Teaching our children by example and showing them what work is, is the #1 way to their success. They love to help and letting them do so will help them learn skills that will be so valuable for the rest of their lives. Sometimes it takes longer and is harder but it will be worth it in the long run.
This year has been a learning curve that has never been so fun. We started goats in December 2015 and kidded out just after the new year, memorial day and Labor day. I guess our goats like celebrating the holidays with some kids. Here is a sample of the cuteness we have had this year. We are loving our goats!
Labor Day Babies
Spring and Summer Babies
It was an awesome day in Historic Roseberry for their Annual Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social. We set up a petting zoo with 4 of our 41 goats. The first Saturday of September, Labor day weekend, is the special time to get the family out for a fun filled day of Free ice cream, historical buildings, quilt show, live music, classic car viewing, wiener roast, kids activities and fun. We plan on being back every year with more animals and hopefully in the next couple of years we will even add Reindeer to the petting zoo. We really enjoyed getting to know more people in the community and the weekend vacationers. We had a blast. See you all next year!
Tribute to our Beautiful Mare, Haidas
This last year has brought a lot with it. Over last winter our beautiful mare was becoming very ill and would not eat and we came to find out that she tore her ACL and was suffering from chronic pain so much that she was slowly starving. With our vets advice we had to put her down. She was a big loss to us and her filly. We will Miss Haidas Smart Chick and the sweetheart that she was.Training HorsesWe picked up a few new horses this last spring and trained them and sold them. One of our horses was sold back to its Original owner from 18 years ago. What are the odds? It was a fun reunion for them.
My Sister came for a visit and we set out into the woods for some beautiful fall time color in the mountains of Idaho.
Have you ever gone camping in a 'not designated' campsite. If you have then you know what it is like to create your own space for camping out of what you find.. It is fun. When we have done it in the past we usually pick a nice place along side a creek surrounded by trees. Here on the place we are going to call home we decided to pick a spot with a view overlooking the pond and mountains. We want to be close to a water source and pitch our tents on some level ground.
We were so excited to make it back to Idaho. We love it there. I drove the horse trailer and my man drove the Uhaul. It took us a good 16 hours and crying children but we did it. For the fourth of July weekend we enjoyed time with family. They set up camp in the pasture and we put a little fence around them to keep the cows out. This is my man and my dad putting that fence in. There were also beautiful wild daisy's all around welcoming in summer.
Now when you hear the word work do you ever cringe or think "oh please not today, I have more than enough on my plate and do not need to add to it." Have you ever stopped to think about the value of work? How has it blessed you? How has it effected your personal or family life?
Journal Entry #2
Have you ever had a goal you wanted to accomplish and when you did how did it feel? Or have you had a desire for a certain lifestyle and when it is actually coming together as you had hoped, how do you feel? We are beginning to see what these two things feel like.
I came across this art work by Lee Teter and was touched by it. It is a print heavy with emotion. Thought I would share it on this Memorial Day.
I have a good friend Victor Baumgarten in Germany and He is the Photographer for this photograph and the vision behind it. This is my Son with his Father's shadow. This picture could be portrayed in many ways so I will leave that up to you, but I do want to say my heart goes out to the families of the fallen and I look forward to Memorial Day to remember them.
I think of my Grandpa Haskett who served in the Navy during WWII and all that he fought for. I loved hearing his stories growing up and love to remember him. Have a Good Memorial day everyone!
We took apart this headboard and used all the pieces to make our toddler bed.
We Like how it turned out!
No worries, there will be no visuals in this blog post, you can find that elsewhere and i am no doctor, this is just information that can help in a situation if the need arises.
Success is shared around our household no matter how small or big it is. So today in our home school life, this was worth a share.
For those that don't know I am home schooling my kids this year and with moving from Europe to the USA and being in limbo with moving and getting our things and now only having a few weeks before I have another baby in our household, I have not been the animated fun educator that my kids use to know. I peek out every once in a while but with some fatigue with being pregnant, getting my boys to do school work has been frustrating at times to say the least.
So today we had a little fun with school.
Taking advantage of the beautiful day we were having, they were playing 'recess' outside while I prepared for the day and then we started our game.
It was kind of like 'Mother May I' or 'Simon Says' without having to ask permission or say the phrase. I had them start at a certain point in the yard and I would ask them questions that pertained to Math, Science and Language arts. If they got the question's right then they got to do something funny with their bodies and move around our imaginary game board in our yard. (For an example run to the fence while barking like a dog, come back half way while jumping like a rabbit, sit on the bench, take 5 scissor steps forward...and so on). I always made it a success for them too. If they got a question wrong we would talk about it to understand it better and they could go half way to where I was taking them or I would ask another question to see if they could get it right. They were anxious to review what we had learned so far this year. It was a fun change to the everyday learning routine and they did really well. We would have breaks for snacks or some recess and then come back to the game to ask more questions. It was a success that was worth a share in my book and I got to sit and relax while asking questions and enjoying them. So no matter where you are and feel a little stuck you can always change things up a bit with a little fun.
First off, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are a huge part of my life. I know everyone has different views on what they believe and I respect that. It seems there are times in our lives where we need extra prayers and we tend to pray a little more when things are a little rough or questionable and pray a little less when things are going well and smooth.
I hope I can learn someday to always have a prayer in my heart and be mindful of my amazing Father in Heaven. Lately we have been praying a lot to have things work out the way we hope for them to. I hope that my desires of what I want and what our family wants line up with my Heavenly Father's Plan for us. I believe no matter where we are, we can help others and help impact their lives for good.
Lead me, Guide me, walk beside me, help me find the way, teach me all that I must do to live with Him someday.
My boys (my kiddos) have done that for me lately. Whether it is locking my keys in the car, my battery dead in the middle of a blizzard or I lost something and need to find it, they are always there saying, "Mom, lets pray." And Always my prayer is answered. Help arrives as we say amen, or I get the inspiration I need to help me and my little family. I am grateful for the faith of these children I call mine. What a beautiful gift from heaven they are to me. They help me become a better person everyday, even when I have set backs and struggle they are there to lift me a long the way just like my Loving Heavenly Father does.
God is good and he loves us and wants to be apart of our lives. He is just a prayer away.
Before a week ago I was one of those that only used cast iron to cook with if we were in the outdoors and I was camping. My husband changed that when he got me some cast iron skillets and pots. We took them out of the package and they already come pre-seasoned but we wanted to give them an extra touch. So we looked up how to do it and it has turned out great so far.
We did it again with some Lodge Cast Iron I had in our camping gear that were in much needed TLC for seasoning (which means to grease them up good so they don't rust.....not salt or pepper them) believe it or not I used to think, "Do you like rub it down with salt or something???" glad I don't think that way anymore :)
I love the message in this story. We never know what someone might be going through or what trials they are facing personally. That is what I love about this message and turning something that could have become more of a hardship for someone, they turned into a great blessing. I hope we all can do a little bit of a kind deed for those around us, concealed and watch the deed unfold.
Camille Loves being a mother of six, wife to an amazing cowboy, A photographer, blog writer, and an Adventure seeker.
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