Friday, August 8, 2014


This was my view at dawn this morning. This is what irrigating looks like for us. 

I've been meaning to do a post about irrigation for some time now. Irrigation is a pretty complex topic and really needs a very long post and a ton of pictures. So I'm going to give you the quickest version I can, because if I try to do a long one it was stay as a draft for way too long.

We irrigate all of our crops using surface water. This means that the water we use for irrigation is collected above ground. In our case it is rainfall and some snowmelt (none this year) collected during the winter months. The water is collected in man made resviours. The resivours also have the benefit of  being lakes and providing recreational opportunities. 

This is different that using well water. We do not have any ag pumps or ag wells. Our water is coming from above ground rather than below. 

Our water is delivered using a system of canals or open ditches. As seen in this picture. The open ditches are not as efficient but this system is an oldie but goodie and would be very expensive to replace. We are currently working on a project to convert an open ditch to a pipeline on 20 acres. Just for the 20 acres that project will cost about $60,000. So upgrades happen slowly.

Our water project delivers water to most of our neighbors and thousands of acres of farmland in our area. The water is running most of the time and we essentially take turns using it. It is more complicated than that, but the gist of it. 

So, this means that you only can irrigate when the water is in your area. So last night the water arrived at 6 pm. If we had decided we would prefer to sleep then we would not have the opportunity to irrigate for about 2 weeks. Crops need water to grow so that meant I had a very long night of changing irrigation water. I made changes at 11pm, 2:30 and 4:30 am and then gave it to a neighbor at 6:00 am. 

We often have people confused about why we change water at night. But we don't have much of an option. It is just the way our system works. It frequently limits our sleep, social lives and general plans. But, that's farming.

I'll try and post again with more about irrigation. It is a very complex subject. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Prenatal Cocktail

Since the main thing I craved during my pregnancy was vodka I like to refer to the vitamins I took during pregnancy (and still am taking) as my prenatal cocktail.  Seriously I’m not an alcoholic – in fact I’m not much of a drinker at all, but I craved it during my pregnancy.  Didn’t give in to that craving just in case you’re wondering.  


I hope you know that you should supplement especially while pregnant since you are growing a person.  That little person inside you is sucking away nutrients therefore you need more!  I chose Shaklee supplements for my pregnancy and swear by them. I had an uneventful pregnancy, pretty easy labor and delivery, a healthy baby, and my recovery was pretty quick too!  I credit this all to Shaklee!

Shaklee’s been around for over 50 years and is the number one natural nutrition company in the USA.  You can read more about the Shaklee difference here.

I am not a doctor but Shaklee has lots of doctors on board and this is what they recommend for pregnancy and my doctor agreed. 

Because the nutritional needs during pregnancy and lactation are unique to this stage of a women’s life, we strongly urge all women who are pregnant or nursing to discuss the use of dietary supplements with their obstetrician.

However, along with our general recommendation to eat a healthy, well balanced diet to ensure pregnant and nursing women are meeting their nutritional needs, we also recommend a combination of Shaklee supplements that can be used as alternatives to a standard prenatal vitamin once discussed with the Obstetrician.


An excellent “Shaklee alternative” would be:

2 tablets of Vita-Lea with Iron

2 tablets of B complex for the basic prenatal nutrients, in particular folic acid to help prevent neural tube defects

To provide a safe and beneficial amount of omega three fatty acids (ie. DHA):

3 softgel capsules of OmegaGuard per day are recommended to support fetal brain development

It is not uncommon for some pregnant women to need additional:

1 tablet of Iron plus C can be added providing an additional 18 mg of Iron and 60 mg of Vitamin C

And lastly:

Shaklee 180 meal smoothie prepared as directed, and used as part of healthy breakfast or midday snack provides a mother and her growing fetus with an additional 270 calories, 24 grams of high quality protein and 6 grams of fiber.

Although Vitalizer is a comprehensive nutritional foundation for virtually all adults, there are some components that might not generally be considered essential in a standard prenatal nutrition program. In addition, certain nutrients such as folic acid were not included at levels intended to support a pregnant mother and her growing baby. The use of Vitalizer during pregnancy should be discussed with the Obstetrician, who may wish to suggest an addition 1-2 B Complex and Osteomatrix as stated above if approved for you.

If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant get started with your prenatal “cocktail” today!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

What could be better than 4th of July?  Red, white, & blue, BBQ, fireworks, freedom, and celebrating this beautiful country we call home.  I love 4th of July! 

We did a little photo shoot this afternoon to celebrate, here are a few pictures:




I think this is my favorite!



A little spit up … still so cute!

Happy 4th!  Hope you have an amazing day with your family.  Please remember that our freedom is not free – thank a member of the armed forces for your freedom!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Family Date Nights

Going around Facebook this summer is the idea that you only get 18 summers with your kids before they head off to their own lives as adults. The thought is to cherish this time and be present during this time with them.

This has me thinking about focused family time. We have busy, busy lives and it can be hard to get away for extended vacation time in the summer. My husband and I have been making time for lunch dates with just us so we decided it is time to implement family date night too. My logic is that evenings are easier to make happen, not too expensive and we can make them happen more often. So I'm gathering ideas. They need to be fairly local and friendly for a 3 year old. 

