Category Archives: The House

Back at it

Phew, it’s been awhile and a lot has happened around here in the last 2 1/2 years.

Quick recap:

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.


Weekly Recap/Observations – October 9, 2014

We’ve been busy but much of the work has been indoors.

Trace and Ryan finished the bar in the rec room! We also spent a weekend (plus some) crawling around in the attic space running a wire for the microwave, covering the pipes with insulation, installing our bedroom ceiling fan, and replacing the bathroom fans; all in preparation for the blown insulation to go in by the end of the month.

As far as the outside projects:

-We’ve been getting duck eggs! We’re not entirely sure why they’ve started laying in the chicken area. My theory is where Trace and Ryan put the goats has disrupted where they used to lay and as they do spend their nights with the chickens, so the straw bale seemed like as good a place as any.

-Unfortunately we may have waited too long on our tomatoes. I’m not sure we can rescue the green ones at this point – cool temperatures and extra moisture in the air seem to ┬áhave done a number on our plants.

-On the other hand we have a TON of peppers. And they’re still growing! We’re harvesting these and freezing some. I’m not sure what else we’ll do with them.

-We visited our pig last weekend – he’s doing well. We’re looking at harvesting mid-November.