It’s apple time around here.  Somehow we thought it would be a good idea to get 100 pounds of these babies.  So, after a day of apple sauce, dehydrating apple slices, and canning apple slices our pantry is a bit fuller.  The kids were a huge help.  And the chickens were happy with all the leftovers.

We’re mostly just thankful to be home doing regular homestead chores after being evacuated for a week due to a large forest fire about a mile from our house.  It’s still burning, (away from us) so prayers would be appreciated!


at the creek

We spent the day with Nana and Grammie and Grandpa down at the creek. IMG_3039The kids had so much fun exploring, playing in the water, and having a picnic.  Emma was all about the caterpillars.  I think she found 3 different ones and spent a great deal of time playing with them.  Mason and Kona were more into the sticks and rocks.  He is starting a dam in the creek and Kona was doing her best to take out every single stick he put in.



Once Caleb warmed up to the water, we couldn’t keep him out.  He was also hamming it up for the camera.



Such a great summer day with family!



Happy Birthday Caleb!  It’s really  hard to believe you are two today!  To say this year has flown by is an understatement.

IMG_2834We love your sweet smile and endless giggles and even those crazy screams.  You sure are a loud one.  Probably because you are constantly competing with your older brother and sister.

You got your first haircut about a week ago.  You loved it.  You watched Mason go first.  Then I may have bribed you with jelly beans, but they weren’t really necessary.  The whole time you kept saying, “hair…floor….hair…floor.”

You amaze us every day with all you are learning.  You learn new words all the time.  You love to follow Mason and Emma and try everything that they do.  You go full force whatever may come.

You love to be outside.  You usually are pretty good about keeping your hat on, but you choose a different one every time we go out.  You know exactly what you want and have a bit of a stubborn streak.  You are also super cuddly, especially with daddy.



You love to count things: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10 is always the sequence.  You love to play with the kitchen and work bench that Grandpa made.  You love to play with balls and shovels.  You play very differently depending on if you’re playing with Emma or Mason, which is fun to watch. You still take one nap a day.  You love baths and brushing your teeth.  You go down to sleep like a pro.  You make us smile every single day.

You bring us so much joy and we love you so very much.  Happy Birthday!


snow day

We’re enjoying a little snow day here on the homestead.  It just keeps falling and we just keep making more coffee.  IMG_1145

The kids are traveling back and forth between our house and the neighbor’s house.




The ducks have even ventured out to see what’s going on.  The chickens?  Not so much.

It finally feels more like winter around here.

19ish months

It seemed like time for a little update on the littlest guy in the family.  Long gone are the monthly posts of that first year….it’s hard to believe we’re heading towards the big 2!

Caleb, you are learning and changing so much every day we can hardly keep up with you.  New words keep popping out of your mouth and Ryan and I just stare at each other in disbelief that you are talking so much.  Water, chicken, kitty, and milk still require our secret decoding parenting skills but other words are as clear as can be:  see, cold, grandpa, more, and just today at lunch: right!

Emma is memma and Mason is some combo of daddy/brother/maymay.

You are really good at understanding what we are saying to you.  You will go get your shoes, throw things away, find your blanket, pick up your toys, and recently tell us you went potty (say what?)

You love to be outside and play with your toys.  You love to have your hair combed.  You are still super snuggly.  You are the first one up in the mornings and usually start right in on a banana or some yogurt.  You love to help carry in firewood.  You are very observant of others around you and are the first to give a hug to someone who’s hurt or go get a towel when you spill something.  You love to look at books and have them read to you.

We love you Caleb buddy.  We’re looking forward to everything you will take on this year and are cherishing these last few baby moments before you get too big!

over here


Here’s a little bit of what we’ve been up to over here.  We cut down a monster of a Christmas tree.  It looked so much smaller out in the forest.  But it’s all decked out and we’re loving it.  Emma’s favorite thing is to turn off all the lights and just “look at it until we fall asleep.”  Which we haven’t actually done (the falling asleep part), but it’s fun to plan I suppose.



Our house has been full of imaginative play this week.  I’m listening in to all the castle building and pirate shipping and lego creating while finishing up some last minute sewing and knitting.

They spent most of one day with the blocks.  Caleb was mostly not helping so they took turns pushing him around the house in a box which he absolutely loved.





I hope your house is full of laughter too!  Merry Christmas!


We’re loving this fall weather.  We took some time on Saturday to have a little picnic and play in the creek.  We also dug up some pine trees to transplant near our house.  The weather was just perfect.

IMG_2510  IMG_2526  IMG_2570There was just enough water in the creek for a little splashing.  Mason helped daddy dig up the trees and Caleb and I brought buckets of water to them from the creek.  Emma was drawing in her notebook. Caleb was quite the little helper.  He insisted on carrying it himself even though it was too heavy.  It took us about 4 times as long, but we were smiling the whole time.

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We also picked a bunch of rose hips to dry for tea.  Emma would pick them and hand them to Caleb who would put them in the bag.  Quite the team.  Mason and daddy totally out-picked us though.

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They were loving exploring and playing with all the different leaves and twigs they could find.  We are having a little family competition on guessing the number of “nice” days we have left.  Hopefully there’s a few more in the near future!