July 28, 2014

Homestead Produce

Our homestead has grown in many ways over the past few years.  It is always refreshing to remind myself of how far we've come, because most of the time it seems like I neglect much of what we had envisioned. 

So here's what we have going currently:

- laying hens (we lost our beloved rooster, Solomon, to a coyote about a month ago along with several hens)
- honey bees
- aquaponics system producing fish, and produce
- orchard including Catawba grapes, strawberries, blackberries, black raspberries, boysenberries, peach tree, pear trees, plum trees, cherry trees, apples trees, and nectarine trees.
- we have also adopted two kitty cats, and a stray dog - these obviously aren't for eating, but they are sweet additions to our little farm!  Hopefully Patch (the pup) with help with those coyotes!

Now it is one thing to have a homestead, and quite another to keep up with it.  So far this summer we've frozen some of our berries and apples, and made a few jars worth of pico de gallo.  Fortunately, we try to keep those things around our homestead that don't require too much maintenance.  This is the first year we did not do an outside garden.  In years past we'd put in all the work to get one started, and then we were too busy to keep up with picking weeds, and collecting what was produced (which usually wasn't as much as we would like - with the exception of okra, oh! the okra! . . . ).  In short, we are gardener drop outs . . . for now.  We might go back to that romantic idea of gardening when our children are a little older.  I'm thinking home-school project! :) 

So that's it . . . I have dreams of eating mostly what we produce ourselves or buy locally, but we have a long way to go.  To be honest, I'm mostly living in survival mode when it comes to our eating lately.  NOT that we are scrimping to find food!  I just haven't been prioritizing meal planning.  So many things I'd like to do . . . so little time.  With one active baby girl, and a SuPeR FuN two year old little lady sometimes planning out great meals doesn't seem to be high on my to do list.  Basically, I see what meat, and produce we have and attempt to buy a few things at the grocery store in order to create basic meals.  Tacos, Meat-n-Potatoes, and simple pasta dishes like Spaghetti are pretty much the norm.  We also instituted Friday pizza night!  Anyway, we need to clean up our eating a bit, but as I mentioned it's good to remind myself of how far we've come!  I think I might go on a mission here in a little while to find SIMPLE healthy meals. . . that are tasty and toddler approved!  :)  If you have any suggestions I'd love to hear them!

Also, if you ARE a foodie, you might want to check out Fine Food Specialist.Co.Uk. :)

July 23, 2014

Rug Love

I LOVE living in rural Missouri, but OH, how I wish we lived near an IKEA!

I have been eyeing these rugs for quite some time.

Kyria had an accident about a month ago when we were just getting started with potty training, and our living room rug had to be thoroughly cleaned!  If money weren't an option I would have tossed our current beige shag for this beauty:

Then we did a little REdecorating upstairs, and moved some rugs around in the process.  I would love to replace the ones we have currently with these . . .

I've also seen some super cute hand towels I'd like to get from there.   IKEA would totally be my go to place for textiles if only I lived closer!  Meanwhile I suppose I'll just have to settle for what is available online.  I think you can find some things on Amazon as well! 
There are also lots of cute rugs at FloorsUSA.  I love this one for the girl's room. 

July 19, 2014

Stars, Stripes, & Bubbles

We have had lots of excitement the last three weeks.  We traveled to Branson for our anniversary, and brought the girls with us.  The following weekend we traveled to visit my parents for the Fourth of July weekend.  Then, this last weekend we had a garage sale.  On top of that I had a very busy June editing pictures!  I FINALLY got caught up with editing photos for my clients, and getting them sent out.  With all the cRaZiNeSs, Kyria and I DID manage to do a few learning activities.  Following our "Zoo" theme at the beginning of June, we did a "Bubbles" theme. 

Here are a few of our "Bubble" activities.  We also had lots of bubble baths, played with blowing bubbles.  I SO wish I would have gotten more pictures . . .

For the beginning of July our theme was "Fourth of July".  Here are a few of our activities. . .


July 15, 2014

Beautiful Brielle

Sweet Brielle!  I took these pictures of you at about 6 1/2 months.  I am just now posting them, and you are now 7 1/2 months!  You are such a blessing, and you are growing so quickly!  You are so curious!  You love watching the chickens, and pretty much anything with a face that moves!  You can get anywhere you want by crawling, and you really like your walker!  You used to fall right asleep when I would rock you, but now you are too alert most of the time, so I have been laying you down.  You are now sleeping very good through the night, and you are so happy to see me when I come get you in the morning!  You love your sister, and try to get her toes, hair, and toys as often as you can.  She loves you too, and usually shares her toys with you.  She also makes sure you don't get the toys your not supposed to have (i.e. her toy cars, small stuff etc.), and she'll say, "no, no baby . . .no, no"!  You are a good eater and you are already wearing Kyria's 12 month clothes from last year!  Thank you for saving us money! :)  We LOVE YOU sweet girl, and are so Thankful for YOU!  It is so exciting to watch you grow! :)

July 14, 2014

Project 365: Week 14 & 15

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