Welcome to Fishback Family Farms! I'm Rachel Fishback, a farm wife and mother of four by day...Capturing the art and chaos to our everyday farming life! We live in Southeast Iowa where we raise corn and soybeans.

Baby Tessa comes home!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Baby Tessa got to come home today, Saturday December 29, 2007. Of course, her "coming home" outfit didn't even make it to the car seat before having a peeing accident. But we did make it home! Tessa was only in the door about 20 seconds before RyLee and Nana had her out of her seat. As you can tell, attention has not been an issue:)

Baby Fishback has arrived!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Tessa Marie Fishback arrived Thursday December 27, 2007 at 1:49 am. She weighed 6lbs 12oz and was 20 inches long. Tessa has TONS of black hair, and everyone is doing great!

Meaning of Tessa:

Origin: Greek
Meaning: The harvester

Short form of Teresa, but now commonly used as an independent name that may also mean "fourth child" in Greek. Thomas Hardy's a English classic 1891 novel "Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented," first published in 1891 and adapted into a film in 1979 directed by Roman Polanski. Also associated with "Tessa No\u00ebl," a fictional character on the 1992 to 1998 show, "Highlander: The Series," portrayed by Belgian actress Alexandra Vandernoot.

With under 100 acres to go...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Soooo close! With less than 100 acres to go...Nathan comes home at 8:30 tonight. That means one thing...break down:) So what was going to be Nathan's last day, it'll now be spent repairing a major issue. Looks like Nov 16th will possibly be our last day. This by far is the latest we've been combining. With Thanksgiving around the corner, we will enjoy it even more with daddy around!

Visiting Dad in the field...

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

We went to see Nathan on Saturday. Clay LOVES the semi, especially to go on rides. He's watching Nathan from a safe distance with me as corn is unloaded.
The girls find it fun to pull the cornstalks out of the ground. They also had fun running in the corn rows. The combine was shut down, so Madison and RyLee were free to play tag and explore.

Picture time

So I ATTEMPTED on Sunday to take some fun fall pics of my kids by one of my grandpa's farms, but the photographer FAILED. Clay didn't even make it in three frames...after he wiped out in the ditch stabbing his hand on a big fat weed. So, of course, he's crying in the shots I was able to get of him:)

Fun on the corn..

Here's the kids having fun on the corn. As you can tell, its not full yet, but can hold up to 80,000 bushels of corn. Its quite a challenge to climb to the top of "the mountian," but sliding down is a great reward. Corn angels are fun to make, also:) Their cousin, Kyle, was over playing.
Kyle helping Clay to the top. As you can tell, the broken collar bone on RyLee hasn't slowed her down at all.

Finally...to the top!

Where's October?

Sunday, November 4, 2007

October was here...and now its gone!!! Its obviously been a long time since adding to our family blog. Nathan's still in the fields and I'm growing, two months left until Baby Fishback arrives! RyLee did break her collar bone on Monday. She fell off the slide at the babysitters. She's doing great. Here's some more pictures. I'll be adding more this week, a little behind schedule.
Nathan did get the crop ring up. Here I am! My sister, Megan, went along with me at my last two weddings to help out. I had her snap a picture of the "photographer" to show all of our family and friends how much I've grown. I did have a funny, but embarrassing moment last week...I couldn't fit into the booth at a Mexican restaurant in town. I was dying laughing while my friend Julie was asking for a new table. Thank God for friends:)

Barn Quilts Dinner

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Barn Quilts Iron Chef Dinner was a huge success, and it rained most of Monday morning..so I had a cute date! Nathan was actually able to come and enjoy a kidless meal. The dinner was a lot of fun and the turn out was amazing! Chef David from David's catering won..by 1/2 of a percent...their food was so good and such a toss up. I can't wait for next year. Be watching for our Barn Quilts greeting card line to begin. I'm hoping to have them up and for sale by the begining, mid-November mark. Let me know if your interesetedin purchasing.

Barn Quilts of Washington County

Friday, October 5, 2007

Rachel is a member of the Washington County Barn Quilts Committee. I have been out taking pictures of the barn quilts and wanted to share some with you! Monday night we're having an "Iron Chef" dinner in Richmond, where large display prints will be up for viewing. So if your driving thru Washington County, our first loop strings from Kalona Hwy 22 to Riverside, down Riverside Road to Washington, and from Washington to Kalona along Hwy 1. You can also see a beautiful red bank barn along 218 south of Riverside. We have more to be hung before the cool weather sets in, so keep watching!


Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Okay, so there always has to be a couple break downs. Unfortunately I've experienced this first hand. THANK GOD it has always involved INSURED equipment, fence or stop signs...NOT humans. Machines break, just like office computers tend to crash, so its not an item we would brag about. But, I had to post this one. This beautiful green wagon decided to blow a tire while Nathan was hauling it to town Friday night...right at 5 o'clock. Of course, no one was available to come do a quick fix. Nathan tried, but Saturday they had to resort to vacuuming it out due to the weight. What should have taken an hour or so, ended up being a public display along highway 1 for almost 24.
Its been safely fixed and retired.:) Back into the fields!

How could I forget?!?

