Monday, February 2, 2015

It Snowed

We got a decent amount of snow the last couple days. The wind blew it all over the place Sunday, so the restaurant was closed for the day which meant the kids had mom and dad home the whole day. I also got some cleaning and organizing done that I wouldn't have even thought about doing alone.
The temps were very cold today, so I kept the kids in. They are really itching to get out in the white fluff. There are a few drifts bigger than Mason out there, so I know they will be in awe when it does get warm enough to go out. Unfortunately we left the sleds out, so they are buried somewhere.
I just love how the snow sits on the trees and weighs them down. I didn't used to enjoy the snow, but since I don't really have many obligations to go (or hurry) anywhere, I am enjoying it. The big windows in our house help, too. It gets really bright in here when there is snow covering the ground. If it is going to be cold, it may as well be beautiful and cold.

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Did you get snow, too? Have you been out to play in it?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Teeth, Worms, and Birds

I peeked around in the girls' mouths this evening and I noticed Elliot has a two year molar poking through. She was terribly emotional today, so I'm hoping that is why and that the darn thing will poke all the way out of the gum soon.. so the next three can do the same. Sigh.

I bought worms to start vermicomposting (I made one of THESE) and my box was pretty beat up. Plus, my one thousand worms were frozen upon opening them. That was disappointing. I still put them in the tote to see if they'd maybe come back to life, but nope, now I just have a nice collection of dead worms in my basement. I think I'll have my husband take care of that since he neglected to get the mail the previous day.

Tom still follows us everywhere. Although he did attack Mason a month or two ago (Mason kicked him and learned he kicks back), he simply likes to strut his stuff (constantly) next to us but otherwise doesn't bother. In fact, I've been picking him up and giving him some hugs lately. He seems to need them.

Our time outside recently has been used to collect pine cones, build random structures with bricks, play on the swing set, collect eggs, and pet our new kitty, Food. Elliot chose that name. Food just showed up one day, which isn't so uncommon. Neighbors, if you're missing a calico cat, we may have her. And her name is now Food.

This is Wynona. She's a Silver Laced Wyandotte and I love her feathers. Unfortunately her two same breed sidekicks were sacrificed in the battle of Sunflower vs. pullets, so she's the lone beauty left. She hangs out with the Iowa Blue crowd now.

We've been getting a fair amount of eggs lately. Pecka is molting so she isn't laying and we've stopped getting white eggs, which used to be a regular in our daily gathering, so a couple others are taking a break. Sasha (our female turkey) has also stopped laying. The weather has been decent the past couple weeks, but it is supposed to cool back down again so we'll see if the eggs keep coming.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Cabin Fever Cure

The kids hadn't left the house since.. Christmas? That sounds awful, but I'm pretty sure it is accurate. Finally the temperature outside was welcoming.. no howling wind and subzero temperatures. Finally. So we got a good chunk of time outside the last three days. There was lots sledding, turkey chasing, falling in the mud, bean seed saving, chicken treats, swinging, snow angels, egg collecting, exploring, splashing, and chicken hugs going on. A surefire recipe to cure cabin fever.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Review Of My 2014 Goals

Last day of the year (Happy Birthday, Linday and Jackson!), time to check in on how well I worked on/reached my goals...

1. Read more books. That didn't really happen. I read a ton, but not in book form still. I just can't seem to find enough time in the day to both read all I love on the internet and in actual print. Although I did get some pretty awesome reading material for Christmas, which I do plan on getting around to.

2. Organize my photos. I have improved in this area! I am getting better at deleting the crappy/blurry/reject photos right after uploading them onto the computer instead of having them uselessly taking up space on my hard drive. I have also been keeping up at moving photos to an external hard drive.

Chicken Selfie

3. Start referring to myself as a homesteader. I am, just look at my "About Me."

Like it? You can buy it at the Egg Krate!

4. Learn to embroider. I have done some felt embroidery and it is fun. I'm glad I've got the ball rolling on this craft.

5. Rescue an animal. Not sure I've told the story, but we did rescue a chicken. She was posted on Craigslist, the owner lived in a rough neighborhood and was keeping the pullet in her basement. When Tyler went into the house to pick her up, he said the smell of animal feces was just overwhelming. Hopefully by taking Chickaletta off their hands we were also improving their living conditions. Chickens are stinky creatures. Chickaletta, while not the healthiest when we got her, is thriving and giving us regular eggs these days.

6. Heal my teeth. I gave up coffee for a while, but not permanently. My front teeth do seem better, but I'm not sure why. Maybe since Elliot and Finnley aren't breastfeeding as much they aren't sucking all the nutrients from my body anymore.

7. Fix my diastasis recti. Fail. Have not even started working towards this goal. I really should though.

Christmas card outtake.

8. Patience. Also still room for improvement here...

9. Add more prayer to our lives. We aren't regular church goers at this time, but I have been trying to pray more with the kids this year. Not as often as I want, but it has been a good start.

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How did your year go? What goals did you check off your list?

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Morris Christmas Facts

On one hand it feels like Christmas didn't even happen. On the other hand, I'm still knee deep in new toys, I haven't found enough places to put things away.

I only took pictures of our little family Christmas together, I was too busy living in the moments of our other celebrations (AKA breaking up toy fights, dishing up kid food, changing diapers, picking up wrapping paper).

Mason was so excited about Christmas. We talked about what Christmas is really about, but he didn't seem to grasp it much. I'm not sure if it is because our cat is also named Jesus or because everyone else in the world seems to only talk to kids about presents and Santa Claus when it comes to Christmas.

Mason enthusiastically and genuinely thanked everyone for their gifts. Elliot and Finnley were so overwhelmed by new stuff, they would have been fine with just one good gift and didn't really care to continue opening after the first couple.

Christmas Eve service at church went very well. The kids played quietly/listened the whole time. Mason even tried singing along with a couple hymns.

The weather was beautiful on Christmas. The birds got a full day of free ranging as their gift. (Still on partial lock down due to the dog, we tie her up when they are out now)

Two nights in a row of staying up hours past bedtime and not napping equals irritable and cranky children.

We still have one (maybe 2) celebration left and I'm glad it is spaced out a bit from the rest of the chaos.

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How was your holiday celebration(s)?

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Lists

 I asked the kids what they wanted for Christmas gifts this year...

A House

Tree Forest

A Jeep
Big Legos
A Surprise