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.

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:)

Up, Up and Away!

Nathan took the girls on their 1st airplane ride...flying over our area fields. A great local guy, Bob Marie, took the three of them up for an hour and made a SAFE landing. Clay and I stayed behind. We waved and waved as they flew over home! All Clay could say was, "I wanna fly." Maybe next time.
RyLee and Madison getting seat belted in...

Taking off...

"Look mom, I'm not scared anymore." Madison is a little more "cautious", and was ready to come down MUCH before the hour was over:)

A group picture of their first air flight with daddy. Clay busy with the "selective" mom hearing.

Helping Bob put away the plane

And on our way for an ice cream cone at Nathan's fav spot...MOCO!

Taking A Vacation...

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Yes, the blog's been active for a few weeks and the vacation took me down:) Please check back for some GREAT highlights over the past week...
* Nathan took the girls on an airplane ride for an "over" view of our farms
* RyLee started preschool at Kingdom Kids :)
* Nathan started harvest....yes, that's right. I've officially become a farmers widow for three months!
So check back over the next couple of days for new pictures!