Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Goings On

10 months ago, I said I planned to blog again on a weekly basis.  Heh.  Then last night my sister told me some of her friends, who read my blog, asked about me.  Then I felt guilty for not writing.  I'm Catholic, so that guilt comes pretty easily.  So here I am. Writing for them.  And you.  Are you still out there?

We are beginning week 2 of our 2 week fall break.  It is the absolute best time of year.   I can't tell you we've been too busy because we haven't.  But that's why it's so awesome....time to just stop and breathe.

I'm teaching 6th grade.  Those cute little farm kids I've been writing about for years are now 8 and almost 10.  What?  When?  How?  Little Miss just started guitar lessons.  How cute is she?!

I just dyed my hair dark brown.  Dare I say almost black?  It's definitely not like me to make drastic changes-change is bad, scary, and uncomfortable.  But I needed a change-I was in a rut of sorts.  And I love it.

I'm watching The Amazing Race and loving it.  My favorite team is the football playing duo.  I also love the ER doctors and the shaggy, homeless looking men.  I'm also watching the Colts and Broncos defeat their opponents week after week.  We went to our first Colts game in ages last week.  I would LOVE to be in Indy next week when Peyton comes home.  I fully expect a standing ovation and a stadium full of tears when he returns to Lucas Oil.  Sigh.

I've been reading some great books.  The Homecoming of Samuel Lake was good...and terrible...and so difficult to read.  But it was great.  Me Before You was amazing and ripped my heart out.  I do love a good cry at the end of a book and this one certainly delivered.  I just started We Need to Talk
About Kevin.    Phew.  This is going to be like The Lovely Bones, in which it gets in your head and sits and stews for weeks.  I'm anxious to be finished with it and don't want it to end at the same time.


I just made this chili for dinner tonight.  It truly is the best chili recipe ever and even though it's been unseasonably warm...I was craving a big bowl of chili.  That's what October is all about, right?


Things are all kinds of busy on the farm.  Busy like, "Hi honey.  Bye honey."  I haven't seen the two boys in my life for much more than an hour total over the past week.  But they are loving life and super happy to be back in the combine, harvesting the beans and corn.  The little miss and I are enjoying having control of the remote (Hello, Say Yes to the Dress) and plenty of time to shop.

I walked in my first 5K a couple weeks ago.  My very pregnant sister and I did it together.  It was fun and exciting and I hope to do more...maybe even a mini marathon at some point in the future.

The Little Miss and I made gak when we were babysitting my nieces last night.  Glue, water and borax turned into a whole lot of fun.  If you haven't tried it, here's the recipe we used.


How's that for a blog post?  Good, no?  Maybe you won't have to wait so long for the next one.  I've missed this. 

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Rungreen Free Shipping Today Only!

Hurry over to Rungreen to take advantage of their free shipping sale today only on all their awesome John Deere gear!  This free shipping sale includes toys, clothes, hats, office and party supplies, backpacks, and more!

Just click here to start shopping!  And don't forget to tell them John Deere Mom sent you!  :)

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Five Years

I started this blog exactly five years ago, on January 1, 2008.  My kids were 4 and 2.  WAHHH!  Babies!  They were just babies! 

In the last five years, I've posted 575 times.  I've made new friends and followers.  I've hosted blog giveaways and done book reviews.  I've posted countless pictures of my kids and of life on the farm.  My kids are now 9 and 7 and have gone from these very first pictures I ever posted

to this.

Le sigh.

Time?  It doesn't stand still.  It marches on, faster and faster with each passing year.  The days may drag on forever...but the years?  They fly by. 

I haven't been posting very regularly lately.  And the time I spend visiting my favorite blogs?  Nonexistent. 

But I want that to change.  I never make New Year's Resolutions.  Well, except this one that I do every year.

But this year, I'm getting back to this blog.  I want to post at least once a week.  And I want to get out there and visit you, my fellow blogger friends.  I've neglected you for too long.

And that changes right now.  Happy New Year!

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Two Weeks

For as long as I've been teaching, we've had a two day fall break in mid-October.  This year, we've done things a bit differently.  We started school earlier in the summer which was...difficult.  But today I feel completely fine with that decision as we have just started our first day of a two week fall break!  Two weeks off smack dab in the middle of my favorite time of year. 

It's so nice having time off when it's beautiful outside...when it's cool enough to enjoy it.  When it's so beautiful that just being outside and enjoying all the colors of fall is activity enough. 

Today we're going to get pumpkins and gourds.  I hope to try my hand at a little Pinterest-pumpkin decorating with glitter and spray paint.  Tomorrow will be a day spent with my sister and her babies.  Wednesday is a kid-free day with a hair appointment, Ikea, Jungle Jim's and Charming Charlie's.  Thursday will bring us to an indoor water park.  Friday will be a day to rest and stay in jammies.  Ahhh.

And the fact that after all that we still have another whole week off?  Amazing.

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Back at It

Let's count how many blog posts I wrote over summer break, shall we?

That's right.  Zero.

And guess what?  I go back to school tomorrow.

Le sigh.

We had a fantastic, albeit, short summer. 

We went to Chicago,

had lots of play dates with my sister and her two babes,

went to Holiday World,

visited the Indianapolis Zoo,

went to our first baseball game,

 and spent lots of time in the pool trying to beat the heat!

And while I am not looking forward to getting up at 5 AM, grading papers, packing lunches, managing evening homework, or wearing a bra every day....I am kinda-sorta looking forward to going back. 

I am looking forward to getting back into a routine with a schedule.  I am excited about a quiet drive by myself to and from school.  And...well, that's all I can think of right now.  Heh.

The kids started school last week.  Here are the 3rd and 1st graders, respectively.  I know she's taller than him.  He knows it too.  But we don't talk about it. ;)

That's what's going on around here.  Are your kids back to school yet?  Do you wish they were?  Do you want to go back to school for me?  Please?

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Spring Break, Days 3 &4

Day 3 of Spring Break was another beautiful 85 degrees and sunny! Cole had spent the night with grandma and grandpa so it was just the Little Miss and I for the morning. We had breakfast at Cracker Barrel (apple cider-YUM!) We also went to Target and Starbucks.

Then we went to grandma and grandpa's house to watch Cole do a little fishing.

The Little Miss even caught a fish (with a lot of help!)

Day 4 of Spring got it! 83 degrees and sunny! A girl could definitely get used to this beautiful weather.

We spent the day with my sister and her babes at a children's science museum. The kids had a blast playing together.

On the way home, we stopped and played on the playground at my school for awhile.

Cole got to spend the evening chisel plowing late into the night. His favorite thing to do!

I can't believe Spring Break is almost over! It's definitely been an awesome week off! Let the countdown to summer begin!

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

John Deere Parts Coupon Code

Need parts for your John Deere? Green Farm Parts is having a 10% off sale on all parts now through this Sunday, March 25. They have parts for all your favorite John Deere machines including lawn mowers, Gators, garden tractors, and more. Just enter coupon code MIDWEST when you check out.

Happy shopping!

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