Thursday, June 16, 2011


The teens attended a masquerade last night.  Unfortunately, they were in a rush to leave and I was only able to get these two quick snaps - not good ones, at that.

They did have a REALLY good time!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Jumping Bees

Well, jumping and bees, anyway.  We went to a friend's house after church today to learn more about beekeeping.  While we were there, the girls spotted their trampoline and the interest in the hives was lost.

IBoy was fitted out in an interesting get-up, to say the least!

An additional box is added to an existing hive.

Checking their production.

And jumping!

And jumping!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Doin' the job

THANK YOU, Mrs. Pygo - you are doing exactly what we brought you home for!

You'll have to excuse the bed heads - they couldn't wait to get outside with their new charges after rest time!  Unfortunately, these critters weren't "part of the family", like ours were when we had goats before.  They are more than somewhat resistant to relaxing and enjoying treats and petting.  We'll keep working on them!

This little girl finally calmed down enough that she wasn't straining against her collar.  Amazingly, Chicka stuck with her and I think they both enjoyed the interaction!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Addition to the Family x 3!!!!

Not what you were expecting, eh?  You have to agree that they are pretty darn cute, though!

We decided that with the price of gas, it just cost too much in fuel and time to mow the fields twice a week all through the summer.  So, we figured we would bring a few caprine friends back into our fold!  This group is a mom with her 3 month old twins; they are a pygora/nigerian dwarf cross.  

For the past few days they have been busily decimating the first field to everyone's delight!  We will have to wait for the next crop of kids to resume our milking routine.  We are all looking forward to fresh chevre cheese, caramel and ice cream treats as soon as possible.

Friday, June 3, 2011


Yup, that's my baby boy.  Why is it that your youngest child always retains the title of your baby?  He is no baby.  He is a mature, responsible, delightful young man who loves God.  He has so many plans for his future.  Son, I am so proud of the man you are becoming!

Dad went to observe him in action yesterday.  He and his classmates in Fire Science Academy are busy with the end of year culminating event in Astoria.

Basic Marine Fire Fighting is a two-day USCG-approved course that meets international standards and includes the theory of fire, fire prevention principles, fire detection systems, self-contained breathing apparatus, search, rescue emergency egress and live fire fighting. 

Thursday, June 2, 2011


One pose. One snap. "Are you happy with this one, Miss Zabi-Chu?" "Oh, yes!"
Ahem.  "This pose, Mom".

"Now this one, Mom."
"Mom, take a picture, Mom."

"This one, too, Mom."
"Mom, one more pose."

"ENOUGH, dear child!"

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

USCIS and new fabric

Dear Applicant/Petitioner:
Your USCIS application/petition has been received and routed to the National Benefit Center for processing. Within 7 - 10 days by standard mail you will receive your official Receipt Notice (Form I-797) with your Receipt Number . . . . .

That is the email that I woke up to!  Yipeeeeee - here we go!

Go where do you say?

Have you ever in your life seen a more perfect smile than this?

And to help getting to that tremendous smile, a new blanket and some additional fabric choices for blankets to choose from!

And here is the photographer of the day, Miss Zabi-Chu a'peekin' through!