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Hello 32!

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Another year of life has passed. It makes me feel happy and organized to catalogue what kind of cool things happened in the year.  Plus, it’s always a good exercise in review.  Sometimes I get confused and think I just sat on the couch for a year so I need to put it all together and then I’m proud of myself.  Ha. Year 31: Conquered Vegas at Christmas time to see George Strait in concert […]

X-Ray Vision

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My doctor appointments are generally scheduled well in advance, but of course if any little thing comes up I can do the old ‘same-day’ appointment.  Yesterday was one of those days.  Nothing much going on, really, but any little thing can so easily turn into a big thing quickly. Over the weekend I had started coughing a bit.  Of course our air quality is currently hazardous due to the wildfires everywhere so I figured that […]

Treasure Hunting

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It’s summertime.  I’m always trying to find fun family activities that include learning and not sitting and watching TV.  We informed Carter that we were taking him to hunt for treasure, Star Garnets to be exact. You see Star Garnets are only found in two places in the whole world: Idaho and India.  They are also the state gem of Idaho, which is in fact known as the gem state.  Garnets are created from six […]

The Bachelorette: Men Tell All

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If we’re being honest, I’m mostly just excited for Jordan quotes.  I doubt they’ll be any big revelations of interest, but I do hope Jordan will talk a bunch. The show starts off with a lengthy preview for Bachelor in Paradise.  It looks fantastic and trashy and I can’t wait. Chris introduces the guys and then it’s time to do a review of the season.  I didn’t really need the review because I watched the […]

Boats, Trains, & Automobiles

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Last week we had a day filled with transportation and I thought I would share about it. Around 11:30 we loaded up on my parent’s boat for some fun, which means that I started preparing and packing around 8:45.  I made a picnic lunch of tuna sandwiches, veggies and dip, crackers and two kinds of spread, and potato chips.  The night before Carter and I made a big pan of caramel chocolate chip cookie bars.  […]

Bachelorette Becca: Fantasy Suites

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Welcome to Chang Mai, Thailand!  Becca tells us all about the culture this city has available.  Temples throughout the city, bright colors, and food trucks everywhere.  She tells us that she is in love with two men and falling for a third.  Yikes!  She says that with Jason he would be not only her husband, but her would truly be her best friend.  Hmm. Blake’s Date We start with Blake meeting up with her to […]

The Bachelorette Becca: Hometowns

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  I apologize for this being late, AGAIN. No excuses. It sat in my drafts mostly done all week until I remembered just now. Oopsie. Just like that there are four guys and it’s hometowns week. Garrett’s Hometown- Somewhere Farmy They start out with visiting the “family agricultural business”, also known as a farm.  He shows her how to plant tomatoes on a big tractor while Carlos drives.  She gets distracted very easily and I’m […]

Homestead Happenings

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Girls Night Out I’m sure you read my previous post about our newest animal, Claire, but if you missed it you can read it here.  She is settling in and the goats have been coming out in the evenings to meet her.  They are all pretty cute. I think my little squad is better than these other iconic girl squads. Bitch Chicken Antics Bitch chicken continues to get out as she sees fit and has found […]

The Bachelorette Becca: Episode 7

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Welcome to the Bahamas.  Prepare for sweat, people. Wills is wearing a leopard print romper. There are currently six guys, and she is choosing which four families she will meet next week.  Becca arrives to tell the guys that there is no rose ceremony this week.  Instead, the four roses will be given out during the dates, three one-on-ones and one group date.  Before she leaves, she tells Colton the dates are starting right now […]

Meet Claire; She’s a Prankster

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I can’t remember if I told y’all that we officially put a deposit down for a mini Scottish Highland cow, but that we have to wait until Fall or Spring for the right one to be born.  It’s exciting.  Well, in the meantime we had been looking for a lady cow.  We were having a very hard time finding what we were looking for.  Keep in mind, the girly cows are pretty spendy because of […]