Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Our Week At A Glance

Every day battle....



Date With Bethany....



The bliss of afternoon naps....



Resurrection Day worship.....



Daddy prays over girls....



Our Tom Cat..."Half N Half"



A midget super soldier...




Blessings to you-
Julianne

Friday, April 4, 2014

SPRING At The Cabin



Beautiful sunshine, warm and gentle breezes...it is SPRING at last! 
 The mud has a faint green tinge to it suggesting grass, (how exciting)
 and the children think it is surely summer-SOOO warm that they are barefoot and asked if they could go swimming in the pond.  (It is 54 degrees).
I said no.
So, they donned their mud boots and stomped through puddles,
 played with the baby goats,
 and had a perfectly marvelous day.









The bigger boys went off gallivanting, 
so just us girls here, along with Gabe to keep us company.

We girls are content with little to do outdoors at present, just enjoying the warm sun,
 watching Olivia and Gabe play, 
chatting about what we would like to plant where this year, 
coming vacations, and what to cook for dinner, which goats we will keep, which we will sell,
 and all kinds of other girly chatter.
Daddy often calls us "SQUIRRELS" since we chatter on so.
  (smile)



All the fun in the sun tuckered the littles out.
They were quick to nod off at nap time today.
Gabe was so sweet here I just had to snap a picture to capture the moment..
he is growing so fast, and will soon be one of the big boys.
..just cherishing the time now that he is still 
somewhat little.



Happy Spring To You!
Julianne



Thursday, April 3, 2014

Little Woodsmen Pocket Dump

My Little Woodsmen have a pretty standard daily dress and gear they carry.


Camouflage
 makes up a large part of the boys wardrobe,
 as well as Carhardt, Wrangler, Wool, and BOGS.
But, a belt  and pockets to hold all the necessities is the real must have...
although each of the boys also have a full possibles bag they take on all woodsy adventures.

EDC,
 or Every Day Carry
is a big deal around here.  
What a man has in his pocket
 ( or a woman in her purse) 
may save his life.  
  
We believe that a little preparedness goes a long ways.  
 Being prepared teaches resourcefulness,
ingenuity and situational awareness,
competence and readiness.

With that in mind,
 we are training them up the way they should go....
and that way includes a pocket knife as well as other "just in case" items of importance.

We are that kind of people.

The kind where any random day for the boys
 may include cooking an unfortunate rabbit for lunch.



(But then, when they come inside for afternoon tea, they must be gentlemen, you know.
Sort of, like Swiss Family Robinson meets Pride and Prejudice.)

Just out of curiosity, I randomly called for a pocket dump the other day,
which I do occasionally for fun and amusement.
Here is what we found-

Joe:


Joe carries a KA Bar, wallet, lighters, and multi tool.  He also has a hatchet on his belt.



Ben:


Ben has an Altoids can with matches, fish hooks, whistle, band aids, and cotton balls.
  He also has a Swiss army knife, a pocket knife, and a boot knife.



Jim:



Jim carries an Altoids can with a fishing kit in it,
 he also has a hand warmer, a Swiss army knife,
wallet (with a full Dutch Brothers Card in it, he informed me)
 an antler handled flint and steel, a pocket knife, a fixed blade and some matches. 
 Jim too carries a hatchet on his belt.



Gabe:


Gabe carries a whistle in his Altoids can, and a vintage Luke Skywalker in his pocket everyday.
He declined a pocket dump today, feeling rather grumpy, which is very out of character for him.

It is a beautiful sunny spring day,
and the boys are excited to get their school work and chores done so they can do the important stuff..
..like identify what sort of R.O.U.S is in the big pond,
 and try to discover the whereabouts of the Canadian Geese nest - staying a safe distance so as to not endanger them.
 Then, too, there is the daily observation of birds and their songs,
 and general romping through the woods.
I will hear all about it come 3:00, when I serve tea and  snack for the children,
 gathering the little ones in to get scrubbed up clean and have a nap.

Ah, the beauties of our redneck life!

Blessings To You,
Julianne