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Family Gifts: St. Patricks Day

St Patty

Back with another fun family gift! This is another gift we created for our family members and is part of the "Year Gift" we made. If you would like to see more info about this awesome project we created and what I've shared so far click on the little tag on the left side of my blog labeled Year of Gifts or visit HERE or visit my pinterest board  Rubber Redneck Year Gifts to see them all in one spot.

St Patricks Day Gifts

St. Patrick's Day has come and gone but some great ideas for you for next year! Each family did get different items but a couple of things were the same for each family. Everyone received the green nail polish I decorated by punching out a circle in Whisper White card stock stamping in Emerald Envy onto the Whisper White circle, gold coins, trivia cards, and St. Patrick's Day drink recipe (found online) printed it out and stamped on it then attached to a piece of Emerald Envy card stock and laminated it, luck of the Irish message (found online), and catch a leprechaun box.

Catch a Leprechaun Box

First Up- How about a Catch a Leprechaun Box! Saw the idea on Pinterest only using a coffee can so I whipped up this baby instead ;)


  • Cut 1 piece of Chipboard 4" x 4".
  • Cut 1 piece of Garden Green card stock 5 1/2" x 5". Score 1" around all sides. Cut on scored lines and fold to create like a lid. Stand the Lid up on end and glue the chipboard piece to the bottom inside.
  • I purchased rainbow bags for another project but they were to small so I used them for this. I glued the bag to the chipboard. Then glued a bunch of cotton balls to the chipboard and part ways onto the rainbow bag.
  • Cut a craft stick down and attached to the card stock lid and into the cotton balls. Tied a piece of red ribbon to the stick and attached to the bag.
  • I punched out some Gold Glimmer Paper using our 1" Circle Punch and then glued them randomly all over to entice that little leprechaun ;)

Pot of Gold

Pot of Gold! Who wouldn't want a pot of gold!! lol I used the Silhouette to cut out the pot. Then added some more gold glimmer coins to the front of it.


I found these St. Patrick's Day Trivia on Pinterest so I printed them off and then stamped a clover on each one in Emerald Envy. The stamp is something I picked up many years ago by another company. Also in the pot of gold was green nail polish, green bracelets,  gold coins and bubbles that I found in green!

Kaitlyns Book

Harmons Book

For the families with younger kids I created coloring books for them. I found free color pages online and man is their a ton of them! Stacked the sheets together and then cut Emerald Envy card stock to create a book cover. I stamped the clover and kiss me in Emerald Envy Ink. I printed out each kid's name onto Whisper White card stock and then stamped the clovers across the top in Emerald Envy. Does that image look familiar to you old timers? Yep that was the clover wheel from way back when. Then I finished by adding gold coins to the covers. So fun and cute!


I also found a free printable online for learning St. Patrick's Day Images. So I printed them out and laminated them as well for the younger kids.


So when I purchased the stuff for St. Patrick's Day it was in March...my brother got engaged at the end of Oct. so we had to scramble to come up with something for the future sister in-law. What in the world do you do at the end of Oct as your not going to find anything in this small town for St. Patrick's Day! lol So off to pinterest I go (boy does that save my bacon a lot) and I saw coffee mugs when I searched so light bulb this idea was born. I wish I would have thought of this sooner to do for each family. So we made these using the Silhouette and I'm not gonna lie they turned out pretty awesome! However hubby was ready to drink when we were done. haha I also listed these in my Etsy Store to if you are interested in purchasing a set for next year!

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March Family Update


Hey peeps! Lot of you have been asking how things are going with my dad....Feb. 28 he had a check up with the surgeon. Everything is healing great, doctor was very happy with his progress so he doesn't have to go back to see the surgeon for 6 months! Yay!! So dad started farming and going all over. This past weekend he felt good enough my parents made a quick trip to Michigan to see his brother and wife. My dad is on the left and my uncle John is on the right. Been a rough couple of years for these two. My uncle had a heart attack and then dad had all the stuff that happened to him but I think they both look pretty good considering. Things were going good....UNTIL my dad fell at home he slipped on the ice outside and yep he broke a rib!!! UNREAL right? But at least that is all it was as there was a concrete step not to far away and so many bad things could have happened and he at least didn't land on his should either because who knows what would have happened to that! Seriously never dull around here. So back to being full time farmers. ROFL


