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1-2-3 Smile – Family Traditions

When I grew up there wasn’t much money. My father worked in a few different areas some were the oil fields, farming, and cattle feed lots.  My mother worked outside the home as well.  It was the 1970’s.  There were  three kids ahead of me,  I was the youngest.

Dad mom family pic


As I go through old photographs I find pictures of us together as a family.  From the funny colored ones to polaroid shots.  The year my Mom got a polaroid it was a big deal!  Most of them from my younger years are posed just so and children sitting correctly and looking forward.  Smiling when told too.

1971 family

I can see the paneling behind us and one of us sitting on Mom’s lap. We’re all dressed pretty decent for that era  and our hair fixed for sure! Which meant the girls slept with curlers in the night before and the one son, well his hair was slicked down for sure!  Everything looks picture perfect although most of our childhood wasn’t picture perfect.

My point is this.  There’s a family –  in that picture. Whether it be a dysfunctional one,  humorous one,  beat the crap out of you tomorrow,  hug you tonight one, it’s there. Documented.  Whatever the type or day it was,  a few people came together to capture a memory.

As I grew up I noticed that the family pictures started being taken by a professional.  Which meant in that day, Sears or perhaps JCPenneys.

famliy photos mom bob


Oh and my mother,when we had a family gathering,  you can bet there would be group shots taken.  As the number of grandchildren grew, there was a new set of photos to be taken with Grandma.

Looking back, I do wish we had more candid shots but I treasure these posed photos. See, my parents are both gone now.   I love looking back and sharing these treasures  with my siblings and children.

Most would say I have carried on the tradition that my mother ingrained in me from an early age. To take photos and be in the photos.

family july

I’m sure my son-in-law’s would much rather have it where we take less pictures but most of the time they give their mother-in-law just what she wants. And on a good day I get a really big smile!

When you look at this picture of my family you can see many things.

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I know I am very blessed to have 3 daughters,  6 grandchildren, with one in heaven, 2 son in laws, and a husband, to call family.  It may look picture perfect. We coordinated the clothes , smiling just right. We even made sure our hair and makeup was picture ready! And look, I channeled my Mom, but I didn’t sleep on curlers overnight! 🙂  Apparently she had more influence on me than I thought! 🙂

This picture is perfect to me but not for those reasons.  Mostly because to me even though we may be a family that at times,  drives each other nuts or hugs in a moment, possibly snarls at one another,  and even judges on occasion,  we still come together. We are still family.

So I hope I pass on the tradition to my girls, or maybe even inspire you!

Take the pictures. Be in the pictures. Take candid photos. Take pictures of the people that are sitting around your dinner table or lounging in your living room, the ones  cooking in your kitchen.

Taking the photos doesn’t mean you have to post on social media.  But if you do be sure to tag them and take a funny one so others can laugh WITH you!

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Photo credit Pam Weaver Photography

Then one day you can look at the pictures and probably remember a really good time or possibly a not so stellar moment. But more often than not, these images will become treasures.


Carrying on the tradition of pictures with grandkids!

I was inspired to write this post as I took my daily walk as the sun rose.  August is a different kind of month for me as both my parents passed away in August.  I think of them often, I look through photos and text my siblings so I can still feel a connection with them.  I’m grateful for the treasure of opportunity before me and the family that allows me to have my pictures.

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Farm Newsletter #2 Post – What’s Growing!


We normally send out our newsletter by August 1st. All our landlords receive a newsletter, annual calendar, and are invited to our annual landlord appreciation dinner each year! We take a few different times per year to make contact with them so they know we value them.

We wanted to make sure that we included our fall crops in the newsletter this year.  They don’t usually get as much mention as wheat does.  That is probably because we are just coming off of wheat harvest and are still in the excitement of that, plus I normally take many more pictures of wheat harvest than fall crop harvests! Fall harvest is spread out a few different months with three different crops being grown!

We hope you enjoy seeing what we have planted this year and how we communicated that to our landowners!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Julie & Milton

Fall Crops corn milo soybeans


Corn : 331            Milo : 123.5                Soybeans: 327.5          Double crop Soybeans: 305

We currently have 203 acres that are irrigated crops and the rest is non-irrigated. The flood irrigation system is more work than the center pivot irrigation system. Milton has to open and close the “gates” of the flood irrigation pipe at various times each day. He normally makes two trips out. The gates allow the water to flow to the rows like in the picture shown above. The pipe has to be laid out after the crop has grown some then picked back up before the harvest this fall. We can not open all the gates at the same time, so he has to keep track of where he started and stopped. This year these three got to lay the pipe out, Julie was at work at her “town job.” She was really disappointed not to help… NOT! 🙂 Paige drove the mule as she has a broken arm but still able to help out on the farm! Come fall the crops currently growing will be harvested. The harvest will span from August – October probably. Beginning with corn and ending with milo in late October. It’s not a rush situation as wheat harvest is in a span of a few days but spread out over a few months due to the varying crops.