Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sunday AM coffee

It's feeling like spring folks!
Yesterday we got up to 64* and it felt wonderful.
We worked outside all day cleaning up yard debris, stacking wood, brushing horses, cleaning out vehicles and even got in a few games of basketball.

The first baseball practice for the travel team was last night too.
It's going to be interesting to see how they sort the kids to form the AAA, AA and A teams.
There are about 30 kids vying for a spot on the rosters.

In other news the school production of the musical Annie has wrapped up.
It was fantastic!
All the kids were amazing!

Our boy had several parts. My favorite was star to be.
A few pre show pictures of him.

Hooverville crew.

Singing his part for the song NYC.
The kid really was phenomenal.

Secret service agent.
So proud of all the kids for having the guts to get out there and perform.

After the first show.

Chyann enjoyed it so much she came to watch it the second night when Colton was home.
Caden loves fruit gushers so much they got him those instead of flowers, which he was thrilled about.

My kids are sure growing up.

Yes Caden is as tall if not taller than me (gotta love shoes with heals).

We were so pleased both the big kids came home for the show.
They are coming back on Friday too for the school spotlight night.

That's all I've got.
later :)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saturday AM coffee

I am sitting here drinking my coffee and enjoying watching the birds outside my window. It's peaceful.

Not a whole lot going on here this weekend, other than making three pans of special K bars and rice crispy treats for the marathon all day play practice tomorrow. Yes, the play Annie opens next weekend! We are really excited to see it!

I recently took a trip to see family in KS and OK. While in KS a cousin gifted me with my Grandmothers old slide projector and four boxes of slides. He apparently kept them especially for me all these years.

Unfortunately the projector isn't in the best shape, but the Hubby has taken it apart and has it working well enough for us to look at the slides at least once. When all the kids are home next weekend for the play we'll put on a slide show and check out some family history. One whole box of slides was taken when I was a kid and my Grandparents visited us in AK, can't wait to see them!

Baseball tryouts were earlier this month. All the hard work and dedication Caden put in over the winter really showed. He did fantastic! Definitely stood out. Can't wait for the season to begin!

I am feeling spring fever something fierce this year and have quite a list of projects that am fantasizing about getting done before May arrives. From trimming trees, weed wacking the brush that is encroaching on the lawn, tilling the garden, planting 60-80 more trees, hauling crap off to the junk yard - ya I know you've heard that one before, but the Hubby says its really happening this year (fingers crossed), digging out stumps and cleaning barns.

With all the snow gone we can see that those freaking moles have been making paths all around the pool. Lets hope they didn't manage to compromise the liner.

Anywho, that's all I've got.
Have a good one :)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Winter returned

All our snow was gone.
Everything was drying up nicely.
The grass appeared to be starting to green up even.
It was lovely.
Until yesterday brought about ten to 12 inches of snow. Wind too. We've got drifts three feet deep on the driveway and will probably spend a good chunk of time outside today moving snow.

It is still February and winter, but that little taste of spring was sure nice.

The kids are all doing well at school.

Colton's graduation date has been set. May 13th! I'm giddy with excitement for him!
The world is his oyster. Wide open in front of him. He can go anywhere, do anything.
Exciting times!
Chyann continues to excel and be successful at college. She will be home in March for spring break. We are all looking forward to having her here for an extended period. With any luck the weather will be nice and we can ride horses. I have been working with them every few days so hopefully they wont be too wild and crazy when we do ride.
Picture from last time she was home.

Caden is in the school play Annie which will open towards the end of March. Between play practice, baseball practice and school work that kid is always busy. Baseball tryouts are next weekend and he is ready to strut his stuff!

Work for me has been busy. It's a good gig. I can't complain at all.
The little taste of spring we had got me thinking about my gardening plans. I'm excited to get outside and plant. Can't wait for that first fresh tomato.

That's all I've got.
Have a good weekend.
Stay warm.

Sunday, February 12, 2017


So it has been 43 days since I have talked to you all.

