Tuesday, March 20, 2018

“Chickens & Bunnies & Pigs...Oh My!!!”

Can you smell it??? Can you hear it?  Don't worry, you will get use to it. The smell of the barn & the chickens gettin everyone good & awake. It's that time of year when all the livestock come together, all the hard working kids congregate, all the mamas & daddies gather so happy to give their children this little piece of goodness on earth.... It's the Tarrant County Junior Livestock Show!  This is when our sweet Emmie is smiling from ear to ear for days!  She is nervous, excited & just plum happy!  It makes it ALL WORTH IT! I love seeing her beautiful smile & sweet little braids. I don't necessarily love the disappointments..... I think I want it for her more than I thought I did.  She was really wanting to get Showmanship this year.  This is when she lines up with kids and shows the judge the parts of the rabbit, flips it, turns it, answers all kinds of questions, & basically has to impress the judge with her knowledge.  This child has studied all year. She has made little books with all kinds of questions & answers.  She even brought one of them to the stock show & when I found it, that's when the tears started filling up my eyes.  Even though she was holding it together, I could feel her heart.  I wanted it soooo bad for her.  She deserved it.  I know it's times like these that kids feel the disappointments of life & they move on & learn from it & even become stronger. 
 I know all that, but I wanted it for my little girl.  
She loves her rabbit & works with her all the time & truly wanted it!  
The good news is.... there is always next year!!!!  We did have an extremely hard judge this year who even said her rabbit is basically "not the breed she thought".... well at least it's not a Full Satin.  It's not from a breeder.  It is from our sweet bunny friends... who also came to see Emmie in the pics below. She is not a pure bred Satin rabbit.  This year it could have gotten her disqualified. He told her he wasn't gonna disqualify her, but to get her checked before entering her in any more shows. :( 
So..... it's time. Time to look into getting a "show rabbit"..... :) That's kind of exciting because we are gonna get a breed (Mini Lop) we have always loved and it's great for these shows. There aren't a whole lot entered which would up our chances to placing.  You would know it that I found the nicest lady at the stock show with a Mini Lop & connections to a breeder.  Just talking about that with Emmie made us both feel excited for what's to come & an exciting new adventure with a new rabbit.  
More bunnies ahead at the Orange Home!  Yay!  Anything for this hardworking child who puts in "what it takes" to care for animals.  She is in her "happy place" doing it & we want to continue to nurture that!  

Monday, March 19, 2018

Happy New Year 2018!

I am playing catch up... but must post in order for my blog books we love to look back on.It's a new year which is  always a great time to look back on all the ups and downs of the year and be grateful for what matters most.  A time to look forward to the new year & what is to come.  A time to celebrate the life we live & who we live it with & who we should be living it for...
 For if it weren't for the Lord, it would be a temporary celebration.
 Thank goodness we can look forward to an eternity of celebrations! 
We always love to surround ourselves with our family & some friends make it even
 better on this  fun time of celebration.
When you want to ring in the New Year with some of your favorite peeps... you might drive 2 hours to their ranch, hit snow and ice, have to take back roads to make it there following a friendly couple, slide and stall and talk about how you might be spending the night in the closest hotel, you keep holdin on to some hope and finally get there to happy faces that are ready to celebrate!  
Sometimes you do what you got to do to make it happen!  It is allll worth it! 
 Super sweet time with yummy food and a long table of the sweetest faces.  The kind of fun that is easy.  The kind of people that make going into the new year exciting and full of life.  
Happy, Happy New Year! 
2018 Here We Come!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

"It's Christmas Time..... Let's Stay Home"

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year was truly the most wonderful time.  I can't believe we ended another year, enjoyed the holidays & now looking into a new year!  It's always such an exciting month!  WE love the holidays and all that comes with them!  I love looking back at all the photos of so many smiles, twinkling lights, snuggling with kiddos, friends making up memories that we will always have!  Our kids are getting so big & the older they get, the older Santa gets which leads to more soaking up of every moment of the month.  Sometimes with all that can be going on or things that need to get done, soaking up the moments can be hard.  For me, I think the busy gene has been removed from my body at least for December.  I just can't do it anymore.  There are SO many things to do around this time of year.  AS fun as they all seem, I just can't do them all.  I can't go to every event or party or do every Pinterest activity.  It just makes December feel too tired &  dreadful. As good and yummy as all the holiday food looks, you just can't fit it all on your plate or you will have a terrible tummy ache.  Picking & Choosing our most favorite things & if there happens to be more room, you can always add something.  So is the same with holiday hustle &  bustle.  You just can't fit it all on your plate or you end up feeling exhausted & unable to enjoy each day of the month. This year, I tried so hard to not get too overwhelmed and pile my plate too full.  I tried to just move slowly through the month & remember what truly mattered....we already had.  So if something didn't happen, it was ok.  It truly was ok, cause it felt like a sweet, sweet month & a great Christmas.  Lots of fires and family time.  Just how I like it. There's No Place Like Home & that is why we say...
Let's Stay Home
As we begin our new year, that thought will come along with me.  

 It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!!  Everywhere you go......
 Under the mistletoetoe.... come on let's get in the spirit
 "Can you just take the picture Noah????

Trying to take a good pic of just us...but we can't stop laughing

Annddddd....... This Is Us
Merry Christmas 2017 
Love the Orange Family
This year we decided to include the rest of our "farm" on our Christmas card

She is happy about her surprise decorating Mama did while she was gone.
These are the little things that make it all worth it... 

 decorating for Santa.... 
 Christmas Eve Service... My FAVORITE!

 Late night wrapping for me and Santa

 Yummy Christmas biscuits made by Daddy

 Do you hear what I hear???? 

A guitar πŸŽΈ electric drums πŸ₯
3 microphones πŸŽ€ πŸŽ€πŸŽ€
How about a karaoke machine.... 
to make things louder for everyone? 
We may have sang “Silent Night” at church last night, but today.... 
Hark the Harold Angels Sing...

πŸ‘ΌπŸ»πŸ‘ΌπŸ»πŸ‘ΌπŸ»πŸ‘ΌπŸ» Glory to the Newborn King! Happy Birthday to Jesus! Merry Christmas Friends! 

 coloring by the fire is always cozy

Why did I think this would be fun?

 Christmas Dinner with the family

Merry Christmas to Us

 See ya next year...... Love, Sonny

 A few more December pics
 Just a December night feeling the warmth of an Italian cuisine and children singing

 these two have sure grown up so much

 snowman wine glasses keep you warm when it's cold outside

 just a December throwback of Noah... Oh Me, Oh My

 We did a LOT of this in December

 Sweet little best friends singing to the people of the nursing homes around town

the kids were sooo sweet going around and talking with these people, telling them Merry Christmas &  how glad they were they got to come sing

 I had such joy watching their faces....

 Precious voices making December look even brighter for so many special souls

 Happy Hot Cocoa Face

 Just excited to get festive & go be with friends

 I just don't know what to do with her

Love these ladies! Life is always more fun when the impromptu get togethers happen
Happy December!
                     Emmie at her 4H Christmas party with their white elephant exchange gifts

Jensie at a playdate
there can never be too many sprinkles

“Chickens & Bunnies & Pigs...Oh My!!!”

Can you smell it??? Can you hear it?  Don't worry, you will get use to it. The smell of the barn & the chickens gettin everyone goo...