 On Feb. 28 my husband and I decided to pretty much quit one of our business!! After 18 years we decided we had enough of the 15+ work hours, not being able to do things with our families and friends or go on a vacation even. We were pretty tied down and our business pretty much dictated our living of life. The #1 problem when your self-employed and don't have employees. lol Then with my Rheumatoid Arthritis progressing like it has we just decided health-wise this was the right thing to do. This is me holding our resignation letter for one of our clients. We both can't even believe the change it has made for us and how much better we both feel not so exhausted all the time! It will take some time to adjust as we both feel like were supposed to be somewhere or constantly checking the clock. lol This for us has been a goal that we've been working towards so were both very happy this goal has been accomplished! Were so excited for this new chapter of our life!

Customer Updates:

All packages are officially out the door as of Monday! Thank you everyone for your orders and patience while I get caught up! I still have a pile of stuff to catch up on from class stuff to projects to share. I will be posting several times a day till I am caught up so please bear with me! Soon I hope to be posting my regular video's and etc again hopefully by 2nd week of April!

Blog Maintenance Customers: Everything is up to date and current. If you notice something or have questions please feel free to contact me.

Questions I've been asked:

1. Yes I will be posting my online classes again. I am currently trying to catch up the back log of things that our customers qualified for this past year. For example all the Paper Pumpkin Pick-ups. Thank you to all my subscribers for being understanding and supporting me!

2. When are my clubs starting again? This I am not sure yet on. I am hoping April but maybe not till May just depends on how smooth my work load goes right now. lol

3. What about the Down-line Training I offer? The plan is for May with some very exciting changes!!! Be sure to watch out for details!

4. April my Customer Promotions will be back in full force along with some very exciting changes!! I've appreciate all of you so much for your continued support this past year! I do have a current promotion for this month too!

5. Are you taking on new website clients and blog maintenance? Yes we are I am currently working on creating 5 new blogs for customers. If your interested in a new blog please feel free to shoot me an email at rubberredneck@gmail.com I am happy to chat with you! Or if your looking for someone to add SU Promotions, Catalogs and etc. I always have room on my list for blog maintenance program.

6. Are you going to start selling stuff out of Etsy Store again? Yes I am in fact I did get a couple things listed in the store and as I get time things will be listed! So be sure to check out the Etsy Store regularly and if there is anything you want specifically please let me know! I am happy to do any custom order.

Thank you all for your continued support and thank you to my blog readers for your support too and bearing with me as I share the stuff that I am behind on! As always have questions or comments? Feel free to email me or leave a comment here I love hearing from my readers.



Family Gifts: Christmas Countdown Day 7 + 8

Happy Friday!

I am back with Day 7 & Day 8 Christmas Countdown Gifts. Another box idea that I will be sharing how to make down the road, be sure to subscribe to my blog so you don't miss out on anything! If you would like to see all the Christmas countdown gifts check out my Family 25 Days Christmas Countdown Board on pinterest, follow me on pinterest so you don't miss out on anything!


Day 7

Everyone needs a special handmade box with a very special gift inside.


I created this box out of last years Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper from the 2016 Holiday Catalog. I made the boxes different too for each family.


Inside an ornament that hubby and I created! Every Christmas tree needs a special handmade ornament! We used the silhouette to cut out gold vinyl. We found clear ornaments at the craft store and filled them with tiny pine cones. I used ribbon and a red bell from my stash of crafting stuff. To make the box a little more festive we filled it with pine cones.


We made two different designs the manger and the buck.


Sorry the picture isn't great we had a heck of time getting pictures of them.Then on the back we put the year, name, and on my brother's we added our first christmas since they just got married. This was the first time I attempted something like this and they were overall very easy and fun to make! We were going to make deer ones for our tree this year but the craft store where I got them can't keep the ornaments in stock. lol


Here is the card we put in the gift. I used the retired 25 Days and Stitched with Cheer Stamp Set. I made these different too for everyone.


Tags for outside of the package all made different too. I used the Santa's Sleigh Stamp Set, Santa's Sleigh Thinlits and retired 25 Days Stamp Set. The tags were all made out of my scraps of card stock great way to use up those scraps.

