Thursday, December 27, 2012


The Hammond Family
The Yuck Family

The "New/Junior" Yuck Family


More Pictures of Victoria (Part 3)!!!

Victoria became the centerpiece for our Christmas Eve dinner!  We had to turn the basket to face the other half of the table midway through dinner so that the rest of the family could see her face!

Sweet lil' angel!

Proud Daddy and Mommy!

Mommy and Baby 

More Pictures of Victoria (Part 2)!!!

Precious Victoria
 Don't you just want to hold her!?!

Uncle Ethan and Victoria
(We have not yet gotten a picture of Uncle Noah with Victoria,
because he has a little cold right now, but we should get one soon!)

Grampa Paul with Victoria

More Pictures of Victoria (Part 1)

Daddy and Victoria

 Nana and Victoria
 Papa and Victoria

Auntie Savannah (Auntie Vanna) and Victoria

And of course, because she is a Christmas baby,.....
the traditional "Stocking Photo"!

And because I'm the new beaming aunt
who can't decide which ones to put on here,
you'll see quite a few of these shots!!!

Victoria and Auntie Kelsey (Me)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Victoria Providence Rae Yuck!!!!

I would like to introduce you all to the newest member of our family, our granddaughter and niece, Victoria, born December 23rd, 2012!  She weighed in at 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and measured 21 inches long!  She is a beautiful baby girl and we are all praising the LORD for her!  Mama (Jordan), Daddy (Caleb) and baby are all doing well!  She is the best Christmas gift any of us could have ever asked for!!


Stay tuned for more pictures!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Ethan's Turning 14!

Today was Ethan's 14 birthday!!! 

Preparing myself and my surroundings
so that I will achieve the greatest efficiency
"Let all things be done decently and in order."
-1 Corinthians 14:40
Ethan, you are becoming a responsible young man!  You are willing to tackle any project and have such ongoing energy that we wish we could bottle it up and take a daily dose of it ourselves!  You are both creative and resourceful.  We are thankful for the huge help you have been and continue to be around the farm and with Dad at work.  You are a quick learner!  We are so thankful to the LORD for you, and are looking forward to many, many more wonderful years with you as you become the man that the Lord would have you to be!  We love you so much!

Happy 14th Birthday Ethan!!!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Christmas Tree Traditions

Every year, on the day after Thanksgiving, we head out to the Tom Sawyer Christmas Tree Farm and pick out a Christmas tree.  It was quite a warm day, so it was a little hard to get into the Christmas spirit!  But it was a lot of fun, even if it was almost T-shirt weather!

Us girls found this unusual looking tree, so we stopped to take a picture of it.  Don't worry, that's not the one we picked!

 Here's our tree!  We decided to go with a little bit smaller tree this year, due to the fact that we will be heading up to Canada, but we all thought this one was quite cute!  We have vaulted ceilings in the living room, so we normally get a big one, but this one looks so nice in the living room that we might just go with this size from now on!  It was a whole lot easier to decorate.  We only needed one strand of lights!

Fully decorated!  It always looks smaller out on the tree lot, but once we got it home we figured it has to be about 7 feet tall!  We didn't need the ladder to put the bow on the top this year!  While we were decorating the tree, we pulled out the Christmas music.  It's also a tradition in our house that wetry not to listen to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving.   

To end the evening, we always order in Dominoes pizza.  This year, we broke tradition just slightly and went with Pizza Hut! 
 Hmmm. hmmm good!

Butchering Chickens

Waaaayyyyy back at the beginning of November, we processed our meat chickens.  I know, I know, I am terribly late with this post, but....better late than never.
NOTE: For those of you blog readers with weak stomachs, you may want to skip this post. 
We had some people from church come over and learn how to process chickens with us and they were good helpers.

Dad scalding the dead birds.  Scalding the chickens in boiling water helps the feathers come off easier.  If the water is off by 5 degrees, the feathers are hard to pluck, so this is a very important step.

Cleaning out the insides 

Rinsing the chickens off and making sure that everything is cleaned out of the cavity.

Working together
We started at about 10:00 and finished up at about 1:00, butchering about 47 chickens, so we made pretty good time!  As the saying goes, "Many hands make light work".