Fair 2017

This was our first year embarking on the adventure of 4-H. What an adventure! We loved every minute of it. Really, we did. I’m not just saying it. Okay wellll, almost every minute of it. Ha! There was THAT moment when my two year old was hot and tired. Oh wait, I mean to say the 34 year old was hot and tired. And there was THAT moment when that same 34 year old lost her cookies behind the barn (and every 30 minutes after that for the next 12 hours). But besides that, we were in fine shape! Let’s keep thinking on the positives here people. In fact, there were many of them!

I thought I’d share a quick overview of the fun we had since there are many of you who followed along with our IG stories and also for those of you who are just getting to know us here on The White Barn Farm. Thanks for coming along with us and sharing in the excitement of the NCW Fair 2017!…


Here we are all ready for the fair! Off we go!


Upon arrival, Sparkles needed to get a tattoo. Yes, you heard me right. A TATTOO! Who knew rabbits get tattoos in their ears?! Well, Sparkles is a tatt-ed up rabbit diva now. My eight year old daughter Niyah chose: NS2 for N-Niyah S-Sparkles 2- ?? I don’t know…probably for the two of them? Your guess is as good as mine. Crazy to watch I tell ya. Crazy. That lady literally punches holes in the bunny ear and then rips it back out. Are you thinking “ouch”?! Umm, yea I know. Sparkles was “brave” while we held her down (firmly. very firmly) and painted on the black ink.  And there you have it. We now have a tatt-ed bunny. Rock on, Sparkles.


L-Belle loved them all. Every.single.one.


These two did a great job with their educational poster boards. Our 4-H community was amazing with the decorating sections for all the kids and their animals!


Fitting and showing: Kids showed their bunnies to a judge and answered questions about their animal.


Success. Don’t ribbons make everything awesome?! Niyah and Silas sure thought so!


“I’ll take one of these, mama.” said Belle in every barn.


Three hours a day of barn-duty kept us all working hard. Teaching ’em young. Love it.


Market day!



The kids walked the big arena with an auctioneer. It was super fun! They made some money by sweet people who “bought” their bunnies. Great practice for the years ahead of the official Market experiences.


I’m a proud mama. If this strikes a chord in your boots like it did mine then join in the fun! Dive in even if you know nothing about farming, animals, or fair. That was me a year ago! Find a local 4-H to get involved with. It’s a blast. There are so many life lessons for the littles to learn.

Now to think about what animal(s) they want to take next year??? Or rather, what mom and dad will allow them to take. It’s a family affair indeed!




Farmhouse Friday


Someday this view will return. We’re still surrounded by a think mass of smoke. I miss the sight of this beautiful valley. Praying for relief soon. To breathe fresh air again. Oh how we miss it! As we pray for rain, another part of our country prays for the rain to stop. In the midst of it all, the created prays to The Creator. In the meantime, The White Barn Farm fam are staying tucked inside and remaining hope-filled. Take courage, find joy in the simple, aaaand drink some coffee. I’ve been trying to shift my mind to imagine the smoke is merely just a stormy fall day. Cozy up with a hot cup of jo and life gets a bit better for a moment. Happy Farmhouse Friday my friends!

Farmhouse Friday

IMG_7722Garden harvest my friends, woot woot! Check it. That’s what I’m talking about. I know, I know… it’s a little heavy on the green side. But hey, we love that some seeds came to fruition at least! If you read my previous post you can tell, right?! So naturally, today I am sharing with you how easy, oh wait, let’s say NOT so easy it is to get a full garden harvest. But you have to try! It’s well worth the effort and the reward is beyond the “mess-ups”. You people out there who fill our local markets with gorgeous, organic, fresh, healthy produce get a tip of my hat at ya. Amazing I tell ya. Thank a Farmer. They deserve it! Happy Farmhouse Friday to all of you! Remember, make a plan to start your garden next season. It’s super fun!