Day 8

We found some really cute Santa Pants.


Are these not adorable? We filled them with Christmas sprinkles to use on the holiday baking.


Here is the card we created to go in the gift. I used the Oh, What Fun Stamp Set and retired 25 Days Stamp Set.


The tag for the package. I used the retired 25 Days Stamp Set, retired Wrapped in Warmth Designer Series Paper, Big Shot, Layering Ovals Framelits and Banner Triple Punch. I made all the tags different too.

Supplies Used
Stamps: Santa's Sleigh, Oh What Fun, 25 Days, Stitched with Cheer
Ink: Real Red, Garden Green, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Wrapped in Warmth DSP, Presents & Pinecones DSP, Silver Glimmer Paper
Acc. Big Shot, Santa's Sleigh Thinlits, Layering Ovals Thinlits, Banner Triple Punch, 1/8 Handheld Circle Punch, Silver Metallic Thread, Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine, Cucumber Crush Thick Baker's Twine, 3/8 Silky Taffeta Ribbon, Candy Cane Baker's Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Brigth's Enamel Shapes

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Family Gifts: Christmas Countdown Day 2

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Day 2 Gift:

Some of you where asking me how did I get this all done with what we've been going through. I did not do these this year this was part of the gift I gave last Christmas to be open this Christmas, it was part of our Year of Gifts for our families. I shared some but not all so I didn't give the gift away. Thus why it is using the retired Holiday Catalog Product from last year ;) Day 2 was Christmas Fun Foam Kits that I forgot to take pictures of. lol I found these while I was cruising an isle looking for ideas for the little ones.


However I do have a picture from my cousin of her little guy with his completed project. Once again someone saved my bacon! lol

Gift Packaging

One thing I really like to do is create customer wrapping paper. You can do it if you plan ahead that is the key :) I purchased a roll of Kraft Wrapping Paper from Hobby Lobby. I usually stock up on this around Christmas time because that is when they have there wrapping paper at 50% off. To create my wrapping paper I used the Oh, What Fun Photopolymer Stamp Set item #140386 from the main catalog.


Tip~ One thing to note is be sure you are stamping on a hard surface. I was working on one of our tables that I thought would hard enough but as you can tell one of my Happy Christmas didn't ink good enough because the table gave.

Rubber Redneck Quick Shots:

  • Roll out the amount of wrapping paper you need. Ink the stamp from Oh, What Fun Stamp Set in Real Red ink and stamp onto the wrapping paper. Repeat till  you have the entire piece stamped on. You can add more images if you would like I just liked the Merry Christmas on it. That's all it takes!

Tip~ Let your paper dry before wrapping your gift it only takes a few minuets to wait.


This was the day 2 tag label I created.

  • Zip a piece of This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper through the Big Shot with the Layering Circles Framelits. These are on sale!!!
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White card stock and zip through the Big Shot with the Banner Framelits. Stamp your 2 onto the top in Garden Green Ink. I used the retired 25 Days Stamp Set and retired Metallics Glitter Tape.
  • Ink the stamp from Stitched with Cheer Stamp Set in Real Red and stamp onto a piece of Whisper White card stock. Zip it through the Big Shot with the Bunch of Banner Framelits die cutting it. Attach all of your pieces together with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • Punch a hole at the top with the 1/8 Handheld Punch and tie some Candy Cane Baker's Twine through it. Add a Rhinestone Basic Jewel.
  • Attach to your package and use wrapping ribbon to finish decorating.

Card 2

This was the card we created to go inside the packaging with the gift.

Supplies Used
Stamp: Oh, What Fun, Stitched with Cheer, Retired 25 Days of Christmas
Ink: Real Red, Garden Green
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, This is Christmas
Acc.: Big Shot, Bunch of Banner, Layering Circles and Banner Framelits, 1/8 Handheld Punch, Candy Cane Baker's Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

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Quick Family Update + More

Morning all :)

Lots of things to share but first a quick update on the family :) November Dad had a couple of more surgeries. One of the surgeries was to see if the infection was gone and good news it appeared to be so the doctors went ahead with the other surgeries. All the surgeries went good. Hubby and I took some time off from working to hunt... I hunted 1 day and next morning woke up VERY sick suddenly. lol Their is something very nasty going around and lucky me got it! I spent the next 3 weeks very sick. I got better just in time to head down for my check up at the Mayo (5 hours from us) where I got bad news. My body has adjusted to the meds for my Rheumatoid Arthritis...UGH now everything that's been going on with me make sense. lol

