Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Life....

Well hello there!

I think I should get the award for worst blogger ever - but what can I say?  We've been busy!


And me and my OCD must do everything and get everything done and do it well..... there you go.....

The last 7 months or so we have been incredibly busy and ...incredibly blessed.

Jessie played volleyball for the 7th grade....and basketball for the 7th grade....and then got on a AAU travel basketball team with an incredible coach.  Coaches really do make all the difference!

 
this was her first "3 point shot" that she has EVER made....
I think she made a total of 11 over the course of 7 tournaments.....


Tyler played flag football in the fall.....then he played Rec basketball throughout the winter....and now baseball is winding down......wow.


Our old buckeye barn/storage shed that was never in very good shape to begin with.....we tore it down and brought a new one to put in it's place....must get some landscaping done in a hurry and get the yard picked back up.  And let's not forget - I need to finish hauling all of the stuff that was stored in the old one from the basement to the new shed and organizing it and putting it away.....



Ignore the weeds and the dirt....I'm working on it slowly but surely......

Both kids have pigs for Wayne County Fair.  Me?  I'm excited that we will have bacon in a few months (2 of the pigs were a little large when we brought them....so they are being put on self-feeders this weekend and pushed)....At least they are "pretty pigs"....

The calves are growing this year!  We had 10 babies this year....We will keep 2 or 3 as replacement heifers and sell the rest.  And since we ended up with only 3 (?!?!?!?!?) bull calves, we will have to buy the kids their steers this fall.....


And what else have I done?  Our kitchen is in the final stages of being mostly remodeled - still have a new floor to pick out which will happen sometime this summer/fall - but since I'm not 100% sure what I want, I'm taking my sweet old time to get it done, our bedroom, the living room and the computer room have all been cleaned and painted.  It is OCD when I have a "painting schedule" on my phone to tell me what rooms I painted when, the colors I painted them and what year I plan on re-painting them.......

I've got so many plans for the house, the barns, the yard and flower beds....but I'm enjoying this busy season with the kids....baseball will be over this weekend and then it's gearing up for the county fairs in August and September.....

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Elk Hunt 2012

Todd just got home from a hunting trip to Colorado with his Uncle, Cousin, and a family friend.  It was a management hunt on a private ranch, meaning they could only shoot what their guide told them to shoot (older, mature bulls that were not going to be trophy bulls and they wanted them killed before they started to decline health wise).  I just had one request - bring home meat!
 
 
Despite too warm weather the first 3 days of their hunt (70's and sunny), the last 2 were better (snow and 30's/40's) and everyone was successful.
 
 
Todd was pretty happy with his bull elk.
 

 
The last time he went out to Colorado (before he took a digital camera), 4 rolls of film were not enough for him.  He took pictures of EVERYTHING the last few trips - where they stayed, the scenery, the hunting.  This time?  I got 17 photos.  And no scenery.
 

 
I always threaten that I want to go on these hunting trips - not for the hunting but for the scenery, to take long walks, etc.  I think I'm going to have to push the issue one of these years if I'm not going to get any pictures of where they are actually at!!!
 

There was one accident on the trip - when Todd shot his gun it recoiled or something and sliced his thumb open.  It still looks pretty nasty - and he did say that if he had been nearer than 6 hours to a hospital, he would have probably gone and gotten stitches.



They couldn't get pictures of everyone's elk racks together on the trip - so when they got to our house I took a few as they were unloading and sorting through all the gear. 

It's not the same as on top of a mountain, with snow and trees and canyons for miles around but....


I guess it does make a good picture of just how successful everyone was!
 
And while Todd was gone - I was busy......very, very busy!  This is my sewing room before it got cleaned and painted and the furniture rearranged:
 

And this was my living room after I emptied out the sewing room so I could clean and paint it.  A few more finishing/organizing details and I'll be back with pictures of my new rooms.  Let's just say that 11 days is not really enough time to clean, paint and organize 2 big rooms!



Monday, November 5, 2012

Happy Halloween!!!

Every year I keep expecting Jessie to say she is too old for trick or treat.  And every year I am pleasantly surprised when she wants to dress up and hike through our little town collecting candy.
 
This year her and her bestie wanted to be a box of nerds.  Of course, they mention this the weekend before Halloween.  Kelseigh's mom was stumped, but we quickly came up with this:
 
 

2 cardboard boxes, spray painted for the base coat, and then the girls drew and painted the rest of it.  I brought some webbing (like what you would put on a tote bag) at JoAnn's and cut holes in the boxes and safety pinned it all together.

I had the brilliant idea to buy white tights and use RIT dye to get them the right colors, but actually, sweat pants and sweat shirts from Aeropostale worked just fine!

We ended up with 3 adults and 6 kids walking around.  It would have been 4 adults but our trick or treating was postponed from Wednesday to Sunday evening due to Hurricane Sandy and all the rain we had Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  And Todd left on a hunting trip on Saturday so he lucked out.

We did decide the nerds costume was pretty fitting for Jessie and Kelseigh.

I think herding cats would have been easier than keeping track of these kids!



