Friday, April 27

finally a friday favorites

Helllloo Friday!!

It has been eons since my last Friday Favorites post. So, I am ecstatic to be joining in today. Let's get to it!

I am fixing bottles every day for two calves, but don’t often stop by the barn to actually see them. On Thursday, it warmed up enough to take a stroll with my Littlest Farmer. So, we headed to the barn to say hi to Star and Still Needs a Name. Look at these two cuties. They are so friendly and sweet.



I have been a Coke person for as long as I can remember, but lately, it’s been all Pepsi. Ever since they went retro. It’s like I’ve been transported back to my childhood. I seriously think that the Pepsi tastes better with the old school look!

I finally took a couple of vacay days since going back to work after my maternity leave. I spent one entire day cleaning my house from top to bottom. The other two were home days with my kids and a whole lot of R&R. We scarfed down these Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon Rolls on Monday, and let me tell you, they were scrumptious! 


I have my first black eye courtesy of my Middle Farmer. He was a little restless one night, so we let him in our bed. In the middle of the night, in his sleep, he hit my cheek bone with his head - and hard. It was so painful, I was in shock. I didn’t even cry. I just kept saying, he broke my face, he broke my face. The best part... he never even woke up. He had no idea. 

I saw this meme on Facebook this week and laughed hysterically. Is this not the truth?! I know it is for me. I have always been infatuated with the royal family. I think Kate is beautiful, and I LOVE her style. But looking this awesome hours after giving birth takes class to a whole new level. 


Well Friends, that about wraps up my week. The weekend holds lots of baseball, laundry and church for our family, and I can’t wait. Oh, and ICYMI, I managed to share a life update earlier in the week. 

Happy Weekends to you all!

Linking up with April| Five on Friday, Erika | Friday Favorites, and Katie | High Five for Friday

~Trista~ 
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Saturday, April 21

a saturday share session

Oh friends, I fell off the face of the blogosphere again. It's clearly no secret that I'm struggling to balance it all and make time for everything that I need/want to. But believe it or not, I have found myself with some quiet time this morning and wanted to drop in and say hi - that is if you're even still following this little vacant space!

So, let's see. What sorts of random updates can I share? And I apologize in advance for the lack of pictures. I'll work on that too!

My Oldest Farmer is bottle feeding two calves every day. He rarely complains about the responsibility and handles them like a pro. He even does the feeding (feed and hay) for our bigger calves if my Farmer is late getting home in the evenings. It's baseball season - go team! I'm amazed at how much a difference one year makes. The whole team is playing so much better!

My Middle Farmer is finally big enough to start accompanying my Farmer on farm jobs. He absolutely loves it. He seriously won't let my Farmer out of his sight and refuses to be left behind. He's also starting to dress himself. If he could just get the shirt figured out, he'd be good to go. He is still the funniest thing ever - the things he says and the way he says them. His facial expressions are to die for.

My Littlest Farmer is growing up way too fast. I cannot believe he has passed the seven month mark. He's rolling over like crazy and is not far from crawling. He's the happiest. They say #3 just goes with the flow, and he definitely does. He loves to be swaddled when he sleeps and still loves his DockATot. I really need to work on getting him out of both. Eek! He already has one tooth on the bottom and is currently cutting two on top. Bring on some steak!

I've noticed I go through phases where I alternate between blogging or reading. So far this year, I've spent my spare time reading. Maybe because it's easier. But I've read several books already and will get a post up soon letting you know what fictional worlds I've been living in. Until then, I have to say my favorite so far for the year is Colleen Hoover's It Ends With Us. It's made my all time favorites list for sure.

My friend Megan and I had our first quarterly mom's day out post baby! We spent Good Friday shopping and chatting over cheesecake. It was the best day and am so thankful for the opportunity to have some much needed girl time.


I have learned that the laundry never ends for a family of five. Any tips out there on how to keep it under control? I've started trying to do at least one load in the evenings to help make Saturday not as jam packed.

Does anyone else struggle with keeping your bathrooms clean? Specifically the toilet. One Middle Little Farmer thinks it's fun to pee everywhere except IN the toilet!! And then one Oldest Little Farmer constantly forgets to lift the seat. Ahh!!

I think the weather is finally breaking here in Kentucky. We have gone from 30 to 80 and back again at least a dozen times. I'm so excited to see everything turning green and feel the warmth of the sunshine. Maybe as a baseball mom, I'll actually get some sun!  

Well Friends, those are the highlights. I promise to try and post more often and share some of our life happenings. It is truly never a dull moment around here. Like the day my Farmer brought my Middle Farmer in to get a bath because he fell face first in a bunch of manure or the day that my Oldest Farmer was running full force from the barn because he was terrified of the coyote he heard.

I seriously love this chaotic life. God has been so very good to me.

Okay, until next time!

~Trista~

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Thursday, February 22

growing in gratitude - february edition

Oh Friends, I disappeared again and that was NOT the plan. I very much wanted to get back to at least posting on Friday’s. That is still the goal, and I AM going to get there, I am!

Until then, it’s time for another edition of Growing in Gratitude! I’m running a bit behind with this month’s post but nevertheless, here I am. I love that I’ve committed to posting about five things for which I’m grateful for each month. Sometimes it’s so easy to get caught up in the everyday and forget those things for which we should be thankful. This post helps me to stop and smell the roses... and count my blessings.


Julie and I sure hope you’ll join us on the last Thursday of each month. And now, without further ado, here are my five for February. By the way, I’m merging this with Friday Favorites too. I’m a slacker, I know. 

1 || After my return to work from maternity leave, I was offered a new office... with a window. If you’ve ever worked in an office without one, you understand how this can be a day maker. 

2 || Here in KY this week, we experienced some amazing and unusual temperatures for February. I actually had to dig out my sunglasses. It was so gorgeous. We even broke 80 on Tuesday. I’m definitely ready for Spring. 

3 || My Farmer and I had our first date night with zero kids in tow last weekend. It was blissful. We headed to Olive Garden with a group of couples from our church and had a delightful evening out. The Seafood Alfredo was scrumptious. 

4 || I have the best neighbor. She offered to keep my Oldest and Middle Farmers on the day it was going to be gobs of sunshine and 80. I was so thankful they could enjoy a day with her and her son as opposed to spending it in daycare. It really does take a village and I am so grateful for mine. 

5 || Even though it can be time consuming and trying at times, I love living on a farm. My Little Farmers and I pulled in after a long day this week and noticed quite a few of our calves had gotten out. My Farmer wasn’t due home until later so I knew I was going to have to deal with it. Did I mention that it was getting ready to pour the rain? In my dress clothes and pretty flats (that are no longer pretty), my Oldest Little Farmer and I managed to corral them in to the barn with a lot of gumption and a sack of feed. It was just what I needed to take my mind off the mundane of the day. 

Well, I’ve been terrible about taking photos. Forgive me for the post full of words only and zero visuals. I WILL work on it! 

I do hope you’ll link up with us this round or next, and be sure to tell your friends! 

Happy Weekends!

Linking up with April| Five on Friday, Erika | Friday Favorites, and Katie | High Five for Friday

~Trista~ 

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