10.17.2014

{oh hey, friday | five things to do with your kids... when you are sick}

You know what's worse than wiping yours kids snotty noses all day? 
Having to wipe your own snotty nose at the same time.

Today I am going to share five things to do with yours kids... when you are sick. 
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Alrighty.
So... imagine with me...
You are sick. Congested. Need a nap. Two young children hanging from your legs. Sometimes both of them crying simultaneously. 
Typical.
Here are just a few ways that I found to occupy their time this week so I wasn't needed quite as much.


1|| Park them in front of the sink with some dirty dishes. 
{Don't forget to remove any knives.}
This kept my little loves busy for the better part of an hour.
They "cleaned" all of my dishes and made a small pond on the floor.
Success.


2 || Kick them outside. 
We had some 60 mph wind gusts this week. Surprise surprise. #idahome
But when the wind stopped you better believe I kicked their booties outside. 
They got to practice the art of teamwork. 
And sharing.
Neither of which, by the looks of it, will ever EVER be mastered.
{the pictures are deceiving}
And Beckam learned how not to fall off when big brother pushes way too fast.
Then, they sat back to back and dug with tractors in the dirt for an eternity.
Hallelujah.


3 || Pick a watermelon. 
The bigger the better.
This doesn't sound great. 
Until you split it open and let them at it like wild animals.
Dinner? Check.
No cooking for you, sick momma!


4 || Give one a cardboard box made into a spaceship and the other a Superman shirt with a cape and call it a day. 
You may as well go and snuggle up on the couch and watch some Couples Therapy. 
They'll be busy for a little while.


5 || When all else fails, you go and take tractor rides with your farmer.
Oh, you don't have a farmer? 
Sucks to be you.
Kidding. Kind of.
This is my life saver.
I kid you not, one day this week I nearly fell asleep crammed in to a small tractor cab with all three of my boys. 
Desperate times. 

The good news?
We made it through the week.
And I am feeling much better.
I win. 

Also, I got a new fall jacket. And a stupid face.
Double win.

Feel free to use any/all of these techniques next time you get sick. 
Let me know how it goes.


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10.15.2014

{apple crisp | stuffed baked apples}

I have the yummiest recipe to share with you all today!
It is perfect for fall... easy to make... and delish.
Plus, the individual servings are pretty cute.
If only you could smell these pictures!

I made these with Brody yesterday.
He is quite the helper these days.
He did eat a fair share of the apples I cut, but there were plenty anyways.


You're going to want to make these.
You are sure to impress your loved ones!


Ingredients:

8 apples {I used fuji}
4 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
crumble topping
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup oats
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons butter {chilled and cut into cubes}



Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

First, prepare the crumb topping. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, oats, brown sugar, sugar, salt and cinnamon. Cut in the butter with a fork... or your hands, until mixture is crumbly. Set aside.

Peel and chop 4 of the apples. Add chopped apples, butter, brown sugar and cinnamon to a sauce pan and sauté over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until apples are tender. Remove from heat.

Chop the tops off of the remaining 4 apples and use a spoon to scoop out the insides. {no need to keep the insides of the apples}
Place apples in a muffin tin to keep them upright while baking.

 Fill scoped-out apples with the apple filling from the sauce pan.
Top with a generous amount of crumble topping.

Bake for 10-15 minutes until crumble topping is crispy.

 They are best eaten warm.
And with some caramel sauce.
 Throw on some vanilla ice cream and you are in business!
Boom.

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10.14.2014

{quality time}

Even though I totally hate it when my kids are sick, 
I really love that we can play hooky from all of our plans and spend time together as a family.
 For some reason, wiping snotty noses is much more fun when our farmer is around.

