25th Annual Wheatland Harvest Festival

I took all of the kids but Benjamin to the Harvest Festival early September. We had a ball. It was so fun for the kids.  There are more photos after the parade photos (there’s a lot of parade photos), so if you get bored of them, you can scroll down. Just a few are out of order.

Matthew being a boy.

Tabitha… that’s dried corn in front of her.

Looks like a fun corn box.

Leah and Miriam won something…

Our table was full of candy after the parade. Don’t worry, Miriam had hers all eaten before dinner.

Hannah showing me her pile of candy.

Sorry, the parade photos aren’t posting in order. But you’ll get the idea.

Look at this mans’ happy face. that’s why we love it here… happy doggy too!

You don’t get this in Washington State.


The band… good ole country music.

Be prepared for the painted faces…

Tire Track Face…

Leah, you look a little different…

Hanni, you’re always cute!

Girls having fun… they love it, they would never get away with this at home!!!  : )

Enjoy it while you can Elisabeth!  ; )  Only you would pick the most drastic red color and design! I love ya!

The famous potato sack race…

Hannah was the winner… she’s always the winner, I’m not surprised. She’s quick as a whip.


Tug A War…

Hoola Hoops… it was a full day. We were here 5 1/2 hours or so. Pretty hot day too. I did find a stand that sold you a good size glass of iced tea for only .50.





The Collins Pie Festival

Auctioning off pies… banana cream, peanut butter, apple crumb, coconut cream, everything you could imagine. I believe the coconut cream sold for $35.

The twins sharing an icee…

Some of the pies being auctioned off.

They had a car show at the pie festival. This 20 year old man who bought this beauty offered to let me take photos of the kids in his truck. He also has a small home paid off. Now there’s some hard workers around here! It is a different kind of folks and country out here from where we come from!

Hello Elisabeth!

Now I should have parked myself in there…

Leah my little love…

We took a drive down the street to the local store to stock up on bottled water and chips so we could go back for some more fun. The kids played in the local park for a few minutes.

Back to the Pie Festival… they played on the bouncy house the next 1 1/2 hours.


Still have more posts coming. It’s been a fulfilling Summer…

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.