Sunday, December 30, 2012

SILO HILL FARM 2012

As the year draws to a close, I decided not to do a wrap up post of my projects, but rather to share a little about me and my life.  This is a picture of my husband Sam and I.
We had our pictures made this year for the first time in our 20something year marriage.  I almost never post pictures of myself.  Like many people, I'm a tough critic when it comes to my own pictures.  I don't like my hair, I think I'm too fat, whatever.  But....... 
I was inspired by my friend Keri at Shaken Together when she wrote THIS post about her family picturesShe is so beautiful and I was so glad to hear someone else who felt the same way about their photos 
A professional photographer, Heather, at Heather jolene Photography, uses our farm to take outdoor pictures of her clientsShe took these photos for us.  I think she has a magic camera and a special "thin lens"!!!  Nah...truth is, she is a great photographer and we all know... it's not the camera, it's the photographer!
Back to the picture.....I love this picture of Sam because it looks just like him!  He smiles so big his eyes almost close!  I love Sam because after all these years, he still makes me feel like a princess in a fairytale.  How lucky am I?!
Sam is a Real Estate Broker.  He also has a degree in Aerospace Engineering.  When I met and married him, he was designing snow melting systems and radiant heat systems.  When we lived in Montana, he sold commercial heating and plumbing supplies for a company out of Denver.  He can do anything, but I think he is happiest selling real estate.
I have done many things in my life as well.  I had my own daycare when my children were little, I was a secretary for years, as well as a bookeeper. I was a stay-at-home housewife and mother (by far my favorite job!). Right now, I work 3 days a week in a liquor store that has the best wine selection around! (Now that's a fun job!)  
Here is an aerial picture of our farm during the fall.
We have a seasonal business with a couple of corn mazes. We grow pumpkins, corn and hay. Every year we open our farm to the public for the Silo Hill Farm Fall Festival where visitors can go through the corn mazes, pick some pumpkins and enjoy the usual pumpkin patch activities like a horse-drawn hayride, painting a pumpkin, walking down our nature trail, playing in the hay jump, picnicking at our creek and roasting marshmallows.  At night, for the older kids....our mazes are haunted by teens we employ from our local area high schools.  It's a blast!  You can see some pictures of our Fall Festival HERE.  Sadly enough, we did not open this past year due to extreme drought.  We are hoping for much more rain and less heat this year!

We are lucky enough to have Sam's family nearby.  His parents, his brother and sister-in-law, a niece and a nephew all live within about 5 miles.  Our son William lives about 20 miles away.  Our daughter, Aja, lives in California. 
I have five (yes 5!) beautiful sisters.  You can meet them by clicking on the links to their names.  Amber, Janna, Joy, Jennifer and April.  I have a brother Terry as well, but he has, so far, escaped a blog interview.  They are all awesome in their own right and they all live far away I miss them a lot!

We are blessed to have this boy, our grandson Jacob in our lives.  Make no mistake......he is the boss of us.  We wouldn't have it any other way!
He knows every inch of this farm and thinks the Pumpkin Patch, the creek and the Fall Festival at Silo Hill Farm are his personal playground.  He is right.

We love our farm, but sometimes it is hard work and we are lucky to have family to help us with it. If you want to see some interesting family farm work, take a look at THIS post.  It's about burning our fields every spring.
 
Thank you for taking the time this past year to read about my farm and view and comment on my craft projects, which I love to make!     
There are many things we like to do, but we are happiest when we are here at Silo Hill Farm!
     

27 comments:

  1. Loved this post Danni. Actually the photos of you and Sam are really really good. Jacob is adorable. It was fun to see your sisters too.

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  2. Thanks for sharing! I think the photos of you too are fantastic :)

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  3. Your farm has a POND?!?! I am moving in. I grew up by the water, and I will die by the water.
    Love this post!

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  4. Best post of the year!! Thanks for sharing you! Happy New Year.

