Homesteading and Chickens

A few months ago we moved.  This move gave us the opportunity to take a big step we’ve been hoping for–the chance to be true homesteaders and develop methods of self sustainment for our family.  Now, instead of a partial acre, we are sitting on several acres that give us the freedom to do for ourselves a lot more.  Of course we had a few chickens before, but in the city where we previously lived only 2 chickens were allowed per quarter acre.  Now that’s just crazy pants.  We had just under that amount of land, meaning that we probably should’ve only been allowed one chicken (instead of 3.  shhh!).  But going by that reasoning, here we should be allowed to have 40 chickens!  That’s a lot of eggs!

We added to our flock a few months ago when they were just a couple weeks old.  They were so teeny tiny! (Side note: I would have more pictures of the chicks as babies, but Reed poured a glass of water on my computer.  I had no idea until I picked it up and water poured out of it.  He’s cute, but he’s a busy mister.)chicks Continue reading

Merry Christmas!

Every year this day gets more magical as the kids understand more about Christmas.  This year, we spent Christmas in our new house.  It was fun to figure out where the tree would go.  It was fun to decide how to do the lights outside.  But what was super amazing was the comprehension these kids have about just how special Christmas is.  They have it down.  They’re not all about the presents.  They really get it.  They understand that the gifts are just a fun part, but that the real reason we celebrate Christmas is because of Jesus being born.  And it’s so precious to see and hear them talk about it….that is, until it came time to fall asleep on Christmas Eve.  Then all bets are off.  Santa is coming.  Nothing else exists and sleep becomes impossible.  DSC_7918 Continue reading

Christmas Jitters

It’s only 2 days until Christmas and you can feel the excitement in our house.  I mean, if you’re super sleepy Scott and me anyway because we were up late wrapping gifts and these kids got up at 5:00 this morning.  They are so excited about all the wonderful little parts of Christmas that are coming so soon.  DSC_7843 Continue reading

O Christmas Tree

When I was a kid, ours was the family who, on the first weekend in December, loaded up in the family car and headed out to the tree farm to find our Christmas tree.  We drove for almost an hour and when we got to the farm we trekked hill and down dale until, sometimes in the bitter cold and whirling snow to find the perfect tree…and one that we all agreed on.  Not always easy.  And once we did my dad would get down on the ground with his saw and cut down our tree.  We all pitched it to haul it back to the car.  After securing it to the top of our car, we headed to the barn for hot cocoa.

We’ve been in Florida for over 4 years now and tree farms are something I miss about living in the North.  I have been thinking that maybe we can plant some on our property for our annual Christmas tree, but I haven’t looked into whether or not they do well here.  Meanwhile, I still wanted the experience of chopping down our tree.  DSC_6604 Continue reading

{Recipe} Vanilla Steamer

These past few days have been chilly here in Florida and we are loving it!  We’ve put on our warm clothes and snuggled up close.  It’s been a great change from the usual 75 degree weather at this time of year, especially with Christmas coming!  Now, I usually do not enjoy warm beverages, with two exceptions:  the occasional hot cocoa (yum!) and vanilla steamers.  Ahh…vanilla steamers!  This yummy treat was first introduced to me by a friend who worked at Starbucks.  And until two days ago, I didn’t have the recipe.  But as I was making some hot cocoa on the stove, I figured out, and completely by accident I might add, the recipe for the oh-so-delicious vanilla steamer.  DSC_6756 Continue reading

Moving

Well, the time has come for this happy family to move on to a new house.  If you know us, then you know we need space to roam free.  To plant a giant garden.  To get more chickens and rabbits.  Maybe a few goats and other animals.  We made the decision to put our house on the market, so the last several months have been a whirlwind of repairs and fixer-upper projects.  Just little things mainly, but my goodness did it take a lot out of us.  But the hard work has paid off.  It’s hard to believe our time in this home is over.  Laelia was only 8 days old when we moved here.  And Mr. Reed was born in the living room just last year.  This house is overflowing with love.  How could it not be with these four precious children living in it?!

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A New Season

Summer vacation has come to a close–as has my unplanned writing hiatus.  So much has been happening!  So much is changing!  I just needed to let go of something for a short time and sadly (very sadly in fact, because I love it so much!) what I let go of was writing.  But something new is in the air.  Many new things in fact. One thing that you might notice right off the bat…a new look for Whimsical Whimsies!  Don’t you love it?!!  Honest feedback welcome…as long as you love it.  Another job well done for my Handy Hubby.

I have so much to share with you, but for now I will just share our latest and greatest–some of our moments back in school the classroom every day avenue of life where we just happen to learn a lot as we go.

A little bit of form drawing…

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Grass mat weaving for little hands

The hot weather is here, so we have been looking for things to do that won’t be too crazy hot.  Of course we swim.  And swim.  And swim.  And when the sun has kissed our skin enough and our fingers and toes are extra pruney, we try to find other ways to occupy ourselves while still staying cool.  Inside, self-directed play takes up most of their non-swimming time, but every now and then they venture away from the world of magic and princesses and weddings and measuring cups and look for something else to do.  That is when they come searching for this Mama to help them come up with something crafty to occupy their hands and minds.  And since I aim to please, I have many ideas just waiting for the opportunity to come alive for these sweet ladies.

Last week, we began weaving mats out of grasses.  Fortunately, long meadow grasses seam to be everywhere.  They got their scissors and cut what they needed to make their mats.DSC_3563

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