Thursday, October 26, 2017

Random Fallness


I love that we have the colors of Fall right in our own yard.
There is something so exciting about the change of the season. When we lived in Arizona, I thought it was great to have warm temperatures all year round. But it seemed to always be the same. Here, we get the seasons and it is beautiful.
Thunder. 
It's fun having these two kittens. Well, they aren't much of kittens any more. I love how they seek us out when we are outside. They are very bold and can easily stand their ground with the goats and dogs. They even hang out with the chickens sometimes...just watching them with big ideas.
Just by browsing through this blog it is easy to see what is important to us. 
Our family and the many animals that we have.
If you like us I sure hope you like being around animals too.
Sam, the old man that he is at 9, is somewhat jealous of Jasper. I think he'll get over it at some point.
I just keep reassuring him that he is still my baby.
The wooden frame on the grass is an enclosed area that we put our tortoise in on sunny days for a couple hours a day. It makes a perfect spot for the cats to hide in. Notice the ears sticking up.
She's getting ready to pounce the puppy.
In just a matter of days this tree has turned yellow.
Thunder is pretty sure that she can reach the rope......

Sven

A face only a mother can love.
How can this little guy cause so much havoc in our lives?
He lived in the house for 10 weeks, was bottle fed on a schedule,
pee'd down the heater intake
jumped every fence that was ever between him and us....until it was 10 ft high,
ate a magazine, Victoria's homework, an American flag, mail
cuddled with a stuffed horse,
thought he was a dog for quite some time, 
and he pees on his face! 
How gross!
I told him that just because he was a boy didn't mean that he 
needed to pee on his face like all the other billy goats out there. But no, he didn't listen.
He decided to join the other big boys and 
act like them thinking that he was spraying himself with lovely musk cologne. How could he?
Awww, we still love him!

I love this tree

I love this tree!
I love the leaves!
I love seeing it out my back window every single day!
I love this tree in the Spring,
in the Summer,
in the Fall
and in the Winter!

October Birthdays

October is a very busy month for us. It always seems to just zoom past us if we aren't prepared. This year we celebrated the girl's birthdays on the same day... which is always interesting. They are so different in so many ways. Where Daphne's favorite color is pink, Victoria's is blue. Where Daphne loves cats, Victoria loves dogs. 
We had two monumental occasions.
Daphne turned 25!
And Victoria is an official teenager at 13!
We celebrated in the Canyon with grilled hamburgers! It was an awesome day even though it was a little chilly and windy. It had been warm all week until Saturday....figures.
Nana was all bundled up. She had just had another back surgery a week earlier so we 
wanted her to stay warm.
It was fun to be away from home, listening to the river, watching the leaves fall, visiting with each other without the distractions. Our family has grown up and I am so thrilled that they still like to be in on another's company. They don't want to miss out on family time.
That means so much to me.
I baked this awesome gigantic cake per Victoria's request!
Guess who won on the color of the frosting? Not that Daphne would have demanded pink.
A perfect tree for a nap.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Fall Leaves

