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Guess who's making a blog comeback!? ME. And mister baby is in full agreement. How, you ask? He went to bed nice and early.

When my mom had an aneurysm burst in her brain three weeks ago, I took a bit of a blog break. {You can read a little background of what happened to her here.}

I am beyond happy to let you know that yesterday they moved her out of the severe ICU and into the transitional ICU. Yes, still the intensive care unit, BUT, she has made tremendous progress. I won't bore you with all of the statistics and medical knowledge that I have gained over the last 3 weeks, but I will tell you that when she went into the ICU she was referred to as by far the "sickest patient" they had. She was in a medically induced coma. She had an awesome team of doctors {yes a team} that figured out exactly the correct steps to take. And her nurses, well they were phenomenal. She had the worst type of aneurysm, in the worst spot, and the fact that she didn't die right when it burst, was a miracle within itself. She is not "better" by any stretch of the imagination, and has a LONG road to recovery, but she is recovering, and that is the important part. Thank you to everyone who's been keeping my mom, me and my family in your thoughts and prayers... don't stop now! :) If anyone would like to read her daily progress you can go the this site and check it out. 

SO, time to catch you up on what's been going down on and off the ol' farm.

~ The family took a little trip to San Francisco. In between spending time with my mom in the ICU, we would go outside where my amazing hubs was watching our little mister, and we'd all have a nice break.

{sitting with Pappy}

{swinging with Uncle Ian}

{all of that biz made him real REAL sleepy}

~ On our drive home we stopped at Lake Tahoe to take a break.

{I guess throwing snow at Mommy is pretty funny...}

{but throwing rocks into water is way more entertaining, and lasts way longer.}

~ Mister babe learned a few new tricks over the past couple weeks also. He learned how to...

{longboard... in irrigating boots}

{fix the sprinkler, aka "spray king"}


{destroy his daddy's tractor magazine}

{get the mail}

{hump the cat? what? kidding.}

{more driving}


[sit cross legged}

 ~ There have also been a few changes around the farm.

1. New baby kitties! Yay. They were born about two and half weeks ago. I don't know how many there are or what colors they are. I know nothing. Except they exist. The mommy cat had them in our stack of wood. I figure she knows what she is doing. And we all know what happened with our last bunch of kitties...if not you can read about it here.

Considering this beast still roams around, I think it's probably for their well being. Or maybe that black bird finally succeeded in scaring it away.

2. We got ourselves a new fence. Isn't is beautiful? 

My farmer is having some trouble getting that new grass seeding to grow on the far left. Strange since he's a farmer right? Well, I think he's over trying... he brings in all of the tractors to do it, and well, I don't know if grass seed is supposed to be roller harrowed and packed with a tractor. It's coming though. :)

3. The flowers are blooming, and it makes me happy.

4. Baling has officially started. Stay tuned, I'll post more on that soon. 


{sucky mother's day}

This mother's day is a sucky one. Real REAL sucky.

This last Wednesday my amazing mom had an aneurysm suddenly burst in her brain.

After being taken to a local hospital, they realized they couldn't do much of anything for her. Luckily they were able to get her helicoptered to San Francisco where she is now in an amazing facility. She has already had many procedures done, and remains sedated. Over the next few days they are going to slightly remove the sedation to see if she can follow some simple commands... "squeeze my hand", "wiggle your toes", "give a thumbs up", etc. I was by her side when they were doing this for the second time with her. I stood there staring at her hands wishing so badly they would do just as the doctor had asked. I talked to her, praying that she could hear me. Wishing that this was a terrible nightmare that I would awaken from at any moment.

She needs to remain stable, keep pressures down, avoid infection, respond more, etc, etc, etc.

One major milestone we are rooting for also is that she can avoid vasospasms. Essentially this is the constricting of blood vessels in her brain, that if not able to be treated, may lead to strokes. The risk of these happening reduces significantly after 14 days.

It makes me more than sick to my stomach to think that she has gone from this {on her birthday in April, visiting the farm, with her favorite little mister}...

