The whole family descended on Oklahoma City for the wedding. We had tons o’ fun!
Leah and Craig did all the planning and work themselves and they did a wonderful job. Although there are probably hundreds of pictures from the weekend, I just want to share a few of my favorites from the wedding itself. The rainbow theme was beautiful and I especially liked that Leah chose bright colors, not pastels. Click on the pix to enlarge them.
Instead of a big wedding cake, they had a small cake for cutting, and a fun cupcake bar, with naked cupcakes and all the fixings.
Congratulations Leah and Craig!
Getting closer to Wisconsin spring, but not quite there yet. I don’t let my winter guard down, don’t get my spring hopes up until May. I’m encouraged to see so many migratory birds back home on the farm. I’ve seen an abundance of sandhill cranes and Canada geese. Robins and killdeers are brightening my mornings with their songs. The cardinals are singing their mating songs. I’ve sighted Tundra Swans 2 days in a row. They landed at the back of the farm, near a very large puddle. There’s a lot of water standing due to snow melt and recent rain. I always worry about the birds when we get the inevitable return of winter. This week will be very cold again, with wintry precipitation. Living just on the edge of the Horicon Marsh is a bird watcher’s dream.
Yesterday I found Tiger, dead, behind a bale of hay. Tiger was Lee’s favorite kitty, who lived in the hog barn and followed Lee around like a dog. Sadly, farm cats don’t live long lives. Tiger was probably 4 years old. We don’t know what caused his death. RIP Tiger.
Payten turned one year old on the 20th. She’s so precious. Paige and Lucas had a party for her, and she had her own little cake to smoosh, which was the top layer of the birthday cake. She really wasn’t interested in eating or smooshing that cake and had to be coerced to dig in for the photo op.Eventually Payten did make a little mess and was removed to the bath tub before opening her gifts.
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The month in pictures……
Let’s get this one out of the way right off the bat. Snow.
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Lee was pushing snow and piling it out of the way, but felt compelled to get off his tractor and take a picture.
Another of Lee’s snapshots. He sure loves his camera phone. I’m guessing I don’t need to explain this picture. It’s a black cat in the snow. I think the cat looks like a panther.
Again, Lee has his camera at the ready. This time he’s pleased to get an early morning shot of me doing chores in my pajamas. Attractive, eh?
Lee and our neighbor Dave, playing in the snow. They love their snowmobiles.
Moving on to some of the February family events, here’s my lil baby. He turned 40 on the 16th. It’s so cliche’ to say I can’t believe it, but it’s true. Where the heck does the time go?
Baby shower for Paige. She’s in the final weeks of her pregnancy, and anxious to be done, I think. Isn’t she adorable? That’s Aubrey standing next to her. I love my grand girls.
I love my grand boys too. This is Collin, in basic training. He graduates soon. He’s been so good about keeping in touch with us. He’s a great kid.
Paige and Lucas hosted a belated birthday dinner for Nikki last night. They are the proud owners of their first home, and their beautiful new home has a huge dining room, large enough to accommodate our big family. Consequently, they seem to be the go-to gathering spot for family events involving eating….and they all do involve eating. Paige and Lucas seem to enjoy hosting these frequent family dinners, but I hope it’s not too much of an imposition. It will probably get old, fast. We had a great dinner. Paige made Italian sausage sandwiches and we had a delicious salad that Nikki made with greens, raspberries, blue cheese, pecans. I took a salad too, and I’ll give you the recipe at the end of this post. It’s a favorite for pot lucks.
I also made Nikki’s favorite dessert, Apple Pie Squares. I don’t have a recipe for them, it’s just pie crust and apples, with a glaze! We shared good food and good conversation.
The salad recipe follows. I’m giving you the original recipe, and my modifications in parentheses to account for our family’s dietary needs.
Overnight Lettuce Salad
makes about 12 servings
1 head of lettuce (I use romaine)
1 bunch of green onions
1 head of cauliflower
2 cups mayo (light)
1/4 cup sugar (Splenda)
1 pound bacon (1/2 pound, try turkey bacon)
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
Fry bacon crisp and set aside.
Chop or tear lettuce and place in large serving bowl.
Cut raw cauliflower into bite size pieces and layer over the lettuce.
Chop green onion and sprinkle over the cauliflower.
Mix mayo and sugar, spread over salad.
Crumble bacon over the top.
Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
Toss just before serving
Let me know how you like it!
Last week I got an email from my cousin Bob, who lives in Michigan. He had attached several pictures of himself and his wife Mary on their 50th wedding anniversary. They look wonderful, and I’m so in awe of anyone who maintains a marriage for 50 years. Congratulations to Bob and Mary and we wish you many more years together.
I learned about celebration #2 on Monday. My son JD was offered a good promotion, and he accepted it. In these difficult economic times, it’s been rare to hear good news regarding employment. Of course we’re thrilled for JD and we have every confidence that his superiors made a good decision. JD is a newlywed, so he’s having lots of change going on in his life these days. We’re proud of you JD, and so happy your life is going so well!
The 3rd celebration of the week was Lee’s 50th birthday. He spent part of the day making oat hay in the 90 degree temps. It was a hot, sweaty job, and not a fun way to spend a birthday. In the evening we met his siblings and their spouses for dinner at the Chinese Buffet. We had a very nice time. Even though we live near each other, we seldom get together, so we enjoy seeing them and catching up. Shirley picked up a little birthday cake, and there were the obligatory age joke birthday cards. A very enjoyable get-together.
The final celebration of the week was Meredith’s graduation party. Meredith is a beautiful young woman, smart and clever and funny. We’re so proud of her and wish her only the best in everything she does in the future. Nikki made enough food to feed an army, as always. She gets that from me, but I don’t do that so much any more. We missed seeing Collin and Alora while we were there. We never see Collin any more and we miss him. He’s so busy making a life.