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Shearing Day

June 10th, 2015

Hi y'all,

That is my new way of talking these days.  Southern drawl.  I'm just that tired it seems easier to talk that way.  Surprise, surprise we had another crazy, busy week here on the ranch.  We kicked off Monday with track & field and spent 5 hours on the track. The kids jumped hurdles, ran, sprinted and everything else involved in track and field.  

On Wednesday we had the privilege to watch some sheep get their shearing on.  Yes, yes, ending in a preposition is weak and unacceptable.  My University Professor, Mr. Cockburn, would be uncapping his bold red pen at this point.  I loved that guy.  He definitely did not follow UNB rules and was not a sheep meaning he did not follow the herd.  He smoked pipes in his office, and used a typewriter; refusing to upgrade to a computer because it lacked human qualities.  He was a rugby coach and brought that same approach to class.  He was a tough love guy that made you work.  I digress...

So the sheep shearer lady wrangled those sheep like nobody's business.  She was like the sheep Ninja!  She whipped, flipped, those creatures like they were flapjacks .  I think the secret was in the flooring.  Pieces of plywood were laid down and acted like a sheep skating rink.  She made it look so easy.  I'm sure it wasn't and getting them back in the pen looked difficult.



Freshly shorn sheep
Diet Coke is for babies

Adorable farm hand
Fluffy & New

Cutting away the crud

That is all for this week.  The kiddos want to know what is next. How do you feel about real cheese curds a.k.a squeaky cheese? What does that mean mama?  That means you grab your nose pins, get in the car, buckle up and practice your Fran├žaise.     

Peace and serenity to all those mama's out there who had a rough and tumble busy week.  I will leave you with a special quote from my mother "You will have plenty of time to rest when you are 80 and stuck in your rocker."  By then I will be off my rocker!


Backyard Bird Love

May 11th, 2015

The weather is starting to cooperate and provide us with some sunny days.  We had a great week learning about several birds. What I love about these mini units is that all the kids can participate. There is something for everybody at some point.  I didn't research any special books for this one just simply grabbed 3 books about birds off the shelves at the library.  I just made sure they were Canadian content because that is our focus right now.  

My Uncle Norman had mailed my daughter some singing birds when she was two and they were a huge hit!  She is almost 10 and the birds are still singing.  The mechanism inside the bird is still going strong.  Unfortunately, Uncle Norman has passed but we still think of him often and are reminded of his presence while we play and sing with the birds.  

The younger kiddos painted their birds and the oldest just wanted to color.  You should really use card stock if you can especially, if you plan to paint.  Some birds received a brad to attach the large wing and some we just glued.  Google eyes are fun as well!

{Birds of a feather do flock together}

{Painted by 2 yr. old Mama did wings, legs}

{Kate's Cardinal}

Learn, Create, Love is where I have been hanging out these days. Go here to grab the link for all kinds of paper bird printables.  She also has a recent posting of lovely animals from the Savannah.   Easy crafts, simple instructions and they are super sweet.  

Next week we are planning the hummingbird.  I picked up humming bird feeders from dollar store and the kids can make their own recipe to fill the feeders.  Easy peasy lemon squeasy.

They really enjoy these singing birds from Wild Republic.  If you can't wait for shipping snail mail and you live in the Saint John area you can find these cuties at the NB Museum. *Update! Wild Republic is unable to accept international orders at this time.   




Turns out our 16 year old cat, Kiki, loves bird videos.  She lied on my shoulder and watched the birds and then when the squirrel made his appearance on the screen she went for the kill. 

Have a great weekend filled with blessings & love.


STELLAR {ton} Easter

Easter 2015

We had the privilege and honor of having another memorable Easter at the farm.  I wish everybody could do this!  We spent Easter with some fabulous friends at their family farmhouse.  We packed the kiddos and all the Easter paraphernalia and headed to Stellarton, Nova Scotia.  Actually, it was Riverton based on technicalities.

In previous years I took photos of the kids bottle feeding the lambs but this year I was too tired to take photos.  I regret it now of course but that is just the way it goes sometimes.

One night we helped clean the barn and let me tell you that is tough work!  I was shaking and quivering in parts that were unknown to my own body.  I'm sure it was only 30 minutes of hard labor but felt like I just finished a triathlon.  Despite the hot mess I found myself in it was breathtaking and no pun intended there.  Yes, it stunk but it was magical.  The radio was playing some fiddle style song and the sheep were bahhhing away and then the snow started to fall outside.  It felt just like Christmas eve.  We were getting things ready for a cow to have her baby and everything was peaceful and calm.  We laughed, perspired {pigs sweat, people perspire} and cried out in pain as our muscles were woken up from a long winter's nap.  Our friendship was also tested as some poo whizzed past my nose only millimeters from going in my mouth.  Never mind the pitch fork that was uncomfortably close to my forehead.  I was more concerned with the poo matter.  Good times to be had!  Would I do it again, yes, in a heartbeat.

Many sheep and I lost track on the names.  Approximately 13 lambs were born for the season.  Of course I didn't get their names either.  They were all adorable and super sweet.

The kiddos had fun Easter morning and of course they woke up super early.  Pretty exciting to wake up with friends and eat chocolate for breakfast.

Other years we were able to have the egg hunt outdoors but this year there was so much snow that they had to stay indoors. Bummer! But we had tons of fun and many memories were made over the 4 days we were there.

We were worried about our almost soon to be 2 year old and how he was going to behave in a strange place with lots of people.  I envisioned tantrums and sleepless nights.  After we got pulled over for speeding I started scoping out hotels in case we needed to tame the toddler.  No worries!  Our little guy was a champ!  He was in his glory!  He behaved pretty well and slept like daddy; snoring his way through the entire night.

Gilbert came for a visit.  thank you Ben for taking the time to share your sweet Gilbert with us. Adorbs!  This was a bonus for the kids.  A little rabbit to come and play.  The only thing missing from this Easter was some baby chicks.  Megan and Avery did try to keep some eggs from the barn in hopes of having babies but we put an end to that little party.  They thought if they kept the eggs in their pockets they could hatch them.             

{Farm Fresh Eggs From Happy Chickens}

{View from my bedroom window}

{Carla's mom made cupcake treats. Thank you Helen MacIntosh} 

{Vintage Suitcase Love}


A special shout out to Marion MacKay for letting us make some more awesome Easter memories. Thank you for sharing your space with a rowdy bunch. That couldn't have been easy but we sure appreciate the generosity.  I hope you turn some of those fabulous stories of yours into a beautiful book.   



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