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.