Monday, August 31, 2015

A Little Kindness Goes A Long Way

When we bought our property it was merely two undeveloped acres of pasture, beautiful pasture with an amazing view. Now three and a half years later a lot has changed. Through the process of adding a driveway, drilling wells (yes, plural, but that's a whole other story), building a house, adding fences, remaking pasture space, and s-l-o-w-l-y landscaping I've always been a bit curious as to what the neighbors are thinking. Did we ruin perfectly good pasture? Are they disgruntled another house is here? Do they like what we're doing? I'm sure it's not uncommon to be curious about this kind of thing. Especially when months at a time would go by when, from the road, it didn't look like any progress was being made and weeds were threatening to take over everything.

Which is why it was so refreshing to find a letter taped to our mailbox a couple of weeks ago.

A woman named Cecilia whom we've never met, but apparently lives around the corner from us and drives on our road daily, took the time to write the sweetest card. She said, "It is a joy to see your calfs (I call them Beef), sheep, and chickens. You take such good care of them."

The note was very kind and a really pleasant way to find out that people are happy we are here. It also made me really think about how a simple act, like writing a note, can go such a long way to make others feel good.

I've been reading a lot of news lately, thank you middle of the night nursing sessions, and man, are there a lot of sad things going on in the world right now. I can't help but think that if we were all a bit more like Cecilia and took the time to share some kindness the world might be just a little bit nicer.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Meet Ella

As it turns out it is just not possible for me to blog and be pregnant at the same time. Despite my best intentions, this little space was neglected during the last few months of my pregnancy. The last time that happened I was pregnant with Owen. Oh well, at least now I know that about myself.

But I am so excited to share that I'm not pregnant anymore and we have another beautiful little girl in our family. 

Ella June was born on July 29th. 

Needless to say, we are all quite smitten with her.

Friday, June 26, 2015

In Bloom

I've always considered myself a "morning person". I love the idea of waking up refreshed, grabbing a cup of tea/coffee/whatever, sitting on the porch and watching the world wake up. Although lately I've had a bit of a change of heart and realized that summer evenings might just be the perfect time of day around here. 

It usually hits just a little after dinner and before all the bedtime hoopla begins. By then the backyard is completely shaded and often a breeze has picked up carrying away the hot and sticky from the day. The kids seem to get a burst of energy (probably from having just been fed) and happily run circles around the backyard, chasing each other and laughing.

I also get a minute to walk (or waddle with my very pregnant belly) through the garden and flower beds picking off spent flowers, or sampling the gardens treats.

Last night I grabbed my camera while I walked around and was able to snap a few pictures of the color that is filling our backyard. We have been working on landscaping more of the beds around the house so it is so nice to be able to enjoy the color that all that work brings.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Popsicle Season

As I sit here it is gray and raining outside. I'm not complaining. As everyone will tell you, we desperately need the rain. Last week, however, was not gray and rainy, in fact it was pretty perfect weather in my book. Sunny, blue skies and about 70 degrees.

And other than spending as much time outside as possible, what else is there to do in perfect spring-like weather? Make popsicles, of course! We made our first batch of the year. They're strawberry-mango and while I've only stolen a bite here or there, everyone seems to agree they are pretty delicious.

Despite having a really mild winter this year, it still seemed to drag for me. I for one, am very excited we are back in popsicle season!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Big Sky Country

We recently got back from a 12 day road trip starting in Spokane, Washington and working our way from the northern part of Montana to the southwest and then back again to Washington. 

The whole point of the trip was to get the chance to spend time with my brother and his family, and two of our very good friends from Sacramento who both ended up in Montana. 

We logged nearly 1000 miles in the car, went through three states, slept in five different places and had two flights each way just to get to and from our starting point. 

This is the second time we've done this trip, the first was about a year and a half ago, and just like the first time it was a ton of fun. It didn't hurt that we love spending time with all three of the people we visited, something that due to distance we don't get to do nearly often enough. 

We even found some snow for the kids to play in.  

It is also obvious why they call Montana "Big Sky Country". Its seems a bit crazy to call the sky bigger in any one place, but really, it seems bigger. It is as if the sky there never ends.

Now we are back home and enjoying the very spring-like weather we have been having. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Think Pink

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We went in for the big 20 week anatomy ultrasound yesterday. Most importantly everything on baby #3 looks spot on and just how/where it should be. However, most excitingly we found out we are having another girl! We are all thrilled (we also would have been thrilled to find out it was a boy, we really didn't care... the joy of already having one of each). Audrey is over the moon as she had been really, really hoping for a sister to be her "twin".

This will be the first pregnancy for me where we haven't moved at some point. With Audrey we moved at 5 months, with Owen it was just a week before he was born. I'm excited to get started decorating her room and pulling out all of Audrey's old clothes knowing we will still be here when she is born. I'm sure plenty of oohing, aahing, and "can you believe you were ever so little?" will follow.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Spring Fever

We have had the first small hints of spring lately. Warmer weather, sunny afternoons, and spring bulbs are starting to make their appearance. It seems too early for all of this, especially when I read about the frigid temperatures in the rest of the country, but not one to complain about springs arrival we are making the most of it. Which means most of our time has been spent outside.

I've even had a chance to sneak into the garden a few times, mostly pulling the weeds that are threatening to take over. More exciting than pulling weeds though, I planted 36 asparagus plants and one rhubarb plant.

I found both bare root and decided to give them a try. From what I understand this year we won't be able to harvest any of the asparagus, I was told to let it sprout, go to seed, dry up, and then cut it back and that next year we will have our first crop. Considering asparagus is one of the most asked for vegetables around here (Audrey proclaims her love for her it every time we have it) my fingers are crossed this works. The rhubarb though should be good to go later this spring, just in time for strawberry rhubarb pie!

Otherwise, I am having to remind myself that it is still February and we have several more months ahead of us before we are in the clear from frozen overnight temperatures. This spring like weather has me wanting to plant the whole garden.

For now, I'll just have to be patient.