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Blog · Page 5 of 48 · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
Blog · Page 5 of 48 · Ryder Family Farm- Southern Illinois Produce & More
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The exciting news we are ready to share. It’s a …

It’s true we have some exciting news to share. It was officially announced to our close circle of loved ones our wedding. Actually, we’ve been dropping hints here and there and even dropped a major hint at the actual wedding… You already know that we had our belated wedding this month right? If not, you can read about it and see photos here.

Anyway, we kept our exciting news super secret for almost 5 months until we hinted at it with our custom crafted wedding cake topper.

We had OUR Wedding!

It’s official, we had our long awaited wedding! After a five year engagement and adding two daughters to our family, we finally found the time and money to make it happen.

Now that it’s over, I can’t really detect any major difference between pre-wedding and post wedding life… but we did it and have the photos to prove it so I feel better having done it.

Two peas in a pod & what we’ve learned about behavior and gluten

Everly and Adalyn are growing so darn fast. Everly turns four this weekend and Adalyn will be two in two months. They are still just blowing our minds each day, in various ways.

Everly is a great big sister but she really does have her annoyed big sister moments too. Man, do I remember feeling annoyed with younger siblings often as a kid. So I can sympathise with Everly.

Adalyn just follows her big sis arround, gladly plays the sister-slave role when Everly requests to be catered to.

I had to intervene when Everly convinced Adalyn to try wiping her butt one day.

Did that really just happen to me?

You know those days where everything is basically a WTF moment? It’s been a really long time since we’ve had a day filled with those moments… So I feel I have to share it.

It all started out with a trek out for errands, as we were leaving our street we found a golf club in a bush near the stop sign on our block. Our neighbor was surprised by a full bag of golf clubs on his vehicle earlier in the week, presumably stolen.

Of course as soon as we hit the road this uncontrollable hunger hits me.

Garden murder and more…

As avid organic gardeners, our days are spent waging war on garden enemies. Typically it’s silly stuff like picking cabbage worms or squash beetles (or similar) off our plants and then feeding them to the chickens. The girls are my little gaarden warriors, they assist me in collecting bugs in a bucket…

Life transitions are underway and we enjoy the fruits of our labor.

I wanted to write about all the exciting stuff that is in the near future for us, things like wedding dresses, possible acreage and growing families… but today I really need to tell you this.

Adalyn went to be for the first time last night, without me. In all her almost 2 years of life mommy has put her to sleep by breastfeeding but circumstances have changed and she’s now much more eager to do big girl things like reading a big kid story with her big sister and daddy. So, when asked if she wanted to nurse, because she was already firmly planted in her sister’s bed with a bedtime story- she told me no and meant it.

Murphy’s Law and Such…

There is so much going on right now, some I can share… some I cannot.

You already know, our very belated wedding is nearing, fast. Remember how we posponed it while pregnant with Everly? When it comes to important life stuff…

 “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”.

Except, for us the “going wrong” isn’t really all that terrible, just inoppotune type stuff like infertility clearing up right after engagement.

Reuse and repurposing: Our goal- Throwing less into dumps

There are many ways to recycle, reuse and conserve from day to day. You just have to look at things differently. As I become more and more earth friendly I discover new ways to reporpose, reuse and recycle.
For me, a focus on repourposing and reuse has been what we’ve continued to expand on. Can you believe this family of 4 only fills a regular treash can with dump-bound trash about every 2-3 weeks?
We’ve dramatically reduced the about of stuff that is dump-bound by:
  1. Composting kitchen scraps or giving it to our rabbits & chickens.
  2. Hauling our own recycling to a recycling center once a month.
  3. Basing our buying choices partly on product packaging.
  4. Buying less throwaway stuff, spending less money.
  5. Reusing things like mad.

Since it’s earth day, I’d like to share some of what we’ve got going on here at home where reuse is concerned and I’d love for you to share what you having going too. The more ideas we compile the “greener” we’ll all be right?

