Wow, it has been quite some time since I updated the blog and even before that it was sparse. A lot has happened on the homestead since those last posts. A lot of good things!
Val is homeschooling and we are doing Kindergarten curriculum. She amazes me daily when she learns to read new words and she figures out words on her own in books or around the house. We will be formally starting a math curriculum in the new year too, and I am excited for that.
Aiden is busy being a toddler boy. He tags along with his sister to do school time. He especially likes to draw on the white board, color, paint, and play with playdough. His big obsessions are trains and animals though. He is my helper and always wants to be on the counter and mixing or pouring while I’m cooking.
We had our third bundle of joy born in the beginning of the month. “Baby Surprise” was a surprise through and through. She has turned into the best Christmas gift! Little Liberty is growing every day. She is staying awake for longer periods of time and starting to make little baby noises now.
The homestead was busy this summer. We had a garden and I canned like a crazy pregnant lady during the late summer and fall. Spaghetti sauce, pears, plums, beets, beans… Carrots, corn, blueberries, and strawberries went to the freezer. We raised a pig on pasture that James butchered along with one of our male goats. We still have 2 female goats in the barn that I hope to milk in the future and another goat for meat. We still have about 60 laying hens, Muscovy ducks, and a guinea hen. We also raised about 500 meat birds on pasture this summer. All in all, it was successful, busy, and full of lessons for us!
I have also started a new adventure with doTERRA and I am delving into using essential oils in my every day routines. My goal is to treat minor ailments, supplement our health, and transition to making my own cleaning and beauty products with them. I hope to share how I use them, recipes I love, and how it all works for me here. I know it will be a transition, but I think it will simplify things for me in the long run (and it will be healthier for us without the use of all those chemicals). I will be teaming up with Beck from The Yoga Place to sell the oils in her studio and we will be co-hosting workshops together in 2014 (see the first one here)! Get excited!