Monday, August 11, 2014

Levi's First Birthday

A whole year has come and gone since the arrival of our sweet Levi.  And this old blog has been left in the dust in the last year (along with a few other things, like sleeping, showering regularly, and laundry for two people!)  Here are some highlights from Levi's big day a few weeks ago:

 Levi has been coming to work with me every day since I returned to the library after six weeks of maternity leave and has become the local "Library Baby."  We had a little birthday party at the library for the kids in the community.  We had cupcakes, pin-the-tail on the donkey, and a reading of Xander's Panda Party.

New toys to play with at the library! Levi hanging out behind the circulation desk.

After work, Mama, Papa, and Levi visited the county fair.  Of course, it was moto-cross racing night so it was really loud, but we had a good time checking out the animals and spending a small fortune on food.  Levi sampled the funnel cake.  We returned home with emptier wallets and a goldfish (which surprisingly is still alive three weeks later!)

It was a great first birthday! We also celebrated over the weekend with family and friends and had to make a last-minute switch from the backyard farm to the Legion hall due to torrential downpour.  All in all, we had a lot of left-over food and cookies, way too many toys, and a lot of thank-you notes that have yet to be written...

Hope to keep up with this blog a little better...after I get those thank-you notes written!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Greetings

Happy Easter! It's 80 degrees here on our little farm and we are celebrating spring.

Joey is planting the garden and Levi and I are playing on an old quilt on the lawn. The smell of sunscreen and fresh grass have me dreaming of all the warm days ahead to spend barefoot outside with my little guy.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New Season

Spring is slowly peeking out from the shadows of winter.

Since I last wrote, we have had six lambs and are still watching and waiting for one more ewe to lamb.  This lambing season has been exciting because it is our first season with our colored ram.  We got two black and white lambs this year, both males.  They are adorable and such a fun surprise to find.  One is almost all black, and the other looks like a dalmatian.
A couple minutes old and already up and about!

After multiple attempts to get ducklings at the feed store before they were all gone, Joey was finally able to pick up some ducklings and chicks a few weekends ago.  I'm not sure why the ducklings were so popular, but they would be sold out within a few hours of their arrival at the store. 

The ducks are two weeks old now and growing so fast.  And I can say the same thing for our little duckling, Levi, who is almost 9 months old now.  We have been exploring the barnyard and backyard through the eyes of our little guy now that the days are starting to warm up.  We've had our first picnic, a walk in the stroller to the swings in the park, and lots of sitting and watching the sheep and chickens.  And he's discovered grass!  He loves to weave his chubby fingers into the grass and pull it out by the handful.  He also tries to sneak a few bites of the grass as well...

We are in a new season of life.  Busy days with baby at the library, bubble baths, washing dirty little hands, bottles, and clothes.  Wash, rinse, repeat.  And darn those little baby socks!  I have the hardest time finding a matching pair while trying to get the baby and me out the door in the morning.  But I figure if the baby looks cute in his little outfits, no one will notice that mama hasn't showered... Busy, busy days, but so worth it.  I am still so grateful that I can bring the baby with me to work every day.  Just so I can kiss his chubby cheeks all day.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Lambwatch 2014

It's that time of year again...the most anticipated arrival of lambing season.  Despite our best efforts, we do not seem to be organized in getting the ram in with the ewes at the same time every fall, which means that one year we had our lambs in April and last year the first was born on January 31.  And this year we had two rams to court the ewes.  Which means we may be in for some surprises.  Although every year so far has been full of surprises and learning experiences.

Last night, Joey and I were talking about Super Bowl party invitations and trying to remember what we did last year. He couldn't recall if we went to a party last year and then I remembered that we spent Super Bowl Sunday on the couch in front of a space heater with a weak lamb in our laps.  An evening of warmth and snuggling and football must have done the lamb some good; she survived and we are hoping she gives us new lambs this season.

It should be interesting to see how this season goes with our own little lamb on the farm.  In the past years, I have been able to go out to the barn and check on the lambs and tend to their needs at all times and in all weather, but I am nervous about being able to help them if I am alone with the baby.  I'll keep you posted!