Friday, August 8, 2014

What We've Been Up To Lately...

Well, its been over a month since I have posted once again. We have been pretty busy setting up our new house. I never thought it would take so long, but we still have so many bare walls. I am being quite particular about putting things on the walls. I am leaving walls bare until I find exactly what I want.

We spent a week in Texas visiting my Aunt again last month, and had a great time. We spent most of our time shopping or in the pool. I did manage to bring home some fun décor items from Texas. We ended up renting a car and driving back and what a beautiful drive it was. We drove up through the Flint Hills of Kansas on the Turnpike, all the open land was amazing to see. Because we rented a car, we made use of the space and packed it full. I brought home a few mason jars and lamps, and also a wagon wheel for my kitchen, and a windmill for next to my front door.

Neil and I also took a day to go on a trip by ourselves, and we toured to the famous South Fork Ranch. It was beautiful, I just wish it were all mine. To our surprise, it is not at all what it seems like on the TV show Dallas.

Wouldn't you just love to drive up this every time you come home?

In my quilting world, I have managed to machine quilt a quilt for a customer (that I forgot to take a picture of), finish my Mini Swoon that will go on the wall in my sewing room, and also piece and quilt another full sized quilt for a customer.

Some of the fabric that is in my Swirls and Whirls.

I am currently working on piecing a Swirls and Whirls from Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life, that will also go on the wall of my sewing room. And I am always working on a new quilt design. I am hoping to soon have some actual patterns in print!

We have worked hard at cleaning up our yard and trimming up trees. We have a huge brush pile to burn in the back pasture, and the pile is only growing. Our next project is clearing the pasture for horses and putting up fence. That is just the next step in completing our little 'Happily Ever After'.

The giant pile and the end of the trail in the pasture that looks like a beaver dam is our brush pile, that is steadily growing.
Even though we have lived here for just over two months, it still feels like a dream when we come home to this house. We are so in love with it, and feels like we belong right here! God has blessed our family in more ways than we even knew possible and we don't want to waste a moment in which we can serve Him and give Him glory.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

So this post was written a few weeks ago when these issues were still being debated, and as I hit the post button, my computer crashed, so it never made it on the blog. It seems that the topic has settled a bit, but I thought that I would still post it, now that I am up and running once again.

I try really hard not to get mixed up in political issues, especially when I comes to agriculture. I am interested and read about them, I form my own opinion, but I don’t always speak it. My husband has a job that can very easily be impacted by what I write about agriculture, so try not to put my opinions ’out there’. 

However, I have been doing a fair amount of research in agriculture lately, and have been reading a lot of the Factory vs. Family Farm blog posts, and catching up with the whole Chipotle debate and a few other hot topics in agriculture. And, what I don’t understand is why farms are being blamed, or accused for the problems in our food. Maybe it is just my background and understanding of farming, but I don’t feel that farms are to blame.

There is a blame game being played, and I understand that there will always be one, but I know from experience that what farmers grow in the fields or pastures is not what I am buying in the store. Haven’t you ever bought meat that is so plumb that it looks like it is dripping in juices, just to bring it home, grill it and it shrinks up to a fraction of the size that it was in the package and tastes like a rubber tire? Well, it was plumb full of artificial ‘juices’. Or do you remember when you would get ants in your oatmeal or bugs in your flour? Well, why doesn’t that happen anymore?

What I am buying in the store is filled with additives, preservatives, fillers, dyes and waxes to make the food look or taste better, not to mention all of the processing that the food has gone through. Anyone with a small amount of knowledge in chemistry knows that the more anything is processed or cooked, especially nutrients in food, the more it breaks down, therefore the less beneficial to the human body. The farmer is not the one processing or adding to their crops, or filling their meat with ‘artificial juices’, they just grow it.
On the other hand I am also not pushing for our country to go all organic. That is also not a healthy alternative for either animal or human. Without modern farm management and practices there wouldn’t be enough food to feed everyone and the financial burden couldn’t be afforded by neither consumers nor farmers. The health and well being of both animals and humans would also be extremely compromised.
Another point that I don’t understand is what exactly are farmers being blamed for? Cancer? Obesity? Diabetes? What?
As I stated earlier in the post that this is purely a blame game that is being played, but ultimately it comes down to personal responsibility and making decisions that are best for you, your family and your health. As we have always heard, actions do speak louder than words. Farmers just grow the food that is demanded of them by consumers, they aren’t the ones that are putting the food into our mouths.
I think that it is great that people are trying to find out where their food comes from, however when you start to make accusations or just even start making lifestyle changes, please do some research and make an informed decision. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Our New House!!

