We took our Tabitha on an excursion.

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We stayed next door to NannyJane and Grandpa with Uncle Brian and Aunt Ashley and their kiddos just down the lane in the Forest Service campground we stayed in. I’m sure you’ll be seeing many more pics of NannyJane’s new glamper, but I’m sneaking you a peek for now.

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The grandparents brought the good stuff. Plenty of tomatoes from the garden, and every granddaughter needs a s’more!

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Love that s’more face!!

  2. Gail M says:

    I just returned from Colorado. While I was there or somewhere in between there and Nebraska, I saw a trailer much like the Shasta ….it was beautiful! I had never seen a trailer quite like it….it had wings! It was being pulled by a matching red vintage pickup. Could it have been this one? Blessings from Kansas!

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Bath Time

We’ve had such a warm summer, but it’s coming to an end. To celebrate our first day of cooler weather, we bundled up and headed to the tub, farmgirl style.

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It even started to rain, which we’ve been dreaming of for weeks!

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I wish I had been able to take advantage of a long tub soak last May! Next time for sure. It looks luxurious and Fun!!!

  2. Bonnie ellis says:

    They are so cute in that tub. Wish I would have had a girl too. Enjoy those special moments.

  3. Kay Baucom says:

    My granddaughters are coming to visit and I wish I had a set up like this for them. Some day…..

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Our Lentil Festival

We love our lentils and their farmers so much here on the Palouse that we hold an annual two-day celebration to honor them. And why not? Our region grows 25% of the nation’s lentil supply, and we are world-renowned for producing the highest quality lentils in the U.S.

Since 1989, revelers have visited Pullman, Washington (our little sister city right across the border), from all across the country to celebrate this tiny legume during the Lentil Festival. The chosen weekend in August always coincides with the beginning of a new school year for both of our universities (The University of Idaho here in Moscow and Washington State University in Pullman) as well as our local schools, so you’re bound to run into someone you know while you sample some lentil chili from a 600-gallon pot.

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That’s right, they stir it with a boat paddle!

If you’re the athletic sort, you can run in the 5K race, play a game of 3-on-3 basketball, glide through a skateboard competition, or join in the mini golf tournament.

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And don’t forget the parade! The little cuties below are this year’s ‘Lil Lentil King and Queen.

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Local artisans display their wares, a stage hosts great live music, and a beer and wine garden features local microbrews and wines.

Of course, it’s not all about parties and parades. This year, local sponsors partnered with Feeding Children Everywhere, and thanks to their support and the work of many volunteers, 25,000 healthy meals featuring lentils were hand-packed for local distribution. And our local humane shelter raised $30,000 for the animals.

If you’re out this way next year, you should definitely drop in. There’s a little something for everyone.

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    This is fascinating about the lentils. I didn’t know your area was so well known for growing them. The lentil celebration looks like fun and then one gets to sample that vat of cooking lentils. You gotta love those rural american local celebrations. They are the best!

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  3. Debra Ann Grauman-Harvill says:

    So proud of my State for contributing to rid this planet of hungry people!

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First Day of School

Somehow, summer has come to an end and I now have a second grader and a first grader. Back to school we went!

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And since we don’t get to move into our new house for another few weeks, we got to head off to school from the farm. Pretty exciting for these two farmgirls.

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Here’s to wishing you all a wonderful year!


  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Happy School Days Stella and Mia! Have a wonderful year making new friends, learning new things, and enjoying new challenges. You both look so festive all decked out for your first day too! Love your pretty scarves and big smiles.

  2. wow how sweet to take a pic like that with the little blackboards!The girls look so festive! My first day of school oh so many years ago I wore a bright red smocked dress with those little puffy round sleeves and the sash tied in a big bow in the back. White socks and oxblood oxfords ( it was the 50s -no sneakers to school then )

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Farm Life

While I was washing up the dinner dishes a couple of nights ago, I heard the screen door slam and two little sets of footsteps running down the path to find NannyJane.

Apparently, they were in search of greener pastures and wanted to take Ester Lily for an evening stroll.

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Once again, Mia is in her pajamas and cowgirl boots. I suppose it’s her own unique farmgirl-style statement.

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Such a perfect after dinner activity on a late Summer eve. Ester Lily is clearly loving those tall green grasses too. Love Mia’s fashion choice for cow walking!

  2. Stephanie Guevara says:

    I love this! Taking the cow for a walk instead of the dog. 🙂

  3. bonnie ellis says:

    You can’t get much cuter than a calf and a half-pint farmgirl!

  4. victoria says:

    Wish I could have gone walking with them. I love baby cows and little girls. I live in a city now and my girls are grown.

  5. When I was Mia’s age I was given the greatest gift of my childhood by my uncle Loren- red cowboy/girl boots. Like Mia, I wore them with everything- jammies included. Finally my feet were starting to deform as I grew and my mother had to confiscate them.

  6. gingerbkelly says:

    You raised those girls, just right! Awesome story and photos.

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Feeding the Cows

Miss Mia sings everywhere she goes, and if she isn’t singing, she’s acting like everything is a drum set. So while the girls help NannyJane with feeding the cows, she sings and the cows are baffled…

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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I love Mia’s front tooth missing grin! Maybe the little girl cows are wishing they could make tunes like Mia?? Those baby calves are getting big too. I love Ester Lily’s white markings.

  2. Mary Ann Wilson says:


  3. Hi Meg,

    Those two little girls are darling!!! And I love the continual singing. I have a feeling she might be about the age of my grand-daughter Jillian, who also sings all the time! (Age 7!)

    And gorgeous calves!

    – Dori –

  4. Linda says:

    Cute girls! Naybe the cows would like to sing, too?

  5. Lynn Dee Smith says:

    Thanks for sharing pure joy which is ever and always welcome! Blessings on you and your family, plus the lucky farm citizens!

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