Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Just a glimpse of the last couples months at our house.

I struggle with birthday cakes, so I shamelessly borrowed this idea from Shaunda.

Last year I was trying to decide whether newborns or two-year-olds were sweeter. But now I think one-year-olds and three-year-olds mothering their dolls is the ultimate sweetness.

In early January, my family had our annual hog butchering. This year we did three whopping 500 lb hogs.  

Everybody helps, though I admit that I spent most of my time inside with the littlest ones. Someones got to do it.

The next generation of helpers is in training.

If you want to see more specifics from butchering days, check out the records of other years - 20132012, 2011, and 2010.

We don't generally do a big party for first birthdays. (Especially since her birthday hit the above butcher day.)

But a simple cupcake was fully enjoyed.

I love to find a couple girls in a corner sharing a book.

My sons were delighted to find a brand-new tent at Goodwill - for a less than brand-new  price. The weather this winter has cooperated and they have spent several nights in their tent. They are planning to live in this tent this summer. So they say.

Can I slow time down? This girlie is rushing to catch up with her siblings. A few days ago she learned how to climb onto chairs. Then tables. Now nothing is safe. The house seemed to have imploded with this whirlwind dumping toys and scattering clothes.

She loves to be outside on these unusually warm days. This afternoon she discovered that she can climb the sliding board ladder. All by herself.

I know she is my sixth child. But I still panicked when I looked across the yard and discovered her halfway up the ladder. But she had it all under control.

I think this girl is going to make me tired this summer. But oh, how many smiles she gives in return.


  1. I always love these peeks into your life! You have such a lovely family. I don't think that you need to worry about your cake decorating skills, just look at that smile!! All of your children are growing so fast. I also enjoy your butchering photos. We do that as well, but usually 1 at a time. We don't have the help that you have. I chuckled at your comment about caring for the little ones! However, we moms know that truly is a necessary job when everyone is together. Thank you for enriches my day!

    1. You are right. My children never mind my botched birthday cakes. I'm just lot allowing them to see Pinterest.

  2. I fully agree with: " But now I think one-year-olds and three-year-olds mothering their dolls is the ultimate sweetness."

    I can't get done watching my little girls playing Mommy. It's just beyond darling.

    And interestingly, our youngest two must be quite close in age!

    1. Shaunda,
      Like you, this is the first time I had two girls close enough in age to be in the baby-playing stage at the same time. I love it.

      I think your girls are a few months older than mine. I remember when your babies were born, that I had to wait my turn a few months later.

  3. Always love seeing your 'popcorn' posts! Clearly your hands are full, and your sweet heart too! Beautiful family!!

  4. I love 'Popcorn' ☺ Your little girls remind me of when my 7 and 8 year old were that age!

  5. Children are wonderful, no matter the age, but there is something just so cute about little girls with their dollies. We will have 3 under one pretty oldest daughter and son in law have a 4 month old girl, my oldest son and his wife are expecting in a month or so and my husband's youngest sister and her husband are expecting their first child in May.

  6. I can't believe your babycakes is already one! AND I can't believe you don't have snow! We have 3 feet~ STILL :(


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