Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring Break Shenanigans


When you work for a school system, and all your children are BEGGING for a little vaca 
for SPRING BREAK.....why not?

Last year, it was just me and my girls heading off to Chicago. What a fun experience that was, and a huge eye opener that we needed more little get-aways in our life!

So, this year...we took the whole fam-bam to Minnesota. This was a little closer option and more appealing to the boy-folks in our family. The lure of an indoor waterpark/ hotel and a mall that had a amusement park inside was too much for all for us to deny! 

{the all-too-original family selfie}
I left the ol fancy camera at home for this trip, and so all pics were taken with cellphones.
But sometimes the stress of worrying about taking pictures and keeping a close eye on your camera is not my idea of vacation....so not-so-good-pictures it is!

First stop: CABELA'S


Giving the kids a small budget each could use helped in moving things along faster....
I think they enjoyed the taxidermy animal displays more than anything :)


We stayed at the Radisson Hotel which has "The Waterpark of America" attached to it, for an additional fee of course. But well worth the money paid, endless hours of play for all of us! 

{Took this image off of Google, this was a much better photo than any I took}



My kids didn't really play in the "Kiddie" area too much, they have graduated to the big kid areas, and so have I, hence the NO PHOTOS AT ALL OF US ON ALL THE FUN STUFF! :(
Except the surfin...my boys all tried it, but Baileyhusband doesn't want his photo posted :)

{Gunny}

{Wyatt}

Our hotel room was perfect for a family of six. We slept on a queen size bed, and there was a bunk room for the kids...I highly recommend bunk rooms, so much entertainment to hear them all together in one room....there is a little sarcasm in that comment, but it was a perfect setting! And better than someone sleeping on the floor and having to share our bed. 

Us country folk, staying in a big city, is something to behold! And getting to shop at all the places that I only see online is something else entirely!! My dear Baileyhusband amused me in a little couples therapy time in IKEA! People, I felt like the Mothership was calling me HOME!!

I am going to do another blog post about all the fun things acquired in that round of shopping!!

The Mall of America, aka the MEGA-MALL was our next stop. 
I felt a little guilty of all the fun home-decor-y stuff that I was fortunate to purchase at Ikea....so the mall was mostly about the kids getting to play.... and eating......




Getting away with the whole family is a very rare occurrence once one goes off to college, so even though this was only for 2 1/2 days, this was much needed!!

The other days of our break have been alot of movie watching....hello?! Frozen anyone? Seriously the cutest movie ever.

And craft making: 


A great friend came over, and we made these barn wood beauties for her sister. I forgot how fun and relaxing that crafting can be! And this big D is going on a new gallery wall for my friend. Can't wait to see the final result, I love a good gallery!!


And one night we heard lots of giggling and general girl-y loudness coming from the basement....and I am so impressed with the result....made from crayons, ya'all!! So impressed with my daughters!!


Now, I am going to spend my last day of Spring Break in my sweats, making cookies, and watching Frozen....again! I hope spring shows up soon, it snowed again this morning.....UGH!!

~Kim



Monday, March 10, 2014

A dream come true: Bailey Barn Sale




ahhh, DREAMS, they are tricky little things aren't they? 
Since I was a little girl, I have dreamed of having a little "shop" of my own. As I have grown older, and life's responsibilities have taken over, the dream was forgotten. Then the internet happened, and I saw bloggers that I love and that I follow, pursuing their dreams by opening little Brick and Mortar shops ( like Shaunna did), hosting large sales (like Layla did), or even writing a book (like the Nester did). This sparked something in me that was long forgotten. 
So, along with my sister-in-law, and a lot of research....we hosted a BARN SALE! 
You see, I am married to a very creative man, and my mind is ALWAYS busy thinking and dreaming up all things decor. 


Our family business has a "barn-like" shop that is quite large, and was the perfect space to house all of our displays. We worked as busy little bees for several months....building, painting, gluing, staining, buying, styling, wood-burning....and hosted a ONE-DAY sale in October.



A few of our family members and friends also contributed some of their homemade or antique goodness to the sale. Which made for such an amazing day! All of these pictures were taken the night before, when all of the setup was complete. I so wish that I had taken pictures during the sale, but so much was happening, and we were having so much fun, sadly, none were taken! (insert sad face) 


The husbands built us these large pallet walls, which I LOVED! Our old shop had put on it's party clothes and looked dressed to impress! 
Along with homemade items, antiques and furniture, I cleaned out a lot of my well-loved decor items. And most of it sold! 


The things we contributed that didn't sell, (i.e. the amazing Queen-sized bed Baileyhusband hand-made) look great in their new home....ours! Actually that bed now belongs to our daughter, Sierra. She is one lucky girl. We joked that she secretly told everyone that looked at it during the Barn Sale, that it was already sold. 