Make Midwifery “legal” in Indiana

Indiana's Senate will be voting on HB 1135. This Bill will extend licensure to Certified Professional Midwives so that they can serve home birth families legally in the state of Indiana. If you LIVE IN INDIANA -- we are calling you to action and asking you to contact your Senator and ask them to support HB 1135. Don't know who your Senator is? No problem -- we provide you a search link to click on at the end of the video. We traveled to Tennessee to birth BOTH our girls with "legal" midwives that had the ability to accompany us to the hospital if transfer was necessary. You can read more about the legalities and choices left for Indiana families wanting home birth options here. Lets change the situation here in Indiana for home birth seeking families!...

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Long distance wedding planning & wedding hair styles to consider.

Contracts have been signed, we are having a wedding in 2013. It’s only 3 years belated but now we have two beautiful little girls to share the day with. Spur of the moment we decided to have a wedding with our tax return money, nothing more. Could it be done?

Apparently, our desired venue has NO events booked the month we want to wed and they offered a nice discount to us for booking last minute, so we are committing to make this wedding happen in just a few months!

Milestones and upcoming excitement in 2013

This week has been a milestone week for Everly & Adalyn. They are now playing together, like actually both enjoying the same thing… And they are cooperating. As opposed to parallel play or Adalyn simply undoing everything Everly is trying to do. This is a welcome development. Adalyn has also discovered the joys of trying on her sisters clothes. It was so cute when she came out of their bedroom with an arm load of stuff for me to help her put on.

Everly seems to be really warming to the idea of being a big sister lately. She leads Addie around all day on excursions and she loves to try assisting us in coaxing Addie to do various things (like eat or have a diaper change). We’ve even had a few instances where mom & dad fail to get Adalyn’s cooperation but she’ll do it for Everly. I feel the girls will be conspiring against us sooner rather than later. LOL. One afternoon I even had to intervene as Everly was coaxing Adalyn to wipe her after a poop. It was one for the baby book!

Everly flies solo for Montessori preschool today!

My baby girl went to school on her own for the first time today. *tear*
Addie and Mommy had to drop her off and come back home since Addie has a nasty tummy bug (aka purging from both directions) and a fever. Everly didn’t even seem to care… I am amazed, surprised and very proud of her.

I’ve normally been hanging out there at the home where her Montessori preschool classes take place. Everly was super insecure about starting school this winter and she cried a few times when she couldn’t stay with me as opposed to doing class upstairs with the other kids.The intention has been to gradually ease her in to doing things on her own. Especially in light of the lack of  childless time (aka dates) Nathan and I have had since becoming parents. We’ve left Everly in someone elses care three times total, in almost 4 years.

Auntie Anne’s is celebrating 25 years! #pretzelperfect

Auntie Anne’s is celebrating 25 years with a twist on the classic, introducing the new Honey Whole Grain pretzel.

This makes my mouth water, I’d love to scarf a few Auntie Anne’s pretzels right now! Unfortunately, my belly doesn’t share this sentiment now that we are gluten intollerant.

However, that is no reason why my gluten eating followers should miss out on a sweet offer for some free Auntie Anne’s pretzels in celebration of their birthday…

On sowing seeds, both for the garden and in our lives…

All winter we’ve been helping Everly to sow the seeds to her intellectual future by introducing her to Montessori style learning both at home and once a week for preschool. Adalyn has also been giving some of the activities a try.

I’d always been on the fence about sending my kids off for someone else to educate. I personally wasn’t a fan of the educational system I came up through and expect my girls to be intelligent but perhaps not all that interested in book learning. I suspect, based on how learning has progressed here at home, that a more hands on approach would be needed. The knee jerk response is to just homeschool… however, the Montessori method of learning is both intriguing and it seems to meet our needs.

Throat soothing tea: A natural cold and flu home remedy

We’ve had a case of respiratory sickness, since the week before thanksgiving. It all started when I went to observe a Montessori class in prep for enrolling Everly. The sick kids and germs were running rampant.

First Everly got sick, then Adalyn. Nathan got it next, then they passed it around a bit… I was the last to come down with it, just as everyone was getting better and just as Christmas was coming.