Thursday, September 15, 2016

Closing Out Summer

Well that was fast!  Summer has come and gone in the blink of an eye.  Four months since my last blog post.  Schedules full, our busy kids are growing and we are in a nutshell busier than we have ever been.  ( three kids do that to you)  I now know why our moms said wait until you are just a taxi.  Well, I am officially a taxi spending more time in my car than my house. I have been trying to learn how to stress less, and sleep more.  Not an easy task lately.  Our family had a great summer with lots of grandparent time, camps, camping trips, birthday celebrations and even had a few do nothing pajama days(my personal favorite). We made the most out of everyday.  Now back to school with a first and fourth grader.  (yes I somehow am that old already). We won't go into that though.  Joe and I also had a chance to scoot away for an anniversary trip .....celebrating 11 years of being married, and yes surprisingly we have survived the marital spats of owning and running a business together. Props to us, looking forward to many more (today anyway).
On the farm front, projects are still an everyday occurrence in our life.  Lambs are arriving the plant is keeping busy and our yummy sheep butter won second place at this years American Cheese Society awards and third place at the World Dairy Expo product contest.   Always such a humbling experience to be side by side some of the best in the industry, we feel so lucky to have such amazing milk ladies that give us such great milk that go into our products.  On a side note...Joe and I had a chance to sneak away to Loma Linda to purchase a vintage ice cream truck.  So our date weekend complete with gas station snacks (we only had so long to get to southern california + back)  We came home with a pretty adorable step van.  Hours + Hours + Hours of time and energy Joe fully restored this beauty to exactly what I had explained to him.   This guy can do anything, adding truck restoration and painting to his list!  Well all those hours paid off the truck is beautiful and now ready to book at your next private event.  After being in business we have sure learned how to work together, our marital spats in the lowes isles were limited to only three not bad in my book.  So a end to a very busy summer, more projects and endless new changes in our life. Keep up with us on Facebook + Instagram for current pictures,  my schedule is better with that then blogging! Stay Tuned.  

Friday, April 15, 2016

Growing On Up

Well look at that an on time blog post.  I seem to be learning to be a little more efficient with my time management {most days} with three little kids and a business I can't guarantee it is a normal occurrence. Spring is officially here and on the family front we are managing all of our growing little ladies.  Joe is adjusting to all girls, bows and dresses!  Although I do find him repeating...or mumbling "this is my life so many girls".  Followed by a little giggle I think he is quite smitten with all those adorable smiles and bows. Each day even after 10 years of marriage with our normal day to day marital spats about farm design, kids, and normal things he still melts my heart.  We managed to sneak away for a vacation with my family to Hawaii.  Great time with everyone and truly enjoyed. It didn't last long and we were back to our reality of hectic schedules, homework, chickens, ponies and normal day to day chores. 
On the farm front we are now back to our favorite little house, with a new farm office.  I sure do hold a special place in my heart for this little place.  How did we fit in it for so long?  I have no idea, but now we are more grown up, with an official and did I mention adorable farm office!  Projects continue on the farm and creamery.  We will soon have our line of farm apparel available on our website.  Thanks to my friend Tina Suhrke who is amazing and helped with our design vision.  We officially launched our sheep milk feta. Yup...SHEEP MILK FETA.  Not a big description needed it is just that delicious!  We also have newly launched our glass bottled classic whole cows milk.  Can I just say after a year of nagging my husband and him saying we will get to it....and more nagging it finally happened.  You see, in our family we are a split herd {farmer language} 50/50 ... half sheep/ half cows.  A few of us drink sheep milk and a few of us drink cows milk. So that just didn't seem fair, so after a year of endless nagging we are finally launched.  So excited!   We are using a local single sourced milk from Diamond W dairy. A beautiful farm located minutes from our home farm + creamery.  Can I just mention how beautiful this farm is.  All of you blog followers know our HUGE marital spats regarding our farm style. Paved driveways, planters, manicured lawns on my must list. Well this farm sparkled as we drove up the paved drive past the beautiful pampered Holsteins, to beautiful barns and planted planters.  Instant love!  Huge thank you to all our friends and family for the support and help of this huge process that we undertook. Check our website for product updates and locations.  We also welcomed back our favorite friend and first creamery employee!  Joe...well he was extra happy to have his friend back to work with everyday, we are so lucky to have great employees+ friends. As a small producers, we couldn't do what we do without them. So a little update for now as we expand and grow. Back to weed whacking I go!  {Seriously}  A girl has to get things done and not a week from now.  I will not be posting a photo of my outfit today!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Three Months + Changes

Yet again....a lag in blogging.  At this point I guess I am good for an update every three months.  Another year has come to a close.  Hard to believe 2015 went by so quick and we are already a few months into a new year.  On the home front.  We seem to be fully adjusted to three little girls!  New schedules busier every day, more homework, new activities, and our ever adorable growing baby who this week will be five months.   We are enjoying every moment of our growing girls and growing business.  Joe and I have learned that date days now include a drive to Stockton (not our first choice) but our away time is cherished.  I have learned we compromise well I ride along for his business trips and he has to make a few pit stops on our dive home (shopping included).  After 10 years of marriage and three kids you learn to take any quiet time that you get! It works.
The farm...where to start with an update after three months.   I have always been and honest blogger, and after a few hectic months of daily stresses, business changes, tears, overload of lambs, extra loads of laundry from mud on the farm, days where we wonder is this all worth it?  Can we do this with three kids on our own?  After ever changing day to day challenges on a farm.  We are so lucky to live the life we have happy, healthy and so grateful, but it is challenging.  It is hard. I had my first time in five years where I told Joe it would be so much easier to work for someone else. Go to work and come home.  A bit disappointed in myself, I woke up motivated...very motivated. We have learned to embrace the changes and embrace hectic and crazy.  We have had a crazy few months....with crazy I mean we had 700+ ewes lamb out in a month and a half.  CRAZY!  This is our first year we really tried to time our sheep lambing by groups to try to make the lambing process more efficient. Well efficient it was but short handed we were.  Thank goodness for great family and friends again who always seem to chip in at the drop of a hat when needed! You do know we have to catch all those sheep and lambs from our ever beautiful hills (not an easy task at all) and tag every single one. Green grass....rain has arrived and we are over the moon to have some green grass around the farm and some extra happy sheep!  The creamery is extra busy.  Our product line is soon expanding, and we welcomed our new creamery employee.  Welcome Kelly Moore!   She will be joining us in the creamery + with product sales.  We are so excited to welcome her to the team and excited for what is ahead in 2016. So a gazillion new lambs, our growing family, our growing staff and farm. So stay tuned for whats to three months!