Monday, December 31, 2012

The Joys of Motherhood

It all happened yesterday when I decided to make myself a nice grilled ham sandwich. I loaded on the ingredients: mustard, mayo, cheese, ham, pickles, lettuce, pepperoni, the works!

I grilled it and put it on my plate and ate it while holding Heston and watching the Real Housewives. The baby was in a great mood just hanging out and I was eating my delicious sandwich, little did I know this was a recipe for disaster.

I was holding Heston on my lap and would then grab the sandwich to eat it. With a couple bites I realized I must have used the tangy mustard because it had a little "bite" to it. I was licking my fingers and enjoying every bite until I realized that my child had just pooped his pants, and, the mustard I was licking off of my fingers was poo! Oh my gosh I just started laughing, does this mean I'm a true mother now? I just ate my kid's poo, yucky!

I called Tom and told him the great news and he couldn't stop laughing. Oh heavens, just another day of motherhood!

The Farmer's Wife

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Morning!

We let poor Ginger in because it was so cold outside on Christmas morning. Heston loves to play under the Christmas tree, it's so shiny and bright and he's pretty entertained. Ginger loves Heston and will always look for him when she comes in the house. As soon as she finds him she lays down right beside him. Heston loves to grab her nose and then push her with his feet, it's a love-hate relationship, but they're working it out.

Santa brought Weaver some clothes, and he looks pretty excited I guess. I think Tom is more
excited than Heston is, but at least he has somewhat of a smirk!

At Dale and Debi's, Santa put a "cow tale" candy in Dale's stocking, so as the rest of us were opening presents, Heston was sucking on the cow tale. He seemed to enjoy it. I put a before and after picture. The after picture shows the candy smeared all over his mouth, bless his little heart, he was having a blast with Grandpa Dale!

The Farmer's Wife

Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Memories

When the three of us headed back from Heston's shower in Modesto, we stopped to pick up Auntie Sandy in Chowchilla from a Christmas party. When we went inside to get her, Santa was there, can you believe it?! So our family got a picture with Santa, our first Christmas together!

Then I went to a Christmas Party at the Claytastic Creations in Kernville and made an ornament for little Weaver, yes it's John Deere colors, and no, I am not creative by any means and this stocking ornament proves it!

I then went to Bakersfield last week to complete my Christmas shopping, and while at TJ Maxx I found two molding ornament decorations (is that what they're called?) and instead of making my own concotion through Pinterest recipes, I decided to use these for Heston's hand and footprints. Tom helped immensely by shaping them and placing his prints on them. So now we have three extra special ornaments! But we also have tons more extra special ornaments for Heston from friends and family that we get to keep putting back up on the tree each year, so thank you!

The Farmer's Wife

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Workin' With Daddy

Tom said that he wanted something extra delicious for dinner.
"Fine" I said, "but as a trade-off could you please keep Heston here at home while I run to the store?"
"Easy enough" replied my hubby.

So I pulled out the baby carrier and strapped it onto my husband's broad shoulders and plopped the baby inside.

Heston loves this front carrier, he always likes to be held on the front of you looking out so he can see the world, so this carrier was perfect for a day of work with dad.

As you can see Tom was having a blast, and I snapped pictures of him walking away with tools in hand, ready to clean up our property.

When I got home, Heston was inside with Tom. Upon asking why they already high-tailed it back into the warm house, Tom replied "Weaver's cheeks were too cold". What a good dad!

The Farmer's Wifey

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

My Under the Weather Homeboy & Modesto Baby Shower

 Bless little Weaver's heart, he decided to get sick a couple days before his big meet and greet in Modesto. I've never dealt with a sick baby before so I put a beanie on his bald little head to keep in the heat and smeared baby vicks on his tootsies and chest. Tom made a fire and I put him in his warm fleece sleep sack by the fire. Judging by his cheeks he looks nice and toasty. As he slept I had to take this picture because I realized he looked like a total homeboy and it made me laugh.

He's still pretty snotty, not that you wanted to know, but he was a trooper for his meet and greet at my church that I attended in Modesto. In this picture, little Ella is holding Heston and Ella's mom Julie is the one in the bottom right corner with the braided bun. When Julie was younger she babysat all of the Shelton kids and when my sister and I were old enough we babysat Ella, so it's so special to see her holding Heston, it's like 3 generations of babysitters!

Here's more pictures of the shower....

The Farmer's Wife

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas Tree Adventure

We've been going going going!

Tom, Heston, and I got back from a weekend in Modesto with Grandma Ya Ya and Grandpa. We then drove from Modesto to West Point to cut down our Christmas tree, it's an annual tradition!

I brought my camera along to snap up some photos, funny how when I look back I'm hardly in any of them since I'm the picture snapper, but that's alright by me.

