Tuesday Tidbits

Can you tell I’m having a hard time with blog post titles??  Haha.  Just a warning, you will be seeing a lot of goat baby pics in the near future (if you didn’t already notice that!), so I could just name every post “Goat Baby Love”.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Weston and WalkerIMG_7906 Once kidding season begins, I go out morning and night for chore time with the kids and many times in between.  Each baby has to be given medicine 2 times a day for 7 days, plus a few other things thrown in there.  So, it’s a full time job for a while.  But I love it!  The girls wanted to try and help give the medicine this morning so I let them help.  They did great! It’s important for the kids to know all aspects of caring for animals, including giving medicine.IMG_7909 Ethan and Gandalf!  He’s looking right at the camera!!  What handsome boys!  😉IMG_7912 Oh, yes, and our chicks!  We had to show them some attention too.  They, too, grow so fast!  They are now pumping out 8 eggs a day for us!  It’s great.  8 chickens = 8 eggs.IMG_7913 This picture is funny.  If it was snowing, I would think Charlotte was trying to catch snowflakes with her tongue.  Not sure what she was doing here.IMG_7914 Maia came to say hello and whisper something in my ear.  🙂IMG_7916 One of my favorite pictures of these two sweet sisters.IMG_7920 Sam was fertilizing our back yard.IMG_7922 Here’s the three mama’s left to deliver!IMG_7923 The first few days after the babies are born, we can only let them out of their pen when we are out there supervising.  So, most afternoons after school, I would just go out and sit and let them get some fresh air and let the moms have some time outside before we tucked them in for the night.  And of course, I loved to just sit and hold the babies.IMG_7926 Lillian following her mom, Lou.IMG_7927 The kids loved to run and have the goat babies run behind.  June’s boys were very strong from the start and at only two days old, Gandalf was already chasing Lyvia.IMG_7930This is my happy place.

Monday Musings

Monday, April 18th, was more goat baby love.  And that was the story of our lives for the 8 weeks that followed the births.

Here is Grace and Lillian.IMG_7875 This picture makes me laugh….the goat moms are kinda nervous when we first let them out with their babies.  Lou’s baby was right on the other side of the tree, but she didn’t know it and she’s looking around the tree the other way crying for her.  Haha!IMG_7876 Then she went off to eat some hay and Charlotte tried keeping up with her.  So cute!IMG_7877 We also let June and her babies out for the first time Monday morning, the day after they were born.  Here is June’s baby boy, Gandalf, on the left and Lou’s baby girl, Lillian on the right.  June’s boys were big!IMG_7878 Gandalf was a handsome buckling with his silver ears.  He was the first to sell.  Thankfully, to some friends and he just lives 5 minutes down the road now.  He’s doing great!IMG_7879 IMG_7880 IMG_7882 Weston took a liking to Walker.IMG_7883 IMG_7885 We loved his coloring.IMG_7887 Love!IMG_7889 I tried a new way to do a bun in Lyvie’s hair.  Came out pretty!

And of course, we were still doing school along with all the goat baby action.IMG_7893 That night we had chicken fajitas.  Yum!IMG_7904

Sunday Delivery!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sunday morning snuggles!!

This is Lillian and Charlotte, Lou’s babies.IMG_7782As the morning went on, we knew June would be delivering this day!IMG_7783Lou was in the baby pen with her babies munching on hay and June was trying to poke her face through and get some.  Haha.  But just like human moms in labor~~goats shouldn’t eat while in labor!  Sorry June!IMG_7786Lyvie loves the babies!IMG_7789Weston makes a great doula!!  So cute.IMG_7790IMG_7791The time had come!  See the hoof sticking out.IMG_7792First baby is out!  A boy!IMG_7799June had quite the audience.  Mom was able to make it over for the births and Hudson, Jack, Emma and Quinn came too.IMG_7801And just like that she had two baby boys!!IMG_7806IMG_7809The maternity ward was busy that day!  IMG_7813Lots of visitors!  Dunk and Shelly walked over too.  🙂IMG_7818IMG_7822Charlotte was our biggest snuggle bug of the bunch.IMG_7823During kidding season, as often as we can, our Sunday afternoons are spent out just sitting and snuggling goat babies.  And drinking coffee.  IMG_7824IMG_7825 IMG_7826 It’s so relaxing and fun to just be together.  Sitting just outside the barn, allowed us to keep an eye on June and her newborns but also give her some space to settle in with her babies.IMG_7828 IMG_7829 Charlotte found a nice spot in the sun.IMG_7835 IMG_7837 The kids like to see how far they can “walk” on the spool.  See Weston on it?IMG_7839 Charlotte loved to tuck her head in our sweatshirts.IMG_7841 Does anyone else call these contrails?  I learned that from a neighbor boy my Mom used to babysit and never forgot that.  But I never hear anyone else refer to them as that.IMG_7843 So, since we let the girls name Lou’s girls, we let the boys name June’s boys.  Ethan named the brown one “Gandalf” (from the Hobbit movie) and Weston named the black one “Sky Walker” (from the Star Wars movie).IMG_7854 We mostly called him “Walker”.  He had these neat brown markings just above his eyes.IMG_7858 IMG_7861 Betsy, the cow, came to say hello.IMG_7864 IMG_7866 Saying good night.IMG_7871 After evening chores, we had appetizer night!  And watched a movie.  Weston looks good in Grace’s glasses!IMG_7872It was a great Sunday!  So thankful for two more healthy baby goats delivered safely.

