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Hydroseed is coming….

Our whole family has been working our tails off since the 4th of July! We are officially ready for hydroseed!! It’s coming tomorrow!!



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What did we decide to do…

We were at the river for the first part of our week off… and then before I knew it we were back home knee deep in trenches for a sprinkler system!  Day two, at 10pm after working on the trenches all day, George and I sat on our steps and George literally asked me, “When did we decide to put in this sprinkler system?”  My answer, we never consciously decided we just started! It was 5 days of sun up to sun down of hard laborious work (with only one argument occurring, truly amazing LOL).  George and I worked side by side with some help from friends on a couple days and we accomplished so much! As I’m writing this (on July 9) we have the sprinkler system in, 8 zones worth, and curbing and hydroseed scheduled!  

Our kids have already ran in the sprinklers… in the top soil mud! They can’t wait until next summer to have a full yard of grass! Neither can I because that means less dirt in my house to clean up!  🙂

Happy 4th of July! 

This year we were able to once again take a week off around the 4th of July!  We went to the river and had a great times with friends! Of course george and friends had to one up the fireworks from last year! This year we did the fireworks early in the week, which was nice because we got to watch everyone else around us let them off on all the other nights we were camping!  I didn’t get a ton this year but enjoy the pictures!! 

Our first Campout

I just need to take a moment to reflect… our lives have been so crazy busy this years since January! Holiday travel, new school year, softball for both girls, the river cleanup, the new house and everything that goes along with the house, camper being totaled, new camper shopping and purchase… it just all seems like a lot!  Now FINALLY. We got to slow down a bit and and go to the river! It wasn’t all fun, we still had flood cleanup to do but I thought the flood cleanup would last all summer long!  We were able to finish it up on Saturday and RELAX on Sunday, which was amazing and unexpected!

The water is still crazy cold, but that doesn’t seem to stop the kids!  There thought process:

You just have to get in long enough to get numb, then you can play all day!!

That is how the kids got through the first weekend at the river!  Although this year we haven’t gotten down there much to relax, I’m still thankful we purchased the river for our kids to grow up on!  

Softball Season Coming to an End

This year both girls played little league here with the Lakeland Little League!! It was Kiersten’s first year of fast pitch and Katelyn’s first year of T-Ball. They learned so much this year and had a blast! So much fun but this mom was ready for the 5 day a week practices and games to be over! 

Stitches… first in our family! 

We have been lucky over the years, in that our kids have had minimal pains, a scratch here and there seems to be the worst of it!! While George and I were out putting a little sweat into the chicken coop, the kids decided to play a little T-ball.  I believe they were taking turns hitting the ball off the Tee.  One crack of the bat and I look over to see Kiersten with the typical “shock look” with her hands on her cheeks… only to hear katelyn screaming about 10 seconds later!!

Come to find out… Katelyn got in the way of Kiersten’s swing and took a bat straight to the chin! Luckily nothing was broken except the skin!  She earned herself 3 new stitches and a new nickname… STITCH! 


Pre-K Graduation day

It’s a very bitter sweet moment in our lives! My girls are growing up.  Katelyn will be entering Kinergarten and with that, we say goodbye to ABCD Daycare.  Katelyn is very excited to start Kindergarden but we have known ABCD for 7 years total and it was a very sad day when I picked Katelyn up for the last time! They have been a part of our extended family and have helped raise both my girls!  Ms. Connie and Ms. Nicole did and excellent job at pre-k graduation!  

Take a moment and enjoy the picture of our Sassy Pre- K graduate…. and then celebrate with me, For the first time in five years I’ll have one drop off!

Paint on the house

When we closed back in December, we closed with the outside of the house unpainted because of the weather! We were ready to have our house color a little different than everyone else’s in the neighborhood!   We went with a Tan with chocolate brown trim! As it was going on we cringed… the tan was looking gold! Uuuhhhgggg!  

Once the chocolate trim went on it, thank goodness, took some of the gold out of the tan color! 

The Drake Flock

I have been wanting chickens for as long as I can remember and I knew when we moved out on property I would maybe get to have some! After months and months of begging george, in one weak moment he agreed! I think it was a “fine, get them if you want but I’m not taking care of them comment.”
I took that as a YES! That was a Saturday and by the next morning the kids and I had a plan for getting and raising chicks! 
Sunday we made a trip to North40 and got us, Bella, Lilly, Pepper, Blacky, Oreo, and  Cocoa! 



We kept them inside in a self made brooder (rubbermade tote and heat lamp). We raised them in the garage for the first 8 weeks. During this eight weeks we went back and forth between building and buying a coop!! We ended up doing a combination! We found a coop on Craigslist that turned out being awesome! We bought it, put it in place, built a run around it and painted and trimmed out the coop to look like our main house! 

It turned out awesome and the girls LOVE their new home! 

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