Late easter photos

April 28, 2016


Sarah, me, and Annika

Sorry these are so late folks! Got caught up with life and new baby Beatrix. :)

Sheep shearing and miscellaneous updates

April 26, 2016


Last Monday, we had our sheep sheared!  They look quite small and scrawny with all their fluffy wool off, but I think they are enjoying the relief because we got some warm weather. We ended up with four bags of dirty, but gorgeous wool!
The lambs are healthy and plump, and growing fast!  Once you catch them, they are quite cuddly. ;)

This morning, we went on a super wet hike in Italy Valley with a group of homeschoolers.  It was fun altogether excepting the torturous uphills which gained up to 800 ft. ;)  We saw 'Big Rock' which was a surprisingly large rock with lots of moss growing on it.  Maybe the size of two cars next to each other and one and a half cars tall?  It was not easy to get to as it was straight up the steep side of a hill and there was no path. Not to mention that it was pouring out. ;)  After much panting and a few breaks, we finally got to the rock.  I had fun identifying the plants as we walked.  Spotted 'Woody Nightshade', numerous 'Mayapples', and some questionable 'Snowdrops', along with some others I can't remember.
The climb down was much easier.  Thank goodness, the way we took down had a nice long trail with a very gradual descent.  We got a bit lost at one point and the fog didn't help, but all made it out! :)

We are slowly working on planting our garden!  I believe we have broccoli, radishes, lettuce, asparagus, and onions inside under the grower lights right now.  My dad also bought some hazelnut trees to add to our orchard.  The kiwi tree doesn't look so good but maybe it will perk up. :)

I have been going on lots of bike rides around town lately.  I also recently attached a milk crate to the front of my bike for a basket so I am excited to be able to carry around lots of stuff with me this summer on my bike rides.  Coming to realize that it's much better to bike around 4:00-ish instead of in the heat of the morning and afternoon.  I'll have to keep that in mind in July. ;)

We also celebrated Sarah's sixteenth birthday over the weekend! :D

Life | April

April 19, 2016



The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie // Alan Bradley (for the third time!)
City of Orphans // Avi
Napolean's Buttons // Jay Burreson and Penny Le Couteur


What The Water Gave Me // Florence and the Machine
Catch // Dresses
Katie Queen of Tennesee // Apache Relay
The Things I Do // Tessa Violet
Mountain Sound // Of Monsters and Men


warm spring weather.
watching the chickens.
my new typewriter.
the smell of fresh earth.
our Lord's creations.

Playing - piano

Sonatina no. 2 in F // Ludwig van Beethoven
Moonlight Sonata // Ludwig van Beethoven
Allegro // Igor Stravinsky
Minuet no. 6 // Johann Sebastian Bach

Introducing Beatrix, born April 16!!! She's a darling. 

Trying on that hat my mom made her. ;)


April 17, 2016


I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed . . ..

One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Just a quick, fun post with a few shots. 
Baby arrived last night at 8:03 p.m.!! She is unbelievingly cute and we are all over the moon! Photos coming soon. <3

Just some lambie shots

April 10, 2016


Photoshoots coming soon -- I haven't yet gotten the chance to go through the photos and be picky. ;)


April 08, 2016


Just having some fun at the Memorial Art Gallery in the atrium.  
- Spent the afternoon and wandered around the upstairs rooms.  
- Took pictures of some beautiful paintings and wrote.  

an array of eggs

April 06, 2016


I washed sixty eggs the other day then arranged them all by color. A workout! :)

So we thought it was spring . . .

April 03, 2016


. . . And this is what I woke up to this morning.

Mom's maternity shoot | December 2016

April 02, 2016


Laughing about what an overused pose this is for maternity shoots

Please excuse another late post! ;) 

Here are some more photos of my mom I took on Christmas day.  She is now due in only two weeks and we are all very excited! Keep you eyes peeled for photos of a new baby sister! :)

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