Thee Farm Wife

Thee Farm Wife

Thursday, February 21, 2008

SNOW and the eclipse!





Cody and I went outside last night after we got home from church at 8. We were on a mission! He had never seen a lunar eclipse before. While I was unloading groceries he came in the house and told me that there were clouds over the moon! I went outside and started laughing because the eclipse had already started!...so we jumped in my car and drove around to the area by the bins and watched the eclipse for the next 45 minutes. We had my video camera and made our own movie. (The next eclipse will be in 2010, the year Cody graduates. He has promised to watch that one with me, too!) We took turns filming because it was soooo cold - 2 below with a windchill added on. John called my cell at 9 to tell us we had to come inside to feed the baby - what a magical night!


I promised my Arkansas Mom and Dad that I would take pictures of the snow - we have had one snowstorm after another for the past few weeks with more in the forecast for this weekend. I have never seen so much snow in my life!

Lucky the cow



This is Lucky! She was born yesterday afternoon. Her mama left her in a snowbank and Cody and John brought her into the house, gave her a bath, rubbed her down, fed her colostrum and we prayed. John was up with her all night. This morning she was mooing and standing. Nice and warm and full of life!

I never knew that I would feel this kind of wonder when I became a farmer's wife. That a newborn heifer left in the snow could survive. John is so good with our herd and I love to see his compassion!

By the way, we kept her in the basement in our old bathroom and then we moved her to the mudroom!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Happy Birthday Grammy Austa!





Happy Birthday, Grammy! Happy Valentines Day! Happy Blizzard Day? We woke up to a blizzard warning this morning. Church was cancelled and none of us has gotten dressed today! There is a lot of blowing snow, sometimes I can't see the barn from the house. John is doing chores for Dan because the guys are snowed in down in Des Moines.

We have had a great weekend! Cael and Emma stayed Thursday night and Friday day. Then Jim brought Joe's Friday night for dinner. We all listened to state wrestling on the radio. W-SR won the state championship and set a record for the most points earned in the history of the state tournament! Congratulations to Khyle and Reed!

We will be watching the Daytona 500 soon. GO Jeff Gordon! I am the only Gordon fan and my father-in-law and I love to tease each other about this.

Jaima is learning to clean her room - we have tried a new approach www.housefairy.org She watched a video and actually went to her room and cleaned the whole thing herself! I love the internet!!!

Monday, February 11, 2008


new highchair!
all smiles for mommy this morning! i love it when i go to get her up in the morning and she is just laying cooing and smiling! it makes my day - especially since it is so hard to get jaima going in the morning!
it is 1 degree out right now - don't know what the windchill is - john's out checking the cows.
we watched a great movie last night 3:10 to Yuma with Russell Crowe - i love westerns! friday night we went to the new mexican restaurant in town - date night with our girls - great food and atmosphere! i can tell that spring will be here soon because we are starting to get out more!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

motherhood secrets revealed!

how do you force your children to get along? you tell them that the dishwasher is broken and that they will need to wash and dry the dishes together! after two days of arguing they finally figured out that it goes a lot faster if they work together! and i have a clean kitchen. john and i sit in the living room in peace and laugh to ourselves about how we finally got them to get along!

jaiden is learning to laugh - i have a video that i will try and post soon - it almost sounds like a cry - it's too cute - she loves to play peek-a-boo and also laughs when i sneeze!

jaima and i have come down with colds today - what a way to spend a girls day - john and cody are at district wrestling! yeah for khyle and reed, off to state they go!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

snow day!

at this rate the kids will be making up snowdays til the middle of June! the roads looked fine out here this morning but I guess they were worse in town.

Jaiden doesn't want to take a nap today - maybe she will sleep all night?

Happy Birthday to Kiki D - she is 18 today! She, Lauren and Katie stopped over this morning -

Jaiden loves bananas - she loves it when i add them to her cereal - so far she has had applesauce, pears and bananas. next month we'll try squash. i ordered her a high chair, it should be here this week. she is starting to sit up by herself. she's already outgrown the little feeding chair i have for her - she loves to suck her thumb and when she starts sucking it too hard i put a paci in her mouth! i think she may be teething - lots of drool and a little fussy! she is growing too fast!

john is trying to get corn hauled - had a few problems with the grain leg this morning but he got it fixed - and is on the road right now.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

two drama queens?

We already call Jaima DQ - and I think Jaiden may have it in her, too. (Wonder where they get it from?!) Jaiden has learned to do this little cry when she doesn't get what she wants or when she is mad. I wish I could capture it on tape to share with you. It's amazing how her little personality has developed this past week - she is really becoming a person - not just an infant!

We all went to the Bremer County Cattlemen's Banquet today - it was fun being with all of our "fair" friends - we had a nice prime rib dinner, got to hear a good cowboy band - just what I needed to feel a part of the real world - haha

John is at a Super Bowl party - and the kids and I stayed home so we can relax and continue to recuperate - they don't have school tomorrow - so we are going to have a house cleaning party - don't think they are going to like it.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

sugar and spice and everything nice








my first piggy tails!
this pic of the three of us was taken the day after jaiden was born - i love it - thanks, traci!
john and cody are at wartburg watching wrestling - so it's girl's night - we'll watch a movie and get some beauty sleep!
we are all on antibiotics, i have been sick for 5 weeks! hopefully we will start feeling better soon!