Farm Diaries

Farm Diaries: Volume 1

So my dear husband, aka The Farmer, was gone for 6 days. I think he feels like thats an exaggeration, but I do not. He left Sunday at 4:00 PM and got home Saturday at 2:00am. I call that 6 days. It is at least 6 nights- right?? Any way, that is totally beside the point. If you know me (surely someone reading this doesn’t), you know that I am NOT a farm girl. I am not even a country girl, yet I find myself here, on the farm, in the country. I don’t do dirty, stinky, hot, cold, bugs, critters, and so on. I don’t like it. I love sitting on the porch swing when it is 75 degrees with a light breeze- that is about as outdoorsy as I get! With all of that said, you can imagine leaving me with a FARM for 6 DAYS is probably not ideal. Luckily our almost 12 year old is a much better suited care taker then I am. When the farmer left, we had 18 chickens, 3 goats (two of which are pregnant), 1 cow, 3 pigs (one of which is pregnant), 6 piglets, a rabbit, a dog and a cat. (for all you real farmers, I know this isn’t much, but it is a lot to me!)

Day 1 goes off without a hitch. All animals are cared for and accounted for.

Day 2. I wake up to have coffee before everyone else. I watch out the window to see two of our 3 goats. I keep watching waiting for Mabel to come by. She doesnt. I know right then, there are baby goats. This gets me all sorts of excited! I don’t love yucky farm stuff but I LOVE babies of any kind. I run to wake up the farmer boy to tell him. He goes out and comes back in to tell me the news. There were triplets…. were….. 2 of them didn’t make it. I rush outside to see if we can save the babies but it is too late. We are all sad but love on the one baby that is left and we are all thankful she is ok. Fast forward a little while….. I don’t really know what to do with the babies who didn’t make it. We go out to see about everything and I see our dog…. EATING the babies. I start crying and screaming. I have my farmer boy keep the dog away from the babies. I run inside and grab gloves and bags. My sweet boy offers to do it all (thank goodness) so he scoops them up and takes them off for me.

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Day 3. Momma goat still hasn’t passed all her after birth so I text a farm friend (because again, I am clueless and have NO idea what I am doing). He informs me I need to catch her and pull it out. Do what??? I will spare you all the things I text to my husband and skip to him sending a friend over to help this clueless farmers wife. We manage to eventually catch the goat. I say we, but I didn’t do much, other then run around…. a little. The goat is now all better!

Day 4. Time to feed the pigs and farmer boy is gone way too long. I knew something was probably up. I yell (it is a long way down there) He informs me that she had the babies all I hear is “there are only 5 left” So I know that some have died. I throw on some different shoes and run down there. Did I mention that she was in her furrowing pin but decided to break out the day before?? Well she did! So now she is just in the middle of the field. When I get there it is bad. 16 babies were born. 7 died at birth, 4 died shortly after birth, and now there are 5. I had never seen anything like this and I had no idea what to do. I call our farmer friend (again) who has been raising pigs for years. He informs me we have to get her back into the furrowing pin and that he is on his way. Shortly after hanging up the momma rolls over on a baby. I start crying and yelling and pushing her (she weighs like 400 pounds) and eventually we got the piglet out. But the poor thing wasn’t moving much at all and I had a feeling it was going to die. Fast forward and our friend saved the day! He was kind enough to clean up the mess AND get her in the pin. I don’t know what I would have done without him coming by to help or without our little farm boy! Later that day the crushed piggy died which broke my heart again.IMG_5313

Joel finally comes home and Saturday night after the kids are sleeping we are sitting on the couch and I hear what sounds like baby goats. I look at him and say “I am pretty sure Lucy had her babies!” We grab a flash light and sure enough, she did! We worked to make sure everything was ok and babies and momma were nice and warm. I was so thankful that he was home for this birth!IMG_5384

I am sad I didn’t start blogging all our farm mishaps before now….. Because they always seem very comical after the fact!  I have realized talking to other people who have farms that everything we deal with is normal, but non farm folks seem to find lots of humor and disbelief in it all!  I am sure there will be more to come!

