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

Family Day

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.IMG_7287 IMG_7288 We had a relaxing morning together.  It was so nice.IMG_7290 The kids were having fun with Weston’s new box of tracks.IMG_7292 Then we headed over to the church to fly Weston’s helicopter.  I’m not sure who had more fun ~~ Weston, Sam, or Ethan.IMG_7294 IMG_7296 After the battery died on the helicopter, we took a drive to a fun toy store and just leisurely walked around.  Something we hardly ever do, especially as a family.  Then we came home, did chores and got Fish N Chips takeout for $3 a dinner!IMG_7311 It really hit the spot!!IMG_7312So thankful for this quiet day together!

Weston’s Birthday and Easter

Sunday, March 27th was not only Easter, but it was Weston’s 7th birthday!!

Happy 7th Birthday, Weston James!!

Happy Resurrection Day!!IMG_7172 Annual Easter pics before church.IMG_7173 IMG_7174 IMG_7177 IMG_7178 IMG_7180After 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. IMG_7181 IMG_7182 IMG_7184 IMG_7185 IMG_7186 These Obi Wan Kabobies were my favorite to say.  And eat.  I laughed every time I said it.  IMG_7187 IMG_7189 IMG_7190 IMG_7192 IMG_7193 These “Light Saber” bubble wands were the party favors.IMG_7194 Appetizer table!IMG_7195 Digging in!IMG_7197 IMG_7198 IMG_7199 IMG_7200 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.IMG_7201 IMG_7202 IMG_7203 Our birthday boy!IMG_7204 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.  IMG_7205 Sam and AvaIMG_7207 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!IMG_7209 QuinnIMG_7210 IMG_7211 The girls made the buns labeled with each cousin’s initial on it.IMG_7212 WillIMG_7213 EllieIMG_7216 JacksonIMG_7217 WestonIMG_7219 IMG_7221 EmmaIMG_7222 HudsonIMG_7224 LyviaIMG_7228 GracieIMG_7230 IMG_7231 And the winners are…….EMMA AND WESTON!!!!  🙂IMG_7232 Present time!IMG_7233 Since it was such a nice day, we moved the present time outside.IMG_7234 IMG_7235 IMG_7236 IMG_7237 IMG_7241 IMG_7242 I love Jackson’s face here.  Weston had just opened his remote control helicoptor.  😉IMG_7244 Suspenders!  Weston asked for suspenders because he doesn’t like wearing a belt.  But he calls them “spenders” instead of suspenders.  I love that.IMG_7246 I love this boy soooo much!!!!IMG_7248 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.IMG_7250 IMG_7252 IMG_7253 IMG_7255 Bubble time!IMG_7256 IMG_7257 IMG_7258 Mom was handing out Christmas presents from Wes and Penny.  PNG coffee!  Yay!IMG_7260 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!IMG_7263 Flying the helicoptor!IMG_7270 Lovin it.IMG_7271 The birthday boy was talking to Aunt Brookie on the phone.IMG_7277 Sparkler time!IMG_7278 Grace and LyviaIMG_7280 He got these three little lego sets for his birthday and he and Hudson and Jackson put them together.IMG_7286It 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.

Happy 7th Birthday!!

Party Prep!

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.IMG_7154 Sweet Lyvie!IMG_7156 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!IMG_7158 IMG_7159 Lyvie can turn anything into a “baby”.   😉IMG_7160 I decided to try a homemade ice cream cake.IMG_7161 IMG_7162 IMG_7163 This one was oreo fudge and it was pretty easy.IMG_7164 IMG_7165 Saturday afternoon, Sam taught Weston how to run the rototiller.IMG_7166 IMG_7167 I thought he did pretty good for being so little.IMG_7168 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!IMG_7169 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.  IMG_7170 This next one you can’t see the girls at all.  But you get the idea.IMG_7171

This and That

Wednesday March 23rd, we had Ava!  Poor thing, she gets no love around here.  Haha.  Just kidding.IMG_7145 The girls made all these links to decorate for Weston’s upcoming birthday party.  They were hiding them in the basement till his birthday.IMG_7146 So excited to get his first birthday card in the mail from Yaya!IMG_7147 MEET LUKE SKY WALKER:IMG_7148 Lyvie helped him get dressed up and took all the pictures.IMG_7149 We had this picture as our screen saver for his party and had the Star Wars theme music playing during the party.  IMG_7152

Vaccination and Hoof Trimming Day!

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.IMG_7126 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.IMG_7127 Hoof trimming is one of Sam’s least favorite jobs when it comes to the goats.  IMG_7129 June is usually a good girl in the milking stand.IMG_7131 IMG_7132 KatieIMG_7134 MaiaIMG_7136 This is how we lift each other up around here.IMG_7137 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.IMG_7138 This picture is before Sam put in the roosting bars and the nesting boxes.IMG_7139 More lifting.IMG_7140 Ethan had lined up all his bullet shells that he and Asa and Josiah had collected when they were here and categorized them.IMG_7141 IMG_7143That night when all the work was done, it felt great to have that behind us!

Snowy Monday in March

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. IMG_5526 Anyway, back to March 21st!  Monday morning we woke up to snow!IMG_7097  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?  😉IMG_7100 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.0321061023 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!!IMG_7102 Here is our pregnant mamas.  (Lou is hiding behind Sylvie.)IMG_7104 And here is Buster, the Daddy of all the babies.  😉IMG_7107 That night, Gracie helped Sam on the chicken coop.  Here they are out in the garage working.IMG_7111 I love that Sam has a place to work and I love looking out and seeing the lights on.IMG_7113 The baby chicks came up to visit almost every night.  IMG_7117 IMG_7118 IMG_7119 That day I had made two soups.  This one was Cheeseburger Soup.  So good!!IMG_7123 And then a Turkey Barley.  Also so good!IMG_7125And that was our snowy Monday in March!

Our Weekend~~March 19-20

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. IMG_7069 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.IMG_7070 Here’s the supervisor eating lunch.  🙂IMG_7071 IMG_7072 IMG_7074 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.” IMG_7075 Sunday morning, before church, we played with our baby chicks.IMG_7077 IMG_7078And we pretended they laid these eggs that our “retired” chickens laid.IMG_7084 IMG_7085 IMG_7092 We told the baby chick to pick out a chicken coop in the magazine it was standing on.IMG_7091 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.
IMG_7094 Weston and I played with Photo Booth on the computer Sunday night.Photo on 2016-03-20 at 20.27