The pad

Every morning after dropping off the kids at school, hubs and little C and I take the mule (Kawasaki not equine) over to the house site. We visit with the builders and watch the dump trucks and rollers working away.

After school or when feeding cows in the evening we do a last look at the days progress. All the kids love when the dirt is still mounded up. It is their own playground and they can’t get enough of it. I think tomorrow the house pad will be done. So this was their last chance to play in the dirt piles.

My funny little posers 🙂

We broke ground

This is day three of making the pad for the house.
Thankfully we are able to use all our own dirt, we have a section of land on this place that has almost pea gravel like dirt. Perfect for house pads and driveways.
An engineer comes out every day at 1 o’clock to test the compaction of the ground. To make sure our foundation will be stable.
I don’t know if I can officially say we are building yet. But we are certainly prepping.

:). Holly

Home styles and Ideas I love

Here are some home photos that I have been collecting over the last year. My brain is getting a bit fuzzy with all the decisions that are being made here on a daily basis. So I started an album with all my favorite ideas, on my ipad. That way in the meetings I can show photos of what I like so everyone can see what my vision is. Most of the photos come from Houzz or Pinterest or Country Living Magazine.

I love the colors in this kitchen. We are going to have concrete counter tops. And white or off white distressed cabinets, with open shelving.

Our open shelves are going to be wood like these. I love this entire home. It was featured in Country Living Magazine and it is amazing.

Chances are our mud room will begin life like this. The finish work on the house will be slow going. But I will be very happy with a plank with hooks, and some baskets or bins for shoes. Having a room that is just for outerwear, shoes and sports equipment is exciting to me. (An extra fridge will go in the mud room too.)

I found this picture in an old 2011 copy of Country living Mag. (so thankful I have saved these for so long) We are going to put these sinks in the kids bathrooms. They will have no cabinets under them. Just free standing with shelves on the side. I think they will be great for the boys bathroom. The girls are my concern, when they get older and need the space for makeup and blowdryers. This picture is of the four foot sink. I think we are going to go with the three foot size. To save some money and to give another foot of space for storage? Still not sure.

So many great products out there, narrowing it down is quite the job. 🙂
Happy weekend everyone. Thanks for reading


Our eldest is going to be 10

This tuesday my big girl is going to be 10. Ten years I have been a mother. It seems like it has gone very fast, but it also seems like it was a long time ago that she was a tiny sweet baby girl.

This is a bit of a random, what we did over the weekend post, but it was just so fun I had to share. Hope you guys all had a great weekend. Some of the photos are from my I phone so excuse the bad quality. I just wanted a couple shots for keepsakes for these girls as they grow up.

20130915-204455.jpg T when she was 8

We had a little birthday party this weekend. We called it a BBQ, I guess so we (I)wouldn’t feel bad about not inviting all her friends to her “Birthday Party”. We have had birthday parties with all her classmates at a park, we have had them with all her girlfriends here at our farm. But this year I told her to pick two friends and we would find something fun to do. She wanted to have them over at the house and play American Girl dolls. “Ok…. I can do that.” I even said they could sleep over. ( She has only ever had one friend over to sleep, so this was a big treat)

But she had three girls. Three sweet little friends that she couldn’t leave out. So two became three, and I decided no sleep over. Good to go!!! So I talked to the three moms and we decided the kids (we had 7 siblings with the four girls) could ride horses, eat an early supper then play dolls.

On friday Hubs ran over to a good friends and borrowed a smoker, so we could have a smoked brisket for the BBQ. (My guy is an amazing self taught cook). We got up at around 5:30 and started a fire in the smoker, with the help of our two littlest who are our early risers. Then we put the brisket in, sat on the porch, drank our coffee and watched the sun rise. It was pretty blissful.

The fun started at around 3, all the kids got a chance to ride Blue and Dunny the big horses and mess around lead, and ride cowboy, the pony. Then whoever wanted to got to help unsaddle and hose off horses. They all loved it.

Then we ate, we had the brisket with homemade potato salad, beans (canned I cheated) and a beautiful green salad, with my fav homemade dressing. And Hubs made his Mom’s “famous” (as my kiddos say) homemade cheese cake for a birthday cake. YUMMO!

After dinner the moms and I drove over to the house site and looked around while the Dads were on kid duty. Only one bandaid needed upon our return. 🙂 Not bad for 7 girls and 4 boys ranging in ages from 3 to 12. And two Dads.

When the moms got back, the kids had decided that a sleepover was indeed necessary. It was an easy yes for me because I had originally thought a sleepover would be fun. So two friends and one sweet little sister spent the night. The last set of parents didn’t leave until 10:45pm, (one little guy was zonked on the couch.) So it was after 11 when five girls in one little room were tucked into bed. Within about 20 min, all the little people were sound asleep. Sweetness.

The crew woke at 7:30, ate pancakes and got right to playing. Some inside with their dolls and some outside in the pastures visiting horses, and knocking down wasps nests. (that is how my 6 year old little Miss T rolls, yikes :/ ). There was not one fight, one cross word. They had good old fashioned fun. They were all dirty and tired when it was time to go home. And I was so proud. So proud that my girl has such kind, respectful friends. And proud that kids can still have a fun time without a limo ride to a movie or a bouncy house, the mall or video games or TV. Not that I have any problem with any of that stuff. Its just so nice to see kids using their imagination and being kids.

When one of my friends came to pick up her daughter today she told me her 7 year old son said to her today “for my birthday I am going to have my party at the jump house (in town) or at Ms Holly’s house” It made me feel good that everyone had as much fun as we did.

Big T is getting a sewing machine from my inlaws for her birthday. But she can’t open it until her actual birthday. She is going to be soooo excited!

Ten years of loving our sweet girl.

Big T with my niece L.

Big T with “Cowboy” when she was 3.

Silly girls giving the horses “bunny ears” Cowboy the little paint pony was a santa gift when Big T was 3.

Pancake breakfast, notice some dolls at the table?

Riding yesterday.

Hope you enjoyed the post, have a great week.


We had a meeting last week with our Marvin window man. I am in love with our windows. Crazy excited. They are casement windows, our screens are going to be on the inside!!!! So no nasty dirt dust on the window sill. Yay! The window guy needed a color on the exterior of the windows, so he can order them, all of a sudden I need to make up my mind. We had not decided on a color for the exterior of the house. We had always thought barnwood brown. But I have looked at a million pictures and can not find a rustic brown that I love. The budget will not allow for a custom paint job. Ha! So I am going to go with white. I was raised in a beautiful white farm house. And I love white. Most of the interior of the house is going to be white so it should go very well.

With the four kidlets, I am a bit afraid. But I think it can be done. I am thinking with a black door. Or maybe gray?

These last two weeks have been crazy with meeting and decisions.

I got some pictures from the Marvin website. So these are what they will look like. I am so happy with our decision.

A white farm house on a hill, I think I can see myself living in it 🙂