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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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ˜‰

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… πŸ˜‰ They looked like they were having a good time and there was a lot of laughing! Laughing is good. πŸ™‚

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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…

May Highlight

This post could also be titled “Getting to Know Your Local Farmer.”

My husband and I stopped by a long standing farm he remembers from his youth while out on a drive together. It has been a Yak farm for some time now and we’d been meaning to stop whenever we were in the Kenny Lake area in the past. Now that we live closer, we are in the area a little more frequently and spur of the moment one evening we just dropped in. People still do that around here. πŸ˜‰

We enjoyed an hour or more of conversation…Bob Fithian and my husband reminiscing about old-timers and times…and, after Barb stepped in, all of us discussing new topics of homeschooling, politics and such. We were given a couple pounds of Yak burger as we left with handshakes and encouragement to return with the children. (They homeschooled their boys who are grown and gone.)

A week later or so, we did return with the children. Here are a few pictures:




Part of their glorious view:

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A down-to-earth Christian couple eking out a unique and thriving farm in rural Alaska! Stop by, visit and support their farm if you are in the area. You won’t be disappointed!

‘Til next time,

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! πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚

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. πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜‰ ) and drove us all home. (Being pg automatically makes you the designated driver right?! πŸ˜‰ )

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. πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ™‚

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. πŸ˜‰

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. πŸ˜‰ 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.

June in Review

(Officially typed 4/24/10)

This was a month of taking it easy I suppose. I really don’t have that much to write about…it is the month before baby is due so it’s to be expected…

We’ve kept up with our school work pretty well. Mostly Bible, Math, Reading (aloud) and Science. A lot of reading living books!

I had a midwife appt. on the 11th @ 10am after which dh brought us down to the Peninsula to stay with my parents while he did some renovation on the house (kitchen in particular). While there, I ended up sick, sick, sick. *bleh* Eight months pg, staying at camp with no running water and using an outhouse. Most of the children ended up with something in varying degrees too. At least there was no throwing up…that would have been real difficult to deal with in my condition and under the circumstances! We were sleeping in the cabins and did go up to my parents house in the afternoons on most days so it wasn’t total roughing it. But still…hard on this pg lady! Most of us ended up staying a week. My dad did a quick trip up with our oldest daughter and son mid-way through to give dh some help. Son ended up sick in bed those couple of days while daughter pushed through with a sore throat and a few other mild symptoms. She ended up staying while my father and son came back down. Mean while, I spent a couple full days in bed and a couple mostly in bed while they were gone. Thank goodness for my mother and an aunt visiting from VT! They were able to watch over the children quite a bit with my second oldest daughter allowing me that much rest.

We spent Father’s Day hanging around the house just like on Memorial Day. Guess we couldn’t expect much after the week I’d just spent before it.

Hit 37 weeks at the end of the month – not long now until we meet our new little bundle of love!!

Now, this month’s pics.:

We love having so many wild visitors to our yard!

‘Til next time,

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. πŸ˜‰

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. πŸ˜› 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. πŸ˜› 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,

October in Review

(Officially typed 01/08/10)


10/22 Oldest DD 14th birthday!! πŸ™‚ Continually amazed at how fast the years are flying… 😦

10/31 Happy Reformation Day!


10/30 L.’s 12th tooth (Approx. – within a day or two.) (right lateral incisor bottom) I think after this I’m going to stop tracking except to look in her mouth occasionally and say, “Yup, there’s another.” She now has most of them with no problems, etc.


See workout blog. Link in the sidebar.


10/02 Everyone sick except B. and Mama. Rest and movie day for the invalids.

10/03 – 08 Me sick too.

10/16 Finally feeling better – sickness as well as other “problems.”

10/18 Feeling more “normal.”


10/15 1rst Kombucha started!

