9 chicks + 2 goats

Posted on November 3rd, 2018 by mountain girl  |  2 Comments »

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Our eggs hatched into nine chicks! They are a lot bigger than this now. I’m posting these older pics because little chicks are so much cuter than big ones.

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Soft and fuzzzzzzzy.

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Little did we know someone else was being born the same weekend our eggs hatched…

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someone even fuzzier than a chick. And the next weekend after that…

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We have goaaaaaaaats! Maaaaaa!

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Chia and Columbine are 5 and 6 weeks old now, and we bottle feed them 3x per day, starting at 5:30 am. We’ve had them for two weeks, and they’re part of the family now. They’re super cute and cuddly and SO bouncy, and they have the run of our farm. Which of course thrills the chickens.

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When we decided to get goats (five days before we actually got them) David took this stinky old shed and turned it into a goat barn.

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Here’s the new and improved version!

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He pulled down the walls and door and put in new ones, and added a 2-layer floor. Nice and cozy.

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We’ve got a milk herd on our minds, and these goaty little girls are just the beginning.

happy (very late) birthday, Cash

Posted on September 19th, 2018 by mountain girl  |  2 Comments »

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Somehow it’s the last half of September. Whaaaaaaaattt?

Since I last blogged, Cash and I both had birthdays in July, David went to NYC for two weeks in August, and the kids started school. Now we have a clutch of eggs ready to hatch, we just took a 4-day trip to Winston-Salem, and Hurricane Florence brushed by.

Meanwhile, I never posted any of it–I must have been too busy living it. :)

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I can’t cover all that, but the least I can do is give a shout out to our Cashy-Burger, who turned six on July 30. David set up a treasure hunt through the house and land that ended in the ’66 Mustang with a pile of presents. Later we had a crazy birthday cake made of shortcake filled with ice cream and topped with whipped cream, cookies and cherries. Courtesy of Mama Bear, of course.

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It’s hard to believe how that little snuggly burrito of only 6 years ago has become virtually an adult in a kid’s body. He’s sharp as a whip and reminds us of that all the time. He does math in his head, reads every road sign and restaurant name, pores over graphic novels written for teens. He plays the bad boy but has a heart of gold, and he can turn a mean southern accent on or off at the drop of a hat. He can also fart at will–inserting it punctually into any rap song he makes up–but we don’t consider that an asset.

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Here are a whole bunch of pictures that sum up Cashy-life. We love that boyoy.

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eleven years old

Posted on July 10th, 2018 by mountain girl  |  2 Comments »

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Happy birthday to my girl. I can’t believe you’re eleven, when it seems like you were just toddling around in your little red cowboy boots. You’ve grown into such a thoughtful, kind, and mature young woman. I love that you would rather have a container for your plant than a Barbie doll; that you enjoy reading books more than watching Disney princess movies, that you like jeans and t-shirts better than frills and bling. You’re smart and intuitive, you do your own thing and go your own way, and your friends just naturally follow you. Your Dadda and I are so proud of you, and so happy with who you’re becoming (and who you’ve always been). We love you, baby girl. Have a happy, happy birthday and a wonderful twelfth year!

wimbledon bound

Posted on June 16th, 2018 by mountain girl  |  1 Comment »

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Today we spent the morning practicing archery, and this afternoon David headed to the airport to catch a flight to London.

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Cashy and I made lemon glazed muffins Thursday, and we had an early Father’s Day celebration. Each day has been a little more bittersweet as today came closer, but it’s finally here and we sent him off with lots of love and kisses.

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This envelope message was Cash’s idea. He turned his heart into an apple. :)

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Happy Father’s Day to our Dadda. We love you and miss you so much already!

last day of school

Posted on June 8th, 2018 by mountain girl  |  1 Comment »

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Just a few pics of our kids today. We are so proud of them and love them so much! I just hope we still feel that way by the end of summer break;)

Cash had an amazing kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Mckee. She made the transition of switching schools in the middle of his kindergarten year so much better, and we’re so happy we had her and her awesome assistant, Mrs. Peace. That’s Cash’s bestie, Russ, getting a bear hug in the lunchroom.

Zia was called on stage several times at the awards ceremony this morning. She made the all-A’s Honor Roll, was recognized for her recorder accomplishments, and received the President’s Award Gold Certificate (signed by Mr. Trump himself) and pin. She was one of  only five students in the entire 4th grade to receive it! We’re so proud of her, especially after switching schools twice recently, including transitioning from Montessori to year-round public school to traditional public school. They weren’t easy transitions, but she is super self-motivated and pushed herself to excel.

And now she’s finished with elementary school (whaaa??) and will be starting middle school in August. I can’t believe that’s here already! And my baby will be a first grader. I’ll get off my tissue box now and get our summer vacation started!