For those of you who were beginning to think that we had fallen off the face of the earth....this post is for you. We have just simply been really, really busy! Below are some pictures that were taken over the past month or so. It will show you a little of what we've been up to! I was hoping to be able to squeeze them into one big post, but as I started uploading photos, I realized that I'd better break it into a few posts...so here is the first. Hope you enjoy!
Kidding season is just beginning to slow down. We have four does left to kid, one of them being a for-sure and the other three being maybes! This is the longest kidding season we've had yet, with no real break in between kidding. We have been bottle-feeding non-stop since January. But as tiring as it is, it is our favorite time of year. I mean, come on...how could you not fall in love with a face like hers.....?
They are all so cute and sweet and if we could we would keep all of them!
These are some of the doeling born in the first group this year. We were trying to be inconspicuous in taking their pictures, because see what happens when they spot you....
Wonder what this little guy found so fascinating?
In the midst of all the busyness of life, my grandparents found time to replace our kitchen flooring! They used to lay flooring before they retired and were the best around, so when they graciously volunteered to replace ours, we were overjoyed!
They did a wonderful job! Aren't they the best!
(Gram is having knee surgery in a few weeks and will be rehabilitating for a few months after that. We have been praying for a safe surgery and a speedy recovery!)
Our brother cats...Pecos and Chito. Something happened to our Chito; he just disappeared one day and we haven't seen him since. We have a feral cat roaming around our woods right now and we've seen him try to attack our grandparents cat, so our suspicions are that he got our Chito. For Savannah's birthday gift, Mom and Dad let her pick out two new kittens. They are pretty cute. I'll have to post pictures of them soon!
After we finished up milking one evening, there was a full moon coming up, so I grabbed the camera and waited!
...and I wound up with this photo!
"When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?"
Gram and I are usually the two milking, but since her knee has really been bothering her, we had to have a fill-in! Noah! He has been a really big help and we appreciate his willingness to learn! He did a great job!
Mom brought the camera out to the milking room the other day to get a few shots of what goes on out there.
Noah and I milking out the does.
It's a patience building job!
This is the front of the stanchion. Hi, girls!
After milking, we take the milk and pour it into a strainer.
From there it either gets jugged up or pasteurized where it is then made into cheese.
Wrainy, our Great-Pyrenees watch dog!
The rose bushes have been in full bloom.
Dad at one of his markets.
As a side job, we also clean pools and ponds. Here are Ethan, Dad and I on a few jobs.
I hate frogs, and Ethan gets quite a kick out of it...but honestly, can anyone think of one good reason for frogs??? Anyone???
Dad, hard at work.
This is another pond we cleaned. Here, Ethan and Dad are catching the fish. I told them they look like "Swamp Men"!
Dad is surveying over our work at the end.
So that's my first post. Stay tuned to see pictures of our Church Heritage Day, farmer's markets, and kitties!