Saturday, March 31, 2012

New editions to One Blessed Acre

Yesterday we picked up six new baby chicks from the feed
store in town.  They are Rhode Island Reds.  The feed store was completely sold out of
Buff Orphingtons which was our first choice, but these ones are pretty cute
so everyone is okay with these six.  We haven't had baby chicks for over a year and I truly
forgot how loud they peep.

All little hands got to hold one before they got put in the chick nursery in our garage.
They are all toasty warm in their new home, while outside we've been having
some of the worst storms;  rain and wind so hard it rattles the windows.

Our older ladies, gentlemen and two ducks are not enjoying the excessive
water in the back coop area.  It seems that the minute I let them out, the rain
begins again and they have to retreat back inside the coop.  All of us on the farm are wondering
when the sunshine is planning on coming out.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

:: Right now. . .

Right now, I am...
:: watching "Love it or List it" and I've decided they should love it.
:: enjoying using my new laptop, my birthday present from the General Manager.

:: working on lessons plans for the week. . . we are in the midst of studying the Civil War.

:: feeling so blessed that I have such a wonderful family . . . my birthday was very special.
Ten Vegetables to Grow in Shade   1.Salad Greens, such as leaf lettuce, arugula, endive, cress, and radicchio   2.Broccoli   3.Cauliflower   4.Peas   5.Beets   6.Brussels Sprouts   7.Radishes   8.Swiss Chard   9.Leafy Greens, such as collards, mustard greens, spinach, and kale   10.Beans
:: harvesting, our fresh lettuce, spinach and chard from the cold frame that produced all winter long.
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:: waiting for our baby chicks to arrive next weekend

:: sneaking sewing moments with our rainy, cold days has been easy these days.  I love these new dishcloths.

:: enjoying homemade granola

:: planning our  trip to my mother's house next month.  I've been told that we can swim in the pool at the hotel. . here's hoping that the weather is warm because the pool is outdoors.
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:: thinking that I need to start my seedlings soon.

:: grateful for  homeschooling moments like these.  A fun afternoon of looking at the relative size of each planet.

:: trying many meatless meals.  This vegetable stew was very yummy over rice, just not a favorite of the kids.

:: anticipating our trip to Palmdale this summer for our oldest daughter's wedding.  I'm looking forward to the festivities,but trying to find a dress has been a challenge 
:: learning about "whole foods" and how to feed my family better, more nutritious foods. .  . it is all new to me - I have so much to learn and change in our diet, it is mind boggling.
:: wanting to add Feeding the Whole Family to my amazon book list
:: feeling grateful, waking up to a snuggly boy and the snow covered hills behind our home.  Sometimes I truly miss our snow filled days when we were living in the Midwest.
:: wondering what God has in store for the rest of this year for our family.

:: hoping your day is a lovely one, friends.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Another birthday girl

March tends to be a busy birthday month for our family, but it is always fun working through the month with a birthday in each week.  Last week we had Lindsay's birthday and today we celebrate Hannah's ninth birthday.  We were remembering this week on our car ride home from Crescent City that my car is as old as Hannah because we bought it right before she was born.

Hannah takes after her father about 85% of the time and the remaining 15% I can attribute to my genes.  As a baby she was so picky and wouldn't take a bottle at all - she only wanted momma time.  As a toddler, she was a stubborn girl, often exclaiming, "Hannah do it" for many tasks she tried to complete.  And if you tried to help her, look out, she continued to tell you that "Hannah do it," until you got the picture.

Her big brown eyes melt even the strongest of wills, especially her father's, whenever she wants something to go her way.

She loves each one of her sisters and especially her brother, but she has a kindred spirit for Lindsay as they are often mistaken for twins because of their closeness.  If one is seperated from the other, the other has no idea what to do with herself.

She justs makes me smile everytime I'm around her and she is growing into such a wonderful young lady.  I love when she cooks with me in the evening or makes brownies now without any help.

Happy Birthday Hannah!
We love you so very much.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Another year older

Where did the time go?

I kissed her toes when she was a baby. .

I made sure Barney was there to snuggle with her at bedtime. .

Her eyes sparkled the summer we spent on the beach in Massachussets. .

I have watched her twirl around and around catching bubbles

I love seeing how many freckles adorn her cute button nose

and each year she just keeps getting more and more cuter. 

Happy 7th Birthday Lindsay!

We love you very much.