the things that color my world

My Shoes

Why is it and people seem to believe that the process of divorce is this simple?
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When it’s more like this…
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Just a thought.

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Why I Love

Do I need ocean front property when I can hear the wind blowing through a wheat field? You never get the meaning of a “sea of grass” until you can hear it. Its why I love it here.

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The backyard view

I love the view, no buildings or traffic. Just the beauty of a clean fresh landscape.

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A near by windfarm

I love the innovation. People are constantly using what we already have to make life better.

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Beautiful thunderstorm same system went on to produce an EF4 near Rozel , KS

I love the terrifying yet beautiful weather.

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Play in the water, get exercise, and water the grass multi-tasking at its finest

I love the freedom to raise my kids in that “old fashioned” way. Work then play is our way. There is more self esteem in a job well done then having it all handed to you.

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Sunrise

There is pride in having a reason to get up. My kids don’t sleep until noon.

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Beautiful DD

They are still beautiful and accomplished. They don’t suffer from living a life of farm kids. One day they will be proud they don’t spend all day at the pool like the “city kids,” I know I was.

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HOT!

We are working on keeping cool. Thank God for AC!

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Pigs

Our animals need about constant care in this heat. Did you know pigs don’t sweat? That’s why they need mud, the water evaporates much like sweat on our skin. 

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We garden in the morning during the cool hours, which means early mornings for these farm kids. I make it up to them, don’t worry.

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Play in a tent

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Run through the sprinkler

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Chillin' with our shades on

See we rock the work/play thing around here, somedays .

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Love,
Lehmann Family Zoo Staff and Management

Gardening Capers

Today I am letting my dd write the post I’m bit scared.

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Me and my brothers are planting a garden. Growing stuff is awesome! We can get the ground ready, yay I get to play in the dirt. Then, we poke the seeds in. Mom’s really picky about it and says they have a “coryoptal” (coleoptile) thing and will only grow so far without sun. Whatever. Then we water and that’s it.

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Here’s our tomatoes we need a fence for rabbits

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Here’s my brother making hills for squash

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Some pretty rainbow clouds my brother said it was going to rain ice cream (sun dogs)

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Lightning can strike miles from the actual storm

It always amazes me how many people don’t take safety precautions when the weather is or could get nasty. This week’s lessons for my kiddos have revolved around lightning/storm safety.

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Damage in our yard from recent storm

There are 2 major rules for lightning safety that EVERYONE needs to remember the first is simple. “When it roars go indoors.”  See simple if there is thunder there is lightning and at that point seek shelter. The other rule is the 30/30 rule. If the thunder sounds 30 seconds or less after the strike its close enough to strike you. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder. See 30/30 rule.

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Moore, Ok tornado

The second thing is if you hear the sirens in your town get to your shelter! After tornados like Moore, OK you would think people would become aware but you still see videos by yahoos on their porch with their camera wanting to see/tape the twister. 

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Weird clouds

I know, as a kid, it seemed like every storm that came thru the sirens went off or we spent half the summer in tornado watches that never even lead to rain. The thing is radars and weather knowledge has increased exponentially since I was a child. Brave storm chasers/scientists like Reed Timmer have continued to bring new information that leads to more accurate warnings.

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Descending rotation

Basically, if there is a siren there is rotation, if there is rotation it could quickly end up on the ground as a tornado, and if there is a tornado you want to be safe.

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Aftermath of Moore, Ok

Holiday Houpla!

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We Remember

In the minds of Americans this weekend kicks off summer! Its no different in my neck of the woods. My kids joined in the Memorial Day parade with their 4H club this morning. The rushing around was almost humorous. They needed their club shirts and nice pants and grabbed their posters. Ran out the door a little bit later than I had planned but not excessively, I swear! When to jump in the rig and click, click, click artrgggrahdjh! Called the DH to rescue us and jump the battery, he got to come with us,  Yay! Showed up to the float muster dumped the kids and blew some kisses. Parked on Main St. by the library so we could steal wi-fi while waiting and then enjoyed the parade, got a ton of candy too.

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DD throwing candy

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DS hanging off pick-up

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Rodeo clowns

Innocent…NOT!

My three year old is one the most conniving little imps ever! His adorable innocence can lull anyone, including me, into a false sense of security.  He begs me daily to nap on my lap. This day was no different. He’s big brown eyes glancing up at me made me smile that “mom” smile. The one that you are thinking I will never be mad at this child again. Yeah right! He was being so so sweet. Looking at me with adoration that only a toddler can achieve. He reaches up a few times and pats my cheek lovingly. Once I even caught his chubby little hand with my lips showing him the adoration that only a mother can show. Then without warning his little hand sneaked up towards my face again. His finger was pointing and slid straight up my nose. The little devil!
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