Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Round Here Lately...

Hi, y'all!!

I've been quite MIA recently....but spring is sooo close and we're starting to get things going on our little homestead for the season.  This is - by far - our favorite time of year.  It's also the most exhausting!  All the planning, planting, cleaning, weeding, etc.  But, so worth it.  Now, if Michigan would get its act together and realize that it is technically spring and not winter, that would be great!

Here are a few highlights of things that have been happening in the past few weeks around here:

We took an extra long Spring Break this year and oh-my-goodness was it glorious!  We spent one week at Disney - our first time!  That place truly is magical.  We had more fun than we thought was possible.  The kids were amazing - never once complained about walking miles and miles everyday.  We met characters, rode rides, dined with princesses and just had an awesome, awesome time!  I'd like to say there will be a blog post up about it soon, but I still haven't blogged about the kids' birthdays from the fall sooo...... #imaterribleblogger


After Disney, we headed to our favorite vacation spot - Siesta Key, FL - to have a week of relaxation with Jason's family.  We have been coming here with Jason's family every other year and it's one of my favorite vacations to take.  Plus, Jason and his brothers grew up coming here, so we're carrying on that tradition.


Then, it was back to reality....and reality it was!  We came back and it was snowing!!  After having two weeks of gorgeous, sunny, 80 degree days, it was a tough adjustment....in fact, nearly two weeks later, we're still not adjusted....


Mother Nature did give us a couple days as a teaser of what's to come.  While we had a couple of nice days I was able to drain and clean the hot tub, and search the yard for any signs of spring.  The Sugar Maple trees we planted in the fall are beginning to bud and our garlic is looking great - two awesome signs!!

      

Inside our house, Jason has been busy building our new pantry!!!  I'm sooooo excited for this.  He's put up enough shelves for me to move all of my home-canned goods in.  Next up is the flooring, a counter, a few more shelves and then it'll be done!

     

The day after we got home from vacation, I got our seeds started.  We realized last year that a lot of the crops we started by seed are actually better directly sown into the garden.  So, we have a lot fewer seeds inside this year.

        

The next big project after our vacation?  Getting some baby chickens!!!  The kids and I went to the store and came home with eight babies - two each of Barnevelders, Black Australorps, Golden Comets, and Silver Laced Wyandottes.....

    

....and then we went to a different store....and came home with four more.... :)
Four Ameraucana chicks!!
(I've been wanting some of this breed for years!!)


On a sad chicken note, we've lost two of our full grown girls in the past week.  First, it was Pancake, our last living ISA Brown hen. We're pretty sure we lost her due to an internal infection.  Next, it was Fork, one of our Barred Rock hens.  A bit more of a traumatic loss.  A neighborhood dog somehow broke into our chicken run and, before I could get to it, he had gotten ahold of our chicken and ran off :(  We are now down to just two of our original girls....Libby Mae and Bork.


Another exciting addition to our homestead is bees!  They are ordered and should be here within a month.  We just ordered this hive/starter kit from Bee Built this week and are hoping to get it all set up this weekend!


So there is a snippet of what we've been up to lately!  We are so looking forward to a bountiful spring/summer and have so many exciting things planned!  Stay tuned to see what we're up to next!!

~ Sara :)

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