Returning from the dead…

Well, we girls our crossing our fingers that maybe…just maybe…this flu thing is over and that possibly we have escaped this time through.  Every one seems to be on the mend and we are busy re-disinfecting our house today.  We are also keeping an eye on a ewe who looks close to lambing!  Can I just say everyone is just so excited to have little lambs again.  Most of the ewes are just starting to bag up and look to be a couple weeks out yet.  But this one ewe is completely bagged up and looking like she is about to pop, so we’ll see!  I’ve been spending more time out with them to tame them down a little so if they are in need of assistance during lambing they aren’t completely stressed by my presence.  Icelandic sheep are so funny…they really have individual personalities and are quite wary of  everyone and everything.  It’s been nice to be outside and not completely freeze and even soak up a little sunshine.  The ground is thawing out and there is even mud to sink our feet into!  Makes a person ready to play in the garden. 😛
Here’s a picture from last year of our smallest lamb born, just 3 1/2 lbs, born to a yearling ewe.  She needed a little help getting going the first time nursing, but after that she was full of spunk and thrived!
Icelandic Lamb, just a day old!

Icelandic Lamb, just a day old!

 

Another view of the lambs...

Another view of the lambs...

 

Egg Count:

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Glass Shinings…

Sill recovering from the stomach flu , but here are some shiny glass pictures that Tori took…
Hemingray # 42 glass insulator in the windowsill...

Hemingray # 42 glass insulator in the windowsill...

and another…

 

Absolute Pure Milk Bottle...

Absolute Pure Milk Bottle...

Egg Count:

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5 eggs

Week two of the stomach flu…

Boy what a rough week!  The flu has now hit more than half of us.  The girls seem to be a bit more resistant than the boys as Mark has just fallen victim to the ugly stomach bug and the rest of the boys had their turn last week.  Us girls must be a bit more resilient!  😛  (Famous last words, right?)  Anyway, as I sit here and rock-a-bye a little 2 year old that still isn’t feeling real well yet, I thought I would show you this picture of Hayden that Maddie caught last week before the flu took him down…
My little cowboy, Hayden

My little cowboy, Hayden

and this one from the spring of 2007
Hangin' out around the campfire...

Hangin' out around the campfire...

Egg Count:

Egg Count:

 
4 eggs

Dugur poses…

The other day while checking sheep Maddie caught these pictures of Dugur, our Great Pyrenees in his favorite place at the barn.  He’s too funny!  He’ll walk me up to the barn and lay in the hay while I do chores watching over everything…
Dugur posing in the hay...

Dugur posing in the hay...

 

Dugur dozing in the sun...

Dugur dozing in the sun...

 

Boy this is hard work...

Boy this is hard work...

 

Just being silly!

Just being silly!

Egg Count:

Egg Count:

5 on Sunday
6 on Monday

Topping it off…

This weekend definitely tops off last weekends fun filled get away!  You see Sawyer was so considerate and brought home a lovely little friend from our trip that I wish he would not have. He awoke at 2 am Sunday night vomiting… and now it is slowly spreading. We were hoping it was an isolated incidence as no else had gotten sick until Thursday when Teigen was not acting his normal rambunctious self; and actually took a nap  at 11:00! Then he woke up, ate and emptied his stomach. Last night Hayden ended up getting sick before supper and then in the middle of the night Garrett succumbed to the nasty virus. 

There is nothing quite like waking up in the middle of the night to some one throwing up!  It definitely makes your heart stop and sits you straight up in bed.  Then after everything has settled you lay there wondering things like… am I going to get sick? …I hope I don’t get sick!  …I think I feel sick!  …and then the thought of everything you ate for the last 18 hours  enters your mind…yuck!  Anyway it doesn’t seem to be a long lasting virus, only about 24 hours and everyone seems to be a little perkier after the initial 12 hours.  So the rest of us poor saps just get to sit and wait…  Have I mentioned yet that we have a few sheep looking like they might lamb fairly soon too?  Sawyer said we couldn’t get sick or they would for sure start!   So we’ll see.

Here’s a quick picture of some of  last years Icelandic ewe lambs soaking up some sun… 

Icelandic Ewe Lambs hanging out...

Icelandic Ewe Lambs hanging out...

Egg Count:

Egg Count:

4

Weather to go or weather that’s staying…

On Sunday when we reached home we had another 6 inches of snow waiting for us. Ugh!!  Fortunately the neighbors had plowed the driveway all the way up to the house so we didn’t get stuck.  The next couple of nights we had snow and cold winds moving through.  This was the warning from the weather channel…

 

THE WINTER STORM WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM MDT THIS AFTERNOON.