I love this photo of Tom and Heston dearly because of my little baby's ears. Look at those things! If those aren't daddy's ears then I don't know where he got them!

We found a great tree and will have it up soon with more pictures to come!

Oh and this was a potential family picture for the Christmas card, but Heston just couldn't keep his hands to himself, bless his heart, and his little gums.

The Farmer's Wife

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Piano Man Visited Last Night

With our tv still getting fixed (it's been over 2 months) Tom and I have had a little more time on our hands at night, funny how much we relied on that television for our prime source of entertainment.

Last night Tom came home fairly early and did some honey-dos (bless his heart). I had dinner ready and made and we ate early. The baby had been bathed and was ready to go down for his bedtime and I asked Tom if he'd like to play the piano for little Heston. Now who knows how regularly both of us grace that poor piano bench, so it loved having Tom occupy it.

Tom plays oh so beautifully and it's such a treasure to hear him play those keys. I had to take a picture because Heston was so entranced by his playing, he'd laugh and coo and let Tom know how much he loved it!

Thanks Tom for playing for us last night!

The Farmer's Wife

Friday, November 16, 2012

All Great Men Have Beards

Whenever I complain about Tom's beard he gently reminds me that all great men have beards, oh heavens!

He recently went on his annual hunting trip and convinced me that he needed a beard to keep his face warm, okay I can buy that. But then comes his brother's wedding and it's time to clean up (I couldn't be happier)! I think I have only seen my husband clean-shaven 3 times: our wedding, Matt's (his older brother) wedding and now Jack's wedding, can more people get married please?!

So here's his before and after picture.

I think he cried a little when he was trimming off all that hair, he was oh so proud of that beard! I can't say I really miss it that much!

And since I had the camera out, Heston wanted to take pictures with daddy's beard. I hope Heston recognizes his "non-bearded" dad, Tom's had a beard since the little man was born!

The (Non-Bearded) Farmer's Wife

Saturday, November 10, 2012

It's Fireplace Time

I was pretty proud of myself this evening. With it snowing today, I looked at the thermostat in the house and when I saw that it had dropped to almost 50 degrees I decided that I needed to start up the 'ol fireplace. Before Tom left he had stocked up our woodpile on the backporch, but I usually always leave this fire making duty to Tom. I know you're wondering why I'm such a woosy when it comes to firemaking. Well our house was oakie rigged. As you can see from the picture our flume goes straight out instead of up. So to get a fire going and sucessfully not smoke out the house (which I have done numerous times and then cried) you have to crack the window closest to the fireplace then have a fan on standby (a billow is just not enough). So I looked at my poor eskimo baby that I had bundled up and decided that it was my motherly duty to keep my child warm. I prayed and then set about chopping kindling and getting newspaper ready. I kept on it for about ten minutes and then lo and behold, I had this: FIRE! I prayed and told Jesus thank you, then I sat next to the baby and we marveled at how mom can actually make fires now, and we're both pretty warm!

The Farmer's Wife and maker of FIRE!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Many Faces of Heston Weaver

 With daddy gone huntin' for the big one, baby and I have been getting up early every morning and playing together (since I don't have the breakfast duty for now). This morning the little man decided to be oh so very photogenic, so I whipped out the camera and started snapping! These pictures are proof that Heston is really happy at times, I promise!

The Farmer's Wife and Little Weaver's Mama

Thursday, November 1, 2012


 Everyone says that Heston looks so much like Tom,and it's true! There are the eyebrows and the ears and his dapper good looks, but last week my dad wanted to give me this picture of him as a baby (he's the one on the left). I was amazed at how similar Heston and my dad look. I love seeing where Heston's looks come from, as he gets older they're getting more and more pronounced!

And to my Uncle Steve on the right, sorry, he doesn't look a thing like you! Love you Uncle Steve!

The Farmer's Wife

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Since I have a 16 pound baby on one arm and a hungry husband ready and waiting at dinner time I needed an easy recipe for din din. Debi (my mother in law) once brought a crockpot full of meatballs to a church potluck and I remember gobbling them down, they were so good! So I asked her for her secret recipe, and I got to borrow it out of the Creighton cookbook archives (I feel so lucky). So here's the recipe to share with the world!

Debi's Meatballs:

  • bag of frozen meatballs-original works the best
  • 2 c ketchup
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 c chopped onion
Mix them all in a crockpot for about 4 hours or until hot and bubbly, then enjoy!

Well let me know if you got the chance to make them, they're super easy and oh so delicious!

The Farmer's Wife

Friday, September 21, 2012

Tom What Happened to Your Shirt?

