Thee Farm Wife

Thee Farm Wife

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Makin a List, Checkin it Twice...

Creatures stirring. Check.
Stockings hung by the chimney with care. Check.
Sugarplums dancing. Check.
Brains settled. Ummm.
Kerchief? Not.

But it's definitely Christmas here at the farm. I have a house full of kids actually behaving for once. "Canta Caus is coming!" says JaidenIlo. I took a long winter's nap this afternoon so I can stay up all night wrapping presents. I do this every year - wait til the absolute last minute to wrap because I despise wrapping. One year I stuck everyone's presents in gift bags and they hated it. Said it wasn't any fun. Well, let me tell you, sitting on a cold floor wrapping presents for hours ain't no pleasure cruise. hahahaha

But seriously, I hope you take a few moments to reflect on the true meaning of the season. GOD sent his Son, to a humble manger, to grow up to be a King. Not a king with a crown of gold, but a crown of thorns. The best gift ever. For you and me. Merry Christmas - share the love.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Late start

Sweet bliss, I got to stay in bed until 8 this morning! School is on a two hour delay, so the bus will be here at 9:10. The kids are arguing because Jaima took the last of the milk and left a half bowl of cereal on the table - I always run out of milk on snow days - lol - but I leave them to work it out themselves. Have a poptart son. And, Jaima, let's not be wasteful....I never say stuff like that because sometimes, I just don't fell like the parent. I could write a whole book on what it's like to become a parent at 18 1/2. How I've been a parent for 20 years and frankly, I'm tired of using the same old cliches. "Go to your room." "Clean up your plate." "Quit pinching your sister." "You'll shoot your eye out." blah blah blah. So, I sit back and observe, let them figure it out. Cody taught his sister a lesson on wastefulness - and had leftover pizza for breakfast. That's my boy!

Friday, December 17, 2010

incapacitated!

I woke up Wednesday morning with a plan! I was all set to clean house - I had a list. I had goals. I had energy. I bent over to unload the dishwasher and...out went my hip. Electricity shot down my leg and I was down for the count. Feeling much better here on day three - but the house is still a mess. I keep waiting for some little magic fairy to swoop in and save the day...still waiting. Wait. What was that? Nevermind. Just one of the dogs. I am hoping to start my list tomorrow - otherwise, I know some kids that are going to be buuuuuusy!

So, I will try and sit here at my computer and read some of my favorite blogs. Farmerboy took off to go to the bank two hours ago - left his phone on his desk so I can't call and ask him to bring me a frozen pizza and a Diet Dr. Pepper. Guess I will just starve and drink the last Mountain Dew. (insert evil witch laugh here) 

Cody was so hilarious when Jaima got home from school. He picked up his guitar and started singing, "I'm on Christmas break. I'm on Christmas break. You have to go to school on Monday, cause I'm on Christmas break!" I got some of it on film, but she started throwing things at him and yelling, so we'll keep that in the private family collection haha

Snow everywhere, more on the way. Sounds like a good weekend to watch our pile of Christmas movies - we'll start with Christmas Vacation tonight. Minus the frozen pizza. Sigh...

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Plains Blizzard

I want to shout at the wind, "You'll never get me!" Just like Pa Ingalls did in the Long Winter. We are in the middle of an honest-to-goodness Iowa blizzard - and it's not even Christmas! We are blessed to be warm and have plenty of food and entertainment. The dogs hate to go outside, however. Cody's roommate, Mychal, thought he was going to go to work in Waverly at 6am - I wouldn't let him and besides he would never have made it out of the drive.

The sun is shining right now, giving a false sense of warmth. Cody and John went out to feed cattle and check the waterers and came inside freezing and red-cheeked. I am still in my pjs - lol. The blessings of being the farmer's wife!

Jaima and I are listening to classical Christmas music on Pandora . Sugarplums and Hosannas and Emmanuel as we dance around the house. Beautiful! I have pics of my little Christmas elves to upload but blogger is rejecting them right now for some reason.

So, I wish you warmth in your heart wherever you are today, warm or cold outside - be blessed!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Thrifting...I'm not the only one!

One of my favorite blogs is written by The Nester. She's just a middle-class at-home mommy (which btw, we are numbered more than you realize!) and her post today is on her Goodwill finds. It amazes me how many people never think to stop at their local thrift store before they go to Walmart to buy something! I've found: electric pencil sharpeners, dog dishes, pet cages, Christmas decs, chairs, tables, toys, jewelry, CLOTHES!, dishes, antiques, school and crafting supplies...anything you need for the home - for cheap...plus it's recycling! When one of the girls decides she likes Polly Pockets, I go thrifting. The next month it might be Littlest Pet Shop - and when they are done with that phase, we donate them back!I call it "blessing another family."

We are preparing for a snowstorm that's supposed to hit tomorrow. Cody and John are bedding cattle and getting feed lined up. It's not too bad out right now, but I am really missing the sunshine. We are all stocked up on groceries and I am kinda looking forward to a weekend of family time and not going anywhere. If the weatherman is wrong, John and I will be going to the phone board Christmas party tomorrow night.

I am still waiting the results from my final exam. 233 questions on the Old Testament. I was totally not prepared for it - I thought I had studied all I needed to know - and I was wrong! It was the hardest test I have ever taken - even Physics was easier! I am sure I will pass the semester - well, maybe, I will have to wait and see. I really want this ministry degree - so, I will take the semester over if I - gulp - failed.

Friday, December 3, 2010

My beautiful children...
JaidenIlo, Cody and Jaima

The new haircut

Future supermodel

Diva farmwife

The White Family

Merry Christmas!

p.s. I love you, Aunt K! Thanks for the gentle prodding to update!