Sunday, June 26, 2011

Behind My Back

This morning's project is moving the sand from in front of the house to behind the barn. The kids didn't want to wait for me to finish my coffee, so they started loading up the wheelbarrow without me. That was fine with me!

And then, as I was finishing my coffee (and loading the washing machine), I looked out the window:

It's amazing what my kids do when my back is turned!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

This Country Livin'...'s exhausting!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A German German Shepherd

Mike and I have always talked about getting a dog. Now that we live out in the country, we were thinking about getting a big one, like maybe a German Shepherd or something.

Maybe not a puppy though, we said. Too much work training and housebreaking a puppy.

Wouldn't it be neat, we said, if we could find a dog that was already trained, was great with kids, and just needed a new home.

Yeah, that'd be neat. We'll start looking soon, we said.

Instead, he found us.

Ruger is a three-year-old German Shepherd imported from Germany. He showed up at our house on Sunday afternoon, and after many phone calls I finally got ahold of his owner, who lives on a road not too far from our house.

His owner is currently traveling and the neighbor who was taking care of him had forgotten to secure him before she left the property, so he went exploring. His owner apologized for the hassle and gave me directions on how to find her house so we could take him back.

And then she mentioned that she was trying to find a new home for him because she travels so much and can't give him the attention he needs.

Um, yeah. He's getting lots of that at our house. Maybe instead of taking him back to an empty house, we could just keep him for her until she gets home. And then if everything works out, maybe not give him back at all.

Everyone thought that sounded like a great plan.

So Ruger is ours for the next few weeks...and could become ours to keep!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


After Grandpa Pat spent most of Saturday afternoon helping the girls get the hang of riding Anya's bike, Jaela, Macey, and Isaak got new bikes of their own on Sunday.

Apparently, Isaak was also paying attention to the lessons.

Log Houses

You know what I think is especially cool about these log houses?

They were built inside THIS log house:

which has this barn, round pen, and chicken coop next to it:

and this creek running behind it:

in the middle of 6+ acres of land:

and they're all ours!