Question for you?

Are you enjoying your holiday season?

Chase face 1

Well are ya? Baxter and Chase hope you are finding time to enjoy all the things you love about this time of year and finding time to enjoy family and friends.  Happy Holidays :)

Tree Time

Today after a little black Friday shopping and some lunch… we got our TREE :)

Tree

Hubby and I have gone to the same cut your own tree farm since our first Christmas together. In the last few years my mom and step father have gone with us and a couple times my dad went with us. This year my mom, stepdad, hubby and I made our way to the farm and out into the field to find the perfect tree. Surprisingly this year one of the first few trees we found ended up being the one…

Tree cut

I did all the cutting this year as the tree was higher and the trunk smaller.

Tree cut 2

After we got it cut we pulled it in the cart back to pay…

Walk back

The tree place ties it up for you so it’s easier to get it home. Our tree ended up being 7 foot this year.

Tree house

Once we got home we put the tree in it’s stand and gave it some water.

Tree chase bax

Tomorrow morning we will decorate the tree over breakfast. Hope you had a happy Friday.

Happy Thanksgiving :)

It’s Thanksgiving Day… A day for family, food, and most importantly Gratitude.

Farm

For those of you who don’t know the history of American Thanksgiving:

The First Thanksgiving

As most schoolchildren know, the history of Thanksgiving began when Pilgrims and Native Americans gathered together to celebrate a successful harvest. The first Thanksgiving was held in the fall of 1621, sometime between September 21 and November 11, and was a three-day feast. The Pilgrims were joined by approximately 90 of the local Wampanoag tribe, including Chief Massasoit, in celebration. They ate fowl and deer for certain and most likely also ate berries, fish, clams, plums, and boiled pumpkin.

Though the current holiday of Thanksgiving was based on the 1621 feast, it did not immediately become an annual celebration or holiday. Sporadic days of Thanksgiving followed, usually declared locally to give thanks for a specific event such as the end of a drought, victory in a specific battle, or after a harvest. It wasn’t until October 1777 that all 13 colonies celebrated a day of Thanksgiving. The very first national day of Thanksgiving was held in 1789, when President George Washington proclaimed Thursday, November 26 to be “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer,” to especially give thanks for the opportunity to form a new nation and the establishment of a new constitution.

We owe the modern concept of Thanksgiving to a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale. Hale, editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book and author of the famous “Mary Had a Little Lamb” nursery rhyme, spent 40 years advocating for a national, annual Thanksgiving holiday. In the years leading up to the Civil War, she saw the holiday as a way to infuse hope and belief in the nation and the constitution. So, when the United States was torn in half during the Civil War and Lincoln was searching for a way to bring the nation together, he discussed the matter with Hale. On October 3, 1863, Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation that declared the last Thursday in November (based on Washington’s date) to be a day of “thanksgiving and praise.” For the first time, Thanksgiving became a national, annual holiday with a specific date.

For 75 years after Lincoln issued his Thanksgiving Proclamation, succeeding presidents honored the tradition and annually issued their own Thanksgiving Proclamation, declaring the last Thursday in November as the day of Thanksgiving. However, in 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt did not. In 1939, the last Thursday of November was going to be November 30. Retailers complained to FDR that this only left 24 shopping days to Christmas and begged him to push Thanksgiving just one week earlier. It was determined that most people do their Christmas shopping after Thanksgiving and retailers hoped that with an extra week of shopping, people would buy more. So when FDR announced his Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1939, he declared the date of Thanksgiving to be Thursday, November 23, the second-to-last Thursday of the month.

(Information from About.com)

Turkey on platter

Wow that’s a long history for a holiday. Still, what I get out of it all is we need to be grateful for whatever we have…. family, food on our tables, freedom, choices, our pets, the ability to grow our own food, heat on a cold winters night, our phones, computers, tablets, music, art, but most importantly the ability to be saved by the one and only Savior Jesus. I am grateful today for my salvation, my family, my pups, friends, my home, our chickens, the ability to grow my own food, and so much more.

I hope you have a blessed day. Let me know what you are grateful for :)

First Snow…

Here it is…

Barn snow

Our first snow of the season. There is something special about the first snow and this one is especially special because hubby and I have been home together.

Chase face

We took it easy today ( I had quite a migraine for most of the day), but we had to go out for a while and get the chickens situated. The pups went out with us and enjoyed running around in the snow.

The Chase

Chase just loves to run…

Chase run

And lately Baxter has been more playful and energetic.

Baxter run

But he loved the snow before there was Chase. They spent time between playing and sniffing in the snow.

Chase sniff

Chase helped us with the chickens, but since he is not allowed in the coop, he supervised from outside it.

Chase n chicken

The chickens loved getting some scratch…

Chickens

And a new addition to the coop a flock block. Boy did they love that :)

Chickens block

Once we got back inside Chase crashed on his bed…

Chase nap

But Baxter stayed up wanting some more attention.

