Life is hard and beautiful and wonderful. I need guidance to help me through it all. As a woman in the world today, a wife, a best friend, a mother, a daughter and a sister, I want to know how I can be strengthened and inspired to do the right thing. Here is a link to a place I go to listen to talks that give me the inspiration I need to get through the every day. They are organized by topic so you can go where you feel you need it most. I am grateful for others who can help me by sharing their life experiences and their testimonies of our Savior Jesus Christ.
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. Every Labor day weekend on Saturday 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!
Long post but a year in one post is a lot :)
First six months with our gilts
In August 2015 we decided to get us some wiener pigs. No that doesn't mean they are related to the dog, it means they have been weened from their moms and are ready for raising.
We got 3 piglets and had them in a temporary pen till we could make one of our horse pens pig proof by putting panels vertically all around it to keep them in. While that was going on one of our piglets got loose and we never saw it after that.
You could come up with a cool story that there is now a wild pig running around in the Payette National forest and it is strong and big being able to battle the forest alone but in reality a bald eagle or a coyote probably ate it...(this is where I think of the saying from 'finding Nemo', fish gotta swim birds gotta eat)
So with our now 2 girl pigs or gilts we set to raise them up enjoying their fun personalities. We found out very fast after getting them that they love water and love to dig in the mud. A favorite pastime I know. So we finally dug a hole for a 5 gallon bucket to fit into and that is how we give them drinking water. Then we spray down the dirt in part of their pen for some good muddying around.
The kids enjoyed playing with them till they got big and scary. Well bigger and made more noises and started trying to bite you. Yeah I think it was a little scary too. But nothing we couldn't handle. They would even start foaming at the mouth whenever we would feed them. We could just shake the bucket of their feed and Que the saliva forming drool. Lovely :). All in all it was almost shocking to watch these girls grow. If you missed a few days looking in on them you could see the difference.
Update: Due to a change in our business plan we will not be starting Reindeer at this time.
We are so excited to be taking this step and getting Reindeer for the ranch. This has been an idea for the last 5 years and now we are putting it into the works. We are getting all the kinks worked out and the fences built and will hopefully have our reindeer here by the end of November. We are getting them from Alaska and so with shipping them down here we are hoping all goes well.
This is a picture I drew yesterday for one of our logos. I haven't sketched in years and it felt good to draw something. This is my first reindeer drawing ever.
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.
Just a year ago we were in Wyoming. Our horse and new filly gave us the work we craved and a hobby to share together as a family. I just had a new baby and we loved spending nice days playing out with the horse. Wonderful memories of our last months in Wyoming. I am grateful we had the horse while we lived there. We loved the work, the time together as a family and meeting some amazing friends there in the windy city of Cheyenne.
We hooked up a water pump up to a generator and then hooked up some garden hoses to a water pump so we could water parts of the pasture where we were camping. We also cut (wind rows) of grass and baled them up into hay bales for our horses for over the winter, fixed fence with Grandpa, played in the pasture and planted trees.
My Sister came for a visit and we set out into the woods for some beautiful fall time color in the mountains of Idaho.
I posted some scenery and landscapes photography from our summer adventure on Arcadia ranch. Check it out here.
How we used our 4 tents...
1) A Living room, dining room an kitchen tent...
this tent was a shelter logic car port that was 10X20. It had a dirt floor which was grassy and fine at first but towards the end it was very dusty which i could hardly stand.
This is where we hung out prepared meals and tried to keep cool on hot days... Our tents were the only shade out where we were. Once we put a tarp on top of the already existing tent, it helped drop the temperature inside the tent significantly. Cross breezes were a must too!
2) A dressing room tent...
This was just a regular sized tent that we were able to stand up fully in and get ready for the day. I love the concept of having all the clothes all together in one big 'closet'. It worked well.
3)Our bedroom tent...
This was a two room tent where we had our actual beds, no camping cots here, and slept very well most nights. One room had our bed in it and the 2nd room had our Porta-crib for our baby and a toddler bed for our girl.
4) Our Boys tent...
This is where our boys slept. It was a longer tent with beds on one end and a play area on the other. They didn't play in there much. Too hot during the day and too busy having adventures!
Changes we made as the summer went on
We added tarps to help keep things cooler and water out
We put the boys in the smaller square tent because it was less drafty at night
The long tent became the dressing room and playroom.
We added a wash room with a tarp on the outside end of our Living room tent. This was where we did our laundry and took baths.
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.
Journal Entry #3
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.
My kids goal was to lure a bunny from its hole with some grass....I am proud to say they still haven't given up!
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.
(No worries, there will be no visuals in this blog post, you can find that elsewhere)
(I am no doctor, this is just information that can help in a situation if the need arises)
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.
Camille Loves being a Mother of five, wife to an amazing cowboy, A photographer, blog writer, and an Adventure seeker.
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