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.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Summer's Gone......

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ahhhh.....Summertime. IT'S GONE! And we're all back to school........ Yep! It was jam packed, fair, the Ozarks, dirtbiking, Christmas in July, swimming at the pool........ it's all gone :( Oh, and my computer took a crap....so no blogging, either:( But, I PROMISE....I'm back in the groove, with some cool things happening at this Fishback Farm and I CAN'T wait to share! Keep in touch, I've got LOTS of pictures to show you! Happy Fall, friends!

Summer Fun

Monday, June 14, 2010

So our summer has been pretty low key so far....but July is right around the corner! And like most, its been rain, rain and MORE RAIN. My window baskets are doing well......The kids have been having fun riding dirt bikes. RyLee and Nathan discussing.... This is what a Princess looks like while riding. Instead of ditching the skirt, she just accessorized her outfit with jeans....


Clay working hard concentrating on his route....

Tessa thinks she needs to ride, as well.

Madison went off to camp this week! It was her second year....so she knew what to expect and was super excited. Here she is with her friend Hannah that she invited along:) They went to Crooked Creek Christian Camp. A wonderful camp...I know first hand! I went there quite a few years ago year after year. The drive is worth it...and kids were crying it was time to go home!:)




Fun after dark.......

Saturday, May 29, 2010

So I fired up some of my studio equipment tonight, and the kids were my "models." Can you tell....I GOT MY CAMERA BACK! Wooot woooooot! They pretty much posed themselves....and did a great job:) This one was their idea too.......
The girls showing off a "trick" they can do with Clay.
And a rougher version of "Ring Around the Rosie..."
And I was going thru some old folders and this one just made me laugh.......:)






Working on a Barn Quilts Map.....

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

So its my goal this week! To get this sucker done....... Washington County Barn Quilts has visitors coming from all over to view our barn quilts, which is awesome! And we decided as a group a county-wide map needed to be available to visitors. So here's how it looks so far......

Now I know you need a magnifing glass to read this, but in actual print it goes on 22"x16" paper. Its still in progress, I have TONS of dots to add. We have 112 blocks up in the county, and a Barn Quilt Festival will be happening the end of September. I'll go back to working:)............

Catching Up.....

Monday, May 24, 2010

Sorry so slow on the blog postings. My photo laptop is down........like way down........like I miss it down. :( And my camera's being serviced. So its a double whammy! Boo Hoo. But life in the Fishback Castle HAS been hectic.

For those of you who are not friends with me on facebook, this pretty much wraps up my week last week:

"Ever have one of those days where you show up to an appointment at the wrong time, take your child to the doctor on the wrong DAY, and hope that you don't pass out infront of an audience tonight?! Pray for me:)..........."

"Playing with 20 preschoolers at Sunset.....just wax papered the slides for a more exciting ride."

And finally last but not least: "Thats fabulous....my fly was down while grocery shopping....for all of you who had a special sighting...you can pay me LATER!"

As you can tell, its not just roses and lollipops everyday for me........

So I've been busy with dance recital, field trips, making mints for my cousin's wedding, mowing and LOVING this heat a puffy clouds we've had the past couple of days! SO if your looking for me, here's my schedule.....
Mondays-coachRyLee's TBall. Tuesday's-coach Madison's softball. Wednesday Clay goes to TBall. And Thursdays the girls start gymnastics in Iowa City.
And since I LOOOOVE pictures, here's one to tiddy you over. Tessa and her babies. She kept bringing me her dolls with diapers, so I kept putting them on. Here she is with six.....:)

Hope to post soon!

Seed Run....

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

On some spring days I get calls to go on a seed run. So Tessa, Clay and I headed to Nathan's truck and seed tender to run to town so Nathan could keep running his planter. Clay got to stay behind and ride in the tractor. Tessa rode with me in the truck. She likes to read, and there was a Tractorhouse in the dash...so she spent the ride pointing out tractors and combines :)


Clay's Field Trip

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

On Monday I braved a field trip with 20 preschoolers....to Marr Park in Ainsworth. The kids had a full, fun morning exploring and seeing things. They built a BEAUTIFUL building about 6 years ago for visitors to stop by our rent....so swing by the next time your in Ainsworth.

Here the kids are watching the pond fish in the indoor aqarium. Mrs. Miles and Clay feeling and trying to guess what nature items were in the box....


