Well Hello February, nice to see you. Where has time gone? Well our months are flying by, our kids are growing up. Everyone tells you that will happen. Well, it does! Hadley learned to ride a bike without training wheels, Avery lost her first tooth. So Joe and I are walking around trying to realize that kids do grow (not sure if we are ready for them to be full on kids) kids that ride bikes, loose teeth an all that kid stuff. I have learned to cherish every second, every hug, and every stare that they don't know I am doing....except when they blurt out "Mom...why are you staring at me weird" then I am caught. For the most party I keep it pretty undercover. A few new things on the farm, another new pony! I know what the heck, how many horses and ponies can you have? (a small collection) Well you see, we have been in search of a starter kids pony, one to ride around the farm, safe, kids can handle and ride without too much help just learn basics confidence etc. Grant our first favorite fancy pony is the second step and doing amazing. (THANK YOU Tina and Maddie) Well Finley our new mini pony (rescue pony) has a few issues and is not the perfect end to our pony search. So welcome Cookie Monster aka Cookie! The PERFECT no joke they do exist...farm pony. He is a been there done that pony (meaning kid safe, no spook, loves attention a pony that acts like a dog) lucky he is too big to fit in the girls room because I seriously think he would be in the house! HE is that amazing. One of the hardest things on the farm are our animals. Our pets have to be compatible with kids and sheep and all other farm things. Sometimes (especially rescues it can be a bit much) I mean some days I am over stimulated from farm life! SO we have learned that it is a process finding the right pets for our lifestyle is not always easy!
The farm well we are busier than ever. I don't even think busy describes it. Probably adrenaline and exhaustion with a side of crazy are keeping us going. Our new sheep arrived along with lots of lambs on their side and lots of wool. (two years worth) We are down one employee meaning Joe is working triple duty and learning he can't do it all. I have even chipped in on farm chores and have really learned this past month how HARD it is to be in the agriculture industry, it is no joke! This past month I have learned not to wear my nice jeans to the barn, not one day is ever the same, if you think it is will take 10 minutes it will take 30. Having the amount of animals we have and the amount of projects on our plate can be overwhelming at times! I have learned the importance of making lists this month. We also started a few new major projects on the farm (can't wait to share). I keep this blog honest...its not always sunshine and rainbows. We get overwhelmed and are so so lucky we have amazing friends and family who always help out when needed. So each day is a blessing even when we are so busy we don't know what day it is, we have learned how lucky we are to have kids that tote around and help with a million chores with only smiles and giggles on their face. A crazy month behind us and another one ahead we wouldn't trade it for anything. Stay Tuned!!
Well with 2013 behind us and a great year we had. We are more than excited to be starting a new year off with a bang. I got thinking to myself the other day....I have to say I have this thought a little too often. I wonder what it would be like to live in town...you know a normal house (non farmhouse where cold air doesn't rush in from who knows where) and a tiny little manicured lawn, a husband that comes home at 5, baked cookies after school EVERY day, non manure laundry, a clean normal mudroom. Whoa, OK a bit carried away there! My mind does seem to like the thought of that place but then I snap back to all our chores (you know just feeding the pet animals around the farm is a chore) then the mudroom always has boots, laundry always running, then I think how could I possibly only have one or two animals. I always think when I give farm tours and show people "our lifestyle" they must think we are crazy. Which I think is not completely unrealistic after my farm chores and animal herding today!! So that being said, it is still hectic around here (example: a pony walk is not a simple thing it is complete with three dogs, one pony, one kid, and Lou our goat) so as you are picturing that, I am thinking our lifestyle is not really town or sidewalk suitable!! Get my drift? Girls are back to school after a great family, fun filled holiday break. We celebrated Hadley turning 4. I can't believe my baby is four and how fast time is going (tear...tear) We have a new pony on the farm a mini pint sized pony Finley!! (so you keep it straight TC, Grant and Finley) are ours. Think of it small (starter pony) medium (show pony) and Large (farm proof perfection). So break was filled with all things horses and ponies in our spare time. Cooper... a four year old prospect, that I have started from ground up has also come home to get a little farm/life experience. Did I mention this four year old is perfection? He is amazing and handling the farm like a pro! So lucky to be able to train such an amazing guy (love my job) Joe still going a million directions! But we have managed to sneak in a few dates (trail riding or picking up sheep feed) we take what we can get.
The farm....starting to head into our busy season. Projects are pretty much finished and a few new ones started. We already grew out of the lamb nursery (meaning too many lambs, not enough space) so we renovated a new area for our phase 3 lambs. Phase 3 is when they can be outside on lamb feed but not in the big lamb field yet! Think of it as a giant lamb play pen!! Still milking 293 ewes with an overall herd average of 5.9 pounds a day. So farmer Joe is a happy guy! Lambs still arriving daily. Did I mention we are having some extra cute ones? We also added 150 new ewes to the flock and will be arriving this week. A total count of sheep you ask? Dad......meaning you.....still not positive but over 1000. (next visit we have a project for your list) We are super excited about new things happening on the farm and can't wait to share. So stay tuned lots more to come!
Holy Moly 2013 is almost finished. That being said we had an amazing year, so many things to be thankful for and can I just say how EXCITED we are for 2014 and what is ahead! Here is a little glimpse of our past year. Hope you enjoy, and stay tuned for what is to come in 2014!
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!