Monday, March 2, 2015

New Year Means New Beginings

Hello All and Welcome to 2015 :) 

When I think of the new year I always think of the upcoming spring and all the new things that will come with it. Goat babies, chicks and baby Turkeys are some of my favorites. This year will see some new upgrades to our farming set up with help from the USDA NRCS EQUIP program. They are helping us to insure that as we grow we do it in a way that is both good for us and good for the environment. We have already started by putting up a bat house and some bird houses. Next we will be putting up a large high tunnel. 



January ushered in the new year with warmer than usual temps for our annual funky flames bonfire. We only had about two weeks of really cold temps.

Lisa likes to put hair in front of her face while playing outside so she can make ice crystals on it with her breath.

Flying kites outside in the snow.

I love doing Art with the kids. Here is my Blue Rover and my 3 Bears Porridge Bowls.

Rover Livestock Guardian Dog by day warm fluffy pillow by night. 


Other than Birthdays the highlight of our February was getting watch our friend and neighbor Brent Sass WIN the 2015 Yukon Quest 1000 mile sled dog race. You can check out Brent and his amazing dogs at

The boys had their birthday and turned 6. This year we made a trip to Fairbanks just before their birthdays and they picked out a cake from Sam's club. Then we added Monster trucks for Oak and Cowboys for Wyatt.

Boys Cake

Eating birthday pancakes

New shirts and sweaters from Nonie

Coon hats and Bowie knives from Grandma and Grand Pappy
Lisa had her birthday and turned 8. Man how time flies my sweet little baby girl is now a young lady.

 Lisa wanted a vanilla cake with Cherry frosting. It was interesting trying to make the cherry frosting green to go with the horses that she wanted lol... It's one of my classic ugly cakes and some of the horses looked like they were sinking in the mud.
Lisa's Cake
The animals are all doing good this winter enjoying the warmer temps. Even the chickens will venture outside when it gets above 10*f.

We didn't breed Petunia this year only Lilly and Iris. This will be Lilly's 3rd freshening and Iris' 1st.
Petunia and Lilly
 Iris was more interested in getting some cuddling than getting her picture taken. She's definitely a mama's goat.
 Rover is doing really great with his goat girls. He is never far from them during the day.
Iris and Rover
 Rover says what mom I thought you wanted me to get into everything I could find and tear it up on the back porch. The goats were playing on the porch I wanted to play too. 
We all got the flu bug that's been going around after a trip to Fairbanks to get our taxes done. Luckily Ken seems to have been spared but it hit the kids and I really hard. At least it waited until after their birthdays.

Cuddled on the couch watching a movie
The last day of the month brought a nice snow storm with around 4+ inches of fresh powder.


 So far March has brought some beautiful Sunny days! We're on the upswing from this flu bug but still stuffy and coughing a lot. Our favorite musher Brent Sass of Wild and Free Mushing will be taking on the Iditarod this month and we are looking forward to cheering him along the way. This year they had to re-route the race and it will be comming through Manley Hot Springs. I'm hoping to work at the checkpoint.

Lisa helped her Aunti Becca design this Let Love Grow hat. You can find the pattern at and see her other pre made hats and patterns at The kids love getting new hats from Aunti Becca and like to use the animal hats to play make believe. 

NOW Let me tell you about my newest venture. Those of you that have been following me for a while know that I am not one to try to sell things on my page. My page is for information and keeping in touch with friends and family. I sometimes post cool stuff that my sister makes because she is just awesome and her stuff is awesome like the above hat. 

I have signed up as a Le-Vel THRIVE promoter. I'm currently doing the 8 week THRIVE experience. 1st let me explain why I have decided to THRIVE. I don't talk about this much because I don't want to use it as an excuse but I have Fibromyalgia. I was diagnosed about 12 years ago, but have been suffering from it my entire life. To be honest I don't remember a time even when I was little were I didn't have the chronic pain and fatigue. I started seeing a chiropractor and going to physical therapy for a deformity in my right ankle (that I was born with) when I was in high school. Before that we had tried things like orthodics and I was in casts as a baby. The issue with my ankle affects the entire alignment of my skeleton which adds to the chronic pain especially in my back. I have tried MANY prescription drugs that they are now using to treat Fibromyalgia as well as many over the counter supplements. Nothing has ever worked for me. When I started looking into THRIVE which was recommended to me by a friend, I was amazed at all the people with Fibro that were getting great results with THRIVE. Not just feeling better, but sleeping better, having sustained energy and having their Fibro Fog lifted. For me after trying so many things this is a welcome option as it is natural raw vitamins, minerals and probiotics that work with your body and help your body to function as it was meant to. 

As I go along on my THRIVE experience I hope to post updates as to how it is working for me and hope that maybe some of you would join me. I should also mention that I'm not going on this journey alone. Ken and I will be THRIVE ing together.

1 Corinthians 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. 
Blessings to you all in this beautiful new year,


1 comment:

  1. Wonderful post and Scripture verse at the end, and your photos and header are beautiful.