Morning Time

And the blocks are out once again. At least the Little People village set isn't out too. There's a wonderful pile of laundry lurking in the corner (wonderful because it shows all the clean clothes we have to wear!). Someone really should fold that. And put it away. I'll make Henley do it. Just kidding. … Continue reading Morning Time


Risky Play

I've been following the 1000hoursoutside challenge, I'll link to that blog below, since March 2019. We haven't exactly tracked our hours, but I know we've been outside much more since hearing about this challenge and researching the many benefits of outdoor nature time for children and their developing minds and bodies. One benefit plenty of … Continue reading Risky Play

It’s a Zoo

Current total of animals under my care: 100 cows 4 bulls 2 horses (okay so these top three are Mr. Racncher's responsibility but I'm counting them because they totally impact the rest of my life as well--wanna go on a date? Cows are out. Wanna have an early night? Cows are out. Wanna leave town? … Continue reading It’s a Zoo


In true farming fashion, Ty was baling hay during our local Fiddle Festival this year, which means that the girls and I were on our own at the fried food stands and carnival. We were lucky enough to meet up with some awesome friends and wander around with them--more adults to keep track of the … Continue reading Festival

Toys with Loose Parts

What's your take on toys with loose parts and pieces? Sets of blocks, duplos, legos, kids' kitchenware, magnets, animal figurines etc. Do you like 'em or lump 'em? I regularly vacillate between loving and despising this category of toy with every fiber of my being. On this day, I loved all the loose parts. All … Continue reading Toys with Loose Parts

Mommin’ while Farmin’ or Farmin’ while Mommin’

Going to bale hay for Dad. It's all smiles and laughs until the baler plugs up, mom swears (or maybe she doesn't), and tells the kids to be quiet so she can figure out which button to push first. Dad runs up with obscure hand gestures of what mom is supposed to do--looks suspiciously like … Continue reading Mommin’ while Farmin’ or Farmin’ while Mommin’

Winter/Springtime Ranching

Winter is my least favorite ranching season.  The weather is generally wet, cold, blustery, and rather than sipping hot cocoa, we have to be out in the inclement weather feeding cows or pulling calves or mending fence or breaking ice.  I use the term "we" very loosely here.  This year, the traditional winter months of … Continue reading Winter/Springtime Ranching

Arizona Trip

We went on vacation!!!  Sometimes it feels like we never do anything cool or interesting or out of the ordinary for us, but last weekend rocked that notion right out of our lives.  We took a weekend trip to Florence, Arizona and had the best family vacation ever! We left our house at 5:15 AM … Continue reading Arizona Trip