43 days of crazy shit.
Everything from snow and ice storms, power outages, no water due to well problems -twice, hospitalizations, vehicle accidents, the flu, injured horses, cats with diarrhea, hot tub malfunctions, family member with a terminal illnesses, a clown running the country, nephew got married, my parents will be great grandparents this summer (my brothers kids), fish classes, Dean's list, feeding birds, baseball, broken resolutions and more.

I've laid in bed at night, while unable to sleep, writing interesting and funny blog posts with the intention of writing them down and saying hello first thing the next morning before work. However all the witty things I thought I had to say disappear from my head in the cold light of day and with each day that passed, it was harder to sit down and write.

Here I am today though, short on time as its baseball bat try out day. Baseball season starts soon ya know. Although for us it's turned into a year round thing.

I'll be back soon.

Saturday, December 31, 2016


The week between Christmas and New Years goes so fast.

We had a really nice holiday.
The kids were all home.
It was perfect.

The only mishap over the holiday was the ham bubbling juice over in the oven.
I spent two days cleaning that sucker out, but I can say it is now factory clean again.

I had to take the tree down right after Christmas.
When you walked past it the needles would literally rain off it.
Never saw such a thing before.

The cats had a ball playing in the needles though.

We had some snow this last week too.
Caden stripped off his jacket after getting hot shoveling. 
The temps have still been relatively mild, but we are expecting a good cold snap to come our way next week.

Dodge and his ball.
Silly dog will not leave you alone until the ball is thrown.

Our eldest is gone again already.
He's got that whole adult thing going on and had to get back to work.

Chyann did bird counting with the boyfriend and his family this week.
They didn't see as many birds as last year.

Cute Thor looking all ominous from the back seat lol

She heads back to college tomorrow.

Hope you all have a safe New Years eve!
later :)

Friday, December 23, 2016

And it's almost Chritmas

Crazy how fast this month has flown.
Here it is the eve of Christmas eve.

Somehow I've been ahead of the Christmas rush this year.
Pretty much got all the shopping out of the way around black Friday, with the exception of a few things I picked up yesterday while shopping with Chyann.

Yes our girl made it home on Wednesday.
She arrived with a car load of laundry and the good news of being on the Dean's list with a 4.0 grade average!
She has decided to do a double major - Environmental Science and English with a possible minor in soils. Guess she'll will decide on that later.
Super proud that her first semester away from home has been successful!
She even worked 15-20 hours a week.
Pretty damn impressive.

Our boy has began his Christmas break as well.
We had an interesting week worrying if he broke his nose at a friends house last weekend. They were sledding and he took a shoulder to the nose when they were screwing around trying to knock one another off the sled going down hill.
Fun for 14 year old boys I suppose.
Anyhow his eyes were black and his nose was outrageously swollen, made worse by the fact that he lost some nose skin in the collision.
Looked awful.
Doc said wait about five days for the swelling to go down then bring him in if it looked too crooked.
The Hubby was convinced it was broke. Me not so much.
We were both relieved to see after the swelling went down that it looked normal.
The kid is definitely on track to have a Wilson nose like Chyann does. Part of my family legacy we are passing on :)

Another enjoyable Christmas concert at school.

Colton will be home tomorrow morning it sounds like. He has some new schedule of working overnights from 10p to 6a. A shitty shift in my opinion. He doesn't like it much either and is going to see about changing it after the first of the year.
He just finished all his finals on Wednesday and is done for the semester as well.

I had hoped with all the snow we have gotten in the last few weeks we'd be able to get out the snowmachine and play outside while they are home, but it sounds like Christmas day is actually going to bring a mix of snow/sleet in the am then a bunch of rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Hard to imagine thunderstorms in December.

Today we are baking.
Cookies, candies and other goodies for us and for Chyann to take over to the boyfriends family's celebration that she is attending this evening.


Monday, December 12, 2016

Snow pictures

A few pictures of our recent snow fall:

Caden helping move some snow

A cardinal hanging out at the feeder today

The horses coming in for dinner

Gypsy and Jennifer

Meanwhile back in the house the cats are all snuggled up together.
I haven't had to get the cat tamers out at all today, they've stayed out of the tree like good little kitties.

Chyann made it back to St Cloud without incident, thankfully.

Both the big kids have finals this next week then are done for the semester, YAY!

Stay warm out there :)