Thursday, December 15, 2011

Been Awhile...

I apologize for lacking in my blogging...sometimes life catches you by storm and you forget where you left off.

I will start with some new pictures

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Happy Halloween 2009

Jack & Jhett were little "wild" Indians for Halloween this year. Jhett was not quite sure about all this makeup business. He definitely despised getting in and out of the car however he LOVED the candy aspect. Jack liked the dressing up part. His favorite part of the evening was having his mom and dad dress up too. Daddy was Elvis and Mommy was a clown!
A fun night was had by all!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Our newest family news is our cousin, Sydney has recently gotten ENGAGED! We are so excited for her and Patrick! Sydney is marrying a terrific man, Patrick Collins. We are thrilled to welcome him into our clan. Syd & Patrick are getting married on May 1, 2010. Jack & Jhett are going to be ring bears in the wedding. Jack has already been asking what are his duties...We are looking forward to a huge Jannusch get together!

FALL 2009

Hard to believe that the holidays are just around the corner. I am going to make a giant effort to update my blog more often...

This fall has been super busy with horse shows and work. The All American Quarter Horse Congress was a huge success with the sale of one horse, great clients and potential clients. We enjoyed spending some time with great people and having some R & R for us.

Harvest season has been a little drawn out with all the rain however both the boys have been given the opportunity to ride in the combine, tractor and semis. Life does not get much better than that for them.
We are looking forward to a wonderful holiday season with our new addition of Baby Layne our neice. Layne Ranae Toohill arrived on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 8:17 pm. She is just beautiful and my sister, Ashlee is enjoying being a new momma. Jack & Jhett are looking forward to showing her the ropes around the farm!!

Friday, August 21, 2009


Okay so I have definitely been slacking on posting on my blog! I am going to make an approach to keep an updated blog. The summer has just flown by. So many exciting things have happened since my last post. Joey's new venture of riding pleasure horses has greatly expanded. We recently rented an indoor arena with 15 horses stalls for the winter months. We have done some major cleaning and re-arranging but it is looking great. We have a little more work to do but plan moving horses in next week! We are super excited along with our clients. We have 4 families currently (5 horses in total--1 family has 2 daughters which equals 2 horses)! We are planning on accepting some outside horses just as boarders no additiional training at this point just because we are committed to our current clients and our full time jobs and of course our BOYS!!

Jack is super excited about starting back to school in 2 weeks. Preschool begins after Labor Day. He got a new John Deere book bag so things are awesome in his eyes. He has the same teachers as last year, Mrs. Baker & Mrs. Howard whom he loves. He will attend preschool on Tuesdays & Thursdays. Jack continues to be busy on the farm and is looking forward to a fun, filled harvest of riding in the semi and the combine.

Jhett is busy as usual. He can not sit still for one moment. He changes everyday. He is starting to say more words such as bite, bye, momma, dadda, baby, gabby, jack. Gabby is a young girl at the babysitters. Jhett has gone back to his babysitter, Leslie's this fall. He is only change is that he is going there all day Tuesday thru Friday. Jhett loves the horses and has zero fear of anything. Which is very scary for mom at times but I just close my eyes and let him do his thing!

My work continues to be very busy with catering large events. My employers dad has been very ill and intensive care in Indianapolis for the past 6 weeks. He is struggling with some lung, heart and breathing issues. We continue to pray for him and wish nothing but the best for the Shoup Family. We are preparing for a large catering event next week for Beck's Hybrids for Thursday, Friday and Saturday we will feed approximately 6,000 people over 3 days. September is filling up quickly with Purdue events and ending with a big event in Indianapolis called the Indy Breast Cancer Walk for 1000 people for a Saturday (breakfast, lunch & dinner) and Sunday (breakfast & lunch)! October is going to be a full month with Purdue Homecoming festivities along with a new event from Fastenal for 2000 people 2 days in a row then I am taking a vacation!! Our family is headed to the QH Congress to show some horses. We are super excited. Joey will be showing in the Senior Western Pleasure. The Clark girls will be showing in their respective age divisions in a variety of classes. We will be there for about 10 days! It will be a well deserved rest!

Well enough blogging for today! I am sure we will have new posts as soon as my new neice arrives...counting the days!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

What a busy weekend...

Would be unusual if the Stillwell household did not have a busy weekend and indeed we did. Friday ended with our regular work jobs and the real work just began. We grabbed some supper and headed to barn for an evening of preparing for the Howard County 4-H fair. Brice, our 4-H in our barn had is horse show on Saturday morning so it was evening of riding, washing, banding her mane, packing the trailer and finalizing the last minute details. Saturday morning, Joey, Jack & Brice headed off to the horse show around 8 am with light rain in tow. Horse shows are terrible when it rains. Jhett and I cleaned the house and did laundry. Jhett was going to have a babysitter for the evening because I need to go and work. We (Shoups) had one of the busiest weekends of the year (4 weddings in one night)! Hillary, our beloved babysitter, arrived and she & Jhett darted off to work on the 4-H dog float for the parade. I left and went to work. I received a phone call from Joey, Jack & Brice that Brice had been awarded the honor of Grand Champion 4-H Western Horse at the Howard County Fair. What a great accomplishment and we are so proud and excited!! The evening ended when I arrived home after 4 successful events around 12:30 am (Sunday)! Today we are mowing grass, weeding, cleaning our house, working in the barn and doing our normal outside chores! I am sure I am making you all exhausted as I type our agenda...what until next weeks post! Ha Ha