I did happen to take one quick photo, this was my first customer....who arrived early, before the doors were officially open....and she snagged this barn-wood cross picture frame. I loved it and knew it would sell quickly. Actually all of our barn-wood frames were the first things to go!

{sorry, bad photo, all of these were taken with my phone}

What a fun day, what a fun DREAM this was. It was a ton of work, but well worth it. 
I think I would rule it a success, over 300 people came! When you plan these things, you kind of have to have faith. There was a FACEBOOK page, flyers made and distributed, signs made (I wish there was a picture of those, they were barn-shaped) to direct the way....and all the fun displays!


I honestly don't know if I will have another sale, or if this was a once in a lifetime thing....
but I do know that it was a dream come true to have that feeling of fulfilling a childhood dream of mine! 

I love these shirts that Layla from the Lettered Cottage has designed and will be selling to help with the adoption of their little Sweet P. 


 "Don't Quit Your DayDream" is a perfect quote for the ending of this post! And hopefully soon, I will be sporting that shirt....and I am so glad that I got to live out my daydream! 

It's almost SPRING people!! We are so close to seeing some new calves here at Irishman Acres...we are garden planning also, YEAH!! Can't wait to mow, get out our deck furniture, and even pull weeds....yes, it's been a long, cold winter if I am looking forward to weeds! :)
~Kim

Friday, January 10, 2014

...till death us do part....Marriage Takes Three

I was going to name this post "LOVE, and other mushy stuff". But I didn't think anyone would read it.
So, since you are reading this, I assume, this was the better choice in post names! :)

I wanted to take a break from talking about the farm and our home, after all, this blog is supposed to be about US here at Irishman Acres...our home, our farm, our family, our LIFE. 


The biggest part of my life, and what I am most proud of by far is......our marriage.

We started out our relationship as very young, naive, stubborn people.
Getting married did not change that...I think it just enhanced our faults.

A couple of years into our marriage we had already had 2 children, started a business, and built our brand new home on this acreage. Each of these big life events, separately, are big game changers and hardships for a marriage. But together they spelled disaster!

Since I want this blog to be "nothing but the truth", I will say that it got bad enough that we eventually separated and lawyers were hired. But to make this L O N G story a little shorter....
everything changed when I gave God the reigns in my life and a MIRACLE happened.

Our hearts changed....our goals changed.....and our LOVE grew from there.

This man, that I walked down the aisle to 16 years ago, scared to death....is THE LOVE OF MY LIFE.
My OBSESSION, my PARTNER, the amazing father of my children.

Marriage is not easy, it is anything but easy! It can be messy, ugly at times. But when you let go and actually invite God into your marriage....your world together becomes more than you dreamed.


I have a bookmark in my bible that a loved one gave to me when our marriage was saved, and I read the poem on it constantly:

Marriage Takes Three

Marriage takes three to be complete;
It's not enough for two to meet.
They must be united in love by loves creator,
God above.

Then their love will be firm and strong;
Able to last when things go wrong,
because they've felt God's love and know
He's always there, He'll never go.

And they have both loved Him in kind
with all their heart and soul and mind;
And in that love they've found the way
to love each other every day.

A marriage that follows God's plan takes more 
than a woman and man.
It needs a oneness that can be
only from Christ.
Marriage takes three.

by Beth Stuckwisch



So to all that know us, you all know that we are constantly a work in progress.
But what marriage isn't??? With the arguments that are bound to happen with someone that you live with day in and day out, it's what happens in between the arguments that matter! 

His heart is my heart....his life is MINE. Together, we are so blessed! 
God knew what He was doing, I am so glad that we listened!

Happy Anniversary Baileyhusband!
 We are definitely one of a kind, and together we share this CrAzY life! And I wouldn't change a thing!

~Kim, your Baileywife







Sunday, January 5, 2014

2013 Happenings Catch-up

Well, HELLO THERE! 
It's been awhile since I've been here to my little end of the blog world.
I've actually been keeping up with my blog friends and meeting new ones, but just haven't been here to Irishman Acres blog to write and share our happenings.

Life is a funny thing....and ours is a busy one! 

I will ease back into this blogging thing, and hope to catch up on some things that have happened here.
I have some new additions to our farm to show you all. And some changes are in store to our home also! 
More on that in a later post....(winky face)

I have recently joined in the fun world of Instagram! You can follow along on our day to day life HERE.



Here are some things that happened in our life since I blogged last, get ready for a blast of pictures to follow:

We showed our cattle and some chickens at our county fair.....


{Calvin (with Sierra) won Polk County Grand Champion!}
{Wyatt showed our large breed cattle (Carmelle) for the first time!}
{one of our Silkies}
We showed our little Miniature Hereford Bull, Hawkeye, at the State Fair......

{Daddy got in the ring and showed Hawkeye...so cute!}

Everyone went back to school........

{first day annual photo}
Which meant my oldest went back to college...(insert sad face).....

