Family Camping…the Soaking Wet Version

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Well, we tried going camping again this past 4th of July. We enjoyed it last year and it seemed like a great idea. We definitely made some memories–of being rained out and wet. {smile} The Cowboy didn’t even have to fall in the creek this time to end up soaking wet. We got there about 9:30 am and Mr. Fix-It set us up with a “kitchen” this time. Car camping is so much easier than backpacking! You can bring all the little conveniences with you because you don’t have to carry them. And thank goodness for that tarp kitchen, otherwise … Continue Reading…

Have Dog, Will Travel…Gear for the Dog Adventurer

Gear for the Dog Adventurer -- via Walking in High Cotton

When I was in college, my Kenzie-dog traveled everywhere with me. Everywhere. And if you’ve read here very long, you know that we take Penny with us when we go hiking and camping. Then there’s Coal, who’s already covered a lot of miles since completing his puppy shots, (please be careful where you take your pup before his/her shots are up-to-date!) with many more to go! If you’re one of our regular readers, you also know that (except for books!) we tend to pare it down to the essentials when it comes to “gear.” 3 kids under 5? One diaper bag. Vacation for … Continue Reading…

In the Green Grass…the Daily Farm Adventures {87}

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This will be a busy week here at The Lowe Farm. We have Vacation Bible School at church and the kiddos will be in class while Mr. Fix-It and I will be teaching another class. So this weekend we prepped a week of meals, did a lot of laundry, and did a lot of camo painting to get ready. Have you been following us on Facebook or Instagram to see all the #vbsprep pictures? What we didn’t get done, was any mowing! It’s acceptable right now, but by the end of the week, it’s gonna be crazy! {smile} This time of year, … Continue Reading…

We Had a Birthday!

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Mr. Fix-It doesn’t get off work very often. It’s the nature of working for a family-owned small business. The benefits are not the same as what I take for granted. He doesn’t have much paid leave, and what he does have, he tries to save for holidays or traveling to see family. So when I decided to take the first couple days of summer break off with the kiddos earlier this week, I was tickled that he up and decided to schedule a day off to spend with us. And it just so happened that getting Monday off was his … Continue Reading…

Well, It’s Been Raining…the Daily Farm Adventures {86}

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That’s about all I can say. It was terribly dry and God has now sent us FOUR DAYS of rain. I’ve given up on the keeping the floors clean! But I found a few pictures to share with you from just before the clouds rolled in… Liberty the “barn cat” that lives on our front porch, shamelessly begging for some kitchen scraps… Henny Penny, our rascally free-ranger, also shamelessly begging for a treat on the front porch… And Molly, with her calf Bubba (he’s got a noticeable under-bite and as hard as I’ve tried to reject the name, it has … Continue Reading…

Just Let Them Play

Just let them play...it's good for them! (via Walking in High Cotton)

This past weekend the kiddos did their chores and were finally allowed out of the house to “go play!”  (Ah, the drama of an hour of chores and cleaning on Saturday morning!) At one point, as they trooped back for some snacks, I snapped a few pictures. Besides those moments (which ended up a little blurry because I’m out of practice) my mind snapped back to something from a few years ago… Same 3 kiddos. Same gate. Same yard. Same woods they were playing in back in 2012. And then another… The same crew, same yard, same fence (but in … Continue Reading…

Working the Sheep…the Daily Farm Adventures {85}

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Our big accomplishment for the weekend was that we worked the whole flock through the chute, worming, trimming hooves, and checking general health. Mr. Fix-It is trying a new set up for our pens and chutes–under cover instead of out in the field. Not crazy about it–too much dust and the flies are much worse in the shade. I don’t really understand that, but it’s true. The sheep don’t seem to care one way or another and we’re able to work everyone in less than 2 hours, so they’re not out in the heat that long. The ewes will follow … Continue Reading…

Chickens and Flowers and Fruit…the Daily Farm Adventures {84}

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The weather’s been typical Tidewater spring lately. Hot and humid, muggy and thunderstorms, cool and buggy…usually all in one day! {smile} So we opened up the sides of the chicken house for more air flow–and a few bold ladies immediately wiggled themselves through the side panels and have been free-ranging it. I don’t even have the heart to be mad at them anymore. It’s been a 10 year battle, and they’ve won. And it’s never all of them. Usually just the same handful of trouble-makers. Frenchie here (one of our freebie chicks!) is always in the rat pack–usually in the … Continue Reading…

The Shotgun Rider…the Daily Farm Adventures {83}

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This past weekend I found myself alone. Mr. Fix-It and the crew were away for the weekend and it was just me and the dogs. This is not the first time recently that I’ve found myself with time to myself on my hands–without me having to force the seconds apart by sheer willpower and squeeze in. These moments are part of the reason I convinced (begged, cajoled, harassed, debated, forced…name your adjective) Mr. Fix-It that we should bring Coal into the family. Penny is a farm dog and family dog (and she’s great at that!) but she’s not a best friend dog. … Continue Reading…

Our Kids Favorite Chores…the Daily Farm Adventures {82}

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Our kiddos do chores. Every day. Every morning and every evening, actually. And every weekend. Around here, everyone does–right down to the babysitters and the dogs. So when Speedracer came up to me last weekend and said, “can we do chores like last weekend? that was so fun!” which chores did he mean? Cleaning out the barn. But he really meant any of them What he meant was can we all go out and do the chores together?  Because that’s their favorite chores. When the kids and the parents are all working together on something. When Momma is scrubbing and Daddy … Continue Reading…