Monday, March 27, 2017


Little Sven needed someone to cuddle with so Victoria found her horse that her Dad had dried in the clothes dryer making his mane all frizzy.
I have no idea why she kept the horse with a frizzy mane but she did. 
Now it's Sven's buddy.
I know you're jealous of our vinyl 70's flooring and our disgusting cabinets!
Unlike our beautiful bathroom, the kitchen isn't done yet.
We have plans that we will be starting very soon.
It will be done in phases.
So for now we have a little goat clip clopping around the kitchen.

A Teeny Tiny Itsy Bitsy Bathroom

I can't believe that this is what the bathroom looked like when we moved in. 
Remember, the house was built in 1906 so they didn't have an upstairs bathroom when the house was built. It was added into a closet sometime in the 60's.
I am thankful for this added bathroom.
We spent 10 weeks on this project!
10 weeks without a second toilet and sink!!!
This is my favorite room now....the only one completely done with molding and everything!
I like to turn on the light just to look at it.
It is so bright and cheery!
I love it.
I especially love the mirror! 
It reminds me of Alice in Wonderland for some reason.

Our new baby!

We have a new baby! This is Sven. We picked him up when he was only hours old and have been bottle feeding him. Our friend's goat had a tough time giving birth to this little guy and his sister( who didn't make it). They were both really big. In fact they were the same size as the kids that were born three weeks ago. Our friend couldn't bottle feed with two little ones of her own under the age of 3 and the other does are about to give birth. Sven's poor mama is actually doing quite well considering how hard it had been for her in labor.
He is the sweetest little guy.
He sounds like a little elf giggling when he cries.
Our friend named all the babies with a Disney theme. So they already had Robin Hood and Little John, Bambi, Thumper, Pocahontas, Victoria named this little guy Sven from the reindeer in Frozen. 
I think he fits his name.

Healthy Air

It is said that lichen growing on trees is a sign of  healthy air...
Well, we have lots of lichen on our trees in our own yard.
It feels good to know that we are breathing healthy air.
I love it when it rains, the lichen just soaks up all the moisture and gets all 
puffy, turning a vibrant green.

Early Morning Helper

Lightening loves to cuddle and hang around your neck whether you want to or not. 
He was especially cuddly early in the morning while
 Jared was trying to make his lunch for work so to
 preoccupy him, Lightening rode around in his hoodie. He would reach 
around Jared's neck and try to grab whatever was in Jared's hand. 
It was pretty cute.

The History of Ice Skating

Victoria participated in our Homeschool History Fair
Leave it to her to choose the topic of Ice Skating for a History Fair.
She did an excellent job researching the topics like the first skates, 
who invented the Sal Chow jump, when was the first time 
women shortened their skirts to their knees 
and what year Ice Skating was accepted into the Olympics.
Great Job Victoria!

What the?!? Antarctica?

Did you know that tortoises can do a double take?
I witness Alex doing that very thing on Feb 23 after a snow storm.
He meandered out to the kitchen and stopped 
halfway to study what was outside the window.
I watched for a little bit.
He approached the sliding glass door cautiously.
Then he walked right up to it which he rarely does 
and stuck his head way up to get a better look.
He just sat there looking outside.
I could only imagine what he was thinking because
 just the day before was green grass and hints of Spring.
 The dogs saw Alex looking out the window so they decided to sit there too.
They were probably wondering what he was looking at.


Lightening doesn't get any cuter than this.
He is the sweetest cat....until he walks in the house 
with blood on the face only to find a headless vole sitting on the back door mat!

Winter Dog Agility Trials

Kaleb and Victoria ran Sammy and Henry in the Winter Agility Trials.
All the dogs were rusty from being cooped up all winter
 but did great and had a wonderful time.
This was Sammy's first time aside from just regular practice. 
The second time around you could tell that he was enoying himself. It was so cute.
 Henry was.....well, he was Henry! He was so excited to be there that he wouldn't listen to Victoria at all. Most of the other kids all have pure bred dogs that are bred for obedience.
Henry is a mutt and stubborn and super smart....and stubborn!
Victoria actually has to work harder than most because Henry is a challenge.
On a good day he is super speedy, but today he had other plans.
 My OCD Germaphobe son chose the dog shampoo as his prize for Sammy.

17 and 21!

 Happy Birthday Kaleb! 
Where did my little guy go that would hang on the door knobs 
like a monkey while I would open or close the door?!
Happy Birthday Jared! 
You're not my little boy anymore.
 I have to look up now when I talk to you!
You guys are awesome and everyday is an adventure!

Saturday, February 4, 2017


Kaleb has caught the bandit!
There have been clues as to who is getting into our chicken feed.
At first we thought it was Kaleb in his forgetful way leaving the lid off of the chicken feed every morning. But then when he knew for sure that he had put the lid on and found it off the next morning he decided to put a fairly large rock.
Where he managed to find a rock under three feet of snow I have no idea.
Anyway, the next morning, the rock was rolled off and the lid was sitting beside the chicken feed.
Hmmm, wouldn't be a cat. They wouldn't be able to get the lid off and the ground was too frozen outside to find tracks.
We think it's a raccoon!
 Kaleb, in his scientific thinking sprinkled flour all around the bucket of chicken feed to catch some tracks. He jokingly said that he would go in the next morning and the raccoon would have licked up all the flour.
Nope....the guy walked right  through it leaving tracks but didn't pull the lid off this time.
 The pictures are a little hard to see but Kaleb's tracking worked!
Notice the long fingers and long back foot.
We are thinking that we need to call for someone to trap the guy. 
We really don't want him to get into our chicken coop.

