|Thanks Hunter for letting me borrow your toy truck!|
We tried two other new potential traditions. One was a daily advent activity calendar. I printed out 25 large tags that had a related scripture on one side, and I wrote an activity on the other. Then I hung a long ribbon across our dining room windows and hung the tags with clothespins. (I forgot to take a picture of that too! But you can see a tiny bit in the below picture on the right.) I was quite proud of all the activity ideas I came up with. However, for whatever reason, no one else really got excited about this. In fact, they thought I was being was too regimented in scheduling a specific day for some things. (What me? Regimented! Don't answer that ...) So I don't guess that activity will make "tradition" status. We'll just stick with the daily chocolate advent calendars instead. (That is probably Hunter's favorite tradition.)
Our goats are back home from being breed. We bought Nutmeg (the brown goat) from the L. family and they gave Tabby Pip for free. (Pip has been re-named Pippi.) Hopefully both girls will have babies in May. (It is common for goats to have twins.)
I'm not sure Christa (the largest goat) was thrilled with seeing them or not. (We bought Christa too. If you have bought or received goat milk soap from Tabby and I - it is Christa's milk we used for the soap. FYI - we should have more soap available for sale next month.)
Here is Ryan. He is the "stud" goat. The L family named him after the teenage boy they bought him from.
One thing a male goat does to make himself more attractive to female goats is to spray himself with urine. Oh yeah - sounds REAL attractive, huh? Thankfully Ryan didn't have on his "urine cologne" the day we went over to the L's property to see him and see how our girls were.
Did you notice Solomon's bangs in the above pictures? They remind me of that "vintage baby" look. I've had to trim parts of his hair a couple times, but after Christmas I finally had to give him a full haircut. (Well OK - I left the curl in the back. I couldn't bring myself to cut that part yet!) It makes me nervous to cut a little one's hair - I'm afraid they'll suddenly move and I'll poke them with the scissors. Whenever I cut Hunter's hair, he sits in my lap at the computer and watches home appliance repair videos on YouTube. (His favorite are by the "Repair Clinic" and usually involve washing machines or air conditions.) So for Solomon, I thought he could watch his favorite videos too, while I cut his hair. He is pure boy and is obsessed with heavy equipment - especially dump trucks and tractors.
Solomon likes the videos from "Twenty Trucks" best. He gets to watch a couple most evenings with Frank. Actually our whole family has grown to rather enjoys them. They have catchy songs (which make me laugh at times) and are very descriptive about how the trucks work and the parts of the trucks, etc. (I keep telling Frank that Solomon "needs" the Ultimate Twenty Trucks package: dvds, cd, and t-shirt - all for "only" $19.95! He's not convinced since they can be watched on YouTube for free and we rarely have the kids sitting in front of the TV watching anything.) Anyway, if you have someone in your family that likes trucks - type in "Twenty Trucks" in YouTube and you'll see lots of different videos.
Well I'm sure at this point (if you're still reading!) you're thinking "OK - it was good to see you post again, but will you please stop now as this post is too long!"
Sure I will stop. And I'll be back in a few days with a timely post about ways to keep your family healthy when it seems everyone around you is sick.
"Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, . . ." - Psalm 48:1