Yes, it's true. I never know what will happen throughout one day or another. Tom came home the other night, and I actually smelled him before I saw him. It was cattle work day and boy did he smell of the day's activites. Then I actually saw him come round the corner of the house and here was his new look: bloody tie dye splattered on his shirt. "Wow" I said "what happened there?" He told me it was a gusher from a de-horning. I then proceeded to say "ouchy-wawas" and told him to please toss it in the wash.

So after he cleaned up, he had to spend some daddy time with the little man. Every time Tom comes home the baby is sleeping and so angelic, go figure! (Heston is in his little muscle man outfit from Auntie Kalli-so cute!) Tom loves watching him and playing with him. Last night Heston was talking to daddy-cooing and giggling, with some occasional high pitched squeaks. It is the best thing on earth to see his little smile and hear him talking to us. And boy does he love his daddy! But I think he did smell him before he saw him as well....

The Farmer's Wife

Thursday, September 6, 2012

He's Growing Like a Weed!

 So here's my little baby day 1-thank you to Jocelyn who took this adorable picture. And then, just yesterday I realized he's already a month old, oh my goodness!

At my baby shower, my sister in law, Dusty, had given me these sticky belly stickers for each month of his life, so I used 1 month yesterday and will try to do one each month. Then at 1 year I'm going to put all these pictures into a one year collage, we'll see how organized I can be.

But anyways, I can't believe he's already a month old! I'm learning that he doesn't like to sleep at night (go figure), he loves being outside, he loves the sound of the tractor when daddy brings it home, and he oh so loves his milk, couldn't live without it!

He's now at 11 pounds 13 ounces and 22.5 inches long, so he's eatin' well! Can't wait to see what the next month holds, and by the way, no one warned me how hard this motherhood stuff is, thank heavens for patience and coffee (which of course backfired because little Hes has been colicky everytime I try to indulge in a caffeine filled white mocha frappucino light). Oh well!

The Farmer's Wife and Future Farmer's Mama

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Ride 'Em Cowboy

After Heston was born my brother-in-law and his wifey came down to see the newest addition and visit since we hadn't seen them in awhile.
When they showed up, Matt (my brother-in-law) brought in this rocking horse from their car. Matt said he made it, I smiled and said "put it in the nursery".

So after I fed the baby, changed him, and visited, Matt and Dusty headed off to my in-laws to visit with them. My brain was clearing and switching off of baby mode and I realized that Matt had actually hand made this whole rocking horse. I felt so bad! All I said was cool and thanks, not registering that he actually MADE it, I'm such a horrible sister-in-law!

I made sure to thank him right away! I mean look at that hide and grommets and stained wood! He made it with all wood dowels and the hide is from one of our old cows. I'm so in love with this horse, and I made sure to really let him know I was appreciative. I guess sometimes I'm just stuck in baby mode and my brain turns off! Thanks Matt!

The Farmer's Wife

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Good 'Ol Cherry Cobbler

I'm still trying to get into the hang of things with this whole "I'm a mom now" so with all the delicious fresh fruit people brought us I decided to make a cobbler with the bag of cherries I had.

Tom of course told me to make a homemade cobbler with the leftover fruit, so he takes all the credit! So I searched for an easy recipe, lets be honest-I don't have much extra time on my hands, and lo and behold I found a good one - here it is.

So I baked it up and Tom said it was the most delicious cherry cobbler he's had, thank heavens. So this recipe is Tom approved!

The Farmer's Wife

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Heston's First Blog Post!

Did I mention that I finally gave birth? August 5th around 1:30pm little Heston Weaver Creighton came into this world. He weighed in at 10 pounds 5 ounces and 22 inches long, little booger, no wonder he baked so long!

So after everyone came to visit him in the hospital, we've had visitors come to see him at the house, and one of them was Uncle Zak!

Uncle Zak (my 7 foot tall brother) didn't have the chance to visit Heston in the hospital so he came down this week to see the little man. Uncle Zak is a natural! And Heston loved loved loved him!

And today, since I'm getting used to this whole baby schedule thing, was an opportunity to take a pic of the little man sleeping and I realized he is 2 weeks old today, wow how time flies!

The Farmer's Wife

Saturday, August 4, 2012

A Man's Best Friends

I asked Tom to take some more pictures of me preggie, and while we were outside, the dogs got totally jealous and wanted their picture taken too, so of course I traded the camera with Tom and started snapping!

Ginger (on the left) always gets camera shy, but good 'ol Sampson is always ready for his close up! I think Sampson likes it here!

The Farmer's Wife

Monday, July 30, 2012

Banana Cake

I do this every time- buy bananas and then a week later realize they're rotting on my counter top, blast! What to do with these over ripe bananas....

My good friend Mary Beth makes the most delicious banana cake with cream cheese frosting, and I've been craving it for months, so I found a similar recipe on Pinterest and decided to make it a couple weeks ago. It wasn't just like Mary Beth's, but it was still as delicious and satisfied my banana craving for the day.

