Harvest Seasonings

The memory of wheat harvest is a relatively new one for me… I would go out and hang in the combine with Logan many moons ago in high school and college, but we’ve probably had a solid ten year break from the scene. The last few years we’ve made it a tradition to have a meal in the field and take a few pictures of the kids whilst wallowing in the beautiful Kansas scenery. I squeezed both kids into last year’s overalls and off we went! Evie was enamored with picking the wheat out of the already harvested tracks and we made lots of wheat bouquets with “Farmer Steve” (Great Uncle Steve was a good sport). Olan was smitten with the machinery. That kid’s got farm boy written in his DNA I’m afraid. Ha ha!

What a unique experience these kiddos get to have riding in the combine with Grandpa. Not to mention they were all about getting down and dirty in the field! Thanks to Chuck, Janine, Great Grandpa Henry, Steve, Mike and Roleta for letting us crash your party on Saturday! Way to work hard!

O: 1.75 Years

Olan at his one and three quarters mark. He’s such a candy bar… meaning way too delicious for anyone to resist. Here’s Olie’s list of fun things he’s doing and preferring these days.

Although in the past he’s been slow to speak out, he has exploded with words in the last few weeks. He says: egg, hat, car, ball, big bite, blue, daddy, mama, Evie, moon, truck, mow, tree, done, water, snack, eat, God, uh huh, no, light, bay… Okay so he’s saying everything. Ha! He is trying many other words, but these are the ones that are most recognizable by Joe Schmoe.

The kid loves being outside and throws a fit when it’s time to come in. He has taken a liking to baseball, he’s fearless in the water, and enjoys swinging. I think he might stay in the swing for hours if that were not considered neglect. Blue car is his go-to toy, and I feel like we need some big boy toys pretty quick… he’s getting into dinos and trucks and farm equipment, big time.

Eating is a favorite pastime for the man. He’s into throwing his food at the table (which we are swiftly disciplining for outrageous behavior like that). Blueberries for the blueberry eyed baby boy and he’s content as can be. He also digs bananas, oatmeal, and pizza. Weighing in at 31 pounds, his appetite matches. And all he wants at mealtime is to watch mama cook his food in the kitchen.

Evie and Olan have a special relationship. Evie is very protective of her baby bro, and they love hugging and wrestling with each other. We’ve really seen Olan follow after Evie’s example in a lot of ways. Just this morning, Evie put on her shoes and was running through the house as fast as she could, and Olan brought me his shoes to put on and started running too. So cute. (And they look like they’re gonna be up to no good one of these days with their shifty eyes in the last picture!)

Biting, throwing screamy tantrums (wondering if the twos are coming soon…), pacifying at nighttime, and “tattling” on Evie are some of his bad habits. But all in all, dude’s a pretty docile creature. He is still a cuddly babe who loves to be carried around. He thinks brushing his teeth is the funniest thing, he reads “Down by the Bay” every night and never wanes in excitement, and snoozes from 8:00pm-6:30am.

Nearly two years with my babe and I haven’t gotten tired of him yet.

Summer Reading List

I’ve had a bunch of folks ask what books I’m reading this summer. Now, before you go and peg me as a crazy book loving freak-a-zoid, know that I, while I love reading and all, I am not a superwoman most of the time when it comes to reading large volumes of books. I get lucky to finish my book club book once a month. 

So side note, I guess this is where I should announce this publicly… I’m in graduate school! I am working on my Master’s Degree through Baker University, starting in January 2018 and finishing in April 2019. I have been learning more than I thought I would, to be honest. It has been a long journey for me to actually have the desire to get a higher degree, as I have felt for the last ten years of my career that I don’t know what I’d get a Master’s degree in. Lord knows I am not cut out for administration. I have not felt the call to work in Special Education as a career path. Curriculum and Instruction just sounds bo-ring. Counseling is more schooling and hardcoreness than I am interested in at this point in my life. I was really interested in LIbrary Science, but for a long time, there were no online library science degrees available. Where did that leave me? Paralyzed.

Randomly one day back in December 2017, I was forwarded an advertisement for Baker’s cohort graduate program. I knew someday I wanted to take the plunge, so I went to the interest meeting and found that they have an all-online program (a must at this phase in my life). I checked into it, and it just made sense to work toward a Master’s in Education. I did more research and found a “media specialist” degree through Fort Hays that requires a Master’s Degree, but would be only 18 more hours to obtain. And so, my friends, that is the path I am currently on. The media specialist will likely come sometime in the [hopefully] near future, but for now, I am working toward completing my Master’s Degree in the spring of 2019! Woot for learning!

All of that to say!

This summer I have been excited to be taking Multicultural Adolescent Literature as a course. Although the reading has been killer for me (averaging two novels a week is true insanity), my mindset has been broadened in a good way. The concept of “I don’t know what I don’t know” has kinda been mind-blowing. Refreshing. Love it when God opens my eyes to my naivety and helps me see people the way He sees them. That’s stinkin’ cool.

So anyway! About that book list! Here’s what I’ve been reading this summer to complete this course. I starred my favorites, and carroted the most thought provoking. I also italicized the ones I feel would be appropriate for a younger reader (i.e. a 6th grader).

  • *^Monster (Walter Dean Myers)
  • Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty (G. Neri)
  • Dark Dude (Oscar Hijuelos)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Mark Haddon)
  • In Darkness (Nic Lake)
  • *Dear Martin (Nic Stone)
  • ^Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi)
  • Homeless Bird (Gloria Whelan)
  • *^The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Sherman Alexie)
  • *Cloud and Wallfish (Anne Nesbet)
  • ^Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Benjamin Alire Sáenz)


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