First thing Friday morning, April 15th, Cathy and Daniel came to pick up Ethan for the day. They were our first visitors to see Lou’s goat babies, Charlotte and Lillian, who were born the night before. Their birth story is below.
Daniel and Ethan went to “test nerf guns” at Hasbro, then to the Trampoline Park. After the trampoline park, they had lunch at Chic-Fil-A. It was a fun day! Later that day, Mom, Dad, and Mimi came to see the goat babies. Mimi doesn’t love animals, but she thought they were so cute. It was fun to watch her with them. Out of all my grandparents, the two that would LOVE the goat babies the most are no longer with us. Boppa Chappell and Mimi Horn would have just adored them. I miss those two so much!! This picture makes me laugh. Goats don’t really have manners. And Sylvie was pushing her way through here and almost knocked Mimi right over. We had lots of goat baby snuggles! Grandpa and Weston were doing a balancing act here! Ethan and Daniel got back and had a little fun splitting wood while Cathy and I chatted about homeschooling. Love this one! Charlotte Lillian Lyvie always brought the babies over to meet their Daddy, Buster. Out of all the goat babies born this spring, Charlotte was the snuggliest! I miss her! Nursing! So sweet!This Fun Friday was filled with a bunch of goat baby love!!!!
Ethan got some exercise splitting wood… Weston got some exercise doing his chores. And…..we had a feeling we were going to have some goat babies that evening and we were right! The Maternity Ward was busy that evening! Lou Lou was the first to deliver and she did great. By about 7pm we knew we would be hanging out in the barn for the evening. I tried to spare you too many gross pictures…..but see below the hooves sticking out?! So exciting!! Here comes baby goat #1!! And then just like that there were two babies!! Two doelings! (girls) For being a first time mother, Lou did a great job cleaning them off. Here is Lillian trying to find her way to the teat to nurse for the first time. This was less than 45 minutes after she was born. Lou is doing her job licking them and cleaning them off! By 11pm we were still trying to get Charlotte to the teat to nurse. Once we saw them both nurse, then we could leave them and go to bed. Gracie was trying to help. She also had to deliver her placenta which she had done just before this picture was taken. Sylvie and June were snoozing. And finally Charlotte got to her feet and started heading in the right direction. Once she nursed, we left them to rest.We were all tired but so excited we had such cute baby girl goats!!
Rhino soaking up some rays. I wanted to take a picture of my signs to remember. The kids made the one on the left. Amy, our Library’s Director, made the one on the right for me and hung it up in the library stairwell while I was upstairs so I would see it when I walked down the stairs. I told her I was taking it home to put in on my fridge. 🙂 Wednesday we had Ava! Snuggles with Ethan before naptime! We knew our girls were getting close to delivery, so we checked them often and spent time out there with them. This is Ethan with our Long Legs Lou. You can see the outline of Katie’s babies. We didn’t know it at the time but she had twins in there. And so did Lou. This is what we did while we hung out with the goats. Climbed trees…… We also tried to figure out what was living in this tree. We could hear stuff down in there. Despite Katie being very pregnant, she still could maneuver herself under the electric fence to get some grass. We all tried seeing what was down in this tree. Where’s Waldo? We even took pictures to see if we could see anything……but the tree kind of turned and whatever it was making the noise in there was in the part we couldn’t see. Ethan tried looking with a flashlight….we were all very cautious when we leaned over to look for fear of whatever it was would come jumping up at us.That night we had pizza night at church and prayer and bible study.
We had a fun day. We started the day with breakfast with my Mom and Dad. We met them at the restaurant and they had these beautiful flowers waiting for me. Breakfast was super yummy! I don’t know why it looks like he was crying here. But look at those choc chip pancakes! We had a very nice breakfast! It was a rainy day. Thanks, Mom and Dad for making my 40th birthday morning so special! After breakfast, we stopped at the library for a little while. We are usually in a hurry, so it was nice to just relax in there for a bit. My cards, gifts and flowers. Since it was a rainy day, we enjoyed watching a Little House on the Prairie while we had lunch. Weston was so snuggly! That night, we went to Noah’s for supper! And had our favorite Big Messy Dan Burgers!! YUM!! We walked around the borough after we ate. This is for you, Martha. 🙂 The library. Sunset at the fishing docks. Yaya, this is for you. 🙂 When I was working as a visiting nurse, I visited an elderly woman who lived in this huge yellow house. I have always loved this house. You can’t see it in this picture, but across the street and across the green where the library sits is another huge house. This elderly woman’s sister lived in that house. You can actually see the white house above in the picture of the library. I don’t know if these two ladies are still living, but I always think of them when I walk past their homes. Lyvie on the wall. The front of the yellow house.