Here is my list so far:
Movie night - at the theatre 
Mini Golf
Backyard camp out
Water Park
Museum/Science place
Fairy tale town
County or State Fair

What do you think? What should I add to our list? 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Citrus Lane Review and coupon link

I've been searching the last few months for a preschool subscription service. My kiddo is in daycare full time but I'd love to find some sort of preschool Saturday kit. Or a kit of mommy and me educational activities. But all I have found are 3 and 5 day per week preschool kits for full time care providers. Way more than what I need.

Anyhow, in this search Citrus Lane has shown up several times along the way. It is a monthly subscription service of items for your kiddo. They tailor the box to the age and gender of your little one and fill the box with appropriate items. When one of my friends posted the link to her referral link on facebook with the HALF off discount, I decided to try it out. For about $15 invested, it sure was worth the trial.

I'll warn you that I hadn't intended to do a review so I got a few photos after the fact. We were headed out on a road trip so I packed the items with us. I was ho-hum about them until I tried them out. Then I knew I would share the info.

Here is what my box contained:

Wet bag - photo from Citrus Lane website

So this wet bag is amazing. I did not think it would actually be waterproof. It was PERFECT for us at the pool this weekend. His suit and mine went in this bag after swimming and into the gym bag. Nothing else got wet and it was easy to pull out and leave by the washer. This is one of those items that I didn't expect to use, then wondered what I did without it. I ordered another one this weekend.Value $11.

"Artivity" Book with markers

Had to use the picture from their site for this one too as it has already been colored in. We used this one a bit on the road trip. Not something I would normally buy, but the kiddo enjoyed it. I liked that the markers came with it and a little kit. Value $8.

Dump Truck Puzzle

No surprise, the dump truck puzzle was a big hit. This is a very good quality puzzle. Puzzles are something I tend to forget about, but a great learning tool. Value $9.

The box included a good size bottle of baby wash/bubble bath. It was not very sudsy but smelled nice. Not surprising, we have already used it and I couldn't find a picture on their site. I'm guessing it was valued around $5.

We also received two snack bars. These appeared to be full size. Not something we will go out of our way to buy, but the kiddo enjoyed them. Probably a value of $3.

I almost forgot to mention a coupon was included for mail order bras. A very good coupon - $20 off $40 - but not something I'm very likely to use.

So in product alone this box was valued around $36, plus shipping. I paid $15. Good bargain for testing. The monthly price is $29 with discounts for buying several months.

This is the kind of box that I would like to get every other month. I found it very easy online to ask to "pause" my subscription to skip a month. I would love to be able to sign up for every other month or even quarterly.

So I'm very pleased and planning to continue with Citrus Lane. I love that this is tailored to gender and age, the quality was very good and these are items I would not pick out on my own. All good enough reasons for me.

This would make a great gift for a child. Very easy for the gifter and something new and exciting to arrive to the child by mail. Really good for the kiddos in your life who live a bit far away.

So if you would like to try it for yourself at HALF price follow this link

Note - of course I get referral perks, but I also get to share the discount. :)

Have you tried a service like this? What did you think or which company do you prefer? I'm still on the search for a simple preschool style subscription service so if you know of one of those pass the info along!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Silent Sunday Sunflowers

The first field of sunflowers - for us - is already done blooming.

I was a little past the prime photo opportunity on these.

But we have one more field yet to bloom, so I will try to be more on the ball with those pictures. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

First Father’s Day

Since this was Michael’s very first Father’s Day I wanted to do something special for him.  He is an amazing father.  I always knew he would be a good father, but I never knew how good he would be to me during labor, after delivery, and during my recovery.  It is wonderful having such a great father and husband! 

Avery and I devised a plan to surprise him with a trip to Cabela’s (which I am pretty sure is his favorite place on earth).  I thought about blindfolding him and driving him there, but then I had a dream we got pulled over and it was hard to explain to the cop.  So, I skipped that.  Someone (who shall remain nameless) spilled the beans but he knew all along and was just playing along.  In the morning we gave him his present.  I asked him what he wanted and he said a bow … he thinks we need a bow to match every outfit of Avery’s.  So, that’s what he got.


A bow for Avery to wear hunting and a bow in Michael’s camo (I made both).  Of course I had to add a book for Michael to read to her.  Then, we headed up to Reno where Michael was going to get a hunting bow (which is what he meant by bow).

We had a late lunch at Famous Dave’s – I’ve been there twice now and I still don’t understand what is famous about it.  It hasn’t been anything to write home about either time.  I don’t think we will be going back.

Then we headed over to Cabela’s to get his present.


What a milestone – Avery’s first trip to Cabela’s!


It took quite a while in the store to pick out and get fitted for a bow and arrows.  The guy helping us, Christian, was amazing!  I’m so happy we got such great customer service!  He did warn us that it takes a while but made the process feel like it went rather quickly.  We made it out of there just before closing!  Avery did great in the store too!  She loved watching daddy shoot his bow to sight it in. 

Happy late Father’s day to all of the dad’s out there!   

Did you do anything special for Father’s Day?