We walked down to the river Saturday morning {after delivering one of our massive pumpkins to my in-laws house}.
We threw a crap ton of rocks into the water. 
The boys would have done that ALL day if we allowed it.
But we had lots of nothing to get done instead... like walk across an irrigation ditch.
And pose in front of prettily stacked irrigation pipe.
And get thrown, up into the clouds.
video
{ps. I am loving the slo-mo feature on my new iPhone6}

I even got to take a nap! *gasp*

It was all truly magical. 

And now that it is Tuesday, I am continuing my solo snot + butt wiping.
The joys of motherhood.

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10.10.2014

{oh hey friday | life lately}

1. | I have been thinking about transitioning Beckam's room into a big boy room lately.
Even though he is only 16 months old, I know that he will be crawling out of that crib ANY day now.
In fact, I am honestly shocked that he hasn't taught himself how already.
That kid climbs every. single. object.... in the world.
Not exaggerating. 
So, I'm ready.
And here is what I have in mind...
I have about half of those items already in his room.
Bonus.
In the next few months...er... year, I'm hoping to have it looking like that inspiration board above.


2. | Sugar beet harvest has officially started.
It's an exciting time around here.
Probably the biggest production crop that we have.
The boys love visiting everyone in the field.
And mostly stealing their daddy's goodies packed in his lunch.


3. | Seeing as fall is in full swing around here, I've been rocking the plaid tops and hunter boots like they're going out of style {let's be honest though... neither of those will ever go out of style on the farm}.
Until about 1:00 pm, in which my legs start sweating profusely and I wear flip flops the remainder of the day.
Also, big ol' props to Brody who is now my go to picture taker.
Not only does he have lots more time on his hands than my farmer... he also happens to be a tad more patient.
This cute 3 year old is hired.


4. | I pulled off a surprise baby shower lunch this week.
This might not seem like a big deal, but believe me when I say... this was a big deal.
My gal Karli is due very soon with her second babe.
She didn't want a baby shower, so naturally I created one behind her back.
I had a 'last' girls day planned in Boise where the two of us were to shop, get massages and do whatever we pleased without our dear children.
What she didn't know was that while she was getting her massage, I high-tailed it out of there to decorate a room in a restaurant.
I had to play dumb when she asked why I moved my car after I told her I "got out of my massage early."
And not give her eye contact when she asked the hostess at the restaurant to seat us at a window table...and she declined.
Thank goodness she followed anyways, and was surprised by some of her bestest friends awaiting her arrival.
We all had a great time.
Success. 
ALSO, tutorial coming soon on how to make those balloon tassels super fast and easy.


5. | Since it is October, and I'm feeling generous, I've got a promo code that is live for ALL ad spaces.
If you are interested in being a sponsor on The Farmer's Wife check out my advertise page HERE,
and enter code OCTOBER for 30% off any ad space.
Let's just say my monthly giveaway is bound to get you quite a few new followers!!


Lastly, thank you all SO much for linking up with us each and every week.
I have met SO many new bloggers, and love reading your posts each week.
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10.08.2014

{effective toddler discipline | happy + sad jars}

Let's just preface this post with the fact that I don't really know what I am doing most days as a parent.
I certainly make many mistakes.
I find myself wishing for day re-do's more often than I'd like to admit.
I thought pushing a human out of my body was hard, but raising them is way harder.
By far the hardest job I've ever had.

Some of my friends suggested I share this... so today I am going to share with y'all a little incentive/discipline trick that has worked quite well with my three year old.
Because lets face it. Three year olds aren't always fun.
Three year olds are stubborn.
And three year olds can throw some nasty fits.
Please tell me it's not just my three year old!?

I almost liked it better when he was two, and I had excuses for his behavior, like...
he's too young to understand completely, it's still hard for him to communicate what's bothering him, yada, yada, yada.
Fact is, now he is totally capable of all of the above.


