Wednesday, January 19, 2011

farm thoughts

Camille slaughtering her turkey pinata at her birthday party
Progress is meandering along.  Trees have been planted, now we just have to wait for the long, slow growing season.  Our neighbor graciously offered up a few good truckloads of topsoil from a construction job he was doing, so now the garden beds must be filled.  It's amusing that it's taken us this long to even get seeds in the ground!  Sarah and I planted a flurry of spring seeds sometime late in the season, but our timing was off and our soil wasn't mixed very well.  We had a few sprouts begin to take off with good intentions, only to wither in the too-hot sun or be eaten by a bunny.  Wildlife!  This is something I haven't had to compete with before.  We did have some good looking kale transplants for a few minutes, but one morning we woke up to nothing more than nubs.  This should be an interesting thing to figure out!

The holidays were, as always, a frenzied blur.  We moved into the house the week of Thanksgiving, only to be surmounted by oodles of holiday plans.  I am blessed to have a fantastic family all around me, but it can make holidays a little insane.  First was Christmas Eve morning with my lovely husbands side of the family, followed closely by Christmas Eve dinner with my side of the family (two hours away).  The next morning we awoke to presents galore under their Christmas tree and joyously scurried to open them all before we had to pack up and head back to San Diego to spend Christmas day with Jeremy's side of the family once again.  Followed by my mom's birthday on New Years Day (up in Redlands again), Camille's birthday and party on the 2nd of January and lovely husbands birthday on the tenth.  It's finally done, I can breathe again.  During this time, Sarah and BJ were also gone visiting family and attending a work conference, so the farm got little love.  We are finally all back, finding the groove and figuring out where to start!  It finally is now feeling like the start, the beginning of this new life.  We got a new little point and shoot camera for Christmas, so hopefully I will get some good images to post here.

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