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#69 and #75

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here are the two lambs that will be delivered to us next weekend. (the two that are “kissing.”) they are 3- and 4-months old and are known right now as #69 and #75. they wear their names on their ear tags. we will be naming these lambs because they won’t be slaughtered for meat – they’re going to be the beginning of our wool-producing flock.   over the first few weeks, we’ll be learning how to handle them, and will be hopefully halter-training them with the boys so that they’ll…read more

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this is probably the most boring blog post you’ll ever read

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building fences is slow work. kenny and dad spent the fourth of july weekend digging post holes with a gas-powered digger. it took about a day (with breaks) to dig 95% of the 75 post holes. one side of the fence will be metal posts while the other three sides are treated lumber – 75 wooden posts and about 25 metal ones. this past weekend, it took two days to get two sides of fencing up. you don’t just unroll and tack into place – unless you want a broken…read more

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aprons!

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i finally finished the set of family aprons last week… i admit, we have a bit of an obsession for camoflauge right now. for no reason other than it comes in all different patterns and colors! PINK!!! i used a free pattern for the boys’ aprons from montessori by hand – so easy that i did all three in a day. the adult aprons are from “So Easy” i apologize for the poorer quality of our pictures these days. our digital camera is broken and we’re using our phoens as…read more

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three reasons why i love our rolling hills

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the latest bouquet from my boys: a poppy flower, a wild daisy, and a clover flower. in the city, we had plenty of clovers, but never wild daisies or poppies. i know they exist there, but to me, they didn’t. here, they’re my normal. if i had to pick favorite among our chickens, the buff orpingtons would be it. they’re so big and puffy that they barely fit in the nest boxes, and when i open the boxes to collect eggs and one happens to be in it, they move…read more

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swimming lessons

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our boys are 3, 5, and 6 – or will be by the time summer is over. none of them have ever had swimming lessons before and we keep meaning to sign them up for them. swimming lessons are in abundance here, but i can’t quite figure out the system, or the ages, of when to introduce them to water-without-floaty-devices. the logistics are enough to make me batty: if all swimming lessons are in the morning, i’d have to take all three boys with me to take one boys to…read more

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happy 6th, rowan tucker!

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our firstborn is 6 tomorrow (7/9)! we’ve been telling each boy the “story of their birthday-day” on the days leading up to their birthday. rowan’s first birthday was super nostalgic for me. i was already 7 1/2 months pregnant with sawyer when rowan turned 1 and i was weepy and nostalgic and proud of our one-year-old. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ today, 6 years after your birth, rowan, you are more a boy than i could have dreamed. you are inquisitive, energetic, sensitive, giving, and a very good big brother to both of your…read more

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corners of my home, outdoor version

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it’s my least favorite area of our yard…the side “lean-to” of our garage. fortunately, it’s going DOWN! and it has potential. i’ve emptied its contents, burned all the cardboard stashed inside, will make a few trips to goodwill to drop off an old office chair and garden hose caddy and call the scrap metal guy to pick up the old gas grill and various other metal things. also, the roof is aluminum, so he’ll take that as well. so we’re left with that fabulous fiberglass wall material. i’ve gotten about…read more

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corners of my home…

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this is my favorite corner in our home. it’s full of sentimental value…the china closet kenny and i brought home from our honeymoon…the silverwear chest that came from my grandparents when kenny and i got married…and the spinning wheel that kenny bought me for christmas this year….all antiques, and all meaningful in more ways than what they actually cost.

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i did a little sewing last week…

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a friend recently gave me some blue bandanas after she saw the pants i made for the boys last summer. i used two of them to make adam a pair, since he was the only boy to outgrow his from last year, and used the remaining ones, along with some red bandana fabric to make a beach throw…bandanas are somewhat irregular in shape and size, so i had to fudge it a bit…but it works! and i love the colors!   i had one extra square (that wouldn’t make it…read more

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