Thursday, November 26, 2015

Full days

A lot goes on in a day, even if it feels like nothing got accomplished.   We are enjoying a more relaxed feel to our days, and also having more of a rhythm than we did during the moving.  Here are a few things I get to enjoy as I do my daily tasks.  

Kaybug doing a good job imitating her sisters, and following me around so I can be her audience. 

Jujubee received this loom for Christmas last year.  She finally finished it yesterday!  Now to move on to prettier yarn!  

Cocobear found the hypotrochoid (spirograph)
 set in our game closet.  We got it for a long car trip/vacation and it has been a lot of fun.

Our newest addition, Miss Kitty, follows me around the yard.  Especially when I'm inside the chicken coop.  

Oh Fluffy, how very un-fluffy you are right now.  Hopefully this molt is over soon.  It is getting cold!!

Such sweet, full days that go so fast.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

My Little Planner

People often comment on how much my oldest, Jujubee, looks like me.  Though she is tall and thin like her father, she has tan skin, brown hair, and brown eyes like me.  Even more than looks, she is much like me in personality.  Quiet, shy, very timid, embarrasses easily, is quite emotional, and...
LOVES to plan.  

This was her desk when I went in to her room to find her.  Her current book (Magic Tree House - Thanksgiving on Thursday), planner, spelling list, scissors, and lots of colored pens.  (And that adorable mushroom fairy artwork?  My friend Paige painted it.  Isn't it adorable?)

She color codes the subjects like I do.  

I gave her one of the planners I make for this school year, and she was so excited I thought she might cry.  She immediately broke out her pens, her syllabus, and her dry erase board.  Also like me, she has to plan before she can plan.  Don't want to mess up your pretty planner!  

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Starting a farm

Starting a farm… is that what we are doing?  For so long we have dreamed about our new home and what kind of adventures it may bring.  Now that our house on land is a reality, I am bursting with excitement and trying to focus on what we need to do first.  

The house and land are pretty much blank slates.  Outside, a large, open field that was previously farmed by a neighbor.  It isn’t a ton of land, just four acres, but plenty to start with.  There is a lot of pretty landscaping (we won’t know exactly what we have until spring, as it was a tad overgrown!), a few trees, and, so far, good neighbors. 

Inside, mostly white walls and open spaces.  It is a little bit dated, but not much (and I happen to like oak).  The carpet… well, there isn’t much we can do about that right now.  It is in like-new condition and I can’t feel good about tearing it out just yet.  Thankfully it hasn’t clashed *too much* with our current style and I’m quite alright with making due with what we have.  Wood floors are something we are dreaming of, after finally putting them in our last house.  A lot of paint, our furniture and decor, and it really feels like home now!  

The outside is where my wheels are turning.  We already have 5 chickens that we brought with us.  Hopefully all of our Buff Orpington, Lucy’s broodiness will work out in the spring and we can hatch a few chicks.  (Fingers crossed they aren’t all roosters!)  We are also beginning plans for a nice big garden.  Behind that, we will likely allow our neighbor to harvest another year until we can build our barn.  Eventually I would love fruit trees, berry bushes, herbs, and enough space to grow some of our own hay/feed.  

A barn is an expensive item, and not one we can afford immediately.  We have an attached garage but no outside storage whatsoever, not even a shed.  I am thankful we at least have the garage, that is where all of our lawn, garden, tools, etc are stored currently.  However, I would prefer to use the garage for - of all things - our cars.  Not to mention, I don’t think goats in the garage would be a great idea.  

We aren’t positive on the goats. Not yet.  But we are reading, researching, studying, talking.  Though making a little side money is certainly a benefit, we are most interested right now in becoming more self sufficient.  Our garden will help tremendously, the chickens are great little egg layers and compost makers.  The next logical step for us, is goats.  Milk, cheese, cream, yogurt, etc.  Goats are a lot of work though.  They have to be milked and fed twice a day, can drink up to 60 gallons of water per day, per goat, let out to pasture, their stalls need mucked out, and so much more.  Thankfully I have 3 little helpers and an awesome husband, but I know much of the work will land on me.  I still have some thinking to do.

