Just a few pictures of today and what we did. We don’t have pictures of everything we did, but here are a few for you to enjoy 🙂 The younger girls took most of these pictures, I think. They’re getting good at photography 🙂
We have been enjoying wonderful spring-like weather at 50 to 60 degrees! Just a jacket (or no jacket like today) is wonderful 🙂 Spring weather must put cleaning energy in us because we have been cleaning up the barn and outside!
The start of the day…
I love it that our sunroom faces east so it is very light and sunny in the morning (as well as all day) and we can see the sun rise from our dining room table 🙂
A long-time “game”, or rather a way to drive around when you are too small to fit inside.
I can remember Cassia and I doing it years ago. It is hard on the stomach and knees, but there was some “thrill” to it that kept us going 😀
Want to get there faster? Pick the car up. Simple. Makes it easier on the back 🙂
Jessica and I sew weighted hoodies for Sensory Critters and have several on-going jokes about them. Each hood has a pocket sewn along the curve seam which is difficult to sew. So to get the curve right without puckers, lots of pins are required! I use as few as possible and Jessica uses as many as possible (or so it seems) 🙂 So when I put in my nine pins I always show her and when she puts in her fourteen plus pins she is sure to show me 😀 Another joke is when we sew in the logo and size tags. The directions say to sew it 6/8″ from each edge of the pocket. So I have always sewn it at 6/8″ without even thinking that it is also 3/4″ 🙂 She pointed out later that it was also 3/4″ making it a bit simpler when using a measuring tape. We always say out loud “3/4 inches!!” or “6/8 inches” just to get each other going 🙂
A picture of a few of her many pins 😀
Last Saturday we cleaned out the biggest goat pen. Today we cleaned out two small goat kidding pens, a large area in the back of the barn that the cats seem to think is their personal bathroom, and the chicken house. Back breaking work, but looks/is very nice afterward!
Speaking of chickens, have you ever seen a weasel?
We found out that they kill chickens, are rare to catch and are rarely seen, hiss and scream. Maybe screech is a better way to describe it…either way, it’s loud! They’re very interesting! This rascal killed 14 of our laying hens last week. Not that they were laying lots of eggs or anything, but he didn’t have to do that! He left one lonely chicken (can be seen on the right side of this picture 🙂 ) that didn’t know what to do without her friends. We had 24 more layers in the loft of the barn that we are raising that just moved to the weasel-proof chicken house 🙂 Hopefully we’ll be getting eggs from them in a couple of months. So poor lonely black chicken now has lots of brown friends 🙂
Watching the boys play outside is fun! 🙂 Daddy gave them an old tool box of his with tools he doesn’t use anymore and told them they could use any wood from a certain pile of scrap wood. So they asked Daddy to cut several boards for them and they built a “Noah’s Ark” 😀 Modeled after one of their many Noah’s Ark toys 🙂 Notice the flag on top and the nail sticking out of that? That (the nail), according to Noah, is a light that blinks so airplanes won’t run into it 😀
A common sight in the garage. Everyone just walks right out of their shoes and into the house! Sometimes a jacket and hat will accompany the shoes and it looks like the person just disapeared right then and there leaving outdoor wear there 🙂
The is a jar of grape juice that we canned right before we left for our East trip last fall…it says “Can’t wait till we go out East!” We just opened it the other day. 😀
Something funny to leave you with:
We got something in the mail from Answers In Genesis of the Ark Encounter update. How much money they have and need, when it’ll be open, etc. So the littles started talking about how old they’ll be when it opens in Spring 2014. (something that happens often…you’ll be such-and-such old when such-and-such happens!)
A conversation between Bekah and Charissa:
“Anna will be 16! Susannah will be 22! Leah will be 25! And Jessica will be married!”
“How do you know Jessica will be married?”
“Cause she’ll be old enough!”
“Well, Mark Cahill (we went to hear him speak last spring and fall) is 40-something and he’s not married so she doesn’t have to be married!”
“Noah! Noah! When you’re 9, you will go in a real ark and it will be a flood!!”
Ummm…not really 😀
Check out the Ark Encounter if you haven’t already. It looks like something definitely worth seeing and donating to! So is the Creation Museum if you haven’t seen it yet 🙂 We went to see it in summer of 2009.
I want to go back and ride the camel 😀