Family Reunion On The Farm

Family Reunion on the Farm

This past weekend my husbands side of the family all got together to celebrate his grandfathers 90th birthday.

They couldn’t even remember the last time that everyone had all been together without at least one person missing. It was so fun to watch all 7 children interact and listen to all of the laughs and stories from the adults. I think that Pops really enjoyed having everyone all together again.

We all stayed at my husbands Aunts farm in Indiana. She had our day jam packed with fun! I was a little bit worried that it may be rushed when she told me everything that she had planned but it all went seamlessly. We started out our morning with breakfast sandwiches and/or crepes that were made by my mother in law. There were some people eating inside at the table and some were sitting outside on the deck by the fire with coffee in hand. It was the perfect way to start our morning!

Laughing, Living and Loving

While everyone was getting ready, my husband started cooking the pulled pork in the brick oven. I took our 2 little boys down to the front pasture to look at the horses with my mother in law and niece. They all loved watching the horses and petting the donkeys when they came to the fence.

After the kiddos were done watching the animals we went across the road to the creek. It was to chilly outside to go for a dip, but they enjoyed listening to the water and watching it flow over the rocks.Avalon Farm 2016

Once we headed back up to the house we noticed that the tractor was ready for the hay ride!

All of the children and their parents loaded onto the trailer and we headed back down to the creek. We drove through it to the other side where the field is. We went around the field and stopped to let the boys out so that they could check out the trails. The 2nd time that we let them out they saw 2 deer in the trails with them. They though that was the most awesome thing ever.

Avalon Farm Family Reunion After we were done with the hayride we went back up to the house and had a lumberjack competition between the men. They had to choose which axe they wanted to use, then they each had 3 pieces of wood that they had to split. Whoever split all 3 the fastest won. It was a very clever way of getting some work done on the farm while also having fun!

There were pumpkins hidden in the area that the lumberjack competition was, so after that was finished all of the children had a chance to run around and find pumpkins. Once they found them all they had the opportunity to chop them open! There are 5 boys and 2 girls, so this was right up their ally. Don’t worry… this was all done with the help of their dads. They also had the opportunity to choose what they wanted to use, like the men did. Our oldest son used his axe that he chops wood with at home. It took him a few tries but he eventually split it in half. Our nephew chose a big axe and he did a clean split on the first try! The younger boys all used different tools, depending on what their dads thought was best. I think that this was a highlight for all of the boys!

Once the lumberjack competitions were over we had all kinds of fun games planned.

There were potato sack races, three legged races, balloon races, etc. It was a good way to have the adults and the children doing things together. It was very funny to watch the adults and the children do the three legged race together! My husbands aunt was doing the three legged race with our 3 year old and at one point was lifting him up by one arm! He thought it was hilarious! There were many many laughs and memories made.

When the races were finished we had lunch together and then it was nap time for our two little dudes and the baby. While they wereFamily Reunion 2016 all sleeping the older children painted a plaster cake that my husbands uncle made. It was such a cute idea to include the children in the celebration of their great grandpa’s (Pops) 90th birthday celebration. They did such a great job painting that he though it was the real cake! After they were done painting the cake they were all given a small canvas and were asked to paint the cake on the canvas. I think that some painted the cake, but most of them just painted desserts that they enjoy. Our oldest son has a lot of fun with that project; he loves painting and worked really hard on the first canvas. He made a chocolate chip cookie and a brownie on a plate.

Once everyone was done relaxing and painting we went back outside and saddled up 2 of the horses.

We took them both down to the arena and all of the children were able to take rides. They each rode around the arena twice and then it was someone else’s turn. They were each given a cup of water and their goal was to hold on to the cup of water and see who had the most left when they got back. They all had fun with that little competition.

