April 21, 2014

The Homestead Journal~ Week 125~ Goofy Children

On the Homestead

The children are making the most of this beautiful weather. Goofing off and having fun!

Dinner Time!
Tacos! This was our dinner tonight. Another variation of our Mexican style dinners. ( If you don't already know, I could live off of beans, cheese and tomatoes)

1 pkg 72ct corn tortillas (.75 at salvage store)
2 8oz bags shredded cheese ( $1.99 each Kroger)
2 can whole corn (.53 Kroger)
1 onion (.20 discount produce Kroger)
2 1# bags pinto beans ($1.19 each Kroger)
5 large tomatoes ($3.45 Kroger)
2 heads lettuce ($1.29 each)

$14.40 Feeds 12 people ( had plenty of leftovers for snacking!)

We cook the beans, slow cooker style. We lightly fry up the tortillas. Cut up the fresh veggies and add the corn, mix in the beans and serve. We do not add seasoning. I like the flavor of the food itself.

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We bought a ham for $11.40
We cooked it in a large pot with 1 large onion chopped and about 12 russet potatoes. ( we got a 50 lb bag for $11) I then took the bones and the broth and put them in another pot. Added 3 cans of carrots. That was for dinner last night.

I added 4lbs of Northern beans to the other pot. Let them slow cook. That was for dinner tonight.

Tomorrow I will use up the rest of the "sauce" to make up some rice and serve with corn on the cob.

One of our spring projects is cleaning up some of the "mess" that is on the property. 
This was a single wide mobile home once upon a time.. I have no idea the history of the property, but there are a few of these here, all in different areas. This is actually the most intact one. The boys have been salvaging scrap wood from here. We will continue to tear it down and keep the usable wood, scrap any metal we cant use and burn or haul the rest.

Not all is wasted.. This is one of the treasures they found inside. Its a lighthouse tea light candle holder. They found several of them. 

some more blooming trees 

My handsome little guy 2 weeks and 4 days old.
Still hasn't told me his name

Lucas LOVES his baby brother.. 

He loves the little lights. He looks for them every night and will stare, that's why he has the focused face.. He also looks out the window in the mornings. He does it every day when he wakes up. He gets upset if I move him around. He is a cluster nurser and goes several hours, usually around 5, sleeping and will make up for it with a 3-4 hour nursing marathon.

We are still discussing a name for him


Our Adventures
We had a nice sunny week. We are tight on gas but hope to be able to take some spring drives here soon. I love exploring the land out here.

I am back to grooming. I was actually hoping to get back to work on the 8th, but things didn't go as planned.. To make a long story short ( and drama free)...... I inquired at a local grooming shop the end of last year to see if they could give me the volume of business I needed to sustain my family. She assured me she did. However, business got slow, and work was limited. In a discussion just after the baby was born, the shop owner made it seem like she was giving my family charity, disregarding the fact that I was actually working for the money I earned and making it seem like I was somehow taking money from her. Considering this and other things we couldn't agree on, it was best that we sever our business relationship. It took a week or so, but I found a new place to groom out of. The challenge is that I have a little nursling I can't bring to work and two obstacles.. I am in need of a breast pump and supplies.. and the fact I have never been successful with pumping. For the time being, the family rides into town with me, stops by work when the baby is hungry.

The upside of this ( you can imagine the downsides!) is that Joe and the children have had fun exploring the local parks! They all enjoy the trips, but it does make for a long day. 

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April 13, 2014

The Homestead Journal ~ Week 124~ It Finally Feels Like Spring!

On the Homestead
A family friend gave us this adorable sweater set for the baby.. I just love it and its perfect for these chilly spring mornings! 

Quinten improvising his mixer

We have blossoms on the Homestead! 

We had a little rescue mission on the homestead. The boys spotted this snake, he had some wire mesh wrapped around him. Jacob cut it off and he and Quinten checked the wound, which was healing. After everyone got to see the snake, it was released. Non threatening snakes are welcome on the Homestead. 

  Lucas and Ezra were unsure but they  finally touched the snake 

In his normal Zachary fashion, he was trying to get the snake to sit in the chair.
We all know how well that went 

I thought our female Pyrenees, Taylor was the best dog we ever owned. While she was an amazing dog, Alma is even more amazing. He is so attentive to his "flock". He follows the goats/children around the homestead and when they stop to eat/work on a project he will sit back and over look everything. He is sitting behind this tree because he saw me with the camera earlier.. He found a spot where he couldn't see me but still could watch the children. Such a highly intelligent dog.

We decided to do a raised row garden along with our raised bed. We tilled an L shape spot. 

I was playing with the camera a bit. I much prefer outdoor photography.. 

Our Adventures 
Sunday I had a meeting in Louisville so the whole family came along and we hit a local park
 The "Spider Web"
  My little dare devil. I expected him to use his hands.. He was slow about taking that step but he was confident in his balance. He did use his hands on the next step tho. 
 Olivia is a pro at these monkey bars!

On Tuesday I had another meeting in Etown
another park day!

 Homeschool Recess

Ezra was pretending to be a dog

We went to a church activity on Wednesday evening. I am still hesitant to go back to church, but we are testing the waters. 

Ezra was mad because Jacob made him put his buckles on. And of course he didn't want his picture taken.. I love his response to Jacob. 

Additional Photos

I took this photo because I noticed he was *almost* holding his scissors the correct way. 
Its not something I have taught per se, as I often forget people hold their scissors wrong. But he has learned this by observation... 
** more info on how to properly hold scissors**
This is not just for hair cutting, it will reduce hand fatigue for anyone who does a lot of cutting
AHEM crafters! 

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