The Farmer's Easter Picnic...Part 1

March 31, 2016


 Each year, The Farmer hosts an Easter Picnic for La Familia. 
 It is something that is looked forward to by everyone for different reasons. 
 Some love the fishing...others love the Easter Egg Hunt (specifically the anticipation of the Golden Egg) and others come to visit and eat. It has always been held at Rancho Guadalupe, a farm we have loved and worked for a very long time. This year we sold Rancho G, and have begun working on a new farm. The new owners were kind enough to allow us one last Easter Picnic...actually they would allow us all the picnics we would like for however long we would like, but we have BIG plans for next year and a new beginning to a sweet family tradition.


 Some of the sweetest pictures I have ever taken have been at 
The Farmer's Easter Picnic. 
The darling little ladies in the family found big willow trees and 
spent a lot of time swinging from the long green branches.

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Older cousins helped younger cousins fish...


Brothers and cousins floated around....hoping to catch "The Big One!!"


Another group of cousins paddled around together....

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Celebrating Easter...

March 30, 2016


 I love Easter! 
It is my favorite holiday. 
 We decided as a family that we wanted to give some service to our community
 to celebrate this holy holiday. During Christmas, we traditionally make some gift for
 each family in our community, but this past Christmas we were very 
focused on a wedding! ;) We thought Easter would be a great time to 
share some love with our family and friends.


 Each box was filled with the traditional Mexican Buñuelos. 
 They are a light and crispy coated with cinnamon and sugar. They are a tasty treat! 
 On the top of each box we attached a video of the life of Christ. 
 A perfect way to celebrate Easter! 
We then delivered the boxes to friends and family... 
We ended the evening with some yummy tacos from our favorite taco stand. 
It was a fun evening!


Messages From The Kallie

March 30, 2016


All Together Again...

March 9, 2016


A few days ago The Boy loaded a few of the Longhorns in a trailer to move them to 
Rancho 25...where the others have been living for a few months. 
 He asked if I wanted to go along for the ride to drop them off. 
 I do love those Longhorns of it was an easy yes!
 They haven't all been together for awhile and I wondered if they would 
be happy to see each other;) I like to believe that they
 know each other and are friends!

When we arrived at Rancho 25, the Longhorns there, were grazing and seemed 
uninterested in what we were doing... that is until the Longhorns in the trailer
 began to make sounds. Before we knew it the trailer was surrounded by one
 group of Longhorns...
waiting to see their friends/family inside of the trailer.

There was alot of excitement when those trailer doors opened!
 The Longhorns were reunited!! 
The whole family! It was so fun to watch. 
They seemed pretty happy to be back together.
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Next The Boy showed me the ground that he had spent all 
night preparing to plant. All night on a tractor... He has been such a great help to us... 
We are sure glad he is here.

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Visiting Precious...

March 7, 2016


A few weeks ago I had the chance to spend a few days with Precious in Utah. 
She is a perfect joy! 
We spent lots of time her room...
decorating...and shopping. 
She is a good time, that Precious!

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She has a unique ability to light up any room she enters. 
She loves those around her and has a great desire to help anyone 
who may be hurting. She loves her job, and is valued by her employer. 
 I love how she loves life!


She still has some healing to do, but she is ready to heal. 
Sometimes you have to work pretty hard to heal from
 traumatic events...and she committed.


 I love this girl of mine... She is a blessing to her family.

His Wedding Shoes...

March 3, 2016

( J+K...The Marriage License)

 Time is just passing too quickly and there are so many things I don't want to forget. Thoughts...feelings...hopes...dreams. 
We have gotten all of the pictures of The Boy's December wedding. 
 As I have gone through all of the beautiful photos, it's given me the chance to reflect 
back on that day. The things I remember most are being surrounded by such wonderful 
family and friends. My brothers, and sister...brothers-in-law...sisters-in-law...all there to
 love us at this very special time for our family.  To have my Aunts and
Uncles from both sides of my family in the 
temple with us was amazing! We had a few minutes, waiting for the ceremony to 
begin, where I was able to just look around the room...remembering why I loved 
each person who was there to be with us. That was a very special moment for me. 
The Boy's mission President and his wife drove from St. George to be with him in the
 Mesa Temple for the ceremony. That brought so many tears for me. 
 They are amazing people.


 The morning of the wedding, I overheard The Boy asking Grandma Vicki if he 
could use his grandpa's shoe shine kit. He wanted to polish the shoes he would be married in. 
 The shoe shine kit was kept in a little wooden box. Grandpa Charles was meticulous
 about keeping his Sunday shoes clean and polished. I have so many memories of him 
polishing his shoes with that sweet kit. I didn't realize that The Boy also had memories 
of his Grandpa Charles shinning his shoes. Knowing my Father, I am sure he must have 
taken the time to teach The Boy, his grandson, how to properly clean and polish his shoes, 
when he was a young boy. I am sure he worked right along with him as he taught him...
that was his way. The Boy sat quiet as he polished his shoes. It was a sacred moment for him.
 He had planned to have his Grandpa Charles with him in the temple on his wedding day.
 In fact, he would have preformed the ceremony as he was a Sealer when he passed away. 
The Boy was longing for his Grandpa Charles the morning of his wedding day. 
 He would have had some wonderful words of counsel for The Boy...
he would have told him how very proud of him that he was...
he would have shed tears with The Boy...he was good at that ;) 
He would have guided him on his wedding day with great strength and 
testimony and great love. 
The Boy missed him terribly... 
and so did I.


 It was a very sweet moment to witness as The Boy found his dear grandfather
 in the simple act of polishing his shoes on his wedding morning. I am ever grateful 
for a Father who continued to "raise" me as I raised my own children. 
 And with his wisdom, he raised them too... I think he still does. 
 I hope I never forget that tender moment between 
The Boy and his Dear Grandpa Charles.
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