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2014 Wrap-up (Prt 1)

Note: I have been working on this post for a month and a half. No joke. Between school, business, travel, sickness and poor Internet connection, it has seemed to take “forever” to get this much accomplished. No wonder I’m not much of a consistent blogger! This post was going to be all of 2014…and then the first half of 2014. But, as you will see, June is not included. Oh well. Close enough for me at this point. It will just have to be included in the second half of 2014. Hope you enjoy what there is and I’ll do my best to hurry with the rest.

Again, the days…the weeks…the months slipped by. Blogging just isn’t high on my priority list when we are busy living life. But, I do want to preserve a little of it the best I can. I gave up trying to scrapbook a long time ago and, instead of a “diary”, I keep a daily “calendar.” My next best attempt is to summarize our happenings here. I used to do it monthly…that’s still my goal…for now this will have to suffice. Without further ado, here is a summary of 2014.


Pretty slow and uneventful after the holidays.

23rd – My bday.


5th – Oldest moved out. Will be staying with friends and looking for a job where there are better opportunities.

8th – Butchered and ate our first home-raised rooster! He was big and meaty and tasty! Mmmmm!

1rst Home-raised Roast Rooster
1rst Rooster Drumstick!

9th – First egg from “Downstairs Bantam-mix.” On schedule for their ages. Egg count will grow quickly now we hope!


5th – First day over freezing. 34F! The chickens were let out for a while. They sure enjoyed it!

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6th – First time getting max. number of 8 eggs!

Eggs!  Beautiful Eggs!

7th – G. bday. 3 years old!
26th – Q. bday. 11 years old!


3rd – Hit 40F for the first time! I say it’s Spring…
7th – L.’s 7th Bday!
27th – P.’s 9th Bday!
28th – E.’s first kill on his own (besides chickens). Look out squirrels!

This…just because he’s sooo cute!

Started off with a bang with 68F on the 1rst! Hit a high of 80F on the 13th! Temps stayed pretty much above normal the whole month (upper 60s & 70s) during the day and dropping off to regular low temps (30s, 40s) at night.

Chickens continuing to lay well.

The day we took everyone to the Yak farm we also spent some time doing a favorite activity when we are down that way. Playing at the “sand hills.” Everyone comes home quite covered from head to toe with sand (the younger ones at least) but they have such a great time it’s worth it. 🙂

Climbing the Sand Hills


P - Sand Hills

L & G - Sand Hills

Sometimes you get sand in your mouth while sliding down…then it’s not so fun any more.

G- Sand Hills

Mama helped him clear his mouth and gave him some water to rinse it and all was right with his sandy world again. 🙂

11th – Mother’s Day was celebrated with a tire blowout on the highway to church. Managed to get most of the children to church with friends while youngest two stayed at my Aunt’s with their oldest sister and W. and I dealt with car. I received some lovely gifts though (along with some handmade cards not shown) and am a very blessed and grateful mother!

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My children are always being creative. This time we discovered a pendent that the 15yo made matched her shirt perfectly – not only the colors but the flower design as well! Totally unintentional. 🙂

C. Funky Pendent 5.14

The creativity even extends to chores. I asked this same child to wash some throw rugs as the weather was perfect for drying them fast on the clothesline. I suggested she hang them up, hose them down, scrub with a brush and hose again. She made a face and was reluctant. So, I suggested she could always throw them in the kiddie pool and stomp on them…half jesting. She thought that sounded like more fun! The video is even funnier…but I promised I wouldn’t post it. 😉

C. Washing Rugs

The boys get in on the creativity too of course. Here is the 11yo’s get-up for the day’s “war game”…

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His ingenuity and improvisation tickled me! Oh, what would life be like without duct tape… ‘Cuz, you know, a combo nerf / light saber gun is better than a plain one! 😉

My oldest son (13yo at the time) got creative with a dip net and one of our rubber balls. The two older boys were trying to think up a new game to play. The other son had a big stick. He would try to hit the ball after his brother tossed it to him from the net. I think we’ll call it AK Lacrosse-Cricket…AK LaCricket…AK Cricrosse… 😉 They looked like they were having a good time and there was a lot of laughing! Laughing is good. 🙂

E dipnet ball E.'s New Game

We also finished gathering eggs from our own hens (2nd time) to hatch! The borrowed incubator had a capacity of 42…yeehaw! That will be the most we’ve ever raised at once and will boost our hen ratio substantially – Lord willing! Here they are marked, the incubator up to temp, and ready to go in…

Eggs Ready for Incubator

‘Til next time,

ps – The second half of 2014 will be in a future post. Stay tuned…

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May you all have a blessed and safe and glorious 4th of July!!

Protected: Baby Announcement!

(Ok, we know this is “old” news…but she’s still new to us! Plus, without internet connection at home, it was just logistically difficult to do a blog announcement before now.)

Rejoice with us in welcoming our newest heritage and reward to the family!

