Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Beautiful Eggs

Each day when we collect the eggs from our chickens I am amazed at the incredible variety in the shells. Not having had chickens before I had wrongly assumed that the eggs would look the same day in and day out. And I'm so glad they don't, I think they are just beautiful. 


It still feels a bit like Christmas every time we go out and open the nesting boxes to find them full of eggs. The surprise of what each egg will look like only adds to the fun.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

18 Months


This cute little man is 18 months old today. A year and a half. My, oh, my, it is hard to believe how big he is. Sometimes I find myself trying to compare him with Audrey at this age, and the hardest part is that  I don't remember all of the little things about Audrey at 18 months. The things that while you are dealing with them you think you'll never forget, but eventually you do. So I'm trying to savor each moment with Owen. I'm sure I'll end up forgetting the little things, but at least I'm enjoying them now.

P.S. Check out those arms. This kid tans instantly. Seriously, no amount of sunscreen I use would keep him from tanning. I'm kind of ridiculously jealous. 

P.P.S. Feel fortunate that I cropped that photo where I did! 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Meet the Sheep

Meet the latest additions to the farm, our own flock of sheep. 


There are actually six in total, but far be it for me to get a picture with all of them at the same time. A livestock photographer I am not.

We have five ewes (girls) and one ram (boy). And we think all of the ewes are pregnant so in a couple of months we should have a whole bunch of little baby lambs running around. Which I am pretty sure is going to be ridiculously adorable to watch.


Only two came to us with names, that one up there is Blackie, she is the youngest and most friendly. The ram is named Gentle Ben, and he is definitely the easiest to pick out of the group. Otherwise I can't really tell the other girls apart. Audrey has named and renamed them several times already which isn't making it much easier.


I'll be the first to admit that I really don't know much about sheep, luckily Bryce makes up for my lack of knowledge and knows just how to take care of them. Slowly I'll learn, but for now I just enjoy looking out the window and seeing them in the pasture. They seem pretty happy too, wandering around and munching on grass.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Pickled Peppers

It is no secret that Bryce and I love spicy food. Off the top of my head I can name at least seven different hot sauces that we keep in our refrigerator on a regular basis. Knowing our love of spice one of Bryce's coworkers was kind enough to give us a bag of fresh peppers from her garden. 


There wasn't any way we would be able to use all of them fresh before they went bad and because pickled peppers are absolutely delicious, it was a bit of a no brainer what we were going to do with all of them. The bag included a mix of jalapeƱos, habaneros, and some sort of long skinny pepper that I'm guessing are serranos and we added our own cherry peppers to the mix.


I used a very simple pickling recipe that was new to me, mostly vinegar with a little garlic and salt.


I just love how the jars look with the bright peppers inside, they're so cheery. My fingers are crossed that they will taste as good as they look.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Potatoes

The spring we moved into our house some of our very good friends came from Montana to visit. My friend's parents happen to own a very large seed potato farm so when they came they brought us a few potatoes. We happily ate most of them, but decided to try our hand at planting a few with great success. 

Late last summer we harvested our first small crop of potatoes. We had great plans of saving a few, replanting them and continuing our crop, but life happens, we never got around to it and just chalked it up to a fun experiment but figured our potato days, at least from those potatoes, were over. 

Much to our surprise this spring we noticed three potato starts coming up where the potatoes had been the year before. We carefully transplanted two to a better spot in the garden and waited. 


A couple of weeks ago we dug up our second even smaller crop of potatoes.


We didn't mess around this time and cut them right up and replanted them. With any luck next spring we will see a whole bed of potato starts begin to sprout. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The World Through Audrey's Lens

Before we bought our first DSLR four years ago we had a great little point and shoot camera. When we bought our "big camera" I hung on to that point and shoot thinking it might still be nice to have around.


Fast forward a couple of years and Audrey started asking for a camera. We looked at all of the "kid cameras" out there and were disappointed with most of the options, so in a complete gamble we decided to "give" the point and shoot to her. She was two. The likelihood that is got beat up or broken was high, but we were willing to give it a chance.


Now two years later the camera is still in great shape. Audrey takes the job of taking care of her camera very seriously. It has come on all of our trips with us and taken thousands of photos. Most are quite silly, but it is so entertaining to look through everything she deems worthy of a picture.



Tonight the memory card was full (again) so I took a minute to sit down and look through the photos as they were loading onto the computer. I know it is because she's my daughter and I'm looking at them all with a mom's eye, but I love every single one.


So I can't take any photo credit for the pictures above, they are all Audrey's straight out of the camera. Life according to a four year old.

I did take the picture below. A selfie of the two of us that her arm wasn't quite long enough for. A picture, that despite its blurriness and imperfections, I love.


Now the memory card is cleared, the battery has been recharged and I can't wait to see what the next round of pictures will be.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Grass!

We've got grass! Exciting, right?! 

Well probably not that exciting to anyone else, but it sure is to us. 

When we moved in a year and a half ago we didn't have any landscaping to speak of. We spent the beginning of last September (2013) working on getting our backyard ready to plant grass. We ended up planting the seed on Bryce's birthday. The grass grew in amazingly well. So well, in fact, that we decided we should shoot for the same time frame for the front and side yard this year. So this September most of our free time has been dedicated to getting our front and side yard ready for grass. 

We got a little delayed and ended up planting a few days after Bryce's birthday, but it doesn't seem to have hurt much. Here is our brand new, baby grass after just 10 days...



I find myself just staring at it. 

Obviously it has a lot more growing and filling in to do, but what a difference a little green makes. Here is what the front of the house has looked like, more or less, for the last 18 months... 


And this is what it looks like now...


With a little (ok, a lot) more landscaping, a real walkway up to the front door and a clean-up of all the extra tools and pipe laying around we might just have ourselves a real front yard someday. For now though, I'm just going to stare at our grass and enjoy the green.