The possibilities are endless, and I am enjoying thinking of as many as I can.  

Friday, November 20, 2015

This moment

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Friday, November 6, 2015

This moment

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Thursday, November 5, 2015


In August of 2014 we listed our house for sale.  My husband and I had the house built for us in 2002 and we enjoyed nearly 13 years there starting a family and raising our babies.  We have been dreaming for a few years now that we would like more land for the kids to roam, and maybe even have some animals.  Restrictions, and other incidents I won't get into gave us our push and we listed our house.  Over 6 months after we listed it, we accepted an offer.  We closed in April and moved out on May 3rd.

When we sold our house, my husbands boss took him aside and let him know the shop he was working in would be closing but didn't have a specific time frame.  Talk about devastating.  We just sold our house, didn't have another in mind, and were living in my parents 2 bedroom house temporarily (while they stayed at their campground resort in Indiana).  They let him know that they really valued him as an employee, and would like him to relocate to their new Indiana location.  So, our new options were stay in Ohio and not have a job in the near future, or move to Indiana.

Can I tell you how hard it is to shop for houses when you aren't in the same state?  Thankfully it was only a 2-2.5 hour drive, but that is 4-5 hours of driving time in a day.  We have 3 kids (who do not do well for long trips!).  Challenging is a good word to describe life this past year!  It took us several trips, many MANY house showings, and 6 months to find a house, close on it, and move in.  September 11th, we closed on our new home, and our belongings arrived on the 18th.

For a long time, I have been a believer that things happen when they should happen.  Not a minute before.  If our home had sold any earlier, his boss wouldn't yet have known our shop was closing, and we would have purchased a new home in Ohio - only to be out of a job months later.  If we had found a home immediately following selling our house, my husband would have been commuting between Ohio and Indiana for months.  And, if we had bought just any house, we wouldn't have found a home that fits us perfectly on just under 5 acres.  I'll take you on a tour in another post.  ;)

So, my apologies for not getting as much accomplished with the planners this year as I had hoped!  It has been quite a ride!  This week is the last week my husband will be commuting and he will finally be HOME for good!  I am so grateful for everything that has fallen into place for us.  We are excited to make new memories with our girls in our new home - and to plan out what that 4 acre back yard means for us!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

2015/2016 homeschool planner

I had good intentions for this year.  Could it really be November already?  I am happy to say I did, at least, get a new planner created.  I had so much fun with the woodland design and am so thankful to Harper Finch for allowing me to use her adorable designs in the planner.

This planner was both fun, and challenging for me.  Once I got going, it was a blast and all came together so well!  The challenge was deciding what to improve from the last version, and choosing a format.  My downfall, I think, was too many options!  I am one who want to please everyone, so I made several formats available.  However, it seemed to be overwhelming to my wonderful customers, and I have to agree.  I didn't have a way to really explain the differences in the planners, so everyone just thought "which one do I need?!"  I also noticed that many of you preferred last years version - the spiral watercolor.  I am unsure if it was because of the wonderful watercolor images, or the format.  (Feedback welcome!!)  I did keep aspects of the previous version and designed it with Waldorf and Oak Meadow homeschooling in mind once again.  (Though I didn't label them as specifically - some thought it was a little too restricting)

As for my good intentions, well, I have big plans every year!  I had planned to get a student planner out, as well as an A5 format for those of you who prefer a smaller planner.  I did make this planner less seasonally inspired so I wouldn't exclude anyone in the Southern Hemisphere.  And of course, I somehow let a mistake or two slip past me.  It is such an embarrassing thing to have happen.  I am thankful to those of you who pointed it out with grace and understand that I am human.  As of right now, I am still just a one-woman show and had quite a bit going on this summer during the planner creation.

Don't forget, you can still get them in my Etsy shop in both PDF files as well as a printed and bound version!

So, what are your thoughts?  Did you like the new planner?  Prefer the spiral watercolor?  Which format do you prefer?  Or... what do you wish it would have instead!?