Thursday, July 30, 2009

Countryside Aces ~ ROSETTE WINNERS

The performing arts section for 4-H was this morning. Both our boys played in a band and our older son had a piano solo. Well Nolan brought home a rosette and so did the band YEA!!!!!! We are so proud of them. There are 8 kids in the band and they only practiced a couple of months. The judge asked if they would perform at her church in a couple of weeks!!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

4-H fair

It has been a great fair so far this week. Kay recieved 3 blue ribbons, and 2 honor awards. The honor ribbons were for her oil painting and her whole wheat bread and her other exhibt was a sun-dress. Bekah got a blue ribbon for her skirt, a blue for her lemon tarts (thank you Grandma Joyce) and today she showed rabbits for the first time. She recieved a B-red ribbon for breeding class, because her rabbit is molting and the poor thing is almost bald:) For showmanship she received an honor award, I was really proud of how well she did for the first year! Joshie did clover bud showmanship, which basically is the judge going through each step and letting the little kids see how to do it. He did great working with Bekah's rabbit and wants to go on next year. The two older boys are in a band and they will be performing on Thursday morning so hopefull more awards and more pictures to be posted!

Friday, July 24, 2009

V.B.S. gone BAD:)

This past week was VBS at church. With 4-H fair being next week for us I wasn't able to work all week because I was doing running for the kids to practice and meetings, but Hubby and some of the kids helped. We always have a mission goal for the kids, and this time it was a local pregnancy center. Well the first goal was our associate pastor would shave his head, we beat that goal the third night, so the second goal was one of the other guys would and of course hubby couldn't be out done so you guessed it he is now bald! Its funny because a couple of our younger ones were really upset with him. Joshie told he he wouldn't look at him unless his hat was on! I don't think he has either! This only thing I have gotten out of the whole deal were a couple of really good wise cracks about rubbing his head 3 times and seeing if a genie appears:)!!!! Hubby is the one in the middle.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

R.I.P. Matthias

We had to put Matthias down yesterday. He just wasn't getting any better and I hated to see him the way he was. Why is it that animals become so much of our lives? I have realized one thing over the last 7 years of having "farm" animals is that death is just a part of the lifestyle. I spent most of the afternoon cleaning out the rabbit barn and crying! LOL Matthias was my oldest sons, but he was one of my favorites. We also have one of the original 2 rabbits, Elizabeth, that started the angora craze here, not doing well. She was a gift from hubby over 4 years ago, so I am hoping for the best and expecting the worst.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Our neighbors in the middle of a "pond" after the storm

Our sad garden (yes those are tomatos!)

Boys playing a board game

Happy Birthday Joshie!

My boys on the "torpedo" on the 4th

The summer is flying by! We have a tremendous amount of stuff going on this summer. This week was our "baby's" 8th birthday. Happy Birthday Joshie! Hubby is in Tennessee, hopefully this will be his last trip for a little bit. He has spent alot of time this spring and summer on the road and I am ready for it to be done! We spent the 4th with friends at the lake and had a great time. The boys and hubby went fishing last weekend so the girls and I painted their room. I will post pictures as soon as it is clean:) We went to visit my sister in Bay City also and worked on 4-H projects so we had a busy weekend. The kids had friends spend the night last night. We have a couple of very busy weeks coming up between VBS and 4-H fair which everyone is involved in. Before we know it school will be back! I have a sick angorga, I think he may have had a stroke. It doesn't look good and he is one of the original 3 that we got, so it is especially hard, I keep hoping but I dont think he will make it. Our garden is is a "sad state of affairs"! We have had record rainfall in April and June. Shortly after we planted we had 5" of rain in one night and almost our entire 2 acres was under water. So the only thing I can hope for now is a beautifully warm fall!