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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.

January

Pretty slow and uneventful after the holidays.

23rd – My bday.

February

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!

March

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!

April

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!
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May
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

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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,
Tamara

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

May in Review

(Officially typed 4/20/10)

Celebrations

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! πŸ˜›

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.

Celebrations

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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March in Review

(Officially typed 4/10/10)

Again, kind of a slow month…but that’s ok! I really like it when we can focus on our school work because in the spring when the business picks up again and, obviously through the summer, it’s hard to buckle down and concentrate. In the fall, we struggle getting going again and, before you know it, the holidays are here again and distracting everyone. But, that’s ok too. It’s just nice to have a time of concentrated effort although technically we school year round.

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February in Review

(Officially typed 4/07/10.)

This was a rather quiet slow month. Not much to mention as we got back into a routine after the holidays and being sick. We focused mainly on our school work and, as I was still feeling rather rough with pg nausea, a lot of it took place in my room while I laid on the bed. πŸ˜› A lot of reading!! Bible reading, history reading, science reading…you get the idea.


(It’s tough…and apparently tiring…getting back into the school groove!)

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December in Review

(Officially typed 1/23/10.)

Celebrations

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.

Health

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…

Recreation

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!

Weather

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,

November in Review

(Officially typed 1/22/10)

Celebrations

11/1 Reformation Conference

11/27 Dinner @ home this year for Thanksgiving! It really felt good to be home although kinda different too. My parents joined us and it was nice and quiet and relaxing. Well, as quiet and relaxing as things can be with seven children! πŸ™‚ It was nice not to have to drive – especially on slippery roads. Plus, since I hadn’t been feeling well, it was more of a relief. Everything was yummy and the children were glad for an opportunity to finally use my good china again! πŸ™‚

Children

11/17 Potty training has begun for my baby!! L. used the potty for the first time today (#1)! She’s been interested for a while and we would put her on the big potty occasionally but, of course, there was the nervousness of being over that big opening. A few times we had success so I finally told one of the older girls to run out to the shed and find the little potty. We excitedly showed it to L. and showed her how to sit on it. A little while later when I took her to the bathroom she used it without much prompting at all. Her night-time diapers have been dry for quite a while so I definitely know she’s ready. 19mo and getting to be such a big girl! *sniff-sniff*

11/23 L. has been using the potty regularly but today she went all by herself and #2 even! I’d say potty training is complete – just like that. Exactly a week and pretty much trained herself! Of course, I’m sure I’ll have to remind every now and then. Like all children, she’ll probably get busy playing and forget, etc. Although it makes me a little sad, I’m glad it’s accomplished and so quickly!

11/25 No fluke. L. again used the potty by herself for #2 – twice in fact! It’s a little hard having one so young be so independent in this area as she doesn’t quite understand that it’s important to also wipe. πŸ˜‰ And, her motor skills have to catch up to do it well. Getting her to call to us to help is a challenge…as I said, she’s an independent sort. πŸ˜‰

Homemaking

11/3 Can’t believe I’m starting our 4th Kombucha batch already! We have two jars going now. It brews a little more slowly in our cool house I think than I’ve read others write but once it’s ready it’s gone! After this month, I won’t be recording any more. I just want to get a sense of how long it was taking and just how much we’d be needing, etc.

11/5 5th started.

11/8 6th.

11/11 Co-op order arrived.

11/14 7th. Peeled off and started a new “baby.”

11/16 8th. The original switched.

11/23 9th.

11/25 10th.

Weather

11/11 Snow = 3″ (approx.)

11/22 Snow = 3″ (approx.)

11/26 Snow = 2″

11/29 – 30 12″ over two days!!

Total Snow = 20″

And, a couple of pics:


During this month’s heavy snowfall.


One of our lovely winter sunsets.

‘Til next time,

October in Review

(Officially typed 01/08/10)

Celebrations

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

10/31 Happy Reformation Day!

Children

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.

Exercise

See workout blog. Link in the sidebar.

Health

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.”

Homemaking

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…

Recreation

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!

Weather

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″

Total=10″
(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,

Today (Simple Woman’s Daybook)


Courtesy of The Simple Woman

Outside My Window…3″ of new snow, blue sky, bright sunshine. Clouds are supposed to be gathering soon though.

I am thinking…how nice it would be to get back into some sort of a routine…to find a happy balance in housework, homeschool, home business and fun time.

I am thankful for…a warm strong house. Last week’s storm is still fresh in my mind. That although we lost our crabapple tree (for the most part), the other trees that fell didn’t damage the house and the damage to the Suburban is minimal!

From the kitchen…we had a yummy brunch of kefir soaked gluten-free oats with fresh homemade crabapplesauce drizzled with honey and Cheesy Potato Spinach Bake. More crabapplesauce is being processed today. Dinner is still being decided. I’m looking forward to making my first batch of kombucha sometime this week too – as soon as my scoby gets here! I’m excited!

I am wearing…a black and white plaid flannel skirt, white tshirt, black apron and dark multi-colored Sketchers. My hair is in a bun.

I am creating…no sewing/craft projects right now. I’m working on cleaning out my craft closet and rediscovering a bunch of goodies that are inspiring me to start crafting again soon!

I am going…to stay at home today where it’s cozy and I’m content!

I am reading…lots! Reference my sidebar to the right. πŸ˜‰

I am hoping…to make some progress again soon on our remodeling projects. Our flooring is a disaster and nice flooring would be such a blessing before the holidays! There’s so much more to it than what’s stated… It would make our home so much more liveable and comfortable for our own family and it would open my heart and mind to being more hospitable to others. Things I’ve been desiring for some time…

I am hearing…the radio in the garage and my dh working out there with our two sons because he has the door propped open.

Around the house…things are in disarray throughout the house because we’ve all been extremely sick for more than a week and are still recovering. However, today we are attempting to get back into a routine and slowly but surely getting certain areas in order again. Desperately seeking order again!

One of my favorite things…the big bear hugs my 18 month little girl loves to lavish on me! *melt* πŸ™‚

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: Continuing to bring order to my home, mailing out a business order that’s been on hold since we’ve been sick, getting lesson plans caught up and more planned out, visiting with my parents after my mom’s surgery (if we are all well)…goodness knows there’s much I’m not thinking of at the moment…

Here is picture thought I am sharing…


Success! Homemade naturally fermented sauerkraut with homegrown veggies. The children can’t get enough! πŸ˜€

It’s Here (for real this time)

Yesterday…

This morning…

Yup, it was still here this morning. πŸ˜•

It seems a little early…but whatever. This year’s weather has been like that though – whatever! πŸ˜›

Sorry about the short post. The family was sick all last week beginning with dh and are in various recovery stages. I was the last to get it thus on the tail end of the wellness train…sometimes it’s no fun being the caboose. πŸ˜• I tried being up and around yesterday but it didn’t go so well. So, I’m taking my laptop back to bed with me. Hopefully, the little semblance of order I managed to create won’t disappear too quickly. Hey, a girl can hope can’t she?! πŸ˜›

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