Friday, April 18, 2014

A Month- Already?!?!

I can hardly believe that it has been over a month since our new little girl made her way into the world.

After a short and intense labor, the little Rosebud was born within minutes of the midwife's arrival.

She was born on a Sunday and I did total bed rest for an entire week. By the second week, we were all ready to get back into a more normal routine. With so many weeks of being sick and recovering from that, it feels like it has been far too long since "normal" happened. For the next 2 weeks, I managed the house and home school in the morning, and then rested the rest of the day. It's been a wonderful recovery for me. The baby is easy going and is happy to sleep 3-4 hours at a time at night.

The children are all smitten with her. When #5 met her, she was sleeping in her bassinet. Daddy was holding him, and he just looked at her for a bit. All of a sudden he must have realized what he was seeing because the biggest, sweetest, most delighted smile lit up his face. He spent the next few days trying to make sure she was taken care of. "Him can sleep in my bed." "Her can have my lunch" (Obviously he needs a bit of pronoun help, but no help with knowing his job as big brother!)

#6 needed a bit of reassurance the first week, but he's been fine with some extra snuggles and attention- none of which was hard to find in this house!

What fun to have a tiny baby girl!

Little boys with Baby Sister
"She's King hat" said #5

Friday, March 14, 2014

Baby projects

After a very long string of boys, the news of a girl was super exciting. Of course, that meant that lots of projects needed to be done!

Recovered bassinet for a *girl*

 Knit hat and sock set

Long tailed hat

embellished onsies for newborn

Vertebrae sweater
Not pictured is another sock and hat set to go with the above sweater in purple. I had to do something while I was sick in bed :)

I look forward to many many more knitting and sewing projects!!

People happenings

For a family that enjoys "just being" as opposed to "being busy", we really have been much busier than we normally are.

We had homeschool co-op every Friday, volleyball and Bible study with friends every Saturday, and each week usually brought another activity.

The end of January was the Rock and Mineral Show

The first week in February was our first historic dance (we had been going to dance practice every week, not to mention having all of the young ladies at my house sewing their costumes) What fun we all had!!

Girls with rag curls for the dance

#1 Dancing

#5 being a "weasel" 

#3 Dancing

#2 Dancing

Little boys

We went along with Daddy to Dallas for a speaking engagement and did a little shopping at Grapevine Mills Mall.

I took the 3 oldest to the Natural Science Museum in Houston.

We repainted the kitchen, dining room, and hallway .

I took #1 to see the Hobbit for her Birthday, and #2 enjoyed seeing it with Daddy for his "unbirthday"

We celebrated #4's 9th birthday.

We graduated to a big white van in anticipation of #7's arrival.

And then we got sick :(
A nasty cold swept through the house right before Baby Girl's arrival and even sent me to the hospital for the day- yuck!
While no one likes to be sick, it did slow us down and keep us home as we wait for our newest member to make her arrival.

 We're all on the mend now, and finishing up all of those projects that I didn't really think we would get to before Baby's arrival (like taxes and catching up the blog!), but each day goes pretty quickly since there is always something to do.


Our little homestead is always changing to meet our needs and goals. We've been here four years now, and no two years have ever looked remotely the same. Step by step, we keep improving and stepping up to the next level.

This chicken coop (or chicken palace, as I like to call it), was probably one of the most ambitious projects that we've ever done. Hubby worked many many months making it just perfect, and creating for us a complex rotational chicken yard.It is awesome!

Greenhouse- finished January 2014
 complete with shelving, a grow bed and a aquaponics tank.
 #3 was probably the biggest helper in this project.

Key-hole raised beds.
There are 4 of them now to the side of the greenhouse. We are using raised beds for our main growing space this year.

The 4 beds were completed the first week in March.

Under Daddy's leadership, the 3 oldest undertook their first year selling seeds. Last year, they grew out, harvested, and packaged our favorite seeds, and they sold them this winter/spring. Team Work! They did good, too- making a nice profit their first season.

We're all looking forward to a busy and productive spring!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Catching up

I can't believe it has been an entire year (plus) since I updated this blog! Life really does go by in a whirlwind. It is all too easy to neglect to reflect and remember, not to mention savor the moments- the very reason I began a blog to begin with!!

I'll attempt to give the Cliff's Notes on the past year.

-I made and mostly accoplished my goals in 2013.
-We are sucessfully growing our business.
-We made our first trip to Disney World as a family and had an absolute blast! My children have only seen a small handful of Disney movies, but the trip was every bit as "magical" as I dreamed it would be. (even if we did drop like flies with a tummy virus during the trip!)The next trip is already being anticipated!
-We had a local famer's market. We all participated, and the older children sold their own produce.
-My dad died.
-About 2 weeks upon arriving back home from his funeral, we found out we were expecting our 7th child. Wow!
-I spent the next 4 months just surviving as I had crazy "morning" and motion sickness. (so bad, I couldn't even swim for the whole year- the water waves made me sick!)
-before I could blink, it was time to start school and I had high schoolers- whoa.

Still plenty of time to snuggle with my little boys.

-We joined our local homeschool co-op and met lots of new people.
-We grew a great deal more of our food this year than in year's past. Every year we get better and better!
-Daddy and the older boys had a mini vacation in Arkansas and visited the mines for a few days. They had a great time.

-Our oldest daughter sold her dairy cow that we gave her for her 14th birthday and she raised from birth

-We celebrated our first Christmas in 11 years. We worked hard to make it a very family focused holiday, and had a wonderful time!

Of course, there was lots more- games, gardening, and a whirlwind of activities. Lots of laughs and a few cries. A year of a lot of effort placed on family and relationships, and that time is never wasted and doesn't come back void. 2013 was a good year, and the fruits of our efforts are evident.

Truly, I look forward to 2014 and all the moments that are to come!