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.

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.....

















Fun at the Fair....

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

This week is the Washington County Fair, and Madison finally got to take her projects and show her sheep with her mentor, Kristi. Here's Madison in the sheep pen with one of her new friends.... Here's Madison with her mentor, Kristi.....

Getting a quick drink before the show. The kids with their cousin, Kyle....

This I think is so funny. They load the kids up with the sheep into a lift/trailor and haul everyone to the show ring.....
It was full! Madison was with Kristi's dad, and the sheep decided to eat her number....

Kristi and Madison being introduced.....
Madison speaking with the judge.....

Kristi and Madison right after the show....


After we were done we went and did some fair activities. Here's the kids riding Thomas the Train...

RyLee in the pedal pull.....

And Madison in the pedal pull....

We had a great time and will be back more this week!











End of a GREAT Journey.....

Monday, July 14, 2008

This past weekend, Nathan and I fulfilled our three year term on the Iowa Farm Bureau's Young Farmer Advisory Committee. We had the oppertunity to meet amazing young farmers from throughout the state and United States while serving. When were put on the board, we came on with two other disticts, Randy Kreager of District 5, he's from Adel, IA and Justin and Jennifer Damman, District 9, from Essex, IA. Six other couples also serve, but these were the people we traveled with when we went to Washington D.C.(2008), Salt Lake City, UT(2007) and hosted the National Young Farmer Conference with in Des Moines, IA in 2006. Here's the entire committee this weekend...three of the couples are replacing the three outgoing members(us).......

Boys and their toys....Nathan was busy drowling over this one. We had the oppertunity to go to Justin and Jennifer's farm, where Justin starting up his mistress.....you can see the smoke pouring out the exhaust pipes when he reved up the engine.....
The ongoing joke among committee members is...there's always someone pregnant. And last July out of 9 committee couples FOUR of the couples were pregnant and we all had beautiful baby girls! This little guy Elijah, was not in the pool at the time, but he made the fifth family to have a baby from July 2007 to our July 2008 meeting and here's the little cutie! Only three weeks old! I think that year set the record for babies!!!!!

And you always forget how little they are....here's Mark holding Elijah and his hands in perspective of the little guy!

Nathan and I had a great time and will miss all of our wonderful friends and staff. We had a GREAT JOURNEY!





Getting Ready for Fair....

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Madison did some 4H projects for her first year in Clover Kids. Her first project is a pillow. Madison picked out her fabric, drew two pictures and then helped sew it together. Here she is with her finished pillow.... Madison sewing with Aunt Ashley's help.....

Her second project was beads she made from clay. Here Madison is with the formed clay, ready to put them in the oven to make them hard and officially beads.

Madison putting holes thru the clay so she'll have a spot for the string...