Sunday, October 26, 2014

Meuer Farm Day

Saturday we drove about an hour into farm country to spend the day with the Girl Scout Troop 4109. We started out taking a hayride and then had fun getting lost in the corn maze. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and the farm was near Lake Winnebago - which I forgot to get a picture of. :(

Waiting for the hayride.

Here's an old creek on the farm property that is older than dirt - the farmer says it has crayfish in it. This would be fun to have in the back yard don't ya think?

They have a grove of Black Walnut trees. They looked pretty dead but this is because they fall early in autumn but bloom early in spring. We learned that the trees poison the soil and no other type of tree can grow in with them. I don't think I've ever eaten a Black Walnut.

We sat under these trees for a while as the farmer told us about the maple they collect. It takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup. Wow!

Savannah found a lady bug on the wagon.

Here is the side of the farm where they have the pumpkin patch and the slide for the kids. There was also a corn shoot where people could aim to hit targets (including the car) win string cheese.

Savannah's gettin' as tall as the corn these days.

Found this guy on one of the trails in the maze. 

Daddy and Savannah had fun answering all the clues that were given for the maze. We picked the scriptural Q&A clues. I think we did pretty good.

We had a lot of fun. I am happy to have made such fun memories. Happy Fall!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Beautiful Life

I just love the fall weather...well at least after I have finished grieving over summer. Here in Wisconsin it is so beautiful because of all the large trees everywhere you look. I don't have to go up the mountains to see them - they are right in my own neighborhood!

Autumn is also my birthday time and I am feeling so loved today with the showering of gifts. My husband and kids cleaned the house from top to bottom, it is sparkling clean. They even mopped the floor! So I am relishing in this time I have on my hands and enjoying just blogging which what used to be more of an every day occurrence for me I rarely make the time for any more.

Isn't life as beautiful as the colors God has given us?

Playing ball at the school playground

Bear loves to people watch!

Savannah is learning the United States this year in 5th grade. We played a game where I would jump on them and she would call their name out. Some of them we didn't even know!

I just love the fireworks of fall time!

On the way home from the playground

Savannah is learning the violin this year

I noticed a bright yellow light shining into our house this afternoon and wondered where it came from. When I went outside I found the reflection of the sun on the bright yellow leaves of the Aspen tree in front of the garage to be the reason why. So beautiful! As you can see we are in the process of planning for next spring to put in new landscaping on the left side in front of the garage where the raggedy bushes used to be. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

New Season, New Changes

It seems the change of the season is coming abruptly what with all the cold weather we've had these past couple days. We've moved the thermostat from cool to heat and have been using our winter blankets on our bed. Life is changing all around us too. In fact when it does, it feels like it happens all at once doesn't it?

Charlie was promoted at work to a new position - one that he was promised to have when we moved here four years ago. He will be managing a large system that tracks inventory and preventative maintenance on all equipment for the company. One day hopes to take it to a regional level for all locations so that they are all maintaining the same system throughout the company. He is also taking over for someone who left in helping with some of the plans for our new church. This in addition to getting back on the Praise and Worship team, he will be busy for a while.

I have been promoted to a Sales Coordinator at my job. Instead of providing support for the Service Department, I will be helping with Sales. I will be doing a lot of quotes, ordering equipment, and maintaining Lease Documents. While I am excited and look forward to it, I have also had a rough time during this the transition. I was diagnosed last month with Fibromyalgia related to Hypermobility Syndrome. For over a year I have not felt well and thought I was just going through something that would pass. As time went on the symptoms never improved and I kept pushing which in turn made things worse. Fatigue and pain were overcoming my life and I think I had one month free of any notable symptoms this year. Now that I have a diagnosis however I know how to treat it and am learning to live with it. This means no staying up late at night and making sure I take life slower than I am used to - watch my body posture and identify when I am over-extending my joints. The key for me now is to identify what causes flare ups and to avoid them.

Savannah is in her last year of Elementary School. This is really hard for me. My last child and my only daughter. I often think to myself it is the end of a stage of motherhood I'll never have back. That I am now going to be a mother of a young lady and two young men. No more babies, no more toddlers, no more children but young adults. Here in Wisconsin they start Middle School in the 6th grade so I have never had to deal with this quite so early. Why don't I embrace this? Why don't I feel ready yet? What is holding me back? Let's just put it this way. I am dealing with it best I can. I have feelings inside myself I need to reconcile with and soon so that I can be the mother they need not the mother I want.

Jake and Sasha are celebrating their first year anniversary this weekend in Madison. They really make a cute couple and I had hoped to have Sasha and her mother over for a BBQ before it got too much colder but life was busy. We'll have to see, maybe a Thanksgiving invitation will work.

Harmony, my granddaughter, is growing from what I can see in the pictures and Michael and Elisia are working things out. I am so happy for this - it is so important for the children and for them. Michael has been doing very well with finding out who he is and how to overcome obstacles. I am so grateful that he has Elisia as a partner in his life.

Our dog Pugsley is approaching her last year with us. She has become almost paralyzed in her hind quarters and is having trouble staying on her feet. While she isn't in pain she does have limited mobility and many accidents and we know what comes next before things get too much worse. We are enjoying what time we have left with her and making sure she knows she is loved.