Farmhouse Friday: The Lil’ White Barn Farm People

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Happy Farmhouse Friday! We recently ventured out to snap a few family pictures of these special people. It was one of those days where I was not ready to get everyone all ‘dolled up’ for pictures. So with a quick rummage through closets and the shoe bin (AKA our apple crates stacked in the garage–works fantastic, try it!) this is as good as it got. Truth be told, I’m thankful my dear husband encouraged us to just go for it and get it done! He was right. We were long overdue for updated pictures. We simply met up with some friends and took their family pictures and then they took ours. This was a fantastic way to save some moolah and capture some precious faces. Phew, got er’ done. Living up the Farmhouse Friday today with the cowgirl boots my eight year old rocked with her capri’s. Why I let her leave the house with capri’s and cowgirl boots you may say? Mmmm, welllll, it is what it is! After all, remember, we’re homeschooled so we know how to wear things like this in confidence. Lol, kidding. Kinda. ūüėČ

So here they are. Growing all too fast. Isn’t time is a peculiar thing? One thing Mr. C-Mac and I have been reminding each other (okay let’s be honest, he has been reminding me!) is that it just takes small moments, with intentionality, over a long period of time to build relationship. These small increments of time will multiply to be a beautifully painted canvas of trust, love, and honesty shared as adults someday. It’s mind boggling to me as I look into the sweet, innocent eyes of an eight, six, four, and two year old that we will spend the majority of our lives knowing and relating to one another as adults. O how these are precious years, my friends. Let’s be intentional with the time we have now as we anticipate a future of joy in our relationships. By grace alone.

 

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!…

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

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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.

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

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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!

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

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

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

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

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Market day!

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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.

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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!

 

 

 

#BeMine

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Happy Valentines Day! Last week I shared about¬†some ways we celebrate this holiday. Today I’m letting you see our baking adventure¬†we had in preparation for today. I hope you enjoy some of these moments as much as I. Making memories with the little people in our lives is such a treat. Even more so than the ‘treats’ themselves! I realize that now… but by the look of these kiddos faces, I think they still find that the actual treats themselves are pretty awesome! The appreciation for memories¬†will settle in their hearts later on…

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We spent an afternoon baking and decorating heart shaped sugar cookies. Okay stop right there. I need to rephrase that; Actually, my good friend Fred Meyer spent the day baking and Betty Crocker prepared our frosting for us this time. Yes, it was one of those weeks. Not everything can be homemade overtime in my life. So we go with the help of others as often as needed. And I have learned to be okay with that. Remember my post last week?! Keep it sweet and simple. So for us, this was our sweet and simple. And you know what, the kids loved every moment of it (even the purchases at the store were a thrill because they anticipated the creations and consumption all the way home)!

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I had to keep at least one on a covered pedestal for myself or else the kids would want to eat them all, but look what happened…

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Look at Seth Luke’s (my two year old) eyes. Don’t they innocently¬†scream “I want that!” I was upstairs and then came down to this…I happen to have my camera on me to capture his sneaky mission… ha!

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He took the lid off, dipped his finger in the frosting and was on repeat for about 5x before I said, “Seth Luke, what are you doing.” And this was the face I got. Lol. Now many of you are probably like, “Well why in the world did you leave that on a table he can reach?!” Well let me answer that, I had left it there for some IG pics I was doing a few minutes prior to me having to run upstairs for something. Within seconds, he was a smart cookie to figure out how to take a little bit at a time so mom wouldn’t notice. He hasn’t learned moms have eyes behind our heads yet, nor cameras that allow us to share it with the world. Happy Valentine’s Day!

The School Room and so much more…

Wait, you homeschool with four children seven and under?! ¬†Yes, yes I¬†do. Stop, don’t leave! I’m not going to start making every post about what curriculum is best, or what books to read, or what denim skirt looks best to wear with your¬†bun and scrunchy (eek, do they still make those things)? I promise. Hmm, come to think of it my daughter is on a side bun kick lately. Yikes, that’s for consideration¬†another time. Lol, wink.

I totally get that¬†homeschooling is not for everyone. And that is a very good thing. We are all made beautifully unique.¬†Wherever¬†you are at…to the ends of the earth. ¬†With that said, I simply hope this post will encourage all¬†of you mamas out there to love your little ones well by¬†creating a space for them to imagine, dream, and learn. They are a gift to us. Teach them well through giving them the gift of learning. In whatever capacity that may be. We all spend a lifetime of learning. Yes, all of us. Let’s embrace learning together again. I know I have much to learn!

So for us this is a year of homeschooling. And we love it. That’s my motto- One year at a time.¬†I can handle that. One single year, month, day, and if I’m honest with myself, moment at a time. ¬†Breathe in, breathe out. By God’s grace we are taking it a year at a time. And truth be told…it is a joy and honor for me right now.

Here is a look at where we spend a good portion of our day…It is a room that works hard for our family as it puts on several hats including: office, playroom, daddy wrestling room, crafting, story times, guest room, and school room.

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A reading corner in a TeePee? Why not! Wouldn’t you want story time in a TeePee?

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Each¬†kiddo¬†has their own desk space. This¬†is super helpful for storing each of their own supplies and books. We painted the kids’ desk tops with some chalkboard paint. ¬†They have fun writing their name or doodling on it. That’s doodling, not drooling. Although that can happen sometimes too. I do have a 2 year old.

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This is our ART area. I¬†like to keep a variety of markers, pens, pencils, crayons, tape¬†etc. accessible to the kids here. They know they can be creative anytime as long as the items are put back where it was taken from. ¬†This keeps us from ‘loosing’ items and helps maintain some sort of order in the school/play room.