Blue Ribbon Icicle

One of our neighbors texted Kirk the other night saying that we could enter our icicles in the fair and win a blue ribbon.
They are massive.
And something that we are trying to get a handle on by our garage. We haven't quite figured out how to reroute an ice flow that causes an ice slick right by our door. Not very fun to walk on.

Quinzee Snow Shelter

 Kaleb is insane!
Sometimes I can't believe that he is my son.
All week I have been feeling cold no matter how high the heater is on or how many layers of clothing I have on and Kaleb couldn't stop talking about sleeping outside.
 We got an easy three feet of snow on top of the two that we already have on the ground.
With the below freezing temps, Kaleb went on and on how great the weather conditions were to building a quinzee for him to sleep in.
He was thinking about building it big enough for both he and Jared to sleep in but we decided that Jared would hit the roof with the question considering that he spends most of his time out doors as a carpenter. We were right, except the look on his face was priceless. I couldn't ever duplicate that look myself.
 Kirk and I followed him outside like we were following the astronauts to the space shuttle before lift off. I must have asked him three times if he thought he was going to be warm enough.
He said....yep!
I then double checked that this structure was going to be adequate for him to sleep in
He said...Oh, I've slept in know Mom, you don't need to know. This is the best snow shelter that I will have slept in. Really!
I think my boys know what worries their mother.
I guess things I don't know won't hurt me!
 It got down to minus 8 inside his shelter.
Whoa! That's cold!
He said he wasn't really that cold.
When I came down stairs at 6am to check on him and see how his night went I found his stuff in a heap by the back door. I started looking all over the house for him, he was on the couch fully clothed.
He said....I survived!
Better him than me!


Sammy, being the part herding dog that he is, always has to be touching those that he loves.
It is usually me, getting dog hairs all over my legs or herding me down the stairs because he thinks I'm going to possibly give him something tasty to eat...
.his other breed is basset hound and boy can he eat!
In this case, the one he loves is Henry. Though I have no idea how Henry can breathe with his neck up against the bar like that. Either way they were both quite comfortable snoozing in the sun.

Hoar Frost

 I never knew what Hoar Frost was before moving to Northern Utah.
We woke up the other morning to literally every surface had hoar frost on it.
And mostly on one side. You could see where the sun was already barely warming it to melt and which direction it came from, or how it settled.
It was definitely spectacular!

Utah Delivery Service

 This is the Utah Delivery Service of baked goods.
That's what you do when you get snowed in,
you bake, clean, get caught up and shovel lots and lots of snow!
Nana baked her ever famous cranberry orange nut bread.
Poppa drove the delivery vehicle and did crazy donuts on the ice 
and plowed a little of our driveway.
Really, I should just say that they are two old crazy people
 out for a joy ride in the middle of the day!

It's MINE!

It's Mine!
You can't have it.....

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Knee Deep and more....

 It's kind of neat, during the snow season it is much easier to track the habits of the deer, or the kitties, and even the dogs. We even saw that a deer walked inches along the side of the house.
 Poor Lizzy was stuck in her house. She was even refusing to come out for an animal cookie...her favorite! And then we discovered that her gate was frozen shut so Victoria had to climb over the fence to dig her out. The snow was deeper than her little was almost up to her chin.
 Lizzy smiling.
 We were trying to get the dogs to come up the path a little further. They wouldn't. They are trained to stay closer to the house so they were too afraid to come any closer.
 It was cute, Thunder wouldn't go around Sammy. She was waiting patiently for him to keep moving and basically get out of the way. She loves to race up and down the path, chasing little snow balls or snowflakes.
 Lightning found a spot under the slide to take a breather from pouncing through the snow. He followed me, jumping from one step to another.
 He is so light that he didn't sink too terribly. He ducked underneath the pine tree to inspect the nice little spot that the deer have been sleeping in. The other morning we spotted three under the tree.
 This is a nice, cozy little spot.
Thunder spy hopping.

Crazy Snow!

 Sunshine after an awesome storm!
This doesn't even show really how deep the snow is.
 It is hard to believe that these hills are three feet high and more!
I absolutely love it!
It is so beautiful, crisp and clean.
 I love these little snowballs that have formed inside the iron swirls.

 I came around the back side of the wood shop and came upon a deer resting under the pine tree.
We have been watching this guy's antlers sprouting...they are getting longer.


Life is so much sweeter with kitties....
especially these two!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

New Year's Project

 It took Kaleb, Jared and I 10 days to strip paneling off the walls, re-plaster, paint the ceiling (compliments of Kirk),  paint this beautiful amber moon, and strip two layers of linoleum and tar off the wood floor.
 We have uncovered two chimineys and vents to the upstairs in the process. 
One is still covered in plaster.
 We are still trying to figure out why this beam is along the ceiling when it doesn't support anything.
We confirmed that there was a bedroom once next to the dining room. There were remnants of the old closet, the door way and an old hearth where the old wood stove sat.
 I'm happy to have the old linoleum removed but now we have remnants of tar on the floor that will need to be sanded. We steamed and scraped as much as we could get off.
I'm sure eventually, when it is all refinished, it will be beautiful.
 I am so pleased to have nice clean walls.
I can't believe how dark it was in this room before.
Now it is sunny and bright like my favorite season....summer!
 Kirk is working on moving electrical plugs up and secured so eventually when we get the walls and the floors finished we might have base boards again.
For is a work in progress!