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Farmily fun with Flat Stanley

Got a fun assignment from Arizona last week… ๐ŸŒต

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I decided to turn it into a blog post for a couple reasons. First, because I am THE WORST at being prompt at mailing packages out. [Like birthdays, for example. I still have my mom’s August 25th b-day gift sitting on a table waiting to go to the post office. I mean, the gift is DONE and ready…all I need to do is mail it! ๐Ÿ˜”] And second, I am THE WORST at getting pictures printed… We don’t have a color printer, so the procedure to get a picture printed is just more than I can handle, lol… Especially when the printer at our local Rite Aid doesn’t seem to ever be able to read our travel drives! ๐Ÿ˜ก

Soooo, to my brother, Mark: Hope this post can count as completing Abbi’s assignment – and if you want to print any of these pictures out, you’ll get them quicker than any I’d send from here! ๐Ÿ˜ฌI’ll place Flat Stanley and his new wardrobe in mom’s package and try to get it shipped tomorrow… ๐Ÿ‘

Now: on to our adventure! ๐Ÿ˜Š

First thing we had to do was prepare Flat Stanley with proper “farm” attire… Custom-made a pair of muck boots for him and introduced him to the dairy girls during the morning’s milking. ๐ŸฎHere he is with the boys and ScotchTape:

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Next he helped me hand milkers to the boys…๐Ÿ‘

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Then he “hung” with me in the milkhouse… ๐Ÿ™ˆ

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And he helped me bottle the milk. He MAY have taste-tested the milk when I wasn’t looking…not sure how else he may have gotten a milk mustache… ๐Ÿ˜ง

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He liked our cats, too. Though they weren’t interested in sharing their milk with him…๐Ÿ˜ผ

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He wanted to get an up-close look at the calves, so we brought him to see them… ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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He chose the wrong wire to hold onto and was a little “shocked”… [It was a “hair-raising” experience! ๐Ÿ˜‰]

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Then he almost turned into a snack, but Uncle Mike saved him… ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

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Didn’t take long and everybody just went back to business… โ˜บ๏ธ

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Then he helped me frost Uncle Mike’s birthday brownies… ๐Ÿซ

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And posed for a selfie with Michael… ๐Ÿ˜

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He fit perfectly in Uncle Mike’s phone pocket on the 4-wheeler, so he was ready for a ride with the boys…๐ŸŒž

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They took him to see the dairy girls grazing in their field…๐Ÿ„

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Fixed him up with a Terriers shirt to root for Michael’s baseball team, and then he partied with us as we shared a dessert celebration for Uncle Mike after the rainy game. Even Aunt Jenny got in on the fun! ๐ŸŽ‰

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That’s it! Some farm, some family, and some fun. Thanks for sending Flat Stanley to us, Abbi! ๐Ÿ’Œ

๐Ÿ˜˜,
Aunt Dawn, Uncle Mike, Michael, & Paul

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Paul – 14

Celebrated Paul’s 14th birthday this weekend. After browsing through his birthday post from last year, I’d say he’s grown another 3-4 inches since then. He’s a couple inches taller than Mike now… Probably puts him at 6’3″ or so. Every time I go to hug him I get less face and more neck, lol… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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To kick off Paul’s b-day weekend, both boys enjoyed a Friday night out with Aunt Jenny & Uncle Matt…LOTS of food and a Mighty Ducks game. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Tryouts for 2015 Stark County Terriers began this weekend, and both boys are trying out for the 16U team. Such PERFECT weather for baseball! We always enjoy watching Michael & Paul on the field together. Whether they make the team or not, it’s been a good experience so far… โšพ๏ธ

Aunt Jenny’s birthday is just 2 days before Paul’s, so we celebrated them both together yesterday. ๐Ÿ˜

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And today we took Paul to get his very own SabreCat Bat made. His is the same size and weight as Michael’s, but his color and finishing details are a little different. He’s excited to try it out in the cages soon. โšพ๏ธ

