Saturday, July 30, 2016

Happy Birthday

Today is my 33rd birthday. 33, wow. I can remember when I thought someone in their 30's was old. I guess now I'm old? Remind me of this statement when I'm 40, please. Once upon a time I did a 101 in 1001 list... 101 items to complete in 1001 days. I'm not really willing to try that again right now. I told my dad yesterday morning that I heard your 30's were supposed to be better than your 20's. He told me, "You are what you make it. It is all state of mind."

I believe goals help you achieve things. So I decided to set 33 goals for my 33rd year. Help keep me on track, please!
Still to do     In Progress     Accomplished + the date
  1. Pay off my car.
  2. Break Abug's mare, Little Pi, to ride
  3. Use my gift certificate to train with a local horse trainer.
  4. Lose 33 pounds. (roughly at 10-15 in this goal....)
  5. Ride Blonde Barbie more.
  6. Sell my house.
  7. Look into either building or buying another house.
  8. Potty train my baby girl.
  9. Go on a vacation.
  10. Dive in the ocean again.
  11. Find a job, more especially, find my dream job.
  12. Get my second teaching license.
  13. Visit 8 states. (6/8)
  14. Find tourist things to do in my area.
  15. Get a Hydros BC for SCUBA diving. (8/4/16)
  16. Sell my Ladyhawk BC to buy the Hydros BC. (Sold 7/30/16)
  17. Train Blonde Barbie to be a Cutting Horse.
  18. Show again.
  19. Write a book.
  20. Get my travel blog up and running.
  21. Pay off some debt.
  22. Update my wardrobe, maybe become more fashionable.
  23. Spend more time with my grandma.
  24. See Beauty and the Beast in theaters.
  25. See a Broadway Musical (although it doesn't have to be in NYC)
  26. Spend more quality time with baby girl.
  27. Attend the 2016 NCHA Futurity.
  28. Help with the 2017 Trails for Kids.
  29. Enter (and hopefully place) a photo contest.
  30. Become a better photographer.
  31. Learn to paint.
  32. Build a snowman.
  33. Just learn to live more and say yes more.



Thursday, July 28, 2016

Horses Gotta Eat, too


This might be a little blurry, but she's smiling. She loves to go for rides!

Yesterday, today, tomorrow, and the rest of the week really there is a percent chance of rain. The weather has dropped off about 10 degrees. Will it rain? Who knows. It's a prediction. What someone thinks will happen. And one thing I've decided, although it's not quite that easy, a weatherman/woman can predict the weather, be wrong 90% of the time, and still have a job tomorrow. It's kind of a joke, but it's a prediction.

No one can know the future for sure. Last Friday we got the word that the weather was good, all hay equipment was up and running, and we were headed to the hayfield that afternoon. This excursion was square bales versus round bales.

I grew up on a farm. Farm life is so unpredictable. You can try to make plans, but make sure you're flexible. You have to be. Heck, I went on a job interview, dressed in a business suit and heels, driving out the driveway and there was a cow out. I had to put that cow back in before heading to the interview... in heels, in a suit. My mom came home from work once in heels and a business suit to start up the tractor and start baling until someone could come relieve her so she could change clothes. When you make money farming whether it's your full time job or you have an outside job to pay for the farming adventure... farming is unpredictable. Another story, ok if you want one. The day I got married, a family member was coming to the wedding. When they went to leave, a cow decided to go into labor and they wound up having to pull the calf. They didn't make it to our wedding. That's okay. Stuff happens and as a farmer you learn to be flexible. You have to be.

Anyway, we had to pick Tbug up for our weekend with her. I made arrangements at the last minute to get her early, then we went to my parents house, did chores, waited for my dad and hubby to get home from work, and we headed to the hayfield. It was HOT. Oh it was hot. Although I've been in worse. We had 200 bales of hay to pick up.

In the state of Missouri, if a trailer doesn't have lights on it, you can run during the daytime. I don't know the exact law/rules. Our hay trailer doesn't have lights. By the time we got our first 100 bales loaded and made it home and put in the barn, we had 2 options. Go back to the hayfield, load the trailer, and let it sit in the field until the next morning or go home, shower, eat dinner, go to bed, get up early the next morning and go back to the hayfield after the second 100 bales. We chose the second option. Either way we were going to be hot and sweaty the next morning putting that second 100 bales up in the hay loft.

Poor Tbug hasn't lived down running our VW car into the back of the tractor 2 years ago. Friday night she got the best job of loading hay on to the trailer... being the top stacker! Depending on how many people you have depends on what jobs everyone does.

Friday night my mom and Abug drove, Hubby and I threw bales up onto the trailer, dad was the lower stacker, and Tbug was the higher stacker. The higher stacker has the easiest job I swear. I've been in that position many times. All you really have to do is catch, stack the top couple rows, and help with tying the trailer down. Sometimes it's a toss up as to who has the hardest job between the lower stacker and the people throwing the bales up on the trailer. I've done all positions.