There is just something about a pile of leaves that makes you want to jump into them!
 It's hard to be annoyed when you are raking up leaves to have someone or some creature making a mess of it all. The lovely part about all these leaves is that they aren't wasted. We rake them up and bag them for goat and chicken bedding to keep them warm in the winter. 
The funny thing is that the goats will eat their beds.
 We are training Jasper to help with the goats out back. So far he is doing pretty good. He makes a nice distraction so we can actually get something done while the goats are out. Goats are extremely curious and bossy creatures.
 Sven had to check out this really cool pile of leaves!
 So Kaleb knocked all the leaves off the swing platform and down the slide. Jacks passed up ALL the leaves on the ground because the one in the trough slide look far more appetizing.
Goats are actually very picky eaters!
 Jacks loves to try to head butt you when someone is on the swings. More fun with a moving target.
 It always amazes me how much of a time suck it is when we are outside and all the animals want to get in on all the action. Our cats are not afraid of anything but cars and Jasper is doing pretty good with the cats. He just wants to play with them.
 Jasper and Lightning
 Lightning loves to hang out on our shoulders. They love to be held and cuddled. Lightning went from Kaleb's shoulders to mine to the fence post. 
 Victoria was jumping off the swings and into the pile of leaves. Everytime she did this Jacks would get all excited and either run through the middle of the pile right over top of her or run up to her and start chattering goat talk. It was hilarious. We got it on video.
 Lightning laying on his back next to Daphne thinking that he is well hidden.
 Goat grooming. All you need is a leaf rake. These guys love to be raked, brushed, rubbed, scratched...if you have leather work gloves on, Jacks loves, loves, loves for you to rub his face and eyes. You just need to be prepared to take a few extra minutes with him if he sees you with leather work gloves on. 
 Frederick watching from a distance.
 Sven had to come over for some raking too.
 We couldn't leave the girls out. Lizzy started to fall asleep with her raking.
Having goats have been a total pain in the butt sometimes! Like when they have gotten out and practically destroyed the peach trees, the boys push hard on the fences and can bow out cattle panels. If they want something, they will find a way to get it. Or if you have a jumper like Sven. Wow, that little guy was a challenge when he was little. On the other hand, they eat weeds, they are sweet, they provide great responsibilities to kids, you can play with them, they love to interact with you, you can milk them. We have more plans for their uses like making soap, cheese and eventually have them pull a cart. Either way, they have been a wonderful experience for our family.
And we couldn't have done it without all of Jared's building expertise in goat house building, Kaleb's ability to repair any fence, and Victoria's strong muscles in feeding and watering. Daphne is the baby sitter filling in when we aren't home. It's a family affair.

Jasper!

 We have a new puppy!!!
We've had him for a couple weeks now and he is the sweetest little guy.
He was 3 1/2 months when we brought him home. Henry is struggling with Victoria's 4H dog agility program. So he is being semi-retired. This little tri-color border collie is built for agility. What better way to start out the new 4H year! Victoria and I have him  enrolled in classes at K9's Unleashed Academy. Kirk is painting a mural for their indoor dog park in trade for classes....and some cash!
We are so blessed to have this opportunity. He is quite the little pleaser too....unlike sweet Henry who completely has a mind of his own! Victoria should see some real results with this little guy. Though we can't say little for too long. He has some really big paws to grow into.
We love our new addition to our family!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Bike the Bear

Jared, Kaleb, Michael and Mark biked around Bear Lake in September on an extremely cold Saturday morning. The night before it was snowing. They slept over Friday night and set out with 140 other bicyclists to trek the 50 miles around Bear Lake.
I am so proud of them. 
Kaleb, of course, biked it in 4 hours! That is him. He has always had the stamina and he rode his bike to and from work all summer, which is straight up hill twice a day. (He came home for lunch every day) Jared did it in 6 hours! It just amazes me how "able" they are.
They were equipped for snow, rain, and wind chill. Jared rode my awesome mountain bike...since he snatches mine anyway. One of these days he needs to get his own.
Kaleb was telling me that at one point he was bouncing over rocks and riding in the dirt along the shoulder of the road while the street bikes were avoiding potholes. He was having too much fun.
At one point Kaleb was singing "The Long Way Home" by Stephen Curtis Chapman on the eastern shore. Jared said, he couldn't even think because he was just focusing on pedaling.
There is a poster in the art room at Hobby Lobby that has a guy standing with his bike up over his head that says
 "Success...there is no greater reward for a job well done
 than the personal satisfaction of having done it"
Kaleb told me that he was going to do that, hold his bike over his head at the finish line and say what was written on the poster...
when he made it to the finish line, he held his bike up over his head and yelled
"Success"
He couldn't remember the rest. 

Jared said they looked like homeless people the way they were dressed but they were dressed for freezing temperatures, rain, snow flurries, wind chill and comfort.
I am very proud of my boys for setting their sights on a goal and achieving it.
That is SUCCESS!