The (Not) So Big Snow

It snowed last night and into early this morning, but we didn’t get as much as expected. I couldn’t get to work so I got to stay home with the boys. We went out this morning in the snow to check on the chickens and to let the boys play.

Dogs run

The snow was deep enough it was fun, but not so deep they couldn’t run and play.

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I let them run all over the property and I got some exercise too following them around…

Dogs running

They really loved checking out the stream that runs along one side of our place…

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Chase just had to figure out a way across…

Dogs stream

And he eventually did get across and had some fun with his brother.

Chase stream

Did you and your pups have any fun in the snow today?

Snow, Dogs, Birds, and Chickens

Didn’t get as much snow today as they originally predicted, but it snowed most of the day lightly. When I got home from work we took the boys outside to play and help us get the chickens ready for the snow that started around 6 tonight.

Dogs

The chicken water tank was frozen over. Luckily the one inside the coop is holding up well and staying un-frozen.

Water

And I found another soft egg so I put it outside in a dish to see what the snow would do to it.

Egg

The boys enjoyed running and playing for a while.

Chase run

I took the opportunity to take some pictures around the yard.

Bird feeder

The snow was sitting so pretty on the pine trees.

Pine

The birds had almost finished their blocks so we had to fill the feeders up and get them set for the snow as well before we came back in for dinner.

Feeder

Do you like out new block feeder? I couldn’t pass up a chicken one ;)

It starts…

The weather man says the forecast is a mix of snow and ice, with a little rain mixed in. So that means where we live it will be all snow and ice. It started about 2 hours before they said as well.

Tree

This wintery mix is set to continue until Monday. Hopefully it won’t be too bad tomorrow morning as I have to go work at my private practice. The chickens got out today as some of the last snow we had melted. The dogs enjoyed a run and we are ready for the bad weather inside and out. Hope you have a blessed weekend :)

Snow Time

The forecast says we are to have snow from now until Monday. We had a couple inches today…

1st snow

But they say more is coming from Friday to Monday. The chickens refuse to go out in the snow so even though their door was open… not a chicken was seen.

Coop

Still the boys had fun out in the snow. Chase enjoyed checking out the chicken fence parameter and leaving his footprints in the snow :)

Chase patroll

Any of you get any snow today too?

2015

I’m not getting off to a good blogging start this year,  but I still wanted to wish you a…

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Happy New Year!

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I hope you all had a blessed and happy Christmas. Did you celebrate in any special way?

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We had a quiet and relaxing day. Ate some good food, opened some gifts, and celebrated our Saviors birth. When the day started out the dogs were up and ready…

Dogs awake

But by the end of the day they were sacked out…

Dogs asleep

But Santa brought them some good treats they nibbled on before their nap ;)

10 Reasons I wish Christmas was a week and not a day…

10. Many business are closed and people are home. (more businesses should be closed)

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9. People are nicer.

8. You can be in your P.J. as much as you want.

7. Small town Christmas parades.

6. The decorations… I just love the decoration and oh the lights… I could look at the lights forever ;)

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5. My pups love the snow (when we get it).

4. All the Christmas treats. While I can’t eat most of them I love to bake and make them for others.

3. The good food you don’t eat other times of year.

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2. Families make time to spend together.

1. To celebrate our Savior’s birth… we should celebrate it every day.

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Merry Christmas Eve :)

Question for you?

Are you enjoying your holiday season?

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Well are ya? Baxter and Chase hope you are finding time to enjoy all the things you love about this time of year and finding time to enjoy family and friends.  Happy Holidays :)

Tree Time

Today after a little black Friday shopping and some lunch… we got our TREE :)

Tree

Hubby and I have gone to the same cut your own tree farm since our first Christmas together. In the last few years my mom and step father have gone with us and a couple times my dad went with us. This year my mom, stepdad, hubby and I made our way to the farm and out into the field to find the perfect tree. Surprisingly this year one of the first few trees we found ended up being the one…

Tree cut

I did all the cutting this year as the tree was higher and the trunk smaller.

Tree cut 2

After we got it cut we pulled it in the cart back to pay…

Walk back

The tree place ties it up for you so it’s easier to get it home. Our tree ended up being 7 foot this year.

Tree house

Once we got home we put the tree in it’s stand and gave it some water.

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Tomorrow morning we will decorate the tree over breakfast. Hope you had a happy Friday.

Happy Thanksgiving :)

It’s Thanksgiving Day… A day for family, food, and most importantly Gratitude.

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For those of you who don’t know the history of American Thanksgiving:

The First Thanksgiving

As most schoolchildren know, the history of Thanksgiving began when Pilgrims and Native Americans gathered together to celebrate a successful harvest. The first Thanksgiving was held in the fall of 1621, sometime between September 21 and November 11, and was a three-day feast. The Pilgrims were joined by approximately 90 of the local Wampanoag tribe, including Chief Massasoit, in celebration. They ate fowl and deer for certain and most likely also ate berries, fish, clams, plums, and boiled pumpkin.

Though the current holiday of Thanksgiving was based on the 1621 feast, it did not immediately become an annual celebration or holiday. Sporadic days of Thanksgiving followed, usually declared locally to give thanks for a specific event such as the end of a drought, victory in a specific battle, or after a harvest. It wasn’t until October 1777 that all 13 colonies celebrated a day of Thanksgiving. The very first national day of Thanksgiving was held in 1789, when President George Washington proclaimed Thursday, November 26 to be “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer,” to especially give thanks for the opportunity to form a new nation and the establishment of a new constitution.

We owe the modern concept of Thanksgiving to a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale. Hale, editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book and author of the famous “Mary Had a Little Lamb” nursery rhyme, spent 40 years advocating for a national, annual Thanksgiving holiday. In the years leading up to the Civil War, she saw the holiday as a way to infuse hope and belief in the nation and the constitution. So, when the United States was torn in half during the Civil War and Lincoln was searching for a way to bring the nation together, he discussed the matter with Hale. On October 3, 1863, Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation that declared the last Thursday in November (based on Washington’s date) to be a day of “thanksgiving and praise.” For the first time, Thanksgiving became a national, annual holiday with a specific date.

For 75 years after Lincoln issued his Thanksgiving Proclamation, succeeding presidents honored the tradition and annually issued their own Thanksgiving Proclamation, declaring the last Thursday in November as the day of Thanksgiving. However, in 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt did not. In 1939, the last Thursday of November was going to be November 30. Retailers complained to FDR that this only left 24 shopping days to Christmas and begged him to push Thanksgiving just one week earlier. It was determined that most people do their Christmas shopping after Thanksgiving and retailers hoped that with an extra week of shopping, people would buy more. So when FDR announced his Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1939, he declared the date of Thanksgiving to be Thursday, November 23, the second-to-last Thursday of the month.

(Information from About.com)

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Wow that’s a long history for a holiday. Still, what I get out of it all is we need to be grateful for whatever we have…. family, food on our tables, freedom, choices, our pets, the ability to grow our own food, heat on a cold winters night, our phones, computers, tablets, music, art, but most importantly the ability to be saved by the one and only Savior Jesus. I am grateful today for my salvation, my family, my pups, friends, my home, our chickens, the ability to grow my own food, and so much more.

I hope you have a blessed day. Let me know what you are grateful for :)

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