Phew, it’s been awhile and a lot has happened around here in the last 2 1/2 years.
Big Kids: Ryan is in the Army out in North Carolina, we’re lucky to see him once a year. Brynn is in school at BYU-Provo. Emily is in school at BYU-Idaho. Ali is still at home in her junior year of high school, working on an AA through Running Start.
Little Kids: We’ve added two more to the family. Gavin was born in January 2016 and Lillian in June 2017. Gavin’s first job on the homestead has been feeding chickens.
Animals: Our current crew is 4 dogs (Kate, Quince, Zeke and Tess), 10 cats (primarily barn cats though friendly), 4 sheep (Val, Mama and 2 lambs), 1 goat (Tanner), 3 pigs (Jack and 2 young females), 3 adult rabbits (plus numerous babies in various grow out stages), 9 ducks, 27 (I think) chickens, and 2 guineas.
House: Remodeled the rec room into two home offices plus a small playroom and kitchenette. This allows Sarah to be removed from the kids and nanny when she’s working.
We finally got a wood stove installed and have been using that for our heat in the main part of the house.
Property: Garden hasn’t been started yet. We took down a handful of cottonwoods this last summer which opened up the area around the house quite a bit. Trace has been busy chopping wood for next year’s firewood.
-Garden planted (first need to get those seeds started…)
-Refinance in order to put a new roof on the house (and barn?)
-Possibly more fencing to allow for subdividing the property for the animals.
-We might be selling the big animals – they’re a bit of a headache at times and with the little kids we know we’ll have our hands full until they are more of a help than a hindrance.
-Finish interior bits and pieces: trim, window sills, carpet, etc.