Nap Time

Imagine my surprise when I looked out my window and saw these two….

Iris and Dugur dog...

Yep, the dog and the horse taking a bit of a snooze in the afternoon sun!

It’s kind of funny how these two will pal around all day.

Iris will follow Dugur around and nuzzle him.

Iris, taking a break!

It is the first time I have seen Iris laying on the ground since we’ve had her. ¬†I was a bit concerned thinking that she might be injured, but she was just fine and enjoying a the feel of the afternoon sun on her back.

Dugur, snoozing.

Crazy critters!

Soaking up the sun. ūüôā

It was about a year ago that Dugur took a nap with the geese.  You can read about it here.  It is rather cute, how the geese just thought he was a wonderful spot to rest.

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Wordless Wednesday


Psa 30:1 ESV – A Psalm of David. A song at the dedication of the temple. I will extol you, O LORD, for you have drawn me up and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
Psa 30:2 ESV – O LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.
Psa 30:3 ESV – O LORD, you have brought up my soul from Sheol; you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.
Psa 30:4 ESV – Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.
Psa 30:5 ESV – For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
Psa 30:6 ESV – As for me, I said in my prosperity, “I shall never be moved.”
Psa 30:7 ESV – By your favor, O LORD, you made my mountain stand strong; you hid your face; I was dismayed.
Psa 30:8 ESV – To you, O LORD, I cry, and to the Lord I plead for mercy:
Psa 30:9 ESV – “What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness?
Psa 30:10 ESV – Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me! O LORD, be my helper!”
Psa 30:11 ESV – You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
Psa 30:12 ESV – that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

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Scenic Sunday

Puppy play~

It has been a very fun week getting to know these little puppies.  I was a little nervous about having two puppies at the same time but they seem to keep each other  (all of us, really) entertained.

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Gunnar and Kletta

Raphael has been re-named Gunnar. ¬†The little kids would call him Ralphy instead of ¬†Raphi , which I’m not too sure I care much for. ¬†So they decided to call him Gunnar (which everyone can pronounce!) ¬†ūüėČ

Gunnar looking in the pasture.

Kletta sitting up big.

They are too cute, wrestling around, chewing on each other, zipping here and there!

A little playing around...

Rough housing!

Crazy dogs!

Gunnar meeting the cow.

Kletta grinning!

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Beautiful Iris in the snow…

Hello, girl.

Meeting the dogs...

Saying, hello to Raphi.

Snowy day...

We have been having crazy weather this winter. ¬†One moment is snowing and blowing ¬†and the next it’s a balmy 45 degrees causing the roads and pastures to be an icy mess. ¬†Poor Iris (and Tori) have not been able to get much riding in. ¬†I think we will all be happy to see the ice melt and to have dirt beneath our feet. ¬†I love the snow but not so much with the ice.

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Icelandic Sheepdogs!!



The past couple of days have been so much fun with puppies in the house again.  We have been happily surprised that Icelandic Sheepdogs are unlike other herding type dogs that we have had in the past.  Neither Kletta or Raphi, try to round-up the kids, bite at their heels or want to eat the cat.

Kletta and Raphi have been so gentle with the kids and any visitor we’ve had.

Which way should we go?

What's down here?

Who's walking whom?

I love how their tails curl around!

Pretty little girl...

Handsome boy...

The two together...

We’ve had a fun couple of days getting to know these two and feel they are going to fit here perfectly. ¬†Especially when both of them decide to curl up around my feet, keeping them warm, fall asleep and snore softly. ¬†Something kinda neat about that.

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Again! ¬†ūüėČ

Beautiful Bonita!

Lamb wrangler

Cinnamon, a little ewe lamb

Calamity, all snuggled in...

Dynna, smiling...

Not a lamb, but awfully cute. Baby Hope.

Lambs in the feeder

Depla saying hi!

Closer to spring!

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Camera Critters

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Man’s Best Friend…

Yesterday, my husband had quite the adventure. ¬†He was supposed to head to Canada for a meeting and then was planning on picking up two puppies to bring back home. ¬† He headed out very early and was on the road by 4 a.m. ¬†in order to make it to his meeting on time. ¬†He drove 2 1/2 hours to the Canadian border when he realized he had forgotten his passport in his other bag. ¬†ūüė¶ ¬†So he had to turn around and drive back home, pick up his passport and then drive back up. ¬†Even though he missed his meeting he was still able to meet with¬†Au√įur Valsd√≥ttir and Ralph Biggs of T.K. Icelandics and picked up the two newest members of the Braaten household. ¬†:0)

Audurs Raphael

Icelandic Sheepdogs!!

Audurs Kletta

My husband drove all evening and made it home at around 12:30 a.m. ¬†to a household of anxious kids (and wife!) ¬†It was instant love! ¬†They are both so¬†incredibly¬†sweet and cute. ¬†I’m not sure who is enjoying each other more~the kids with the pups or the pups with the kids?!~ ¬†My husband was exhausted but happy to bring these little guys home. ¬† ¬†Have I ever told you how much I love this man? ¬† ¬† ¬† ‚ô• ‚ô• ‚ô• ¬†¬†:0) ¬†¬†‚ô• ‚ô• ‚ô•

More pictures to come soon!

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Settling in for the night…

First there’s a story…

Story-time with daddy...


Then there’s baths, followed by the putting on of p.j.’s and teeth brushing for the three littlest. ¬†They also love to have silly hair-do’s…

Teigen with spikey hair pretending to be a moose.


Don't let that sweet smile fool ya! ;0)


Zany Zayne!


Followed by rounding them up and getting them in bed…hopefully!

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