He has a little one in his left hand :) He caught on really quick what to do! He just doesn't pick up very big ones yet :)