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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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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.

the happy crazy house kids

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

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Our new cat – Harriet

Well – in my last post I introduced you to our new kitty, Harriet.

Not gunna lie…Lillian (my last cat, that passed away last year) was a special cat.  She loved to cuddle, came when called, allowed the girls to pet, love on and cart around.  I was doubtful that another cat could come into the house and be as cool with the girls as Lillian was.  Well…..this cat is super cool with the girls.

Harriet is a pretty chill cat.  She has a semi routine now and it revolves around this kitty bed I purchased just for her.

Isn’t she gorgeous?  Jane loves to chit chat with Harriet….see that colored paper in the bed?  that’s a gift from Jane to Harriet.

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Harriet loves her chin and cheeks to be scratched.

Seriously, this cat is super chill.

Man oh Man….so pretty and so good natured.

Yeah for Harriet!

 

Busy Week

This past week was pretty busy, but very rewarding.

Top of the list:

I got to have my friends 1 1/2 year old little girl, Charlotte, stay with me….cause my friends were at the hospital having twins!  Mama, Daddy and twins are doing well.  I loved having little Charlotte stay with me…Jules and Jane doted, fought and loved on Charlotte.  So cute.

Here she is in all her little cuteness.

Charlotte did so well in a new place, away from her Mama and Daddy.  Miss her little face already.

While Charlotte was with us, I took on a couple of canning projects.

Recipes to come – but we did dilly beans, strawberry jam and crushed tomatoes.

And then this happened…..

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We introduced a new kitty into our family.   Our last kitty, Lillian, died about a year ago and the girls have been pretty persistent in their requests.  We picked this kitty up from the Yellowstone Animal Shelter, where she was being held as a stray.  I do not know much about her history, only that she is 3 and was living under a front deck for about a month before Animal Control was called to pick her up.

We named her Harriet the Cat, or HarryCat.  She has come when called a few times….but it seems to be more of a coincidence.  We are working on it.  HarryCat is so docile and sweet.  She has been very accepting of the kids and dogs.

Crap!  I almost forgot.  Dave and I had our Birthdays as well.  Obviously, there was not a lot of time for birthday exploits….but we will celebrate at a later date.   😉

 

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