My dad was scheduled to have his last major shoulder surgery on black friday and they where gonna have to go down on thanksgiving since the surgery was scheduled for early morning. So we decided to have Thanksgiving at my brother's new house. I left Rochester and booked it to my brother's new house it's about a 2 1/2 hour drive it took me 5 hours. THUD Traveling the day before Thanksgiving I don't recommend wow so many accidents and crazy drivers. Thanksgiving Day arrived my parents and hubby headed down to my brothers. Here is the turkey cutting the turkey. Hahaha


Later that day Hubby and I had to head home because of the dogs and farm. The next morning got up did chores and got on the road to head down for dad's surgery. Another 4 hour drive one way. lol Dad's surgery was supposed to take 3 - 3 1/2 hours they were done in 1 1/2 hours! It went really good and the infection was defiantly gone. FINALLY 10 months and it's gone. Hubby and I booked it to go back home. Another fun day of crazy traffic. Dad was in the hospital for a couple of days had some serious pain but otherwise he was doing good.


Next day for us was our niece's birthday party! Hubby and I were exhausted and the poor guy a few days later got sick. He ended up getting what I had only it got so bad it spread to his eyes. Didn't know that could happen and wow peeps that is miserable! So December started off with another sicky. lol


I turned the big 40 and my gift to myself I woke up sick with another cold. ROFL Finally today I feel like this crud is going away. Dad saw his doctors and everything is healing good he can now start moving his arm around a little. Woo hoo! We are getting their peeps!

Customer Update

  • I know many of you placed orders in November and I am sorry I haven't gotten your thank you gifts out getting so sick really set me back. I hope to have stuff out in the mail next week. Along with the new Occasions and SAB catalogs to those that have placed orders! Thank you all for being supportive and so understanding!!
  • Club members your gifts and project packets will be going out in Jan I don't think I will have stuff done before Christmas. When I mail out packages I 'll let you know.
  • Christmas cards won't be happening this year I haven't even been able to start them. I am planning on doing something in Jan. (or at least I hope to lol)
  • My  Downline Team: in January sometime I am hoping to start back up our monthly training stuff for you ladies as well. As always if you need something you know how to get a hold of me :)
  • I will also be posting a little more to my blog here trying to get back into the swing of things. 



Family Gifts: Christmas Countdown Begins

Morning my stamping peeps,

Back today with those family gifts we created last year for our family to open all year!! For December we did a 25 Days of Christmas countdown for 4 families....which resulted in 100 countdown presents for December!!! This is what 25 Days of Christmas countdown looks like for 1 family. Some of you have seen some of this already; I wanted to share all this in order for the new comers ;) I had intended to share each day on the day this year but not everyone could open gifts on the days right away due to work schedules and life. If you want to see everything at once I will be posting to a special board I created on pinterest just for the Family 25 Days Christmas Countdown.


THUD right? I love doing the countdowns in December and normally I just do 12 days and yes in the future I will stick to that! lol For the most part the basic idea was the same however each family was a little different as some have kids, some do not, some have allergies and etc. One thing to note the projects that I will be sharing used last years products from the Stampin' Up! 2016 Holiday Catalog and Stampin' Up! 2016 Main Catalog so some of the product has retired since I created these gifts. You can easily change out the ideas and use the new Holiday products or you'll get lots of ideas using last years product that your hoarding ;)

25 Day Letter

This was the letter we included in the 25 Day's Christmas Countdown. I kept it very simple I printed out what we wanted to say. At the top I created the title and changed it to print in color so it would be more festive. At the top I added a piece of This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper (retired) and then I stamped the trees from Stitched With Cheer Photopolymer Stamp Set (retired) in Old Olive ink. Doesn't need to be fancy and feel free to copy the wording too!

Somethings I learned from this project that will be helpful for you ;)

1. Shop an year in advance otherwise to do all of this in December is very STRESSFUL!! lol

2. Be ORGANIZED especially if doing this large of scale!! We were and we weren't towards the middle of this project pretty much chaos happened and their were piles of stuff everywhere with no rhyme or reason. Thank goodness I wasn't hosting Christmas.

