Sunday, March 31, 2013

A flock of his own

As we are celebrating Easter this weekend, sheep are becoming a strong theme around here. Yesterday we went to a friend's ranch and got to see for the first time sheep being sheared. It was so neat to see - more about that later. When Pieter first starting playing with the farm, he immediately noted that the farmer had a staff; and therefore, was a shepherd. But there were no sheep! So, there was great joy this morning when he opened up his Easter basket and found an entire sheep family - a mama, a daddy, and a baby. I also knit up some sheep for both kids, using a wonderful pattern from Mama4Earth. It is called Suffolk Sheep (my Rav page). I enjoyed the quick knit and am looking forward to knitting more animals for the farm.

We also added some bunnies to the farm! 
Now it is time to get ready for church. It is time to say Alleluia!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Friday

Last year we started the tradition of making Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday. The kids think it is a very good idea. Nothing like yeast breads to teach patience to children as they wait for real food!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Fun in the garden

Someone is going to be seriously disappointed when the time for planting comes!
The other news is that Juliana is going to be in onesies from now on. They are the only way to keep her diaper on. She just pushes her pants and diaper down with all her might and is delighted with the results!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Backyard Visitor

{today's visitor}

Now that spring appears to be trying to make it's entrance to our corner of the world, we are finally seeing the song birds flocking to our feeders in the backyard. Someone else noticed this, too. We had a special backyard visitor today, a Sharp-shinned Hawk. It didn't score any lunch, this time, but it has before. One winter ago, just a few days before Juliana was born, a Sharp-shinned Hawk enjoyed a dove in the backyard. It flew at the Mourning Dove, which flew into Pieter's window and died. I went out to see what happened when I heard the thunk and took the photos. Later on, I went out and only saw the feathers. I guess that is what happens in our world.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


While going to Custer for the weekend sounded lovely, I knew the kids would need some activities to do in the hotel room. I recently saw these cute little birdies on Ginny's blog and thought they would be fun to use for writing letters. I cut the stamps out with scalloped scissors and we used a glue stick to put everything together. A while back I found this Fisher Price mailbox and mailbag at my local thrift store. Pieter loved it and is still delivering mail.

Monday, March 25, 2013

The morning after the snow

The next morning after the snowfall we headed out for a drive in the park in search of the wild animals, as Pieter likes to say. Not that far along we found our first herd of bison on the horizon. I felt for them as they pushed their noses around in the snow to find the grass beneath. What a way to find breakfast.

As I got out of the car to take some more pictures, a grouse flew up to the top of the Ponderosa Pine. You can just see it at the top, right of the tree.

We came around the corner and saw another herd on the road, much to our delight.

Pronghorn were our next find. After we watched them for a bit, Pieter said, OK, now the burrows! We never did see them, though.

I just love this granite. It was too snowy yet to make it up to the Needles. Perhaps in May...

Sunday, March 24, 2013

A weekend at Custer

Ben came home a few weeks back and told me that he had a work meeting down at the Game Lodge in Custer State Park over a weekend. There was no hesitation in my statement that the kids and I were coming, too! We left Friday morning for the park and had a wonderful welcome from some Bighorn Sheep, Ovis canadensis, right outside our hotel in the park. I was a bit bummed that the ground was bare, thinking that there might be more snow than we had at home since the elevation there is about 2,000 feet higher. Just after we arrived the first flakes started falling and I was thrilled, then, that I had packed all our snow gear. We ventured out after a couple of hours and had lots of fun in the snow.

{Pieter loves to catch snowflakes}

{The Game Warden's house - I could handle living here!}
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