The Universe Speaks Again

When we got Mali Moo, we thought our next cow would be her calf (which is due in March).  We had no idea that the universe had other plans for us…but when the universe presents us with opportunities, we try to just go with it.  And so far, that plan has been working for us!

So when the universe said “Hey, want another cow?!,” we quickly agreed and brought home a playmate for Mali.
IMG_4377Gracie is 7 years old and is a Guernsey like Mali.  They have spent some time getting to know each other and are learning to share their hay and grass.  Gracie calved in November so as soon as we got her we had to dive right into milking!  We milk Gracie each night, and all of us have taken turns, even the kiddos!
IMG_4394We tried milking by hand a couple of times, but since Gracie is used to a machine (and that machine is super quick!) we’ve resorted to using the milk machine for her.  Once Mali calves we’ll probably hand milk her since she’s never been exposed to the machine.

Gracie is very friendly and likes to look at us through the window.  She calls out to us and loves when we give her attention.  Sometimes, she does tricks without even realizing it!
IMG_4383It’s like she’s saying, “Hey!  Check out the size of my udder!”

On her first milking with us, Gracie was kind enough to offer up close to 2 gallons of milk!  What a good girl!


Ski Vacation 2014

I can’t believe we are at the end of January and so far this year I’ve managed to post zero entries here.  I am making a personal goal to get back in to the swing of things and post more regularly.

For now, please enjoy some photos of our annual ski trip!  The kids had a couple days off from school so we headed back to the slopes.  We’ve gone to the same resort for the past 3 years.  Everything is so convenient.  We are all fairly comfortable with the slopes.  And it’s just such a beautiful place!  Last year it snowed like crazy and was brutally cold…this year, the skies remained clear (bad when you need new snow) and the temps were pretty moderate.
IMG_4356Jessa and I got forced a little braver and made it to The Summit (black diamond) with the boys.  The Summit is the highest peak at this resort at over 10,000 ft.  How we made it down, I’ll never know.  Probably should’ve recorded that.
IMG_4350Smores are a nice warm treat after a day of skiing.  This type of activity brings on a whole new level of tired!!
IMG_4369Here’s a look at last year’s picture…look how much Jessa and Joel have grown!
IMG_2637When we returned home last year, we dove right in to a kitchen renovation.  We weren’t far from that this year.  Last weekend we began the addition of built-in cabinets in the dining area.  More to come soon!


Merry Christmas This Year

How quickly time flies these days.  We just had Thanksgiving, which I never posted about, and now Christmas has come and gone.  I figured I’d better get something on here about that before we head into 2014.

We made a trip to a nearby Christmas tree farm to pick out our tree this year.  You can cut your own tree which is really unusual for Florida but we opted for one that was already prepped and ready to go.  It’s a Scotch pine and very pretty, but the needles which seem to prefer the floor to the branches of the tree, are long and very sharp!
photo 2Mini was intrigued by all things Christmas tree, especially the lights…
IMG_3958Once we got the lights on the tree, the kids had fun filling it with all the decorations.  The finished product looks great!
IMG_3997Little Miss Crafty helped make some Christmas decorations…Christmas ornament garland.
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photo 3Christmas day was fun-filled and very exciting for everyone.  Just look at these faces…
IMG_4020The rest of the day was spent exploring all the great gifts we received.  Since we had a nice Christmas dinner on Christmas eve, we had a delicious quiche for breakfast which I will definitely post the recipe for very soon.  With all the eggs we get from our little chickens it’s nice to find an egg dish everyone likes!
IMG_4002Merry Christmas from the Fetch Ranch!