Little Wife On the Prairie



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


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A day to demo! (Plus some really cute kids.)

Oh my house.  I am so excited to get the work done.  The process may be rough.  We have tried to organize it to be as easy on our everyday life as possible.  Hopefully we can move things along quickly!  Here's to demolition!


Guys love this tool.
 
All sizes of guys.
 
 
Ewww.

It is like a more civilized version of camping.

Oh my gosh.
 
This past weekend was Resurrection Weekend.  What a glorious event!  We make a point to look our best for the worship service.  It makes the morning feel very special and set apart.  So naturally, I take pictures.  It is always very stressful but usually successful.

My sweet man.

My little baby girl

My handsome Zaddie.

My almost-teenager.

My Weebies!

I love this picture.  Their faces are precious but their hair is pure comedy.  Stupid wind.

To thwart the wind, we moved into the barn.  These sisters just love each other.

Daddy and his fans.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Just another weekend on the Prairie.

Springtime in the country brings all sorts of wonderful things.  Green grass peeks through the crisp thatch, tulips push through the dirt to make their glorious appearance, and our swallows come back to the nest and begin their housekeeping.

I love all of those things.  But the babies that begin to appear are probably my favorite.  Who doesn't love a good baby?  We have had more than our share this weekend!

Levi with one of the cotton-tail bunnies we found in the yard.  Matt had shot an adult yesterday and we are afraid these are her very helpless offspring.  I know it is not good to take wildlife out of their environment.  But these country kids had the bunny cuddled up and in the hamster cage before I even knew what had happened.  We will keep them warm and fed until the weather is stable and then we will release them.  Sadly, the mama kitty below will probably find them.  And she will not be so kind.

Here is Mama kitty.  She had her first litter this weekend.  It was pretty amazing to see her go from a kitten to a mama in a matter of hours.  She is the best mama.  She actually hugs those babies and purrs the whole time she is with them.  Very sweet.  As a bonus, my sister and her family were here this weekend and my nieces got to be a part of all of the excitement! 

Nothing better for a country kids than an appliance box and a bunny.  :)

Well maybe a sibling to share it with.  Praying you can appreciate the Spring wonderment all around you.  Have a beautiful Holy Season!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring Break in New Mexico

And the zoo fun beings!

There is always that element of danger at the zoo.  Falling into the water at this point in our day would have been a bad deal.

My sweet girl

Zaddie was impressed with the giant catfish.

My Weebies.

Asher my man.  Growing up.
 
A mama-selfie

3-2-1 and teenager.  She is a pretty sweet one.  Micah loves her Toto.

On the train to the aquarium.
 
This was my favorite part!  The aquarium restaurant  is worth the cost.  The giant tank is amazing.

Oh Weebies.  Love my girl.

We were there when the diver went in to feed the turtles.  Very cool!


They had some pretty impressive things in that tank.

The result of our day.
 
A precious car-load of happy and exhausted kids.
 
Back at Grandmother and Popper's Micah had to see some of Grandmother's tiny shoe collection.

She is just one of a long line of little girls who has tried to stuff her foot in one.

Maybe the bear?

 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The business of being busy.

I hate that word.  Busy.  I say it all of the time. 
 
"Not now, mommy is busy."
 
"Oh my gosh we have been so busy!"
 
"Sorry I didn't call you back, I got busy doing something."
 
 
I hate that we are too busy for anything.  But we do choose things we love to be busy with so that makes it better I guess. 
 
During this season cooking has become a bit more difficult.  I really have to be on my game to have nutritious meals that everyone likes planned and ready before we have to take off somewhere.  So I put a ton of work into my meal planning, grocery shopping and pre-cooking.  My kiddos don't always appreciate the time I spend.
 
Last week, I had made a quick fried rice with some yummy veggies and grilled chicken.  I spent 30 minutes cooking only to have my kids turn up their noses and say they were not hungry.  I felt defeated.  Matt, he felt mad.
 
So he called a family meeting and without talking to me about it, declared the next week, "Mom's week off from cooking"  I was shocked and a bit miffed.  I didn't want my kids eating cereal for a week.  But then he laid the ground rules.  No cereal, the kids could cook mom-approved meals, and dad could help but not mom.  The goal was to show them what a nice thing it is to have all of their meals prepared for them.  Doing it yourself is not so much fun.
 
I have to admit, I didn't like it as much as I though I would.  And I might have cheated a bit by buying things like rotisserie chicken for the kids to prepare.  It just felt wrong to not be caring for my babies.  They had to do everything on their own, breakfast, lunch and dinner.  There may have been some mac n cheese employed.  They are just kids after all.
 (I might have also helped with packing lunches but don't tell dad.) 
 
In the end, they really did a great job and I enjoyed the break.  I think we might employ a once-a-week kids night for cooking.  They learned a lot about the kitchen last week and I think it's good for them! 
 
 



This guy had a Texas performance at school.  Doesn't he look handsome?

This baby found some lipstick.  She was very proud of it.  When I asked her to smile, she did this...

Goofy!

Signs of Spring are all around.  I am sooooooo ready!

Speaking of busy, these girls are back in production.  I am sure there are babies already growing in their cells.  See the pollen on her leg, no clue where she is getting it but it smells a little like hay. ( I was able to smell it when one of the clumps fell off and I picked it up to see what it might be.)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Not as planned but still working!

Last week's schedule posts did not go as planned.  But here is the good news, we are up and running this week!  I really do love having something to shoot for each day.  It helps keep my life a little more calm and organized.  I said a little.  I do have 5 kids ya know. 
 
Here is the list for my week.  I didn't do a blog for Friday and I don't even remember why now.  Hahaha.  But this is it compiled.  
 
