Thursday, January 19, 2012

In-laws have arrived!

The in-laws got here last week.  Moved into their modest little pull behind trailer and set up shop in the field between the two barns.  I'm actually pretty excited about it all!  We had dinner at their place, put the boys in the ergo and backpack, made some coleslaw, brought our bags of frozen peas and ventured out to their place in the pitch black cold winter night.  (fuck commas.)  Little moments like these remind me of how much I love my life and I'm sure to inform my kids on just how lucky they actually are to be living like we do... which is a serious break down for an almost 3 yr old and a 1 yr old... but I state my case regardless, to the bitter end, defining, explaining... until Jonah is satisfied with every answer and the question "why" has no where left to go.  Pretty much my parenting style these days.  Over explain, and do it in depth. 

Hmm... another thing about parenting style:  somehow, when my super Momma defenses were down, I've encouraged what I call "pootie" humor to a degree that would make a Jim Carey film look like a conservative southern baptist studying a Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior (it's a real book. look it up).  I didn't realize how out of  hand my kids have gotten with their desire to laugh at bodily functions, like farts.  My 1 year old farted all night in the trailer and belly laughed at length every time... in turn, reinforcing my own lack of etiquette for teaching them that farts are hilarious.  Try not laughing when a little kid farts.  It's pretty funny.

I've been looking at our latest and greatest heirloom seed catalog and am already projecting into my future spring/summer garden.  Living in the now is for yogis.  Country life in the winter is so quiet and cozy and mostly boring that I often live in the future or the past until the weather is nice enough to fully appriciate the present or a little moment like walking with my family at night catches me off guard.

Tomorrow is another big, fat, possibility filled day... good thoughts and laughs... even if it's "pootie" humor.   

Monday, January 16, 2012

Highlights of 2011 to.... nowish

Jo goes to work with his Papa

Asa in the clubhouse on the porch

Aaron teaches a blacksmith class in the wee hours of the night

Ryan gets married, me and my sister become bride's maids

The hitched folk

Country style, farm wedding
Making salve with bear fat

The boys tearing down the house

Christmas Eve

Our flatscreen TV

Monday, January 9, 2012

A New Dawn, A New Day

2011, go fuck yourself.  2012, don't let me down...

Well.  What a tough year we had... starting out of the gate, with postpartum depression, guests that wouldn't leave... in the summer we had a little case of bedbugs, and to top it off, 3 mother-fucking-cases-of-lice.  THREE.  And so, I cut my hair really short.  2011, I'mma gonna punch you in the face.

On the brighter side... I had an art show!  It was something that has been on my to-do list for quite a while.  I've been focusing on making my herbal salves and medicines.  It makes me feel useful and purposeful to help people heal. 

My in-laws are moving to the homestead.  Building a house in the valley down the way and living in the house of our former *sex offender!* tenant.  So, while I'm ecstatic to see that s.o.b. go, It's still a little nerve racking to have the in-laws here, permanently.  Forever.  Sigh. 

Our chickens have completely been picked off.  Henny Penny was snatched from the coop a week after my brother had his wedding here on the farm.   We miss that little bird.  She became the farm mascot for a while and we looked to her as a pet instead of a potential meal.  We will be upping our livestock with the arrival of my in-laws.  Getting a pig for summer slaughter, a milking cow eventually and a whole bunch of chickens for meat and eggs.  I've had my mind set on getting another dog too.  Something big and protective... and cuddly. 

I've made myself a "mom cave" in the side guest bedroom.  Painting the walls a pretty Robin egg blue.  It's become my ultimate hang out, with house plants galore, giant pipe cactus, sprouting window plants, my laptop, a comfy bed.  It's my other bedroom.  I love it. 

Asa is nursing only a couple of times a day and it's pretty heartbreaking!  He's almost 14 months old... he should still want the boobies!  Thinking of having another baby, but it's probably just my coping mechanism for this rejection that I'm feeling.  Little monkey.  Jonah is turning 3 at the end of the month... thinking of taking him horse back riding in the mountains... any suggestions? 

Hoping to get my master herbalist certificate in the next few years, then have weekend courses here on the farm where people can camp or stay in our cabin *that may never get finished*.... My sister in-law and I have also started a wedding/event center out of the old barn after the success of my brother's wedding.  No bites yet, but the potential is exciting.  That's about it.  Pictures to follow soon.

P.S. I am so in love with my husband.  I'm a lucky woman.