Friday, May 18, 2018

Farm life: Animals

New life on the farm: baby chicks!
We have been on egg watch this past week! As of today we have had a total of 6 eggs hatch, only 3 chicks have survived. The other three passed within the first 24 hours. We let all the chicks hatch in the coop with the momma's then moved them inside to a animal crate with a surrogate Silkie momma since we are actually not sure what baby belongs to who due to so many girls sitting on the eggs! That way they are kept warmer as well and our son can keep a close watch on them.  We had an amazing experience watching one little baby peck his way out, peeping the whole time. Such hard work getting out of an egg! New life is amazing!

This last week we also let our sons pot belly girl roam the front room in our house. Our dog isn't so sure but we kept a good eye on them being out together. The dog mainly sat up on the couch and watched her. She was full of noises and explored while getting used to our somewhat slippery hard wood flooring, wagging all the time. She loves the soft dog beds but she behaves like a toddler- trying to put everything in her mouth so we really have to be diligent in following her around and keeping close watch. She does listen pretty well and she's super super smart! She has got down 4 commands so far... Leave it, Come, Let's go and Go to bed. We just got her new harness in the mail so we are looking forward to working more with that and leash training in the next few weeks.

Our son also got a very special shipment in the mail this week....a new praying mantis. He's over the moon about it.

We had a good laugh about our farm slowly moving in our sons room: potbelly pig, momma chicken with 3 chicks, his dog, and his praying mantis. Very soon though the pig and chicken/chicks will be outdoors! What a life! What a great life!

This is also a great read below from a newspaper article that was posted in our home school group. What a great life farm life is. We may have just dabbled for the last 8 years since moving to AZ but we yearn for more and see how this lifestyle teaches our children valuable lessons every day.

‘Just’ a farm kid is a job prospect extraordinaire

Blessed...animals are hard work..but they are work that is very worth it.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happenings around here

Life this past week....

*Reminicing on old photos
*PROM for our daughter
*Picking out graduation announcements
*Indoor plants continuing to thrive
*Outdoor planning to plant
*Finished dogs yard/fencing and gate
*Library book sale..twice
*More field guide finds for our son
*Downtown Art and handmade show
*Mothers Day
*Some snow in May!?
*State projects
*Cookie baking
*Family Game Night
*Family Movie Night

This photo makes my heart smile - those faces, the love: Before we moved to Arizona from littles - - They were 4 and 9 in this photo.
 Now this year...Prom, High School Graduation and turning 18 for our beautiful daughter!
Snow! Enough to stick for a bit but not MAY!
 Momma had no time to bake last week so our son made these by himself. Turned out SO yummy!

Working on state projects and wrapping up Geography. 
Salt dough maps and they each wrote a report.
Our son choose Arizona, our daughter choose Washington.
 Almost done...

Library book sale. We visited the small one at the library then over the weekend went with hubbie to the larger sale. Everyone found something to come home with...and we found more science, nature and field guides to add to our son's collection.
He's up to around 20 field guide books!

A few things he enjoys in a good field guide;  maps, color photos and a good amount of information!
By the way....this cactus book is a riot!! SO funny. But it helps you remember different types with its hilarious cartoon drawings.

 This guide all about deserts has wildflowers, plants, trees, insects, reptiles, and birds - super neat!

Blessed mother's day weekend and a wonderful last week with family.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Life Lately

 Life lately has just been normal everyday life which in itself is enjoyable. Our plants are growing leaps and bounds and getting huge...its almost time to put them into the ground over the next few weekends.

We've been busy taking care of not just the plants, but our many animals and also getting school work done to get our daughter graduated. 4 short more weeks and we will be finished officially with our school year aside from a little math and reading over the summer.  The next few weeks are busy- this Friday is homeschool Prom then our son is being the photographer of our daughters Grad pictures. Once those are done we've got to get announcements out into the mail. Come next month not only will she be done with high school in June but also celebrating her 18th birthday.

