The Simple Things


We were at my parents’ farm for most of July.  It was great.   It is always fun to go home with the kids.  Coming from the Los Angeles area, my mom always says “I hope they aren’t going to bored when they come to the farm.”  It is actually quite the opposite

My hometown is a population of 142 – probably less since my sisters and I don’t live there anymore!  Everyone knows everything and everybody.  When we are home we always eat at the Viking Café.  They cook one meal at a time – not the speediest but you can get a HUGE pancake for 60 cents!

The kids love playing on the farm.  My dad has those big round bails of hay.  He moved them in a square so the kids could have a big fort.  Boy, was that a hit!  They were in there for hours.  They had bedrooms, kitchen, tool shack, living room, and many more rooms.  We had to put the kibosh on the bathroom.  They actually had dug two holes and were coming in the house for toilet paper!

Gopher trapping is also a favorite of the kids.  I know some of you think that sounds super cruel but in my dad’s fields it is a necessity.  They actually got 17 gophers which adds up to a grand total of 51 bucks – $3/gopher.   All the kids had to go to the Township Meeting and receive the check – super cool!  The kids used that money to play games at the county fair.

The county fair is another HUGE highlight for the kids.  These are the same kids that have season passes to Disneyland.   My aunt has a Malt Stand  for the American Diary Association at the fair and we always take a shift.  The kids got a huge kick out of working.  I think we sold around 600 malts during our shift.  My aunt will never change the price of the malts – she wants families to be able to buy a malt for everyone without going broke!  How awesome is that!

The kids also LOVE to watch The Lone Ranger with Grandpa.  Yes, the series in black and white.  They just love it because Grandpa loves it.  My daughter even named her hamster Lone Ranger!

Worrying the kids will be bored – not a chance!!!


Hello Blog World!!  My name is Kinzie and I created and run Find Me Book. Just writing that makes me proud! I came up with the idea in the summer of 2008 and it has been up and running for a couple of months now. If I had to have a message for anyone out there with an idea or dream, it would be “Go for it.” It is so scary to go from just your idea running around in your brain to actually developing that idea. But “Go for it!”

I have had many obstacles along the way up to this point. Here are just a few of them – no money, husband not really too thrilled about the idea of putting it on the credit card, not having a clue where to start, 4 kids, and did I mention 4 kids! Despite all these reasons (and more) NOT to take it to the 2nd step, I went for it!!

One of the coolest and most rewarding experiences since all this began is that my kids are so proud of Find Me Book (and of course their super awesome mom).  They love showing the book to their classes, friends, and teachers.  I know they will remember when mom just started trying to get Find Me Book going and they were helping me out. I LOVE that they know I had an idea and went for it!!! So if you have an idea or plan and you are not sure of what to do — GO FOR IT!!!