Saturday, January 14, 2017

Game Day.

Having 4 kids on 3 different teams, who practice at different schools and play games at different schools...but all around the same time, is a lot of juggling. Today was their first games.

 Xan was up first. His team did really well...he really lucked out with an awesome team and coach.






































Jericho's games...wow hahaha. Nothing like 5 and 6 year olds playing basketball.









































Way to go Jericho!





































Hayden and Lily's team did OK, lost the first one but won the second.

















































Good games kids...and good sportsmanship, which may be even more important than winning. Okay the mom in me said that...the basketball fan didn't ;)





































Hayden of course was a beast and worked up quite the red and sweaty face...Lily not quite LOL.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Cute lil farmers, and ugly farm tasks.

Before I get to the cute lil farmer...I will warn everyone about the ugly farm task. Today was our first attempt to harvest a couple of our meat rabbits. There are pics down below, if you don't want to see them stop after Lily's pictures.

Miss Bug modeled the dress she got for Christmas from her Auntie Stacie...and froze her patootie off.




We switched Heartbreaker back for Hooch...I hope Heidi and Lulu will have Heartbreaker babies this summer! Jason forgot his sunglasses...snowy wet roads are glaringly bright. Hayden shared with Dad LOL.





































OK so bunny time. I am the biggest animal lover, never been hunting...never could kill a mouse in a trap...but living out here and doing the farm thing really gives me a whole different perspective. I still haven't done anything with my own two hands, Jason did it all...but I am hoping one day I can. We really are animal lovers, but do understand that meat is from animals. We take solace in the fact that every day of their lives they are well cared for, and treated with kindness and respect. This was our first attempt at processing any type of animal. Some parts went better than expected...like minimal tears from me and Hayden (she was the only one that wanted to watch). I did learn a couple valuable lessons.
 1- It always looks so easy on YouTube.
 2- Try not to wait until 7-8 months old...they are more attached to their skin, literally, the older they are.
 3- Proper tools really do make the job go more smoothly.

 We got through two today...good journey Aquaman and Oreo, thank you. Farm Life is an amazing up close view of the circle of life...it really is. There are a number of ways to dispatch..these two being our first time neither Jason or I felt we could be hands on (a lot of breeders like to break the neck)...so he shot them in the head with a .22 they were killed instantly and humanely...they were enjoying some banana peel.

Before you decide to judge us let me ask...are you a vegetarian? If not, someone is doing this to animals so you can eat them. Most of those animals are raised and killed in pretty ugly situations. I prefer this way myself.







































We have some fine tuning to do to make this go better..and faster. The meat needs to be rested for a couple days, then will give it a try, I have never eaten rabbit before. We will also give some to our dog and our pigs. The pelts will get used as well. I have to learn about tanning...so I will start small, maybe make some bootie inserts to go in slippers, a hat...what I really want is a big blanket. FYI I am not a fur person, I don't own any...but to make use of the whole animal and not waste anything, I will use it to make something. We really believe in raising our own food as much as possible with our limited space and knowledge. Our animals are loved, cared for, and generally treated better than those you find at the grocery store ever were.








































Really Kitsune? This kitten watched you nurse on your blanket once..two days ago, and now she does it too. Willow loves Kitsune...this was the first time Kitsune let her lay beside her, probably because she was preoccupied with nursing on her woobie.

Didn't even watch long.





































Willow was obviously paying attention. She has been with us for 4 weeks now, never once did this until today. Dang dog, now I will find even more wet spots on the blankets.

Weirdos.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Diamond snow.

Another snow day off school. It is so beautiful up here. I love my home. I tried to capture how sparkly our snow is...when you look outside it looks like diamonds are mixed in with the snow.


Kitsune is so silly. She loves the snow...she would happily "catch" snowballs all day.





The trio had their first bball practices. Xan got on a great team, very serious...and pretty skilled. Hayden and Lily's team is great for newbie Lily...I'm hoping they will rise up to Hayden's need for serious bballing...she is a bit upset that she isn't on the same team as Xander.





































Hayden is so competitive, like you look up the word in the dictionary you will see a picture of Hayden LOL. There were 4 girls on Hayden's new team, including Hayden, that seem to be serious and know anything about basketball. Xander's team is like swat level. She was pretty much in tears. I just told her she can help bring the other girls up, help teach them. Her coach seems pretty serious so hopefully things will get better quickly.