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Camping Fun and Fail… :-/

I forgot the third sleeping bag!!!

We had a blast though. I took the girls and Long Dog up to the mountains to play, shoot and camp. We all got loads of sun. Explored the area.

“Cool a snake mom can we eat it?!”

“No it’s too small.”

We’ve caught and eaten snake before but it was a 5″ long gopher snake. My girls are very adventurous. They make this momma proud!

Roasted dogs and smores for dinner.

And did a little target practice. My 11yo fell in love with shooting which will make getting ready for hunting season loads of fun.

She was so proud of hitting her target she wanted a picture. She’s a natural like her momma.

Collected enough firewood from around the area to last us until bedtime and for breakfast making in the morning. We got tent set up and unrolled the sleeping bags to discover I failed to bring one sleeping bag and it got into the 30’s last night so we packed up and made it home about 9pm.

We were all really disappointed. We’ll probably try again next weekend.

Honestly it’s probably a good thing we had to come home early, cause boy camping fun takes a different set of muscles because I am sore in new ways.

2700 calories burned in one day! It usually only takes 2100 for my average on the farm day.

Sunday is definitely going to be a day of rest. Someone bring me a Bloody Mary!

Hope you all are enjoying your weekend!

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Smokin’ Good times…

Smoked beef burgers for dinner last night.

Yesterday was our first smoke of the year. I ended last year spending a week out on the smoker with two homegrown hams, bacon and summer sausage for Christmas dinner.

It’s felt like summer all week with no one being rushed out the door for school so we’re wishing tomorrow would stay tomorrow until September at least.

We spent yesterday walking around the local Ag Fest tempting ourselves not to bring home anything living.

Good thing I only have a small car at the moment or we would’ve had another dairy goat, pig and a couple more rabbits. We even saw a miniature horse we all fell in love with.

However hard we tried we couldn’t get back to the car without bringing home something breathing.

Some new trees for our small forest. Hey they were free!

Yesterday morning working with the horses I finally got them both comfortable following me up the wooden ramp to the front porch. Without grain, halter or lead rope.

I got the older of the two to follow me up the stairs as well with grain as a treat at the top.

This morning they both followed me up with only a little hesitation.

When they get confident with these simple tasks I’ll start working on it getting them used to a harness and light pack.

The end goal is to be able to drive them and pack with them.

Why am I asking them to go up the stairs and on the ramp? When we’re out hiking I want them to be confident in new/weird situations so they won’t panic and get hurt.

Why am I not using a halter/lead? I want them to gain the confidence at their own pace and trust themselves to follow me through anything calmly.

I’m running behind this weekend. I haven’t needed an alarm all week, waking up 15-30 minutes before it would go off. This weekend, I’m not sure if all the extra exercise is getting to me or if my body is rebelling but I slept 15 minutes past the usual time I would get up.

I have my alarm set for 45 minutes before sunrise. Why get up early when you don’t have to? I was asked recently. I can’t waste a beautiful peaceful morning sleeping!

Hope you have been enjoying your weekend!

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Off the Farm Fun

Yesterday after taking my aunt breakfast we all loaded up in my car for a scenic country drive to a Tulip Festival. We spent the better part of the morning walking around huge fields of tulips before stopping for lunch and letting the tween have some special fun too.


The only disappointment was being teased by a brewery truck parked in the lot when we showed up, turned out it wasn’t there to deliver brew.

I love trying new brews as much as I love trying new food.

This morning I got more exercise than usual doing chores. I decided it was a good day to start training the miniature horses.

I want to get them comfortable in any situation so with a bucket of grain (no halter or rope) I teased them up the wooden ramp to the front porch. We’ll work on that until they’ll follow without coaxing then I’ll do the same with the stairs.

The end goal is to get them driving and backpacking. The girls and I love the outdoors and playing with the horses. What could be more fun than taking the horses camping?

My first round of college (20 years ago) I did some backpacking with mules on horseback but honestly think this would be a lot of fun.

This pic is from last summer when we were practicing campfire cooking on our farm. Even the animals couldn’t resist the curiosity of seeing what we were up to.