Sunday, July 19, 2015

Weekends should be 5 days...

I had a really awesome blog planned for last week, but it didn't work out! Work has been crazy so I've been spending my downtime just soaking up John and Ikey and preparing for another day. So now we'll just shoot for next month when Ike turns 9 months. Yeah, NINE. MONTHS. What the?! But let's not get ahead of ourselves!!! He's a beautiful, bubbly, bouncy 8 months and I'm going to savor it!
Anywho... We took Ike to the creek yesterday! He's definitely a water bug! He loved it!!! He swam with John for well over an hour while this Momma basked in the love of her boys and had a cold one! Is that a perfect Saturday or what?! Then we roasted hot dogs on the fire and had wafflecones full of melty chocolate and marshmallows and banana goodness! Mmmm!
Today we have more or less taken it easy. John mowed and I cleaned the chicken coops. OH!!! AND WE GOT OUR FIRST EGG!!! WOO! My girls have become ladies! Gracious! Burgers on the grill with corn and my favorite homegrown tomato, cucumber,and onion salad! Yet another fabulous day here on the ranch! ;)
I made some shirts yesterday, too! Looooove, love, LOVE this! I'm going to make some new screens tonight (I hope), and then I'll have some more options! I think my entire wardrobe will be hayikeysmom apparel, so if nobody else buys them, at least I'll have cute shirts! I should have my business license soon and then I'll be ready to roll!
Okay, well, I just wanted to check-in... I have a lot to do to get us ready for the week!
Take care!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Hay Y'all

Well, I ended up getting Ikey’s cold, but no fever so I guess I’ll consider myself lucky!  Just a lovely hack and the girls at work have decided my near constant nose-blowing has transformed to more of a Goose than a Moose!  Nothin’ like progress! 
Ikey got his 6 month shots yesterday (yes, he’s nearly 8 months, but he was sick and therefore late on his 4 month shots, and was sick and late AGAIN when it was time for the next round!) He weighs right at 18lbs and is basically 27” long!  (We round up; what of it?)  That’s 25th percentile on weight and 10th on height!  I think he’d make a good linebacker someday! …if, of course, he were allowed to play contact sports!  Which he is not.  Ever.  Seriously.  In fact, I’m looking into bubble suits. 
Anyway, I’m DYING to get started on some shirts, but I can’t do much until I have my business license and the ability to order wholesale (which is my new favorite word, ahthanku)!  So for now I just daydream and keep searching for blank shirts I can practice on!  I got a little wild with the ink on my first shirt, but nothing a little duct tape can’t fix!  The toughest part is going to be getting the ink mixed so that the color is what I’m wanting!  It dries A LOT darker than I imagined!  I’ll add some pictures of the shirts I’ve made so far!  I’m pretty excited!  I LOVE the fit of these, but I’ve found some I think I’ll love even more!  Nothing but the best for hayikeysmom gear!!! 
So we’re starting to plan our TN Trip… again!  The first one totally fell through, but it actually worked out that we stayed home over the 4th of July!  Ikey was sick and there was that crazy-toxic-chemical-spill burning back home, and then I ended up sick, so being at home was really nice.  A couple of our neighbors came over and we did some fireworks for Ike and roasted hot dogs!  He was less than impressed with our $8 worth of “fountains”, but we didn’t want anything that was going to make noise and scare him!  (Think: bubble suit).  In hindsight, a little pop might not have been so bad!  It was a lot of fun, nonetheless!  Plus, I got to show off my Hay Mom shirt and my very honest neighbor told me she thought people would actually buy them!  SCORE!
Other than some pretty gnarly storms yesterday, it’s been a normal week.  Work, Ikey, farm, Ikey, eat, sleep, and, oh yeah, Ikey.  I hit the rowing machine on Monday, but have been taking it easy since I have this amazing first-of-July head cold.  Also, I’ve mastered the art of screwing up my form to the point of the whole workout being arms with a little legs and zero core.  Awesome.  If you’d like tips on how to accomplish this feat, just let me know.  I may do a tutorial. 
…on that note, hope you’re having a good day!  TAKE IT EASY!!!

Friday, July 3, 2015

IT'S HERE!!! **updated w/ photos!**

...and it's time to tell you what "it" is!!! Okay, but first, an Ikey update: he's all better! Yayyy! Everybody do a happy dance!
 **ahem** Okay, drum roll, please! So my big idea is to open an etsy shop and sell t-shirts that not only fit like your favorite shirt ever, but are super cute and mean a whole lot to me! is coming soon!!!
I did a dry run today and made a few shirts, and I'm loving it! I have my work cut out for me, but it's a lot of fun! I'll post some pics tomorrow, but I couldn't wait to tell you guys about this new adventure! The passion behind hayikeysmom is inspired by the way of life we have here at Ike Land & Cattle, and sharing it with you! I aim to start simple with a few basic designs and let it grow!
Okay, gotta go get these steaks marinated and get ready to grill! Hope y'all get to see some fireworks! Be safe, and Happy Independence Day!!!