Clay making an animal pizza...you followed the recipe cards for whatever animal you pick out....topping the pizza with its favorite foods.
Oh, and Kathy, our guide, was so sweet and broke out the snakes. I stayed AWAY!

Oh, more snakes......


Yep.....the were eager to touch it. No thanks....I STILL stayed back.


And Mrs. Miles actually got Clay to touch it! AHHHHH!

And some more of the snake....ick.

A game of mosquito tag...the kids were all given stickers, and the object was to get ride of your "bites" as fast as possible without getting stung. Clay was obviously loving running like crazy attacking everyone with stickers....

Off to the prarie to go searching.....

Busy catching bugs.....

Clay caught a worm! He then got to go feed it to the fish inside....

Everyone whipped out their binoculars to study the Canadian Goose on the pond. You can see the building in the background.

And, of course, SNACK TIME! Wooo Hooo!

Clay exploring the water before we left.
It was a fun morning....wish you could have joined us:)






Field Time: Spring 2010

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

So, of course, its planting season at the Fishback Ranch here in Iowa. Progress has been AMAZING in the Washington County area! Corn is in and its not May:) Our shop WAS full of pallets filled with bags of corn seed. Here's Tessa and Cocoa checking out the shop. Cocoa was *hoping* Tessa would share her peanut butter cup. Empty bags that needed to be burnt......
Full bags waiting "Oh So Patiently" to be dumped.....
This is what some of our evenings look like...we try to go see dad as much as time allows and exploring is something our kids love to do!
And this has been my view sometimes.......the dust kinda puts a damper on having my window down.
Happy planting, everyone!






Tessa enjoying Spring!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


I thought with it being such a beautiful morning and the three older kids at school, it was a perfect time to photograph Tessa. She wasn't really into it...more impressed with the sounds of a bustling small town...the cars....people she was able to wave and say "Hi" to....and the birds flying fairly close. We'll have to go walking in Washington with the nice weather!

Its that time of year again!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

I think we can officially say "Spring IS HERE!" The yard is greening up...along with the beautiful little tree buds and flowers! Same with the skies....YES, the skies. I'm so excited to finally see CLOUDS! And, although I hate storms, I love to watch how the skies go to a deep blueish gray. Changing into unique and wierd patterns that rarely ever seen. So pay attention to the details.....they're so intrecut and refreshing. A true beauty!

And with the renewing season of spring....brings planting! My husband's busy time of year is just around the corner. Last week, Nathan had a great head start of soil finishing, spreading some manure, and finishing up on the planters to make sure they're field-ready. Clay FINALLY got to ride with Nathan one evening. I say "finally" because he knows when ANY piece of equipment has been moved...asking "Why did they move that?" "Who put it there?" "Where are they now?" "How am I suppose to go work for dad when he leaves me at home?!"

Yes, you heard it right. Apparently my son thinks he's been hired by his dad at the age of 5.

We made it to the fields after dark to pick up Clay. He had a fun afternoon/evening riding in the tractor "getting his work done." So here is the first picture of the 2010 field work season! Have a safe spring to everyone out doing work, and PLEASE be respectful of slow moving equipment when driving!


Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter, Everyone! Today it rained. My dad said "Rain on Easter means rain for seven Sundays." Wonder what this hail means......
Tessa and I were home when it happened. So I left the porch to take some pictures, and she, of course, followed. :) She wanted to eat those cute little ice balls. Gross, I know, but I only let her eat like one!

Hope you've had a wonderful holiday!







Winter Wonderland.....

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Snow, snow, fog, ICE, more snow, snow, snow again...... late starts ad no school days have pretty much summed up the winter of 2009-2010. So when life gives you lemons....make lemonade! My therapy to cabin fever was looking at the ice-coated scenery with my favorite hobby-my camera:) And as much as people look forward to the beautiful flakes that fall from the sky....unfortunatly the beauty fades by two months, wishing for our balmy perfect 72 degress of paradise us Iowan's live in.....RIGHT?! Little do we remember, it only lasts maybe 3-4 days anymore, and we're all cranking on our AC for the 102 heat index.....

One of our family barns

Ice on my grandpa's gate

The creek at the end of our lane
Oh, and since Christmas is my FAV, FAV, FAVORITE holiday....our stockings hung on the mantel with care:)

I have plenty more...maybe I'll share some later...possibly when its 98 degrees in August, our AC's haven't had a break for 2 months, and we all can't wait for a cool down:)