How quickly time goes by. You blink and they've gone from a baby to an adult. If I could do it all over again I would- the good times, the hard times - all of it. In my soul deep down I feel SO incredibly blessed to have homeschooled them all these years. The time I have spent with them, the relationship I have with them - its completely amazing. You can never get time back.
We may not have a lot of money, own our own house - we've made sacrifices along the way....but we've had time. Time with my children outweighs everything else, all possessions. I wouldn't trade the last years, our life for anything.  Enjoy the life you make. You have the choice to be happy, to live truly, to live fully. We have a simple life with great joys every day - even in the normal. There is not a day that goes by and I don't think to myself how blessed and thankful I am.

Plant growth....
Squash --
 Watermelon, Bells, Tomatoes --
 Pumpkins, Cantaloupe, More Peppers --

Tried a Peanut Butter cup recipe - I love anything chocolate and peanut butter!
Our son has started water coloring again - its usually nature, or birds!
Baby 'Tulia' is growing - and she's as sweet as can be. Not afraid, seeks out attention and snuggles and loves to go nose to nose with our Pup Rusty for some kisses!
 This girl is growing still too! Pig girl - loves her afternoon brushing and falls asleep most of the time during it. Look at that face...SO sweet!
 Meet George.
George hatched from our son's birthday present - the praying mantis egg with estimated 100 of his brothers/sisters! Our son decided to keep 2 of them. He named them Fred and George (Harry Potter) - but Fred died after a few days. But George is thriving and even molted for the first time last week.

Plants, animals, school - its sometimes a crazy life but its our life and we are blessed!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Vacation and Home

A belated birthday trip for our now 13 year old son to see family! We spent several glorious days in San Diego. The highlight of our trip per our son was #1 kayaking on the bay, #2 playing pool with Grandpa and Uncle, #3 new bird cage at the Zoo. He tried boogie boarding for the first time and that was a no. The beach that day was crowded and overcast as well. We went to Seaworld to see the newly opened area but he was disappointed in the lack of new sea life and increase of rides. But overall it was a great trip...having fun, relaxing, seeing family and trying new things!

I agree kayaking was #1. We didn't spend too much time out due to wind and choppy water but still saw fish and seals and had a blast together on a new adventure!

 The bug house is his other favorite place at the Zoo.

Now we're back home...with our animals and family.

Our beautiful daughter...trying out some different looks with scarfs...

 With the passing of her beloved last two bunnies within a month of each other at first she said no more rabbits. But this girl has a heart for her bunnies and decided she would get a baby to love and care for.
 When sister lets brother in her room and wants to game! These two! They may have 5 years between them and be as different as can be but I love that they can still be friends and enjoy time together too!

Getting back into the groove of being home, back into our rhythm of life.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Last Week / Weekend

Happenings this last week and last weekend.........

We said a sad good-bye to our daughters last bunny- 'Buddy'. He was 8 years old and was our special needs bunny. Its sad to loose the last one after just loosing Zeike last month, but its life and they both had a full wonderful life with our daughter- both passing due to old age. They were very loved!

 Picked up another book at our library book sale...perfect for us for exploring more trails in AZ.
 On our son's actual birthday, last Friday the 23rd - I told him the day was his and he could pick anything he wanted to do, any where he wanted to go.
Agenda: Biking, Hiking, Denny's for lunch then plant shopping (2 garden stores, Home Depot and Lowes!)

Then on Saturday we did an outing with Dad for more birthday celebrating...
Flagstaff for laser tag, Sushi lunch and more plant shopping!

 Our own starters at home are just starting to sprout this of today we have 7 sprout babies!
 Wednesday we went for our usual hike - on a different trail - but we only ventured about 10 minutes in then our son spotted a snake and it was all over. Suggesting we go around he just wasn't having it. That's a non negotiable thing with him - NO SNAKES. So we left. Its getting warmer and the season will be upon us when they are out in full force which we usually stop hiking certain areas then. We will probably start biking more soon!
 One of our veggie meals this week...Roasted brussel sprouts, stuffed mini peppers, and a side of mashed potatoes with vegan gravy and some rolls.
 Pig play time! This girl has been WILD this week. Which is so great to see her spunky personality come through. She is rarely shy any more. This day she had found that the dog bed had a tag on the bottom then proceeded to run around the room with it, flipping it up and down until finally she laid down in the doggie bed! We are still loving her so very much. She's been a huge joy!

Life has been busy but we are blessed with so much time together.