Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Compost Crew

Fall is a composter's favorite season.  The leaves start falling and the neighbors start bagging them up.  This is my first fall with the truck and I've been putting it to good use, trust me. 
 This was part of the haul a few  weeks ago

 Some bags end up under the deck to use as bedding in the chicken coops throughout the winter.

Replace lattice and no one is the wiser regarding the 30 bags of leaves

 Some bags get spread out in the driveway and run through the mulcher

Beautiful shredded leaves

On Tuesday, the kids had the day off of school so I recruited these little helpers.




I decided to put some fencing around my giant compost pile this year since when I don't, the chickens just tear the pile apart in about 1 day.  I still plan to let the chickens in the pile on a weekly basis to stir things up and help break down the contents.  The pile contains not only leaves, but also all the tomato/pepper/sweet potato plants from the garden, litter from the duck & chicken houses, & several spent annuals from neighbor hanging baskets/potted plants.

Our neighbor Layni has learned a lot of composting and today, I dubbed the trio "The Compost Crew".


Today, the girls decided they wanted to help collect the leaves around town, not just unload them.

Four pick up truck loads later, we collect just about 100 bags  
(Can you see how high the compost pile is in the background on the left of the picture?)


The best part of the day, Essie pulled this stick out of the fire and in her best Alicia Keys impression, belted out, "This Stick is on FIRE-R".
She kills me sometimes.


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Family Photo Shoot 2014

It's that time of year again - family photo time.  This year we had our pictures taken along the street in our town that divides Asbury University's campus from Asbury Seminary.  Our pictures were taken on both campuses.  Here are the results:







Essie, age 9

Chloe, age 9

A.J. - age 12







Matt & A.J. pose with Charles Wesley


This picture is taken outside the chapel where Mom & Dad got married!





Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fall Is Upon Us

Fall is here.  It's not my favorite season because it means winter is coming soon, but it does bring the opportunity for lots of leaves to use in the garden.  I fenced in the small portion of garden that is still producing and let the chickens and ducks run the rest of it.  They are loving all the new dirt to scratch around in as well as cleaning up the remnants of the garden.


I've already collected half a dozen bags of leaves/yard waste that people have thrown out.  Definitely great entertainment for the chickens and by next spring, it will be great compost for our garden!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Few Pictures from a Nice Sunday

Last Sunday was Dad's birthday, and Mom was out of town for an adoption conference, so it was just Dad and the kids.

Everyone out the door and dressed for church!

AJ had a late afternoon soccer game in a nearby town where one of Dad's favorite restaurants is.  So Dad got birthday dinner at Wallace Station.

While waiting for our food, the kids tried their hand a horseshoes.

Essie

Chloe

AJ

Friday, September 19, 2014

Flashback 2009

I was sorting through pictures on our external hard drive and I ran across these videos from June of 2009.  The girls had only been home 3 months.    They are so precious, I can barely stand it.  They were taken on the girls first trip to Indiana to see my family. 
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Where did my sweet angels go?





Oh...there they are.  Just growing up way too fast!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

And Then There Were Three

The twins decided to play soccer this year and so now the madness of having 3 children in soccer has begun.  Luckily, the twins are on the same team. 

The girls first game was Saturday and they tied 4-4 but Essie scored!










The girls played their 2nd game tonight and won 7-0.
Essie had 1 goal and Chloe had 2!






Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Spreading Their Wings

With my parents here for a long weekend to celebrate the girls' birthday, you know I'm going to find some homesteading projects for my Dad to help with.  The list was quite short this time as he seems to be getting into this retirement thing.  =).  One project was to fence in the part of the garden still producing in order to let the chickens & ducks have the run of the rest of the garden.  By the end of the gardening season, the soil is quite compact so I like to let my animals do the cultivating & fertilizing of it for me over the fall/winter.  Its always fun to watch them realize the harvest awaits them.