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

Monday Snow!

Yes, I am still alive.  Sort of.  Just kidding.  Sort of.  Need I say more?

Monday morning, April 4th, we woke up to snow!IMG_7351 So, of course, I made waffles!IMG_7353 I love, love, love the snow.  So no complaining over here!IMG_7355 Weston went out to check how deep is what getting.  😉IMG_7359 Weston was my big helper that evening.  He shoveled the steps and helped me haul wood.IMG_7360 Everything had a nice layer of snowy ice on it.  My boxwood……IMG_7362 Grace’s tree was covered in ice…….IMG_7364 My rhubarb…….IMG_7365 Iced chives, anyone?!IMG_7367 They are so hearty.  They weren’t phased in the least.IMG_7368  My andromeda had already bloomed….IMG_7373 This boy is precious.  Just precious.  So much like his Daddy it’s scary.IMG_7374 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.IMG_7378 My heather!!!!  It had already bloomed like back around Christmas.  It survived.IMG_7382And that was our snowy Monday.  Besides taking pictures of iced over foliage and eating waffles, we did school!  I know.  SO exciting.

Our Weekend

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.IMG_7339 Saturday night after church, Gracie brought one of the baby chicks up to say hello.IMG_7340 Getting so big!IMG_7342 Sunday morning, April 3rd, we woke up to snow!IMG_7344 IMG_7345 Sunday evening, Weston helped me cut celery to put in our tuna.  IMG_7346 We had tuna melts ~~ so yummy!IMG_7347 Brandt stopped by to say hello and ……..wrestle Ethan. 🙂IMG_7348 IMG_7349

The Rest of Our Week

Wednesday, March 30 – Friday, April 1

We had Ava on Wednesday.  She was fascinated with Ethan’s helicopter.IMG_7328 Can you see her reaching up at it?IMG_7329 Weston jumped and jumped on this balloon and it would. not. pop.IMG_7330 Ava loves to sit and “do school” between the girls while they do school.IMG_7331 The boys have had so much fun with these helicopters.IMG_7333 Friday night, Sam and the boys were taking apart a bb gun that was broke and tried to fix it……IMG_7335 While I made a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie!IMG_7336 We love us some Chocolate syrup around here!IMG_7337 Pie’s done!  See the “E”?IMG_7338