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Changes

Hey Peeps – It’s been awhile and I apologize.  There have been some major changes for our family and I am just feeling settled enough to start typing/talking about it.  I have accepted a position in a different state and we have up and moved.   We now live in Dave’s hometown in North Dakota.   To give you some insight into how small his hometown is….our addition to the town has increased the population by 13%.

Seriously!

Dave grew up on a farm 2 miles from a town of 30-ish, 20 miles from a town of 2,500 and 60 miles from a town of 30,000.

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View from the farm yard into the field

 

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Looking across the highway into the fields west of town

 

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Moon is high over the Fire Hall Fundraiser

If you follow me on Instagram you have seen the change in locale.

J Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge

 

Storm rolls in over the pasture

Join me as I document our new adventure on the prairie.

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Halloween Birthday Party – Done!!

Another one for the books.  Over the course of the night we had 30 people wandering around.  Jane was incredibly happy with her friends and the evening as a whole.  Here are some highlights:

 

Food prep – regular and mini cupcakes.  Frosted and un-frosted cookies.  Pizzas in the oven.

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Harriet greeting the guests.

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Luuucccccyyyyyyy!

the happy crazy house I love Lucy and day of the dead

Papa and Grandma the Witch

the happy crazy house halloween

Bobbing for Apples

the happy crazy house bobbing for apples

The kids looked like they had a blast.  They did a Skull Toss for cookies, bobbed for apples and went ‘fishing’ for glow in the dark necklaces.  My favorite was the apple bobbing.  They got really into it and were very wet when I sent them home…..Sorry Parents!!

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Look at how cute they are.

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Happy Halloween Everyone!  Be safe tonight.

Losing my ever loving parent mind

Have you ever taken a good look around at your life and wondered how you are still sane?  That’s me right now.  Dave has been getting his work travel on, which leaves me with the girls.  The girls have decided to up their game in the bickering department, the dogs are at an all-time high in annoying-ness, the cat cannot decide whether she wants to be outside or inside and the chickens have decided that flying over our fence is a good idea.   Out of all of that, the kid fighting is the worst.

Background: I have a sister but she graduated high school while I was still in elementary school.  I have no memory of being a bickering kid with her.  I do remember fun visits, letters, phone calls, being ecstatic when she came home and teary eyed when it was time for her to go.  Given that this is my experience with siblings…I have a hard time with how my girls interact.

I wanted more than 1 child, we tried for years to have Jane.  When she finally got around to making an appearance, Jules and Jane ended up almost 5 years apart.   Jules was so easy as a child that the difficulties that Jane presented almost broke me.  Jane scream cried every afternoon and would never take a nap.  She hated being on her stomach, hated being on her back, hated being in a vibrating chair, hated being in a swing…..on and on.  Getting her to sleep was an exercise in Mary Poppins Ninja moves.  Sigh…Parent mind.  I miss those days….Sigh.  See?  CRAZY!  When she outgrew that stage, there was this wonderful lull in which she hadn’t started talking a whole lot.  Then there was the game changer, Jane decided she had a voice and started using it.  Much to Jules’ dismay  The fights started almost overnight.  Jane did not want to be Jules’ minion anymore and let us all know about it.

I know that they have fun and can play well together.  

Proof

the happy crazy house jules and jane play

But man oh man, their noise level drives me out of my ever loving mind.  Or maybe it’s the constant MOM, MOM, MOM??

The ultimate crazy comes from the fact that I hate to be parted from them.  Example:  My mom and I spoke and saw each other multiple times last week.  I must have had that crazy eyed, visible nerves running along the skin parent look about me, as she volunteered to have the girls over for a sleepover.  My instant response was, Are you sure?  Mainly because I love waking up to them in the mornings.  The girls had their sleepover with mom and enjoyed themselves immensely, while I dealt with misbehaving dogs and chickens.  the chickens had to get their wings clipped – a necessary step to keep them safe.  see this video for an example.   Not the relaxing morning that I had hoped for, but what can you do?   HA!

I love those girls so much that it hurts sometimes.  They are so smart, cute, complicated, and challenging.  But apparently, I am surprised by how annoyed I can get by the whole being a mom thing.  I NEVER thought this would happen to me. Delusional?  Hell yeah.

but…..then they do something ridiculously cute and I melt.

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iPhone pic in the car….sorry….but you see what I am dealing with right??!!  

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First Family Trip – Hawaii

Here are some pics of our first for realsies (i.e. get on a plane and go someplace together) vacation.  There is no real reason why we haven’t done this in the past – we just haven’t.  Dave travels relentlessly for work, so we tend to do the same things year after year.  We take the kids camping almost every weekend in the summer, go to the lake for a week in the summer and then Dave and I take an adult weekend vacation in the spring (maybe) and then a Denver football game in the fall.

This year has been far from normal.  We haven’t taken our camper out yet.  can you hear my heart breaking?  And we went to Denver instead of the lake over Fourth and our fall football game is a no-go.  With routine thrown out…..this for realsies vacation with the kids was such a treat.

Although the ‘getting there’ portion was not a treat.  Janey started complaining of an upset stomach, I didn’t think much of it as Janey frequently has aches and pains that she uses for hugs, kisses and carrys.  It wasn’t until her face drained of all color that we panicked.  I was sitting with Janey 2 rows behind Dave and Jules when the puking started.  And it WAS.HORRIBLE.  Dave couldn’t hear me trying to get his attention….so the mom sitting in front of me had to grab his arm and state in no uncertain terms “Your wife NEEDS you”.  A few hours of pukey-ness down and then a few hours of sleep put Jane right again.  Seeing her the next day, you wouldn’t even know she had been that ill.

The first time they put their feet in the ocean:

Exploring a lava tube

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Perspective on the plant life

A pool heated by the lava activity underneath and fed by the ocean

Turtles on the black sand beach

 

Jules

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Jane

I took a short, dark video of what it sounds like at night.

Hilo is the largest town on the Big Island, but I would not classify it as a tourist town.  I enjoyed it immensely.  We wandered all over the island (nothing is very far away) and the kids had a blast seeing all the sights that we fit in.  We were careful not to over-schedule ourselves so we were able to see what we wanted and even go back to the kids favorite activity….the hot pool.

Here is a brief look at where we went:

Hawaii map

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know of my graceful accident.  During the last hour on the island, I broke myself.  Oops!  That flight home wasn’t amazing.

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