Friday, November 30, 2012

So Thankful

Well December starts tomorrow and I am shocked at how quickly the year has gone.
I know a big part of it flying by is because of the addition of Gus to the family!!
I can't believe he is almost 9 months old and
 he is learning new things almost every day.
He is crawling like a pro, and cruising around the furniture.
He even says "dada" and possibly "mama" (we are working on that) ;-)

Unfortunately, Gus has been sick quite a lot lately. 
In the last month alone he has had 2 separate colds, Fifth Disease 
(a viral infection that causes rash and fever) and now a stomach flu. 
In the last few years a lot of medications for infants and babies have been taken off the shelves and so besides Tylenol, there isn't a lot to give a miserable baby. I have spent a lot of time lately researching some natural home remedies we can use for him and our whole family. As I experiment, I want to share what is working and not working for us on the blog. Stay tuned for more of that!!

Pinterest has been a a great source of info for me as I research and
 I find I am on it all the time lately! 
I have soooo many ideas for the farm and Pinterest has only added fuel to my fire. What a fantastic resource for anything imaginable! Right now while the ground is frozen and there is snow covering the farm, I can pin to my heart's delight all the beautiful flowers and vegetable ideas I can find! 
I am gardening vicariously through Pinterest this winter!!!! ;-)
I am impatiently counting the days for Spring to come back so I can get outside and get busy with so many great new ideas. 

 Thanksgiving was last week and I have been feeling very thankful 
for our many, many blessings. 
The farm is my childhood dream come true, and instead of "getting it out of my system" as my family hoped, I know for sure this is where I want to be 
for a long, long time. I LOVE everything about the farm! 
I am so thankful for my kids and that they are growing up out here in the country and experiencing all of these wonderful things!!! One of the things we did this year as a family was make this "thankful tree" with all of our hand prints. (of course I got the idea off of Pinterest!) I was so happy with the way it turned out, but also surprised at how big my kids hands are, they are growing up too fast. I am trying to enjoy every day with them, because one day they will be grown and gone. I am so thankful I can be a stay at home mom to them and be present in their lives every day!!

Speaking of the kids growing, back in October the kids took a group picture and we just got it back. It is especially special because it is the first (professional) picture of all 5 kids together since Gus was born. I just have to share!

L to R: Simon (13), Anabelle (6), Julianna (14), Gus (7 months) & Oliver (12)

That pretty much wraps up this blog post. Just wanted to check in since it has been a few weeks again. Everything on the farm is normal-
 except I can't help but feel the animals are all cold. 
Maybe during this long winter I will find a tutorial on Pinterest 
to make all the animals sweaters? 

♥ Happy Holidays Everyone!! 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Antiques & Junk Shopping

This past weekend was an event I look forward to all year long. Every fall there is an Antique sale outside of Mayville. They fill up their barn with fabulous old finds and their prices are AMAZING!!! Every year that I have gone I have found awesome items that have become important pieces in my home decor! This year I was ready weeks in advance with my calendar marked and my money saved up. I invited some of my dear friends (Leslie & Shyla) to come join me and we all brought our kids, our mini vans and we lined up early to get the best finds. Part of the fun is standing in line outside the barn craning your necks to see what treasures lie inside. You can't go inside until 9am sharp, but you can look from the door all you want. They pass out pages of "sold" stickers so you can tag your big items without slowing down- and me & the kids strategized while we were waiting as to which items were the most important to get to first! There was a cool vintage black cupboard that we could see and I told Simon to run for that first.

 Do I need a cupboard? No. 
Do I have a place to put it? No. 
Did I know the price when I asked him to tag it as sold? No.
Did I buy it without hesitation anyway? Yes.

See that crock in the picture? 
Simon saw that piece of Red Wing Pottery "on the way" to the 
cupboard and asked me if I wanted it. Umm, yes please!
Matt and I became familiar with Red Wing a few years ago when we visited the town in Minnesota while going to the 100 mile yard sale along the Mississippi River. Red Wing pottery is quite collectible and can be pretty expensive. This piece was only marked $7 because the bottom was broken out. It is stamped December 1915 & besides the bottom part & a missing handle, it is in really nice condition.

Julianna spotted a black framed mirror from the doorway,
 and that along with a cool glass jar were her first targets.
(Does anyone know what exactly that was used for??)