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  5. Lovely photos Danni! And your hubby has the kindest face I have seen in a long time :-) Jacob is right, all those areas are his ! Happy New Year, Danni !!!
    {Is it alright if I move in?}

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  6. As a newer follower, this is a great post to get to know you better. I've always been interested in pumpkin and Christmas tree farms. Hard work, but so worth it.
    Farmhouse hugs,
    Cindy

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  7. What a fantastic post Danni! I really enjoyed reading more about you and your family :) Jacob is so lucky to have such a wonderful Grandma!! And it's been so great having you as a friend in 2012 as well. Looking forward to more conversation in 2013.

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  8. It's been wonderful getting to know you this last year and the photos of you, your loved ones and the farm bring you so much closer to this girl from Ontario! Happy a happy, wet and cool 2013!!!

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  9. I've loved getting to know the United States of Danni!!! And consider you one of my closest blog friends - hoping for lots of rain - who knows I may come and pick up a pumpkin next fall - would they let me across the border with it, do you think lol?
    What a beautiful post Danni - and just love the photos
    XOX

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  10. What a wonderful end of the year recap about your family. So enjoyed reading about your sisters and the photos of you and yours are simply lovely! Have a wonderful new year celebration and I hope to be back blogging sometime after the beginning of the year.

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  11. Danni, I feel so blessed that my blogging path crossed with yours. You are such a wonderful, positive, genuine bloggers. You make me smile with each post you write and each kind and thoughtful comment you leave in return. You and Sam look so happy together. And, your beauty radiates not only in these pictures but in all the positive and thoughtful things that you share every day. May you have a wonderful and blessed 2013!

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  12. What a wonderful here-I-am post! Love it, Danni! I have to also say, I love your hair and you are lovely, so THERE. What a cool aerial pic! Your husband looks like the sweetest guy, and of course Jacob is the boss. You guys are giving him an opportunity to have an old fashioned childhood full of beautiful nature and the example of hard work - that is priceless.

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  13. What a wonderful post Danni. You live in such a beautiful setting, and the pics of you and Sam turned out amazing!! I wish you all the best in 2013 and hopefully the weather will cooperate for the fall festival. It sounds like such fun!

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  14. LOVED this post!!! Great pictures of you and Sam!! If I ever get up that way I want to see those pumpkins. Happy we "met" this year through blogging.
    Happy New Year!!!!

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  15. I'm also voting this as best post of the year--and I love all your posts. I, too, have avoided the camera. I'm also trying to turn that habit around. I've found that five or ten years later I look at the few pics that exist and think that I looked pretty good back then!

    Sounds like you've had an quite an exciting life with a very handsome husband.

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  16. You are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place. It must be hard work! I wish I had the know how to run a farm. :)

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  17. Beautiful post Danni and lovely pictures. Thanks for being the most wonderful blogging friend a person could find. Happy New Year xxxooo

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  18. Danni you are beautiful inside and out!!! I love how you talk about your Sam - you guys are the cutest couple ever. What a great post!!!! Love you girl xxx

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  19. Awesome pictures of you and your hubby! You are so beautiful Danni! This is a neat post!

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  20. You're beautiful inside and out!! Loved this post, I felt like I was visiting your home, you have an amazing place.

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  21. Loved this post, and seeing your ariel of the farm. Jacob is such a little doll, I am always happy to see a photo of him. And all the photos are so very good! I knew Sam is a sweet, sweet man, but I didn't know he is so handsome!!

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  22. I enjoyed reading this post and I am so glad I found your blog in 2012! Happy New Year!

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  23. And you too are beautiful.

    Bliss

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  24. Beautiful post. I wish I lived near the farm. :) More than happy to follow you back, Roxana from http://fourelevenrox.blogspot.com/

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  25. Loved the post, Danni. You and Sam are so cute, and Neely and I are very glad that we got to met you both in person last spring. I love your farm. I think of it every time I look out and see our sage brush. Wishing you a most wonderful 2013.

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  26. Danni...Thank you for inviting us to your life...What a lovely family and farm...May your year be filled with Blessings...
    Blessings, Becky

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  27. What a lovely post! And the pics of you and Sam are beautiful! I especially like the one where you are walking, you look so at home together.
    Thanks for sharing some of your life dear Danni
    xxx

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