Wednesday, March 30, 2016

:: Flat Stanley goes to the Farm ::

Little Flat Stanley came to us via my niece's 2nd grade class. 
He enjoyed his stay. ;)

:: A Birthday celebration & An actual birth day ::

Ella turned SIX yesterday. How on earth has it been six years since we welcomed our little "princess" into this world?
She started her day with donuts and a small gift to open up before school and ended it with a few fun surprises in the kitchen, supper with her Nana & Papa, and two new baby goats that were born while she was at school!
She requested strawberry cupcakes & tacos for supper so that's what she got.
We've been keeping a close eye on Pistal for the few days knowing it would be anytime before she gave birth. Just prior to the kids leaving for school, Chase and I put her into the barn (just incase). Well, it was a good thing we did! The next time I went out to check on her around 10am these two little cuties where standing in the door way!
Yes! A boy and a girl!

So far they are both healthy and Pistal is being a great mama!

What a fantastic start to Spring!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

:: That Never Ending Nagging 2do List ::

We all have them : continual to-do lists and it seems like Spring brings them on in full force. Now don't get me wrong, I am super excited that the grass is beginning to turn green and the days are longer and warmer.
Because in reality it is still only the middle of March! We could still get a snowfall. Shhhh... I won't say the "s" word again!
But today, TODAY began with a beautiful sunrise followed by a nice Spring rain.
Which of course resulted in more mud, thus delaying the start of many of our projects.
Breath Megan, Breath.
Over the course of the next few weeks we have pigs coming (a first for our farm), Pistal Annie will be giving birth for the first time, a new steer is set to be joining our "herd", garden seeds need started, potatoes need to be put in the ground, & 100 baby meat chicks will be delivered via USPS. All of these things mean we need fencing built and shelter for all of them. Aaron is tired of my nagging 2do lists; but I'm freakin out man!
Somebody's got to be the bossy "jack ass" at the top of the pile. BTW~ I'm totally not bossy. (Zip it Aaron). LOL!
Yesterday we attempted to burn our CRP grasses. This needed to be done SO badly. We haven't been able to do it the last two years and it needs a fresh start!
Thanks to the lack of wind and very moist ground it didn't burn all that great. However, we got most of the borders done so that will help when we attempt it the 2nd time; weather depending.
This was my first time helping because in the past I've either been working or in the house with Ella.
This time we all helped out. The whole thing is old hat for the boys. They understand where to burn first to help prevent the fire from spreading beyond where we want it to, as well as how to help it along.
I love that this is just one more way the boys can help with conservation and improving the land for wildlife. If you'd like to learn more about the benefits of "prescribed" burns click HERE.
One thing off our 2do list; well partially.