The life....our life. Yes it is May and yes I have been lacking in my blog. The life...our life is still crazy. Days seem to be getting shorter and busier, if that is even possible. A quick sum of the last month. Papa and Grandma Stephanie came out for a visit a week filled of family time, farm hikes, cuzzy time, shopping we enjoyed every second and of course it went too quick. The girls and I are looking forward to our summer trip back home for a few weeks!! The girls have been busy with school, gymnastics, farm time, pony time!! Speaking of pony time, Grant headed off for a whole month to be started under saddle so the girls are already missing him, but looking forward to riding him. Joe is as busy as ever, seemingly stuck on the farm. He also came home with a new mastiff puppy... Nicco. (yes another animal, another responsibility, but oh so cute...and did I mention we don't need another dog) . Honestly people say oh every puppy is cute....well in my case I tend to get a bit of anxiety when I see small fluffy animals due to the fact that we seem to have enough...yes enough animals, and I am a sucker for all animals. Avery also got her first 4 wheeler. Loving it, more into it than I thought she ever would be, a really good driver, and now (mommy brain) I have something she love to take away. Always a bonus in mom world. I have been keeping busy riding and teaching taken on another new baby to start under saddle and some new clients at a new facility to teach. (free therapy in my book) Lucky to be able to do what I love!! I also hosted my best friends baby shower along with my two other best friends (great day with great people showering the mama to be).
On the farm. Where do I start. Crazy....crazy busy. We had the amazing photographer Erin Oveis Brant take our farm family photos. They came out great and some fun family moments were captured. Lambs still arriving. Pasture rotation, working days (you know worming, shots, hoof trimming) not an easy task when you have so many sheep. Project fencing is also done on our new leased land. Sheep are grazing from hill to hill enjoying their new food and views! We now also have sheep views out of every house window (not bad). Sheep milk, yes lots, we are still milking 415 ewes which keeps farmer Joe happy. Projects, well we are remodeling the workers housing (yes another house remodel). Wood paneling, orange, brown, lime green. Yup, those were the colors. SO...now gutted and fresh paint going in, new floors, appliances,counters in next week. Will be happy to have this project under wraps. Joe in between paint spraying, milking and all other things he is also dozing new roads around the ranch so we are able to cut and bale our organic silage fields. So needless to say we are busy and this is our life, a very very busy farm life. Lots more to come!
These days things are still hectic and crazy. Our days are still filled with busy schedules and projects. We enjoyed a great Easter filled with family time, egg hunts, and yummy food. The girls have been enjoying the spring weather and all their farm animals. Grant our new pony is getting daily attention from the girls, along with Harry and Lou [our crazy pet goats]. They seem to love the kids life adjusting well to the playhouse, trampoline yes goats on a trampoline [hilarious] and anywhere else they can fit. The poor people that drive by probably think we are crazy farm people by the looks of our pets. I have been busy with house projects...and yet again painted the house. Finally got a smooth cream color that works well in our small house. So after a few days of painting yet again trim and all I am finally done....well almost! Joe has been busy as usual and never seems to have enough hours in a day. I have to say after working a few days with him I am not sure how he works so hard every day....I tried to keep up and had to roll myself to bed. Now thinking dinners will be priority for him [well, we will see].
The farm. Our farm dog Marley [our very social loungy farm dog] who tends to find neighbors houses and not leave ended up in doggy jail. Second offender! So the girls and I went up and bailed him out and headed home with a citation and our ginormous, social, loungy now very expensive farm dog. Now neutered, and microchipped let's hope this guy stays put. Otherwise I don't think Joe will be bailing him out for a third time. Our sheep have been enjoying their new pastures after rotating. Did I mention we have some spoiled sheep with awesome pastures and views. Lucky ladies for sure! We also said goodbye to all our wether sheep [boy sheep for all you non sheepers] we decided it is not worth us raising them to market weight with the cost of feed, labor etc. So 200 boys left from bottle fed stage to phase 2 phase. They will now be sold once they are weaned from the ewes. Our work load is now much lighter. Projects are still in full swing and fencing has started on the new pasture we acquired. Lots more to do, lots more to paint, and lots more to come!