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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,

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,

September in Review

Officially posted 3/20/09


9/08 C.’s 10th bday! πŸ™‚


9/24 Found a nest w/ 6 eggs and some bits of shell. Don’t know how old but floated them/opened them. All fine and were used.


9/10-11 Trip to Glenallen. Camped out in the ‘Burban. That was an experience… πŸ™„

9/18 – 20 Seward & Soldotna

9/25 – 26 Family in Seward except me. Strange…haven’t been alone in years… Baby so big now. :-/


9/23 Woke to the first frost.

9/26 – 29 Gradually heavier frosts. Really frosty on the 29th.


I leave you all with some wildlife pictures from our drive to Glenallen/Chitna.

Great Horned Owl at dh’s old family homestead in Kenny Lake.

Trumpeter Swans in Chitna, AK

Dall Sheep outside of Chitna, AK

Until next time,

I am back!!!

Still feeling a little frazzled though…

The market season was over a couple of weekends ago so business has slowed. However, we have some new goals/products in the works so hopefully things will pick up again and will maintain through the winter.

We started a heavier workload again for homeschool a couple of weeks ago as a result of the above. But, we’ve traveled quite a few of those days so I’ll be revamping the lesson plans again already.

Today is dd #2’s bday – Happy 12th mah dear!!! You are still the challenging feisty one but I’m certain God will do great things with you! Love ya! πŸ˜€

As of today, I am also reconnected to the “outside world” again! *whoop-whoop* So good to be back and I’m looking forward to catching up with the handful of friends I may have left on the ‘Net! πŸ˜‰ Come on and leave a comment so I know who are. *hint-hint* πŸ˜‰

That said, I’m outta here for now. Updates will be squeezed in here and there per usual. Again, I’m still feeling a bit frazzled. πŸ˜• While you are at it (leaving your comment telling me you were here), let me know what you would like to read about on this blog! I know that I’ve been a bit dull in the recent past compared to some of the updates I used to give and need some ideas. Are you interested in the weather? (It’s been miserable here this year. 😦 ) Our homeschooling? Our business? AK in general? Were my monthly updates of interest or not? Tell me what you’d like to know and I’ll ruminate on it and then hopefully give more of what you are looking for. πŸ™‚


FF – May Freebies & Tip

I got on the freebie band wagon this past month. Thought I’d share what came in the mail for us.

In this large family, trial sizes aren’t going to go very far but I had an idea that prompted me to start this craziness. πŸ˜‰ We have a “car box” as we call it. It is a small plastic tote in which we keep emergency supplies but it can also double as an impromptu snack/picnicing/camping box in a pinch. A few items it contains: flashlight and batteries (although I’m going to eventually replace these with a wind up flashlight – which we all have anyway but keep in our own various packbacks/purses/bags), matches, soap, sanitary hand cleaner, small pouch first aid kit, ½ gal. of H2O, plastic cups and utensils, etc. It also had quick emergency food type items that had gotten used up and I hadn’t replaced yet. My bright idea? Start filling it with food and other types of samples that could come in handy in pinch! One type of cereal freebie will not satisfy 7 children…but 7 samples will. πŸ˜‰ Shampoo samples, handy wipe samples, pain reliever samples, etc….all small and fit great and you don’t need much as they are for “emergencies.” Perfect! So, with a handful of exceptions, most of what is shown above has made it’s way into our car box. Now the children can’t wait to go on a road trip and dig into the surprises! πŸ˜‰

That’s my frugal tip for this week! Do you keep a car emergency box? What do you have in yours?

♥ oxoxox ♥

April in Review

Officially posted 1/05/09


4/09 Baby L.’s 1rst Birthday!!! πŸ˜€
Where did this past year go???? I’m flabbergasted…just flabbergasted. She’s so sweet and every one of us loves her so much! Seven children is not too many…it’s just not. I can’t imagine not having her in our family. To have stopped at four, like we in our naiveté originally talked of, it just wouldn’t have been right. I had always wanted a large family but my dh had never really given it much thought so we came to a compromise…both hesitatingly though as that didn’t seem quite right. I’m oh so thankful for what we learned together and for these three more children (so far)!



4/15 1 (L) Yay!! I’m flabbergasted. What is it – a Tax Day gift??? πŸ™„

4/18 1 (L) Guess I was right about them laying in a couple of weeks after I butchered Fluff.

Total = 2 *whoopee* (Tongue firmly in cheek.)


