Monday, April 29, 2013

Spring Pictures - The Good

Ava didnt give us any big smiles, but we still got some cute pics!

Friday, April 26, 2013


We had the first mow of the season and Avalyn was pretty excited about is. She was jumping up and down and laughing at dad.

This is how you do it dad

Going to help my dad

Ava watched Jon empty the clippings into the bag and then started pulling grass and putting it in the bag!

Nice lawn dad!  High five!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Ava's First Field Trip - Cows

During the field trip we watched a cow milking demonstration. It was interesting but at times I could hardly keep a straight face because the instructior kept saying "tits" and was using big words like Homogenizing. I mean, the group of kids were ages 3 and under, lol.

Milk.  2 Gallons in just minutes.
After the milking demonstration the kids got to be helpers and feed the baby cows.

Ava getting her turn

It was funny watching Avas facial expressions when the cows were mooing at her

Monday, April 22, 2013

Ava's First Field Trip

Avalyns had her very first school field trip! The group went to Deanna Rose Farmstead. It was a pretty chilly morning, but the kids still enjoyed themselves. They got to see different farm animals, pet a few of them, and feed cows, goats, and ducks. The farm had educational sessions on milking cows (will be a separate post) and there was also an Indian display with teepee's, animal furs, and different animal bones. At the end of the trip they were able to play at the playground and ride the tractor tricycles.

After the incident with the ducks I was wondering how Ava would react to the animals.  No major meltdowns.  But, she wasn't interested in getting too close.

Helping feed the baby goats

As close as she got to touching an animal

Gobble Gobble

Cutest flowers ever


Mrs Megan, Mrs Ann, and the class (minus 2 who didn't make it)

Friday, April 19, 2013


We had a visit with Landon and Kate and their new baby sister Maddy.  Avalyn and Landon kept busy playing, they were like two peas in a pod.  Kate introduced Avalyn to the art of dress up.  Avalyn was also quite interested in baby Maddy.


New Toys!



Ava loves babies

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Cooking With Herbs

Last weekend some of my girlfriends and I went to Fire Lake Camp for a Cooking With Herbs class.

It was a lot of fun.  Plus we got to tour the place and it was so pretty and quiet!  This is a families actual residence but they host dinners, picnics, and classes throughout the year.

The Lake

Bottle Tree
Kayaks, bikes, hammocks, lounge chairs, picnic tables, and hanging lanterns.  Does this sound like the place to be or what? 

The farm home is beautiful, open, and inviting.  It had a lot of neat architectural details that you don't see in most homes these days.  Like exposed beams and a spiral staircase.

We learned about growing herbs, what herbs go best with what food, and different ways to use excess herbs (in oils, butters, and flour).

The Class
Lunch was yummy!  Three flavors of chicken salad, pasta salad, fruit salad with a cinnamon basil syrup, and a biscuit with herb butter.  We all got to take home herb cookies and that little violet plant sitting on the table.

The lunch

Cute decor
I highly recommend this place.  Check their website for details on upcoming harvest dinners and classes.

The Herb Enthusiasts