Wednesday, December 31, 2008


This year we tried to keep Christmas a little more low key. Not a lot of presents were under the tree, except for the kids of course. They always seem to make a pretty good haul. Melissa was missing this year, first time we haven't had one of them home for Christmas. But there were many phone calls back and forth with her so I think everyone did get to talk to her at some time.

Tabby Joni and Bob didn't have much to open up so they had to make due with playing with the barbies and glow worm.

Here we all are at the end of Christmas Day. Everyone was pretty much done with parties by this time. I guess Joni didn't want to look at the camera.

We had Christmas dinner at Todd & Sandy's house. It was fantastic. Turkey and ham and anything else you could think of! This is a pic of all the Poyda grandkids and great-grandkids.

Shawn got to know Chloe a little better. She was fascinated by his facial hair.

Taylor and Hannah spent time together. They've become really close since Taylor has moved here. I think they look forward to having each other to play with and not having to play with all those boys.

This was Hannah's Christmas dress. She wanted to be bat girl and Mom didn't think it was worth arguing about. She was the prettiest bat girl ever.

Chloe's first Christmas. She loved the presents.

They sat so well during the Christmas Eve service at church.
We hope you all had a great Christmas and were able to celebrate the birth of Jesus with your families. After all, that is what Christmas is all about.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The 2008 Christmas Tree

We did manage to get the tree up a couple weekends ago. I had my eye on this one for quite awhile now. We went with a fraser this year instead of the balsam. It definitely does not have the fragrance of a balsam but they are a beautiful tree. And this year the tree is being guarded by George the whitetail deer and Richard the antelope. Ernie the muledeer is over to the right, you can't see him in this picture.

Can you see that very bright blue light? For some reason it is almost blinding. Whenever I walk into the room that light is just brilliant.

I only made one kind of cookie this year. Usually I have a selection of about 8-10 different ones but figured with Lumberjack's restricted diet it would be kinda mean to have all those goodies around. So this is the one I chose since it happens to be a favorite of everyone. The recipe is on my Food To Eat and Fill Your Soul blog.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


Have you ever really counted the number of remotes in your house? These are the ones that normally lay on our couch. Jim sits on the right and I usually sit on the left and the remotes get the middle. We have the TV remote, Dish Network remote, Angel Network remote, DVD remote, the stereo remote and now a remote to control the portable heater. This is crazy! If someone else came in and wanted to watch something on our tv they probably wouldn't be able to figure it out. I counted and there are two remotes in our bedroom, one in the spare bedroom and one in the office, also three downstairs for the tv's and stereo. You would think that with 13 remotes in the house that just one would work on controlling the kids but I've tried and it doesn't work.

Here's the view from my kitchen sink. The snow is here to stay! Time to dig out the snowshoes.

Sunday, December 7, 2008


The past couple weeks have flown by and there's just no time left at the end of the day to post anything. By the time the day is over I just need to sleep! Oh do you think that has anything to do with the fact we have a Christmas tree farm and its December?

Phil and Trevor were here from Iowa the day after Thanksgiving to pack up the stuff they needed to take back. Here's just one gathering of kissing balls.

Jim handed the balls to Trevor, who then handed them to Phil to pack into the back of the pickup. I didn't get a chance to snap a picture of them loading the trailer.

Hannah's favorite spot when she is out in the shop is sitting on the table where the boughs are piled.

Here's a picture of myself making the big 6 footer.

Chloe is growing up so fast! She's already 6 months old.

And believe it or not, this morning we had 18 below zero! I knew you wouldn't believe me so I had to take a picture to prove it. Ok it says - 17.2 but it really was at -18 when I was looking for the camera.

Monday, November 24, 2008


We've been super busy these past few weeks making wreaths, roping and kissing balls. Julee and Sue have been here during the week helping me build up some inventory. Joni has been home too, lending her expertise in making roping. She has spent many hours at this machine and is very good at it. Melissa even helped out one day while she was home but I didn't get a picture of her to prove it.

