Little Wife On the Prairie





When you are everything to everyone, well, you had better act like you have it all together.



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The best thing about Fall.

You know how there are those special smells that pull you into a time or a feeling?  For some people, Fall cannot happen without breathing in the steam from that first pumpkin spiced whatever.  Some people it is the mellow, earthy smell of cool dirt and rotting leaves.  Others love the stinky heat of a football locker room. 
 
 The best thing about Fall in our house is the smell of fire-roasted green chile.  I have to inhale the smokiness of the charred skins before I can move on into the season.
 
One way we love to celebrate this time is with lots of family of course!  The Mullins Chile Roast of 2014 gave us what we were craving.  The wind was high so we moved the operation indoors.  We are very thankful for the dirty old barn! It wasn't ideal but it sure was convenient.
 
Matt's artwork
 
A busy roaster!

Mouth-watering
 



 
The men did most of the roasting and prepared our tasty lunch of tortillas and fresh-roasted chile.  Oh my gosh!

 
 
Beautiful girl!

Little tootie!!  I love you!



All sorts of games to play in the barn.

Slam dunk Micah!

When these bald heads get together, there is no telling what they will come up with!

This looks like a serious conversation.


We got to try something new this year.  We are used to having our red chile in powder form.  We got some fresh this year and roasted it.  It is sweet and fruity but stills spicy.  It is sooooo good!
 


 
 
The girls did the bagging.  We put up over 200 bags of chile!  It might last us through the year.  If we are conservative!
 


Monday, October 13, 2014

Fuzz

We woke up to a sad thing on Sunday morning.  Matt was driving into town when he saw our dog Fuzz dead on the road.  It was such a shock to us because he NEVER played in the road.  We had to coax him to even walk with us to get the kids from the bus.  Why he went in the road on that morning, we will never know.  But we want to believe that he was doing something heroic like chasing coyotes away from our property.  He was a good dog.
 
There was nothing he loved more than his kids.  We got Fuzz as a puppy when Zaddok turned a year old.  So most of our kiddos don't remember life without him.
 

He was a working dog.  He loved to chase a Frisbee or a ball and would do it as long as you would throw it for him.  His work also included following the chicken and cats around with that crazy "herding" look in his eyes.  

 
His favorite part of the day was always when the bus got home.  He would run to his kids, always looking to me for permission before he took off.  He was a good dog.

Here, his world was complete.

He was always taking care of his kids.  He was a good dog.
 

 
He wanted to be were they were.
 
He did love water.  If the hose ever turned on, he could hear it from anywhere on the property.  He would come running and beg you to let him chase the stream.

 
 
He was always the first one to meet Matt as he pulled in the drive.  He was a good dog.
 
He was just crazy enough for us to get a lot of entertainment from him!

 


It is not often that there is a dog so obedient, so willing to please, so attentive to his family.  He gave us a lot of years of love and fun.  It will take a long time for us to get over losing him. 
 
Goodbye buddy.  You were a good boy.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

13

What do you do when your girl turns 13?  You have a nail party of course!!  Jolie had 6 of her sweet friends join us at a local business on our town square called Rock 'n Roll Soda Shoppe.   It is such a fun little place to visit.  They have an old-fashioned soda fountain with a bar.  The bar stools spin around too!  Perfect fun for little ones. 
 
Behind this great spot is a hair salon called the Purple Pony.  Our good friend Marlena Callis does nails inside.  We set up a date to get nails painted and have a treat at the soda shop.
 

 
This place is so much fun!  The kids flood into it after school.  It is the perfect place for them to hang out.  I love that they have this.  As you can see, it is packed.  It stayed like this all afternoon.  Lots of teen-aged fun going on!

This is Marlena.  She worked so hard to make this a special time for the girls.  Thank you!!!

 
One of the things that I loved about this party was that Jolie wanted her baby sister to be there.  Micah got to be a part of it all.  What a special memory.  Micah felt pretty big with all of those girls.  They were so sweet to her.


 
After nails we headed to dinner.  We went to a great burger place called Blue Sky.  It was the perfect end to our fun time.

This is what I love about these girls.  So goofy and fun!  I honestly enjoyed being with them.  Every one of them thanked me over and over for everything.  We are so blessed to have such a sweet group of girls surrounding our girl.  They all love the Lord and have great expectations for themselves and for each other.

Jolie and Abby
 
Ridgleigh
 
McKenna
 
Emma

Merik

Gracie

Mama
 
My precious treasure.  You have surpassed all of my expectations for having a daughter.  What an amazing girl.  You are so smart, always on top of things.  You make me laugh, so quirky and individual.  You give me hope, I can see the huge potential for your life and your walk with the Lord.  You make me happy with your silly little self and all of the ways you are growing into your own person.
 
I love you Jolie Kay!!  I pray your 13th year is the best one yet.