Friday, September 30, 2011

Fall Harvest

Can you guess what I'll be doing this weekend?

Washing, peeling, cutting, dicing, baking, blending, freezing and eating.

I'm so excited with our fall harvest pick from Bluebird Gardens. Each week we get a huge box of yummy veggies and we also get to go to the farm for 8 special pick days where we can pick a large amount of veggies to preserve for winter. We've already froze and canned lots of peas, green beans, broccoli, cucumbers, corn and tomatoes.

Today we came away with:
15 gallons of tomatoes
5 gallons of rutabagas
8 gallons carrots
4 pumpkins
10 watermelons
10 cantaloupes
and a 1/2 share of frozen chickens

They had excess of the rutabagas, watermelons and cantaloupes were all free! We're going to be eating good all winter. Feel free to come and play with me tomorrow. ;)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Peace Treaty Pagent

Shawn's parents live about 30 minutes from Medicine Lodge, KS. Medicine Lodge is the location of an important Peace Treaty signed by the Native Americans and the U.S. government. Every few years the city of only 2,000 people puts on a huge pageant showing the history of how our country was settled. The stage was God's red hills in a beautiful valley.

I can say it was so AWESOME to see history come alive before our very eyes. They had 100's of horses and people involved in the pageant. This program fit in perfectly with the US history that we studies as part of our homeschool last year.

Our family was joined by Shawn's parents, my parents, Shawn's Aunt Jo and Eric's family. The kids all did good in the heat even though they started late.

 Nana Yvette with all the K-kids standing in front of a tee-pee.

The K-kids standing by the cannon that was shot during the program. The men working the cannon had some really great stories to tell.

 K-baby, Shawn, K-sis and K-man standing by the trapper's wagon that was used in the original 1927 Peace Treaty Pageant.

 Kelton using some binoculars to view the action.

 K-man and Konner trying to keep cool. Konner did a great job and sat in his shaded stroller spot for 3 hours.

 K-sis up close and personal with one of the "Indians." They had real Native Americans, but we didn't get any close up shots with the kids.

 The Native Americans signing the Peace Treaty.

 A cattle drive.

 The Native Americans waiting to attack the wagon trail.

 It was so cool to see the wagon trains all lined up. I can just imagine how lines of 100's of wagons would have looked passing through the KS prairie. K-sis said next time she was going to bring her prairie bonnet and dress.

The Calvary chasing away the Indians attacking the wagon train.

I'm so glad that we have made the decision to homeschool so we had the opportunity to travel to see this historical event! My kids will remember this part of American history for a long time to come.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Horsing Around at the Papon's House

We had a super busy five days at Nana Yvette and Papa Bruce's house. The kids love visiting the farm! They had a great time doing chores and keeping Nana and Papa busy.

 K-girl and Nana heading to the barn to do chores. I LOVE the new quilt square that Nana painted on the barn. I may have to buy a barn so I can have one too!

 K-girl throwing hay to Cheyenne.

 Feeding Nana's donkey Frankie.

 K-girl helping dad check out Papa's prairie. You can see the shop and trees by the house in the background.

 K-man is definitely Papa's shadow when ever he visits the farm. He helped Papa plant, mow and move dirt with the tractor.

 The girl's helping Papa plant some wheat at the farm.

 K-man loading the planter with seed. This boy would LOVE to live on a farm someday.

 K-man, Bruce and Shawn shooting blue rocks. K-man even hit one with his new gun!

 Papa watching all the kids in the sandbox. He didn't even lose anyone!

K-baby and cousin Katie loved playing together.

 K-girl trying out the new kid sized saddle Nana picked up at the State Fair. She really wanted it to be pink, but Nana didn't think the boys would like that so she got a cute one with black on it.

 K-baby and K-girl helping Nana brush Cheyenne. These two girls spent most of their time at the farm riding or bugging Nana to ride more. :)

 K-girl aka Cowgirl

 She loves Cheyenne, even though she got dumped off 2 times this trip. We're glad that Papa bought some fence panels to make a safe corral for riding in.

 K-baby loves riding too!

 and kissing....

 and petting....

 and even waiting with Papa for a turn is fun.

 K-sis took a short turn riding, but she spent most of her time eating apples off of Nana's apple tree and playing in the sandbox.

 K-baby riding with Nana.

 Cousin Katie taking her turn.


I know that cousins Kelton and Konner were around too, but I didn't get any good pictures to post with this blog post. I know I have some cute ones from the Peace Treaty though, so I'll post those when I get a chance.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Playing at the Cook's House

I love my mom, she's a "do-er" which means if we aren't "doing" things we aren't having fun! So in the five days we visited my parents in Kansas we spent two days at the State Fair, one day having a family reunion AND all these activities at the farm. Warning: LOTS of pictures to follow!

K-sis bakes squirrel corn and bird seed in the play house.

K-girl riding the trike and trailer hauling supplies to her cousins.

We went to the YMCA for open swim and had the pool all to ourselves. The kids had a great time swimming around with their cousins!

K-man had a "blast" with his new guns that Papa Tom gave him. My Grandpa Bo passed away earlier this year and he gave my dad two guns. Papa decided to gift these guns to K-man. He got a 410 and 22. The 410 was a gun that K-man's great-great grandpa had when he was alive. What a fun legacy to pass along! Thanks to Papa Tom for making this boy smile from ear to ear. I'm sure he'll be asking when he can shoot again!

K-man showing off a can he shot. The guns are still a bit heavy, but he has a great eye! He can shoot at cans from 20 yards with no problem even shooting better than his dad sometimes. His highlight of the vacation was shooting a blue rockin the air on his third try ever! I couldn't believe it and I'm sure he's already better than me.

Shawn, K-man and Papa Tom out by the shed shooting cans.

Tether ball with Nana and K-girl

 A quick attempt at a family picture.

 K-man enjoying a tractor ride with Papa. I'm sure he'll be driving by himself before we know it.

 K-sis posing in my parent's back field.

 K-sis cooking with Nana.

 K-girl posing at the Dillon Nature Center.

 My dad is the director of Recreation for the USD 308 area in Hutchinson, KS. They've been working on a new nature play park at the Dillon Nature Center. This is the first time that our kids have gotten to play at the new park and it was a hit! What else could a kid want besides sand, water, dirt and sticks?? The landscaping was beautiful and my kids did not want to leave!
 The kids playing in the GIANT sandbox area while daddy works the pump to fill up the river.

Another family picture with my parents. They had a beautiful gazebo and so many different places for photo opportunities. 

 Shawn and K-baby building in the fort and sticks area. I'm thinking my parents may have to have an area like this at their house. They had a tarp, sticks and some log slices that this kids could create with.

 My parent's version of a sandbox. Room for everyone!

 All the cousins playing in the sandbox.

The K-kids touring the farm in Papa's trucks. We worn these things out and had to recharge them many times!

I'm so thankful to my parents for putting up with us for 5 days. We travel with LOTS of stuff and take up LOTS of room. We had a wonderful time and can't wait for my parents to come up North to visit us in a few weeks. I don't think we could have fit another activity in to our trip.