Tabitha spent the weekend here while Andy headed out for a few days of deer hunting. She was put in charge of decorating 40 kissing balls.
My sisters and niece came over in the afternoon to help out. Can you guess who is behind this ball?
Yep, who else but Patti.

Grandma Julie was in charge of eating cookies and entertaining Felicity.

Tracy and Patti hard at work decorating the balls.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

30 YEARS LATER..........

Thirty years ago today it was Thanksgiving Day and I was in the hospital holding our first born daughter. I can't believe how fast these years have gone by.

I scoured the cupboard for candles and could only come up with 28 so we're a couple short here but it was still a pretty good fire!
She had lots of help blowing out the candles. The smoke was pretty thick!

Tonight I took Hannah and Tyler down to the pond to skate. The ice is about 6 inches thick and very smooth. Hannah was down on her butt most of the time.

She was so proud when she finally learned how to stand up and skate.

Tyler took off across the pond.

They did pretty good for the first time skating this year.

Grandpa and Chloe stayed inside where it was warm

Hannah got to help out making the salad dressing. From the look on her face things weren't moving along fast enough for her.

Checking the ingredients list

Sampling the garlic bread.
Tabitha and Chloe. Chloe sort of resembles Tabby when she was a baby. Chunky and not much hair on her head!

Chloe started eating cereal this week so Hannah and I decided a little cranberry fluff salad should be ok for her. She loved it!

Sunday, November 16, 2008


We have been blessed many times over these past couple weeks, since Jims heart attack. It came at a time of the year when we are gearing up for the Christmas season and when you own a Christmas tree farm, that means there is lots to do. Tom drove up to Clam Lake for us to get my trailer of boughs for wreath making and Dave made a trip down to Westfield to pick up the baler. Butch, Dave and Mike helped Jim put his processor back together. And many others including our girls and their husbands have stepped in to help us out when we've needed it. Every one of you have blessed us and we thank you.

This past weekend we needed to cut and bale 300 trees to fill orders we've received. On Saturday morning about 15 people showed up to get the job done for us.

Tom and Andy started out by cutting trees down.

Mark ran the other saw and Jim helped for awhile until he tired out.

Joni and Jacob helped pull trees from the field.

Tyler helps Becky pull a tree to the clearing.

These three were real troopers. They hung in there both days and although it looks like they're goofing off, they really worked hard. Don't you love the jackets Tabby and Joni are wearing?

Of course we had Tyler and Alex out there with us. They helped as much as kindergarten boys can help which consisted mainly of falling down and laying on the trees.

And we can't forget about Taylor. What would we do without the chatterbox?
Teamwork was the best way to get the job done.

Of course an occasional 4-wheeler ride made the day more enjoyable.

Time to get the baler running. These guys were a great help. We needed their mechanical skills along with their manpower because the baler broke down several times.

Todd ran the baler all weekend.

Matt and Nick were fascinated with how the baler worked. After that they were off to pretend they were bears hiding in the trees.

Ahhhhhhhhhh lunch time. All you have to do is ask our moms to take charge of the food and nobody goes hungry! Chicken dumpling soup, BBQ's and lots of goodies.

The boys filling up.

Andy Tabby and Jacob are ready for another round of work after lunch.

Joni and Sandy ate their lunch surrounded by kissing balls.

Tabby helped Todd on the baler. She tied all the knots for him.

These five boys loved playing on the big dirt piles in the yard. They were so dirty when the day was over but they had fun.

Taking a break at yet another baler breakdown.

Tyler and Alex loved the John Deere tractor.

Jon came after he was done with work. It was nice to get some fresh help. We were all getting pretty tired. Here Jon and Tom help pull a really big tree thru the baler.

Tyler's Daddy is so strong. He can lift trees all by himself.

Wagon rides are great too!

Alex says "Dont worry I'll hang onto Hannah on the wagon".

Getting the baler going again.

The little boys loved helping hold the trees up to feed them into the baler.

Trees lined up to bale.

We're almost done!

Mark drove the tractor and loaded trees onto the wagon.

The job is done and it is so good to see them all piled up.
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!