4/15 L.’s 4th tooth! Right front incisor.

4/29 L.’s 5th tooth! Left upper lateral incisor.


I have decided not to put my workouts in my updates here but have revived my workout blog. Link is to the right.


4/23 G & G Baker arrived in the evening to celebrate the two birthdays we had this month. They stayed until the 25th.


4/13 & 14 W. left w/ all the childen (except baby) about 4:15pm to go to Seward. I was abondoned stayed at home to work on tax stuff. πŸ˜› They played around “the property” for a few hours then drove to Soldotna to visit/stay the night w/ my parents and were there for the next couple of days as well. They got back around 4pm on the 15th.


4/02 60°F Really, no kidding…April Fool’s Day was yesterday. πŸ˜‰ It didn’t last though. Mid-afternoon the temp dropped to the hi 40s.

4/05 – 06 Snow = 10″

4/09 Snow = 6″

4/15 Snow = 2″

4/21 64 ° F in the sun!! *whoop* πŸ˜€

4/23 64 ° F in the sun!! The children were so excited they couldn’t resist setting up the kiddy pool and getting in! What could I do except say, “Go for it!” πŸ˜‰

4/25 Snow = 16 ½ ” !! **aacckk** Weren’t the children just swimming a couple of days ago??!!


4/26 Snow = &#189″

Total Snow = 35″ Nearly a whole yard this month…3 ft…just before spring. *sigh*


We caught some photos of a wascally backyard visitor!

Until next time,

February in Review

Officially typed out on 9/29/08

2/21 Baby L. climbed the steps in cabin @ T.’s parent’s house all by herself!
2/23 Baby L. climbed up onto couch/Mommy’s lap by herself! I think a climbing phase has begun. πŸ˜‰

Went for a 2 week visit to T.’s parents. (late pm 17th to late pm 29th)

2/11 Snow = 5 ”
2/14 Snow = ¼ ”
2/16 – 2/17 Snow (forgot to measure)
2/18 42°F!! with some sprinkles. (visiting T.’s parents)
2/19 42°F!! with rain. (visiting T.’s parents)
2/20 Temp has dropped to 40°F. (visiting T.’s parents)

Monthly Accumulation = 5 – 6″ (or so)

While at my parent’s visiting, I butchered our chicken Fluff on 2/26. She had become an egg eater. 😦 (We brought the chickens with us as we didn’t have anyone to care for them while we were gone. Thankfully, we only had three and they fit just fine in a large pet carrier in the back of the ‘Burban. Wrapped securely with a blanket, there was no smell. πŸ™‚ ) My father skinned her out for me while I watched with the children. (It’s been a while since I’ve skinned a spruce hen or anything. πŸ˜‰ ) It was interesting the to see the eggs lined up for development. There were 4 yolks – 1 about the size of a salmon egg, 1 the size of a large pea, 1 the size of a very large berry and 1 the size of a grape. It was also disappointing to see them because the chickens hadn’t been laying for a while and this proved they would be starting in a couple of weeks or so. 😦 Anyhow, not thinking of her age, I baked her the next day. She was approx. a 3lb. bird. The lovely mix of garlic, rosemary, thyme and summer savory did not make her very edible though – although she smelled wonderful! So, the day after that, I stewed her. She was one tough bird but she eventually made a lovely chicken noodle soup! πŸ˜‰ My guilt continues…although I know I was justified. πŸ˜•

October in Review

Officially typed up 4/12/08


The Ladies still aren’t laying. 😦 Guess you could say they are officially “old” now…


10/01/07 L. crawled today! Actual hands and knees crawling! Not just scooting w/ her arms and one knee. Wow! Not quite 6mo. (Yup, seven children and I still get thrilled when each one of them reaches their first in each milestone. πŸ™‚ )

10/03/07 L.’s first night in her crib! She woke once and I brought her to bed with me to nurse her. She slept for another couple of hours with us and I nursed her again then managed to put her back in her crib without waking her because I knew I’d be getting up soon. She woke again 2-3 hrs later. She did well for her first night I think. πŸ™‚

10/09/07 Baby L. is 6 months today! πŸ™‚

10/22/07 L.’s first tooth is finally finally finally in!! She’s been our hardest teether of ALL the children… *ugh* :-/ I’m sure she’s been teething (off and on) since she was about 2mo old and it’s been rough during the “on” times. Anyhow, it’s just barely poking through and I noticed it in the wee hours of the morning during our nursing session. I realized she was nursing better so ran my finger along her gum and felt it’s sharp little tip and sure enough later in the morning when it was light there it was! Bottom right incisor.

