12/1/15

the Icy Thanksgiving

 

Thanksgiving was a little different this year, in two ways. One because the Blunier Family joined us in Kansas, and two, everything was coated in ice. Yeah. It brought back some not so good memories of the 2007 ice storm, being stuck inside for 8 days and hearing the branches fall from the trees because of their heavy load. However, having your friends stuck inside with you makes it much more fun!

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Watching the old Leman Vacation Videos

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Plenty of Dutch Blitz, Capitalism, Liar and the such.

We enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving Meal lovingly prepared by Uncle Dave. The longstanding ‘joke’ between Mom and Dad is that when Mom comments on how it would be nice if dad could cook and prepare meals, he tells her how much money we’ve saved because of his handy man abilities. Even when mom DIDN’T want that dishwasher to be brought back to life AGAIN.

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Sadly, the ice storm  kept getting worse and the Blunier’s had to leave a day early. The power went off  4 times that day, and we still don’t have a working generator. Sadness. So to console ourselves, we put up Christmas D├ęcor! Our living room is lit up with Christmas Cheer and I’m already tired of the Jazzy Christmas music we play at work.

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11/11/15

Taylor's 19th Birthday

Taylor turned 19 on Monday, and he got gun shells, beef jerky and camouflage  boxer briefs! He travels for KSI, still loves to hunt with his buddies. Happy Birthday! 

11/10/15

Accomplished Achievements

 

Several exciting things were accomplished this last week! I was named as one of the Nemaha County 4-H Ambassadors, Dad finally tore out part of the windbreak, and I finished the last of the kid video series.

Since our farm expanded by one semi length, the lane going behind the shed was too small to turn around in. So, we tore out the south section of the windbreak. The western view is great, and our farm seems brighter, but that could just be our minds. We have a lovely view of  Bern Church, and of course the hog barn.

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Now when you drive onto our farm, you can see straight out the back!

 

Last Friday night was Achievement night for the 4Hers. This is 16 of the 36 members in our club! We have the largest number of members in the county!

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Awards were given out, and this year’s Friend of 4-H plaque recipients were a lovely couple from Woodlawn.

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2015/2016 Ambassadors! I’m excited to be able to work with this group of kids to try to grow the 4-H community.

10/27/15

Hand Me Down My Silver Trumpet, Gabriel

 I found this video from Taylor's Junior year (2.5 years ago) in Sabetha High School. He sang in the Infinity Choir, and this is a great song that he sang!
 
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cho: Oh, hand me down (Hand me down)
Hand me down (hand me down)
Hand me down my silver trumpet Gabriel
Hand it down, Throw it down, Any old way, just get it down
Hand me down my silver trumpet Lord

Cole's Video

 
Cole tells what its like to live on the farm from a kid's view. Roosters, Goats and all.
 
 
 
 
 
 

10/21/15

Grandma and Grandpa come to Kansas!

 

Grandma and Grandpa brought Noah and Elise to Kansas for a visit! Tuesday was Dad’s 53rd birthday, so we celebrated that while they were here too.

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On Wednesday night, I had 4-H council meeting and came home to the girls who were selling foot massages for $1. Instead of paying them, I bought them a smoothie at the coffee shop:)

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What a beautiful morning…

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Cole finally found a buddy who he could play settlers with.

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We carried on the Tradition of Grandpa making big pancakes for breakfast!

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9/17/15

Soccer Season

Cole started soccer, and Saturday he had his first game. He loves it! 1/2 the team is kids from church. Their team didn't win this game, but it was a good lesson in being a good sport! 







After the game, Hannah and I went to old Albany Days to 'help' with the kids games. They didn't end up needing much help, so we walked around and got some cotton candy instead! 









9/16/15

Harvest!

Harvest has started! Here is a few pictures of Gabe loading up our semi, which we just got all stickered up:)





8/13/15

Summer Swimmers

We always love it when our neighbors come over for a swim, and this time I went and took some photos! I set my camera on a high shutter speed, and the way the water was captured turned out beautiful!

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Abe and Aub

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Hudson doesn’t enjoy the water near as much as he enjoys the trampoline!

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Keelan is a great swimmer! He’s usually the first one in the water…the rest of us Meyers are fairly picky about the temp…I think that we get that from dad who won’t get his big toe wet unless its like bath water.

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Abram…trying to tell me something.

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Cole Richard and Hudson Eli

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This is my favorite photo by far!

I finally got around to posting again, normally I’m uploading my client’s photo galleries and sneak peeks on Facebook! Be sure to like my page:)

8/2/15

SunBlaze

There’s a certain time of year that the sun is no longer a beautiful, pleasant thing.  And that would be July. The shine goes away, and it turns into a blaze. However, we cant all go crawl into a freezer and drink lemonade all day. Sadly, we don’t even have a walk in freezer.