...to laying in the ICU.

This is one hard thing to watch.

Please PLEASE pray for my sweet mom. We can really use all of the prayers, positive thoughts, etc. that you are willing to give. I know that they all help. Time to rally here peeps. It is going to be a rough couple of weeks, months, maybe years ahead.

Happy Mother's Day Mom. I love you. You are the MOST amazing woman that I know. Keep fighting hard.


{first things first}

First things first. I'm still sick. Swear word.
I fell asleep last night at about ten listening to the hubby laughing while watching Ax Men. 
1. I have not once laughed at that show. 
2. It is a rarity for me to fall asleep before 11:30.
3. Who gets sick three times in 5 months? ME.

Regardless of the sickness, our trip this last weekend was still fun. 
The first night we stayed with my hubster's amazing aunt. And this is just a wee bit of what we did.

{rock climbing}





{and more sliding... look at the pure joy on his face, mixed with some pure static electric hair = a picture that makes this momma smile}


{my little curious monkey wanted to touch every piece of tree poking through the fence}

{the hubs thought it would be funny to spin in circles...}

{and then set my precious ever-so-dizzy babe down to walk...}

{apparently he enjoyed it, because he went back for more}

{putting rocks down water drainage vents is real REAL entertaining}


{a little reminiscing}

We are leaving in two hours.
For a trip that we go on every year.
But, just decided last night we were going on for sure, because, well, I've been sick - again. Ugh.

Have you heard of Bloomsday? It is a 10k run/jog/walk that over 50,000 peeps participate in. And it is legit fun. Well... it's more fun when you are actually running it, and not crammed in the very back of the line-up with all of the walkers/strollers {you aren't allowed to run if you are pushing a stroller}. Seriously - you can hardly move. Last year, when I crossed the start line, I was creepin' along. Lame.

I was reminiscing back on all of the years we've gone. 

2003 was the first year that I went. Ryan and I were dating, and I wasn't signed up for the race, because, well, our dating life was pretty sporadic. 

{Hello arms, would you like to reappear on my body again? Thanks.}

Then, there was 2006. {Not sure what happened to 2004, and I was on a deserted island in 2005 - that's definitely material for another post.}

(I stole this pic from the Bloomsday website, hence the teeny tiny size. Not very blog friendly, sorry.}

These are the only pics I have of our 2007 trip. Don't ask... I swear we ran, and we WERE at Bloomsday.


Uh, the pics don't get any better for the following two years, so I'll spare you. 

However, last year the pics came back in full force. Brody's first year "running" Bloomsday. His little {big} three month old body mostly slept, while Ryan and I were beating people off of us left and right, just to get through to the finish. Can you tell I'm excited about it this year? 

And, because a lot of the pictures in this post were bad, no good, and unappealing, I thought I'd throw in these little gems of Brody the week after we got home from our Bloomsday trip.

I miss those little rolls. :)

Linked up today:


{let me just throw some sand in my face}

We live very near some sand dunes. In fact, Wikipedia claims that they are the tallest single-structured sand dunes in North America at 470 ft. And we all know that Wikipedia is legit right? Right.

We hadn't taken Brody yet, even though it is mere minutes from our house. So, recently, we went. And it just so happened to be windy. Wind? Idaho? Yea... it's ALWAYS windy. Sand and wind aren't the best mixture, fyi. But we are cultivating a little mind here peeps, so it was necessary.

{He was SO intrigued by the sand between his toes when we first set him down.}

{Another walking stick... much like one of the pics in this post.}

{Gunner came along also... he put lots and lots of fresh tracks in the wavy sand.}

{Check out that mullet blowing in the wind!}


{It might only look like I am inches off of the ground, but it is all perspective. I was real REAL high :)}

{Getting sand in all sorts of crevices.}

{Let me just throw some sand in my face.}

{Baby prints.}

{Hi mommy. [Note the haze at the top of the dune... that's blowing sand.]}

{Hiking along.}

{Love, love, LOVE them.}

{Gunner barreled down the dune. And he was happy. The end.}

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