As you all know we have finally moved!!
Actually we moved almost four weeks ago but I have been a bit busy, hence the reason I have been MIA from blogland. It took us almost two years to sell our little house in town, and move into the house of our dreams out in the country. Let me tell ya, moving is a TON of work!! But we are here, getting settled and unpacked. So here it is! (I apologize in advance for the picture overload)
Our new house is everything we were looking for when we started to consider moving. It is less then 2 miles from the farm, in our daughter's school district, not on a busy road, has enough bedrooms for all of our little crazies, more than one bathroom (we only had one in the little house and with three little girls, it didn't work so well for daddy), and land to for horses with plenty of room for all of our crazies to run and play.

It also came with lots of bonuses that were definitely a want and not a need: a playroom/family room for daycare and toys, three bathrooms (yay for daddy!), a quilting studio for myself, a workshop for my husband and all his tools, and a huge master suite including our own bathroom with double sinks and a jetted soaker tub (I am so in love)!

The view off my deck is beautiful and is so peaceful and quiet.

I can't wait to have fence up and have our horses in our backyard, right now we just have lots of deer.

The playground is still not set up due to a bird that made a nest and laid its eggs in the past two weeks!

This is the garden shed in the backyard. I would like to put a perennial garden to the right of it behind that fence.I think there was one at some point because there are some rose bushes already in there. To the left of the shed is a dog kennel, which would make a great chicken coop in the future.

The location couldn't be more perfect, we are located less than 2 miles from the farm in a dead end road, off of another dead end road. We have a swimming beach on a beautiful lake just down the hill, and a great biking trail almost in our front yard, just between us and the lake.

And now for the inside tour, or at least some of it. I also apologize for the mess. There are still boxes everywhere, very few pictures on the walls, and lots of mess! We are slowly but surely getting settled. It is very hard to be patient with this, I would love to just snap my fingers and have it exactly how I want, but I know it takes patience and time.

My kitchen is bright, white, huge, and everything I wanted!

I love the bay windows in my living room!

It is still a mess, and is always filled with crazy kiddos,
but that's what life is all about right?
My master again is huge. I actually have a foyer area in my master complete with an arched doorway except I didn't catch that part in the picture.
Any my master bath is beautiful.
I just love having double sinks. Heck, I just love having more than one bathroom! 
And to complete the master suite is a jetted soaker tub surrounded by beautiful slate tile work. 
Well, that's it for now. There will be more in the future. We are working on getting pictures up in the girls bedrooms. Caroline is having a bug bedroom, Allyson a penguin bedroom and Olivia a horse bedroom. The basement will be for another post, but we are painting most of it. Hopefully my sewing room will be painted before the weekend is done, and I can start moving in my stuff and getting to work!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Friday Coffee Date

Welcome to Friday once again. This week has been crazy even though I only left my house once in the past 7 days, and that was to bring dinner to my husband in the field. It is time to link up with Diary of and Addict's Friday Coffee Date, and check in and see what is going on in my world.
Spring planting season has begun here in Wisconsin, even though preparation for it began a while ago. Crops are beginning to be planted, but are at a standstill for a few days, as we are getting a few days of rain. As much as I want my husband to get the crops in the ground, it is really nice to have his help getting ready for our move in two weeks.
Speaking of the move, we are almost there! In fact, we move in exactly two weeks. I am SO ready to just be in our new house and settled. I do not cope well with transition, or chaos. I tend to like my life scheduled and organized. The closer we get to the move, the more chaos there seems to be, and I am beginning to struggle with it. I just keep trying to keep my eye on the prize and know that God is not going to give me more than I can handle.
Because of all the moving and packing I haven't worked on any quilt projects in a while, and that tends to be my therapy.

This fabric is for the first project that I make once I get my sewing machine set up. I might just make myself work on this before ALL of the boxes are unpacked, just so I can have some time to relax! This will be for a quilt going on a little boy's bed. The colors are bright and the pattern is so fun. I tend to REALLY like polka-dots! I can't wait to get it all finished and get to have some time with my sewing machine once again.
I have spent a bit of time this week writing some new blog posts, I am just not quite ready to share them. I would like to get some pictures in them, and all of my pictures, like the rest of my life, is all packed up in boxes (mostly John Deere boxes!) I would really love to invest more time and energy into my blog and others, and I plan to do so once we get settled a bit. I have connected with some really amazing people through blogs, made some great friendships, and truly get a lot of great encouragement from other bloggers.
Well, that's about all for now. I will be spending my week packing, cleaning and having a garage sale to get rid of all of our unwanted or outgrown stuff. I anyone needs anything for a baby girl, I'm sure we have it!
I pray that you all have a great week.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Spring Beauty Swap

I know that I have been severely slacking on this whole blog thing lately. It has been a couple of weeks since I have posted anything at all. I have been SUPER busy packing up our house. We move in three weeks, and I am having a moving sale in two weeks. So blog posts are few and far between for me right now unless you want to see more pictures of boxes and empty walls. I am lucky if I have time to get through my emails everyday. Once we get settled a bit in the new house I will be busy with new projects to write about.