Saturday Ramblings

Saturday morning, April 16, 2016, Bob and Sam were working on a project for the church kitchen.  But, of course, he had to see the babies first!IMG_7707 Sam’s showing how soft their hooves are the first few days of life.IMG_7708 Bob liked feeling how soft the ears were.  IMG_7709 IMG_7710 In my glory with these two little girls!IMG_7715 IMG_7716 IMG_7718 Sweet Lillian.IMG_7719 Charlotte was the biggest snuggle bug of all 9 of the goat babies we had this Spring.IMG_7723 Sam and Bob were doing a soldering project.  Notice our baby chicks in the containers by Ethan.  IMG_7724 IMG_7725 Next project of the day was to remove these hay feeders.  They worked for a short time, but became a hazard when the sharp edges started cutting the goats.  Lou got it bad on her eye a while back.  So, Sam removed them and built some new ones with scrap wood we had.IMG_7726 Charlotte and LillianIMG_7727 Nap time!IMG_7728 Hay feeder in progress!IMG_7730 IMG_7731 IMG_7732 Jackson was busy building something….IMG_7734Lou was curious as to what Sam was doing….IMG_7735 IMG_7740 IMG_7742 We brought them out in the afternoon to get a break from the barn.IMG_7743 IMG_7744 IMG_7746 Lou was being a good mom, making sure they were ok.IMG_7747 ….and letting them nurse,IMG_7748 IMG_7751 IMG_7752 IMG_7753 I love this picture of Charlotte lifting her head to the sun.IMG_7755 IMG_7756 IMG_7759 IMG_7764 Jack and CharlotteIMG_7765 Weston and LillianIMG_7766 IMG_7767 Katie and Maia trying out the new hay feeder.IMG_7768 The kids built a “hay house” in the hay loft.  And this was the entrance.  Maybe it was their way of keeping the adults out??  Haha.IMG_7772 Hay beds…..IMG_7773 Hay couch…….IMG_7774 Dressing room…..IMG_7775 Peeking over the top….IMG_7777 IMG_7778 IMG_7780

Goat Baby Love!

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!IMG_7671 Later that day, Mom, Dad, and Mimi came to see the goat babies.IMG_7673 IMG_7675 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!!IMG_7677 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.IMG_7678 We had lots of goat baby snuggles!IMG_7679 Grandpa and Weston were doing a balancing act here!IMG_7685 IMG_7686 Ethan and Daniel got back and had a little fun splitting wood while Cathy and I chatted about homeschooling.IMG_7687 IMG_7688 IMG_7689 IMG_7691 Love this one!IMG_7692 CharlotteIMG_7693 LillianIMG_7694 IMG_7697 Lyvie always brought the babies over to meet their Daddy, Buster.IMG_7698 Out of all the goat babies born this spring, Charlotte was the snuggliest!  I miss her!IMG_7699 Nursing!IMG_7702 So sweet!IMG_7706This Fun Friday was filled with a bunch of goat baby love!!!!

Charlotte and Lillian’s Birth!!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Ethan got some exercise splitting wood…IMG_7609 IMG_7610 IMG_7612 Weston got some exercise doing his chores.IMG_7614 And…..we had a feeling we were going to have some goat babies that evening and we were right!IMG_7616 IMG_7619 IMG_7626 The Maternity Ward was busy that evening!IMG_7628 Lou Lou was the first to deliver and she did great.IMG_7634 By about 7pm we knew we would be hanging out in the barn for the evening.IMG_7635 IMG_7637 I tried to spare you too many gross pictures…..but see below the hooves sticking out?!  So exciting!!IMG_7645 Here comes baby goat #1!!IMG_7646 IMG_7648  And then just like that there were two babies!!  Two doelings!  (girls)IMG_7651 For being a first time mother, Lou did a great job cleaning them off.IMG_7655 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.IMG_7661 Lou is doing her job licking them and cleaning them off!IMG_7662 IMG_7664 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. IMG_7667 Sylvie and June were snoozing.IMG_7669 And finally Charlotte got to her feet and started heading in the right direction.  Once she nursed, we left them to rest.IMG_7670We were all tired but so excited we had such cute baby girl goats!!

Lots more pictures to come!!

