Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hauling Hay

We have been busy hauling hay in the evenings when I get home.  I really don't mind it, but it's not what you think when you think of hauling hay.  You see... we kind of cheated this year.
Jake bought this contraption to go on his skid steer.
He drives down the rows and scoops up the bales.
And I get to drive the truck.


Jake started a seed cleaning side business this year.  I designed the shirts on Photoshop and cut heat transfer vinyl with my Silhouette and ironed them on for some advertising :)

We are so ready for fall out here!  However, we can't complain because we have only had about one week in the 100's all summer.  We are praying for a safe a happy harvest for all our farmer friends.  Have a great Labor Day!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Mark Twain Cave

On the way back from Illinois we stopped at Mark Twain Cave in Hannibal, Mo.  I have fond memories of going there as a kid on vacation, so I thought Jacob should experience the same thing. 

We really enjoyed the tour.  I will admit it wasn't quite as magnificent as I remembered, but that's probably been 18 years ago.  It was a fun little date to break up the trip home.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Another Birthday Party

The 40th birthday party we were privileged to be a part of was for Mark Mueller.  When I was single I went to Biloxi with him and his wife.  Since then, Jacob and him are 2 peas in a pod and are always going back and forth.  Remember my post from Jacob's surprise birthday guests?  That was them.  So we had to return the favor. 

 I designed and cut this shirt with my Silhouette Cameo.  I used a Black Heat Transfer Vinyl and ironed it on to a white shirt.
One rule that has taken over in our friendship is there must be gag gifts involved!

Has anyone ever heard of Yard Dutch Blitz?  I hadn't either, but I am so glad we were introduced to it!  It was so much fun.  Next project: make yard sized dutch blitz cards!
Jacob and Mark were reluctant participants.  After they won their first partnership game, they decided it wasn't so bad.
We had such a blast making more memories with these awesome friends!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Happy Birthday Baby Brother!

We hit up a couple birthday parties a couple weeks ago.  My baby brother turned 20 (I know!  So hard to believe!) and a good friend of ours turned 40!

We got in late Friday night at Mom & Dad's.  On Saturday morning I went with my nieces, nephew, and SIL to the county fair.  Jake helped my brother do some work on his house remodel project.  Of course, I had to make a stop at Target since our closest one is 80 miles away.  
Tessa got some cute girly Legos.  How cool is that?

Kassie Mae.  I have a terrible time getting her to smile for a picture.

Trevor being Trevor.
Haha!  I am so thankful Dad still has his sense of humor!
Birthday boy Darrin.

And I couldn't resist posting a picture of the card Travis got Darrin. Lol!

There's something to be said about family gathered round the table.  It's such a special time together!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Cousinsville Hospital

Things have been super busy around here, as I'm sure they are for all of you!  Cousinsville Hospital happened several weeks ago, but I will try to recount everything from memory.

It was the Isch Cousins Camp and every year they come up with a theme and we are privileged to be 
invited!  This year was a hospital that required us to come with an injury so these educated doctor's and nurses could fix us all.

I bought a cheap shirt at Wal-Mart and spray painted a tire black.  Then just rolled it over the shirt to appear like I had gotten run over.

Then I had to get creative with some dollar store make-up, a wrap bandage, and a Sharpie marker.

It was a hoot to see what everyone else had come up with.  Lizzy had been attacked by a fox, a porcupine, and a skunk! (Though she did NOT smell :)
 She got real with her quills (toothpicks, glue, and make-up)
 I think her daughter was slightly embarrassed.  Hehe.
 Max helping Doug try to remove a fishing lure from his ear.
 All the cousins from the Hospital staff.
 I had to sit by Marjorie at supper, which may have made me lose my appetite a bit.  I'm not sure what all you can tell in this picture, but if you look closely, you may see "lice" in her hair, hair hanging from her chin, neck, and even coming out of her ears.  More pictures of her to come.
Our place settings were so cute.  We had a menu that we got to pick from with our cute syringe pens.
The food was abundant and so much tastier than a hospital for sure!

So when we got to the hospital we had to register with the receptionist and got an appointment time.  After supper they started calling us back to the bedroom to fix us up.   

 This is Marjorie's leg that had glued spiders on it.  She just used Elmer's glue and sprinkled pumpkin pie spice on it to make that color.
 Here she has a ribbon under her bandage to look like tape worm.
 She cooked spaghetti and held it in with a piece of a plastic glove.  If my memory serves me correctly, this was the point when Nurse Colton got sick and had to leave the room.

 Max got a knee brace around his ankle and child's crutches to help out his bad knee.
So much fun and memories!  You kids did a fabulous job in organizing this all!