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!
Monday, March 28th, was a very unusual day for us. Sam had the day off because of the Easter holiday the day before.
Grace had gotten this Mater card for Weston that had a mask in it. The first picture was a mistake but I kinda thought it looked like Mater with his droopy eyes. Haha. We had a relaxing morning together. It was so nice. The kids were having fun with Weston’s new box of tracks. Then we headed over to the church to fly Weston’s helicopter. I’m not sure who had more fun ~~ Weston, Sam, or Ethan. After the battery died on the helicopter, we took a drive to a fun toy store and just leisurely walked around. Something we hardly everdo, especially as a family. Then we came home, did chores and got Fish N Chips takeout for $3 a dinner! It really hit the spot!!So thankful for this quiet day together!
Sunday, March 27th was not only Easter, but it was Weston’s 7th birthday!!
Happy 7th Birthday, Weston James!!
Happy Resurrection Day!! Annual Easter pics before church. After church, we had everyone over to celebrate Weston and Resurrection Day.
Weston wanted a Star Wars themed party. So we did lots of “Star Wars” appetizers, then did more of a traditional Easter lunch.
The following pictures will mean nothing to you if you are not familiar with Star Wars. But if you are, you might enjoy looking. The pictures are self explanatory since they are all labeled. These Obi Wan Kabobies were my favorite to say. And eat. I laughed every time I said it. These “Light Saber” bubble wands were the party favors. Appetizer table! Digging in! The girls collected all the pictures and got them hung all by themselves. They also made all the links you see hanging everywhere. They were such a big help. Our birthday boy! We had Darrell’s ham from his pig. It was all smoked so I just had to cut it off the bone and heat it. Mom made scalloped potatoes and I did baked beans, peas, salad and Texas Toast. Sam and Ava Gracie drew this Princess Leia freehand. Lyvie made the Princess Leia buns. And we played “Pin the Bun on Princess Leia”. Lots of pictures of this to follow! Quinn The girls made the buns labeled with each cousin’s initial on it. Will Ellie Jackson Weston Emma Hudson Lyvia Gracie And the winners are…….EMMA AND WESTON!!!! 🙂 Present time! Since it was such a nice day, we moved the present time outside. I love Jackson’s face here. Weston had just opened his remote control helicoptor. 😉 Suspenders! Weston asked for suspenders because he doesn’t like wearing a belt. But he calls them “spenders” instead of suspenders. I love that. I love this boy soooo much!!!! I made homemade ice cream cakes this time. Two chocolate oreo fudge ones and one vanilla/strawberry. The girls did the decorating with all the mini figures. They were actually very creative with it, but you can’t see the details in the pictures. Bubble time! Mom was handing out Christmas presents from Wes and Penny. PNG coffee! Yay! MVI_7261 I am not very good with computers, but I think if you click on this thing, you might be able to watch a video of the kids doing bubbles. Maybe someone can let me know if it worked.
Here is a meeting of the minds…..the guys were looking at house plans! Flying the helicoptor! Lovin it. The birthday boy was talking to Aunt Brookie on the phone. Sparkler time! Grace and Lyvia He got these three little lego sets for his birthday and he and Hudson and Jackson put them together.It was a very busy, but fun day celebrating Weston with everyone!
Weston, we love you very much!
You bring much joy and laughter into our lives. We are so thankful for you.
Friday and Saturday, the 25th and 26th, I worked on getting ready for Easter and Weston’s Birthday Party. The girls were a huge help! Weston’s party was Star Wars themed, so we did a bunch of appetizers to coordinate with people and things from the movie. Then our actual lunch was more Easter like. Sweet Lyvie! Saturday, the boys had fun shooting off the back porch. I love looking out and seeing them do something together like this. There is a big age gap, but they still do things together and I love that! Lyvie can turn anything into a “baby”. 😉 I decided to try a homemade ice cream cake. This one was oreo fudge and it was pretty easy. Saturday afternoon, Sam taught Weston how to run the rototiller. I thought he did pretty good for being so little. We had Darrell’s ham from one of his pigs for our lunch Sunday. But I decided to get it all cut off the bone ahead of time and then just heat it after church. It was all smoked and ready to eat. So yummy! Saturday night, was our Easter Cantata. The girls sang. This picture is blurry, but it’s the only one I have that you can sort of see the girls. This next one you can’t see the girls at all. But you get the idea.