3. Make a basic list of what you want to do for the xx amount of days. You can get lots of ideas from pinterest too! Just search christmas countdown. I only had a few days figured out what I wanted to do but over all we didn't do that; we just went to the stores and wandered around trying to figure out what we wanted to do and in December no less when it's a zoo! That part I didn't enjoy trying to figure out what to do as I am a organized person and always have a plan. We also tried to make some gifts to help save on the overall cost.

4. Try to make your projects ahead of December if doing this large of scale. We actually didn't get everything done in time and had 1 am nights (which is very bad for me to do with my RA, I paid the price Christmas Day was spent sick and sleeping, I didn't get do our family Christmas so Merry Christmas to me! lol). We also ran into some major snags where we had to create something entirely different when that's not so great to do in December when the clock is ticking. lol

5. Think about Christmas packaging. For example I knew I would be making all my tags but if your doing a countdown you want numbers so if you don't have numbers that is something to think about. We got lucky when we stopped at Hobby Lobby all Christmas packaging was 50% off but we still spent $200 on just that. My advice if you want to do this go after Christmas and get what you can on clearance! lol

6. Things you will need a LOT of; scotch tape, boxes and several pairs of scissors (we kept misplacing our 1 pair). I used a lot of those white shirt boxes. We kept buying this stuff thinking we had enough but nope hubby had to literally go to walmart every day here. It became a running joke for us. lol

7. Mass production lines work way better too! At first I was doing one family at a time so presents wouldn't get mixed up and if anyone stopped by I didn't want them to see the gifts!! lol We finally got smart and purchased some 6' folding tables set them up in a room where we could shut the door and laid stuff out, created till a table was full then stopped and wrapped and put into labeled totes.

8. If you don't get done in time; oh well! lol The gift recipients will still be excited by the idea!

9. We became expert gift wrappers so if we ever need a job to fall back on. hahaha

Hopefully our families have loved this christmas magic gift we created for them! We still had a lot of fun even if it ended up being stressful. Having a good sense of humor helps too so if you don't then DO NOT do this project! lol Hubby and I ended up creating some pretty good memories and it's something for us to look back on and laugh about.




October Family Update

Morning peeps,

Wow it's almost been a month since I last posted and a lot has happened in that month. We've finally made some progress around here! First big news I got the catalog packages done and out the door to all my wonderful customers!!! I know right? I also got all of thank you gifts done too! Whoop Whoop I will share pictures and etc. after a few days I don't want to spoil the surprise. Huge thank you to all of you for being so patient and understanding! I have the best customers ever :)

My dad is doing; this past week he went in for his surgery to take the samples to see if the infection is gone or not. The doctor couldn't tell so we have to wait to see if any bacteria grows or not. Crossing our fingers it does not so we go onto the next surgery of repairing his shoulder the best they can. At least with this surgery he could come home and not end up in the hospital for days. It's been a tough month with him because he has slipped into some serious negativity, is a little depressed and something is going on with his memory bad. We think it's from the anesthesia. He's been put under 12 times now in a year. Today marks 7 months from the 1st surgery so really I am surprised this didn't happen sooner. If things come back good then we have 3 surgeries left.

I am still working on the parents house and hubby helps on the weekends. In September we started on their bedroom. We had to make a closet since we turned their previous closet into a pantry.


Before picture.


All framed in!


Wires, outlet boxes and sheet rocked.


Mom painted the room.


Inside the closet. I think we are going to build another set of shelves that stand from the floor to the ceiling.


We ended building another closet since their was wasted space behind one of the doors. This way mom had more storage which turned out to be a good thing. Since the other closet wasn't as big as we thought it would be. lol


Sheet rocked and painted.


Here it is all finished.

Took us a month to get this room finished and parents bed put back in their. We still have a few things to finish in this room then it's done. Then all that is left is 2 rooms and go through and finish up little things we left for the winter. Then we will be done!!


