These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you will have tribulations, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Thursday, May 27, 2010

IT'S A "MOM" Thing..

My mother forwarded this email to me, and I thought it did a pretty good job of explaining what a mom's life can be like....

IT'S A "MOM" Thing..

Mom and Dad were watching TV when Mom said, 'I'm tired, and it's getting late. I think I'll go to bed'. She went to the kitchen to make sandwiches for the next day's lunches. Rinsed out the popcorn bowls,took meat out of the freezer for supper the following evening, checked the cereal box levels, filled the sugarcontainer, put spoons and bowls on the table and started the coffee pot for brewing the next morning. She then put some wet clothes in the dryer, put a load of clothes into the washer, ironed a shirt and secured a loose button. She picked up the game pieces left on the table, put the phone back on the charger and put the telephone book into the drawer. She watered the plants, emptied a wastebasket and hung up a towel to dry. She yawned and stretched and headed for the bedroom. She stopped by the desk, wrote a note to the teacher, counted out some cash for the field trip, and pulled a text book out from hiding under the chair. She signed a birthday card for a friend, addressed and stamped the envelope and wrote a quick note for the grocery store. She put both near her purse. Mom then washed her face with 3 in 1 Cleanser, put on her Night Solution & Age Fighting Moisturizer, brushed and flossed her teeth and filed her nails.. Dad called out, 'I thought you were going to bed...' 'I'm on my way,' she said She put some water into the dog's dish then made sure the doors were locked and the patio light was on. She looked in on each of the kids and turned out their bedside lamps and TV's , hung up a shirt, threw some dirty socks into the hamper, and had a brief conversation with the one up still doing homework. In her own room, she set the alarm; laid out clothing for the next day, straightened up the shoe rack. She added three things to her 6 most important things to do list. She said her prayers, and visualized the accomplishment of her goals. About that time, Dad turned off the TV and announced to no one in particular. 'I'm going to bed!’ And he did. without another thought. Anything extraordinary here? Wonder why women live longer...? Cause we are made for the long haul.... Just imagine if this mother lived on a farm!

I have to say though, my husband is big on the to do list....He does quite a lot. So honey, this email doesn't pertain to you ;)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Horses, Horses, Horses

This morning Shane came driving home with a trailer full of horses, 3 to be exact. Not only did he have the horses but all tack required to ride those horses. He brought home five saddles, he said that would be extra in case anyone came over and wanted to ride too.

Since I've just not been comfortable riding Sonny, he has been looking around for a horse for me. I told him that I wanted a horse like my cousin had years ago. Real gentle and dead broke! I didn't know, but Shane tracked that exact horse down. My uncle had sold it several years ago, but Shane got in touch with the lady who had him and ended up with him as well as the other two. One of the other two use to be my Uncle Jamie's horse. Here are some photos of them and the tack....

As you can see they need some TLC. Shane said the lady's grass was as short, if not shorter, than a golf course. They haven't been wormed or had hooves trimmed in 6 months. Big Red is to be my horse, but Dillon said that he wanted him. He is the horse that my cousin used to own. Shaggy seems to be a pretty good horse. If Dillon will ride Big Red, I will probably ride Shaggy. Dillon has went backwards with the horse thing. He fell off of Sally and now is terrified of horses again. He is excited about Big Red because he overheard that she was the gentlest of them all....We'll have to see how our horse adventures go. I'm so excited for us to go on a trail ride. It will hopefully be fun for the whole family!

Now I had to get an updated picture of Nutmeg our sweet little goat. He has been put back in the pasture full time with the bucklings and he is almost convinced that he is a goat.

Mallory used to visit with him alot, but now he doesn't pay a whole lot of attention to us when he's out grazing. When we work goats though, he does get right in the way! He will cause that whole group of bucklings to go the wrong direction when Shane will be driving them with our border collie because he wants to stand there and be pet on by Mallory or Dillon. He's starting to "mature" and I've told Dillon and Mallory that they may not want to love on him quite so much....He will be getting banded soon so we won't have to worry about his maturation.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Secrets to God

I am going to try to blog more often here on Hesterman's Happenings because I told Shane that I want to have this blog turned into a keepsake book. I think they call it Blog 2 Print or something like that. I want to try to put as many memorable things I can so the kids can look back to see what they were doing. I think it is a fantastic idea so here we go....

