After being gone

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Scarlett Buck Jeff

Well, I will start with before I left actually! A couple days before we went on vacation Landon discovered that Scarlett had a baby!

I went out and checked and since she was still pushing, waited and it wasn’t that long and…

 

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Spotty doe! Her name is Jacy.

 

Yup! Twins. I was relieved because they had a couple days to get going before we left for a week.

 

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Jacy in the back, Jeff in the front

 

Then since we were going to be gone to save people the trouble, we moved Scarlett and babies, Indi, Button, and Tawny to 7th Heaven Acres so that Niece#4 and Sister could care for them and check the other 2 does that are due any time. Tawny went along for the ride because after being in with the bucks for over a year and still not getting bred means she needs to go to the sale barn.

 

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Scarlett and babies settling into their vacation home.

 

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Indi, Button, and Tawny settled into to their vacation home.

Sister had a goat that need to go to the sale as well, so she was kind enough to take Tawny for us that week.

 

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Indi’s buck Xavier

 

They were also kind enough to care for Indi, who decided to kid while were on our way to the airport! I mean why wouldn’t she? I have only been doing barn checks for the entire week before we left through the night.

 

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Xavier and Ziggy

 

I am really not all that upset because she has proven she is an excellent mother and had wild colors again so we are happy. Another buck and doe for us. So we returned from our trip and got everyone moved home and settled back in. It is spring so it’s time to start thinking about fair. Since this is Denton’s last year as a Clover Kid, that means bottle babies.

 

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Jazzy
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Buster

 

 

 

We got these two from my friend Deb and they took right off. Unfortunately, Jazzy took a turn for the worse and despite the vet and I trying everything we couldn’t save her. The next day, my friend Michael came walking up to me and said ‘I have something for you’

 

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Dear friend Alishia really wanted to claim him for her own!

 

Not a goat but he had a lamb that no one would claim. They are his dad’s and his dad is on vacation currently so I brought him home to bottle feed as well. Meet Raider the Lamb.

Then we had some excitement at Sister’s farm! Prim, Niece#4’s bottle goat from a couple years ago had her first kids! Triplets!! They are tiny, adorable, and doing great! They all pretty much look exactly like the one that Neice#5 is holding! Niece#4 got 2 bucks and a doe. She was so excited she could hardly breath!

 

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Niece#5 and Leia with Denton looking on. The bucks are Hans and Luke.
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Neice#3 and LittleNephew checking out Polly’s buck

Then more excitement at their farm. Polly, Neice#2’s Alpine doe had twins! A beautiful buck and an equally beautiful black doe! She has named her doe Layla and was unsure of a name for her little buck.

Then we come back to our place for more excitement of the spring! Button was still expecting and she sure surprised us!! Landon called me in a panic. ‘Are there supposed to be 7 babies in with Scarlett?’ Umm, no unless someone had new babies!

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And someone did! Button gave us a variety pack of color in her triplets! 2 does and a buck for us!

 

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Button’s does Royal
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Button’s buck Laker
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Button’s doe Mystic

So far, other than some wonky legs that first day, they are all doing well and appear to be getting enough from mom! I will watch them carefully to ensure that their tummies stay full and they are growing without supplemental bottles.

After the triplets were born, the kidding pen seemed a little full with Scarlett, Indi, Button and 7 babies vying for spots to lay down and eat. Scarlett’s kids were bigger and doing great so I kicked them outside.

 

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Jeff and Jacy

 

They could not be happier! Oh the bucking and kicking and jumping that is going on out there! They are absolutely adorable and so much fun to watch. Indi and her two will probably join them after this next round of rain.

 

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Not a great picture, but Pearl is the black and Diamond is the light

Meanwhile, since I was moving around, I figured it was time to wean these two. Janet and Diana had pretty much already done the weaning, but I would like the two does to dry up and put some weight back on before rebreeding. So these two are in with the bottle babies to eat and grow.

Now that everyone that is currently due has kids on the ground, I only have to find a bottle doe for Denton. I really want him to have the chance to have a doe like Scarlett that Landon raised. He’s pretty sad about Jazzy, because she just a doll, but unfortunately with farming, things go wrong sometimes for no reason at all. This should catch you up on the babies for now. I will get out and get more updates on everyone else soon.

 

 

 

At the Apple Orchard

As I said before, the days have not been good for drying so we are in a holding pattern. So we had time to make the trip over to Center Grove Orchard. It’s not to far from us and I grew up with the family that runs it. They are amazing people who have set up the entire place to be fun. Exhausting, but fun.

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I took the same crew, without Gramma and Madelyn. These three were having the best day ever anyway, so we might as well just keep going!

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I think it is a requirement that you go immediately to the corn pit. I don’t like being covered in corn dust, but apparently the kids love it.

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It was basically a wrestling match with these three. They seem to wrestle continuously.

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Then we have to head back in time to the old school and the nursery rhyme houses. Once they had run through all of them we went through and looked at the animals. They have pretty neat little set up for kids to check out a variety of different types of animals. I laughed at how much time they spent there. You goofs do realize we have al those animals at home, right?

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Not sure the tires were set up for this, but they sure had a good time running through them.

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Up to the Discovery Barn. It’s a pretty neat hay loft. They have it set up so that kids can ‘harvest’ the different types of crops, like eggs, corn, carrots, potatoes, grapes, tomatoes and also see the difference between corn/soybeans and hay/straw and feel wool and take all their produce to the market.

