Monday, October 22, 2012

Somebody felt like showing off...

Just wanted to share these pictures I caught from the other morning......

cotton candy morning

it's so rare to see a sunrise with clouds hanging around

here comes the sun!

just awesome!
These last few weeks have been crazy with just keeping up with life! Anne hasn't been sleeping so well lately either, so it makes the days feel extra long. I wish those new teeth would come through already! But the other morning I was able to get up before the sun and saw this beautiful sight. There is something so peaceful about being able to sit on your porch, coffee in hand, watching the sun come up over the mountain. God gives us this glorious wake up call every morning.....just wish I was in the frame of mind to enjoy it more often!!! He NEVER disappoints......

Alaina turns 7

Time is just flying by this fall. I had every intention of getting birthday pics and a birthday tribute done LAST weekend, but here it is, over a week later!

Our sweet Alaina turned 7 last Saturday, the 13th. I can't believe it. I was pregnant with her when we moved into this house, and in the next few weeks we will be moving. It's kinda bittersweet. Lots of good memories here...four babies born here. But Alaina was our first and oh, what a time it was. She was and is our only baby born without our midwife present! She talked dad through everything on her cell phone as she was flying down Davis Road to get here! You can read more here. But everything went perfectly and we have had the privilege of having Alaina in our family these last seven years.....

Our  birthday girl requested spice cupcakes with nutella buttercream frosting. For those of you who pinterest, you may have seen the recipe floating around. Well, we tried it, and it was good!

spice cupcakes with nutella frosting

Our sweet birthday girl!

He's just here for the cake!

Happy Birthday to you!

Singing to the birthday girl

Grandpa teasing her with blowing out the match

She got it!

We had a fun evening with Grandpa & Grandma Zuck. Life has been crazy around here with harvest, house and everything else going on. It was nice to just hang out and be silly. :)
Alaina got an adventure backpack for her birthday which includes a sketchbook, magnifying glass, binoculars, flower press, butterfly net, and field books for identifying birds, insects and wildflowers. She and her sisters have been out catching bugs and butterflies to examine more closely. She also received a butterfly pavilion which we now have 12 caterpillars in which we are watching. They will turn into Painted Lady butterflies.

We love you sweet Alaina. You are so fun, very laid back, and we couldn't imagine life without you. Happy Birthday!!!!

Friday, October 5, 2012

The Farmer's Favorite Time of Year....

Yes, we have begun the most favorite time of year around here.....HARVEST!!!

My father in law is running the combine, my husband is driving the tractor and cart

My father in law is retiring this I am sure it's somewhat bittersweet.

Landon waiting his turn to ride

Big sister just got done with her turn

Love this picture of him watching

Landon has become very attached to his "mammer". It goes everywhere with him...even to bed!

Here they come!

Love that picture of the harvest with the mountains in the background.

Filling up

Like father, like son.
Harvest is probably one of the most anticipated times of the year for a farmer. You get to bring in all that hard work and see how you've done. All those hours of working ground, planting, fertilizing, watering, and babysitting pivots is finally over! The kids look forward to combine and tractor rides. I look forward to being able to see again and not be enclosed by corn on all sides! :)  Plus it means the winding down of another year. The morning starts aren't as early, and the work day isn't as long. I especially like that!

But that's what's going on 'round here....for probably the next month or so. Then it's the holiday season. All ready!!! Time is just a flyin' by.....

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Update on the House

Hey's been a while since I've mentioned the house remodel. We are mostly done painting, the kitchen has been installed (minus appliances), and the tile is being laid as we speak. (or as I write!) The countertop company was out today to make a template and hopefully in two weeks the countertop will be in the kitchen. Here are some pictures....

Girls room. We will probably be adding white beadboard to the bottom half of the wall. 

Double closets for the girls! :)

Landon's room

Landon's bathroom.

Living room. The flooring is tile that looks like hardwood.

The color is mahogany. The glare here makes it kind of hard to see, but it matches pretty close to the doors and windows.

Kitchen! Love my farmhouse sink!

Cooktop goes here.

Pantry and micro/oven combo

Overlooking into living room

So this is what we have. Because the tile was being laid in front of our master bedroom/bath, I don't have pictures of that yet. The end room, which will be my laundry is the holding room for everything else, so that will be the last room we do. But it's coming together. We are doing tile in the kitchen, living, dining, hall and the kids bathrooms. Our doors will hopefully be coming in next week. I am hoping to be able to move by the end of the month, but that will depend on my husband. They will start harvesting in earnest here before too long and he will be less available. All in due time. But it actually feels as though we might get to actually LIVE in the space.