Family, Farm Life

Pink Sparkly Cake

Sometimes in life, there are blessings you have to just be patient and wait for.   You know, those things you want so badly and then you finally get them.  Our third child was that way for me.  We had 2 wonderful, healthy kids but I just knew we were not done.  The husband on the other hand, well it took more like 6 years to convince.  By the time he said yes, my heart was exploding with joy.  When our sweet Garner Reese joined our lives, we were all (the big kids included) just beside ourselves.  She was so perfect and amazing!  

I honestly can’t believe it has now been 2 years since she arrived!  She has kept us laughing and smiling every day for these last 2 years.  She is truly a joy.  She talks our ears off, has the wildest imagination, and really does say the funniest things.  Her facial expressions are sometimes just too much.  She is smart- yes I know, everyone thinks their kid is smart, so I am just one of those moms!  She loves pink, babies, shoes (especially her pink cowgirl boots), chocolate, playing with her big brother and sister, and puppies.

In the week leading up to her birthday, I asked her “Garner what do you want for your birthday?”  she yells “CAKE” Well, that is easy enough right!?  I said “oh ok, just cake!” and she said “ummmm….. pink cake…… with sparkles”  Really?  This little lady who is a few weeks shy of turning two just requested pink, sparkly cake?  Well ok then!  

I had already planned the party.  I had decided to go “Simple and cheap”  Well, if you know me, simple doesn’t usually work for me, even when I try.  I was going to make a few simple decorations and bake some cupcakes myself.  The invite list was a little long…..   So, it ended up being bigger then I planned, and I spent way more time and money on it then I would have liked.  The day of the party, we had some unexpected bumps and all the things I had planned didn’t happen,  BUT, she had a blast and that is what matters, right!?!?  

Here are the details.  We decided to go with a Farm Fresh theme.  She LOVES our farm animals and that her daddy takes her to see them all.  She kind of loves her daddy.a little.tiny.bit. 

Farm animals don’t always do what you ask them to, so the photo shoot for the invitations was not what I had hoped, but they turned out adorable any way.  

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We decided to rent a location for the party because weather is unpredictable this time of year and we weren’t sure if we would be able to do an outside farm animal party.  We basically had one big room with tables and chairs and plenty of room for the kids to run and play.  

The cupcakes (my crazy self made a little over 100 of these….. yes I am nuts and I will not ever attempt that again!)  They are not perfect but they tasted pretty good so I guess was a win.  AND, The icing was pink, with sparkles so Garner was happy! I just brought crates to stack the cupcakes on, a framed invitation, an adorable sign I painted/helped paint at Cross My Art, and a lace table cloth. I used a fancy paper cutter to make the cupcake toppers and cupcake wrappers.  Luckily, my good friend The Cookbook Queen has all kinds of helpful things, like the fancy paper cutter I can borrow, sparkle for the cupcakes, AND amazing recipes for frosting! Image

Garner was not so sure about everyone singing to her.  She kind of just looked a little nervous, but then blew that candle out and started enjoying that pink sparkly cupcake she had been waiting on so patiently.  Image

I also used the fancy paper cutter for this banner.  The lighting in this room is terrible, but you get the idea.  I used some vintage looking papers on the banner. Image

So what did we do for entertainment?  Oh My list was long- but then I got tired and gave up.  I ended up with two planned activities, which were both so simple but I figured I was trying to appeal to 2 year olds, so it was ok.  The first one I had seen on pinterest.  Basically you blow up balloons, and make them look like pigs.  We did this very simply by cutting out snouts and drawing eyes and a tail on with a sharpie.  Then you put them all in the “pig pen”.  The idea is that we scatter the pigs and the kids have to hurry and get them back in the pen.  BUT, the kids had so much fun with the balloons before we played the game, that we never played the game. Oh well!

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The other activity was  custom coloring sheets that I purchased off etsy.  The kids seemed to love them too.  I paid $5 for 4 and ordered them from this shop.  Image

 

Garner had so much fun with everyone.  She smiled non stop!  She is still talking about her birthday party! Image

My sweet friend made Garner’s birthday outfit for me and it looked so cute on her!  I am just so thankful for this precious gift!  She is truly a blessing to us!

 

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