Sunny

Even when it's icky outside it's sunny right here. :0)

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Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to one who I love the most and feel so blessed that you are my own.

German Chocolate Cake

Tori made the wonderful cake, Maddie helped me make the frosting, the middle boys arranged the candles in an artful “37” and lit them (notice the meltage?!) and the lil’s helped blow out the candles.

Quite the crazy crew...

The cousins are over, so there is lots of wrestling going on (that’s why Hayden has his shirt off), Emmy was apparently someone’s paper, Zayne has his shirt on backwards, Maddie is being a bit dramatic, Teigen is being…well Teigen 🙂  Pretty normal; yep, pretty normal.

The cake

Once the melted wax was scraped off, the cake was delicious!!  It is a favorite here at our house.  Everything is made from scratch, even the caramel for the frosting!  Oh yum.

Happy Birthday my love!  LYFE.

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Hanging out with ewe…

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We are about a week out from seeing our first lambs arrive.  Excited doesn’t even begin to describe how I am feeling.  I think this season is one of my favorites, ranking up there with all major holidays.  😉

Very large Audrad, pregnant with AI babies. Sire is Raftur from Iceland!

This fall we imported semen from Iceland to inseminate some of the ewes with.  I am not sure how successful we were but we definitely had a couple catch, which is very exciting!

Esja checking out the hen.

It was quite funny watching Esja interact with this hen.  She would let the hen pick little pieces of hay off of her and wag her tail the whole time.  🙂

Red heads!

Dugur made sure everyone was behaving themselves and would come and check things out every couple of minutes…

Dugur watching...

I love the pattern of the Silver Laced Wyandotte!  So dainty looking.

Silver Laced Wyandotte

Lukka is another ewe in the AI group.  We are hoping she caught with a Grabotni straw.

Lukka, is she carrying Grabotni babies?

Hen nesting in one of the ewe sheds...

Dyr, the ewe matriarch decided to stick her head in and see what I was up to.

Dyr, the matriarch.

Getting a drink.

Uma is another ewe that looks like she caught with AI.  Yeah!

Dyr (in front) and Uma.

Pretty Sybil was taking a bit of a rest…

Sybil, resting.

Druna is expecting her first lamb this spring.

A one winter ewe, Druna.

Esja, is another hopeful…in the AI category.  She looks as if she could be carrying Bogi babies!

A bit of a belly on Esja.

The rain started up so these two took shelter and I took that as my cue to head back to the house!

Hiding out~ Drifa and Alita.

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Walk along the beach…

Feel…your toes in the sand…the coolness of the ocean water on your feet…

Listen… to the waves crashing down…the gulls crying out….

Taste…the salty sea air on your lips…

Reflect….

These pictures were taken on our vacation in La Jolla, CA earlier this year.  My husband probably thought I was a bit over-the-top taking this complete strangers picture, but I really liked the way they turned out.

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Harrowing away…

I am not sure who was happier to see the harrow going…my husband with a little tractor therapy…

Mark, working the pasture and moving the "solids" around.

or the chickens.  🙂

Chickens digging through...

Every time I looked up and seen my husband, he was grinning ear to ear.  Yup, good therapy.

Going round and round...

Everyone was happy and content.

Audna checking out what the chickens were up to.

With spring around the corner and the pasture coming back to life, it really needed the little piles of hay and dropping spread out.  The sheep are fairly good about getting the fertilizer spread out evenly but the llamas and horse have their own little areas that build up and eventually kill the grass.

Happy rooster...

Harrowing needs to be done fairly routinely here and after 5  months of freezing weather it really needed to be done this spring.

scratch...scratch...scratch

Happy harrowers. 🙂

A lovely end to the day.

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Signs of spring…

The weather has been so mild and beautiful that the signs of spring arriving are everywhere.

Pussy willows in full bud.

A lovely branch.

A lovely red stem of the red twig dogwood.

Beautiful buds...

 I even heard a Killdeer the other day…all we need are the Meadow Larks,  Bluebirds and crocus and it will be a sure thing.  :0)

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Eking closer…

Our weather here has been very spring-like indeed, giving us all spring-fever.  With lambing season starting with in three weeks we moved the ewes to the pen where they will be lambing this year.  It is the first year that we won’t be using the barn and doing pasture-lambing.  Mark was able to move the sheds to their pasture while I filled them up with fresh straw.  The sheds are situated so I can see them from the kitchen and bedroom windows.  It is only a hop skip and a jump away from the house making night-time checks much more bearable.  And best of all?  We have power out there!!  Woohoo!!  Up at the barn we never did have the power turned on so any night-time lambings were done by the light of a headlamp.  :0)

Violet peeking over Basil.

Grizzle looking large and she hasn't even started to bag up.

Dugur trying out the straw in one of the sheds.

Fiona is looking quite large too and she isn't due until the end of April.

The ewes all lined up at the feeders.

A couple of the ladies.

In the past couple of weeks we have picked up a couple of new bred ewes to add to the flock…

Solveg, a black badgerface mouflon.

and…

Nist, a spotted moorit mouflon.

I am excited to see the lambs that they produce!

Dante (in the front), one of last year's ram lambs growing nicely.

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♥ ♥ Precious ♥ ♥

Precious little boy…(taken at the State Shooting Sports tournament in Bozeman)

After hanging out, watching the kids shoot all day Zayne was starting to get a bit sleepy.

So was dad. 😉

I love how he put his hat on his knee.

His new cap!

Really knocked out! Love his little face.

Little, sleepy grin.

Later that night, before going swimming. Silly boy!!

Precious little boy.

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