Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Weekend Recap

I already had a post for Monday, so I'll do a weekend recap on Tuesday!

It will be a short one, since I really wasn't set on posting. Or at least there won't be as many pictures like usual.

So let's get to it!


Trey & I both worked. He cut alfalfa last Saturday and it still wasn't ready to bale due to humidity. It rained during the week as well. The end of the week it got super hot. He got some of it baled, but the rest was still wet. I sent him off with the water jug because it was nasty out and I said I would bring him some Gatorade or PowerAde (depending on what the gas station had) out so he could get some electrolytes in his system. Well I never got the memo that he was done early so we missed each other on the way. So he would have some for the next day, and I went to bed around 9 because I was tired.


I got up early because I needed to go to the bank to deposit some checks and take out our cash for the month. I then headed to Wal-Mart to get a present for our niece and I got him a couple of those dry fit shirts. Those work wonders out in the heat!

I picked up some vitamins at CVS since I was getting low (holy cow aren't they expensive?!) and I printed off Christmas pictures for my mom. Yeah, nothing like being 6 months late on that one. I took those to her and then headed home to start on laundry and some cleaning.

I did two loads, and ate lunch and around that time Trey was in because there was nothing he could do, for it being so hot. I think the heat index was 104. Around 2:30 I was tired and I took a glorious 2 hour nap on the couch. He went and checked on the hay, and it was dry so he baled our farm, and his brother cut alfalfa in a field that my dad has, and a field for another guy the day before and he square baled those areas.

Around 6 or so, I took out the water jug and he was almost done with our field. He would come home to bring the baler home and take the truck, trailer, and skidsteer to start loading the bales to bring them home.

Since I was in town, I went to see my nieces and nephew. Peyton showed me that she can now ride her bike without training wheels. Yay! She also showed me all the fireworks they got for our party for the 4th.

We visited for a bit, but they were getting ready to eat so I left after an hour or so. I did find some Peyton selfies on my phone. She loves the filters as you can tell!

I went home and had the energy to clean; it was that wonderful nap that helped that! I swept the floors in the living and dining room, did the dishes, and grilled cube steak. When I went to pick up the steak off the grill, I was walking on the sidewalk and happened to look down at what I thought was a stick. I was wrong: it was a snake! Eww!!!! I think I scared him as much as he scared me. I jumped and he jumped and ran away. He was a little thing, but still. That's what I don't like about snakes: you never know they're around.

Trey called later and said that I needed to stay up because they were going to pick up the bales and I needed to drive the truck. Luckily I had taken that nap because it probably would have been a struggle.

The moon was big and bright.

The guys on top of the bales.

I can't remember the last time I've seen this time on a clock. LOL

We left at 11, picked up another brother and headed to the field. It took about two hours to pick them all up. I believe there was around 250 bales. We got home, both took showers and hit the bed at 2 a.m.


We slept in on Sunday. I felt bad for skipping church two weeks in a row. Sleeping in until 9:30 felt pretty good though. It was needed because we had a birthday party to go to that afternoon.

Our niece Raelee was having her first birthday party. Her birthday isn't until the 7th, but she got to celebrate early. The party was outside, but luckily we were under a shelter house, and there was a nice cross breeze blowing.

Little miss loved her cake. She wasn't too sure about it at first though.

I just can't believe she is already one. They grow up too fast!

We still had to go to the grocery store afterwards, and we saved a lot. We stocked up on Propel water; can't beat $.59 for a bottle!

I caught my favorite taking a little snooze. He doesn't like when I catch these moments, but they are rare. He works so hard all the time that he deserves to rest every once in a while.

The rest of the afternoon/evening was spent making supper, cleaning up, doing dishes, staring at the sunset, and catching up on my bible/devotional reading.

I am looking forward to this week. I'm only working two days, getting to celebrate America's birthday, fun with family, and we have another birthday party on Sunday. We have lots of birthdays in July and August so be prepared for lots of birthday posts!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Curly Hair Journey Update: March-June

So I have been slacking in my blogging. It's no secret. I'm just not that good at it. I apologize.

I started my curly hair journey back in September 2017. I was tired of it looking terrible if I decided to put gel in it and scrunch it, or wear it naturally. I knew I was causing heat damage from using a flat iron or curling iron plus a blow dryer. I kept seeing these girls on Instagram with fabulous curls, who were in my shoes. They decided to make a change. I thought hey I could do that too!

The funny thing about following someone else's routine, is that you won't get their results. Your hair isn't exactly like theirs. You could try every day, but it wouldn't be the same. I struggled with trying to find a routine/product combination that worked for me.

I last left y'all off when I got my hair cut/reshaped back in February of this year. That haircut was a godsend. It was exactly what I needed at that point. My hair was so dull and weighted down. That helped give it some life.

