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We have two cute little additions to the homestead.  Meet Pebbles and Bam Bam.  Well, they started out as Pebbles and Bam Bam before we knew that they were both female.  Then Emma decided to rename them Yes Yes and No No.  So, depending on the day, they may get called various names.

I don’t really care what we call them as long as they earn their keep.  So far I’ve seen one mouse meet its fate.  They are super friendly and follow us all around, keeping us company (along with the chickens) while we work.  They even let us pick them up and they purr like crazy.  Not bad for “barn cats.” Keep up the good work little ones!



5 months

Happy 5 months Caleb!


What a fun month this has been!  We’ve traveled all over visiting friends, celebrating birthdays, and saying hello to family.  You are still pretty easy going and full of smiles.  You do well in the car, even with miss Emma “helping you stay happy”.


At your last appointment you weighed in at 12 lbs 6 oz and were 25 inches long.  You are tall and skinny! You are still wearing 3 month clothes mostly.

You took a little spill in the stroller this month at the hands of Mason and got your first bump on your head.  I’m sure there are more to come.  You’re going to have to be tough to keep up with big brother and sister.  They adore you and are never far from your side.  Or face.  Or hands.  Pretty much can’t keep away from you. I don’t blame them.

IMG_1835We all love your cute face, giggles, and smiles.  You are a fun baby.  You are interacting a lot more and starting to mimic sounds.  You have found your voice and “talk” a lot!  You also found your hands and toes.  You are starting to hold your toys and play with them, but mostly you just put them in your mouth.


At 5 months, Caleb, you:

  • don’t have any teeth (yet, but one on the bottom is close)
  • still love the outdoors
  • take 2 or 3 naps a day
  • sleep through the night Ha!
  • roll over
  • grab onto lots of things
  • prefer if we stand up/walk around while holding you
  • still have spiky hair
  • have bluish/gray eyes
  • fill us with joy


We love you Caleb buddy!



an expedition

After spending several weeks studying some frontiersmen, Lewis and Clark, and various expeditions, it’s all we’ve been playing when we go for a walk.  The weather has been beautiful lately so we’ve had time to fit in plenty of expeditions.  IMG_20141014_131512 The big mud puddle by the road in between our neighbor’s house and ours has been declared the Missouri River.  There are a lot of different ways to cross it.  Usually Mason’s bike and Caleb’s stroller turn into a boat.  Otherwise the stroller is our covered wagon.  (We recently checked out a book from the library about a pioneer family, so the pioneer times have been mixed into our expeditions!)

Mason usually brings a cow to haul all the logs we cut to build our house.  Emma brings a milk cow along “for a nice drink on a hot day.”  Their walking sticks are used to hunt the buffalo (our neighbor’s horses) and the red tailed hawks circling above us. We always have plenty of meat. Emma usually wears one of her necklaces to trade beads with the Indians.

When we return from our walk, the play continues on the dirt pile.  Building houses, bunny traps, and gardens.  There is always work to be done on the dirt pile.

IMG_20141021_094332 IMG_20141021_094345Ryan and I decided that it is now necessary to have a dirt pile at all times.  Once we use this one to fill in the floor of the barn we will be getting another one.  I can’t possibly tell you the hours of entertainment this dirt pile has provided.  Often it’s the first thing they need to “work on” after breakfast.  And it’s the last thing they are doing when it’s time to wash up for dinner.  IMG_20141021_154459
It won’t be long before Caleb’s out there joining them.  For now he’s taking it all in from the stroller covered wagon.


Hello!  Welcome to my new blog.  It’s a little bittersweet to move on from my old blog but as I said over there, it was time for a change.  We’re looking forward to lots more adventures as we enjoy life together down our county road.  Thanks for joining us!