Recreation & Travel

10/09/07 Dh and children went to Seward again today (except C. & L.) I stayed home to get some housework and projects done without interuption and C. stayed with me to help with the baby. I got a lot done and also was able to squeeze in some nice (semi) one-on-one time with C. πŸ™‚

10/22/07 It was good talking to you on the phone again Rebekah!! An hour sure flies by… (This could be categorized under General but I’ll go ahead and put it here as it was a nice little break from my normal day. πŸ˜‰ )

10/27/07 Wow, another nice little break in my “normal” day…Valerie called me and we talked for 3 hrs or so! Who wudda thought you could talk to someone on the phone for so long who you’d never “met” before?! LOL And, I’m NOT a phone person. In fact, I could do quite nicely without one. But, I’m so glad she called and we had that time to visit. (My dh generously allowed me that time by taking over child care for a while. πŸ™‚ ) She’s wonderfully personable and I feel a definite kinship despite having met her over the Internet. ♥ Thanks Valerie for being a great friend! ♥


10/03/07 First frost at our house!

10/07/07 First snow at our house! (Very early this morning. Not enough to actually measure though.)

10/19 – 20/07 Snow 1 ½ ”

10/23/07 Snow ¼ ”

10/24/07 Snow ½ ”

10/26/07 54 ° F in the sun on the deck in the afternoon! One last “hurrah” before winter hits in earnest. πŸ˜‰

Total Snow = 2 ¼ “

I don’t have a category set up for extended family type stuff so this will be the “general” part of this post:

10/03/07 My father and his sister left in the wee hours of the morning for an emergency trip to see their mother. She’s apparently had some sort of an attack and is in the hospital. This is strange for me as it is my last living grandparent and, while we haven’t had close contact over the years because of the thousands of miles between us, it saddens me terribly. All of my dh’s grandparents are deceased now and I’m just feeling a general sense of mourning for the generation that we all are losing. My grandmother comes from a large family and a few of her older sisters lived well into their 90’s so I’m hoping she’ll follow in that direction…

That wraps up another month in the life of the Hunt Family!

‘Til next time…
♥ oxoxox ♥

September in Review

Officially typed out 4/1/08
Updated 4/2/08 with pictures, links, etc.


The market is over on the 9th. Please pray that our home business will sustain us through the winter/tourist season slump!


9/08/07 C.’s 9th bday! Happy birthday to our sweet third daughter! Your cheerful smile and enthusiastic bear hugs make our days much brighter! You are growing so fast into a graceful lovely girl and following your older sisters in becoming such a wonderful helper! We’re so thankful to have you in our family!

9/25/07 B.’s 11th bday! Happy birthday our dear dear daughter! You challenge us at times with your feistiness and stubbornness but when it comes right down to it, you have a caring, loving and protective spirit for your family. We wouldn’t change the precious package you are for the world. We love you to pieces Nanna! πŸ˜€


The ladies are still on sabbatical. πŸ˜›


9/01/07 L. is beginning to move one knee forward while on hands and knees! Also, nearly sitting completely on her own! She can push herself up to sitting and will use one hand but hasn’t quite been “brave” enough to lift the other one yet and play with two hands. Close though…real close.

9/02/07 P. has gone a week without wearing a diaper at night! Of course, I’ve been diligent about getting up in the wee hours (2-3am) to take her to the bathroom to make sure she doesn’t have an accident. I’ll keep it up about another week and then try letting her sleep to see if she’ll then wake on her own. The girls’ room gets some light at night from the neighbor’s yard light and the bathroom is right next to their room with a good night light…so, we’ll see if she calls to me or just goes to the bathroom on her own.

L. is solidly on her hands and knees now and definitely scootching herself forward a bit at a time with one knee (always the same one LOL).

9/03/07 L. has discovered her tongue and loves making this “tthbbb” sort of noise. Sometimes it’s a “raspberry”…but sometimes it’s not. πŸ˜› LOL

9/04/07 L. is “military” crawling today! Sorta…she still hikes that one knee up occasionally (the right one).

9/05/07 L.’s first solid food today! (Four days from her 5mo bday.) Following NT suggestion, I gave her a small amount of smashed egg yolk. It was weird for me seeings how I’ve been trained to think that babies *should not* get egg before their 1rst bday…but we’ll see. (I understand the it’s the whites that mostly cause trouble.)

