The Hickory County Cooking Class

I signed up myself and four of the olders to a free cooking class that the Hickory County Health Department was putting on. It started in August. We went every Tuesday for six weeks from 4:30-6:30  to prepare a nutritious meal – including a dessert. We then were sent home the same ingredients to duplicate the meal at home with the kids. It was a blast for us. Matthew attended a couple as well since I wanted him to see how much fun it was and I was sick one week. One of the participants sent me some photos… so very kind of her or I wouldn’t have these for a memory.

Allison our instructor is the one standing…

Time to eat!

Preparing good stuff…

Oh Hanni, you’re looking at me!

Clean up. The kids didn’t complain when they did the dishes here… I wonder why?

Dad and Elisabeth filling out the questionnaire on the last day. I was super sick…

They got to eat this when I was down…  : )

The Farmer’s Market – The Start of it All

Some of the kids waving bye bye to me. They always run to the fence to say bye to me, dad or a neighbor who visited.

Back in July, I wanted to start getting the kids our more… getting them involved in the community. You’ll see in the following posts this next week just how busy we’ve been. Here is a helmet safety, bike riding/obstacle course function at the Farmers Market they had. The kids got a free helmet, got to get lessons from who they called “Government Safety”, make smoothies on this bike and have lots of fun… candy, stickers, you name it.

Matthew stirring things up a bit….

Elisabeth having a blast.

Leah’s turn…

Kids playing on the back field of the Hickory County Farmers Market.

Elisabeth doing a word search she got from the Farmer’s Market. Each Friday they had a free meal for all kids. They usually picked the taco or nachos, got a drink and dessert with it too. I would buy tomatoes and veggies (until our tomatoes came up) from the Jesus Freaks stand. I met a new friend here, Melissa Elliot. Super sweet as everyone is here. We haven’t been for a few weeks as we’ve been sick or some other obligations, but we will probably go again this next Friday. Now this leads me to the cooking class we attended for six weeks… we signed up for it while at the helmet safety function.

Benjamin 4th of July

As some of you know, Benjamin (4), is autistic and developmentally delayed. He has an appointment with Neurology Oct 3rd so maybe we’ll find out more. Here he is having fun in a bouncy house on the 4th of July. I will be catching up from this day forward so I should have all the places we’ve gone, things we’ve done, posted over the next week.

Elisabeth The Beekeeper

Just to add… Elisabeth has been helping dad with the bees every day. She gets some good spending money each month. She helps make frames, makes queen cells and bee hives. She’s one 12 year old kid who’s not afraid of the bees…

Elisabeth holding a frame of bees…

A Few Photos…

Not too many photos but I’ll share what I have for now… The twins. Anna on the left cut her hair in the front, thus the awkward hair style.

Ginger had kitties this year… next, she’s going to be fixed as she’s pregnant again.

Spring lambs. One almost didn’t make it, she was stuck coming out and all of a sudden Matthew shouted that she was dead. He decided since he had nothing to lose, to force her out. She came out and he rubbed her for a few minutes and she came to. She’s fine and healthy now.

Elisabeth all excited after the lamb gave birth. Been helping us out in the barn that day with them.

Dad doing his bees. He has a free bee class every Saturday. Our driveway fills up with cars as it’s not free anywhere else. He is truly become a master of the bees. I am really impressed by his expertise in knowledge and application with beekeeping.

I finally got an iphone so we could be online during tornado warnings… showing Pup how to invert the camera to take a photo. She was impressed!

Dad’s nucs….  3 and 5 frame beehives.

In our backyard…

These are all taken with an old iphone so they’re not the best quality, but still good enough to share.

The Highland Frisco Trail for bike riding, runs 35 miles from Springfield to Bolivar. I rode just 10 miles that day to check it out… I had already ridden that morning and walked at ten oclock.


View from a bridge on my ride…

One of three bridges I rode over…

My face after losing 85 pounds… in the 150’s now. Close to the weight I was at when we got married.

We had tornadoes less than 10 miles from us. Some of the destruction I witnessed on another bike ride I commonly take.

Just scary…

Broken structures for miles. This is just one of them.