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.

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Well, I can see I'm once again, WAY BEHIND! So, here's wishing your home a Merry Christmas from the Fishback Household.....and hoping we've all remembered "The reason for the season." And its hard to believe, our little "Sweet Pea" has turned the fabulous "2" today!

Today we enjoyed Tessa's birthday at the Atkinson Christmas in Wellman, sharing her special day with my Aunt Deb. I don't think Tess knew what to do with the big group singing "Happy Birthday to them":)

Its that time of year....

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Sorry, no Christmas trees or cookies just yet. Its deer season! Let the chiors sing and everyone rejoice! Yeah, I know you can all hear my joy. Okay, enough about my sarcastic pouting. I should be grateful Nathan shot his on opening day. Which worked out, he went back to field work. Booo nasty Iowa weather for our growing season......I'm sure thats what Nathan was thinking! Now, let us all enjoy jerky and deer bologna!
And thank you to Rick Fulton for sending this picture to me....you wouldn't catch me in one of those fashionable vests with a gun in my hand. No Sarah Palin wanna-be here!

Happy Birthday, Madison!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Today at 4:20 PM, Madison officially turned 8! Its crazy...I wonder where the time went. For lunch I surprised her at her school and ate lunch, and this evening we made her favorite meal....Cheesy Potatoes with Ham and French Bread. Topped off with birthday cake and cotton candy ice cream, that is. She's been asking for a radio so she can play CD's in her room...so TA-DA.....A stereo! Happy Birthday Madison:)

Work Horse....

Monday, November 30, 2009

We had a Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you were able to share yours with family and friends. We're hoping to be finished harvesting this week. YEAH! Then its on to more chiseling and hauling manure. This is by far our latest harvest, nothing to be proud of, but things could always be worse. I took my brother and his girlfriend to the farm where Nathan was working and snapped some pictures. This one I did alot of work to, but love the outcome.

Life is Beautiful...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

So I haven't created a quilt, but someday it is a goal of mine....and hopefully MANY quilts! Almost everyone in my family quilts or sews, my mom, sisters, aunts and my grandma. I LOVE quilts! Any way, I came across this entry and wanted to repost her giveaway. Helen has designed this wonderful piece of art and shes wanting quotes to giveaway her pattern to some wonderful artists...so enjoy!

He didn't like what I had to offer......

Friday, November 6, 2009

So I was out driving yesterday and saw this deer. A BUCK to be exact. And he wasn't afraid of me. He ran towards me bright red tahoe, ate some grass. Danced around a bit. Posed for some pictures. I stayed safely in my car-behind the windshield photographing. Tessa was freaking out. It was pretty neat. I had my zoom lense on and he was about 30 feet from my vehical.

Happy Trick-Or-Treating!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Hope everyone had a happy trick-or-treat night! Here's some pictures of the kids....Tessa was a kitty cat...... My sister makes amazing costumes and she made RyLee and Madison's outfits this year. RyLee was a Giesha, Clay was a Super Hero, and Madison was an Ice Princess. Dad was able to come along from ALL the rain....here we are trick or treating around the square.

Clay was done with pictures...

Beautiful Fall Sky

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

This one I'm ordering! The colors on my computer are beautiful....and they were the other evening when the kids and I were outside playing. I'll be sure to add our Halloween pics ASAP, but I have the lovely head cold and would much rather curl up with a blanket and hot glass of tea in the evening! I never realized the difference in skies during Iowa's seasons until I commissioned a private winter scene painting by Sean Miller of Washington a few years back. So enjoy the skies:)

More carving!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Yesterday I went and helped Madison's 2nd grade class carve pumpkins. Her teacher was taking home the seeds and baking them for the class party today. Now I'm off to celebrate two more Halloween parties for the day! I'll post pics tomorrow:)

Carving Time!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

We carved our pumpkins tonight! The kids worked really hard and very well with their designs. Madison and RyLee drew, and for the most part carved their own. Clay told me how he wanted his face drawn and I helped him carve it. I did one by myself for Tessa. It was a nice evening, and then Charlie Brown's Halloween Special came on TV. It was festive!

RyLee broke out the sunglasses after Tessa was done with them. She was carving its freckles...you can see on the left where she drew them.

Madison with her 2009 Pumpkin!

Clay with his 2009 Pumpkin!

I love RyLee's shock. She cleaned out her pumpkin pretty much all by herself, but when she popped out a freckle she was quite surpised! I'm glad I caght her reaction.

See all the slimies?

RyLee and her 2009 Pumpkin! Oh, she totally wiped out on the asphalt yesterday at recess. She said she cried, but Nurse Shelly made it better. Nathan told her this morning that she needed to use her hands to stop her body, not her face. Advice was a little late, dad. :)
Happy Carving 2009!

Big. Fat. Pigeon.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

He MUST have been pigging out on Iowa's fabulous corn.

The "Haunted Train"

Monday, October 26, 2009

This Saturday...thanks to the rain.....we had our dad around so we went to the Haunted Rails in Mt Pleasant at the Old Threashers Reunion grounds. It was alot of fun! I highly suggest going no matter your age, but I would "suggest" you be over 5 and realize Halloween is just people dressed up having fun. My favorite was the haunted trolly ride when the "Headless Horseman" charged our trolly and ran beside us for a while:) For $10/person, you had unlimited rides on the haunted train, haunted trolly, carolsel, carnival rides, hey also had hay rack rides, hay bale maze, bouncy deals for kids, and a haunted house(that was additional). We'll be going back next year:)

Hanging out by the bon fire

Enjoying some hot choco:)

Whats New?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Not much. Nathan is still plugging away in the fields....dodging rain drops. And hoping for proper moisture. Its a normal fall for the kids and I. I, however, FINALLY changed my license plates. And they came! Do you realize how hard it is to find a farming license plate thru the Iowa DOT?! Wow. I had a list of like twenty spellings of farm sayings.... "Sorry, its taken... this one is taken, and taken."
Excuse the bug-a-licious car. I had just washed it, drove home to take the picture....this is what it looks like driving a few miles home. Nice."Farm In Iowa"

Like riding a bike:)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sorry I didn't upload my "Fishback's Food Frenzy" blog last Friday....but I had MUCH better things to do:) Like help my best friend get ready for her wedding! It was beautiful and Lexi was GORGEOUS (I knew she would be) and she found the perfic guy to complete her life, Tayte. I was honored when she asked me to photograph her wedding day-and it was almost 2 years to the DAY I had photographed my last wedding. People were asking, "So are you having fun photographing? Is it just like it was when you were photographing weddings?" Yes and YES! It was just like I had climbed on a bicycle after two years of not riding.....and I got to be with Lex ALL day long:) So here's a few to share....... And so I'll remember...it was FREEZING! We weren't even outside a whooping five minutes and went back in. Mostly because I'm a pansy to the cold and didn't wear my long undies. It SNOWED on her wedding day! My friends and I have ALL had snow on our wedding day....so I guess it was a sign of picking the perfect wedding day for the right guys for us!:OShe's SOOOOO beautiful!
Their beautiful new family....Lexi and Tayte with Tayte's little sweet heart of a daughter, Madison:)

And the FAB-U-LOUS duo......:)

And our WHS Class of '98.
Congrats Lexi and Tayte!