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Around here lately….

Ok, let’s see; what’s been going on around here lately? Taya and the older children have spent the last several weeks remodeling the kitchen. They smashed the old concrete counters (yes with a hammer) and completely redid them using something called “feather finish”. Then she stained them with some old stain we had laying around. A fresh coat of paint, and lots and lots of pegboard to hang things on. I think it’s looking GREAT – what do you think?

New Counters

This is our first go of the concrete counters – using chicken wire and Portland cement. It didn’t hold up very well, and it was… well kinda gray.

We’ve been enjoying some almost spring-like weather, after our big bouts of snow.

Elijah in the snow

I came home at lunch time the other day to this blocking the driveway:

Uh-oh – detour on the driveway

Which led to this nice surprise –

Surprise picnic in the woods

– a nice surprise picnic in the woods. It sure was nice to get out and enjoy the sunshine, if only for a little bit.
The children have been busy down in the woods working on their “village” – basically about a 2/3 of an acre that we’ve let them develop totally on their own – they’ve built roads, paths, bridges –

Cool bridge – it even holds Dad!

– and even some dwellings. Here’s Ian’s yurt he made from some old fabric from the free listing of craigslist –

Ian’s yurt

We’ve gotten our first batch of meat chickens. They should be ready for harvest in just a few months.


I guess that’s about it for us for the moment. You can always keep up with our life in photos as that gets updated in real time. Hope everyone is surviving the last gasps of winter, and looking forward to some springtime.

Until next time…..

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  1. March 24, 2015 at 3:31 am

    I love the kids’ village!! My guys would have a blast there 🙂

    • March 30, 2015 at 2:52 pm

      I’m amazed at what they’ve accomplished down there. We’re probably gonna claim a little section of it to put a picnic area down there – it’s nice and cool in the summer, especially by the old spring house (we’re gonna rebuild it some day – really)

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