10/20 First Kombucha finished – it is wonderful! We all love it! Too bad it seems to ferment slowly in our house. Probably because it’s always on the “cool” side – anything above 65°F and I start to feel uncomfortable – especially if I’m doing heavy housekeeping! Anyhow, 2nd Kombucha started and we’re really looking forward to drinking more of it! (A special thanks to Wardeh for hooking me up with her friend Jamie who shared a scoby with me! πŸ™‚ )

10/29 3rd Kombucha started. Double batch this time as we can’t get enough of it and our scoby already had a baby. Wow, that was fast. πŸ˜‰

Also, I’ve done the sourdough thang, the milling/soaking thang, the kefir thang, the sprout thang and (above) the kombucha thang. Well, lately I’ve been getting more into this thang…

Yup, the fermenting thang. A la <a href="Nourishing Traditions. We’ve just done a few batches of sauerkraut so far. I think this is our third batch above done with cabbage, onions and carrots. Yummy! We love it!! I’ll be branching out with other veggies as soon as I can get some more containers…


10/18 Bonfire @ Grace’s house. (Forgot my camera – no pics. 😦 )

10/21 Me and my older girls traveled out to Nelchina (pronounced Nel-chee-na) with some other ladies from our church for a ladies prayer meeting at a member’s house. While it may be more than “recreation”, it certainly was a wonderful break from our everyday routine! Encouraging and refreshing – I love the ladies of our church!


10/05 Snow = 2″

10/06 Snow = 3″

10/09 – 10/10 We had an incredible wind storm in the night! Took down 5 trees around our property. One was a huge spruce right next to the house on the west side. God’s wonderful providence prevented it from crashing down on our daughters room or the neighbor’s boat! Really, it was amazing that it came down exactly in the only clear path it had! We’re really thanking God for that! One tree did come down on our Suburban but it was smallish and hit only the right back corner. A small dent and no windows broken. Again, thanking God! Two trees near the garage were left leaning over it – one almost touching – that we had to cut down. Sadly the last tree the storm took was our beloved crabapple tree. 😦 It was always so pretty in the spring with it’s profusion of blooms and we so enjoyed the hundreds of apples it gave us in the fall. Broke it right in half. Luckily, there were two sucker branches near the break so husband cleaned it up/trimmed it and we shall see what next spring/summer bring. Hoping it’s saved!

10/10 Temp. reaches 60°F in sun, snow all gone in p.m.

10/12 Snow = 3″

10/14 Snow = 2″

(Did you notice the snow came back in the exact reverse amounts?! πŸ™‚ )

Now some pics from this month…

First snow of the year! (What the backyard looked like in about 20 minutes.)

Our poor ‘lil apple tree. 😦 And, see those spruce trees in the background? They didn’t used to lean like that… (No, the wind wasn’t still blowing either!)

Look at all the apples still left on the tree! Now, imagine all the windfalls! Hundreds of them! We are devastated at the loss. Not of these – we salvaged these – the future potential loss. 😦

A ‘lil girl pickin’ apples.

A young boy pickin’ apples.

Sisters pickin’ apples. ♥♥

And a wild visitor gets what’s left!

(As you can see, the storm got rid of the first snow fall but it was back in a couple of days in the pic with the moose.)

That wraps up this rather lengthy post. Thanks for sticking with me. πŸ™‚

‘Til next time,

June in Review

Officially posted 1/09/09


6/1 2

6/2 2

6/6 1 (M) Also, found 3 outside. Believe they are from 5/30 & 31 or 1 might be from 6/3 (the days we let them out.)

6/7 2

6/8 1 (L)

6/9 1 (M)

6/10 2

6/11 1 (M)

6/12 1 (M)

6/14 1 (M)

6/15 2

6/18 2

Total = 21 Good Girls!


Night of the 9th or early morning on the 10th a bear tore off the rubber matting we had covering the cat door on the side garage door.

6/12 Went hiking in evening around Arm – bear made us leave earlier than anticipated! 😯

Night of the 12th or early morning on the 13th a bear tore at a box we had put in front of the cat door to block it off from smaller critters.

In family news, we visited with my dad (who had just returned from VT) at G & J’s house in the afternoon on 6/18. His cousins BJ and Kathy were also there from VT up for my cousin T.A.’s wedding. My cousin S.S. (T.A.’s sister) stopped by with her children a bit later and then they all left for the Peninsula.

Again, a short update/review. Knifemaking still in full swing. Busy, busy, busy!!

Until next time,

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