Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Other random doings

I pulled out the last diet coke and it was appropriately a "Mom" one.  I don't think there will be a Shannon one.  
Jack learning to tie.  We should have done this a while ago but just haven't. 
A farmer friend's pigs - 5 babies

Weekly Wrapup!

Busy last few days as we went to the Martin County Fair and the church softball tournament and then last night, we went to the Wow Zone in Mankato with all of the kids for a back to school bash.  So fun!  And now looking forward to the state fair and of course the dreaded S word (school - shhh!)  Since Jack would have been in my mom's class this year at Woodcrest, she is just pretending that he is and includes him in all of her 2nd grade fun!  I love that, and I love you, Mom!  So we will probably start up this week or next.  I just one more good work day to get it all arranged.  Then there will be pictures!  But in the meantime, here are the ones from the past few events.  Jack was busy with Noah and had gone to the fair with him, so we took Ava.  She said one (kid) is bettow!  It's fun to get her by herself sometimes.  She's holding her ear because of the tractor pull, I think.  

Yet another picture with Levi and Lexi!  Softball tournaments are fun because we have all day to play.  They were so filthy, you could almost see a cloud of dust around them.  This was taken before all of that happened.  

Ava being a puppy at Jack's soccer game
Noah building Lego machines at our house
The Wow Zone with our buddies

Monday, August 11, 2014

Threshing Bee

We were back at Heritage Acres yesterday for the Threshing Bee!  So fun and so much going on.  This was the first time we really got to spend time out there with all of the buildings open.  I loved it!  Especially the house of course and the one room schoolhouse with a teacher there who had actually taught in a one room schoolhouse years ago.  It's such a picturesque place and so full of history.  There were vendors selling all kinds of things, good food, and Matt got a nice cream float - one of his favorite things. The kids got to ride a tiny train and take the corn off the cob with the old hand cranked machine along with play on the playground and make huge bubbles.  We also ran into a few friends there so that made it even better.  I got a framed chicken wire wall hanging for pictures and momentos, so a good time was had by all!  

Corn at the Sennes

What a blessing to be able to get fresh sweet corn and what a blast to help cook and freeze it and an added bonus have it all winter!  The Sennes are faithful people in our church who are farmers and givers.  They gave us corn last year and we had no clue what to do to freeze it (being city folk) so they did it with (for) us.  It got us through most of the winter, and I became a corn snob only wanting their corn.  The kids got in on it this year, and I am able to proudly say they actually were a help.  I try to always say yes when they want to help.  Jack was excited to use a knife - eek! - and Ava got to scoop.  And we all get to partake in this sweet goodness for many months to come!  

Beautiful girls

We were blessed to have my sister in law and two nieces here for a couple of days this past week!  We gave them the Fairmont tour, had lunch and shopped, and took pictures out at Heritage Acres, Fairmont's historic farm that includes buildings and machinery from Minnesota and mostly from this area.  Chelsie is 17 and will be graduating next year and Bethany is 16.  They played and played with the kids and just are a blessing and fun to be around.  I remember playing with them when they were even smaller than Ava so it's a blessing to have them here playing with my children.  Here are some Heritage Acres pictures.  

Monday, August 4, 2014

Ava's 4 year old pictures

Taken in our backyard mostly

Connor and Ava

I thought this was the cutest thing.  My 9 year old nephew Connor teaching Ava how to hold a frog.  He has always loved little critters and he was so patient with her showing her how to hold him and let him jump into the water.  They probably did that over and over again for about 15 minutes.  Jack was nowhere near this happening.  He does not share Connor's love for critters although they do bond over almost anything else.