Pioneer Farms Homeschool Field Trip

Technically our school year does not start for another two weeks, BUT we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to join some of our FISCHE homeschooling families for a school field trip to Pioneer Farms (which happens to be just up the road from us).  Here are some pictures from our morning adventure.

You know you have a Texan when the first words out of his mouth when he gets to the farm are “LONGHORN mommy!”

Alex said he loves Tepees and he wants to live in one.  Until he discovers there are no books and no air-conditioning.  Then I think he’ll change his mind.

Standing inside the Smokehouse.  Does he really understand what this was used for?

The detached kitchen.  He found the idea of a kitchen outside (where you potentially had to walk through the rain to get to it) a bit disturbing…considering how much time he spends in our kitchen, I’m thinking the extra distance might have been a good idea!

The outhouse.  He would have stood inside the outhouse for a picture too, but I’m not even going to go there!

In Loving Memory…

In Loving Memory of Buddy Joseph
1998 – September 3, 2013


Fifteen years ago you came wandering over to our apartment door and life has never been the same since.  Maybe you had grown tired of living out of the dumpster…maybe you didn’t want to fight off racoons just for a bite to eat…who knows.  It doesn’t really matter.  You ended up finding a family to take you in and it’s going to be hard to imagine life without you now.

When I think of you I’ll laugh about how you used to hide behind the door and bite my ankles, or purposefully walk along the counter top and knock my plants over.  It wasn’t funny then, but it makes me smile now.  I can’t believe I almost gave you away shortly after we took you in until that morning I took you for your haircut and you meowed pathetically and wrapped your big paws around my neck like you wouldn’t let go. We’ve been the best of friends ever since.

You purred like a freight train, snored louder than anyone else in this house, and kept your position at the top no matter how many new four-legged children joined the family.  You’ve been a fixture in our home for so many years.  

We miss you already.  

These last days have been so hard, but I imagine now you are finally at peace.  We will remember you often and think of how much of our lives you have shared with us.  Thank you for stopping by so many years ago and for staying with us this long.

“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply, becomes a part of us.” 
– Helen Keller