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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, November 10, 2008


Melissa flew home from Colorado Springs for a week visit. She flew into Appleton and we met Andy and Tabby in Stevens Point on Monday night and "swapped the goods".
She made herself a creamy chocolate shake and ate it in front of her Dad. Of course those are off limits to him now but it didn't stop him from trying to get a taste.

Nope Dad, you can't have any!

She says her chiropracter adjusts her hips by pulling on her legs. Dr. Bob does the adjustment for her.
It was great having her here for a week but it went by way too fast.