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.

First Winter Snow '08

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

We had our first official winter snow for 2008 this past Sunday. The kids were freaking out when they woke up and had a new view from their bedroom windows. I think Nathan was just as excited. The pictures were taken around 10:00 AM.....so everyone was dresses and ready to go pretty early. Since we have the privelage of living on the windy prarie...we don't have the best hills for our sleds. Nathan pulls the kids around by a 4 wheeler on an old hog feeder lid. The girls had a great time. Clay told me he cried when he had to ride on the make-shift sled, so he helped drive.
Off thru the field....


and off thru the yard......

out by the bins.....


and around the evergreen trees.....


Tessa hanging out in the house:)






Happy Thanksgiving:)

We had a great Thanksgiving this year. Everyone is healthy and safe, and Nathan finished harvest the weekend of the 23rd...so YEAH!!!! We had my family over for lunch, and then went to Nathan's brothers home for supper. Here's RyLee building a domino tower with a toothpick in her mouth.

My Grandpa Stout deep in conversation...Grandma was building too.


Madison and RyLee reading ad shoppers with my sister, Megan


Dad and Tessa hanging out.




Finally ALL FOUR!!!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

I took the kids to my fav fall spot to get a picture of all four of them. Bribbed with ice cream:) Wasn't as bad as it could have been....

10 years!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Yep...Its been TEN big fat years of being out of the fabulous Washington High School. This year our class reunion fell on homecoming weekend, so we did a float in celebration of the event! We included our kids, and they enjoyed throwing candy to their friends:) A special thanks to Jennifer for emailing the pics to me! Most of the crew....
Clay and I...

Madison & RyLee with my classmate, Jennifer's little boy.




Madison loaded with candy:) What little girl wouldn't be smiling?




Another Bobcat!

Friday, October 3, 2008

This past Monday, Nathan's dad trapped a bobcat. It was with the help of our DNR. His free-roaming chickens were disappearing at a rapid rate. The only thing left would be a pile of feathers:( One day his dad was certain he saw a bobcat, so he called the DNR and they brought out a trap. Within 4-5 hours with a decoy rooster....this is what they had! Anyway, its kinda odd, if you remember this past May I also took pictures of a bobcat. FYI:No bobcats or chickens were harmed in this capture:) Nathan, the kids, and Larry Sr. a safe distance from the trap.










Someone wasn't very happy......




Harvest is Back!

Thursday, October 2, 2008


Harvest 2008 is now here! This year was definatly a late one....our first day was Thursday Sept 25th. Nathan is well under way with both corn and soybeans.






The three older kids waiting for their first ride of the '08 season...




Seeing daddy that day!






Just some creative retouching by myself....


Tess and I hung out by the pond waiting for everyone. She turned 9 months this weekend....and I think my pics turned out pretty well for the occasion!:)






AAAAHHHHH......Where have I been?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

I know, I know.....its been crazy. We've been camping. Iowa State Fair. Camping some more. School Started!!!!! Painting, Painting, painting. Old Threashers. Fun City Water Park. Dance lessons. Bulldozing old buildings. My main computer crashed:( Need I say more?



Madison brought home her first grade picture today. I ordered a CD, something new you could do this year, and I wanted to share it.

Sea of Red, White and Blue...

Sunday, August 3, 2008



So this is what I've been helping with this summer...painting barn quilts! I'm on the Washington County Barn Quilts Committee (link is along the side) and we're busy working on our second loop...the Liberty Loop. We replicate quilt blocks, paint them on plywood, and hang them on area barns. All of our BQ's for 2008 will have a liberty theme and painted in red, white and blue, with the exception of a few that also have gold.


Its gotten to be addictive this year. All I think is "If I just run out for and hour or two, then tomorrow I can paint the next layer..." Each color need two coats, so it can take a while.


The girls have gone with me a couple of times. They have quite an imagination! The first time they were so occupied with collecting rocks from the driveway. RyLee even found some absolutely beautiful ones (asphalt shingles in REALLY small pieces...I didn't have the heart to set them straight). They've also been playing restuarant/grocery store with the bottled water in the fridge. So, anyway. Its fun for me to do, and the next time some of you are in Washington County, you'll have to watch for them! Here's a sample of a finished one...



Attempt at Family Pictures.....

Thursday, July 24, 2008

This evening we attempted a family picture .... this is what turned out after a few head swaps.... A special THANK YOU to Andrea for manning the camera and dealing with the screaming kid car ride:)


Miss Madison....

Miss RyLee....

And Mr Rambunkchious Clay....you'd say, "Clay, say chesse..." And you'd just get a NASTY ""CHHEEESE"" and him looking away....
Here's his impersonation of a reindeer....And here's smiling Clay...climbing and getting all dirty...

Nathan with the girls....








Fun in the sun....

Monday, July 21, 2008

So here's just a few odds and ends to post.
RyLee with her Aunt Ashli watching TV....definately a Fishback thing:) Nathan with his little sister Ashli going for a tractor ride....

Can we say "SUPERCLAY" the amazing fighter of evil!!! Here he comes to save the day!

Nathan and the kids at the motocross at the fair....

Tessa with her cute little pony...

Enjoying her Bitter Biscuit....

RyLee covered in MUD from swinging...

Clay throwing a fit because I wouldn't push him near the mud hole...











Ashli's Senior Pics...

Thursday, July 17, 2008

After our meetings in Southwest Iowa, we drove two hours south to Kansas City and picked up Nathan's little sister, Ashli. Its been fun having her back, and the kids ADORE her! I took 120 pictures of her yesterday and had a BLAST in two hours. I wanted to share some of my favs.... I wanted to do some shots at our laundramat...I know, I know...sounds crazy...and I was hesitant about it, but Ashli said, "Lets do it...its not like I'm ever going to see these people again..." Good point. And we ended up with some great shots!
Diet Coke Break, anyone?:)




And she HAD to have an Iowa Corn field shot....how cute?
With her cowboy boots showing.....