Friday, September 13, 2013

Around the Farm

Miss Evie Rose is a bit of a monkey. Whatever Jamie does - she must do as well. Don't worry. She's quite skilled and had no issues climbing back down. All the animals are happy as can be today. The weather let up and we're in the 70's today! Such a relief. I love fall so much and am anxiously awaiting its arrival. Until then - I have babies who want to spend allllllllll their time outside which is okay by me. There's nowhere else I'd rather be...

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Never-Ending Sweaters and Babies

Just keep knitting! Just keep knitting! What do we do? WE KNIT!

Yeah - I'm totally channeling Dory from Finding Nemo. I keep knitting and I don't seem to get closer to the sleeve part of this sweater. I think I like top-down sweaters better.

What's that?

What bump?

The bump in the baby growing area?

Y'all caught me.

We're expecting our third child sometime in April 2014. :) Crazy that I'm already showing...

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Yarn Along and a Toddler Who Never Sleeps

First cardigan status: COMPLETE

I still need to steam the leaf placket into shape, but I'm ridiculously proud of this little cardigan! I had psyched myself out of knitting anything harder than a hat for way too long. I loved knitting this little sweater for Evie Rose. It'll come in handy in the fall/winter. Notes on this are here.

When I finished - Jamie asked me very sweetly if I was going to make him a sweater. The only way to respond to such a request is to cast on one for him.

I haven't gotten far with it. It's bottom up this time instead of Evie's which was top down. It's such a pretty deep green. I need to start messing with my photographs. Any editing tips are appreciated. I cannot ever show the actual colors of my yarn. I stink at photography though, so it may just be that, haha!

Right now - I have been thoroughly enjoying reading Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery and Introduction to the Devout Life by Saint Francis de Sales. I'm also working my way through Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.

And now - for something completely different:

Evie Rose. This child doesn't sleep, y'all.


Okay - she sleeps, but only in small spurts.

I know she is starting to cut some molars, and I am aware that I was totally spoiled by Jamie's awesome sleeping skills. She had just started sleeping in a bed with Jamie (a big, queen size bed in our room...Yes, we have two in there,) and now all of a sudden she's up a million times a night. She's 18 months old. I'm wondering if it's too early to try night weaning or if it would be madness to even attempt such a thing. She's okay during the day, naps well on her own in their bed...but night time - from midnight to 3:30am she's up about every 15-30 minutes. Every night this week. I have tried teething tablets and even motrin.


Still up.

She's never had a problem with anything I've ate or she's ate from what I can tell. I had to cut a ton out with my son when he was super little, but never had to cut anything from my diet with her. What do y'all think? Phase? Teething? I'm not wanting to wean her entirely...I'd even be okay with once a night if she still wanted to do that...but 8-15 times a night? I feel like that's a lot for someone her age...

Again - Let me know what y'all think. I appreciate the opinions. ***

Joining Ginny's Yarn Along and Nicole's KCCO.

***Please - remember, no mommy wars. I am just looking for suggestions on what I could try to help us get a little more sleep. Let's not attack each other. I'm sure y'all will be sweet. Any attacks or negative comments will be deleted. I'm not going to have that sort of thing going down on my blog.***

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Rain. More Rain. Wait is that...? Nope - More Rain.


Right after I finished drying Evie's in-desperate-need-of-sunshine diapers in the dryer. Meh. Fine. Beggars can't be choosers, y'all.

Have you seen my new clothesline?

Clotheslines aren't photogenic.

We've had some serious storms pass through this weekend. Thursday - we had a pretty scary 15 minutes. My brother-in-law, M, showed up just in time for the storm to start getting serious. M was playing dragons with Jamie in the playroom when the sky opened up on us. Rain was going in four different directions, shutters started flying off, a chair and table from the front porch decided to take off for green meadows, and the trees. Well - the trees didn't do so hot, y'all. We went down to the basement for a few minutes to wait it out. This house has too many windows for me to feel comfy cozy about chillin' upstairs while the wind was freaking out...

This is merely a sample. We lost eight trees total, including a beautiful old oak in the back of the middle pasture. It fell on the goon squads' (the boars') pen. Luckily - all are accounted for. I heard something about cattle and lightening not being friends. Not sure on that since ours are, thankfully, still alive. M got Napoleon in his shed before this all went down.

Speaking of Napoleon:

He's free! He's staying in his pasture...for now. Napoleon doesn't like women, but seems to like The Celt, M, and Jamie. Jamie walked right up and pet his nose today. He still won't let me close enough to even try that.

In other news - Evie is a teething mess of a toddler. It hasn't stopped her from her monkey antics though:
What do you mean phones are not for playing with? She totally doesn't care that Mommy doesn't want her climbing on things. Case and point:

Note the smirk and body language. This was after the, "Evie Rose! Get down from there!" She cares not.

And just because he's cute:

Jamie's been super helpful lately. I love that. Sweet boy.

Whew - I think this wraps up my random update for today. I'll (hopefully) be back tomorrow for the Yarn Along.

Monday, July 15, 2013


Miniature horse? Sure - why not?!?! His name is Napoleon. He walked through our barbed wire fence on his first day here. That was a 3 hour adventure I'd like to forget. He had a couple tiny scratches, but other than that he seemed to thoroughly enjoy himself. We're having to rethink our enclosure.

My sweet children hamming it up for the camera. Goobers.

I realized you haven't met Boris and Natasha. Our newest farm cats. Boris is the orange tabby. He's very much a snuggle kitty. He wants on my lap anytime I am sitting outside. Natasha loves being pet, but doesn't sit still for long. Generally - she can be found leaping out of trees attempting to scare the chickens. Both kittens are amazingly tolerant of the children. Evie seems to think carrying them by the neck is the super awesome way to carry cats. "No neck pick ups! Only by the belly," are phrases frequently heard around here. Sombra is less than amused by our new farm cats, but is coming to terms with their arrival. He just makes sure he's getting "cuddles and sweet pat pats" as Jamie and Evie say. Personally - I'll watch Cat-o'-vision over television any day of the week. What is it about kittens playing that is so hilarious?!?! Perhaps it's just me...

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


Today is my birthday.

Silly faces in Photo Booth. 

Love them.

Second twenty-ninth birthday?

Eh. I'll pass, y'all.

I'd rather own my thirty years.

At thirty years old - I am the healthiest I have ever been in my life. I am the happiest I've ever been in my life. We've realized a dream by purchasing our own farm. We have two beautiful children who light up my days. After housework - I get to spend my days playing with our children, knitting, sewing, swinging on the porch swing, and chasing chickens off our (gated!) back deck. Evil chickens who want to leave their poop right where I want to walk.

I'm blessed beyond words. I wouldn't re-live the first part of my twenties for anything on this planet. The second half brought good things though: meeting my husband, the return of my health, marrying the man of my dreams, motherhood, the purchase of our farm...The second half definitely trumps the first.

I'm still plugging away at my sweater for Miss Evie Rose. It's coming along great! I really adore this pattern. Not too hard, but enough interest to keep me knitting. 

Linking up with Frontier Dreams and Small Things :) 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Morning Routine

5 AM.

A cup of tea (or coffee which sadly we were out of *gasp*).

The baby monitor to hear the children if they wake.

Saying the rosary while watching the sun rise.

Petting an old companion.

Small, beautiful tea roses.

Pretty perfect if you ask me...