Saturday my mom had plans so I asked Tbug if she was going to drive the truck. That position might be the best... other than the threat is if the driver dumps the entire trailer, they get to restack it by themselves. I've heard that threat my whole life and yes I've dumped my fair share of loads. I've never had to restack by myself, but I have had to help restack. That really sucks!

Anyway Tbug told me no, she wasn't going to drive. I asked her why? She jokingly said, there's no tractor to stop me. Now the day she ran our VW into our tractor, it is a standard, she did have her foot on the clutch, we bounced off, I might have been 2 weeks from having Abug...., and she kept yelling she couldn't see the break to which I kept replying, you don't have to see it, you just have to hit it.

Anyway we finally convinced her that she could drive the truck, pulling the trailer. We left Abug in her carseat so Tbug wasn't fighting her while trying to drive. And I want to brag, Tbug did an excellent job driving. I might pat myself on the back and say she learned from me. ha! Not to toot my own horn but I've been told I'm a good driver as well. You keep it slow and steady, between the rows of hay, ease on to the break, and don't throw the stackers off the trailer. I have been thrown off the trailer more than once. It's when someone slams on the gas or slams on the break and you can't brace yourself. Luckily every time that's happened I have hit the ground running.

But you can never say farming is easy or an 8-5 comfortable air conditioned job. I'm not sure if that's what I've been trying to say more so than just trying to document life. And document Farm life. And happy days. Oh and Saturday after sweating, we took showers, and then went to the farm show and got soaked in sweat again. That's all :).

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

2 Years 1 Month



  • Silly mommy forgot to do a 2 year update and even though we're about halfway between your 2 years and your 2 years 1 month, I can't remember what goes where so we're going to start here.
  • Conversation the other day... 
    • You: Grandeb
    • Me: I'm not Grandeb, I'm mommy
    • You: Grandeb
    • Me: I'm not Grandeb
    • You: Grandeb
    • Me: I'm not talking to you anymore
    • You: Oh come on.
  • You are a fish. 
    • You jumped off the diving board at GranDeb & Grady's
    • And when you're not doing that, you won't get out of the water.
  • You LOVED the 4th of July and throwing those snappers at mommy's feet to scare her.
  • You've become very independent
  • If Tbug is around, no one else exists
  • Telling you no, if you have your mind set to it, you'll do it anyway.
  • I'm sick of the word no. 
    • I'm tired of telling you no 
    • I'm tired of you telling me no
  • You've finally had your first real cold... although the doctor said it was just post nasal drip... I still think it's a cold.
  • You love to write
  • You love bubbles
  • You are a water baby
  • You can count to 10 but don't like the number 4.
  • You count to 3 on your own, get a little help with 4 and then continue on
  • You still love baby dolls
  • Mickey Mouse Club House and Paw Patrol are your favorite cartoons.
  • You like Frozen but call Elsa Barbie.
  • At your 2 year doctors appointment you're in the 96% in height and the 66% in weight.
    • weight: 28lbs 1.5oz
    • Height:3'0.5"


Monday, July 25, 2016

7 Years

July 25, 2009 is the day that we went on our first date. Today marks the 7th anniversary of our first date.



Saturday, July 23, 2016

Baseball Games

Last Sunday we had the opportunity to attend a Springfield Cardinals Game. It was fun too! Last Fall Memaw went to a KC Chiefs game with us and the night before when we asked if she wanted to go she said, yes, I've never seen a home run. Hubby was like, well after tomorrow you'll still have never seen a home run. Poor Memaw hasn't lived that down. When we went to the baseball game, we asked if she wanted to go see a Touch Down with us. Yup, she still hasn't lived it down....

Hello, you can't go to a ball game without ballpark food! So our seats were up in the Red Bird Roost... So we got tickets and all the food we wanted to eat from hotdogs, brats, nachos, burritos, fruit, popcorn, and Coca Cola Products.

The gates opened 1 hour before the game started. That's when we started eating. We sat and watched them get the field read and watched the ball players warm up.

They had different causes for the night. These were the EMS Riders.

During each inning change there were different events.

So this was a foul ball and it actually went through the window.

Sadly the Cardinals lost against the Arkansas Travelers 7 to 4.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Costa Rica circa May 2002

I think I'm ready to go on a trip again... Tuesday night I was working on a project that included looking through old photos. Once upon a time I scanned my Costa Rica Scrapbook and I was looking through it... I decided to share it. 1) Don't judge my pictures.... 2) Don't judge my handwriting! 3) This was a time in my life when people actually called me fat to my face.... I'd hate to see what they say about me now!

I'll add a few stories along the way....