I'll be honest since then, I've just kind of done my own thing, not really following any routines. I would just put product in, and wished for the best. I hated going into work with wet hair, and waiting for hours for it to be dry.

I recently watched some YouTube videos by Hair Romance, and she dries her hair with a diffuser (of course) but with high heat and low speed. I tried it, and LOVED it. It actually dries my hair faster than I expected. I dry until about 80% dry. I have been loving my curls lately; I've even had a few 2nd day hair where I had to do NOTHING to it. Did I have frizz? Yes, but it's also June and frizz is inevitable.

Here is my routine right now:

I shower at night time. I use Ouidad's Advanced Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo and Conditioner. I love them, but I'm not sure how long I'll be able to use with us on a tighter budget. Send me some gift cards or go on sale! :)

My hair dries overnight. In the morning I'll spray it with water to get it wet so I can add product. First I'll add some Tresseme conditioner for a leave-in to help it stay moisturized. I currently use Naturally Undone (I think that is what it's called. It's really hard to find sometimes.) Any conditioner would do.

Then I add some Cantu Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream.

Last is the gel. I use Eco Style Olive Oil Gel. This tub lasts forever!

I'll scrunch my hair and then I'll let it set up while I'll do my make-up. Then I'll use my blow dryer and dry like I mentioned above.

I've seen so much improvement. My curls are getting their shape back. I'm so glad I decided to go back to styling naturally.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Farm Happenings: June 2018

Can you believe 2018 is half over? I can't! It was just January, and bam we're ready for July. I remember when it snowed on the first day of Spring. That was exciting. NOT!

It is time for this month's Farm Happenings!

Checking things out.

Mom says "get back over here!"
June has been a quiet month on the cow side of things. We had one calf born, one that belongs to our brother and sister-in-law. The little guy went through the fence and was checking out our yard. Calves are really bad about going through fences until they learn that shock actually hurts!

We released Sue, our bull, out to mingle with his ladies. He was more than ready to get out of his pen and munch on some pasture.

We were feeding our steers and heifers out of our feeder, but with the rain we received, it got muddy and hard for them to reach the feeder. We moved the feeder over with the steers on a concrete pad, and gave the heifers the round feeder.

Speaking of the heifers, they got a sweet new shady spot. They had been in this little area in the barn that was very hot during the day, and very swampy with poop. Trey and his dad built this area with a sun shade for them. And they needed it the day it was built because it was super hot.
Not the safest ladder around! :)

Trey has been busy trying to get our nee farm up and running. If you missed that, you can read about it here. My dad planted a few new patches of alfalfa, and then they tag teamed to plant the beans. Trey went over the existing alfalfa fields with grass to help make it thicker. It has helped, they already cut and baled it once, and Trey cut it again last Saturday.

We're still waiting for the okay to remove trees so we can expand our field space for when we start fencing for the cows. We are also going to be tearing down the house and barn. I can't wait to see the place cleaned up a bit!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Restless: Book Review

So it took me a little longer to finish this one. It seems like I got distracted more this time. Probably the nicer weather, oh who am I kidding? It was more like Netflix. :)

Anyway, I read Jennie Allen's book "Restless: Because You Were Made For More." I joined my church's bible study in April because they were doing this study and I have heard Jennie speak, and she was amazing. Only to find out we just did the study book, and weren't reading the actual book.

But I bought it anyway.

Have you ever felt like you were in a rut, and didn't know what to do about it? What about finding your purpose from God? Do you feel like you've found it, or are you just wondering about trying to figure it out?

This is the book for you.

Jennie describes that we are all running a race. We get tired, we get distracted, we stop along the way. We lose sight of what we're supposed to be going after.

Our focus is on the story of Joseph, and of his brothers' hatred towards him. They disliked him so much, they sold him into slavery, and told their father he had died. How awful!

But Joseph made the best of his time, even though he ended up in prison. He would come to save the nation of Egypt when the famine swept over the land.

In the book, there are areas where she wants you to journal to help you find your purpose.

Most of the journal entries are what was found in the workbook we did during the study. Of course I missed a few sessions, so I didn't do all of them.

After reading this, I'm still scratching my head on what my purpose is. Should I have filled those out? Most likely. But as we went through each session, I found myself sitting there, wondering what my purpose is for this life.

I don't remember dreaming much as a child. Looking back I always changed what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I can't even pinpoint one thing I wanted to be.

I've been going through life kind of lost. I mean I've been on a path, but I haven't had set end points. In high school, I didn't know what I wanted to go to school for. I never asked the guidance counselor for help, nor did she seek me to make sure what I was needing. When I got to college, I switched majors four times. I don't even use my degree.

I know I have a purpose. Perhaps I need to read this one again. It did take me two months. Whoops.

I set a goal of reading 10 books this year. This was my 5th. So I am halfway there. I'll be putting this back on my bookshelf for reading later. :)