I used this same method in my classroom when I taught 3rd grade.
It's actually fairly simple.
So simple that it is definitely worth a shot.
Have at it:


How to make the jars:
Take two jars.
Make one a happy jar.
Make the other a sad jar.
Fill each jar half way with popcorn kernels.
You'll need a scoop of sorts {a tablespoon seems to be a good size... mine came from a coffee maker, but really anything will work}

Here is how the jars work:
Each time that your child does something good or positive - give them a happy scoop {take the scoop from the sad jar and place into happy jar}.
Examples... sharing a toy with a sibling, doing a kind deed, cleaning up without being asked, etc. 
I'm sure that each parent can think of lots of specifics that relate more specifically to their child.

Same goes for the sad jar.
If your child does something naughty, they will get a sad scoop {take a scoop from the happy jar and place into the sad jar}.
I'm sure all of our definitions of "naughty" are a little different.
And will really vary depending on the behavior that you are trying to suppress.
Perhaps alternative discipline, instead of just a sad scoop, is necessary for purposefully hurting someone else, etc. also.
Some examples for getting a sad scoop may be: not listening or obeying right away, taking something from a sibling, attitude, etc.


What's the incentive?
The point is to do good things that make people happy, instead of naughty things that make people sad.
You gotta fill up that happy jar!
When we started these jars, it only seemed fitting that when the happy jar got full, we have a popcorn party... since the jars are full of popcorn kernels.
During Beckam's nap, Brody and I would pop our own popcorn, watch a show, and even have a little bit of ice cream.
We made a big deal out of it.
So he wanted to be doing good things all the time in order to get that jar full.
Brody has since become super duper obsessed with Thomas the Train.
Currently, if he fills up his happy jar, he can choose a new train.
It usually takes him 3-4 weeks to fill up his jar... so $10/month isn't that large of a price to pay for good behavior, right?
He's got plenty of toys though, so I think we will be returning to the quality time prize again ASAP.


NOW, when/if that sad jar gets full {which has never happened all the way, but has come far too close} there has to be a major consequence.
Example: the entire train track gets taken away and doesn't get returned until the happy jar gets full.
Recently in our household the sad scoops weren't making a big enough impression since it didn't ever get totally full. 
So now, every single sad scoop equals one toy taken away. 
I currently have a stash of toys, which he will get back when that happy jar gets full.

The goal is to not be getting sad scoops at all.
Clearly, we aren't there yet.
But, with that being said, this works. 
For my kid at least.


There are so many different options of how you can alter this to meet your and your child's needs.
My one suggestion... be CONSISTENT!
You can't forget to give scoops for an entire day.
You also can't remember to just give sad scoops... look for the good in your kid... even if it's a stretch some days. 
I find that if kids are praised for something {even if it's small} they'll want to try and do more good things so they get praised more. 
Having the visual of the jar is extremely helpful too.

So... what do you think?
Are you going to give it a try?
Let me know how it goes!

Also, I'd love to hear some ways that you guys deal with your toddlers and get them to behave well consistently.
I'm ALWAYS up for a new/good challenge.


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10.06.2014

{unbridled joy}

Have you ever watched a kid at a pumpkin patch/maze?
Unbridled joy.
See for yourself...
 You'd think they had never seen a straw bale before in their lives.
Or a corn field.
Not like we aren't surrounded by both of these thing on the daily.
It's time to start making everything into mazes around here to get the same reaction.
I'm sure my farmer won't mind.
Friday we drove right down the road to our neighbors maze.
We met up with some friends.
Had loads of fun.
Got eaten alive by mosquitos.
And broke some rules regarding picking corn... but if you'll notice in the above picture... it was worth it. 
Beckam rode a bull.
Brody held a fuzzy caterpillar.
Beckam tried to jump from the hay wagon. No big deal.
And three kids got carried down the pyramid. At once. That's what happens when a farmer comes along.
 We had such a good time that we decided to drag our farmer and some other friends there the next day.
These two are the absolute cutest. 
Right when we almost start to get concerned about their intense connection...
Brody gets left hanging.
We are going to be just fine for a few more years.

Weekends like this solidify my love of the farm.
And great friends.

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