These Boots.

Tuesday night called for a celebration. Every once in a great while we get all the ladies from work together for a wine night. We call it a “Shady Ladies” night….not, in fact, because we are shady (99 percent of us are married with children, or have children, or are just married), but because the supper club we work at is called Shady Beach.

Alex is going to be mad when she sees these pictures, but oh well… (she and her mom, Terri, had to come after an exercise class).

As we were all drinking our Chardonnay, Mascato, Shiraz, and Riesling we got on the topic of farming. Everyone is still baffled I ended up on the farm, and even more perplexed that I actually help out with some projects. (Just as a side note- I never have actually put the milkers on a cow. When I go to help Ryan I am the utter dipper and cow pusher…for a lack of better words).

The honest to goodness truth in how I am able to do it….is  my boots! For some reason when I put those suckers on I feel like I could tackle anything. I’m not afraid of a little poop, or walking through the yard and stepping on a toad or a snake. They give me my farmhand superpowers.

Dan and I went to pick eggs this morning from the chickens. One of them was especially friendly.

Daniel was very proud of his egg.

DTM has been getting reacquainted with his bouncer lately. He used to absolutely despise it. Now he doesn’t seem to mind it so much in moderation…he even fell asleep in it one day.


Dan has also been working hard at standing on more non-mobile objects. He is up to the bathtub, couch, dishwasher door when down, boxes, and a couple other choice objects.


Favorite newest “used” find… I found this little pumpkin thing.. I don’t even know what it’s meant for but I put a tea light in there and I love it! I light it every night. I’m going through candles like crazy.

Better get going. I smell a very stinky diaper on the run!


Ah, Fall…Finally!

Two days ago we welcomed a new couple on the farm. We are pleased to introduce Johnny and Tracy. They are miniature donkeys. These two sweethearts are lovers…not to each other, of course. They are brothers. Gross.

They cried for attention when we were working in the garden digging up potatoes… which is my new favorite pastime by the way. It’s so fun digging in the dirt not really knowing exactly where there might be some buried treasures. You have to be extra careful not to stab the shovel into the goods so you have to strategically dig. I know it’s lame.

Daniel rolled around in the grass while dad and I did surgery on the garden to remove the potatoes.


Within the last few days there have been a violent shift in weather. We went from 86 one day to 57 the next. I hope old lady fall decides to stick around. We are definitely ready for sweats, hot chocolate, comfort food, and electric blankets in this house.

Last night I made home-made pretzels for supper. DTM even decided he wanted to try one. It was his first solid food. Not that he technically ate it. He more slobbered on it, poked it and lost interest in it.

Yes I realize these pictures are terrible..and yes, please do sign me up for mother of the year. I did notice Dan has applesauce down his shirt, sleep in his eyes, and freakishly long finger nails. (No worries. They were trimmed this morning.)

Until about ten minutes ago, Daniel was engaged in mid-morning nap. Something we have not had the liberty to enjoy in that last few weeks. He got so comfy with his bottle all wrapped up in the electric blanket he dozed off. Which was both nice and not-so nice for me. Everyone loves a sleeping baby, but he was hogging the blanket. I fortunately fanaggled a corner without waking him up. (Seriously folks. It is freezing in this house. Last time I checked it was 60 degrees. This makes it hard for a cold-blooded momma and a baby who despises socks.)


One last tidbit of information. Dan is now pulling himself up to stand in his crib! Very exciting, I know. It will be even more exciting when he knows how to scoot over to the edge and do it without being encouraged.

What happens when he forgets to hang on to the rail…

Have a great day friends!

Monday, Monday.

Sorry friends! “Tonight” turned into many nights….and most of a morning. We have been going crazy around here the last few days. I have been making applesauce and salsa like a crazy person and freezing it non-stop. We have also had to make time for going to the fair, making the two hour trek for the buddy walk in Sioux Falls, physical therapy, Ryan’s birthday, and much more on top of our normal schedule. I’m getting tired just writing about it.

Here are some pictures from the buddy walk. I wish I would have gotten many more. We can’t wait for next year! Dan met his first girlfriend at the buddy walk this year. Her name is Kaitlin. She is a month younger than Daniel…and she is adorable!

Other buddy walk pictures…

After the buddy walk DTM was completely pooped. We were able to stop into Qdoba and eat without him waking up at all.

The Moment I’ve Been Waiting For…

Literally just about an hour ago, Daniel and I went outside for a stroll to pick some stuff from the garden and feed the goats (which was not accomplished due to the oversized snakes scaling the barn wall…as usual). Daniel always gets a little drowsy when you walk around with him strapped to your back. After heading inside I plopped DTM on the couch and went to the bathroom and picked up my coffee from the kitchen table. By the time I came back to the livingroom this is what I had missed…

The pictures aren’t the best. I was trying to work as fast and quiet as possible.

