Roarke's 1st Haircut!

When it comes to Dan and his monthly haircuts... well he does them himself. He breaks out his clippers and buzz buzz... the hair falls off! I have been DYING to cut Roarke's hair. It drove me crazy how long it was getting and starting to curl out in all directions. I always had plans to do it ourselves because come on... like I would pay to have a 1 year olds hair cut! So just like his Daddy out came the clippers and soon my sweet baby was transformed into a little boy!

Roarke was a little trooper up until the end. And really the only reason I think he ended up crying was because he was getting restless sitting in the chair. Doesn't he look so grown up now! And I know what you are wondering... did I save a piece of his hair? Seriously... does that sound like something this Mom would do? Nope! It was swept up and thrown out into the backyard for the birds to use to make their nest with!

Exploring Greenfield

We moved to a little town called Wilkinson. Population... 456! Main attractions... the liquor store, post office, and church... oh and Suzy's Pizza! We have neighbors, but mostly the houses are surrounded my farmland! There are two other towns that are the same distance away from us... Greenfield and New Castle. I somewhat know my way around New Castle since I grew up pretty close to it, but Greenfield is a different story. So when Dan's parents came to visit we decided to take a trip and explore our new surroundings!

Truly there wasn't that much to see in the small town, but I immediately loved it because it reminded me of my own hometown. We visited the tiny farmers market, little antique stores, boutiques, Mom and Pop shops, parks, etc. The weather was lovely and we had good company.

The beautiful Greenfield Courthouse! My favorite!

Stopped by a Veterans Memorial Park!

Bruce, Roarke and Dan in front of the Greenfield Line!

Will I venture down that way often... probably not. But it was fun to see what Greenfield has to offer! Plus! Pam bought some homemade apple butter at the farmers market and Roarke is now obsessed with it. We obviously will have to go back to purchase some other flavors!

Hancock County Fair

When you move to an entirely different county it's only right that the first thing you do is attend their fair!

Checking out the Tractors!

Saying HI to the Llama's and giggling at their haircuts!


An elephant ear equals dinner right?

Definitely not as impressive as my beloved Beaver Tails, but it'll do...

More adventures to come!

Mileage Monday

Running stats from the week of July 9th - 17th... I'm finally back! And I'm kicking it into high gear! Better yet... Dan has been working out with me! I really like it because even though he doesn't have as good of endurance as me, he is stronger and faster, which pushes me harder! At the Homestead we have a drive that goes clear around the property. It is .48 miles so I can run around it several times to get my mileage in. I love it! We have also been making up our own Crossfit WOD's to do at home, which has been kicking my butt! I think I'm in good shape because I can run long distances, but throw in sit-ups, push-ups, squats, burpees, etc. in the middle of your workout and dang! It is killer! Feels good to be getting back into shape hopefully!

Saturday, July 9th, 2016 - 2.4 mile run / Stretch

Sunday, July 10th, 2016 - REST DAY!

Monday, July 11th, 2016 - 3 hours of trimming around 7 acres of paddock fence posts!

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 - 2.4 mile run / Stretch

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 - Walked around the Jay County Fair

Thursday, July 14th, 2016 - REST DAY!

Friday, July 15th, 2016 - At Home WOD : 3.36 mile run / 100 sit-ups / 50 push-ups / 50 squats / Stretch

Saturday, July 16th, 2016 - REST DAY!

Sunday, July 17th, 2016 - At Home WOD : 1 mile run / 60 push-ups / 40 thrusters / 400 jump rope / Stretch

Totals for the week : Ran 9.16 miles / 2 Strength workouts


Friends! I have returned! I seriously never meant to be absent from the blog for an entire month! Between moving, getting settled in, watching R-Man grow, and keeping up with chores around the Homestead... time slipped away from me. Get ready for an overload of posts as I catch up!

So to begin with... moving day came and went without much of a hiccup. My parents came down to watch Roarke while several of Dan's work friends pitched in and did the heavy lifting. Surprisingly no major disasters happened! Roarke slept the entire time stuff was being moved in and nothing was broken! PHEW! When the day came to an end I looked out my window and took in the beauty of the moment. We had arrived!

I had grand plans to be completely unpacked and stuff organized before the weekend was over... but the sad fact is that it took me pretty much a full two weeks to feel like I had that under control. I still have curtains and pictures to hang, but for the most part I feel like our house is a home.

So far we have been living here for a little under a month and every night Dan and I talk about how much we love it. Yes... it is challenging with more housework and a TON more outside work than we had at the other house, but it is SOOOOO worth it! 

Even after 3 hours of trimming 7 acres of paddock fence posts! LORDY I still love it here!

I feel like R-man adjusted quickly to the house and his room. He is little enough that stuff like that doesn't phase him much as long an he has his own bed to sleep in. Remi on the other hand has definitely struggled. I even became emotional on moving day thinking about Remi not understanding that he would never return to the house he grew up in. But as time has passed I feel like he is settling in. He has claimed his spot around the house in several places and that helps me realize he is getting back to normal. 

Other good news to share! We put our house up for sale and within 2 days on the market we accepted an offer that was almost full ask and all cash! Even though inspections and appraisals still need to go through we feel thankful to hopefully say goodbye to it by the end of the month. Sadly, a company bought it that will rent it out. I didn't really want that to happen since I feel like renters in the area don't take care of their properties, but it is what it is. I just wish a family would have bought it instead.

Well friends... more posts to come of the fun we have been having coming up soon! Blog soon!

R-Man's Puppy Paw-ty in Pictures

On the menu: "Purebread" Subs, "Paw"tato Chips, "Pup"cakes, and Toilet Water

Pics... pics...

and more pics!

Photo and gift table!

Pupcakes with bones on them!

Puppy Chow!

Roarke's Smash Cake!

Grouchy face boy!

Blowing out his candle!


Cake face!

Cousin Mae on Roarke's doggie...

Opening presents!

Roarke and Harrison! Future BFF's!

Roarke and Mae!

Roarke's Birthday board!


Roarke and Aunt Ali!

Happy entertaining Roarke with bubbles!

Uncle Bryce and Roarke!

Rhoton cousins!

Onto another year of Roarke-a-nator fun!