Happy Memorial Day 2017!

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Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, was held on May 30 from 1868-1971. It marks the start of the unofficial summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans. (info from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day)  

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Today hubby had to work this morning so I worked around the house, got the 2+ month old now chicks out into their outside pen for some fresh air, and did a few things around the house. My boys were on the porch watching me work and usually sleeping…

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Once hubby got home we did some more work in the yard, grilled out a late lunch, and are going for a lovely drive later with the boys. Its so lovely here today 🙂

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Our gratitude to those families who have lost loved ones in the line of duty. To all: I hope you and your families are having a pleasant and beautiful day!

Chick Adventures

The baby chicks have been getting out more now that it is warm enough and are learning many new things. Sometimes they learn together…

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And other times one or two will get brave and venture a little further solo before running back to the group…

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But they are never to far from me yet…

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Because Chase will herd them back if they do go to far…

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They are learning how to peck at the ground for food…

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And how to pose for the camera…

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It’s a fun time with them and will put you in a good mood watching them learn to be chickens 🙂

 

 

 

Snow Dogs on the Hunt

Our boys love to play in the snow especially when you are out with them. They love to run in any wide open space and find new places to explore.

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Our Chase is pretty intrigued when he is around any barn and is always trying to sniff out the critters. He is usually on high alert during these times not wanting to miss a thing.

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The have enjoyed the snow now that it isn’t so cold and windy, yet now the snow is almost gone and the grass is showing, so there probably won’t be much snow for them to play in tomorrow. That’s okay because warmer weather means more hiking and walking on trails. Do you have any favorite trails or hiking spots near you that you or you and your pups like to go?

Time for Snow Fun…

Good morning…. Chase is ready for more snow fun today. He can’t wait to be out again today playing and having fun.

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(Who can resist this face that says “mommy let me play in the snow”) The plan is to finish inside chores and in between take snow breaks to let him run about and play. I am sure Baxter will join him some of the time. Today should be full of snow adventures.

First Snow…

We had our first snow… it was so pretty.

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It started last night and went through early this morning.

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After work today I took the boys out to play and enjoy the snow.

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Baxter has new boots as he is getting older and he gets colder quicker then he used to. At first he wasn’t sure of them, but then he got used to traipsing about with them on.

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Chase is a big lover of snow and he loves to race about and see how fast he can go then stop quickly and turn to race the other way.

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I love to take the boys out and let them play. They are now resting and recharging for more play time in the snow tomorrow.

Fall brings Thankfulness

We have one tree out by the road that always is so pretty when it changes colors. We love this tree as it signals fall and is just pretty to look at.

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It also reminds me that Thanksgiving is on it’s way and it helps me to remember what I am thankful for.

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Even when it seems thing aren’t going your way, things could always be worse and there is always something to be thankful for.

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My boys are ready and waiting for Thanksgiving. They tried on their bandanas and have picked out a prime spot to watch the family eat.

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The boys are just two of the many things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving. Hope you are going to have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving, no matter what your plans are.

Wish… Deferred?

Have you ever had a wish or do you have a wish… a wish that is so deep down in your heart that you are afraid to say it out loud? A wish that you have wanted so bad and long that you stop saying it out loud and keep it buried inside. Something you have prayed for and hoped for that it seems impossible at times, but others times the hope pops up when you least expect it.

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I have had a couple wishes like this and for a long time I moved between thinking I should give up and then times I know God can provide. Recently I have come upon the idea of thinking of these secret hopes and dreams as delayed. God can provide our hopes and dream when they are in line with his plan for our lives, even when they seem impossible… but sometimes I have figured out in the mean time there are things I can do to prepare or to improve during periods of wait.

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Many times we may think of our unanswered dreams as a yes or no thing… but there is the “wait” option. And during the waiting time we can improve ourselves, our lives, our perspectives, our families, our faith. Its not always easy or fun, but it is possible and often it helps to have purpose during times of wait. It also may be just what we need to be doing to be our best when our dreams do come 🙂 Do you have secret hopes in your heart? How do you cope during periods of wait?

Coop Cleaning…

Last week we finally got a nice enough day to clean out the chicken coop. This means we rake, shovel, and scrape out all the old hay, shavings, dirt, and whatever else is in there. In it’s place we disinfect ( in a way that doesn’t hurt the chickens) and while that is setting in we clean out and spray down the boxes and get anything we can out into the sun light and spray it off with the water hose.  Once everything is as clean as we can get it we put down fresh hay and new shavings in the boxes.

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Our girls always love scratching around in the new hay and seeing what they can find. Its like a kid on their birthday playing with the box. Its funny to hear their happy noises and see them explore. Even the dogs try to go in and check it out (if we would let them).We rearranged things some this season to give them more space inside incase they have to stay in with the winter weather.

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Chase is always a good supervisor for chores that take a while. Baxter is happy to sit on the porch and sleep.

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I’m glad we got this chore done and have the girls already for the winter. One chore down… many more to go 😉

Autumn is upon us… I love it

I love fall. If I had to pick a favorite season I would choose fall. It is the season hubby and I were married in, it has great weather for my boots, jeans and a vest, its not too rainy, its not too hot or too cold, and its the beginning of the good food season… hot apple cider, soups, stews, roasts, and all sorts of other comfort foods. One activity hubby and I like to do is go to a farm to pick out our own pumpkin(s).

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We spend quite a bit of time looking over our options, putting them side by side, and finding just the right ones for the year. Its like picking out the perfect Christmas tree for us. (Well I guess the Christmas tree is more special, but this is just as fun 🙂 )

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When we get them home we find them just the right spots and get out our other fall decorations.

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The dogs always like to explore the new additions… (look at this cute face)

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And take time to explore them.

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We even got a neat shaped one for our side steps. I thought it was very unique.

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We had so much fun when we got to go this year and bring home these beauties to decorate our home.

Flowers and Gardens

While we were on our overnight anniversary trip we went to a botanical gardens.

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The outside path was lined with gardens with pretty flower spinners.

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It was a pretty place and a lot of indoor displays, more then I had seen in other gardens like this.

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Some had things in them.

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Other’s were mostly flowers.

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The had ones for kids. (you know I loved the one with the chicken 😉 )

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Many of them had glass sculptures in them.

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One was in a desert…

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And the glass looked like a sun.

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It was neat what someone can do with glass.

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I love to look at flowers and find it very interesting how someone can create something so beautiful with different flowers.

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And they were all beautiful.

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