Yesterday we enjoyed the B-E-A-utiful weather by going to the park with some family after church.

(my grandma is going to kill me if she sees this picture!)

And my little man…still not enthused to swing.

Ok friends. I better run. The cats are jumping on the keyboard, Daniels in the corner whining, dishes need to be loaded along with laundry to be switched… Hope everyone is having a terrific holiday. I will load some more Duluth photos tonight (I noticed my last post got cut off about half way through…darn wordpress!)

Homeward Bound.

After spending a few days in Duluth it feels really great to see Daniel again! I missed him the whole time. We started our trip by stopping in Alexandria to visit a local winery. It was perfect outside. We sat on the winery terrace and listened to live music while we shared a bottle of wine. The smells (along with the wine) was intoxicating. I had almost forgotten what real trees smell like.

The VERY young lady (11 years old I think) that sang for us was a Ms. Josie Nelson. She has more talent in her pinky than I have in my whole body…it’s pretty sickening. She even writes her own songs. Here is a sample of what she sang. She has a youtube account, so check her out!
This darn post wont embed the video…after a few tries and many choice words I have given up.
While in Duluth we got to do some shopping in Canal Park. Of course we picked up some coffee before wandering down the streets. I started laughing when I was looking through the pictures and I noticed the sign saying “no food, no drink” behind Ryan. No wonder I was getting crazy looks from the employees in the store…

One more Canal Park picture…

Taking a trip on North Shore Scenic Railroad…waiting for our train to come in.

Our conductor was this cute older man who didn’t speak at all. I found myself sneaking pictures of him during the trip…I pretended to be fiddling with the camera and when he wasn’t looking I turned into a complete paparazzi.

Birthday Bashes and All Nighters

After being up with Daniel on and off all night this is going to be a short one. Saturday afternoon was spent at Jack and Jill park with friends for a birthday. Calvin turned five and it was some event.

Daniel got to spend some quality time with his new friend Sawyer. Sawyer is a month younger than Dan. They were fast friends…minus the slapping and hair pulling. Daniel did sneak in for a kiss at the end of the party though. I wish I could have caught that on camera.









I’ve Created a Monster

The last few days have been interesting to say the least. Daniel has the crawling business down, and I have very mixed emotions about it. On one hand I am pumped and ecstatic that he has reached this huge milestone. On the other hand I’m nervous and a little sad my baby is growing up so fast. I had my first wakeup call when I was busy in the kitchen with dishes and Daniel went missing. I felt my heart in my throat and my face redden. I ran into the next room and found him sitting next to one of Ryan’s plants….it was snapped in half.

Static hair from crawling around on the carpet.


This week we have been trying to acclimate the kittens to the house. (Great timing considering we will be gone for a whole week soon). Not an easy job with a curious, loud baby. He screams and squeals at them and they run trembling. I have dreams Daniel and one of the kitties will be great friends one day. I have visions of them snuggling at nap time.

Yesterday allowed for a walk through town (while Ryan shopped for groceries the grocery store is way too cold for me and DTM). It was lovely. It reminded me of everything I love about town. My dad lives on the best street. It is lined with huge trees that touch in the middle of the road. I love walking down fifth street around six or seven in the evening. Families are together and you can hear them through the windows. The smell of supper lingers in the air as you walk by, 90 percent of the time someone is barbecuing. You can hear the meat sizzle along with children laughing and screaming…the sense of camaraderie is amazing on fifth street this time of year.

We also were able to whip up a batch of fire-roasted salsa yesterday from our garden goodies. (Thanks to Ryan’s mom Carrie and Sister Raeann). I definitely need to work on my green thumb for next year.

Time to run. I’ll leave you with pictures of some scentsy presents Dan and I recently received. They rock, I love them!

Welcome to the 21st Century.

Horribly embarrassing bit of information. Today my phone contract is up. I went to verizon wireless online to pick out a refurbished phone (keeping my promise) and I found what I thought was perfect. I called the customer service number to ask about data packages and to maybe order the “phone”. The man on the other side started talking about his device. So I retorted rather excitedly “Oh great! So you have this phone too?” I felt rather like an idiot when he had to tell me it wasn’t, in fact, a phone and something else….I’m still not even sure what exactly it is?

On a complete side note I cannot believe how expensive data packages are for verizon. AND they aren’t even unlimited! I have always been a loyal verizon customer, but I am seriously considering switching to something else…paying 140 dollars a month for two phones, 700 minutes and no data packages is outrageous!

Ok. Now for the good stuff. I have been working on something fun for a guest book that involves a TON of fabric cutting (I will fill everyone in after it is finished). Dan was there for moral support for every measure and cut.

We rolled around in the hay grass a couple of days ago while at a benefit. We had to wait around for a half hour so Ryan could win his 20 dollar flashlight he bid on in a silent auction. We made good use of the time…

Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. I have a very cranky baby to tend to. Cheers!