Friday, October 31, 2008

One of the Benefits of Homeschooling

We homeschool our kids. Have I mentioned that? It's a long story... I'll tell you about it later. But for now, you'll have to just be satisfied with the knowledge that we do.

One of the coolest things about homeschooling, for us, is that we can let the kids be involved in the harvest. They really love the harvest. The tree shaking. The tractor riding. The trips to The Great Pecan Man's Cleaning Plant. It's something different. And they all enjoy it.

This year, Chojuk found a new love of harvest. Driving. He was out with Mr. David and I while we were hand harvesting a few pecans and he asked Mr. David if he could drive the shaker.

Mr. David taught him the ropes and off he went. It was so fun to see! He was so excited, I think he spent more time waving at me than driving. Luckily the shaker doesn't go too fast, so that was alright.

But I can see Chojuk volunteering for the shaker job in the future. He'd make a great tree shaker. I am so proud!

Meanwhile.... there's the Doodlebug. What's a Mama to do?

Friday, October 24, 2008

The Only Girl

We only have one princess in our family: the Doodlebug. She enjoys lots of perks being the only girl. She gets her own room. Filled with her own clothes. And lots of girlie toys. It's very pink. As an adult, I would think that would be the best position in the whole house... your own space. No one keeping you awake when you are trying to sleep. But that's not how the Doodlebug sees her world. She is happy to enjoy her space with her brothers during the day. She needs someone to chat with... non stop. But at night time, when she is forced to go in her room and sleep all by herself, it's torture. I often find her sleeping somewhere else when I go up to check on her.

Sometimes she's crawled into bed with The Nutty Papa...

Sometimes she's bunkin' up with the boys...

And this week, I found her in bed with the Baby.

I think we need to get her a roommate...

She's a little restless at night, but otherwise she's quiet. Any takers?

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Too Busy!

You know you are working your dear husband too hard when he doesn't have time to shave. This is what I have been kissing for the past 3 weeks....

Prickles. Stubblies. Tickley. Beard.
This is a first for the Nutty Papa. He's let himself go... but never this far.

You should have seen it when he would get off the sweeper. That thing is a dirt catcher. His entire face looked really brown from the dirt. He finally got tired of it and shaved it off this weekend.

Ah... back to baby soft kissed. Come to Mama!

Monday, October 20, 2008

A Baby No More

The time has finally come. My baby boy was more and more being identified as a girl. "What a pretty little girl!" It was time for a hair cut.

The Baby has had more hair than any of the other kids. The other 2 boys didn't get haircuts until after their second birthdays. The Doodlebug is still waiting for her first hair cut. And since he's my Baby, I was putting it off as long as I could. But it was time.

We went to see a barber. We enjoy barbers. They're boys. They get boys. So we found a barber downtown and asked him to cut my Baby's hair.

My Baby didn't like it. He held on tight to Mama and Bear. He refused the cape. So he and Mama got covered in hair. But we didn't mind. Whatever it took to help make him comfortable.

Mama whispered to him and sang to him and before long, it was all over. The Baby had finished his first haircut.

Doesn't he look all growed up?!?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

A Pitiful Substitute for Snow

My children are abundantly aware that in Texas, there will be no snow. No need filling their heads with maybes or somedays. Tell 'em it doesn't snow and there can be no disappointment. And when, on that rare occasion there is snow, what a treat! So for now, we live for the day we can take our kids to the snow.

The other day, in an attempt to capture that "snow" feeling, I found the Doodlebug laying in a pile of sand by the barn.

"Whacha doin', Doodlebug?"

"I'm makin' a sand angel, Mama!"

I'm glad to know she won't miss out on THAT snow experience.

Friday, October 10, 2008

That's Farmin'

On our first day of harvest, things hardly ever go right. This year was certainly no exception. While the Nutty Family was busy at the soccer fields, Mr. David, our trusty orchard man, was busy shaking our first rows of trees. When the phone rings at the soccer game, I'm sure it's bad news. "Bad news... a big hose busted." Great. Since it's Saturday, and everything closes at noon, I begin to feel the pressure.

When we got home, sure enough, there is was. Busted was an understatement.

So the Nutty Papa gets right to work. Wait a minute... why are you taking my picture? Is this for your blog? I need to lose the hat if it's for your blog....

The Marlboro Man over at would never wear a hat like that. I have to look cool like him!

I may not be able to get calf nuts, but I know how to get greasy!

The Nutty Papa takes the hose off, I take it to town and say "I need this." They make it up for me and I bring it back. I dream of the day I don't need to have the part to buy the part. That I can call the store and say, "Hey Joe. I busted a 470 -399. Can you get me another one with a 55X adapter?" (Sounds like I know what I'm talking about, huh?)

Two hours and 4 big drums of hydraulic oil later, we are shaking. It was a slow start to harvest. But eventually, we picked up the pace.

Today we are patiently waiting for The Great Pecan Man to clean and dry our pecans. We have finished the first go around of the Wichita. Unfortunately, there were some stubborn suckers who hung on a little too tight. We'll be back to get those in a week.

For now, I'm off to a relaxing girls weekend where we scrapbook into the wee hours. I can't wait! I love working on my books. Seeing all the wonderful memories reminds me how much I love being a wife, Mom and farmer. Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Sticks, Sticks and More Sticks!

This year, since we didn't harvest last year, we have LOTS of sticks. We are having to pick up last years sticks and this years sticks. That's a lot of sticks. I tried to leave the sticks alone... but they just slow you down on the harvester.

One of my bright ideas was to hire a stick crew this year to pick up the sticks. Cheap labor. If I could get all the sticks picked up with my crew, then Mr. David and the Nutty Papa would be able to focus on the machines. We got off to a good start. The crew was willing... but they didn't last. Eventually, Mr. David got the job by default. Good thing he's a hard worker.

Here's my crew. They're cute. But they lack endurance. Maybe they'll be better next year!