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Friday, October 9, 2015

Combines, Semi Rides, and Pizza in the Truck

The kids love when the combines start rolling.
And then they start asking:
"When do we get to have pizza in Grandma's truck!?!!"
Peighton's favorite spot is in the combine next to Grandpa Steve.
It seems to be everybody's favorite spot because Grandpa has the best snacks!
Peighton likes to eat his chips, Preston takes his cookies and Ryker told me "Grandpa has really good BBQ chips!"
Peighton has ridden with him every chance she gets and then asks when she can go again.
I'm sure she's learning lots of interesting things on their rides.
School keeps getting in the way though!
While Peighton was in the combine we took a ride in the semi with Jerry.
He also got to take a sample while it was unloading corn and test it.
Made his day.

These two monkeys found us in the semi and hopped in too.
They all LOVE that there is a bed in one semi.
There was a lot of laughing and squealing and air horn honking during this ride.

Of course we had to test it again.

Finally Preston's turn.
Rumor has it he ate THREE of the chocolate chip cookies I sent for him and Grandpa to share.

More semi rides!
Ryker and Peighton joined us this time.

These two were just sure they could sleep in there.

By this time we were professional testers.

Finally, it was close to pizza time.
We found a bunch of paper, crayons and stickers to keep us entertained while we waited for Grandma and the pizza.
Good thing I keep a bag of "stuff" in the Expedition for times like these!

Casey's pizza is SO MUCH better when you eat it on paper plates in the back of Grandma Sue's truck!
We love pizza in the truck night!

Dustin went to China...we kept super busy!

Dustin left Labor Day weekend for a trip to China.
We tried to keep busy with lots of fun activites!
We made our annual corn shock bundles to decorate the yard.

We grew A LOT of pumpkins and gourds this year!

Since we had so many gourds the kids decided to paint a few!

Preston did a little camo and added in some pink "for color."

Peighton wanted a Cyclone gourd...and some pink because it's her favorite color.

We also made some pumpkin crafts for our Halloween tree!

Super cute and ready for Halloween...even though it was still a month away.
After a week and a half Dustin finally made it home with lots of fun stuff for the kids!

Preston's favorite is his gourd flute.
We have been hearing lots of "lovely" tunes out of this thing.
Sometimes it goes "missing."

He brought each of the kids a fan and showed them a video of people dancing in the streets with them.

He brought them some other handmade items from  some of the villages he visited, as well as pearl necklaces and cashmere scarves.
We had fun while he was gone but we're super glad he's back home!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

First days of the school year... a little bit late.

The kids first days of school came right after the State Fair!
Peighton was super excited to start third grade and see all her friends again.

She insisted on a picture with her favorite pup.

Preston started school the next week.
He is doing 5 year old preschool this year and loving every minute of it!
 He likes that he goes every day this year, like Peighton.
I like that it's only half days and we still get to do fun stuff in the morning and have lunch each day together!
He was talking about kindergarten next year and I asked him what I was going to do all day without him.
His reply..."Well, you'll finally have some peace and quiet!"

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Cows and Pigs, State Fair Style.

We've always had some of our cattle at the State Fair.
This was the first year that Peighton and Preston had their own livestock at the fair!
Peighton took her heifer, Elsa.
When did she get old enough to own and show her own heifer!?!?!

Peighton, Elsa, and her brand new zebra show stick.

I tried to convince Peighton she could show Elsa on her own, but she insisted she needed Dustin in the ring with her.
He didn't do a thing but I know he gave her a lot of confidence just by being there.

These two make a great pair.

She ended up with a third place ribbon, not bad for their first time out.

They both did a great job.

She was worried about how she was going to hold onto the ribbon, Elsa and her showstick but she did just fine.

The next day was our final show with Tootsie Roll and Cookie.


Peighton did a great job, as always.
She was second in her class.

We were super happy Cookie made weight!
He came in 2 pounds under the maximum weight.

Preston is so fun to watch.
He's going to be great showman in a few years.

I love that he stuck his ribbon in his back pocket!!!!!
Another great time making memories at the State Fair.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Little Hands on the Farm, Hot Wheel Races, and the Big Giant slide!

A trip through Little Hands on the Farm is a must for this crew.
They find it necessary to stick their heads through the pictures every time they see them.

He's a pro at the "drive the tractor, feed the cows" station.

Happy little farmers.

Milking Bessie.
Preston broke one of her teats off...oops.

Everyone chose a snack with the money they earned!

We always find Fairfield and Rosetta for a quick picture!

We had an unhappy corndog for this picture.

We love to make a stop at the petting zoo.
Peighton liked the little buffalo.

So neat to feed a zebra!

Preston wanted to feed the goat "a little" of his feed.
The goat took the whole thing AND the cup too!

We tried out the Big Wheel races this year.

All business.


Peighton took home first place.

Preston came in at fourth.
They were all happy they got a ribbon!

We had to practice how we would go down the big giant slide.

This might be my favorite picture from the entire fair.

Preston decided he would go this year but only if he could ride with Dustin.

Hayden wanted to ride with Peighton.


Hayden looked a bit scared about halfway down.

They all loved it and Preston says he is doing it again!