Celebrating Poppyseed Style!

This weekend was one of the most fun and exhausting weekends of this year!

Let’s start with Friday morning.  I met 5 other moms at our gym and carpooled down to Yonder Way Farm.  This is the farm that I have ordered from for years, and I have to say that I just love all of their food.   I have ordered more than several whole hogs, different cuts of beef, chicken, eggs, and veggies from them since we discovered them in 2011.  I’ve been to their farm a few times, but I would go back over and over again.  There is always something to see and do!  Since they deliver to our gym once a month, some of us ladies decided to go on a tour and see all of the animals.  All of the kids seemed to do really well on the hour and a half drive there, and the tour was so much fun!

I did a post on why we order our meat from farms as often as possible, and this farm is really setting the gold standard in my opinion.  All of the cows, hogs, chickens, lambs, and turkeys are living their lives as nature intended.  They are fed only what they would eat naturally (grass or bugs mostly) and supplemented only when necessary with non-GMO soy free feed.  You can tell that they are treated so gently by the farmers, because they are so relaxed around people.  They didn’t even seem to mind when 6 moms and 9 kids invaded their space!

There was lots of fence climbing....

There was lots of fence climbing….

The kids loved seeing all of the baby chicks.  YWF gets up to 200 new chicks every 2 weeks!

The kids loved seeing all of the baby chicks. YWF gets up to 200 new chicks every 2 weeks!

Baby chicks!

Baby chicks!

One of our "big kids" holding a "teenage chick."

One of our “big kids” holding a “teenage chick.”

Christy was brave enough to show the kids how to gently handle some of the birds.  The kids LOVED it!

Christy was brave enough to show the kids how to gently handle some of the birds. The kids LOVED it!

I wasn't as successful in getting my own little chick to be so hands on.

I wasn’t as successful in getting my own little chick to be so hands on.

I loved how serious little Tenley was during this moment.

I loved how serious little Tenley was during this moment.

Checking out the hogs and dogs.

Checking out the hogs and dogs.

Kelly and Ben at the chicken houses.

Kelly and Ben at the chicken houses.

Grassfed lamb - a new venture at YWF.

Grassfed lamb – a new venture at YWF.

The farmers have four "chicks" of their own, and they made great babysitters!  Poppyseed gets a lift across the pasture by their oldest daughter.

The farmers have four “chicks” of their own, and they made great babysitters! Poppyseed gets a lift across the pasture by their oldest daughter.

Fun fact: Hogs don't sweat.  That explains a lot.

Fun fact: Hogs don’t sweat. That explains a lot.

Poppyseed was a little nervous about the hogs.  Pretty much everything is free range at this farm!

Poppyseed was a little nervous about the hogs. Pretty much everything is free range at this farm!

Excuse us, Mrs. Hog.

Excuse us, Mrs. Hog.

Lola with the fabulous Kelly.

Lola with the fabulous Kelly.

Stocking up on some goodies in their newly updated farm store was one of my favorite parts of the day!

Stocking up on some goodies in their newly updated farm store was one of my favorite parts of the day!

Jake wanted to be in a picture all by himself.

Jake wanted to be in a picture all by himself.

All of the moms and most of our kiddos!

All of the moms and most of our kiddos!

We spent several hours playing and learning about farm life, ate a picnic lunch, and then drove back home.  By the time we got back to College Station, Johanna and her crew had arrived to spend the weekend with us.  We went to Willie’s Grill for supper and let the kids play in the sandbox while we talked and relaxed.

Johanna was seriously a Godsend when it came to getting through this weekend!

Johanna was seriously a Godsend when it came to getting through this weekend!

Saturday was Poppsyeed’s birthday party.  I almost decided to just have a simple party at P’s gymnastics gym where everything could be done for us, but honestly the weather right now is just too gorgeous to pass up a day outside!  We decided to just have another back yard bash at our casa.

We cooked and cleaned all morning while the husbands entertained the kids.  We made homemade meatballs, fresh guacamole, a huge salad, grilled chicken, chips, and fruit.  For dessert I made the gluten free brownie bombs from Fidelis (I am seriously obsessed) and served them with mini fruit kabobs.  Again, Johanna was the reason that this all happened, because it would not have been possible to roll up that many meatballs and produce that many miniature brownies with just two hands!

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The entertainment for the day included Poppyseed’s new trampoline, a baby pool that we ordered off of Amazon, the Craigslist sandbox, and a couple dozen balloons.  There were about 20 kids in all, and they kept each other so entertained that we probably didn’t need any of the toys.

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Naturally Poppyseed jumped into the pool fully clothed and stayed that way for the first hour or so of her party.