When it was finally time to go in and shop, I grabbed the garden arch first 
(at at the CRAZY price of only $10 I think it was probably the best value of the day!)

Then I snagged a few other cool odds and ends....
A printer tray- a super find at $7

A wash board, a bench, a flower box, other glassware...

I went a little nuts!!
I got this chunky throne like chair too. 
What am I going to use it for? No clue- but it is fun to sit in!
And this heater of some sort? I don't know what this is at all, but it was only a couple bucks and I think I will use it in my garden as a plant stand. 
(again, if you have info here, please tell me about it!)


Oh yeah, and this trunk simply because it is piratey. 
I also got a small brown desk & chair that might be perfect in my upstairs hallway.

We left with a full van and arranged to come back for the big pieces later!

Next stop?
We came to the farm to unload all the goodies and the kids played with the animals
Shyla's kids were pretty excited and were quick to explore and make friends!

After hanging at the farm for a bit- we were ready to hit the road with an empty (again) van and a travel mug of coffee. Our next stop was "Junkerama" a junk & antique sale in Gardner. Twice a year they put on an event, and it just so happens that their fall sale was on the same day as the Mayville sale. 
We got there around lunch time, but there was still plenty of great finds!!

A potting bench, a wishing well, a copper boiler, an old wash tub, 2 birdhouses, a cream can, a handmade side table and a rusty crate later- my van was full AGAIN!!


After we got home- I arranged everything on the lawn for a fun picture!!

Such a FUN FUN FUN & successful day!
Junk hunting with good friends and finding amazing things at amazing prices 
made the day absolutely perfect!
(we even had a lot of fun with all our kids with us!)
I can't wait til next year when we can do it all again!!!!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

"Chocolate" Kisses

Today was such an exciting day at the farm! 

"Cocoa" and "Snickers", our new miniature horses arrived this afternoon and we spent the day welcoming our new babies to the farm!! We fenced in a section of pasture for them and the kids took turns leading them around the yard. They were born in May of this year, so they aren't even 5 months old yet... they are ABSOLUTELY adorable! The term "love at first sight" definitely applies to these little sweeties! The kids are all so excited to finally have horses out here- and I feel a little bit safer having them learn how to take care of minis instead of full sized horses as beginners.

It was pretty funny watching the other barnyard animals curiously inspecting the new tenants. The kittens approached first and lost interest quickly. The guineas raised a ruckus but eventually went about their foraging. The goats seemed a little put off, especially because we put the minis in their goat yard while we finished off the pasture area. They went inside the barn and stayed there until we took the horses back out. It will be interesting to have a new species on the farm!

 our little filly- Cocoa

our little colt- Snickers

I am excited to get to know the babies and see how they fit into our Funny Farm!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Coming Soon...

We are so excited to welcome Cocoa & Snickers out to the Funny Farm this weekend!!

Found these adorable mini's on craigslist this week and after talking to the seller, 
we are very excited to purchase them and add them to our family. 
The kids especially!!
Will update again after they arrive!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Playing Catch Up

Ok so I completely busted my New Year's resolution to blog more... 
It has been 9 months since the last post. Sheesh.

The farm is still here and we are having a blast and excited for fall-
 life has just been busy and blogging got put on the back burner. 

Some changes around here? 
The biggest one is GUS!

Gus was born March 11. 2012 and is a JOY to our family!!
At 6 months old, everything is exciting and interesting to explore. He LOVES to be outside on the farm and he especially loves to play with the kittens (who seem to love him too, despite his tendency to squeeze them)


In other news, we added Gracie to our goat herd earlier this year. 
She is a 2 year old Nigerian Dwarf doe and we are hoping to breed her soon!

Gracie gets along with the boys too, which is a relief!

We also acquired Ginger- Julianna's new bunny. 
She roams freely during the day in the "hen pen" and loves the freedom to hang out with the chickens.

We also got 15 new "chicks" in the spring,
 that are now old enough to start laying eggs.
3 of them were actually hatched by 2 of our Silkies that finally went broody in the spring and made a joint nest that they took turns sitting on. (haha!) 

                                    and a few chicks turned out to be roosters-
                                         this one is my favorite of the bunch!

