The darling, lovely, adorable, blessing Jubilee!

I can not describe the feelings that swell in the depths of my heart, or soul, inside of me, when I look at her.

She doesn't actually cry very often, usually she just starts grunting and we all come running.

Liberty calls Juby "sisser baby". (thats not a spelling error, Lib doesn't pronounce her "T" very well)

At about 5 in the morning, on the day she was delivered, I went to wake up the younger girls, And they asked right away "Girl or boy!?" (why else would I be waking them in the middle of the night!) So, when I stated "Girl!", they started to lament jokingly, "Noooo, not another girl!". Then after they calmed down a bit, and I started to get them out of bed, Kaja asked "So? What is it?" I was a little confused but stated again that is was a girl. "Oh, I thought you were joking" was her reply.

This may be more information then you really want, but whenever she has to poop, she tightens up her fists and holds them up near her chin. Which is the cutest thing to all of us.

Candle Light Tour, 2008

Earlier this month Susi, Blu, Kaja, and I participated in the 27th annual Candle Light Tour, at the Fort, in Fort Scott. It goes on for two evenings. Each night we have 10+ tours, depending on how many tickets sell.
On the actual tour, the visitors follow a tour leader around the fort, accompanied by tour followers (which are volunteers, who are there to help anyone who needs it, point out tripping hazzards, etc.) and they will stop at scenes in various places. Susi played a bride in one scene, She was Miss Jamima Roach, getting married to a Sargent, which I cannot remember the name of. It was played out in a supposed court house.

Of course if you know Susi, you could guess that she was a nervous wreck. The first time she got up there in front of the "Justice of the Peace", she had began to wonder what she had gotten into. The visitors were supposed to leave soon after the actual wedding started, but she said, she was often waiting up there on pins and needles because the visitors would lag behind, apparently not wanting the leave right in the middle of the ceremony.

Blu, Kaja, and I were tour followers. Which is fun to do, because we get to see each scene, were if you are in one then you will most likely not get to see any other of them.
Well, you probably noticed, I didn't get any photos Blu and Kaja. Not sure what I was thinking.


Baby is here!

We call her Jubilee Pearl, she has brown hair and blue eyes. Weighed 7.65 and is 19 inches long (which is on the small side for us). She arrived on [11/11] AD 2008 at approximately 4:11.


New Door!

Well, new to us. We put in another entrance/exit located in the back of the house. Dad found a used door locally on craigslist.org for 30 bucks.

When we woke up, it seemed that a cloud had settled right on top of our house.

A misty, moisty morning.

The carpenter, Jonathan, showed up at about 7:30 and hoped to be able hang this door and the two located on Mom's studio (not pictured), But we didn't get the camera out before Susi was put to work, removing the siding.

And then it got put away until after we started to put the siding back on.

Jonathan, the carpenter, gave several of the children a lesson in applying it.

Susi, I think she is examining her work, or maybe giving out orders?

Blu helped with the whole project, I hope he remembers everything, we may have some more doors to hang.

Maddi Jo's job was to keep an eye on everything.

This is Jonathan. He learned lot about our Lawton life. He seemed to have a nice time (sometimes it takes a person a minute to get over the initial "run away!" feeling).

Almost done.

Even closer to being done!

Daddy helped Maddi with her job.

Violet looking a bit sheepish, it's a no-no touching Blu's belongings.

Ellie's self-portrait with Jonathan in the background. She was the photographer for all of these photos, except the last one.

Old door, new hole. Not bad...not bad at all.

Regarding the animals

We had to go chase the goats out of the north field, and I thought I'd take a few photos along the way, give you a little idea of what going on in regards to the animals.

Between the house and the White Barn we have a couple simple bridges, they don't serve much purpose this time of the year, but in the late winter and spring they are essential, many a boots have almost been lost to the never ending depths of the muck that develops here.

We just use them for fun now.

Blu has a couple pigeons that hang around the barn and.....well they poop on everything. There is a lot of different kinds of poop up there. I kinda stay away from the barn.

Liberty's short legs do not lend themselves to brisk walking.

But she doesn't seem to mind lagging behind.

Maddi Jo wasn't pleased with what her sister Kaja had to say, this is when she decided to head home.
And behind her you can see the goat herd, which has been greatly minimized over the summer. Been doing some culling. That sounds kinda cruel. We sold all the angoras that weren't either light red or white, and all the dairy-angoras mixes.

Kaja's Alpine milk goat, Vail. She is partial to particular kinds of leaves.

Vi and........

.......Ellie took a couple detours to climb.

Yucca, our good little quarter horse.

These are our three cows. The one in the middle is the mother of the one on the right, and that one, is the mother of the one on the left. They kinda go in order of color intensity.

Annebelle (the grandma) is the milk cow. The other two are not real friendly, but she is..........though...it may be that she's just looking for a snack.

She's is a much loved cow.

Trip tp the Pumpkin Patch

A couple weeks ago the home-education group made a trip to the Hickory Creek Pumpkin Patch.

Along with the actual pumpkin patch, they also have several other attractions. Such as this pretend horse that Liberty enjoyed.

Maddi Jo in the sand box. I think that is a snoozing pig top-right. The girls tell me they also have other animals, a miniature donkey, a pony, a small cow, some chickens, etc. etc.

I think Violet had a fun time.

A large cattle water trough full of corn seed. Miss Ellie on the left.

Kaja and Liberty.
Mom used to have a bin of rice us children could play in, that was fun. But it can't compete with this.

Here is Liberty milking the cow. When she saw this photo, she particularly told that that was her, milking a pretend cow. And apparently it was warm enough that she wanted to remove her shoes........but not her socks.

And just so you know, that's water coming out.

Group Photo. About half are us.


Fort Scott Tragedy Tour

Last saturday Susi, Blu, Quincy (the dog) and I headed up to the Fort, we went to help with some organizing and labeling in the "Magic Room" (where they keep all the re-enacting clothes), and then participated in the new Tragedy Tour.

Susi portrayed Mrs. Terrot, who's husband was an officer and died while dismounting from his horse, his pistol got tangled and went off, shooting him in the chest. She wore the dark colors because Mrs. Terrot had also recently lost her month old son, and would have been in mourning.

And I portrayed Mrs. Mahala Doyle, a poor farmers wife, who's husband and two older sons were killed by John Brown in one of his raids.

Blu and Quincy were in a scene together, where two soldiers were suppose to have been fighting over a dog and one eventually shot the other, Blu was just an innocent bystander, in the wrong place and the wrong time. And unfortunately I didn't get any photos of him.

Puppy Update

They're growing up so fast!

Their eyes have opened up.

And they've been trying to use there legs more, rather then scoot around on their bellies.

But most of all they sleep, and eating follows close behind that.