Thursday, November 28, 2013

October and November

Fall Farm Visit

 Cousin Party while the men are hunting.

 Fun Run/Walk on the trails at Tony's college.
 Amanda ran the walking course while Ana, Tali, Julia and I waited for them back at the college.
After the race, Amanda decided to climb the rock wall outside the hall.

 Tony turned seventeen.  Nearly impossible to get a decent picture of him. He likes to make silly faces. These are his cheese quesadillas.  He makes them a lot!  School is going well for him and we expect him to graduate high school in June with only about a semester to finish his Associate in Arts.  He has found some friends he enjoys and they enjoy music together. Tony is very talented on the guitar. He taught himself by watching YouTube videos. Now if that would only translate into a paying job. ;)

Lots more going on, of course, including a bunch of kids with a Thankgiving hangover who need to get put to bed.

Saturday, October 5, 2013


 Amanda's birthday presents, Cinnamon and Cream.  They hardly noticed the disappearance of the chickens after these guys arrived.
 Amanda's birthday party and cake.  6 years old! How did that happen so fast.
 Tali and Amanda picking green beans from the raised beds.  I love the ways these worked out.  We had a lot of rodents in the other garden but hardware cloth on the bottom of these seem to protect the plants better.

 Julia helping to feed the bunnies.  We built a mobile pen so that we could move it to a clean patch of grass and then let the girls go in and play with the rabbits.

 My sister brought her dog, Zena, over to visit us one day to help Ana and Tali get used to dogs.  Amanda really enjoyed walking Zena around the yard.  Ana spent a lot of time crying and fussing but she did do some petting of the dog.  A few days later at a cross country meet she spent time petting my sister-in-law's dog who is MUCH larger than Zena.  She said, "I only like big dogs."   Here's Amanda's drawing of herself and Zena.

 Amanda and Tali made paint with their chalk and covered themselves.

As we're looking at these pictures, Ana is asking. "Where's me?"  That is a good question. I don't know why there are hardly any pictures of her. Perhaps because she's always glued to my side and not in front of the camera.  I will have to work on getting her out in front.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Catching up

Memorial Weekend Picnic
 Room Remodels: Paint girls room. We only painted up four feet high they could reach to help and the height that have reached when they've colored on the walls. Tali want blue. Then we pulled out the red shag carpet and replaced it with the white carpet from the living. Then painted the living room green and finished the laminate flooring. Quite a week!
We started with six monarch caterpillars. Then my mm brought us a couple of plants to feed them and we discovered five more on the plants.  We shared four with friends.

For Father's Day we picked up a cycle for Mike.  He's been talking about getting one for years for the gas savings.  This is Tony giving it a try around our yard. 
Ana's birthday cake. My camera is acting up and often ends up on the wrong settings. This is the ISO setting.
More chicken pictures. Sorry, Mom.

Two of the caterpillars died before going into cacoons.  Three of the butterflies were ready to emerge on a day that we had planned a trip to Duluth.  One emerged before we left and the other two we brought with and shared the emerging with our friends.  These are the last two the emerged two days later.  We set them out here when thought they were ready, but when we woke from naps, there were wing pieces on the ground.  Amanda said, "Oh no! His wings fell off!"  More likely a bird or the toad got them.  Aw well, the circle of life.
One Sunday before church. Amanda has decided she doesn't like wearing dresses any more. Did I mention Julia finally started walking? She waited until 17 1/2 months.

That's all for now. Julia is waking up from her nap.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Garden and Chickens

What's been keeping us busy?
 Meat birds!  The biggest one will be dinner on Amanda's birthday. :) They are in a mobile pen when we're gone or at night but if we're outside playing we let them wander around. I move the pen each day. The grass amazing where their pen was located a few weeks ago.

 Gardening: Peas, Snow peas, sunflowers, pumpkin, beats, beans,
 Potatoes, beans and squash.
 Blueberries bushes, apple tree, beans, seeds for carrots, beets, maybe some more kale and beans, I can't remember off-hand.
 Black magic kale, kale, beet, carrots and more kale. I may have over compensated for our ground squirrel problem last year. I'm freezing the kale to use in our smoothies.
 Grape vines, tomatoes, brussel spouts, onion, cilantro.  And lots of weeds.
 Flubber snake. Tali made this.
 Amanda's "Flubber-fly."
 Our first carrot harvest.  The are called carnival carrots and there are multiple colors.
 Amanda is really good with the chickens.  She likes to hold the food container and let them eat.  Tali likes to feed them, too, but she does lots of crazy things to pester them too.  Ana has petted them and Julia asks to hold the container but doesn't want the chickens close to her.
 My lovely four year old. Who loves to practice the monkey bars just like Amanda.
Just a glimpse of Julia.  She finally started walking at 17.5 months. Back to laundry folding...