Sunday, May 31, 2015

Wrapping up the Weekend

We finished filling the pool while we were at church.  The kiddos were bound and determined to go swimming today!
The lasted all of 13 minutes before they decided it was cold.

While they headed inside to dry off, Sugar wanted to help Daddy with chores.
Julianne loves the sheep - or ICE as she calls them!  Notice she is climbing the water bucket to try to get to the boys to give them some lovin'.

Until next time...

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Summer Fun

After Reba's game, we had a pretty empty schedule for the rest of the day.  Doug suggested we finally get the pool set up, and everyone thought it was a perfect idea.
We were able to fill about half of it, and then we decided to give the well a break.  We hope to finish filling it tomorrow, and then we'll be wishing for sunny days so the water will warm up!

Until next time...

Tball Game 7

This morning was Reba's second to last game.

She had no hits off the machine today, but she did do an excellent job at first base!

Until next time...

Thursday, May 28, 2015


Back to back nights of baseball games does not seem to bother these girls (too much)...
 It was another great game for our boys, they won 15-3!
One more game before the tourney begins.

Until next time...

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hit x2!

Dallas had a great game tonight!  Not only did he hit the ball, but he did it twice!!!

The first time, he was thrown out at first base, but he moved over two runners
The second time, he was the first batter of the inning and was thrown out at 1st base.
In the end, we are super proud of his improvement in batting, and our boys won 9-4.

Until next time...

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Walking with a Helper

Between the end of the school year, Dallas' baseball schedule, and Reba's TBall schedule, we have not been walking our lambs as much as we would like.  Tonight, we got them out, and wouldn't you know, Sugar thought she needed to help everyone.  Thankfully, Reba and Ice Cube were more than willing to let Julianne tag along.
Until next time...

Monday, May 25, 2015


Today, Doug and I took advantage of the long weekend/extra day off work, so we set to work on cutting out the sheep in preparation of showing this summer.  About a month before the first show, we like to cut down the amount of wool on their sides and bellies.  It makes it easier to wash and easier to hand clip as we get closer to shows.  It is amazing the difference taking off a little bit of wool will do to their appearance.

First up was Ice Cube

Next was Clark

I don't remember if this is Doc or Elizabeth - they look too much alike!

Until next time...

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sleeping Beauty to Mud Princess

I couldn't resist getting a picture of Sugar all snuggled with her chicken this morning...
Of course, she can't be sweetness all the time.  This is how she ended the day...
Playing in the waterhole her brother and sister created in the sandbox!
Until next time...

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Pinto Game and Outside Work

Dallas' team is cruising right along through their season - they only have 3 more regular season games before the tourney starts.  They currently have 6 wins-3 losses-2 ties.

Today they played the other St. Wendel Pinto team.  Our boys played hard, and had an awesome comeback inning, but they still ended up loosing.
The most exciting part was that Dallas hit the ball off the machine!  It has been a few games since he has done that.  Unfortunately, he was thrown out at first base, but let's hope this ends the drought he has been in.
After the game, we came home and unloaded the 2 yards of mulch we picked up that morning.  I then took Reba and headed to get another 1 and 1/3 yards of mulch and a new phone.  (Julianne had dropped mine in water a few days ago, and I fried it when I plugged it in without it being completely dried).  Once I got home, we finished laying the mulch, and then we got to work finishing the garden planting.  Thankfully, we had good helpers!

Until next time...

Friday, May 22, 2015

Tile Work Continues

Our beautiful church...
I love the pattern they chose for the alter area and aisle

I've said it before, but I can't wait to see it when it is completed!

Until next time...

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Strawberry Pie

The strawberries keep coming!  Doug and I have put multiple bags in the freezer, and we have had multiple bowls of ice cream as well as milkshakes; therefore, we were needing something different.  
You can never go wrong with pie!

*excuse Dallas' red and swollen eyes...his allergies are getting the best of him these last two weeks

Until next time...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Week 20

I know, you are probably surprised to see I'm already doing a week 20 post.  Honestly, I am, too.

This pregnancy is definitely flying by!  Let me back up.  I "officially" found out the last week of March that I was pregnant.  I had been extremely tired for the previous 6 weeks or so, I originally contributed it to the long winter we were having.  Anywho, I figured I was no more than 8 weeks along, so I put off setting up an appointment with my doctor.  

On April 13th, I had my first appointment.  At the appointment, the nurse practitioner had a hand-held ultrasound machine that she said would be able to pick up an image if I was at least 8 weeks along.  I was thinking I was 10 weeks (at the most) at this point.  The NP was quite surprised with the image on the screen and stated that I was at least 12 weeks!  She couldn't give me an accurate date, as the machine was not accurate enough to take measurements (it was the size of a smart phone).

I scheduled my next appointment for May 4th, along with a full ultrasound to determine my due date.  I was able to take the kiddos along for that visit, and they were super excited to see the baby on the big screen.  

Here are a few of the images from our visit

The tech was wonderful, and we had a great visit.  Although, I was quite shocked, once again, at the end of the ultrasound when the tech stated that I was 17 weeks 5 days along!  That was almost 3 more weeks than I thought.

So, here we are...half way through the pregnancy.  My official due date is Oct 7.  Let's hope Doug will be done with harvest at that point!

Enough of my story, here is my comparison picture!  Let the guesses begin: boy or girl?
L-R: Dallas ('07), Reba ('09), Julianne ('13), and #4 ('15)
Until next time...

School's Out!

The school year has finally wrapped up!

Monday was Reba's last day of PreK
She started the year at 40.5 inches, and she is now 42 inches.  She also gained 4 lbs (she is currently 38 lbs)

Once Dallas got home from school, I caught the two of them getting along while watching one of their favorite shows.  I have a feeling I'll need to look back at this picture from time to time this summer when they are on each other's nerve...
Yesterday, while on our way to school, Dallas asked if we could have lunch with him one more time before school was out.  They were having a field day and a special sack lunch, so we agreed.
And today was Dallas' last day of 1st grade!
He once again grew 2 inches this school year!  He started at 51 inches, and he is now 53 inches.

To look back on the first day pictures from this year, go to this post.

Until next time...

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

End of Year Program

Tonight was the big night Reba has been excitedly preparing for...her end of the year program!
Enjoy the video I put together of the program (once again, the opening song may get a little loud)
After the program ended, and before they ran to get the juice and cookies, I was able to get a pic of Little Miss and her best friend, Calvin.
Reba also paused long enough for a photo with her teacher, Mrs. Gries
Can you believe she is off to Kindergarten in the fall?

Until next time...

Monday, May 18, 2015

Learning to Slide

On April 17, Reba and I got out the small slide for Julianne.  She quickly climbed the steps, but had a bit of trouble figuring out how to get her feet going the right direction to get down.
By May 4, Sugar was a pro!

She then quickly decided that the small slide wasn't enough of a challenge, so she started tackling the big slide.  After a few bumps and falls, she has finally figured it out.
Until next time...

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Strawberries and Ice Cream

What do you do when you have a flat full of fresh strawberries?  Top a bowl of ice cream with them!

Until next time...

Unwanted End...

Apparently, this is what happens when Daddy ends the lawn mower ride, and Julianne isn't ready for it to end...

Until next time...