9/08/07 C.’s 9th bday!! ~*~Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!~*~ We love you bunches! πŸ™‚

9/09/07 L. is 5mo today – almost ½ a year already! 😯

9/11/07 L. gets up on her hands and feet now like she’s going to do the “bear” walk!

9/13/07 G. Hunt took everyone to lunch for their bdays and then we went bday gift shopping – fun!

9/25/07 B.’s 11th bday! ~*~Happy Bday Lovely B.!~*~ Love you! G & G B. arrived yesterday to celebrate with us and will go home tomorrow.


9/03/07 I decided over the weekend that I was feeling healed enough to start “formal” exercising again. The PSD has increasingly gotten worse and this time is definitely not clearing up as fast postpartum. But, like I said, I noticed that I’ve been feeling pretty well recently and decided to get on the treadmill today. Here are the stats:

– Cal.: 289
– Fat Cal.: 90
– Incline: 3
– Time: 45min
– Dist.: 2.16 miles
– Laps: 8.6
– Speed: 3 average, 3.7 highest


9/22/07 40 lbs apples! (apprx) (See below under Recreation)


9/28/07 9 ½ pints of Mint Apple Syrup canned!

Recreation & Travel

9/17/07 Day trip to Whittier today! Got to go through (2.5 miles) the train tunnel! Very interesting and fun! Stats about the tunnel:

* Longest highway tunnel in North America (13,300′ or 2.5 miles).
* Longest combined rail and highway use tunnel in North America.
* First U.S. tunnel with jet turbine and portal fan ventilation.
* First computerized regulation of both rail and highway traffic.
* First tunnel designed for -40° F. and 150 mph winds.
* Portal buildings designed to withstand avalanches

Entrance to the Tunnel.

In the Tunnel.

Our playground for the day! (This pic is too small but two of our children are in it…mere specs in this majestic scenery!)

9/19/07 Day trip Glenallen/Kenny Lake area today – where dh grew up. In fact, we stopped at his old house, saw it was for sale so stopped in and looked around/took pictures. So cool for the children to see where Daddy grew up! We’ve been out there before but the older girls were really little and don’t remember. Plus, the house isn’t in the family any more so they only had a glimpse of it from the road. This time they got to wander around AND dh old tree fort (pretty elaborate) was still partially standing! Pretty neato! πŸ™‚

Daddy with all his children at his childhood home! Oh the memories of hauling water and firewood and using this…

It still has his name graffitied above the can that held the toilet paper!

The view dh grew up seeing! (Minus the satellite dish – that’s the current owners.)

9/22/07 Day trip to Seward. (Dh also lived here – from the time he was 14yo through high school.) Picked apples at a small orchard just down the road from our house before heading out though for the first time! Been passing it for years and always said we should stop in there “this year” but wouldn’t and then would say “next year.” LOL This year the sign said FREE and there was no way I was going to let dh keep driving! Got about 40 lbs! We had a lot of high winds and cold weather this year so the apples were small and there were a lot of windfalls so the owner just decided to open it up to everyone (rather than charging) so they wouldn’t go to waste. Even allowed everyone to pick off the trees so we got a good variety. Delicious! I’m going to be busy canning or drying or something! LOL Anyway, a little late heading out to Seward but at least we didn’t pass it up this year! In Seward, we mostly enjoyed exploring and playing at the old “homestead” (dh’s deceased grandparents 30 acres that now belongs to his mother/uncles with one uncle still living there). It’s on the bay and boy was the smell awful because the tide was out (spawned salmon)! :sick: But, the children went out on the beach anyway. When the tide came up, the smell was nice and fresh and salty again. πŸ™‚ We had a bonfire with the uncle and roasted hot dogs, etc. Been a long time since I’ve had a s’more! πŸ˜‰ Great fun and came home pleasantly tired. πŸ™‚

9/29/07 Bonfire at our friends the Mischenkos! Had a great time Grace – thanks for inviting us! πŸ™‚


9/02/07 Saw our third flock of geese flying south today (over the house). Yesterday some did too but the flock wasn’t as big. Last Wed., we saw our first one while at the store. That flock was big and flying high and fast. *sigh* It seems a little early to me…I’m not ready for Fall/Winter/cold weather. 😦

‘Til next time – Blessings,
♥ oxoxox ♥

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