Tyler wanted to be Michael Myers.  So a pair of blue dickie work pants and a blue work shirt were sewn together and we painted his face white and put the blood on it.   This picture was a couple weeks ago for his Boy Scouts Halloween Party - which I did not put as much "blood" on him.


This was last night during trick or treating - much better!


I've been busy painting and cleaning - I'll be back later with any luck to show my finished sewing room!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Busy busy!!!

I have been busy crafting and creating....and in between those fun pursuits there has been lots of volleyball:



Football:





 I got a quilt back from Kristie who does my machine quilting for me.  And no, I didn't make this quilt but I love it.  I need to find the perfect binding fabric and get it bound...along with the other half a dozen quilts that I have done but for the bindings.....




 I've knit this sweater....in about 2 weeks I might add.  And I have 2 more sweaters on the needles that I'm hoping to have done this weekend/early next week.  This one just might be my most favorite sweater yet - Aidez.  Looks complicated but is very quick and easily memorized.


 
And I'm hoping to put the finishing touches on Jessie's room in the next couple of days (curtains and a wall hanging) and then I can show you more.  I think we've finally nailed it in her room on the colors and reflecting her bright, bubbly personality.  We will have a teenager in just 2 short months (yikes) and I think this room is a keepr for her for a while anyhow.  But first, I have to get her to clean  her room so I can take some pictures.  
 
 
 
 
We are off at some point this weekend for a steer sale in PA to buy Tyler's steer.  Hard to believe that next year he will be showing steers, heifers and pigs right along with Jessie.  Where has the time gone??????  

Monday, September 24, 2012

While our fair is long past, this picture still makes me teary....especially with all the talk of swine flu going around and how u shouldn't get too close to the pigs....and yes, she is still crying over selling "chad" and "turbo"......

Friday, September 21, 2012

I made a quilt...

Back in June, 2011, Heater Peterson's new fabric line, Deck the Halls, arrived in stores.  I of course, jumped on the bandwagon and ordered 2 fat quarter packs plus some assorted yardage.  I absolutely love her fabric.  And when the fabric arrived it was too pretty to cut into.  So it sat there.....

Last December (the 23rd to be exact), I got the brilliant idea that I would make 2 Christmas lap quilts for my Mom and I.  And one of them would be my Mom's Christmas present.  In the interest of saving time, I cut both quilt tops out in their entirety, and started sewing on my Mom's quilt.  I got 7 blocks out of 24 done. 


This past Tuesday, I dragged both quilt tops out again.  And started back in on it.  I'm not sure why I waited so long.  I LOVE this quilt.  I love it so much, I really want to keep it for myself.  But then I look at the next lap quilt out of the same fabric that is cut out, and the rest of the fabric and realize that I have enough of this fabric line to make at least 2 lap quilts plus maybe a table runner or two.


So I sucked it up and sewed.  After about 6 hours, the top is DONE!  I ordered the backing for it today from Heather, and if the planets and stars all align, I will have it done shortly,


This is her Patchwork Posies quilt pattern, found in her book Living Large 2.  It measures 53 x 70 ish - so a very good lap sized quilt. 



 


Now I'm anxious to start on my own Christmas quilts.  ........

Monday, September 17, 2012

Starting over....

Yes, I just up and disappeared last spring, didn't I?  All I can say is we have been so insanely, hecticly busy this past spring ans summer....but it's all been good!
 
Jessie and I went on her school trip to D.C. for 4 days - how incredible! 
 
The kids showed their cattle all over Ohio this spring and early summer.  Then the first week of August, we took 2 heifers to Medina County Fair:
 
Jessie and Header - Reserve Champion Crossbred heifer at Medina County Fair:
 

Tyler and Zlady - Champion Maine Anjou heifer at Medina County Fair (the little twerp is getting this showing thing down pat):


Jessie started playing volleyball for the 7th grade team at the Middle School (which is including lots of hours of practice!)

Jessie showed at the Wayne County Fair.  Her steer went 4th in his class (it was rumored to be the toughest class at the fair with 5 incredibly good calves), and she won her Jr. Showmanship class with 19 kids in the ring.


She took Header and Zlady to the fair and went Grand Champion and Reserve Champion AOB heifers, and then went on to have Supreme Champion Female with Header and reserve Supreme Champion female with Zlady.  Thankfully we got our good friends' son Zach to show Header:)  She also won her Jr. Showmanship class with her heifer.


She also had her pig at the fair.  Where she won her showmanship class on Monday and got 2nd in her market class on Tuesday.




In between both county fairs, I painted her bedroom.  This isn't the greatest picture, but it's a lovely greenish aqua color.  I'm still working on making curtains, pillows and you can see the dust ruffle I have just a little bit to finish up with:


And we finally got the water damage in our bedroom fixed, and it too has been painted, new carpeting and I'm finishing up the curtains, pillows, dust ruffle and table toppers in there.


I did not plant a garden this year - much simpler to go to my amish neighbor and buy my produce to can and freeze. 

Now that the fairs are behind us, hopefully things will slow down a little bit.  And I'll have 2 finished bedrooms to show off shortly......

Later,
Kris