Issued by The National Weather Service
Missoula, MT
12:58 pm MDT, Tue., Mar. 10, 2009

CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW REDUCING VISIBILITIES WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE AFTERNOON. DANGEROUS WIND CHILL READINGS OF 20 BELOW TO 30 BELOW ZERO CAN ALSO BE EXPECTED. LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE FLATHEAD LAKE AND LOCATIONS NORTH.

… WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM MDT THIS AFTERNOON…

 

It has been a cold week.  But the 10 day forecast is promising to be in the early 50’s by early next week !  Maybe it will stick this time?

 

 

 

 

 

Egg Count:

Egg Count:

 

4

Maddie's sunset picture from yesterday evening...

Maddie's sunset picture from yesterday evening...

Bozeman-State Shooting Sports Tournament

On Sunday morning Sawyer was able to participate in the State Shooting Sports Tournament.  He remained calm and felt he would have a score that would reflect a “personal best”-where better to get it than at state?  He only had one “flier” that whiz-banged to outer portion of the target, every other shot was nicely grouped toward the center.  Their coach felt that the Flathead senior team had a great chance of taking state.  Tori was able to sneak a couple of pictures…

Sawyer in the "zone" before he takes his shot...

Sawyer in the "zone" before he takes his shot...

 

Maddie really having a good time...

Maddie really having a good time...

The kids all had to be really quiet so they would not disturb the shooters, as you can tell they were really into the whole thing.

 

Garrett also having a blast...

Garrett also having a blast...

 
Sawyer about to shoot...

Sawyer about to shoot...

 
 Sawyer is now anxiously awaiting his results, which could take up to 3 weeks to get back!
 
The trip back was uneventful, but a stressful drive as the state of Montana had been covered in snow making the roads very slick and snow packed.  The winds would howl off and on pushing the van around the road.  But we arrived home safe and sound, and to another 6 inches of snow…
 
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Shooting Sports-State

This weekend we were able to go to Bozeman for state shooting sports.  Now this is no small feat.  Packing and repacking and double checking to make sure we have everything for 9 people  is a real adventure!  Did everyone pack a swimsuit?  Did you pack diapers?  Do you have socks? x 9 times.  Get some one to take care of all your animals. Thanks dad and mom!  Then there is the cramming of all your stuff into the van and stuffing 6 wiggly little bodies into their seats.  Thank heaven for car seats!  Then the 300 mile drive and constant asking of where are we now?  How much longer until we are there?  Is this town Bozeman? And hearing…I have to go pee… just  AFTER you leave Clearwater junction and it is the last bathroom for MILES…  I’m hungry…Turn down the heat, it’s too hot…Turn up the heat it’s cold in here…  Whoops! (what just spilled?)… 

Zayne was SO happy to be out of his car seat!

Zayne was SO happy to be out of his car seat!

Then when your finally there!  YEAH!!  Zayne was so happy to be out of his car seat and crawled all over the place.  The other kids were able to get in alot of swimming and burned off all the energy that they had saved up. 

Kids relaxing at the motel...

Kids relaxing at the motel...

Trying to find a hotel room  big enough to accommodate a large family is another joy.     We were almost resigned to 2 separate rooms as we could not find anything that would sleep all of us together.  I finally did find a Mariot that only had suites and they had one master suite left- 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room with a fold out couch and a full kitchen and 3 t.v.’s- all this for just slightly more than what 2 separate rooms would have cost. 
The full kitchen was very handy...

The full kitchen was very handy...

They room was very nice and the eat in kitchen was very handy!  We were able to get pizza’s and cook them in our room and have ice cream for dessert.  In the morning the motel put out a  nice hot breakfast  and  we even remembered to spring ahead so Sawyer made to his competition in time!

Mark was able to get a nap in too...

Mark was able to get a nap in too...

 

Egg Count:

Egg Count:

4 eggs today.

Winter Weather Advisory

The view out the window...

The view out the window...

 Oh happy joy joy 😉  More snow…

Any volunteers to go feed?

Any one?

 

Issued by The National Weather Service
Missoula, MT
4:07 pm MST, Thu., Mar. 5, 2009

… WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST FRIDAY…

SNOW ACCUMULATIONS BETWEEN 3 TO 5 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED BY EARLY FRIDAY MORNING… WITH LOCAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO 8 INCHES ALONG THE EASTERN SHORE OF FLATHEAD LAKE. IN ADDITION… GUSTY NORTHEAST WINDS 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 35 MPH SHOULD DEVELOP THIS EVENING CAUSING AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW AS WELL AS WIND CHILLS TO 10 BELOW ZERO. THE STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED ALONG HIGHWAY 2 BETWEEN HUNGRY HORSE AND KALISPELL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

 

 

Egg Count:

Egg Count:

4