So this really wasn't made for 12 American's... lol. We were cram backed in this van like sardines. There were times we added even more people. And we had 2 of us on this trip that were prone to getting car sick. The Van was a standard and I spent a lot of time sitting on the console in the front so I didn't get sick. The other way to keep from getting sick was I kept taking motion sickness pills and they'd knock me out. So I got made fun of for sleeping a lot of this trip away if we were in vehicles.

The other funny was when Dr. Rowling got stuck in the back of the van and he constantly told us to get the hell out of the van because he wanted a picture.

This was at the first Agriculture college we visited. We were there for only the day.

This was on the drive to the second Agriculture College where we stayed a couple days.

This is actually the first time I hand milked a cow. I'd done it by machine before, but never hand milked. Their dairy cattle were much different than ours too. So we milked before breakfast and that was the milk that everyone used for their coffee. I thought I'd try some. I just about threw up. Have you ever drank warm milk?

Dr. Andreason picked on me a lot, especially early mornings (I don't do early mornings). He thought it would be fun to see if the cow and the milk could shoot milk all the way and hit me in the group. I got soaked a couple times by goat milk and cow milk....

This place was HOT and DRY!

This was exciting as it was my first time to the Pacific Ocean. So far I've only been one other time....

We waited for the sunset and then went out to eat. At the restaurant we ate at they ordered seafood. I don't do seafood, but I remember being conned in to trying some.

This was our last day at the second Agriculture College.

The manager at the Tilapia farm we stopped at was actually an American who relocated to Costa Rica.

This bird was drawn to me.

Once we crossed the Continental divide it was Cold.

Trish was huge into birds. Dr. Rowling conned her in to trying to eat like a bird.

So at the bottom of the waterfall, btw the water was freezing, I was sitting on a rock in the middle of the water. Some people (tourists) asked if they could take my picture. I told them yes and felt kinda special, but one of the girls that I was with said that they only took my picture because I was in the shot they wanted. Wham... knock a girl down :). haha. See, people weren't so nice to me sometimes.

So seeing Volcano Arenal you typically don't see the clouds move away from the top. This was a rare occasion.

We went zip lining. That was flippin phenomenal, but every time I'd take off down the rope I'd scream. One of the guides kept asking our professors if I was going to survive or if I was going to have a heart attack.

So the cabin here... the first night we stayed there, the girls in the next room (people with us) had a HUGE spider in their shower. We went over to see the spider and got ourselves locked out of our room so at midnight we had to get the owner out of her bed to come let us back in our room. Woops!

I ate fresh coconut. I wasn't crazy about it....

We also tried Sugarcane. Still not a fan.

Did you know Iguanas eat bananas?

We stayed with host families in this town. I have NO CLUE who lived in the house I stayed in. I know a couple of the boys went to stay at friends houses so that we could have beds, but other than that I have no clue who was family and who was friends because people were constantly in and out of our house.

We got to go white water rafting, class III, IV, and V rapids. If you've never been White Water Rafting, stop what you're doing and GO. NOW. You'll thank me!




I would like to say I know who all was in this family but I know Mom, Dad, and one of the sons. From there... I have no clue if the rest of them in this picture actually live in this house or not. I can also tell you in Costa Rica is if you don't eat their food, they take offense. I hate beans. I ate more beans in 2 weeks than my whole life. I always ate them first so I could hide the flavor with the rest of the food. And whatever you didn't eat for one meal was incorporated into the next meal. Our host mom could cook though!

The host families cried when we left. Our host mom actually said a blessing on us as well. We also learned their postal system. Our address was something like on the road past the grocery store next to the white mailbox. Okay so that is a little made up for the exact address, but the system is not made up.

So we wanted to go into Volcano Irazu. It is dormant so you can take tours but we didn't get there in time so Dr. Andreason thought it would be a smart idea to climb up the side. We didn't make it and coming back down I slipped and fell, sliding down on my butt and totally scratched up the back of my leg. I might still have a scar back there, not sure.

I'm not Catholic but their cathedrals were GORGEOUS!

Now this church was actually supposed to go to Greece the country but the ship that it was loaded on to piece by piece made a mistake and took it to Greece, Costa Rica. By the time they hauled it to the town and realized that was incorrect, it was so expensive that they decided to keep it.

So while we were in our host town, they did my hair in braids. These 2 ladies worked on it. I sat there for 3 1/2 hours and had 96 braids. 2 of the other girls had it done too but theirs didn't but a couple hours. Mine lasted the rest of the time and once I got home until my mom took it out. It took mom 1 1/2 hours to get them all out. They charged me $10. I gave them $45. To make sure they took it I hid the bigger bills in the smaller and walked away before they could see what I gave them.

Another fun fact about Costa Rica is it is 1/3 the size of the State of Missouri or 1/2 the size of the state of Iowa and has more diversity that the whole USA.

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