Last Sunrise of 2014…

We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!  We sure did!  Besides dealing with crouping cold, one kid with pneumonia and another with a sinus infection, we made the best of our situation and had a wonderful time with friends and family over the past couple of weeks.  Markus and I were even able to get away for a couple of hours in the wee hours of the morning of New Years Eve…IMG_4840IMG_4860

Before the sunrise…blue morningDuring sunrise…IMG_4875-2IMG_4905IMG_4912A cold but breathtaking walk down to the river…IMG_4922 IMG_4927The sun peaking through the trees…IMG_4930 IMG_4936 IMG_4938Happy New Year!

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Perk Benefits…

My husband has a very demanding job that leaves him on the road a vast majority of the time.  He works as an agronomist and is a agronomic adviser.  It is hard for both of us for him to be gone so much and spread so thin, especially with a full-time job of raising sheep, and having eight kids.  Occasionally though, there are some perk benefits to his job.  Over Thanksgiving week, my beloved had to attend a conference in Canada and I was able to go with.  My parents watched the kids, our oldest son watched the farm and we headed off.  The conference was in Banff National Park.  I was pretty excited to get to see some new country and just hang out with my hubby.  When we arrived at our motel, I think my jaw hit the ground…



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Umm, ya!  My first stay in a castle!  Fairmont Banff Hot Spring.  The first day I thoroughly enjoyed exploring around outside the castle and taking a few pictures (of course)!

I hiked down to the frozen falls…

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The view from our room!

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My husband had meeting all day long, so the second day, I slept in late, had a wonderful lunch, enjoyed my first massage and hung out in the mineral pools and spa!

The evenings we spent wining and dining.

Our last morning there, which happened to be Thanksgiving morning we awoke to a wonderful sunrise and headed for home…

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It was a beautiful day for traveling, cold but plenty of sunshine!


A couple of pictures I took with my phone…969420_10201129498585023_996771449_n (1) 1455921_10201129560826579_885656005_n


We made good time home.  I really had to just appreciate the scenery and bite my tongue to not stop at every beautiful spot!  We will have to go back again when we have a bit more time.  But we did make it home for Thanksgiving dinner with the family…

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Friday Fences

Weekly Top Shot #113


Icky and his friend Yucky.

It’s that time of year again where the kids get all excited about all things spooky and can’t wait to start gutting pumpkins and putting scary, silly faces on them.  🙂

Zayne busily working, he kept saying he was from “Dirty Jobs”! lol

He also kept asking if anyone wanted to shake his hand!

Teigen working hard.

Slimy hands…

Garrett’s not looking real sure about the whole process.

Hayden being silly and pretending to eat the slimy guts.

The finished pumpkins.


The crew.

The boys.

The girls.

Sawyer and Sammy.






Tori and Maddie


Emma and mama.

Emma and Daddy


Silliness ahead!


Super hero!


The crew again!

Our Easter was wonderful.  We spent the morning in fellowship and the afternoon we spent with family.  A very needed relaxed day.  🙂

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Santa Delivery…

What could it be?



Papa with Iris



Santa came a day early to the farm!


Much to the children's delight!


Teigen trying out Iris...


Garrett's turn...


Hayden's ready...


Zayne was a bit scared to jump on her back but once he did he sure didn't want to jump off!


Tori's try...



Maddie too!


Sawyer even gave her a go!


Oh what joy it is to ride...


Iris is a 7-year-old buckskin mare~ 1/2 mustang other half ? Sweet as can be!