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Here’s a shot of the boys at lunch, while we waited for Paul’s bat to dry… โค๏ธ

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And now my 3 boys are ending the day at a movie in the discount movie theater, and I sit in the parking lot of statcare around the corner to take advantage of free wifi, lol. Feels good to have a few minutes to blog again. ๐Ÿ˜Š

a SabreCat bat

We had a wooden bat made for Michael’s 15th birthday this weekend. How can he be 15??? ๐Ÿ™‚

One of the teams Michael plays on (Canton Terriers-16U team) recommended SabreCat Batsย  for a good, quality, wooden bat.


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We really enjoy supporting small, local businesses when we can. It was cool to be able to watch them make the bat from beginning to end. ๐Ÿ™‚

Michael’s bat is made from ash wood, 33″ long, and 30 oz. weight.

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Cutting the end off…

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Michael with the two owners, Rob Roberts and Eric Thorne.

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We went out to lunch while they painted the barrel red…

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Came back in time to watch it get laser engraved…

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“Cupping” the end of the bat…

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A boy and his bat… ๐Ÿ™‚

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Thanks to Ohio HB-59, he’s able to try out for Sandy Valley’s team, too. Here he is, trying out his new bat that’s just a couple hours old!

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Snowmen from old socks

This idea was originally from a Facebook craft post that was circulating last year – snowmen made from old socks, filled with rice. It seemed like a doable idea for us, since we always have holey socks… AND I’ve been searching for a craft to use up some old dried beans that I had bought before we started growing our own a few years ago. Soooo, my snowmen are filled with dried beans, instead. Worked like a charm! ๐Ÿ™‚

Besides the rubberbands, I also tied string around them as a safety precaution. (Because at our house, rubber bands break quite often and usually at inopportune moments, lol!) ๐Ÿ™‚

By far, this was my favorite craft this Christmas! Just some tacky glue, my hot glue gun, and a plethora of miscellaneous odds and ends I keep for future projects. I’d STILL be makin’ them, but I ran out of beans, even after buying 10 more pounds of them at the Dollar Store, lol! I have a feeling I may cave and buy more beans so I can create more of these cuties during the year… ๐Ÿ™‚

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Puzzle piece frames

A friend retired from teaching a couple years ago & gave us a bunch of puzzles she found when cleaning out her schoolroom. One of the larger puzzles was missing pieces, but I just couldn’t throw them away… So in a coffee can they went – just waiting to be transformed into SOMETHING… ๐Ÿ™‚

Guess this was the year! My original plan was to make ornaments, but I wasn’t happy with any of my samples. Then I became enamored with the words “peace” and “piece”, and this frame/pic is the end result. ๐Ÿ™‚

Very indicative of the journey the Lord has us on… ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hodge podge floor lamp

Mike made me this unique floor lamp table for Christmas from scrap treasures he found. His brother was getting rid of a floor lamp with a broken base, so he salvaged it. Then he found an old rusty milk can in the barn, cleaned it up, protected it with POR-15, and gave it a fresh coat of paint. (His mom remembers the milk can from long ago, but doesn’t remember why it was fitted with the spicket on the front. Mike actually attached the lamp to the lid without damaging the can, so technically, it’s still useable…) Then he found an old silo door, cleaned it up, & varnished it. Attached it all together, & “whell-ah”, a new creation. I LOVE IT!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Still need to find a lampshade that will work on it… Not having much success at finding physical stores with longer lampshades to look at, in person. Since this lamp is higher than an average sized one, we’re thinking a shade 16-22″ would help to disguise its height. Or Mike said he could make the pole shorter, though he wasn’t too excited about doing that.

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I’m also not opposed to making our own. Found some amazing ideas on the internet – here are a couple ideas…

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Wonder what we’ll come up with & how long it will take us, lol? I’m thinking these wire frames on etsy have a lot of potential…hmmm… ๐Ÿ™‚

Any suggestions are welcome… ๐Ÿ™‚