Baxter face

It was a nice first snow and it ended well as my mom and step father made it up safe to spend the holiday with us.

State Fair Barn Visit

In September we went to our State Fair. I have gone to the state fair in this state every year since we moved here,  except the year I got married and last year I wasn’t able to either. Instead of mom and dad going with me, now its usually mom, step-dad, and if I’m lucky hubby, if he is not working. They also moved the location of the fair and most people like it, but it just isn’t the same for me. There seems to be a lot less “stuff” and things going on at the fair. I don’t know if it is because agriculture and animals are not as important to people now as they used to be, except to those of us who care for them or those who do the farming and ranching, but it’s just not the same. It may be my own memories throwing it off because as a child the fair was my favorite part of the year, whether I was showing that year, or not. It was just good family time. Where the fair is held now, is the farm where “Secretariat” was born and kept.

Barns

This barn above is the barn that famous horse was kept and below is the plaque explaining that…

Plaque

The stall is nothing special, but it is neat to see.

Stall

The state fair is over for the year and I am happy I got to go and hubby got to come as well. Even if it isn’t the same I still look forward to the State Fair every year. I love to watch all the kids and adults ride horses, show cows, and participate in all the competition there. Do you go to the state or local fairs in your state?

New Diggs

We went to visit my mom and step-dad the other week to spend some time at the beach to get away. Baxter and Chase love going to the beach to play and they love moms house because they love her front door. They can sit or lay at her front door and watch all the people go by. At our house it isn’t as busy and we usually don’t have our front door open this time of year due to the stink bugs that inhabit it. While we were down there my mom “grandma” bought Chase a new shirt.

Bax n Chase door

He loved to wear it while helping Baxter check out the neighborhood. At first it was just a shirt, but now we call it his basketball jersey…

Chase shirt

He looks so cute in it and the last time I brought it out he actually almost jumped into it. He seems to love his new shirt…. Thanks Grandma ;)

Storms a commin’

The other night a storm blew in so quick, but you could see it coming….

Storm 2

I loved seeing the rain sheets coming from the river…

Storm 3

And across the fields towards our house…

Storm 1

The clouds turned and got darker as the storm got closer…

Storm 4

As much as I hate storms it was neat to see all this and be inside my cozy home safe and sound :)

Storm 5

Who wants some cake?

Happy Sunday Everyone :)

Hope your week has started out well and you are refreshed and ready for the week. I don’t know if I have blogged about this yet, but I have started to make cakes for my friends kids and the kids at church. I am trying to perfect my skills and learn new techniques. I have done many cakes including flower cakes….

Dafodill Cake

Basketweave cake

A golf cake…

Golf Cake

A swimming cake…

Swim cake

A clown cake…

Clown cake

A cupcake cake…

Cupcake cake

A bird cake for my mom’s birthday…

Bird cake

And today I did a baseball cake for one of the boys at our church…

Baseball cake

It’s been fun to figure out the kids likes and use their interests in a cake. They have all been a success so far and I have done many others. Each time I do a cake I figure out how to do it better the next time. I am working each time to perfect my skills. I hope I can keep getting better and keep making kids smile when they see their cakes. It is a joy :)

Changing…

It’s been a long time since I blogged. So much has been going one.  Hubby got hurt at work and is now off work for 6 weeks minimum, my Uncle died, we lost two chickens to something we aren’t sure what, hubby is sick now… whew… and my brain has forgotten all the other changes and business…

Chickens

On the positive we are sticking this all out together and our dogs are cute helpers to me since I have to do all the chores etc. Its been a busy last few weeks. Today is a beautiful Sunday, cooler and sunny. The boys are out on the deck sunning and barking at the neighbors horses who are more active today. The chickens are out pecking in the yard and sunning their feathers.  It’s a beautiful way to start the week. I hope you are all having a beautiful Sunday.

New Bed and an Update

I got the pups a new bed a couple weeks ago as their old one is falling apart. They seem to really enjoy it an take turns sleeping on it. It’s so cute to see them cuddled up on it. I especially love watching their late afternoon naps where the sun is shinning thought the window and the rays fall on them…

Chase new bed

Its nice to see them enjoy something new and it’s nice not to have a bed with hole in it laying on my living room floor ;) In other news we had a setback with our sick chicken yesterday so we isolated her again inside and gave her lots of rest, electrolytes in her water, and good food with extra calcium and nutrients in it. Today after I got home from Church she was walking around inside her pen eating and drinking. So I decided to let her back outside since the weather was nicer today. She seemed to do okay all day and was out pecking around. I let her stay out with the other’s girls tonight and had her sleep in a separate little box we have for the chickens when they are sick, but left the door open. Hopefully she is back on the mend. Hope you all have a beautiful and blessed week :)

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