I signed up once again to participate in another Beauty Swap hosted by Crystal of Crystal Cattle and also Taysha of Dirt Road Charm, since I had so much fun with the last one. This time I was paired with Heidi (@HDPRKR), a very busy mom from South Dakota. I received lots of awesome products from Heidi.

Here is what I received:
- two infinity scarves, one in a blue paisley pattern and once solid white
- Aqua Spa Body Crème
- Simple Radiance cleansing wipes
- Bare Foot foot scrub
 - NYC Big Bold Curl mascara
 - e.l.f. shimmering facial whip
- Jergens BB Body perfecting skin cream
- NYC nail polish in Spring Street and Madison Avenue colors
- NYC lip gloss in Blush Forever
 - NYC lip stain in Champagne
 - and lastly a cosmetic bag with two travel bottles and a lufa.

I can't say that I have a favorite product from this Beauty Swap, I have tried them all and love them all! It is so awesome to receive a fun package in the mail that is filled with fun 'girly' things just for me, and is even more fun trying out all the great beauty products.

Thank you Heidi for all of the great products, and thank you to Crystal and Taysha for hosting another fun Beauty Swap.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Coffe Date

Welcome to Friday once again. Happy Easter to you all!
 This week could not have gotten over soon enough. I think that lunar eclipse had something to do with a lot of the crazy behavior in our house this week. The kids were just something else! So I am very thankful that it's Friday and time to link up with Alissa at Diary of an Addict for the Friday Coffee Date.
This is about what my house looks like all over. Boxes, boxes and more boxes, and a bit of emptiness! It sounds like our moving date is going to move up, so we move in one month now. There are some days that I just don't know where to start. If anyone has any packing tips, or advice I would love to hear it. I want to get busy packing, but I don't know what all can be packed ahead of time. I really need to go through the girls' bedrooms and sort through for the garage sale that we are also having in the mean time, but that is very hard to do with a house full of little ones. They tend to take out twice as much as I pack up.
I thankfully have three of the four quilts finished that I have to make before we move, and will hopefully get a good start on the last one this weekend.
This is the one Caroline got for her birthday. She will be in a big girl bed once we are in the new house, so I wanted her to have her quilt all ready for her. I made a scrappy Dresden that my mom had cut out a lot of years ago. I added to it, made it bigger, and finished it for Caroline.
This last one is one that I actually pieced years ago, and quilted up to donate for a benefit for one of Neil's distant relatives that is quickly loosing her battle with cancer.
That is about it for this week. Have a blessed Easter and a wonderful week!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Coffee Date

 Happy Friday to you all! I am so thankful that it is Friday. It has been a couple of long and busy weeks in our house, hence the reason I haven't gotten a post up in two weeks. So its time to link up to Alissa's new blog Diary of An Addict for the Friday Coffee Date and share the big news we have!

Our current home
I am so excited to say that we have finally sold our house, and will be moving into our dream home on Memorial weekend! It has been a long journey for almost two years, 37 showings, lots of cleaning, but we did it! Now the real work begins of packing everything up. I moved from my dorm room at age 19 into this house, and now 10 years and three kids later, we have A LOT more stuff. Our new home is three times the size of our current home, with enough bedrooms and bathrooms for everyone, five acres for the girls to have their horses in the backyard, and I will also get to have my very own quilting studio.
Despite that we love our new house, I will be sad to leave our current home. This is the house that we made into a home, where we became a family. Neil moved in here three weeks before we got married, and it officially became mine on our wedding night! Sorry for the picture overload, I was just reminiscing about what I love about my first home. Pictures of the new house will come once we are all moved in.
I will certainly miss all of the beautiful hardwood floors.
I love the barn boards in my dining
room, it was always my favorite room.
 I will always miss the beautiful bedroom that Neil built for us in the basement, after we found out we were expecting Baby Bug, and knew we were running out of room.

This week has not only been busy with packing but my Baby Bug, Caroline, turned 2 yesterday! I can't believe she is already such a big girl. We love her so much and she fits right into our family. She has literally turned our world upside down since even before she was born, but I can't imagine a moment without her!
On Wednesday, Neil and I, chaperoned a field trip to the Minnesota Children's Museum with Olivia's kindergarten class, and had a great time.
On a much more sad note, Neil's new truck that he bought last month threw a piston rod through the oil pan and wrecked the engine on the way to school for the field trip. I feel so bad for Neil as that had become his baby that he was so proud of.
 I will be spending my week finishing the two customer quilts that I have left to finish before we move, and then will have to get my tail in gear and finish packing the rest of my house!
Have a wonderful week.