Felicia LeShine Hunt

Born at Home

July 20, 2009

Complete BREECH

at 8:32am

Weighing 9lb 12oz and measuring 22 inches!!

We are all sooo in love! ♥♥♥

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.

Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them…” Psalm 127:3-5

July in Review

This certainly wasn’t a slow month! A wedding, extended family activities and a NEW BABY kept us hopping!

7/2 Midwife appt. at 1pm

Then, we headed out to Houston for a picnic with extended family. Very much enjoyed seeing those from CA that we hadn’t seen in a long while. We had some misadventure with our own vehicle on the way there but another family member graciously loaned us one.

7/3 The three older girls went to Seward with W.’s mother for wedding festivities. They’ll be spending the next couple of nights with her and a friend in a hotel. They’re excited! 🙂 W. and I decided to sit this one out with the younger children rather than find a babysitter in a town where we don’t have close friends. Plus, it gave this hugely pg woman more time to rest up for the greater and longer activities for the following day. We (me and the 4 youngers) did drive out to ER with W. to pick up some business supplies though so they didn’t feel too left out. We made it a mini-adventure and that’s always fun! 🙂

7/4 We all slept in and then began the process of getting ready. Yes, it’s a process…me 9+mo preggo, 4 younger children with no olders to assist and 1 bathroom. *sigh* Finally, we left around 2:something for the 6pm wedding. We figured there would be holiday traffic but not that bad as most people would have traveled the day before (it’s tourist season around here and summer fun time for the in-staters…traffic is always bad in the summer along the Arm). I’m extremely uncomfortable sitting for long periods (of course!) but purposefully don’t drink much as there aren’t that many pit-stops along the way. Doesn’t matter. Just as we get around the Arm to head up into the mountains, traffic comes to a complete halt. We’re held up for a little over an hour by what turns out to be a fatal car accident. I’m getting the urge to use the bathroom but we’re seriously behind schedule now. We’ll consider ourselves lucky if we make it on time at all at this point. We do though with about 15min. to spare. Some others weren’t so lucky and did end up walking in late to the wedding. Couples can slip in better than those with small children though. 😉 The ceremony was short, simple and sweet! The reception was a blast on the beach on the family property! We stayed until 1am. I was pooped and we were encouraged to stay the night but this pg woman wanted her own bed! So, I rounded everyone up (including the husband 😉 ) and drove us all home. (Being pg automatically makes you the designated driver right?! 😉 )

7/5 We all slept in (obviously). Got up and ready for church. (Our service is at 2pm thankfully.) Older girls still vacationing so getting everyone ready falls to me alone again. *whew* Did I mention how PREGNANT I am??!! After church, another get-together & bbq. It really nice not having to cook! Plus, more visiting time…especially with those from out of state that we won’t be seeing again presumably for a long while. Older girls are back and come home with us.

7/6 I hit 38 weeks! W.’s mother is staying at our house for a few days before heading home. Unfortunately, she thinks she’ll have to leave before baby arrives but I’m enjoying the help while I have it. Since we are trying to finish up a few things in our torn up kitchen, a big help she is indeed. Not only is she helping (with the older girls of course) with the laundry hauling it up and down the stairs, she’s doing dishes, cooking and PAINTING, putting things back in place as best as possible, cleaning off texture, etc. in the kitchen. Plus, she can just oversee everyone while take a NAP!

7/7 P. still here and I borrow her car and head to the library for a short R & R (with *only* a couple of children in tow. 😉

7/8 E.’s 9th bday! Me and M. take him and Q. to see the new Ice Age movie in the theatre. E. and Q. have never seen a movie on the big screen. Fun experience for them! 🙂

7/9 Me to the library again and then to a midwife appt. at 5pm. Wow, out-n-about 3 days in a row… Considering all the other activities, this has been quite the week.

7/12 P. still visiting. I have “weird” feelings mid-morning. Motivates me to move boxes from bedroom and a few other organizational/cleaning stuff. Over by mid-afternoon but no church.

7/13 39 weeks! One week to go! P. left really early this morning. W. home making knives until 1pm. Delivered to L. at OTDist. then off to DP shop. “Weird” feelings return in the afternoon. Hmmm…

7/14 Waiting…

7/15 Waiting…

7/16 And waiting… Guess I’m going to continue to be so I’ll quit saying it. 😉

7/17 Midwife appt @ 5pm “Laborish” things seemed to have picked up after appt. Nausea, urgency to get some cleaning done in room, etc. but it petered out after a few hours.

7/18 Actually feeling semi “normal” throughout day…

7/19 And, today feeling more “normal”… Bummer. Calm before the storm maybe? Baby still doesn’t seem to be head down either. **WHOA!!** Went to bed at 12:30AM and as soon as I’d covered w/ the blanket my water broke! I was up out of that bed so fast I didn’t even get it wet! Earlier in the evening, I was feeling not so sleepy – about 10:30pm or so. Thought it was because of my nap from 7-7:30pm. Turns out my body was gearing up for labor! Had been having the “typical” on again-off again contractions and, again, not feeling too sleepy. Turns out labor!!

