There have been so many things I have wanted to write about this year, but I decided to put blogging on the back burner so I could focus on my job and family and attempt to keep myself sane. I would say I kept sane until about February and then I seriously fell on my face and could not move for a month. I had my nostrils just above the water and I was thrashing around looking for a life-preserver. I tripped and stumbled through March and April and when May came I felt there was some light at the end of the tunnel. I started to take some deep breaths once again and enjoy this beautiful life I have been given.
I dumped all my photos onto Clay’s computer since I still don’t have one. After looking through all of them I decided I had a lot to share, and since I don’t keep a scrap book and I’ve always considered this blog my best record of life as I know it, I decided I better get busy.
I thought it would be much easier if I gave you all the big picture of life on Coal Creek Farm, just in case you’ve felt neglected and left out of the loop.
So, let’s go back to August 2011………
Extreme Makeover House Edition came to our neck of the woods. They built a house for a soldier and his family. We decided to go the the big reveal. It was approximately 400 billion degrees that day.
They gave away a lot of cold water and had these signs posted. We waited for over an hour for them to move the bus and then we caved. We were all drenched in sweat. It was fun to get to talk to some of the volunteers and see some of the designers. We retreated to our van and drove to an air conditioned pizza joint before heading home.
School had started. I home schooled my two youngest this year while Ellen and Seth went to high school at the little school they have attended for the past five years. We had a couple pigs that were ready to be processed and that means loading pigs early in the morning before school starts. The process of loading pigs can either be easy or miserable. This loading was easy, but the loading we did in November, was miserable.
We celebrated Ellen’s 18th birthday. She had a bunch of friends come over for chili and dancing. Those two things go together…right?
I love this photo. The blond-headed boy is one of Seth’s good friends. I have loved the way Ellen is kind to her little brother’s friends and I think all of them look at her as a very cool older sister. It’s fun to have all of them together to celebrate.
As we headed into October we celebrated Levi’s birthday. He wanted a cake with all of us on it. We took turns decorating his cake and throwing on some Swedish Fish, because when the 7 year-old asks to have his family and some fish on his cake, that’s what you do.
We were in the middle of raising Salt, the barn cat. Remember her? I can’t believe we were able to keep her alive, seriously. We even took her on a three day vacation with us because she was so tiny and needed constant care. I’m happy to say she is still alive and thriving and living inside the house, but I still call her Salt the Barn Cat.
Basketball. That’s what November, December, January, and February mean to me. This was a photo from Senior night….Clay and I cried.
Boy Scouts, Clay’s new fancy blue jeans and the baby getting his pins. There’s a reason he’s hanging upside down to get pinned, but we’re going to skip the details and move on.
Oh, look! Boy Scouting and Basketball…the two collide which was a welcome relief for the two exhausted parents of these children.
Another birthday. Ike turned double digits. He had read the Eragon books and requested a gold dragon breathing fire on his cake, so that’s what he got from his mother who can now decorate a cake in less than an hour. What we won’t tell the two youngest children is that their mother used to spend at least a full day decorating elaborate birthday cakes for her two older children.
Then he got to go to Build A Bear because his mom had coupons and this will most likely be the last time he ever wants a stuffed animal or at least admits that he wants one. His older sister entertained herself by modeling all the tiny accessories.
January or February 2012- It’s all a blur now.
Both of my older kids participate in Dinner Theater at our church which is a fundraiser for all the kids that participate in missions trips. I knew they were both doing something, but they said they just signed up to do little parts since they would miss some rehearsals due to basketball. Seth never uttered a peep that he was in a Monty Python skit called “The Department of Silly Walks”
His father and I sat slacked jawed as our son performing what was the most hilarious skit I have ever witnessed. He pulled off the physical comedy without effort and kept a British accent in tune the entire time. Clay and I looked at each other after we had recovered from laughing and said to each other, “Did you know he was doing that? I didn’t have a clue.”
March is when the farm starts to come alive. We did a big project called Huglekulture. Hopefully, I will blog more about it later.