Saturday, September 24, 2011

What About A Snout?

The Prairie Kid brings home his work from the school week on Fridays. This week they were working on short i sounds. He wrote a story and drew a picture. I thought it was worth sharing : )

Addition ToThe Yard

We recently were given a hand-me-down play set. The Prairie Kid thinks he has died and gone to heaven! He plays on it so much...sometimes even before we leave for school in the mornings.
He already broke in both hands for the monkey bars...big blisters that are now turning into callouses.

A couple of weekends ago The Prairie Daddy was making a roof for the top with some old feed bags. There was enough left over for a flag. The Prairie Kid told me what to paint and away we went.

Today the flag got hung up.

As it was being put up with a piece of wire, The Prairie Daddy said, "We might need to get a dowel."

The Prairie Kid asked, "A towel?"

"No, a D-owel."


Thursday, September 22, 2011


Funny, but not-so-funny story...

As previously posted, The Prairie Kid is in soccer. I started playing soccer when I was in 2nd grade and played through the beginning of high school. Soccer in our family became an obsession growing up; we were on the field year-round (yep, indoor in the winter) and played competetive soccer for many years. No doubt, my dad would have loved to see us head to college on a soccer scholarship.

I stood on the sidelines Monday evening hollering for my son to get after the ball. He had shared with me before the game that he was afraid to get kicked. He stayed back and watched the mobs of little feet desperately trying to make contact with the ball. I coached from the sidelines.

After the game we hung out for awhile and then, (sigh), we got in the car. I think the first words out of my mouth were "You've got to get brave and go after the ball! You need to get that ball away from the other team!"

"But I'm scared!"

"You've got to get over that!"

And then, I remembered. That horrible feeling of getting "the lecture" in the car after the game. And I stopped. I turned around and said, "I'm sorry. Sometimes moms and dads get too excited about their kid's sports and I just want you to have fun. You did a great job and you scored a goal! Way to go! I love you, Buddy."

Whew...that was close.

And later, I called up my sister and laughed, "I've turned into our father!" I am thankful for the support and time my dad ALWAYS gave to our sports. However, sometimes as parents we all-too-quickly have unreasonable expectations or goals for our kids and don't always think about the purpose and affect. I am thankful that God reminded me how that felt and that He allowed me to change course and head on a different path with my son.

I still hollered from the sidelines at the next game...but this time it was more like "WAY TO GO! GREAT JOB!" And we laughed and enjoyed our little ones as they buzzed around the field like a herd of bumble bees.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


There are Cat Face Spiders on our deck. Thank God I've been told they're not poisonous or I wouldn't be so okay with them hanging around our house, literally. They are a strange and creepy creature.

Here is the back...

And here is the belly. This one was actually working on eating a fly when we took this picture...


The Prairie Kid is playing soccer! We're excited...this is his first organized sport (other than summer units at the rec). He is playing on a K-2nd grade team. They have games twice a week for about 5 weeks. He's played the same team both games so far and I think they lost the first and they tied the 2nd game 8 to 8. He scored a goal in each game.

The Prairie Daddy's aunt and cousins were in town and they joined his mom at the first game

I was proud of my little striker

Out My Office Window

The other day I had visitors out my office window. We enjoyed watching them long enough to take their pictures and then scared them off since they were eating the church bushes.

This mama must be giving her kid ALL of her nutrition because she is too skinny... : (

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Celebrating 10 Years

We celebrated our 10 year anniversary on September 1st. We went to Jackson for a nice 2 1/2 day getaway. The weather was beautiful and it was a great time to relax and celebrate in the midst of our crazy-busy lives.

We stayed at the Snow King Resort Hotel at the base of the ski hill. Here we are before heading out for a special dinner.

We enjoyed a sunset drive after dinner

And before we headed home we decided to try out the alpine slide on the ski is the view of our resort on the way up the mountain on the chair lift

A quick pic before embarking on our "sleds"

We left the top at the same time. I was so slow that The Prairie Daddy had time to put his sled away and get ready to take my picture before I arrived...
I feel extremely blessed to say that I am more in love with my husband now than I even was on our wedding day. Prairie Daddy, thank you for being such a wonderful partner.


The Prairie Kid wanted to go riding a few weeks ago. It worked out on a Saturday that I had time to take him down to the barn. It was good because I was really able to work with him on what the tack was called, how to hold it, grooming, etc. We have a pony/horse cross named "Bart." He is no Jed but he is a good size for The Prairie Kid albeit stubborn.

On our way through the pens to the horses we stopped to say "hi" to the bum calves in the pen. They were hoping to find a bottle of milk in The Prairie Kid's back pocket. : )

Coaxing Bart out of the corral

My kiddo looked so small in the middle of all of these guys...

The others were eager to greet Bart and The Prairie Kid when we got back

Well done, Kiddo

Saturday, September 17, 2011

First Day of First Grade

Bum Calves

We've had a good crop of calves this year. We've had to bottle feed a few because we've had so many twins and momma cows don't always take both calves if she has twins. Sometimes we go out and help The Prairie Daddy.

Do you think he liked his dinner?

Creepy Fun

Our brother and sister-in-law are in a Creation Club. Their group brought in an animal guy with his "collection" to the ranch for a presentation the day after The Prairie Kid's birthday. We got to go as well and it was fun to see his "friends" up close.

It took some "mom bravery" to watch my kiddo pet this python

And our nephew was REALLY brave by getting THIS up close and personal!


I am amazed that almost a month has gone by and I haven't been able to sit down and blog. I really miss it and hope that someday in the future I will be able to document our lives better again.

For now, I will see what events took place via my camera and go from there.

We did celebrate The Prairie Kid's 6th birthday and The Prairie Daddy's 37th birthday in August!

Miniature Golf

We had a family birthday party at an Auntie's house

The Birthday Boy and Grandpa

And the rodeo to top it all off
The Prairie Daddy had to work on his birthday. But we celebrated with friends that night and he got lots of treats

He got a Sour Cream Raisin Pie as a surprise too. : )