Thursday, March 29, 2012

Life on the Vine

posted by Beck

We found out about our big 2012 adventure on New Year's Day. Pretty appropriate if you ask me. I didn't even tell JP I had suspicions. The rest of the house wasn't even up yet when I confirmed what I already knew in my heart to be true. I climbed back in bed and said the following to my groggy husband, "Well, 2012 is going to be a big year for us..." His response:  "No way!" Funny enough, I have a little notebook where I jotted down a few early memories of my pregnancy with LJ (intended for the still yet-to-be-marred-by-ink baby book) and was reminded that he reacted EXACTLY the same way when I surprised him with the same news nearly 3 years ago. So predictable, my husband.

We've had some really beautiful days lately. We've also had a bit of rain, which is extremely important for us in this new life. Grow little grapes, grow! So far we've only seen one vineyard with green blooms, the rest still look brown like ours. Hopefully in the next few weeks we'll see some sprouts!

I miss the privacy the leaves give us.

We've been keeping ourselves entertained with fun low-cost community activities lately. A fun band that plays songs for kids one evening a week at a local coffee shop, story time at the local library and open toddler time at the local gymnastics center. And, of course, lots of time outside.

 LJ especially enjoys helping daddy on the tractor.

There's a really cool ram that hangs out with the goats behind our property. I haven't seen it yet, but JP got to touch it the other day and was really excited about it.

The chicken mansion is still a work in progress. We can't wait to finish the vineyard clean up so this can become a priority again. The chickens are thriving though. They love it and finally trained themselves to go in and out at night.

No eggs yet, but one of the roosters has been working on his cock-a-doodle-doos. It was pretty weak at first, but he's getting the hang of it.

We (meaning JP and his helpers) have cleared almost all of the debris out of the vineyard. Meanwhile, the pile at the back of the property continues to grow. No idea how we're going to get rid of all this!

Hopefully the neighbors will want to help us host a really big bonfire!

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