Okay, so this pool is all over Amazon right now.  It was a total bust.  It took Oatmeal nearly 2 hours to inflate (using an electric pump) and it deflated almost immediately after the party.  Total waste of $45, but at least it worked for the two hours that we really needed it.

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Obviously my favorite part of the day was seeing all of my friends in the same place at the same time.

Good friends Johanna and Jessica.  They each drove over an hour to come to our shindig!

Good friends Johanna and Jessica. They each drove over an hour to come to our shindig!

Poppyseed with Oatmeal's parents.

Poppyseed with Oatmeal’s parents.

That little girl loves her Granddaddy.

That little girl loves her Granddaddy.

Opening presents with lots and lots of little helpers.

Opening presents with lots and lots of little helpers.

Some of the "big kids" practiced their jump rope skills during the party.

Some of the “big kids” practiced their jump rope skills during the party.

Oatmeal’s family also made a point to join in on the fun!  His brother’s family drove in from Cypress, his parents came in from Sealy, and his sister and her two kids drove in from D’Hanis.  All in all I would say that his family members spent a combined 15 hours commuting to our party, and we really appreciated it.  Poppsyeed loved spending time with her aunts, uncle, grandparents, and cousins.

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Cousin June on the rings.

Cousin June on the rings.

Most of the kiddos!  I was shocked that this group shot turned out so good.

Most of the kiddos! I was shocked that this group shot turned out so good.

I loved singing Happy Birthday to Poppyseed.  I put two candles in a brownie and showed them to her before we started singing.  I knew she would get nervous when all eyes were on her, so I was hoping that a practice round with just me would help.  She was still pretty shy, but she did give a few solid attempts to blow out those candles.

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A little skeptical, but still being a good sport.

A little skeptical, but still being a good sport.

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She did it!

She did it!

After the candles were blown out, we served everyone their treats and then the pressure was off.  It was just time to play and visit and relax.

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I have to admit, I’m so glad we decided to have another party at home.  Even though it was a lot of work it turned out really well.  Next year I’ll definitely double the quantity of food, and I’ll probably do a little more decorating the day before.  Maybe by then Poppyseed will be a little bit more aware that it is all for her and we will have a theme or some more personal touches.  I really do enjoy having people over to our house and planning social events in general.  It’s nice to have a good excuse to do something like that every now and then!

After the party, Oatmeal’s family stuck around and we all just at on the back porch.  We visited, the kids played, we ate about a pound of cheese and crackers, and then slowly everyone started to disperse.  Johanna and I cooked dinner and grilled some meat while the kids took a nap and the guys made some futile attempts to clean our house and yard.  I was in bed by 9pm and pretty much slept like a rock until 8:45am.  Readers, this prego mama was TIRED!

Today we bid adios to our beloved Scheupbachs and then took a family nap.  I was in my pajamas until at least 3pm and only got dressed at all because we were too lazy to cook and decided to go to Grub for an early supper.  My house is still fairly messy and I probably have 300 pieces of popped balloons on my back porch, but tomorrow is another day and I simply wanted to spend this evening looking through all the great pictures from the party and reflecting on how much fun it was to celebrate our Poppyseed’s 2nd birthday!

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  1. I just wanted to say first off I love your blog. Even though I’m friends with Jamie and Joanie on facebook I still love seeing how the rest of the family is doing, even if probably don’t remember me 🙂 I also wanted to say if lamb is a new venture for the farm get some if you can. We love lamb. Once of our favorite lamb dishes on the go is sauteed onions and garlic, salt pepper, zucchini noodles and ground lamb. It’s quick, easy and yummy 🙂

    • Hi Gina! Thanks so much for your comment, that was nice to read! And you’re right, I absolutely plan to try their lamb. I think it will be a while before they are selling it, but the zucchini noodles idea is a good one. I really like anything that could potentially be a noodle. 😀

      • Me to! Zucchini has become my favorite noodle. It’s only the two of us and when he’s gone for training it’s so hard to find and cook a meal for 1 🙂 If you have any ideas please share lol. Lamb and zucchini noodles are our go to meal on Friday nights before the hockey games. Of course up here ground lamb is the only thing we can afford so once it comes available to you if you have any recipes we can keep in mind for when we get back to the lower 48 please share! If you don’t mind that is lol

  2. PS I’ve found these asian noodles that are amazing. They’re made some from plant but I can’t recall the name of them. I don’t know how well they’d do in this dish but for some “spaghetti” and meatballs or any dish you want a noodle with they’re great. We can get them here in Fairbanks from a local health food store so I’m sure you can find them. I can’t recall the name right now but I’ll get it to you if you want. They’re kind of fishy smelling when you open the package but you have to blanch them for just a few seconds. After that they have no flavor and take on what ever flavors your cooking with. If you know what noodles I’m talking just disregard this post. I just like sharing the wealth lol 🙂

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