You can see her first dorm room from last year HERE.
And this is her space this year:

{Her BEFORE bedroom}
{AFTER, yes, we just re-used last year's chair}

{Before LIVING ROOM}

{After}
Sports picked back up....

{Emma, Cheer Captain of her college team!}

{Gunnar, 2nd year playing his favorite sport!}

{Sierra, cross country}

As well as music practices and concerts, 4H meetings, Youth Group, this Mama going back to work, and so much more!

Finding the balance is key, I missed keeping my little journal of our lives here, and hope to share more. When I first started blogging, it was all about numbers. I think many bloggers feel the same way. Watching the number of page-views becomes addicting, and self deprecating actually. So this new year is also bringing me some new-found sense of self....and really, aren't blogs just for us anyways? :)   

Well, this is enough to get me started on our Catch-up of 2013. My next post I will show highlights from a dream come true project I did this fall!! 

~Kim



Friday, July 26, 2013

S U M M E R

Where did this summer go? This week I have officially signed my kids back up for another year in school. I walked into the schools and with all the hustle of the front office, the school scent and knowing that our summer is almost over was overwhelming! 


My 4 children are all in 4 different schools....Elementary, Middle School, High School, and College!
I should be used to this by now, right? NOT EVEN CLOSE! Next week we will be busy buying school supplies and first day of school outfits....and I just can't help but remember all the plans we had for the summer. Our summer "bucket list" never really happened. Oh, we had BIG dreams!! Ya know, things like: going to the beach, visit every park in the area, pool visits weekly.... 


But with all the 4H Fair projects, showing cows, farm maintenance and chores, 4th of July Party planning, and multiple Vacation Bible Schools to attend......not much else was accomplished.


I guess it could be worse, we do offer our children so many good memories of growing up in the country.
There have been many water balloon fights, bike rides, watching calves be born and chicks hatched. They have cousin overnighters and playdates..... roasting marshmallows, camping (for the first time!), running through the sprinkler. Yes, poor kids!


Our sons are learning how to grow their own vegetables, how to CAN wild raspberry jam, how to build birdhouses and new chicken coups. Our daughters have become more helpful around the farm for doing chores, now that they are getting older. 


I also had BIG plans for this blog this summer...well, LIFE is messy (and busy). This blog is like a long love-letter to our farm and home....so if I don't write as often as I should, it's just because I am busy making memories with the ones that live here on our farm and in our home...

Oh, and because I have a dinosaur of a computer and it recently went on strike of letting me download new pics! So, I will just get caught up with what I have so far....and maybe when the funds appear for a new computer I can show you all the activities and happenings of this short summer we have had! 

Until then, enjoy YOUR summer....what is left of it!
~Kim

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Gunnar's Beach, our little boy's room

Here is a story of our little family.....

                            

When Baileyhusband and I got married, we planned on having a large family. Somewhere along the way, we did get that large family! But it wasn't without a lot of surprises...and some heartaches.


Our oldest 2 children are girls (Emma and Sierra), they both came a little earlier in our relationship than expected (i.e. they were "oopses", good oopses, but still oopses, don't tell them!;)

I do believe that God has a plan for every one of us and our families.
After suffering a loss one year, we went on and had a healthy baby boy (Wyatt). A couple years later, we suffered another devastating loss and concluded WE WERE DONE! We had 3 children and now believed that is all we were "supposed" to have. But God had other plans for us.......and decided He was not done with us! Along came our little precious baby, Gunnar William!  


You see, this pregnancy was a little higher risk, there was early labor with under-developed lungs, bed-rest, tons of trips to the OB/GYN with my wild imagination always thinking "something was wrong". Yes, I was a little anxiety ridden with this little one. How could I NOT be? And when he was finally born, healthy as can be,  he came in a very dramatic way....but isn't the baby of the family always a little more dramatic anyways? :) 


My sweet boy is now 8 (almost 9....sniff sniff). And even though he was certainly a surprise, he totally completed our family! This is his room that I decorated for him while I was pregnant, although the crib and changing table has been replaced with 2 twin beds and a dresser. This ocean scene is calming...relaxing. Probably something I needed while pregnant....and the poor boy will have to live with for ....ever!


Yes, he has asked to have a sport themed room...one week, and then the next he wanted a camouflage room. And I am always telling him that he will just have to live with his ocean view!  


I am mean like that. His likes and tastes will change...and if he grows up and hates me for this, or is afraid of the water....I'm sure his therapist will blame his mother! 


And I'm OK with that....for he is the little miracle that God gave us, when we had given up. 



For now, I keep it fun for him to play....and restful for him to relax. 
And having 2 extra beds in the house is good for when company arrives too....sorry guests, your room with an ocean view will never change! 


Thanks little man for making our family complete, 
and for letting mommy clean your room and take pictures!

~Kim



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A born and raised city girl, finding the country life to be the real me! Every day is an adventure, and each season brings new excitement and experiences. I am learning and loving the path of finding my true sense of self.