So, here’s a recap of the Nemaha County Free Fair that took place over what had to have been the hottest weekend of the year.

Lets roast together, shall we?

Friday morning at the fair starts off bright and early at 9 o clock. That means that all the veggies that are being entered have to be picked that morning, and the animal must be loaded up and transported to the Seneca Fairgrounds. Thankfully, the arts, crafts, and photography were judged two weeks prior, so that is out of my mind. Except for wondering whether my photo got Grand or Reserve Champion.

 

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Oh, let me clarify the order of placing's.

White is the worst. NOBODY wants a white. Very few kids do get whites anyway.

Red means average…which is not too good.

Blue is OK. That means that you wont win, but it was a pretty good exhibit anyway!

Purple means outstanding! This means that you have surpassed everyone else and are now available for the Top Dog Awards.

Now, out of all the purples in each division (senior, intermediate, and junior) they choose one Grand Champion, and one Reserve Champion. Depending on the item, that is eligible for the KState Fair. Held in Hutch. (Hutchison, KS)

After arriving and placing all of our Horticulture, foods and such where they need to go, we waited on the judges to start, and Gabe went out to care for his animals.

Food Judging is very involved, and includes sitting down with an intimidating judge (they are all very nice, really:) and discussing what is wrong and right with your foods. Wrong mostly. We have to remind each other that critiquing is their job!

 

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Horticulture is easy, and you don’t even have to be there as the judge picks the best of three classes: Senior, Intermediate, and Junior. The winner of junior horticulture was a single zinnia in a jar. Mom says that we ARE doing that next year. However, I thought that about a cookie container, and there ended up being EIGHT other cookie containers. (oops)

Here’s the Food specs:

Aubrey got a Purple on her ‘Healthy Snack’ which was some banana/peanut butter type cookies.

Cole got a Purple on his ‘Healthy Snack’ which were some oatmeal chocolate chip granola bars.

Me, well I got blues. Not the ‘Blues’ but two blue ribbons on my Cookie Container, and a recipe box.

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But who cares? Food isn’t my passion anyway! Now photography on the other hand…I received the Kansas Pride award for my sunset photo, and Reserve Champion for the baby feet photo. That photo is now on its way to the Kansas State fair! Hopefully it will get better than a white like my last photo that got sent there. :/ Nemaha Co. Fair (14)Kansas Pride (2)

On to the animals…and more Saturday Activities

Gabe put two out of the four animals that he had planned on in the fair. After an unfortunate accident involving two valuable steers, all that was left for the fair was his two meat goats. Aubrey and Cole had two adorable bucket calf twins named Tucker and Tyler. Those calves got sent back to the dairy on Tuesday. We just take care of them for a few months before the fair.

 

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Trenton Meyer led Gabe’s 2nd Goat as they were being judged.

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Cole and Aubrey’s Bucket calf show was Saturday at 11:00 am. Before showing, they had to get all dressed up and their calves all clean!

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Gabe’s animals both got purples in market, but their wasn’t anyone else in his class. ( classes are split by weight of the animal, and there happened to be no other goats the same weight of his) In showmanship, he blew them out of the water. He beat the two kids who ALWAYS win, and went on to win the Round Robin. Which is when all the Showmanship winners of all the divisions go against each other and compete. He smoked them all. Gabe got Grand Champion of the Intermediate class! His camp chair prize is sitting in our garage right now:) Here’s a photo of the Grand Champion Round Robin (junior, senior, and intermediate) kids. right to left: Sarah Rokey, Karrie Van Winkle, Gabe Meyer.

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Monday night was the Premium  Auction where you can sell your animal to a local business, and then you still get to keep the animal with the sell money. It doesn’t really make sense to some people, but its just a way for business to advertise and support the kids in their county.  My cookie container also was sold in the premium  auction. I get to keep half of the money, the other half goes to the 4-H council.

Here’s a few  random  photos from the weekend:

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Premium  Auction- who’s gonna pay up?

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Care for the animals

 

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Fair barn

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One of my fellow  Entrepreneurship Academy Attendees was Dillon Thompson, who works for the KNZA Radio. They serve NE Kansas. His bosses make him  go out to all the local county fairs and interview  kids. I helped him  enlist a couple kids for interviews, and I did one myself. I made sure to do a little advertising though! I tried to get Gabe and Cole to do it, but they wouldn’t. It went on the air on Sunday at 1:30, so I missed listening to it. Last year, Cameron heard mine on the radio.

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Braxton and his mommy stopped by, and we were so excited to see him! He loved the animals! Tuesday was his 1 st Birthday, and on Wednesday I photographed his cake smash!

 

 

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