Cleaning hack

IMG_4621I picked up a playhouse free on Craigslist! It was a bit dirty and moldy. No problem! I’d seen this cleaning hack on Pinterest and tried it out. A drill and a round kitchen scrubbie brush. Works great! Benjamin loved scrubbing this house all up.IMG_4623 It’s funny, but Jeremie and I have such different standards of cleanliness. He is a “if you’re going to do it, do it right” kind of guy. I’m a “get-er-done” type of girl. Goodness, this house is going to be played with outside. It’s going to be muddy and dirty again in no time.IMG_4620 So we scrubbed for longer than I would’ve liked and less time than he would’ve liked and surprised Ruthie with it on her birthday. It’s been mild enough this January that the girls have played in it numerous times. It’s the perfect little addition to our fabulous mud kitchen set up.IMG_4642

Shy little princess

IMG_3208We took Ruthie to town in the hopes of seeing her favorite princess ever, Sofia the first. The streets were crawling with super heroes, villians and princess of all sorts. We caught a glimpse of a magical pumpkin carriage.IMG_3212 But, alas, no Sofia to be found. Ruthie doesn’t know who these other pretty ladies are, so she wasn’t really thrilled with them. She had a better time coloring than shooting selfies. IMG_3231Hot sun, big crowds, and long lines aren’t really our thing. It would’ve been worth it for a glimpse of Sofia, but as it was, merely a mildly amusing day in town.IMG_3203

Cuter than Bo-Peep

IMG_20160524_193158952Our kids have started their annual livestock project of raising a show animal for the summer. Katie and Charlotte raise lambs. Ruthie does too, if you ask her. Lambs require a bit more work than the swine that their siblings have chosen to raise. Daily exercise. Muscle training. Attention to diet, parasites and health. Grooming. But is is so fun for them! It’s quickly turning into their favorite thing to do. It’s just about all they talk about. Katie has really taken her big sister roll seriously and is teaching Charlotte all she knows about raising sheep. It’s quite a complicated business. And both of the girls have another apprentice in the form of Ruthie. Roo loves to go out every day and help “work” the lambs. “Come on, lamby”  I can hear her say as she leads this animal that weighs 3 times as much as she does around the yard. IMG_20160524_104435747Charlotte and Katie have participated in a couple showmanship classes, learning about what it takes to be a winner when showcasing your specific animal. Ruthie has been practicing in the show ring as well. We are counting down the days until the events begin. They will be showing these lambs in three different contests before finally selling them to the highest bidder at our local county fair. IMG_20160524_193211959

Ruth Ann update

IMG_3135Roo with ‘tude. She loves to reprimand others when we pray. She loves to raise her hands in praise when we sing the Doxology. She loves her baby, Sophia. She loves to stomp her feet and dance. She loves to carry her crazy kitty around.IMG_3119 She loves to pray for everyone by name. She loves to boss everyone around. She loves to organize mama’s sewing pins.IMG_2941 She doesn’t love to sleep in her own bed. She doesn’t love to sit in her high chair. She doesn’t love when mama speaks sternly to her. Her little lower lip trembles. We love our little darling Roo.IMG_3033

Walkin’…

IMG_0464Looks like Roo is on a mission. To read in the solitude of the woods? To draw in her nature journal? IMG_0466Who can say? But I hope I never forget these days when her little personality is making itself known. IMG_0467“Bippie and a book and I”m good to go!”

Kid Pictures

Some people have asked me, “What happened to all your kids?! All we see are garden pictures!” :) The kids are all great! Growing faster than the veggies in the garden, lol!

Roo and her big brother, cuddling in the hammock! How Sweet!

Roo and her big brother, cuddling in the hammock! How Sweet!

Does Jack have a bed? No. Why would he need one? He much prefers to sleep with Momma or on the couch!

Does Jack have a bed? No. Why would he need one? He much prefers to sleep with Momma or on the couch!

Jimmy, our artist, has a new pencil case. Jeremie made a scavenger hunt for him with 39 clues. For example...what ET must do to get home? Clue by the phone!

Jimmy, our artist, has a new pencil case. Jeremie made a scavenger hunt for him to find this gift with 39 clues. For example…what ET must do to get home? Clue by the phone!

Roo is so much fun these days. She waves energetically whenever she sees you, making you feel that she has waited her WHOLE LIFE for you to come home. She loves to carry a purse and is very fondly attached to her bippie. We love her curls that come out when she's hot.

Roo is so much fun these days. She waves energetically whenever she sees you, making you feel that she has waited her WHOLE LIFE for you to come home. She loves to carry a purse and is very fondly attached to her bippie. We love her curls that come out when she’s hot.

Play-doh... Does his smile convey the message that he loves this stuff?! He is quite a good helper in the kitchen :)

Play-doh… Does his smile convey the message that he loves this stuff?! He is quite a good helper in the kitchen :)

Do you know who Pat Riley is? Jeremie has given all the girls' Pat Riley hair do's after their baby baths!

Do you know who Pat Riley is? Jeremie has given all the girls’ Pat Riley hair do’s after their baby baths!

Roo Roo and her poor pet kitty, Caramel/Baxter. She loves to carry that thing around by whatever is handy, a head, a leg, a tail. The kitty is very patient.

Roo Roo and her poor pet kitty, Caramel/Baxter. She loves to carry that thing around by whatever is handy, a head, a leg, a tail. The kitty is very patient.

More mud

IMG_6866I can’t help it. Every time I turn around our Ruthie is playing in the mud. And I think it’s so funny that I can’t help taking pictures. Every time. I’m sorry you have to keep seeing them. But I can’t stop. Is it time for an intervention?IMG_6871And she’s not the only muddy one!IMG_6861 IMG_6847