Wednesday March 23rd, we had Ava! Poor thing, she gets no love around here. Haha. Just kidding. The girls made all these links to decorate for Weston’s upcoming birthday party. They were hiding them in the basement till his birthday. So excited to get his first birthday card in the mail from Yaya! MEET LUKE SKY WALKER: Lyvie helped him get dressed up and took all the pictures. We had this picture as our screen saver for his party and had the Star Wars theme music playing during the party.
When Sam got home from work Tuesday evening, March 22nd, we had lots of work ahead of us! All six goats needed to be vaccinated and have their hooves trimmed. I draw up all the vaccines and then Sam gives the injections. The goats’ skin is so thick, it’s hard for me, so I’m very thankful he is willing to do it. Hoof trimming is one of Sam’s least favorite jobs when it comes to the goats. June is usually a good girl in the milking stand. Katie Maia This is how we lift each other up around here. Oh, and here is the new chicken coop in progress. It’s a pyramid. It is finished now, we just need to paint it if it will ever stop raining here. When it’s painted, I think it will look more like a church steeple. So, we will call it our Chicken Chapel or something like that. Haha. This picture is before Sam put in the roosting bars and the nesting boxes. More lifting. Ethan had lined up all his bullet shells that he and Asa and Josiah had collected when they were here and categorized them. That night when all the work was done, it felt great to have that behind us!
But first! I must say…..18 years ago today (May 5, 1998) this handsome guy and I went on our first date!! I am so thankful for him and the husband and father that he is.
FYI~~this is not a recent picture. This was five yrs ago at Sam and Lindsey’s wedding. Oh, if you could see me now. Most days, lately, I smell like a goat and you might find a piece of hay or, something else we won’t mention, in my hair. We have had nine goat babies born in the last few weeks and are up to 15 goats right now. Life is busy to put it lightly. Can’t wait to blog about these babies! We are having so much fun with them. Anyway, back to March 21st! Monday morning we woke up to snow! After chores, Lyvie built a snowman for the goats just outside the barn. Can you see her out there on her knees? And Ethan threw snowballs at the milking parlor and made a smiley face. See it? 😉 I made pancakes for breakfast, because…..well, because it was snowing or had snowed and that is our little tradition! Pancakes or waffles on a snow day. Here is Lyvie’s snowman. She was so excited to tell me that she used goat poop for the eyes, nose (I think the nose had fallen out) and buttons and hay for the mouth. I thought that was pretty smart of her! 🙂 She is a resourceful little girl!! Here is our pregnant mamas. (Lou is hiding behind Sylvie.) And here is Buster, the Daddy of all the babies. 😉 That night, Gracie helped Sam on the chicken coop. Here they are out in the garage working. I love that Sam has a place to work and I love looking out and seeing the lights on. The baby chicks came up to visit almost every night. That day I had made two soups. This one was Cheeseburger Soup. So good!! And then a Turkey Barley. Also so good!And that was our snowy Monday in March!
I have so many fun and exciting things to blog about, but also want to keep things in order, so here we are back in March. This was the weekend of March 19-20. Sam actually worked some overtime Saturday morning very early until noon. But then Sam and Ethan started building a chicken coop for our chicks. We were trying to spend as little as possible, so they gathered all the scrap wood we had and laid it out on the driveway. Then they came in to look at pictures of coops that I liked. I had it narrowed down to six and Sam pointed to one and said, “Ok, I’ll try and do something like this.” And I was happy because I really liked that one. Then they headed out to get started and I went down to make soap. Here’s the supervisor eating lunch. 🙂 While I was making soap, I poked my head out of the bilco doors to see how they were doing and see this. I said, “That doesn’t look anything like the picture.” Sam said, “I know, we decided to do something different.” Sunday morning, before church, we played with our baby chicks. And we pretended they laid these eggs that our “retired” chickens laid. We told the baby chick to pick out a chicken coop in the magazine it was standing on. We needed to get a lid on the container before they started jumping out. We bought a container and cut the center of the lid out and put in chicken wire.
Weston and I played with Photo Booth on the computer Sunday night.