Friday, June 19, 2009


Things have been busy around here, we're in full swing with the farmers market, picking and canning green beans, and just everything else that goes on around here. I got a batch of soap made yesterday as well, it's a new recipe that is scented with "White Amber & Ginger" and smells lovely!! It will be available here in a few weeks after it cures out.

All my baby goats are growing up so fast!! The older ones are so big now, the Boer bucklings probably being close to 90 pounds. I'm very pleased with this kid crop, looks like my Boer buck threw just what I wanted, they are so thick and muscular!

Reba and her two babies

The "Garden Workshop" kid

Me and some of my herd :)

Duffy and Dooley got hair cuts this week, poor Duffy had to get shaved, his hair was so long that he was getting very hot, so I figured he'd be more comfortable this way. :) I still think he's cute, but there's several in our family that don't care for his new "do!" He kept closing his eyes everytime I'd take a picture, because of the flash I guess while Dooley just had the perfect pose.

Dooley had to try riding Mercy's trike, Josh had him out there pushing him around on it and I had to get a picture!! :D

Anna took this cool picture of the sunset with a goat silhouetted against it, I thought it was pretty neat!!! She was wishing it was a cow instead of a goat though. :D

And then my 20th birthday is coming up on me fast, yikes!! My dear friend Danielle is flying in on Tuesday so she can help celebrate, we're all so excited to see her again!!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Back from Hot Springs!

And boy did we ever have a great time!! I know you all have seen pictures on my Mom's blog already...but hey, how about some more plus my version of the trip? :)

We left really early Tuesday morning, I was thinking we were leaving at 4:00 a.m. but then Elijah comes in and wakes me up at 2:30!! Earlier than I thought!! And you all know that I'm NOT a morning person!! :D However I did get up and we left at about 3:20. We ended up having two carsick little ones... :( never ceases to happen on all those curves through the mountains. Soon as we got there at about 9:30 a.m. though they were perfectly fine. :) Tuesday was definitely the hottest prettiest day, and we got right out onto the lake. I was determined to try knee boarding...was a bit nervous about it, but finally did and I really enjoyed it!! It was so fun trying to cut in and out and jump the waves. It's pretty hard on you though, lots of stress on your arms and back so I couldn't do it for very long. And that was the day that I got sunburned really bad on my fun at all. I don't burn easily at all so I'd never got it that bad and didn't realize how bad it hurt!

And then of course we did lots of tubing, the neighbor "Mr. Johnny" let us borrow a bunch of flotation devices (don't worry Dara, they were all pretty safe!) which were a lot of fun! I think everyone's favorite was "Mabel" which was a big chair type thing that you could sit up on and did it ever jump the waves!! Wow, you would fly up so high on that thing!! And when you went on the curves you had to hold on for dear life, or we did have plenty of wipe outs!! Poor Anna wiped out the most I think, it was pretty funny watching her wipe out, not to be mean, but you'd just have to be there to see what I'm talking about. :) Actually she liked to be pulled so fast and crazy on it, so that's why she'd wipe out so much. :D I got her to try knee boarding too, and I took the camera out on the boat to get pictures of her, she did really good!! Had a few crashes..but it happens.

Taking off!

This picture was blurry, but it was so funny!!

Yikes!! Just about to go!


This is "Mabel"

Getting Mom to go on "Mabel" was something else!! You all should have heard her screaming!! I think every picture we took her mouth was wide open!! Daniel drove nicely though, and she managed to get back to the dock all in one piece. Funnier though was when we took her on the boat while we were pulling Daniel and Anna on the tube, I think that scared her worse than being pulled!! She was majorly ready to be back on the dock by the time we were through, Caleb was almost in big time trouble for how fast he was driving.

Isn't she cute??

Thursday night we had a fish fry, and invited Mr. Johnny over as a thanks for letting us borrow all of his stuff. And then afterwards he took us for a ride on his pontoon boat, it was really neat especially after dark when everything was lighted up around the lake, so beautiful!

Caleb, Daniel, and Elijah all got really good at wakeboarding, they were jumping waves big time!! Really fun to watch them, I wasn't brave enough to try it though, I saw how many times they crashed...and yeah didn't look too fun. :D

By Friday I was pretty much worn out, and ended up with a bad headache all day so wasn't able to do a whole lot, oh well I think I made up for it with everything I did on the other days we were there. :)

The whole trip was a blast, we all had so much fun!! Thanks Paps and Shirley for having us!!