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Ahhh, yes. Harvest officially began at the Fishback Farm on Tuesday september 4, 2007. The EARLIEST and HOTTEST we have ever been out. What does that mean? Rachel is now reigning as "Farmer's Widow 2007." What a title. Nathan is working hard around the clock and we do miss him and hope to see him in the mornings before he heads out, but that's not always the case. I can't belive I didn't blog that VERY important day on our operation...sorry. SO...
BE SURE TO WATCH FOR SLOW MOVING VEHICALS!!!! Nice photo, huh? I especially appreciate the beautiful Iowa bug spots on my windshield. Madison did a good job at snapping this one....I really like auto focus!
This was while we were waiting for Nathan to get the combine to the first field. This is to show you we weren't picking green corn...its definatly brown for Sept 4th!

Nathan, RyLee and Clay after their first round of picking corn for 2007.

Nathan checking the grain dryer

Nathan busy working to finish a field
Here's hoping all farmers find a safe bountiful harvest!

Meet Baby Fishback...

Monday, September 17, 2007

So here's baby Fishback, our 4th little one. I had to post some pictures. Everything looked good on the ultrosound, and it was busy kicking and punching...aparently it didn't care for the pushing and prodding this morning. Mom had the pleasure of downing 36 ounces of water by 7:00 am so my bladder was definatly full by the 8:00 am appointment. And to top it off, the coffee pot in the waiting room was drippling fresh coffee while we waited...what a sound with a full pregnant bladder! All I can say is six months down and three short ones to go. And, yes, we do know what we're having:) I've highlighted the different parts, and each picture is labeled.

Madison's 1st Cheerleading Night

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Madison enjoyed her first cheerleading camp this week at the high school. She got a super cool pom-pom and a tshirt, along with the exciting experience to showcase what all the girls had learned. They were able to cheer with the varsity cheerleaders at the Washington Demon football game last night. Unfortunatly, Washington took a surprising huge fall behind from local rivals, the Fairfield Trojans-41 to 21-ouch. That puts the Demon's record at 2-1. Here's some pictures of Madison with all the other girls at the game...

I had to add this one of Madison and RyLee. Nathan was a varsity wrestler at Washington, and I was a cheerleader, so we had to pose next to our fabulous "W."

Young Farmer Golf Outing

Sunday, September 9, 2007

On Sunday September 2nd, Nathan and I hosted a Farm Bureau District 7 Young Farmer Golf Outing. We were in hopes of bigger numbers, but had a great time with the golfers that did attend. We hope to do one more next June-2008 before we leave our term. Front Row: Rachel Fishback, the "gnome" mascot, and Dawn Stout
Sitting: Jill Zahs and Bobbie Wulf
Back: April Adams, Aaron Ledger, Darrin Wiggins, Vince Stout, Nathan Fishback and Ben Zahs.
Not pictured: Jake Hotchkiss
Here's Jake teeing off...
Did I mention the 4 girls were the last to tee off and the grounds guy had us pass the 4 guys..."Play on through" Haha. Girl power kicks!

Here's the lolly gagers themselves... Vinnie perched, Jake hanging out, Nathan studing Ben's beautiful tee off that probably bounced out of the creek 30 feet in front of him.... Did I mention we were just playing for fun?!?!
For the more avid golfers, here's the results.
Lowest score: Aaron Ledger and Darrin Wiggins from Jefferson County with their side kick April Adams from Keokuk County- 41
Closest to the pin-Vince Stout
Longest Drive-Ben Zahs
Longest Putt-Bobbie Wulf
We enjoyed a fun round of golf, followed by a great steak dinner and dessert. A special thanks goes out to the Cedar Crest Golf Course in Columbus Junction.

RyLee's BIG 1st Day...

Friday, September 7, 2007

RyLee went off to preschool this past Tuesday, Sept 4th. She'll be enjoying Monday thru Thursday mornings at Kingdom Kids Preschool with Mrs. Miles and Miss Pemberton. She was so excited. Here she is sporting her new backpack and "Dick and Jane" sundress her Aunt Ashley made.

Dirt Work Central....

This year Nathan felt he needed to add storage, so we're opting for a different route. You won't see a massive silver bin rise anytime soon. Instead, our kids will have a WONDERFUL mountian to sled on once our temperary crop ring goes up and is filled with our 15% gold (aka field corn:) The crop ring is 90 feet with a 4' wall, and will be filled with 80,000 bushels of corn, covered in a huge tarp. We'll see how the first year fairs out. Hopefully, it will be a successful adventure with very little "under our breath grumbles." Currently we use grain bins or sell directly from the field. Last week we had Jim Waterhouse come out and bulldoze behind our shop, to terrance an area to allow any water drainage to drain around our ring. He did a beautiful job! You can check out some befores and afters. It was also a great time for Nathan to aggressivly take scrap metal to the junk yard, so our back area looks level and MUCH less clutered!

Before, behind our shop

After, behind our shop. The girls are standing next to the post, the center of the crop ring.

I couldn't yell or get mad. They were having so much fun throwing dirt balls, and NOT at each other, so I let them:) I really considered doing dirt angels, but they remember those things at the most horrible times...I could just see next spring in our easter outfits catching eye on a mud puddle, and remembering what "Mom" said was okay way back then.....
So nope. No dirt angels. Mom's such a party pooper.

Nathan unloading pallets containing the crop ring. You'll have to check back to see the final constructed beauty. Hopefully the instructions aren't in Chinease or somthing unreadble to me.

Oh, yes. This big awesome machine was left sitting in our lot over night and seemed so cool to my kids. It took alot of talking to keep them off. So we just posed nicely in front of it. For those of you wondering, RyLee just came home from gymnastics, so she's still in her dance gear:)