We also got 5 new guinea keets to replace the one's we lost last fall, they are already fully grown as well and they roam the farm making a ruckus!! I laugh every time I hear the barking start.

Last but not least, we have 6 new kittens on the farm. 
2 from Lulu, 1 from Tiny and 3 we rescued from the side of the road. Lulu disappeared when her kittens were about 6 or 7 weeks old, and Tiny adopted them as well as the 3 orphans. She was pregnant at the time, but started nursing all 5 of them anyway. Not long after that she had her own babies, but one of them didn't survive. The other one "Tick" is absolutely adorable and we LOVE her soooo much! She got her name because she would be the only kitten nursing when she was a newborn and she was the roly'est poly'est kitten we had ever seen! She looked like a swollen tick with a milk mustache :) All 6 kittens love each other and play together now, and Tiny proudly claims all of them as her own. 

Oliver & Ticky


This summer we also started the huge Garden project. I have been dreaming of a "Therapy Garden" in the center of the circular drive since we moved here. My wonderfully handy husband started constructing it in July and we spent MANY, MANY hours over the next couple months working on it. There is still a long way to go, but I am very happy with the progress we made and next year we hope to add lots more to it!!

Here is the original sketch I made 
(we have made some changes- but this is basically the idea)

Here are some of the construction pics:

                                                   my herb garden!

                                  and my FABULOUS garden entry arch!!!

Anyway just wanted to jump on and post some pictures and the important news from The Funny Farm. Perhaps the next post will be sooner than 9 months from now ;-)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

2011 in Review

Happy New Year!
I can't believe it is 2012 and that we celebrated our 1 year anniversary on the farm last month! Time really does fly by when you are having fun. We experienced many highs and lows throughout the year:

  • We got our first group of chickens right after Christmas of 2010, and with The General and his small flock of 5 hens our dream of hobby farming began! 
  • It wasn't long after 2011 began that we started exploring goat options, and after researching the different breeds, we decided to start with Nigerian Dwarf Goats.  We found 2 wethers at a farm over in Minnesota and it didn't take us long to fall in love with Black Jack and Sundance and their funny personalities. 
  • With Spring came chicks! There was a couple months that our dining room was full of the sound of peeping fluff balls and we loved holding the chicks and watching them grow.
  • Right as summer break started we added 2 baby Fainting Goats to the mix. We enjoyed bottle feeding them and lost our hearts to their sweet dispositions.
  • That same week at a nearby farm "Sassy" gave birth to her first foal. We were thrilled as Tornado would be coming to live at the farm as soon as he was old enough to be weaned. 
  • During the summer, the puppy we had rescued, Scurv, decided he like the taste of blood. He killed our 2 baby goats and several chickens before we found him another home. We were devastated and lost some of our most favorite pets. It was our first experience of loss on the farm and it was a hard lesson for the whole family.
  • With July the barn cats had litters and we ended up with 17 kittens on the farm!! 
  • In August we found out we were expecting our 5th child in March of 2012! It was unexpected news, but soooooo exciting for us! 
  • As fall came we were thrilled that all of our spring chicks started laying eggs! We get an eclectic assortment every day- different sizes and colors! It is like an Easter Egg hunt collecting them- white, light brown, dark brown, speckled, green, olive, blue... so many varieties!! 

  • We had a pretty good garden harvest for our first attempt! LOTS of zuccini & summer squash and it was delicious! Unfortunately our corn never ripened enough to eat, but we will try again next year.
  • We fell in love with one of the barn kittens and Muggles became a house cat!
  • During the fall we lost 2 guineas and 2 of our barn cats Fluffy & Poe to predators (we think coyotes) all in the same week. It was a sad time for all of us.
  • We had a Halloween party and bonfire out on the farm and bobbed for apples and busted open a Pinata. It was fun because Memama (Zoa's mom) was visiting from Florida and got to experience fall on the farm!
  • With winter, came only a light dusting of snow and milder temperatures than usual. Christmas Day was NOT white for the first time in the 5 winters we have lived in North Dakota! 

I have been slacking in the blog department the last few months, but one of my New Year's resolutions is to try and update here more often. It is such a great journal for me to reflect back on and remember the milestones of hobby farming!!  We are excited to see what changes 2012 will bring to the farm!