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Brooderfest 2015

image This is was everybody…the strong, brave, hearty folks who showed up knowing it was gonna be cold.  Madigan mostly hung out under a pile of jackets.imageimage

My favorite picture of the day, a calf.  If you want to see all the pictures from Brooderfest 2015 you can go to and click the link for Facebook.  Give us a like, comment, or copy the picture of the cow to your newsfeed, it really is a good looking animal!


May 2010 vs Oct 2015

this was on our move back to Roanoke in a Cracker Barrell somewhere between Washington State and Virginia.


This is on our way back from Chicago this month.  Boomer says it all the time, the math adds up, but time sure does fly.


Wind turbines in Indiana

We saw the at night, with their slowly flashing lights and were mesmerized.  Driving back thru with the blades spinning was equally hypnotizing.



image What I love about this last one….sun and moon in the same shot.  Wished I had my real camera in the car and not just the iPad.






Nate at 3 months


I got to see my nephew and his family yesterday.  At first he wasn’t sure about the girl taking his pictures.


But he started to warm up with everyone try to get him to smile.


and even got a little laugh out of him.

I held him for an hour and haven’t heard the end of it from Madigan.  How much I love that baby.  And how that baby is my favorite.  Little does she know, one hour of holding one baby couldn’t take away from the YEARS of loving her!

getting ready for football


Wings…I have really mastered the wing. We are doing 4 different types this year. I have a favorite, the Asian wings. I could eat 2 dozen.


Something for everything. We have added a little more adult beverages to this table.

What we bring into the house

We don’t have trash collection at our house, but we have trash collection center at the end of our street.  This makes us hyper aware of our waste and our trash.  We wash and sort our plastics and bottles, then they are recycled.  They have a mixed paper dumpster, which is where we stop at least once or twice a month taking all of our boxes.  IMG_6790

It is mostly pasta boxes, some paper products, a few treats for Madigan.  I did see an alarming trend.


My creamer issue.  I like the little individual cups.  I am going to find a solution so we can limit that waste.IMG_6792

And I would love to learn to make pasta.  Maybe not the gluten free variety, but pasta for Madigan.  It would not be as easy as pulling a dollar out of my pocket, but if we can make this pile smaller and add to my skill set I am all for it.