Wednesday, May 24, 2017


From the first time we were in Idaho in June, I saw these beautiful poppies 
and was struck by their brilliant color!
 It took three tries to get them going but we now have success!
 They are so beautiful!
I LOVE these flowers.
I love the fern like leaves and the glossy papery looking petals.
I have planted them in several parts of the yard.

The Evil Elf

Goats have a way of sounding like they are laughing....
at times they sound like a small child .....
or a crazed teenager.....
Goats are crazy agile,
and sometimes plain EVIL!!!!
 Don't let this cute little thing fool you!
Have you noticed the double layer of wire?
Probably because the little squirt is still small enough to fit through
the cattle panels....
 He looks innocent huh?
Don't let it fool you,
this guy is only about 18 inches high, yet can jump over a 5 foot fence from a stand...
No running jumps needed here!
We have attached chicken wire on all the corners of the pen, on top of the hay feeder roof.....
Kirk even put a broken branch to keep him away from the fence,
Oh.....and every night so we can rest without worry, we have nailed wire in the opening of his house so we can lock him in at night knowing he will be safe and secure. 
Goats are smart!
You can't turn your back on them.....EVER!
Which is why Victoria earned the "Goat Mama" award.
It takes a good shepherd to help keep track of what a goat is up to.
And this is only one little guy....I haven't even mentioned the other two that we have

Kaleb's Grasshopper

As part of Kaleb's welding class at Bridgerland Technology College, they got to weld their own creation. He made the face out of the electrical circuit that we took out of their bedroom, wings out of miter saw blades, legs out of horse shoes...
I love it!

End of the Year Awards

At the end of every school year we try to do fun awards as well as grade completion.
Victoria received the Goat Mama award for the many hours that she has put into nurturing and raising our goats. It takes lots of hard work and devotion to not want to give in and continue to tolerate them.
Anyone who has goats would understand exactly what I mean.
 Kaleb received the "Right Way" award for his systematic life of organization and 
precise way of accomplishing things.
 Every year the kids fill out their grade and pack away school papers that they want to keep.
 Kaleb's book is quite full. It isn't even in good shape anymore with a few tears here and there.
 I love looking back at previous years.
 As I was browsing through Kaleb's book I came across this years entry. 11th grade. Kaleb's favorite author is the Apostle Paul...but the one that really got me was his favorite school play....Victoria's Daily Drama. He makes me laugh.
The two of them together can be quite comical. 

Jumping Friends

Not only was the goat on the trampoline with Victoria but Thunder wanted up there too.

A New Sink

I came home to Jared installing a new sink for Mother's Day!
We decided to wait another year to redo the kitchen. the meantime we wanted to replace the sink since that is the one thing I cannot stand is our ugly stainless steel sink from the 60's with the faucet that doesn't work right! 
I love our new sink...well, new to us. A friend of ours had it sitting on his garage floor waiting for a new home! I'm so glad it is in our home. 
It will help to prevent me to taking a sledge hammer to the existing kitchen.
I love having a handy son!
With an awesome smile!


 We woke up to this!
It was a beautiful white contrast to the Spring green!
 Many trees broke from the weight of the snow. With the trees flowing with sap it just makes it too heavy causing branches to crack.
At about 4 in the morning we heard a huge crack that continues for the next hour. This poor beautiful tree behind the barn cracked and fell to the ground. So sad.
 I was attempting to walk under the tree to inspect the tree that broke but decided not to. It was pouring rain under the tree from all the snow melting very quickly.
 It sounded fantastic!
 Sven was all puffed up to keep warm.
His first experience with snow. 
 Our tomato plants stayed all nice and toasty warm in their wall of waters. 
They are like little mini greenhouses. The lettuce, being cold hardy is 
completely covered by snow and wasn't harmed in anyway.
The tomatoes did well but who knows if the fruit trees will have any fruit this year. 
The cherry tree had blossoms until the snow.