Tuesday, July 12, 2011

force of nature..........

Being a farmer's daughter, I've seen all the different factors that play into
a successful farming operation.  
The one thing you have no control over is Mother Nature.
I can remember very distinctly growing up the "year of the drought."
And then there was the "year of the flood".  
Invasions of different types of bugs on the plants.
Wind storms.
Some years of bumper crops thanks to the weather and other
years of lower yields strictly due to a force of mother nature.

And as anyone who lives in Iowa knows, straight line winds
greatly affected the crops  in four different counties yesterday.
 If you weren't raised on a farm and haven't seen the blood, sweat and tears that go
into working your land, planting, tending, spraying and harvesting your crop
 (along with so many 
other factors that I don't know about) 
you probably won't be quite as affected by these pictures as I
and many other farmers and their families are.
I was thankful to have my husband squeezing my hand tight as we drove past the first field of my
dad's, then the second, third and so on and realizing the devastation that hit every single one of his corn fields.
This is an image of how straight the corn was standing two days ago.

And the rest are images from my dad's cornfields.

They were trying their hardest to make the corn stand up:((

And Josef was very worried about this sign.

As with every other weather catastrophe, they will move forward.
Today, things look a little better. 
The corn is standing up a little taller and everyone is realizing how fortunate we all
were that no one was seriously injured or killed in this storm.
Lots of love going out to my dad and mom,
 my brothers and their wives, 
and every other farmer 
affected by the storm yesterday.  

"better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings to counting your troubles" ~~ Maltbie Babcock

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

July 4th weekend - take two

Brad's brain hatched the idea of a 50 foot long slip and slide
for the hill at the cabin.
So early Sunday morning he headed to Menards to get the supplies he needed.
It was the hit of the weekend.

There was a sprinkler going over the top of the slide to keep it wet.
And we lathered their butts and the floats they rode down on with dish soap.
Next time we'll use baby oil....they will really fly!

The smiles say it all:))

Can't let the kids have all the fun.
We found some old clothes.
Stood and contemplated.
Worried about hurting ourselves.

And went for it anyway

The kids thought we were cool

And so did we!

Then we wiped out Amelia

Good thing she's tough!

Sparklers started early

And we had a great fireworks show from some unknown people down on the sandbar.
It went on for a good hour and we had great seats on our deck to watch them.

It was a great day spent with great friends.
Monday was low-key.  
The kids (and adults) were tired from three fun days.
We spent the day at home and at the pool.
I got to wear my awesome red white and blue jersey dress.
Amelia was thrilled to get her picture taken.....
actually I think the sun was in her eyes:)

Nash was a trooper the whole weekend!

A happy week to you all!!

"i believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.
  i believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.
i believe that tomorrow is another day.
and i believe in miracles." ~~ Audrey Hepburn

Monday, July 4, 2011

July 4th weekend - take one

Well, we definitely had a great holiday weekend.
The weather was perfect to be outdoors and we were 
all ready for some relaxation.
Friday night we had a birthday party for my mom.  The kids
thought she needed red, white and blue balloons since her birthday
is close to America's birthday:)

This is a flag we made her a few years ago for her birthday 

Mack was decorating everything in sight with flags

Nash was even a little patriotic

We hung out on the deck and watched the water

And my dad did a little grilling....my mom likes her hot dogs burnt, but this was a little much!  Whoops

Uncle Ben would not share the balloons with baby Nash:(

The best big brother EVER!

Mack wanted to have a flag parade but they had to practice first

And then they marched.......

The whole fam damily.......
minus Mack who was the photographer, my brother Brandt who's in Canada,
 and his wife Andrea who had to work:(

Then it was time for the cake made by my awesomely talented sister-in-law

They had a little trouble lighting the sparklers in the wind

Got it!

Mom and dad:))

And mom's gift, a picture of the sign we are getting her that will hang at the cabin in Canada

A few of my mom and I

And some firefly catching when we got home

Saturday morning we made red and blue pancakes

And Mack wanted to squeeze lemons to make homemade lemonade

Amelia and I went for pedicures (her first ever, me - I've had a few:))

And then we headed to Brad's sister and brother-in-laws place at Lake (or no lake right now) Delhi.
They had this huge inflatable slide and pool that the kids loved

And the evening ended with s'mores

And that was only the first half of the weekend

To be continued...............

"if our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace" ~~ Hamilton Fish