Family Reunion 2016I was talked into getting on one of the horses. I know the basics of riding a horse, I grew up around horses and mules that my uncle had but never had any formal lessons or rode consistently, so I’m not the best. This horse ride was doomed from the start! I put my foot in the stirrup to get up and apparently it wasn’t fastening for adults so I just slid right down the side of the horse. Everyone laughed, including myself and they fixed it so that I was able to actually get on the horse. Once I was up I realized that it wasn’t a real saddle, it was basically a foam pad on the horses back, I’ve never used something like this so I was a little nervous, but I did it anyway. I was able to get the horse into the arena but he didn’t have a bit in which is what I’m used to steering with. I had my husband yelling at me to do something with my foot, then his aunt telling me to lean forward a little bit because the ropes were tied short. I was all kinds of confused and frustrated, I could feel my anxiety rising. As I was going around a corner my husbands uncle came in front of me with his horse and started cantering… what does my horse do??? He tries to keep up!!! This wasn’t the first time that had happened to me, so I anticipated it. If I had a normal saddle on I think that I would have been ok, but I didn’t have anything to hold onto and I freaked out. I don’t know what I said, I just remember yelling and saying “I don’t know what I’m doing!!!!” and holding on to the horse for dear life. Of course everyone thought it was hiiiilarious! I was shaking and doing everything that I could not to cry, but I pulled it together and shook it off. We made it to front of the arena and I got off that horse as fast as I could!

Once we were done riding the horses it was time for dinner. We all went back up to the house and got ready to eat our pulled pork together as a family. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day filled with Laughing, Learning and Loving together.

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Family, Friends, Food, and Happiness

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Family Friends Food FBI’ve been MIA for the past week and I’m so sorry about that! I decided that I wanted to take a week off from blogging and focus on my family. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful and appreciate what you have, so that’s exactly what I did. I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, food and happiness!I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, food and… Click To Tweet

We had a great Thanksgiving. This year I was able to help a lot because we had a huge celebration at my dads’ house with the entire family (around 40 people)! We also celebrated his 60th birthday which was a surprise. He knew the family was coming over, but he was clueless that we were also having a party for him. His girlfriend asked me to help a bit, which was nice to have a bit of control with a holiday. Usually all of the matriarchs have everything handled and we just need to make 1 dish and show up.

I enjoy cooking for a purpose and for others to enjoy. I have a tendency to get bored cooking mainly for the boys because well… they’re boys… they don’t like half of the food that I make! If our oldest was allowed to eat tacos every single day, he would. It’s nice to have your hard work appreciated! My husband enjoy’s cooking also, so it was great to get in the kitchen with him and cook together.I enjoy cooking for a purpose and for others to enjoy Click To Tweet

helping mom cookOur 2nd son helped me make my brothers gluten-free/dairy free stuffing and he had so much fun! He is so independent and didn’t want me to even get near the bowl when he was mixing. I tried to let him do everything himself, but I did need to step him and help mix.

My husband has been home for the past week and we’ve loved being able to spend every day with him. It’s so nice to see how excited our boys get when they see him walk in the door from work at night. I was so grateful that he was able to work in town and be able to help around the house. We did some much-needed deep cleaning in our living room and oldest sons bedroom. Our plan was to get all the Christmas decorations up, but that didn’t happen. I’m ok with it though, the boys and I can slowly get the decorations up this week.

We went to my moms’ house on Saturday and had Thanksgiving there with our grandma and that side of the family. It was very different from my dad’s house, we were all able to sit at the table together and pass the food around, where at my dads there was so much food that some was upstairs and some was downstairs and everyone was all over the place… which is just like his family so it worked out just fine. It was a big giant party. I was very grateful that I was able to have another Thanksgiving with my grandma, even if it wasn’t on Thanksgiving day. She makes these green beans with little white beans mixed in and some vinegar I think…. omg… I love them! I ate probably more than I should have, but they’re veggies right… it’s all good!

