Friday, September 23, 2016

Welcome Fall: Homestead Update







Today is officially autumn! Woohoo!

While I do love the excitement of spring I think fall is my favorite season. Back to school, crisp air, apple and pumpkin everything, the homesteading season winding down. 

It's wonderful!

This summer has kept us very busy and I am glad that things are starting to settle down. For whatever reason I find it hard to follow a routine in summer and I am glad that in these last few weeks we have started to get our groove back. 

Kiddos

For one thing, I am starting to feel human again. In case you missed the news on our Instagram feed, we are expecting baby number three this spring! And while we couldn't be more excited I do wish I could skip over the two months of feeling nauseous and exhausted. Trying to keep up with kids, critters, homeschooling, homemaking, and homesteading when you feel sick is not a lot of fun. I'm feeling better everyday now which I am extremely grateful for. 

My little man turned one this month. I can't believe how fast that first year goes by. August is turning into such a fun little person. He loves to cuddle and chase after his sister. He loves animals, especially Luna. I imagine he will be walking any day now. He has already taken a few steps and with his big sister around he has the motivation to go, go go. We are working on gently night weaning since the night wakings started to become killer with being pregnant. I definitely lean towards the attachment/gentle parenting side of things so we are taking things slowly. I nursed my older child until she was 2 1/2 and I have no plans to wean him completely yet. I know some kids wean themselves during pregnancy and some don't so we will just play it by ear and continue for as long as we can. Tandem nursing once the baby arrives is something I'm willing to try. 

Iris just continues to amaze me. She is mature, creative, funny, inquisitive, and loving. She asks the best questions and is turning into a great helper. While I do miss the baby stage I love watching her grow. Every year I find myself saying, "this age is my favorite." And I'll probably keep saying it until she's grown and decides to move out and leave me haha. Although at the moment she wants to be a farmer and live with me forever so that day may never come :)

Homeschooling is still going well. We are using the Easy Peasy Getting Ready 1 (Pre-K) curriculum and so far it is really suiting our needs. I aim to do four lessons a week and do a play-group or field trip on the fifth day. The actual lessons are very short which makes sense since most of the learning at this age takes place through play and exploration.  

Critters

If you've been following allow you know that we were cow owners for about two weeks. I was really bummed when the cow didn't work out and we had to start purchasing milk again. We had dried the sheep off in anticipation of getting the cow. Looking back though it was for the best. I can't imagine wanting to go out and milk twice a day in early pregnancy when I was nauseous and exhausted. I love how even when things don't go according to our plan, God is working and things really do turn out the way they are supposed to. 

Breeding season has begun for our sheep. Our Icelandic sheep won't come into heat until at least October or November but we are hoping that the dairy sheep take sooner than that. We would like to extend our milking season and the best way to do that is to have the ewes lamb as early as possible since once the summer solstice hits their milk production begins to drop. 

Our chicks from this year have finally begun to lay. Just in time too since the older chickens are beginning to molt and their production drops during molting. 

Garden

Well, we had a garden. Can't say that I kept up with it though. We were able to harvest a lot of tomatoes, a decent amount of cucumbers, and a bit of hot peppers. The weeds got the best of us though and at this point the garden looks more like a jungle. I really do want to succeed at growing a vegetable garden. I want it to work. And of course we will try again next year. Since even though we weren't able to harvest as much as I would have liked, what we got more than paid for the seeds and the taste of a just picked veggie is hard to beat. 

So there ya have it

Life is pretty swell right now. We are happy and healthy and you really can't ask for more than that!

What is going on in your life?




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3 comments:

  1. Congratulations! It can be so hard to juggle life with toddlers and babies, but it gets better. It won't be long before those little ones are truly helping you out with the chores, and it's so much fun to watch them grow. :)

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    1. Thank you! Luckily the good days always outnumber the tough days. And you're right, it is so much fun to watch them grow and learn! Children really are a blessing. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. congrats on little man turning 1 and baby #3 on the way!! this is all so awesome!

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