Thursday, February 26, 2015

Four Days In Kansas

People take vacation after vacation to experience the different climates and activities we did, in Kansas, in four days. 

Saturday, we enjoyed a ride and the beautiful day. We only wore light jackets. 

Sunday, we stayed warm and helped others do the same. We even thawed out a frozen calf. Josie was the perfect nurse. She brushed her; blow dried her; painted her hooves; and fed her. 

She even donated my robe to her. 

Monday, we enjoyed the snow day and went sledding. 

Tuesday, we went mudding. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

40 Days & 40 Nights In 40 Minutes

Forty Minute Observations of Ash Wednesday Mass

Holding Chaney for forty minutes is the equivalent to being mauled by a toothless wolverine. Why isn't she cuddly?  Two other women tried to hold her and cuddle. They were defeated by the squirming, wiggling, grunting mass. 

Next time I bring all four kids to church by myself, I am going to pretend I am Tinker Bell and scatter them about like Pixie Dust.  "Oh, look at you sitting by yourself. You are all ready to enjoy Mass and feel the connection. Have a creepy country kid, instead. This one is "sooooo hungry". 

Ash Wednesday brought a whole new batch of questions to church going. 

Josie:   Mom!   Seriously, does my head look like yours?  What about Chaney?!?  That black stuff is all over her nose. Why ashes?  Give me a baby wipe. I have to clean that kid (Chaney) up. He just got it everywhere. I am still not giving up being naughty for Lents. 

Makenna:  I love this. I want to keep it all week. No baths for me. I am still super hungry. 

Degnan:  We do this every year. Why don't you ever remember it?  I can shower when we get home, right?

And there you have it. I may not have done the equivalent of forty days and forty nights in the desert like Jesus. But, it sure felt like it. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Creepy Country Kid Argument of the Day

"Jesus died to save us from our sins!"

"Nuh uh, He died so we could go to Heaven."

"You're both wrong. He died so we could be nicer people. It's not even working on you."

Someone needs to tell them they all have the right idea. It isn't going to be me. I learned long ago not to argue about religion. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Flashbacks and Flashforwards

Today, Degnan opened the gate while we were checking cows. It's the first time he has opened a wire gate all by himself. 

While I watched this to see if it would happen, all of this flashed through my mind. 

Then, I flashed forward to the time he will do this. 
Only he will be much bigger and gone much longer. 

Obviously, I am ecstatic he can open gates for me. I just don't know if I can handle much more growing up today. 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Mexican Souvenir Fail

Before Austin and I left for Cancun, we asked the kids what they wanted us to bring back for them. Makenna and Degnan immediately requested "Mexican blankets". Mexican blankets are the super soft blankets that have pictures on them. Josie's request was "a singing Elsa doll since Santa didn't bring it."  Way to go, Santa. 

The Mexican blankets are going to have to be purchased by Austin when he goes to work at the packing plant. I guess they aren't Cancun, Mexico material. We couldn't find them anywhere. 

Thanks to the flight delay due to weather, we were able to score Josie's request at a Target in Kansas. Upon presenting it to Josie, she immediately thanked us for her "Mexican Elsa". I told her we didn't actually get it in Mexico. She said she didn't care. She then switched it to Spanish speaking mode and happily trotted off. We are on day two of "Let It Go" in Spanish. Never has a movie been covered more completely than "Frozen" by Josie. 

Next time, they are getting shot glasses. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Christmas in the Country ~ Part 1

It was a very busy Christmas in the Country. So busy, I will share it in two parts. 

The girls made their lists and checked them twice. Okay, they made and checked them about twenty times. It's a good thing I have Santa's phone number to report all the changes. All of the kids asked for a go kart and an iPad. Their parents said "No!" on the iPad. 

* Degnan opted out of sitting on Santa's lap. He wrote a letter. 

Chaney asked for peace and quiet. I don't think she is impressed with the teething toys and Glow Worm she received. Santa can deliver toys, not miracles. 

We painted Christmas trees. Yes, they are topless. Did you miss the part where I mentioned paint?

We decorated a gingerbread sleigh and reindeer. 

It was a total disaster when it came time to assemble it. 

So, we called it on account of frustration and ate it. 

Makenna especially enjoyed the bags of frosting. 

We had special visitors this year. Austin's sister and her family came to visit all the way from California. 

The creepies had a great time showing their cousins how to ride horses. 

Chaney and Aunt Sara used each other for warmth. It was cold in Kansas if you are used to California climate. 

Fourteen people in one house makes for crowded living rooms. Crowded and FUN!

A little chill in the air didn't stop us from checking cows and getting a little muddy. 

It was a great weekend full of family, playing and a little napping, for some. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Four No More

This is the last picture of Josie as a four year old. 

Today, she wakes up a five year old. I am sad to see this year go. In true Josie fashion, she has packed as much into the year as possible. 

She branched out in fashion. Some outfits were a hit. 

Some were a bit of a miss. 

Some were too funny for words. 

Some were right only for her. 

Some, well there are no words other than "She rocked it like no one else."

Whatever she did, she did it big. 

She went until she could go no more. 

She graduated from the feed truck. 

To the back of the feed truck. 

To the back of the horse, moving cattle. 

She rodeoed. 

She made good friends. 

She kept her old friends. 

She loved her family. 

She practiced and practiced being a good mom to Fat Baby. 

Practice made for a pretty darn good big sister to Chaney. 

As sad as I am to see her turn five, I am excited to see what five will bring.