7/20 Official labor started at 12:30AM when my water broke. Lost lots and lots of water!! Standing next to bed or pacing a few steps next to it on a towel. Thought it would never quit. 😉 Husband called midwives and started rushing around cleaning up some last minute things in prep. Older girls helping in kitchen and settling little ones. Midwives arrive and I’m still standing on towel next to bed – must have been 20min at the least to half hour. I decide to go into bathroom while they are setting up mostly because I still just want to be alone.

12/01/14 – It’s embarrassing how long this post has sat in my Drafts file! (The case for most of them in there.) Anyhow, the above was written in 2009 and was my pg/delivery of F. Obviously, after she was born, I got busy and never finished this post up…wanting of course to wrap it up with the last 11 days. Oh well. The gist of my delivery is that is was long and hard and exhausting. What birth isn’t right? Well, F. ended up a complete breech delivery! Hours upon hours on the birth chair with our two midwives taking turns holding the cervix open between contractions, etc. When she was finally born, we had a couple of scary minutes when she didn’t “come to” and oxygen, mother’s touch (massage) and talking to her for her to take her first breath. By law, the paramedics were notified. They showed and up and found all well and mom and baby settled in for their “Babymoon.” Recovery was slow…but that’s my usual. This time I appreciated the down time more than after any other birth let me tell you!

Anyhow, the rest of the month was healing, getting used to a new baby, nursing, etc. and trying to run the household from bed with my older girls doing a lot of the leg work. I surely appreciate them too.

With that wrap up, brief though it is, I will finally publish this. Not because it’s all that exciting to everyone else but for family posterity. Blogs originated as online personal journals right? A bit of our personal family history recorded…

‘Til next time,

ps – I will eventually post date this entry.

May in Review

(Officially typed 4/20/10)


5/10 Mother’s Day! Loved all the sweet handmade cards from my children and the beautiful flowers from them and dh!

5/14 Attended cousin Aimee’s high school graduation! Can not believe she’s that old… I remember my aunt and uncle bringing her home as I was living with them at the time attending college. *sigh* Why are the young ones in such a hurry to grow up?! They’re making me old! 😛

5/23 Our 17th Wedding Anniversary!! Got a dozen beautiful white roses from my dh! We’ve been through thick and thin and I love him more with each passing year!

(Anniversary surprise! Aren’t they beautiful?! )

5/25 Memorial Day – We stayed home. W. working on blue ‘Burban, me putzing – cleaning kitchen, kombucha, internet, cleaning room, gardening, etc. Children playing and helping us both.

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April in Review

(Officially typed 4/17/10)

Not real busy again. Still mostly focusing on school work. With all the warm days, it was getting harder and harder to concentrate and stay inside. Reading work was done on the deck when it was extra warm.


4/9 L.’s 2nd Bday!

4/12 Resurrection Day!! He is Risen!! Thank you Father for the gift of your Son!!

4/27 P.’s 4th Bday!

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December in Review

(Officially typed 1/23/10.)


12/14 Annual Caroling Party @ A. Pat & U. Harry’s house.

12/21 Children Christmas Choir @ church. (Girls sang. Some of us sick but went anyway. :-S )

12/24 Home for Christmas Eve as J & S’s party moved to after.

12/25 Home in the morning for tree & gifts with my parents. G & J’s in the late afternoon for dinner & gifts.

12/27 A. Sandy & U. John’s house for Christmas get-together. Went on bus w/ P&H, Candy, K & M & baby, J & T, etc.) Fun time singing carols and visiting before the party even started. 😉

12/31 At home for New Year’s Eve. Everyone dragging because of being sick so nothing exciting planned. Watched Prince Caspian late and then watched the fireworks from around the neighborhood.


12/21 Some of us sick.

12/23 Now I’m sick as well as the rest of us who weren’t before. *ugh* This will make Christmas pleasant. 😛 Plus, I’m still dealing with other “issues” that I haven’t quite figured out. Rather not state particulars here.

12/28 – 31 Still sick. Whatever this is, tenaciously clings. All the get-togethers and busyness haven’t helped I’m sure…


12/05 Left for Nelchina this afternoon. Arrived at friend’s house about 5:30pm and left there about 11:30pm and arrived home around 2:30AM. Quite the whirlwind trip!


12/08 Snow = 1″

12/09 – 11 Snow Did not measure. (Probably equaled 1″ – 1 ½” all together.)

Total = 2 ½”

This month’s pictures:

A doll blanket for L.

Finally, a family picture! It’s been a while…not the best of me. Boy, do I look tired and sick. 😛 W. wasn’t sick until *after* Christmas – lucky him! He and the kiddos look great though! ♥ ♥ ♥

(Photo is actually courtesy of W.’s cousin Carli. I just didn’t have time to create a different watermark… If she really takes issue with it, I’m sure she’ll tell me. *smile*)

All in all, a pretty uneventful month if you subtract Christmas and accompanying activities.

‘Til next time,

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