Hello, everyone! I’m sorry there haven’t been any blog posts to grace your screen for the last couple of weeks or so. Last week was an amazing mess. And this week doesn’t seem much slower.
It’s crazy to me how much busier everything gets once the end of school grows closer. There are only about four and a half weeks of school left for my children, and they are jam packed. Last week we had a whole bunch of things going on at school plus a jiu-jitsu tournament this past weekend. This week coming up is going to be nuts with school things plus an orchestra concert for my two oldest girls and me. And on top of that, the weather has *finally* (I hope I didn’t jinx it) turned nice! It’s been in the fifties all weekend and has been close to the sixties! I’m loving it! I’m not sure how much we will be able to be outside enjoying it in the next few weeks, but I’m just happy that it’s finally here!
In the next few weeks, we have orchestra concerts, spring programs for all three girls, a track meet for all three girls, K5 graduation for my youngest daughter, a funeral, a vendor event for my jewelry business, a concert for my nephew, a baby shower for my cousin, a mother/daughter banquet at church, an awards ceremony at school, a special singing group coming to church, another nephew’s graduation party, another jiu-jitsu tournament, and a music festival. I hope we survive all of this!
Do any of you have a crazy number of things going on too? I can’t believe how many things we get ourselves into on a daily basis. It’s not like we are even trying to find things to do, but the calendar always fills up. Why is that? Well, I think I figured it out. I have a hard time saying “NO.” I do. It’s that simple. There are so many things that I want to do in life, that I can’t say no anything. I want to do all of it. I’m trying to teach myself how to prioritize these activities. Some days I do better than others.
Phillip and I keep thinking that, some day, things will slow down. Someday we will have time to sit on the porch and relax. Someday the kids will wake up late, and we won’t have to go anywhere. Some day we will live the slow life. It’s just not today…or the next few weeks, apparently!
How many of you run around like crazy in the spring? It seems like spring is such a busy time for everyone. But, it’s also an amazing time. Everything is fresh and new and promising. Everyone seems to be in a better mood and just plain happy. The days are longer and warmer and we can watch life start over. Even my horses are overjoyed about spring. They always seem a little extra chipper when the weather starts to warm up.
Now that the snow is (almost) gone, we are going to be able to start working on some of our outside projects. First thing to get done is to cut up the wood pile that’s left. I’m hoping to put a garden right where the logs have been sitting for the last couple of years. I want to put a huge one in so the kids can learn how to take care of all of it. They are going to be great little weed pullers! Once we get the wood finished, I’m hoping to get some temporary fencing put up so we can get a couple goats. We have a big grove of trees close to the house that is full of burdock root. A couple goats should clean that up fairly quickly so we can get in there and clean the area out once they are done. Permanent fencing for them will have to come later this summer in a different area of the farm.
The other major spring project I have is getting some chickens! I can’t wait to get chickens. I don’t know what it is, but just watching a bunch of chickens wandering around is so relaxing. I love to listen to their little noises and chirps. I also love the fact that they will eat all the bugs and ticks around the farm. I don’t particularly care to use chemicals to get rid of the bugs and things since we have children running around. I think chickens to eat the bugs and ticks will be amazing. I just need to educate myself a little bit more on how to raise and care for them though. It’s been a long time since I’ve had livestock, besides my horses that is, so I think I’m probably a little rusty. I don’t want to mess it up!
I don’t know if you can tell or not, but I’m more than a little excited for spring, and I’m more than a little excited to start getting a farm going. It’s not going to be huge right away (maybe never), but it’s a start. I can’t wait to teach my children how to care for these animals and how to put something else before themselves. I think there are a lot of life lessons that can be learned by growing up on a farm. I feel bad for the kids that don’t get the opportunity to learn those lessons. But, I want to give my children ever chance they can possibly get to learn life’s hard lessons now, rather than when they are adults and it has a much bigger impact on their life.
Thank you, everyone, for reading my randomness today. My mind is in a million different places. Maybe someday (there’s that word again) I will get it all together and actually write something that will do someone some good. Until then, thank you for sticking with me!
Leave me a comment with some of your spring projects or summer plans. I can’t wait to hear them all!
P.S. The picture is of my little human from her jiu-jitsu tournament this past weekend. I am so proud of her and all the hard work she put in to get there!