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Then the bounce pillow. This is pretty much the reason Landon came. He loves to jump. Off things, on things, just jump. They spent a lot of time jumping.

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Then we went on the go cart type peddle tractors.

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The next stop was the big slide. It’s a really good big slide. the tube at the top is a little concerning, but don’t worry you won’t hit your head. They did that a couple times until they were distracted by the pig and goat races.

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This was actually pretty funny. The pigs and goats all had costumes on.

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Then on to the rotten apple slingshot. They worked pretty had at trying to hit the targets.

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They had to pose for another picture.

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This is the ‘cool’ pose. These three!

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We stopped for supper at the Bunk House. It was really good. Ever had applesauce from an apple orchard? You should! They make a pretty mean burger too!

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Then we took the hayrack ride to the corn maze. We had a minor injury during that, so not a lot of pictures, but don’t worry everyone survived. Just a minor bruise and a reminder that corn stalk stumps are really hard. After that, they were off to the combine slide. They thought this was pretty neat because they got to slide right through the back of the combine.

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It’s actually really cool. Things I would never think of.

After that it was getting chilly and heading for time to close. We had one last stop. The train.

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Of course they had to sit clear in the back and I didn’t get a picture of the engine. It’s a great little train ride. By the time we got back though, the wind has really changed directions and the temperature had really dropped. It was a chilly hayrack ride back to the store. They all got a caramel apple, I got my apple cider donuts, Honey crisp apples, and apple cider. We all came away tired and happy. It was a really great day.

 

At the Pumpkin Patch

I love Halloween. Actually, I just love fall and Halloween is a fun part of it. I waited until the last minute to run to the pumpkin patch with the kids. My youngest was a little panicked we weren’t going to make it. But the days have not been good for drying, so Brother didn’t have anything he needed me to do, so off we went. We grabbed Niece#4 to spend the day with us.

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As soon as they got there, they took off to pick the best pumpkin. It is very important to pick a good one!

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Thankfully there were lots of good ones to choose from!

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It’s pretty serious business and the discussions were pretty intense between these two. They looked over everything trying to find the one they liked the best.

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With the pumpkins finally chosen and delivered up to the table to be weighed, they were off to the other fun waiting for them!

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The corn pit was especially fun. Even better when your other cousin shows up! Of course they went to visit the face painter first. She does a pretty good job making up whatever they want. Of course, since the face painter happens to be my daughter, I might be biased.

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There was a lot of rolling, digging, falling and burying.

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But really, what is more fun than rolling in corn?

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He tried to bury himself, he did better burying his brother.

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See the face laying beside him? Yeah, that’s Landon. This wasn’t quite good enough.

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Ahhh, that’s better. He loved it. They spent a lot of time in the corn.

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Denton stayed down in the corn pit for most of the time we were there. Who knew how much fun a corn pit could be.

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The other two boys went to play Yard Jenga. They thought this was pretty tricky.

Us girls decided to try Yard Yatzee.

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This I think we are going have get. It was pretty fun.

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They even had a pretty neat Yatzee scorecard.

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We didn’t finish completely. But it was a fun time in some beautiful weather.

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So then we took a break and had dinner. Pulled pork sandwiches, chips, pickle and drink. Pretty tasty little picnic food.

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Then we were off for a hay ride! Up the loading chute to find a seat.

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The whole crew! They even let the face painter join us.

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It’s so peaceful out at Eden Hills. We got to peak at the new girl llamas and all the other goats. Traveled around looking at the scenery.

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It’s just pretty and relaxing out on a hayrack going the speed of tractor.

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This smile makes the long day worth it. Loved her butterfly face.

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Just being silly. There was a lot of that through out the day.

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My three kiddos. The sun might have been in their eyes!

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Of course you can’t leave without visiting the market. They had some gourds! So cool and so many different types and colors.

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I could have spent a lot more than I did. I love these old windows with the string and clothes pins. My problem is I have 3 wall hangings at home that I haven’t found a place for yet. So I will wait on these. For now. But I want one!

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This building is full of fun crafts from local artists. And they truly are artists. There are some very talented people from my town. One does wood working, I really want a birdhouse. That will be a one of these days things. There is one that does horseshoe and metal art. I got a couple things from her. A horseshoe cross and a moon and star. Another one does crafts with things from nature. I loved her little wooden pumpkins, and the pumpkins made from old books. She even took some of the metal art from the other artist and incorporated it into a new piece. Another one made earrings, dream catchers and beautiful Indian corn decorations out of feathers and all kinds of things found in nature. They really are beautiful. I got a few of them for teacher gifts. Of course there is all the goat milk soap, lotion, candles, locally raised popcorn, handmade snacks and jams, and local honey. Just a lot of fun things! If you are in the area, make sure to make a point to make it. It is truly fun for all ages! And if you didn’t make it out but are wanting to check out some of the fun craft and gift ideas, the On the Farm Market will be open on Saturdays starting the Saturday before Thanksgiving. You should check it out at Eden Hills.

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Of course the most important part of going to the pumpkin patch is carving the pumpkins. The boys did a good job, carving them mostly themselves this year. I love carving pumpkins, mostly because I love making pumpkins seeds!