As summer comes to and end with a new school year just upon us, we realize where did summer go? Days fully filled and barely a day to stay home in pajamas doing nothing (sigh) it was an action packed fun filled summer. Memories were made, lots of traveling, a seems to be very grown up almost 7 year old (as of tomorrow) and a very independent 4 year old. A mad rush of school prep and final summer project completion checks are upon us. Joe and I will now have a second grader, and a preschooler (yes finally, Hadley enters her last year of pre-k). I have decided to add a little more to my plate and began teaching riding again a few times a week (yes there was a little more time in my day) I am super excited to help teach a great group of IEA kids at Strides Riding Academy. On top of more work we did have a chance to get away with a little family wedding celebration in Denver, and the girls had a grandparent filled trip to Idaho. Joe well part of the farmlife got to stay home all summer working away in his hairnet along with many many farm projects.
On the farm front, we are so excited that things are going great. Our daily projects still continue around the farm, new plants and paint still plentiful. Our sheep milk, well Joe and I completed our first demo (yup farmers in the store) pretty fun to get the reaction of the public! Have to say I am pretty impressed with responses, it makes what we do SO worth it. We have added new retail locations you can check out where we are currently stocked here. http://www.havertonhill.com/new-page/ You can also check out our press articles here if you have not seen them.
So yes July is here, and already almost over! Busy...yes we are to a whole new level! I have to say we have learned to enjoy each moment and cherish it, as it soon goes away! That being said...around the house, the girls are growing faster than we are ready for. Avery had a chance to take a daddy daughter road trip last month to pick up our new sheep dogs! I know, how many dogs do we have? Long story short we now just have our pet dog Ellie and a little herd of border collies. So a very excited little girl hopped in the truck all ready for her daddy daughter road trip to Oregon. An eager mommy waved them on out the driveway (yes...summer time I was very eager to only have Hadley for a few days....mommy break) little did Avery know her road trip was fast and long. 19 hours of driving and according to Joe non stop talking. They made it back safe with a few new additions. The girls were also flower girls in my friends wedding this past weekend. Oh to be a little girl...I think it was almost as good as seeing a disney princess! A great family night out. I have seemed to realize that organization is key to each day. I also celebrated a birthday this past week and now seem to need a cup of coffee before my feet hit the floor to start my day! A cup of coffee with a splash of sheep milk of course (shameless plug) Figuring it is pretty much downhill from here..... how 32 arrived so fast I have no idea. Yikes let's move on!
On the farm, well we are officially on store shelves! YES....we are so so excited. I don't think it hit Joe and I until we entered a store and saw our milk on the shelves. It was for sure a surreal moment. I also think we hit as many stores in our area just to sneak a peek where we were placed on the shelves how many bottles were left and let's be honest just to stare at our milk on the shelves! Yup that was us, the crazy little farmers standing in the milk isle just staring!
So again huge thank you to everyone who has helped us along the way, bought our milk, and sent their kind words our way. Each like on facebook, each email, and each purchase we are more than grateful for! Around the farm we are still lambing, still calving, and added a few new great pyrenees puppies. So we again are in full on baby mode with a whole lot of cuteness around the farm! So our life is now filled with hairnets, stores and a whole lot more. Stay Tuned!
Well June is here and our summer has officially started. Avery has officially graduated first grade and also graduated from daisy scouts. Hard to believe our little girl is going to be turning 7, heading into second grade and will now be a brownie! Hadley has also completed another year of preschool and has one more to go. Yes it feels like we have been in preschool forever. That is what you get when you have a baby out of season (you know a December baby missing the school cut offs)! Summer schedules have started and I have to admit it's quite nice to have a little personal schedule break. Avery started back on the swim team for the summer and is super excited to be attending a golf and tennis camp out in Bodega. Hadley is continuing her preschool summer camp, and of course has every day filled with horses and ponies. On the home front, I decided to get my own farm horse this week. Yes far cry from a fancy show horse with a manicured mane. Figured a little quarter horse with an ombre mane would do. Oh, and she is great. Safe, fun and perfect mom therapy for the farm! So a little adjustment getting used to a bit more country of a horse but so worth it. Just feeling like there has to be a monogrammed western pad that someone sells right?
On the farm we are down to the wire. The creamery is complete and we did a test run a few weeks ago getting ready to hit store shelves in less than a few weeks. EEK!!! pretty darn exciting. Who ever thought that this little dream we had a year ago would actually be happening. Reality is definitely starting to set in for both of us, well worth the hard work. The creamery details are now almost complete. Farm projects continue with a new shear barn renovation, new feed bays and lamb pens complete. The farm is now in clean up mode seeing that construction is complete (yes a favorite part of mine) Lambs are still arriving. Did I mention how cute they are? So down to the wire, lots of work ahead and lots more to come! Stay tuned.