Thursday, April 17, 2014
I was going to write about spring progress on the farm. Then it snowed (I hope you feel the disappointment that I’m trying to convey…).
I decided to update you on my Coach Status for soccer. First off: my team is great! They are an excited bunch of 3 and 4 year olds, and their excitement is contagious!
Our first practice was great. We only got through 2 or 3 things on my list from Soccer Mom. Apparently, a half hour goes fast when you are having fun! Instead of kicking a certain number of goals, we used it to warm up to each other (and to the soccer ball).
Last Saturday was our first two games…and pictures. It was a long day for preschoolers! Also, out of our 6 on the team, only 4 were there. So, not only was it a long day, but they had to play most of the time (especially when Charlotte didn’t really want to at all the second game!).
I laughed pretty hard when they kicked the ball off in our first game, and then, NO ONE MOVED. They looked around at everyone yelling like, “I kicked it, now what?” Also, high-fives were something that they didn’t understand either. So, last night at practice we worked on high-fives and scrimmaged!
We don’t keep score for this age of soccer, which I think is a good idea. The main thing is to (as my Grandpa George would say) get your nose hard, and HAVE FUN! Like I said, my team is great :)
Now, if we could keep this Iowa weather constant...
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Spring is here, and I am officially a soccer mom. Not only that, I am a soccer COACH. I didn't really sign up to be a coach. However, when you have 2 kids on the team, you are somewhat obligated. :)
I am the pee-wee coach for 3 and 4 year olds. 2 out of the six kids are my own. This should be interesting! I don't really have much experience with coaching, or soccer for that matter, but I do have a 'game plan.'
- To make sure both the parents and the kids are comfortable with me.
- Tell them the rules (main ones being: no hands, when they hear the whistle - they need to stop playing, treat one another nicely, and HAVE FUN).
- Stretch & Warm-up (jumping jacks, running the length of the field)
- Ice Breaker drill: stand in a circle and kick the ball to one another. When the ball comes to you - say your name.
- Goal kicking: line up and kick the ball in 15 times (count together)
- Red Light - Green Light (with a ball): I will let each one of the kids lead
- Scrimmage: we will only have 1 practice before our first game, so hopefully this will help them get the idea of what they need to do.
I tried to get my kids to play soccer with me the other day. Charlotte was happy to take pictures, but was not happy to kick the ball. Wyatt kicked the ball for 5 minutes, sat down and said "that's enough." I think my own children will be my biggest battle!
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Some of her interests:
- Disney music. Almost every night I am asked to sing Beauty and the Beast!
- She likes to play ‘mommy.’ I am the sister. If you stray from those titles, you will be in trouble.
- Her brother and her are best friends. And best enemies.
- FRUIT SNACKS
- Her puppy Dixie
- Princess dresses. She likes to dress up, then turn in a circle like a ‘princess.’
- The potty (some days).
- The potty (some days).
- Vegetables (any tips? I’m thinking if I pour chocolate on them, I may have a chance of her eating them?!)
- Talking on the real phone (She’ll talk your ear off on a pretend phone)
Saturday, January 25, 2014
While a lot of my blogging friends have written about the cold weather, AJ and I were able to take a break with some great friends down in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. When we left Des Moines, it was a whopping -14 degrees (that does not include wind-chill!).
We got to Punta Cana at 4:30 pm that day (Punta Cana time) and it was 89 degrees ABOVE ZERO! Yea, it was awesome. We had a great time. Besides getting sick, it was a beautiful trip. I had hoped to see some of the Dominican Republic agriculture, but didn't quite make it. Maybe next time!
This week I am switching places with AJ, and I am doing chores (he had a small surgery and has some stitches to care for). I've done chores before and I used to help outside on the farm. But that was before we had kids. Now, my main chore on our farm is our kids. :) I am excited for our switch, but we also have some cold weather to deal with!
My experience so far has been more challenging that I had imagined. Friday was my first full day of doing chores by myself. Of course, the water tanks were frozen up, and we had a calf die (ironically, On The Banks of Squaw Creek wrote about "sentiment" and "sentimentality" on the farm that day. Read it, I agree with her!). Friday, I started chores at 8 am and finally finished up at noon. I was exhausted! This morning I went out to do chores at 8 and was back in by 10 (I even had to load the feed truck!). By the end of this, I will be a pro :)
Here are some things that I am learning:
- I need better gloves, stocking hats, socks, and long underwear. It is cold outside.
- I need to lift more weights in the 'off season.' Going in and out of the loader, trying to load a 150 pound calf in the loader bucket, scooping out feed bunks, and crawling over gates has taught me that I'm more out of shape than I thought!
- I need a handkerchief. You can only wipe your nose with your hand and wipe it on your jeans so long before your nose gets sore.
- I need to remember my Bluetooth for questions (and to charge my phone up). This morning I had my Bluetooth and phone charged so when I called AJ with questions I had both hands handy! :)
- I need a better attitude at times. When I was having trouble yesterday, I was getting mad. I'm pretty sure I waste more energy when I get mad. I need to just move on.
- When the weather is windy and cold, chores will take a little longer.
Some cool things about chores:
- The beautiful winter mornings.
- The equipment that I get to use.
- The calves and pigs :)
- Felfies (Farmer Selfie). They are the cool thing to do!
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Another thought of why I'm not guilt-ridden is that humans have been eating meat for 1.5 million years (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121004093508.htm). Humans were historically hunters and gatherers. In order to live they had to hunt for their food. They had to follow the animals that provided their food, clothing, and shelter. As cultivation technology evolved they were able to stay in one area and grow their own food. Thus came this super fantastic career that is now known as farming! Agriculture has evolved to today: where it takes very small amount of people on a very small amount of land to feed the world. We are lucky to have our food brought to us in a store. It is safe and put into a pretty package. Instead of spending our day hunting our food, we can now wonder whether or not we should feel guilty about eating our steak!
Instead of feeling guilty, here are 8 things to keep in mind for guilt free meat eating:
Are you hungry for some meat yet? I know I am! :)
Friday, December 13, 2013
I received a New Leader Award last night from the Iowa Soybean Association (sponsored by DuPont Pioneer). I am very honored and humbled to get it. But, I'd like to talk about everyone in my life that has made a difference and been a leader to me.
Obviously it starts at my roots: my grandparents and parents. They were the ones to teach me about hard work, humility, commitment, and faith.
I've had a lot of mentors in school along the way that have reminded me for every step back, you must start over and take that step forward again.
My friends and peers. They've taught me to believe in the good in the world and to BE the good in the world. They have taught me to use critical thinking skills. To think about the big picture to further yourself. To educate yourself.
My husband and kids. They are teaching me that all that I will ever try and work for is worth it. They are my blood, love, and life. (Note the beginning and end are my family. Those closest to me.)
I may have the tools to be a leader in agriculture, but I can't be a leader without any of the above. This award means I have a lot of hard work ahead of me. This is only the beginning.
I am motivated to become a leader.
Photo courtesy of Joe Murphy, Iowa Soybean Association