So with two days till my due date I find my rotting bananas, and I figured there's no time like the present to make these things! Here's the recipe if you want to try it out. It's just for an 8x8 size which is all Tom and I really need. It's different from banana bread in that it's gooier and has sour cream and more sugar so it's a little more like cake. Try it out!

The Farmer's Wife

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Almost Time for Baby!

Here I am at 38 weeks and 2 days to be specific. I've been trying to get Tom to take pictures of me each week to document how big this little man is!
Tom is the best photographer, he wanted me outside in natural light with the farm fields behind me, I should totally hire him for the next week to take pics of me.

I just thought it was time for a preggie pic on my blog. I've posted some pictures of me on Facebook, and with the due date coming up soon I'm getting excited to meet him!

The Farmer's Wife

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Pickle Time!

I feel like I just did this only a couple weeks ago, but I guess it's time again for canning!

Tom told me that being 9 1/2 months preggie wouldn't prevent me from still being a homemaker, and I had to prove him right! I harvested our pickling cucumbers this morning and decided it was time to can them, because who knows when baby will be here!

I totally cheat and buy the pre-made package of pickling mix from Walmart, I think it's called Mrs. Wages, and it's only like $2. Last year I was fancy and made my own pickling spice and even used great recipes but Tom was the most impressed with the $2 mix so heck why spend all that time on making everything from scratch?

I still have pickles from last year so I guess I"ll just start making a pickle stash, truth is, we go through pickles like you wouldn't believe! I hope I can keep up with our garden production.

The Farmer's Wife

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Monkey Bread Cravings

I haven't really had the chance to deal with weird pregnancy cravings, and I think Tom is pretty happy with that. Tonight however, it is time for me to make this delicious monkey bread. It is, (of course) a Pioneer Woman recipe, and I've made it a couple times before and have never been disappointed.

I don't care how unhealthy it is, I'll eat some berries and watermelon with it to equal it out. I mean, just look and that yummy gooey deliciousness, sorry Tom, tonight's a sweets night, I think he'll understand.

If you too are drawn to this picture and are craving some, here's the link to her recipe.

The Farmer's Wife

Monday, July 9, 2012

Some Tom & Puppy Time

Tom had the chance to come home for lunch today which I love because that means I get to see him for an extra 30 minutes during the day.

Dale (my father-in-law) came over to see the nursery and Sampson (the puppy) followed us in the room and left 2 little surprises, argh! This is why I still call him Mr. Whizzles.

So after he was punished and put outside, Tom had a change of heart and brought him back inside the air conditioned house-it's 102 outside right now, so I don't blame him.

Here you see how much Tom really enjoys this little puppy, I think Mr. Whizzles was trying to take a puppy nap, but Tom was giving him belly rubs so he couldn't quite get to sleep. I hope Tom is prepared for this kid that's coming soon, and according to this picture, I think he'll be just fine!

The Farmer's Wife/ Mr. Whizzles's personal cleaner

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Baby's Room

So I think this is the final rotation of baby furniture I'm gonna do, I've been moving everything around so much to find the right fit, and I think I'm happy with this combo.

I was going for rustic western, I'm not the best interior decorator, but I'm satisfied with this outcome and plus I'm running out of more energy every day I get closer to popping this little booger out.

So as you can see in the first picture I took a picture of myself in the mirror-oops still learning the picture taking tricks- and I tried to get a couple angles of the room for everyone to see.

It's pretty comfortable in here, the glider has already been a favorite spot of mine to poop out and nest, and once we figure out his name, I'll do a cute name thing on the wall, maybe where the cowboy picture is, but we'll play it by ear. Tom has also come up with the idea of welding our brand out of horseshoes to hold up a valance, genius! So when he gets some free time on his hands, I can put up some manly western curtains to soften the room up a bit.

The Farmer's Wife

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Dog Days of Summer

I don't know if you knew already, but Tom brought home a new puppy this week. I knew we were getting the little one, but I didn't know when. He's a cute little bugger- Australian shepard border collie mix with a little blue in the bottom of one eye and as soft and fluffy as ever.

He's only done a couple accidents in the house so good thing I invested in a portable carpet cleaner a couple months ago, it's been a life saver!

So Ginger is starting to like him, not his ouchie sharp puppy teeth, but they seem to be getting along together. The dogs are extra lucky when I let them in the house since I consider it my only sacred clean spot on this farm, but yesterday was so hot and I know how cold the tile floor is (being pregnant I've laid on it a couple times during the day). So I let them in yesterday and let them fart around for a while. When I came back, this is what I saw and it made me smile. They're so alike, they just don't want to admit it.

The Farmer's Wife