Waiting on Goat Babies

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Rhino soaking up some rays.IMG_7583 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.  🙂IMG_7584 Wednesday we had Ava!  Snuggles with Ethan before naptime!IMG_7586 IMG_7587 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.IMG_7589 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.IMG_7590 This is what we did while we hung out with the goats.  Climbed trees……IMG_7597 We also tried to figure out what was living in this tree.  We could hear stuff down in there.IMG_7598 Despite Katie being very pregnant, she still could maneuver herself under the electric fence to get some grass.IMG_7599 We all tried seeing what was down in this tree.IMG_7600 Where’s Waldo?IMG_7601 IMG_7603 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.IMG_7605 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.IMG_7607That night we had pizza night at church and prayer and bible study.

My Birthday

Tuesday, April 12th was my 40th birthday!

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.IMG_7472 Breakfast was super yummy!IMG_7473 I don’t know why it looks like he was crying here.  But look at those choc chip pancakes!IMG_7474 We had a very nice breakfast!IMG_7475 It was a rainy day.IMG_7477 Thanks, Mom and Dad for making my 40th birthday morning so special!IMG_7478 After breakfast, we stopped at the library for a little while.IMG_7480 IMG_7481 We are usually in a hurry, so it was nice to just relax in there for a bit.IMG_7483 IMG_7485 My cards, gifts and flowers.IMG_7489 Since it was a rainy day, we enjoyed watching a Little House on the Prairie while we had lunch.  Weston was so snuggly!IMG_7492 That night, we went to Noah’s for supper!IMG_7494 And had our favorite Big Messy Dan Burgers!!  YUM!!IMG_7495 IMG_7496 IMG_7500 We walked around the borough after we ate.IMG_7502 This is for you, Martha.  🙂IMG_7503 The library.IMG_7504 Sunset at the fishing docks.IMG_7506 Yaya, this is for you.  🙂IMG_7512 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.IMG_7530 Lyvie on the wall.IMG_7532 IMG_7533 The front of the yellow house.
IMG_7537 Sunset down at the point.IMG_7539 You can barely see the kids, but they’re there!IMG_7542 IMG_7544 I like the silhouettes of the kids in these pictures.IMG_7552 IMG_7558 IMG_7560 IMG_7561 It was a chilly night!IMG_7563 IMG_7564 We came home and did presents and cake!IMG_7568 The kids got me a funny “Mother Like No Other” card.IMG_7569 And also made me homemade cards.IMG_7572 Here’s the chocolate cake they worked so hard on the night before.  It was sooo yummy!  It’s my favorite chocolate cake.IMG_7577 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.IMG_7580 Then we watched an I Love Lucy and Weston fell asleep on me.IMG_7582I had a great birthday from start to finish!  So thankful!!

Busy Monday!

Monday, April 11th, Lyvie helped Weston with one of his experiments.IMG_7415 IMG_7416 It was a chilly day so we got the fire going!IMG_7421 Within 30 minutes, the red food coloring was already showing at the top of the celery.  Amazing!IMG_7428 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!IMG_7430 At this point, we were keeping a close eye on all our goat mama’s!  They were all getting huge and close to delivery!IMG_7433 IMG_7434 IMG_7435 IMG_7437 IMG_7442 IMG_7446 Ethan’s pretty good on this skate board.  He can even go UP hill.IMG_7447 There’s Betsy and Laura (our neighbor’s cows) watching…..IMG_7450 Weston’s turn!IMG_7452Evening softball practice in PJ’s.  🙂IMG_7454 IMG_7455 We babysat Ava that evening for Sam and Lindsey.  She always brings me flowers.  🙂IMG_7456 Dinner!IMG_7458 That night after supper, Sam and the kids made me a birthday cake.IMG_7459 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!IMG_7460Chocolate cake making!IMG_7461 I couldn’t get her to look!IMG_7462 Such a production!IMG_7468 IMG_7469 Ethan didn’t help make the cake so he got stuck with the dishes!IMG_7470 Weston’s experiment complete.IMG_7471

This and That

Tuesday, April 5th, we still had snow!  Yay!  That day was our big shopping day because we had the Wednesday night dinner.IMG_7387 Tuesday night, Gracie brought one of the chicks up to say hello.  They are getting big!IMG_7389 Thursday, April 7th, we got rain and Weston had some rain play!IMG_7394 IMG_7395 On your mark.  Get set.  GO!!IMG_7397 Perfect splash!  I gave him a “10”!!  🙂IMG_7399 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.  IMG_7402 IMG_7403 Cutting up the olives……IMG_7404 He insisted on chopping the onions!  They made him cry.  😉IMG_7405 Saturday morning, April 9th, Lyvia had fun building with the playing cards.IMG_7406 IMG_7408 X marks the spot!  We were heading out for a walk Sunday evening and saw this in the sky:IMG_7411 IMG_7412