Saturday, February 15, 2014

Birthday Girl!

 My baby is NINE!  That is a crazy thought to me.  It seems like yesterday that I was still packing bags full of sippie cups and diapers.  But, the reality is those days are gone.  These days are, instead, filled with silly, little girl giggles and more grown up questions; with dancing to the radio and formal dance classes; with playing with American Girl dolls and then reading the accompanying storybooks.  These days are filled with things steadily changing, but happiness being the common theme.

I have honestly searched high and low to find my girl a real pig for her birthday, but I've been unsuccessful in finding one so far.  I've explained that she'll have to wait a little longer and she's okay with that.  There was no talking her out of this piggy cake though.  :-D

 Happy Birthday, my sweet girl.  You are LOVED!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Homestead Dreaming...of Pigs Mostly.

We've been talking more and more about getting back to raising more chickens (I miss my eggs!) and possibly adding in some pigs this time. We're also planning a much bigger garden this year and thoughts of being as self-reliant as I can be are pretty much what I'm obsessing about these days. So, it seems, the idea has rubbed off on my kids. Claire is begging for a pig of her own. Not one that we'll turn into bacon, but for her very own pet.

During the time we were camping in January, we made a visit to a little farm nearby. I wanted her to see the animals, especially the pigs. I wanted her to see that a farm isn't easy work, but lots of hard work and a responsibility. Here are some of the photos I snapped with my phone during this visit on an absolute bitterly cold afternoon.

Claire went on this visit being the most interested to see how things were done, but Emma was the one who dove in for all the hands-on opportunities.  She loves animals of every kind and can never keep her hands off them.

We just watched most of the animals, some were just plain funny.  Others were lazily grazing in the pasture, and baby goats were frolicking around like it wasn't freezing out there!

Then there were the pigs.  Claire's favorite even though we couldn't get our hands on them.  They were adorable to watch.

She's still determined for a pig of her own.  Her birthday is soon and I'm honestly on the lookout for one.  Not a bacon-y one, but a mini-pot-bellied type of one.

A pink one, with spots.

Oh my.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Snow Days!

 Percy seemed to be asking the same thing we all were, "What's with all this cold weather?!"

This has been, by far, the coldest winter we've had in quite a long time.  We almost never see any sort of white stuff this far to the south, but happily we had a few days of it this year!  I was glad the kids were able to experience it.

My brother couldn't resist bringing his four wheeler over to pull the kids around on a sled.  They had a BLAST!  

It has been a winter to remember, that's for sure.  I've enjoyed every freezing minute of it!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Animal Girl

 My Emma is a lover of animals.  I mean, she lives and breathes them, every moment of every day.  She never shies away from even the dirty jobs of cleaning cages and  refilling food and water bowls. 

She also insists on very frequent visits to the pet store to look at birds just like the ones she has in her room and to hold the little hamsters and gerbils that she hasn't been able to talk me into yet.  She adores the ferrets even though I stand by a firm "no" on that one.

We started with one guinea pig last September and that very quickly escalated to having three.  It's all part of homeschooling, right?  (I'm very behind on introducing all of our new additions here on my blog.  I'll have to remedy that very soon!)  The notion of also getting a rabbit crossed their minds fairly quickly after we got the guinea pigs settled and I also said no to getting a rabbit.  That was - until I took the girls for a visit to the pet store and couldn't resist that sweet white bunny face staring back at me.  Now we have a bunny, too.  Not the one pictured above, that is just a sweet little bunny who was tempting me on our last trip to the pet store.  However, those three faces down below?  Yep, they're ours.  What can I say?  I'm as addicted to the sweetness of guinea pigs as my girls are.