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Farm two


More planting beans


I could hear these babies chirping for food and their Mama nearby and I took a pic of the nest and then pulled it up on my computer and oh- is that a snake??


The neighbors cows were all lined up


Sometimes it’s good to sit in a pasture and think.


And watch your happy farm dogs


Even the big guy came out to help plant



The first pear


more planting


And more spring


Barn love


This is how you play baseball when you don’t have a ball or bat- you use rocks and a piece of wood


Barn doors are cool


Photo creds to Blake for grabbing this shot of me and Coley man



The sunroom addition is done…


Adios farm, see ya soon.


Laura H - Such gorgeous pictures! I love old barns!

Hannah - I love that first picture. It feels like home.

The snake, Ick. Don’t look now, but one of your dogs pooped a starbucks for you ;)

Yes to the old barns and stick/rock ball.

Susan - The new addition looks great. Might be time for me to start giving Mike some ideas about one here.

kristen - That snake pic just made me sad!!! Love the rest of your pics – what a special place. Did you grow up there?

When you need to clear your head….

You head to the farm.


Sigh- even Cole gets it- he says the scenery is amazing. It is. Even when you forget to pack clothes for everyone and the sister has to wear the brother undies. Because you are living in multiple houses. And who knows where her undies are??


Sometimes you want to go away- to sit in a pasture and think


You can do that here


Even when you have your freaky kids with you


The farm is a great place to be


Spring at the farm is perfect. New growth everywhere.



And then we planted beans


My dad loves his garden- nothing better than a summer organic garden


More tomorrow


hannah - These pictures are gorgeous. I love when you pick up your big girl camera.

I still didn’t realize Eva had on her big boys until she turned and faced the camera :)

Farms are awesome~

KMS 8th grade dance

The end of the year dance was last week but since I have been living in multiple households with questionable internet I haven’t had a chance to post some.

Blake never wants to get in pics- it’s like pulling teeth.


The location for the pictures was AWFUL but the kids didn’t care. These two girls asked if they could get their pics taken with Blake and PJ- love it.




Lax Bros


And some group shots with people I don’t know…


Brendon won this cookbook and it’s funny for so many reasons….


All sorts of crazy

This week is one of those weeks when there is so much going on that if I stop to think about it I freak out.

Movers are coming on Friday. We are moving into a hotel. And the dogs can’t come. They have to go to the farm. Three hours away. And Blake has a lax tourney in Detroit this weekend. Three hours away.

I am taking pics of the end of year 8th grade dance tomorrow night. After Blake’s lax practice. But I need to be packing and haven’t planned anything for the pics at all.

Because we have to be out. That’s all I can think about.

It sorta sucks.

So two weeks in a hotel and then a week at the beach and then we move into the basement of our house. How do you pack for that? With no laundry? I have no idea.

The girly put this crown on my head and said that I get whatever I wish for- my wish was 10 minutes without the youngers fighting. That’s it


Shiloh in my car- loves going back home to 470. She misses her big yard and jumps in my car every time I leave the rental.


The boys had a hard one hour practice last week- one hour. Seriously. They acted like it was five.


The 8th grade boys played two great games in a tourney and we celebrated at Deweys Pizza


Austin got a Varsity letter (as a 10th grader) for running a mile in 4 minutes and 45 seconds.


A bunch of 10th graders hanging out


Life with boys- a magnet of Blake on the fridge gets defaced (or de-balled) by Cole


Time at Cosi at the water table. I have spent time there for the last 14 years.


These two have a love-hate relationship. Like an old married couple. They will probably get married some day.


In front of me at Starbucks. Um yeah. Sigh.


When you bring middle schoolers back to work the E street carnival snow cone machine it can get kinda crazy


Tired baby after the e street carnival


When your landlords live behind you and spy on you constantly your life can kinda suck


Cole getting well-fed at Nate’s house


Memorial Day parade in Wo-town. It was a good one.


So when you forget to wash the lax jersies that were supposed to be turned in that night and you do a last minute speed wash with a big dose of frebreeze and hang them out the window to dry on your way to the banquet chances are if you live in a small town someone you know will see you and take a pic and bust you.


But that’s the way we roll in Wo-town.

Seriously looking forward to the end of the year, to summer, to getting back into our house. Blake is being heavily recruited by the rowing team. He seems interested. But really wants to still play lacrosse. Who knows, not sure how I feel at this point. I love a sport with a good community- rowing might be that way. I am ready to leave this year behind.

Gretchen P - sorry you have so much craziness! after the comments from the landlord, I can understand moving, but it just makes things more difficult! Hope you can get to relax when you hit the beach in a few weeks. At least the school craziness is coming to an end, one less thing.

lisa - i have loved reading your blog over the yrs..and girllll i dont know how you are doing it w/o drinking a ton! lol

anyway a friend is moving to ohio..hubby got teaching position at OSU…she is looking at homes soon..i have told her how fun where you live looks..she would fit in with you and all ur friends..
any areas you can suggest?

Julie - I think the magnet of Blake was actually “balled” by Cole, not “deballed” :)

I had a dream last night that plane tickets to Columbus from NJ were only $70 so we were all going to have Cousin Camp there – maybe I should go check, but only if travel would be more than 4 weeks from now. Hang in there!

Tiffany - Hang in there girl…at least the beach is only a few weeks away!


hannah - Your landlord is a freak. Just saying.

I hate that you have to leave the doggies…but at least they will have some fun chasing rabbits and digging holes at the farm :)

The magnets are killing me. Boys are just flat out strange.

Asparagus Penne Pasta

This dish is a staple at our house.  I usually make it without the chicken but it’s good either way.  Only 1 our of 4 kids will eat asparagus though.  I use big shaved parmesan and lots of red pepper flakes.




1 (16 ounce) package dry penne pasta (I use whole wheat)

2 tablespoons of olive oil

3/4 lb. chicken cut into bite sized pieces

4 garlic gloves minced

12 ounces asparagus- cut into small pieces

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1/2 cup shaved parmesan

salt and pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain, and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute chicken until firm and lightly browned; remove from pan. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet. Cook and stir garlic, asparagus, and red pepper flakes in oil until asparagus is tender. Stir in chicken, and cook for 2 minutes to blend the flavors. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Toss pasta with chicken and asparagus mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Laura H - Made this tonight! It was delicious! I am a vegetarian, so I made mine with fake chicken…yumm
In a totally unrelated comment…has anyone ever told you that you look like the lead singer from “Of Monsters and Men?” I was watching them sing “little talks” and thought she looked like you! Very down to earth!
Love your blog!