Sunday: 
This is a project day
I also like to get a jump-start on laundry
 
Monday:
Big laundry day
Weekly bread baking
deep-cleaning goal: the fridge
 
Tuesday:
Finish laundry (clean up laundry room and family closet)
Shopping day-groceries, Sams, ect...
deep-cleaning goal: car
 
Wednesday:
Bake/cook ahead for freezer
vacuum and dust
deep-cleaning goal: windows
 
Thursday:
upstairs-kids rooms and bathroom
wash sheets
deep-cleaning goal: kitchen (wipe down cabinets/appliances
 
Friday:
Bathrooms :(
Floors-wood and kitchen
Bake challah for Shabbat (Sabbath) meal AKA. our celebration of God's day of rest!
 
Saturday:
REST!!!  This is a day to spend time with our family.  Cooking is kept to a minimum and we try to keep from doing any unnecessary work.  It is really nice, after a busy week, to have a day with no pressure.  Life being what it is, we usually have an activity to go to at some point during the day.  But they are things we enjoy together.
 
That is it!  Of course there is a lot that goes on that I don't write down.  I am pretty much constantly tidying.  If I don't, it will overwhelm me.  I do dishes several times a day.  I also cook meals.  That is a big part of my day. 
 
It is also very important to me to spend time playing and hanging out with my kiddos.  I try to include them in my activities as much as possible but that is not always easy!
 
In addition, I love alone time!  So I usually end up staying up late to get a little time to just decompress.  I have been trying to make time for the treadmill during nap time but that has been on and off.
 
Whew!  It sounds like a lot but my days are manageable.  This would not have worked for me when I had more littles at home.  Having bigger kids makes a difference.  They help out a lot and have their own responsibilities in our home.  I rarely have to put dishes away or take out trash anymore.  And they take care of all our animals.  My oldest helps a ton with the baby when I need to cook or take a shower.  It is a group effort!
 
So that is my hope and goal.  Flexibility will dictate what actually gets done.  But I will be happy with that.  
 
It is Wednesday so I am off to dust and vacuum!  Let me know if you have any success with a schedule.  I am always interested to see how others manage their homes.  I would love to hear from a working mom!  I don't know how you girls do it! 
 
 
  

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Worst week to be organized.

Yes, I picked the worst week to start a new schedule.  It has not been a "normal" week.  With a sick baby, a day away from the house for me and some winter-weather issues, no day has gone as planned.
 
I intend to carry on.  Here is my schedule for Wednesday and Thursday.  We did not actually follow it this week for various reasons but still got some things done!
 
Wednesday:
 
My plan for this day is to focus on vacuuming and dusting the house.  These two just go together to me.  It is fairly easy to do and the littles can even help me.
 
I was not home yesterday.  The kids stayed with Daddy.  I am pretty sure Daddy did not follow my schedule.  So the vacuuming and dusting will have to wait for another day.
 
The other thing on my Wednesday schedule is to bake/cook ahead for the rest of the week.  I will use this time to make muffins or breakfast breads to have on busy mornings.  Or if the freezer is full of bread, I may try to get some dishes prepared ahead of time or pre-cook some meat, beans or broths.  It really helps with evening meals to have a plan and to have some things already prepped. 
 
Daddy didn't clean, but he did make some bread.  Pretty good Daddy!
 
Thursday has been another story.  Wednesday afternoon we discovered the 5 degree temperatures had frozen our pipes.  We still had cold water in the bathroom but had no hot water at all.  This makes things a little more difficult. 
 
These pots on the stove are my hot water today.  I use them to make a sink of hot water to wash dishes or to make warm water to brush teeth and wash faces.  The cookies?  They are for moral support.  (And for the kids who stayed home from school in a non-sanctioned snow day.) 


This is my rinsing bucket.  It really works great!  Of course this was Daddy's idea.  I am surprised how little water I actually need to use to do my dishes.  It makes me want to conserve more in my usual routine.
 
On my schedule for Thursday is cleaning the upstairs which is where the kids bedrooms are.  They are responsible for keeping their rooms clean.  But it is good for me to go up once a week to make sure the clothes are out from under the bed and that the bathroom is really clean.
 
Also, I have everyone strip their beds to wash sheets. 
 
If I have time, or if little hands need to be busy, we also try to wash a few windows. 
 
Today has been a challenge with everyone home and no hot water.  But my heart is thankful because we are taken care of.  Our needs are met.  Sometimes losing a convenience really helps with appreciation of what we do have. 
 
Enjoy the day where you are.
 
This is our day from the kitchen window.
 
 
See you on Friday!
 



Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tuesday

Remember that whole flexibility thing I was talking about?  I have had to employ it already.  On Tuesday.  That is Mom life.
 
  My little Birdie was feeling like this today.

She was so sad and sleepy.  She felt a bit hot to me but not enough to worry about. 
I think it might be canine teeth.  Those hurt!  So we cuddled.  It was lovely.  I have no regrets!

Our outside looked like this today so motivation was not my friend anyway.  Luckily, I had clothes that still needed to be folded from yesterday.  So we finished up laundry and cuddled.  What a glorious day!

I also had tortillas to finish.  While my baby slept, I rolled.  They are soooo good.

 

So my day was not really that productive but I have to be ok with that.  My babies are my first priority.  Normal Tuesdays should look like this...
 
-Finish laundry
-Grocery shopping/errands (This includes going to multiple stores and putting all of that stuff away. That is a huge job!)
-Catch up day
 
So Tuesdays are pretty flexible anyway.  If I have no shopping to do then I have a chance to catch up on small projects at home.
 
See you tomorrow!