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. 

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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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April 06, 2014

The Homestead Journal~ Week 122 & 123~ Welcoming a New Baby

On The Homestead

The last two weeks have been busy. I was grooming what I could before the baby came, and trying to get things in order to welcome the baby. 

Quinten is a great Assistant Groomer
He is putting a stencil on a dog

I am focusing on dog bow sales again. I am also trying out some new clips for little girls

Quinten was upgrading his chicken coop. He doubled the size of it. 
He has done this all on his own, all with recycled wood. The only purchase was the nails and screws. 

The children found this down by the pond

And these.. 
We have tons of frogs... you can hear them in the evenings... I love the sound

and now the boys have added a new commodity to the home stead products..
Frog Legs

They are also working on this shelter. They are itching for the first night they can sleep outside! 
 But we still have some cold nights... and even snow on March 25th! 

And of course, last week started out great. 

Lucas photo bombed Ezra's photo with the baby
He is a bit possessive of his baby brother 

Two Days old, soaking up the rays! 

Our First Outing 5 days old.. 

Ezra turned 4!!!!
I can't believe he is 4 already
He is a shy one... This is how he reacted when we sang to him :) 
He had originally asked for blueberry pie for his birthday, but that am he was adamant he told me cake.. He lucked out because I found this chocolate chip cheesecake at the store for $2. He and I shared the cake, everyone else had pie 

Just a quick snapshot of a sunny day on the homestead
Jacob is on the other side of his green house he is building

Lucas just loves the animals. They are so gentle with him 

The foster pups home fell through, but she seems to be getting along fine here.... I am not keen on the idea of keeping her, but Angel and Lucas may be quite upset with me if we don't.

These two pulled a sheet of the line and made a bed with it.  

I woke up to this one morning..  Lucas couldn't sleep in our bed, so he decided this was the next best spot LOL 

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