Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A New Tradition

i read Nie Nie

in a recent post she shared a tradition with the world that
i just loved.
every year before school starts she puts on a back to school feast. she makes a delicious meal, picks a theme to inspire her children for the school year and makes a crown to honor each of her children. Isn't she amazing?

well i decided this was a tradition that I wanted to implement in my family.
i really tried to make it my own.
we had a wonderful feast

on the menu:
*pork baby back ribs
*corn on the cob
*twice baked potatoes
*garden sauted vegetables
*pomegranate raspberry beverage

i tried to also decorate in primary colors, red, yellow(gold) and blue.
we had a nice meal and talked about our theme for the school year and the children's goals.
it was such a success.
instead of crowns I made each child a ribbon to wear and personalized their place setting at the table.

the flowers on the table are a very special arrangement.
they are from the casket of my Grandpa Baker whose funeral was the day before on August 28th.

this idea was definitely tradition worthy
nie nie

Back to School pictures to come. . . . . .

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Apples make me sMiLe

i love this time of year
the crisp cool air
a time of harvest

our garden has not done as well this year as last.
i think that is because of the lack of sunshine we had this summer.
yet we still have been enjoying many delicious fruits and veggies from our garden:
lettuce + arugula
broccoli + cauliflower
soon to be corn


apples from Grandma's trees.
I thought these pictures were so fun, they captured our adventure the other day as we helped Grandma and Grandpa Boehme pick the most delicious apples.

Then we turned them into tasty apple sauce. It was wonderful to have so many helpers turning the crank to push the cooked apples through the strainer. Each of the kids took a turn and felt so great knowing they had just made apple sauce.
I love canning season, but because it is so much more than storing food.
I know it is a labor of love and work that will teach much more than simply putting food in jars for the winter. I found this inspiration the other day, and I know every effort in food storage is binding my family together in bonds of love and unity.
"President Spencer W. Kimball counseled: “I hope that we understand that, while having a garden, for instance, is often useful in reducing food costs and making available delicious fresh fruits and vegetables, it does much more than this. Who can gauge the value of that special chat between daughter and Dad as they weed or water the garden? How do we evaluate the good that comes from the obvious lessons of planting, cultivating, and the eternal law of the harvest? And how do we measure the family togetherness and cooperating that must accompany successful canning? Yes, we are laying up resources in store, but perhaps the greater good is contained in the lessons of life we learn as we live providently and extend to our children their pioneer heritage.” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1977, p. 125; or Ensign, Nov. 1977, p. 78.) "

Emma and I have spent many an afternoon just laying under the apple tree and enjoying a sweet apple together, and watching the clouds drift by.

I loved this picture. I just had to capture Brian and his Dad up in the bucket of the tractor. They were like this for quite a while, Maddi played and they just sat and talked together. I know that Brian loves his Father so much. He is much like his Dad in many ways, and this was a moment to cherish just watching them, Father and Son working side by side. I think this is one of those moments President Benson is talking about.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Baby Love--furry, 4 legged friends!

so i've learned a few things now that i'm a country girl-- a dog is a good investment (preferably young puppies and those that are healthy and haven't been kicked to many times, ie Rocky... sorry old boy)

when you live on a farm there are no guarantees.
in 2 years my kids have had many experiences with life and death.
freckles the cat was the first to go.
sad but true.
then daisy had kittens right before our eyes, and was tragically killed by our neighbors dog just 4 days after the kittens were born.
oreo was the only kitten that survived of her litter, and the kids sure loved that cat.

this summer oreo disappeared . . .and then some chickens . . . and then we saw it.

a fox
(a very cunning fox)

this fox would appear in broad daylight just lounging around the farm, grandpa found it one afternoon in the barn eating the cat food. grandpa set traps and it always seemed to find the bate and never get caught.

2 days ago we caught the fox!! ding dong the Fox is dead, the Fox is dead, the Fox is dead, ding dong the wicked fox is dead.!!(if you are any fun at all you will sing that to the tune from the Wizard of Oz )

So now we have 3 safe little kittens.
tigress. tiger lily (their practically twins) and blizzard

and we got a new puppy.
his name is Diesel
he is very cute
and so playful
and every day he brings all sorts of garbage and kindly places it on my front step. (nice I know)
he will be good at keeping foxes away!
the kids adore him

life on the farm is good, even if we do have to learn a lesson or two on survival of the fittest. (thanks Darwin)

we hope you live a long life diesel, to protect our cute little 4 legged friends! ( I guess chickens technically have 2 legs, he he!)
(and hopefully you will out grow your habit of chewing on the cats)

Cat and Dog fight! Instigated of course by Will and Maddi

Maddi loves this little pup!