Christmas Pictures 2015Yesterday (Sunday) our friend Lindsay, who is also a photographer came to my mom’s house and took Christmas pictures of boys. This is a tradition that my mom has carried on since my brother and I were young. I love that she does this for us because I love any pictures, but being able to have professional pictures of our boys is so much better I think. The quality is wonderful and the poses that we come up with every year are always fun to do. The boys were troopers as usual. We used lemonade and cookies to bribe our 2-year-old when we started to lose him, and we used the pacifier for the baby when he was getting tired of being posed lol. Here’s a little sneak peek!

Overall, I’m very happy that I decided to take a little break from blogging, I love it, but I love spending time with my family more.

Can I Have My Hair Back Please?!

My son needs my hair to fall asleep.

When my 2 year old was an infant he would play with my hair. I didn’t think anything of it, he was a baby, and he was grabbing things, why I would I think anything would become of it? 2 years later and he can’t fall asleep without playing with someone’s hair. He prefers it to be me, but if I’m not home he’ll settle for whoever’s there, and if it’s my husband then he plays with his facial hair.

I have tried giving him toys that have long hair, he can toss them across the room.. that didn’t work. I’ve tried blankets that have hair like material… nope, not moms hair. He likes to pull on the hair and nothing that I give him has the resistance like me.

I’ve mentioned it to the doctor and she said “oh yes… this happens all the time,” wow, ok, I had never heard of it before. The more I started talking about it with people, the more I realized that there are so many parents going through the same thing! Not one person that I’ve spoken to has found anything that has taken its place. Everyone just says “yeah, they did the same thing until they were X amount of years old.” I’ve heard that they stop as early as 2 and as late as 7!

I just keep telling myself that one day I will look back and laugh. One day I will wish that he was snuggling with me pulling on my hair. One day he will be too old to sit with me and too cool to “snuggle” with mom anymore. I just have to keep my chin up and savor every minute of those snuggles that I get right now.

All I can say for you other mommy’s out there getting their hair tugged on every night is I’m sorry and I feel your pain… literally!

You Have a Perfect Life.

You Have a Perfect Life

You Have a Perfect LifeI was told recently that someone thinks I have a “perfect” life. My initial reaction was “my life is far from perfect.” In my mind the perfect life has a husband who is always home and able to play with the boys and help around the house; not having to worry about paying the bills, having a maid come clean our house and a chef cook our food! I didn’t have any of that, my life is not perfect. Believe it or not, that was a hard thing for to hear for some reason.

Our boys only get 6 hours a week if they’re lucky with my husband because he works 7 days a week to support our family. I rarely get to go out without the boys (which I love, don’t take it the wrong way) but sometimes mommy needs a night out! We live pay check to pay check because we made the decision that it was best for me to stay at home. My house is always a mess and I struggle to keep it clean and picked up. How could someone think that this is perfect?!

My life IS perfect.I couldn’t stop thinking about that comment. The more that I thought about it, the more I realized that I was thinking about it all wrong. I needed to change my frame of mind and stop thinking so negatively. My life IS perfect! We have 3 healthy, funny, crazy boys who keep us on our toes and give us all the love in the world. Our 8 year old is amazing, yes, he’s a typical 8 year old who argues and drives us crazy sometimes but he’s always there to help me when I need it. I have an amazing husband who works his life away, not for himself, but for our family. I’m lucky enough to have a lot of family & friends near us, so when I’m in a pinch there’s usually someone who’s able to help out. I’m fortunate enough to be able to stay at home with our boys… I need to remember how big of a deal this is; there are so many mothers out there who would love for nothing else but to be able to be with their children all day long. Yes, my house is always a mess and yes, I’m probably always going to struggle with it, but if that’s the worst of my problems I’m ok with it!

Thank You.. My Life IS perfectI’ve realized that I need to stop thinking about the negative things in my life and focus on the positive. I need to remember that my life IS perfect. I need to appreciate all of the good in my life and remember that the bad just makes me stronger. The next time that someone says “your life is perfect,” my response will be “Thank you… yes it is.”

 

 

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