I did want to write down something that Dillon asked me the other night. When I went in to tuck him in, he asked "Mom, what is God's phone number?" I told him that God didn't have a phone number and that you could talk to him anytime you'd like. It didn't have to just be before meals and bedtime. He said, "Good, because I just told God a secret. But I hope he won't tell my secret." I stood there so proud that he talks to God, and he told me that he told God he was going to send Granny and Grandpa Keller some balloons in the sky to heaven, but he didn't want God to tell them the balloons were coming to them in heaven. He wanted to suprise them because he said he missed them so much. I just hugged him and told him how sweet that was and that I was pretty sure God wouldn't spill the beans. I am so lucky to have such a sweet and kind little man!

Also the other day Dillon and Mallory came running to Shane and I to tell us they had found some baby birds. We have an old building that is used for storage and we had seen a birds nest in it a few weeks ago with tiny little blue eggs. Well those blue eggs had hatched and they went in to find it. I snapped some pictures of the little birds for them to keep to remember...I tried to do it quietly and fast because Shane reminded me that if that mother bird came in she was going to attack our heads. So here are my quick snapshots....

Friday, May 21, 2010

Last day of school

Today was Dillon's last day of 1st grade. Summer here we come! I hope to be able to do a lot with the kids this summer. They are growing up way too fast... Dillon wants to go see the battleship in Mobile, AL. I hope to take them to the Agriculture Museum in Jackson, MS too. We have many things we hope to do this summer together. We will be staying 5 days in Batesville, MS for the AKGA National Convention. I am looking forward to getting to meet new goat folks from here in the south as well as all over. Also looking forward to seeing friends we've met through goats. The kids are looking forward to the swimming pool at the hotel! It should be fun......

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Today we saddled up the horses and went for a little ride around the place. Mom came over and she was brave enough to get on Sonny. I, on the other hand, was brave enough for Sally. Although she did take off running with me to get around to Sonny while Shane was putting his saddle on. I won't lie, it scared me and took me back to the day I was a child on a crazy horse. I think that's why I'm a little apprehensive of trusting Sonny. He is still a little jumpy for me. I did enjoy riding though.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Mother's Day gift

My Mother's Day gift this year is a horse....if he works out for us, that is. Shane got this horse from Mr. Shows who raises registered Tennessee Walking Horses in Petal, MS. This horse is a gelding that is 5 years old, and had never been ridden. He had an injury right after Hurricane Katrina which ended up cutting a ligament in his left leg. Mr. Shows said that "Sonny" was a gentle horse and that he has been handled by his grandchildren since he was a colt. So far, Shane has saddled him up and taken him for several training sessions. He is very good natured, but I was so nervous when I got on his back, that I haven't officially rode him yet. I am to fearful of him raring up or something else totally unpredictable. I'm new to horses, so it is going to take some time. I know that the animals sense fear and anxiousness so I will have to work on that. I do love horses though! I just love the way they smell! I can't wait for Shane and I to go horseback riding together....

Saturday, May 8, 2010

A Very Rewarding Day

(This is an entry I started working on last week) Dillon's school had their Award's Day yesterday at his school. He received an award for Mathematics, Reading, Science, English, Social Studies, and also a Citizenship Award.

We are so very proud of Dillon. Of course being his mother, I feel like he is one of the most intelligent 7 year olds I know. He tends to say things and analyze things just as an adult would. It is so unreal to me how mature he is. I hope that he continues to enjoy school and continues to excel academically.

His baseball team has finally started winning again. They went through a period where they were losing their confidence and it was showing in their game. They were losing before they would even get on the field. Now their confidence is back and they are enjoying the game.

Here are some action photos of Dillon. The first is him preparing to field a ball heading towards third, and the other is Dillon ready to run home.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Eating nails?

Dillon and Mallory's Nana too them to the dollar store the other night and gave them each $1. They had to shop and find something for themselves and only spend $1. She said it took them 30-45 minutes to spend it. Dillon told me there were some checkers that were $2 but he couldn't buy it with only a $1. (Very good lesson!! He already owns a set of checkers anyway) He ended up with a bag of balloons and Mallory had to get fake fingernails. Not only fake fingernails, but metallic green fingernails. She was so proud of her grown-up nails. Watching her try to do things with them on was hilarious! She barely could hold her spoon to eat supper with those things. Then they started falling off into her bowl of food. After getting very frustrated, she took them all off and hasn't wanted to put them back on!