Sunset down at the point. You can barely see the kids, but they’re there! I like the silhouettes of the kids in these pictures. It was a chilly night! We came home and did presents and cake! The kids got me a funny “Mother Like No Other” card. And also made me homemade cards. Here’s the chocolate cake they worked so hard on the night before. It was sooo yummy! It’s my favorite chocolate cake. They surprised me with a tablet for my birthday and Ethan was very willing to help me get it all set up. And show me how to work it. Then we watched an I Love Lucy and Weston fell asleep on me.I had a great birthday from start to finish! So thankful!!
Monday, April 11th, Lyvie helped Weston with one of his experiments. It was a chilly day so we got the fire going! Within 30 minutes, the red food coloring was already showing at the top of the celery. Amazing! It was time to clean out Grace’s bird house, so another bird could make a house. And sure enough, within just a couple days, a bird made a house there again this year! At this point, we were keeping a close eye on all our goat mama’s! They were all getting huge and close to delivery! Ethan’s pretty good on this skate board. He can even go UP hill. There’s Betsy and Laura (our neighbor’s cows) watching….. Weston’s turn!Evening softball practice in PJ’s. 🙂 We babysat Ava that evening for Sam and Lindsey. She always brings me flowers. 🙂 Dinner! That night after supper, Sam and the kids made me a birthday cake. We let Ava have the ipad for a few minutes to keep her happy till Sam and Lindsey arrived. She was so funny with it!Chocolate cake making! I couldn’t get her to look! Such a production! Ethan didn’t help make the cake so he got stuck with the dishes! Weston’s experiment complete.
Tuesday, April 5th, we still had snow! Yay! That day was our big shopping day because we had the Wednesday night dinner. Tuesday night, Gracie brought one of the chicks up to say hello. They are getting big! Thursday, April 7th, we got rain and Weston had some rain play! On your mark. Get set. GO!! Perfect splash! I gave him a “10”!! 🙂 Friday, April 8th, Weston was my little helper in the kitchen for our taco night! Sometimes we take a break from pizza night. Love the faces while he tries to open the can of refried beans. Cutting up the olives…… He insisted on chopping the onions! They made him cry. 😉 Saturday morning, April 9th, Lyvia had fun building with the playing cards. X marks the spot! We were heading out for a walk Sunday evening and saw this in the sky:
Yes, I am still alive. Sort of. Just kidding. Sort of. Need I say more?
Monday morning, April 4th, we woke up to snow! So, of course, I made waffles! I love, love, love the snow. So no complaining over here! Weston went out to check how deep is what getting. 😉 Weston was my big helper that evening. He shoveled the steps and helped me haul wood. Everything had a nice layer of snowy ice on it. My boxwood…… Grace’s tree was covered in ice……. My rhubarb……. Iced chives, anyone?! They are so hearty. They weren’t phased in the least. My andromeda had already bloomed…. This boy is precious. Just precious. So much like his Daddy it’s scary. Grace had to show me how she gets in the kayak that hangs from the back of our woodshed roof. 🙂 I always wondered where they went to play. Just kidding. My heather!!!! It had already bloomed like back around Christmas. It survived.And that was our snowy Monday. Besides taking pictures of iced over foliage and eating waffles, we did school! I know. SO exciting.
Saturday morning, April 2nd, Sam, Ethan, and Ethan’s friend, Daniel went to a Creation Conference for the day. They said it was very good. And long.
The rest of us made stayed home. I made soup and who knows what else. It’s been too long now to remember. Saturday night after church, Gracie brought one of the baby chicks up to say hello. Getting so big! Sunday morning, April 3rd, we woke up to snow! Sunday evening, Weston helped me cut celery to put in our tuna. We had tuna melts ~~ so yummy! Brandt stopped by to say hello and ……..wrestle Ethan. 🙂
We had Ava on Wednesday. She was fascinated with Ethan’s helicopter. Can you see her reaching up at it? Weston jumped and jumped on this balloon and it would. not. pop. Ava loves to sit and “do school” between the girls while they do school. The boys have had so much fun with these helicopters. Friday night, Sam and the boys were taking apart a bb gun that was broke and tried to fix it…… While I made a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie! We love us some Chocolate syrup around here! Pie’s done! See the “E”?
Morning chores. I love my tulips. Ethan’s helicopter arrived and he was so excited. Fly time Grace and Kayla Teaching Kayla how to drive the four wheeler. Off she goes! We enjoyed having Kayla for the afternoon!