Our yard was frozen today from the Polar Vortex! We had these huge sheets of ice and since we had been cooped up inside I thought it would be fun to bundle up and go out for some “ice skating!” Marleigh, you love ice skating! I took you to a real rink once and you fell in love. I wish we could have signed you up for lessons, but with the cost being so high and since we were planning on moving out here I knew it would never work. It makes me even more thankful for small opportunities like this. You pretended your rubber boots were ice skates and that your big fluffy coat was a beautiful tutu. You twirled all over the ice…and fell down….a lot.
Marleigh, you amaze me everyday with your natural mothering instincts. You love to take care of other people, especially your brother! At 5 years old you are able to find your way around the kitchen quite nicely. You have proven to me that you can be careful around a hot stove, that you can use a knife without cutting yourself, you can read measurements and can prepare small meals. So far you can cook eggs, pancakes, and cinnamon toast all on your own! On this morning you and your brother wanted cinnamon toast and eggs for breakfast so you took it upon yourself to make it. You are going to be such a great mama one day.
This weather is so crazy! Earlier this week we were bundled up to go outside & suddenly we can go out without a coat! We spent the evening on the porch since we spent the whole day grocery shopping. A chore I absolutely hate and one that takes all day because of the long drive to the store. Some fresh air was most defiantly needed! Daddy gets home around 5:30-6pm each night from working. You two are ecstatic when that time comes! Im so thankful for a good man that lets me stay at home with you two while we works all day. He is a good provider and best of all he always makes us smile no matter what kind of day we had. This was your expression when you saw his truck coming down the drive way. Bocephus stands on the front step and barks with excitement while you 2 laugh and then you jump off the chair and give him a giant hug.
You love to sew! You found some scrap fabric and it was just enough to create a pillow case. It was the first time you ever made anything with a name! You usually hand sew or just sew fabric for the fun of it and to get the hang of creating straight stiches. It was such an exciting afternoon for the both of us! I started sewing when I was 14 and I got my first sewing machine at 16. It was a love that stuck with me and Im so happy to see you doing the same. Your hands are always needing to create something. And here you are at 5 years old creating things we can actually use. Sometimes I have to remind myself that you are only 5. You seem so much older.
It was an exciting day today! We have been talking about building this fence ever since we decided to get milking goats. Right now we are using posts and boards we are finding other places on our property. We are on a mission to reuse and repurpose as much as we can before we buy materials. We were able to get 8 sections done. We have a lot more to go and we have to add a metal fence to the back to make sure the goats don’t escape, but its coming along so nicely! We are doing everything by hand, from pulling the old posts out of the ground to digging the holes. Its a lot of work, but I cant wait to be able to tell you 2 how we (more like your dad) built this fence that will serve our family for many years to come with his bare hands.
I love that I have the opportunity to homeschool you 2. And I really love it when we can get outside to do school work. Today is a Monday and a warm one at that! As soon as we gobbled up breakfast we went outside to find things for our nature study. We went of a hike and found a rabbit, a tooth, a feather, and best of all this box turtle! After we did a nature study on him and you both drew him in your nature book we released him. You both wanted to keep him and you named him Joey, but I told you that if we released him he would be so much happier in the wild. You agreed and sent him on his way.
We had plans to visit the farmers market this morning, but the rain kept us inside. To keep our hands busy we made a loaf of honey wheat bread. We have been making our own breads from dinner rolls, biscuits and loaves all week! We have been consciously watching what we purchase at stores and if its something we can get from a local farmer or do ourselves we take that option instead of buying it at a big chain. Now that we are trying our hand at farming it was really eye opening to us that we should really support our local farmers more and more. We will be working right along side the farmers this spring at the farmers market when we sell our chicken eggs & the soaps we have been making. Maybe we will take some bread to sell too!