I also got mom's bay in the garage all cleaned up 6 months to the day so she could park back in the garage. She was happy to park in the garage. I was happy to not see a pile of lumber, sheet rock and etc. sitting their! lol For 6 months that pile just wouldn't be gone, we'd get it down and then more stuff would be purchased and piled back up it was getting depressing. haha

My dad's awesome farmer friends got together one weekend and worked the cows. They surprised us and I am ever so grateful for them. I wasn't sure how hubby and I were going to work over 100 cows on our own. It usually takes 4 people to work the herd.

We also finished up our firewood for this year! Thank goodness we both were a little stressed over that. We got it all home and stacked and were even able to start on next years.


We cut up the dead trees from my parents farm and the cows had to come check it out while loading a load. If I could only train them to bring and stack we would be set! lol


Some of the calves we raised this year and they are quite curious lot. I thought they would run once the chainsaw started but nope they actually were a bit of a pain. lol


Even my new truck got broke in :( In August Hubby got me a new vehicle for our anniversary. I love it, it has heated seats! My previous vehicle was 13 years old and we were starting to have the nickle and dime stuff happening and since I have to drive 5 hours away for my dr. appointments hubby wanted something more reliable for me. Load after load resulted in this.


7 rows of firewood and just in time before our first snow storm. lol Phew cut it close this year.

Just a glimpse into our life this past month so much more has happened and I will have a lot for my project life album. Were finally wrapping stuff up so I hope to not be so exhausted and get back to my stamping business.

Thanks again for the continued good thoughts, prayers, cards, emails and etc.




Quick Family Update + More

Hey peeps!

Last week I was going to post an update and with a snap of a finger the week was gone. My dad is still not better; it's turned into such a nightmare and at this point his arm may not be 100% every again. Since I last posted he's had more surgeries and the incision from the first surgery isn't healed yet. Basically not good peeps, not good at all. We just have to take it day by day but we still have a VERY, VERY long road ahead of us. Still working on everything hubby and I are averaging 15-17 hour work days. We've made some progress on the parents house but that's been a whole other story. lol My doctors also increased my meds and I am struggling with that; they make me so sick. I don't know how that is good for you. lol On top of this I broke my foot!! So it's been pretty wild for hubby and I.


Cabinets installed in the kitchen.

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Apparently we haven't taken a full on picture of the kitchen cabinets since we got the crown molding on them. lol Still have to install black splash.

Then we moved onto the master bathroom.


Started ripping the sheet rock and wallpaper out.


Gutted master bathroom. This took us a 12 hour day because they used glue and so many nails it was insane.


All sheet rocked!


Tile installed. The next day when we went over some of the tile didn't settle right so it had to ripped back up and reset. (roll my eyes)


This is the bathroom vanity hubby and I made for my parents. Turned out pretty cool but wow it was a nightmare to get in. The walls apparently are crooked by 1/2" no less so it wouldn't fit in the front of the opening for the vanity. Dh only measured the opening in the back. Yep he learned his lesson and apparently I can't leave him unsupervised. hahaha Hubby and I had to tear the vanity apart to trim it down after building it for 2 weeks. He was on my list! lol


Master shower done and boy was this thing a nightmare and pain. I won't bore you with the details but I almost went on strike over this shower 4 months working on that stupid thing. lol We just have to finish sealing it up, install the toilet and put the washer/dryer unit back in this room will be done!


Utility room tile installed. Still have to trim out this room but where getting there.


July 4th we got a surprise we had a baby born early. Her poor lungs weren't developed so she was a bottle baby. She had to be feed 3 times a day to start out with.


Few weeks later and she decided she was so done doing the bottle thing. lol Never had that happen before. She's pretty cute and doing good.

That's what's been happening for July and good part of August, besides our regular work.

Customer Update

Sorry I still haven't gotten catalogs out to those that qualified. I am waiting on a couple of things to arrive to make up for being late with them. Cross your fingers next week they go out sometime!

I am also in the process of packaging up all the prizes from my 25 Days of Christmas Giveaway. I will be contacting the people that won prizes over the next few days.

Thanks for the good thoughts, emails, cards, phone calls, prayers and the continued support of my businesses! I do appreciate it a lot!! I feel blessed to have such great friends and customers.




