20 Minutes is the amount of time I have to write and upload photos and get this blog post done! Yes...life of a mom,wife, rider, teacher, sheep farmer. Just how my days have been going. I know every one of my blog posts are about how busy we are. Well that hasn't changed. Starting off December, in tears, yes this is an honest blog. I have been a bit overwhelmed with life (yes not one thing or another. Just life in general) how busy we are, how fast the girls are growing, not having enough time in a day and going far too many directions with lot of things going on. How can I possibly be in more than one place at a time? How can I do everything that is on my plate and do it well? We finished out November with a great Thanksgiving at my parents house enjoying a very low key day with lots of family time, naps, kid shows just an all around great day. That day ending our month realizing how much we have to be thankful for (which is a lot) we are so fortunate to live the life we live, have what we have, be happy and healthy. Right? So why the tears to start in December. The feeling I am not doing enough, enjoying enough. Is that even possible? Judging by the look on Joes face during my emotional rant (which he graciously sat down for) I think it was just a bit of an overwhelmed moment. Well the tears have dried. Joes chat and hug seemed to put everything back into perspective. Enjoy every day, the little things, don't worry so much about life and business plans. He was right! Yes you don't hear that often but it is true (HE WAS RIGHT) he wanted me to make sure that came across clear in my blog post. Why worry about the small things? Everything happens for a reason and everything happens when it is supposed to happen. So since then now being 4 days into December, they have been enjoyed. Still busy but a bit more focused. The girls, have slowed down as well and this month are going to along with us enjoy the small things in life! Wish me luck, because I know more time at home will mean a bit more bickering!
HORSE UPDATE* those cute OTTB rescue horses we had that Joe brought home (see last blog post) well they have found their new home and let's just say they are going to be living a great life one more fitted for them. We now have a new addition....an addition I picked out. Meaning a husband, kids safe....very farm safe guy. Since then Joe has ridden every day. Thanks so much to Cassie Thompson for another great guy!! We love him already he is a perfect fit for the family and the farm. Can I say is pretty fun to trail ride a non warmblood around the farm! Actually pretty relaxing and enjoyable! Although my first trail ride with Joe I did end up riding our medium pony...yes I am 5'9" no photos of that were allowed.
The farm, doesn't slow down. We are in full lambing mode, winter projects are almost complete! Farm is decorated for Christmas (YES) obviously we decorate our farm for Christmas. Joe seems to think that is unnecessary but with three girls around here this place is decked out for the season! Did I mention how cute our lambs our? REALLY CUTE. So fun for Joe and I to see offspring we raised now lambing. (confirmation, milk production all those exciting farm things) Joe still in full swing with many things on his plate. No overwhelming tears with him...he leaves that to me! So welcome December lots more to come!
Two blog posts in one month! Not bad. At the end of a weekend as I finally get a chance to sit down and rest during kids naps, I realize how lucky I am for just the day to day life I live. I mean it always seems to amaze me how fast our days go by and how long they are filled with farm chores, activities, animals, kids....the list goes on. Lucky for us as tired as we are, we do seem to be happy. Everyone always says what a great life you have and how neat to live on a farm. I usually reply most days. The truth is that we really are truly lucky to live such a busy (our normal) happy life. We are all learning that the little things do matter, like giggling kids, happy animals, a happy marriage even if our date night is in farm clothes at a local restaurant, we can still laugh at how ridiculous we both look and why didn't we tell each other we are covered in dirt? Those smiles continue to days end. That being said. Joe...why I love him so. We have been in search of a few farm horses (not the fancy warmbloods I am used to) a down home broke, old quarter horse a fun horse to ride around on. Kid, husband safe if you know what I mean. Long story short I am home with Avery sick and in the driveway pulls Joe with a horse trailer with two horses. WELL...he tells me he picked up two quarter horses that are ride able at the auction. I chuckle and just ask how much? and "you get the one with the tattooed lip since you seem to be such and experienced rider" and chuckle back. Well off come two somewhat emaciated non quarter horses who are in dire need of TLC and FOOD! So while I am home cleaning up after a sick kid, Joe is off saving lives since we don't seem to have enough animals! So in a nutshell we now have two ex racehorses (with tattooed lips) that lucky for him are sweet as pie and ride able. We are in the process of finding them a new home where they can rehab back to a healthy horses. Joe....well he did admit after I went on a trail ride out back and made him walk with me that they might be a little more than what he was looking to ride! At least my lifesaver is learning.
The farm was a weekend filled with working sheep! Always amazing to me how many sheep we have...a little overwhelming at times. We have a great staff and some pretty awesome sheep dogs that always seem to make each movement and task look easy. Farm projects still in the works, fields still being plowed to prep for seeding, lambs still arriving, and a massive cleanup this next week ahead. Oh and a few more exciting things to come soon (I can't wait). So lots of smiles, a few racehorses, lots of sheep and a very happy little family. Lots to be thankful for here on the farm!
Not November!!! Say it isn't so. Hard to believe it is already the second week of November and my days are still crazier than ever. On the plus side I am blogging ahead of schedule! On the family front it is hectic. Days are filled with endless kid and farm activities, my mornings seem to be starting earlier and nights are getting later. The girls are growing up so so fast (tear) they are both little kids no more babies, no more toddlers, just little kids running around the house! Makes me realize that everyone is right...it goes by so fast and each minute is truly precious! Avery has been still enjoying her swim team (kind of odd being a swim mom since I know absolutely nothing about swim except for floating and drowning) but hey she loves it and hasn't complained once! Hadley has been still pony obsessed. She along with a few of my clients got to attend her first horse show. She only did lead line but hey it was a big deal. I have to admit I really enjoyed walking her around the class and and seeing her so serious..and proud. Pretty fun to have the whole family ringside again, and be back in teaching mode. It was a great season closer. Feeling so lucky to have such a great family! We also had a great month with Mammie visiting (although it went fast) we had a great time. This month we also said goodbye to my Grandpa Balcerzak. My sister and I flew back east to gather with the whole (meaning there are a lot of Balcerzaks) and celebrate a great life he had. Lots of tears, laughs and memories shared. Again very thankful for such a great big tight knit family. Joe just as busy....but not to busy to craft! Yup I mean craft...and how did I get so lucky? I wanted show bows (see horse show photos for Hadley) The pony mom I am didn't order them in time so decided I can make these....well Mr. McCrafty decided to whip them out, the perfect top notch show bows (he is simply amazing) his response. He doesn't like me to know everything he can do. Well secret is out and looks like he has a very....VERY long honey do list now.
On the farm. Projects...projects, projects. Lamb barn has been re arranged once again (life on the farm) just like moving sofas....but we move mini pens and 100's of lambs. All the same I guess. Fields are plowed and seeding this week. Lambs are still arriving (yes still) ewe barn renovation is ALMOST.... really almost finished. Still milking lots of ewes, I lost count at this point, which is hard to believe since we are in our slow time. Starting to think that our slow time is non existent! New beginnings on the farm which we are VERY excited about . (news on that soon) Stay Tuned!!