Thanks for coming by to see our School Room today. Or at least parts of it. And for those of you wondering if everything is always in it’s perfect place like these photos show…think again. We are real people. And my kids are kids. Everyday (sometimes multiple times a day) we have an entire house cleanup time!

Take heart mamas. You’re doing a great job.Give your littles a hug and kiss.That will go a long way and could very well be all the lesson they need to know today… that they are loved, always.

“Rooms in the Inn” Home Tour- Master Bedroom/Bath

Welcome into a glimpse of our home! ¬†This week I will be giving you a tour of our bedrooms all decorated for Christmas in a series called-“Rooms in the Inn”. I’ll give you¬†a look at some of our farmhouse features in our bedrooms in hopes to inspire you to keep creating beauty and rest within your own homes, as always.

Let’s start off our “Rooms in the Inn” Home Tour with a look at our¬†master bedroom…

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Of course if you put a massive FARMHOUSE sign anywhere¬†it will shout out, “Hi I’m a farmhouse and I like being a farmhouse here.” ¬†So you can never go wrong with adding that word to your home on a sign or pillow cover if you share a love for the same combination of letters as I. ¬†Also, adding any rustic barn wood accents is another great way to bring a cozy homestead feel. ¬†As you can see we have¬†the barn wood feature with our¬†headboard. ¬†Some others options for you are a¬†rustic wood framed mirror, artwork, or picture frames.

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Our matching nightstands are painted in SW Alabaster.  I kept the original hardware on them to add fresh vintage symmetry to our room.

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A frosted green wreath with silver balls and a glittery reindeer bring a cheerful presence to our room with its simple, yet completely Christmas farmhouse appeal.

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Classic white linen curtains casually hang on a black rod. The rod rest on rustic hooks mounted on our matching barn wood.  I like them much better than your standard wall mount hooks, how about you?

And now for our Master Bath…

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We went with a simple timeless look by having white subway tile throughout, tobacco stained cabinets, and chrome finishes.

*Our knobs are from Restoration Hardware

*’Everyday I love you’ sign is from Hobby Lobby

*Fixtures above sinks are Pottery Barn

*Fixture above tub is Joss and Main 

*Wall color is SW Agreeable Gray

That wraps up my “Rooms in the Inn”Home Tour-Master Bedroom/Bath. ¬†I’ll have the kids’ room next so be sure to check back in soon!

Bless your home

Christmas Craft

Every year we have created¬†a homemade¬†Christmas ornament for our friends and family. ¬†I thought I would share what we did this year in hopes you will enjoy it too. ¬†It is simple, non messy(can I get a woot¬†woot), country farmhouse inspired, and easy on the pocket book. ¬†Here is what you’ll need:

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Twine- 1$ spot at Target / Glass ornaments, tiny jingle bells, gold wire S hooks- Craft Warehouse / Fresh clippings from your Christmas tree… or your neighbors if you have an artificial ūüôā .

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Gather your supplies and I’m sure you can figure out the rest! Have fun and create an adorable ornament to be enjoyed for years to come. ¬†They are also very cute laying in a dish, bowl, or tray for a center piece or as a guest party-favor.

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Here it is all completed with that cute little piece of our tree inside.  I like that we will have a part of the tree to carry into next year too!  As a final touch we always add a tag with the year on it so we remember each creation in the years to come.

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This year’s ornament is definitely on of my very favorites. ¬†Merry Christmas and happy crafting friends!

Gingerbread and Star Eyes

My mom, fondly called Nani, visited us recently and brought an edible Christmas surprise ‘craft’ to do with the kids. ¬† img_8346

This is one of our traditions to do together as a family each year. ¬†Nani jumped in on the fun with us this year too. And let me just say, those costco kits are incredible if you don’t have an architectural¬†itch for the day. ¬†The gingerbread¬†is pre-made and the walls are already frosted in place. No, rather glued into place. Lots of hands on it, and that house was solid! ¬†There was enough candy for the four kids to each have a small dish full¬†and they could all design and taste test to their hearts content (wellll, to mommy’s hearts content rather)

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It’s always fun to make memories together during this time of year. Especially stary-eyed ones you can eat!

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Gather & Give Thanks

Thanksgiving week is here!

This is one of our favorite Holidays here at The White Barn Farm.  How about for you?!  For us it marks the end of corn stalks, bright colored leaves, & warm apple cider and it is the begining of snowflakes, twinkling lights, & peppermint hot cocoa.

There is something so sweet about the last bit of the fall season that makes my heart happy.  The spiced pumpkins smells while we retell the first Thanksgiving story allows us to slow down to reflect on how we have been richly blessed and provided for. No matter what the ups and downs of the year are this is a time to take notice of how we can choose to be thankful. As each year passes I am learning how choosing thanks brings about greater joy in the everyday.  I want to truly know joy.  How about you?

It is especially significant for our family to often set aside¬†moments to remember all that we can¬†be thankful for. ¬†So here’s a look into the¬†hearts of our¬†Lil’ Mac kids with a list of some of what their¬†‘Gathering and Giving Thanks’ list looked like this year; It’s simple and yet important to practice giving thanks for¬†the everyday provisions: I can learn from them indeed.

Jesus, daddy, mommy, food, our beds, gma, gpa, popii, nani, all our cousins, Aunties and Uncles, our church, friends, candy, house, car, bikes, clothes, the park to play, fuzzy bear, blankie, bunny, doggy, our neighbors, cookies, the library, books, movies, cat, ice-cream, dogs, horses to ride and help train, baths.

Enjoy gathering and giving thanks today and always. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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