Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day!

We decided not to make the annual trip to Buckhannon, WV this year where my mother's family gathers for reunions and Memorial Day services. Instead, Scott caught up on yard work, played with the kids and today I harvested spinach and four different kinds of lettuce from the garden. Then, we all headed into town to our house for burgers and brats.....oh, and fresh salad of course! The garden is really starting to take off! Unfortunately, so are the weeds.
Here I am tasting my first picking of spinach and lettuce! Yum!
I caught this photo of Grandma's watering can hanging from a branch on a tree.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Spring Views Around the Farm

I took some pictures around Grandma and Grandpa's farm house today. It was the perfect spring day! This is where we spend alot of our time, especially now that school is out AND the garden is taking off. Scott's mom is coaching me on my first organic garden! It's been awesome to have her right there to ask questions and guide me through the process. Some of you already saw these on Scott's Facebook page but if you haven't seen them yet, you can view more photos HERE.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Shadow's Arrival and First Day

Shadow arrived safe and sound at 9pm in the evening on Gracie's birthday! She didn't drink much on the trip over from Virginia so she was a bit dehydrated, but she bounced back quickly. You can see pictures of Shadow's arrival and first day on the farm HERE.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Shadow Is On The Way!

Shadow is the new horse we are having shipped over from Virginia for Gracie and Gemma to use for Pony Club. She is a 20 year-old mare, Arabian-Quarterhorse cross and trained under English saddle for jumping and dressage. She is 14 hands 3 inches high, a perfect height for my young riders! Shadow's owner is stationed in Japan and attends the American School where Aunt Karen teaches. The family was leasing her out for the last year in Virginia because they thought they would only be stationed over there for one year, however a new opportunity came up and they will now be over there a few years longer than anticipated. So it was a match made in heaven. We needed a safe, English trained horse and they needed someone to ride and love Shadow in their absence!

Shadow left Leesburg, Virginia Saturday night at 7pm and is expected to arrive here in Nebraska either tomorrow or early Wednesday. Tomorrow is Gracie's birthday so I told the hauler he would be a 9 year-old little girl's hero if he delivered Shadow on the 12th!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Luke's Allergic Reaction

Luke recently got sunburned while fishing with Scott. Later that morning he was playing in the grass at the band shell downtown. When Scott noticed he was getting a little red, he applied sunblock. So we're not sure if it was a reaction to somehting in the grass or the sunblock or a combination of the two. The rash never spread beyond the area where he was sunburned but I had to take him to the Dr. because it was so horrible he couldn't go to school. The Dr. cleared him as "not contagious" and we're just waiting for it to heal. It itched something fierce for the first few days (and long nights) but he's doing much better now.

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