Family Updates + More

Hello peeps,

I hope you and your families are doing good and enjoying the start to summer! A lot has been happening here. May was pretty insane for us thus why no blog posts. I just want to take a moment and say thanks for the prayers and good thoughts it's been quite a journey for us. Jamie's grandpa is now home! Woo hoo! He did get sent to the rehabilitation place thank goodness. He can't be on his own right now not sure if he will ever be able to, but he continues to work hard at physical therapy and doing exercises at home.


Hubby with his grandpa. I think grandpa looks pretty good!

Things haven't been good with my dad. It took 9 weeks before the infection finally has gone away. It involved several surgeries they even had to go in and remove the hardware from the rota-tor cuff surgery. He had to have a wound vac put in to try to pull the infection out. (Boy doesn't that sound appealing? lol) The rota-tor cuff surgery failed too, things let loose inside :( The pocket hole that formed and got infected right now will not heal and close up so this past week the parents meet with another specialist. Dad will have to have surgery to close up the hole then when it finally heals they will go back in and do the rota-tor cuff surgery again. He still has the pic line and continues to be on the antibiotic. We've been in and out of the hospital and he's had some side effects from all the surgeries. Continued prayers and good thoughts are appreciated; it's been pretty scary and just plain crazy. We will continue to be full time farmers for quite some time. lol


Lots of babies born. There so cute when they are little. The other day we spent several hours chasing a bull that got out. He was definitely not so cute! ROFL So far we've only lost 3 calves which is pretty good. We have 1 left to calf and then get a break till August when fall calving starts. Thankfully this year it's gone pretty smooth for us! We've been busy fixing fences, and hauling manure all that lovely fun stuff.

Of course with all of this going on we are still working on the parents house remodel. I CRUMBA I don't think it will ever be done. lol


This is the backside of the kitchen cabinets at my parents house. They look nice in the picture but I assure you they weren't. They were made out of basically paper and pressed board. Modeler home for ya. They had this entire row that went across the center of the kitchen and separated the dinning room.  You can't see it in the picture but the living room and kitchen were an open floor plan.


We ripped them out to open it up and give more room for the dinning table. Then built a partial wall between the kitchen and living room. Of course Gizmo was underfoot all the time. lol Were the fridge is was cabinets too that we ripped out. Then we ripped them out by the stove and sink too.


Our wall we built...yes there were plenty of jokes.


We kiltzed everything and mom painted the kitchen. I love the color she picked it'll look awesome with the cabinets.


Last Friday the cabinets were delivered! They got hickory cabinets. Gorgeous!! We did get them installed but forgot to take a picture. haha We still have to put up trim on the ceiling, install the kick-board and trim on the cabinets, and finish up with the counter top caulking. Then all that will be left is installing the floor but that has to wait till we are done with their bathroom and the mud room. My cousin and I finished up the shower in the bathroom. We have to finish up sheet rocking, paint, build the new bathroom vanity and install it then we can lay the tile. The mud room we just have to sand, paint, pull up the cracked tile and lay the new. We did get mom's pantry done just have to install the door! Progress but slow.

My brother's wedding was mother's day weekend and it was gorgeous! Everything went good! It was exhausting for hubby and I it was 2 1/2 hours away but we had to drive back and forth because of our dogs and the cows since we were calving. We don't have the pictures yet but someone snapped a couple and sent them to me.


My mom's brother and family with all of us.


Us and my cousin's boys. These guys are my peeps! They were so good that day I was very proud of them. Hayden is taller than me know and Hunter is not far behind. lol


Nate is a good friend of my brothers that we consider like another brother with his wife (Jess) and daughter (Lyla). Lyla was the flower girl and she was soo cute!

Then we ended May with my one of my cousin's kids graduating. This was an important one for us!


Taylor was our flower girl in our wedding. Boy has the time flown by! Seems like yesterday when she was born and we were holding her. She is super smart and going to the university of mn for physics she wants to do the science stuff like they do on that show CSI.

Pretty crazy month for us! No wonder why we are exhausted right?


Stampin' Up! Update

Due to all going on I didn't get the catalog's and goodie package done on time. I am still working on them and hope to have them in the mail to all of you that qualified for the package by the end of the week at the latest. I apologize for the delay I just haven't had time with all of the stuff going on and with the days not feeling good it's been hard for me to keep up with my stamping business. Thank you for your continued support I do appreciate it!





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