Our family's homesteading adventures in the mountains

Drew- Learning to drive

Drew- Learning to drive

Drew now has his permit and is learning to drive. It is a bit of a challenge up here in the mountains with all the hills, curves and snow but we are making it happen.

5 years ago · By Melissa Read More >

Tali

Tali

Tali is 13 months old now. She is very active and loves to climb. She also has a great love for animals of all kinds.

5 years ago · By Melissa Read More >

Sheep

Sheep

We have added sheep to our little family farm. The breed we chose on the Navajo-Churro sheep. They are one of the oldest domesticated sheep breeds in America. They are a long wooled sheep that can be used for wool, meat and dairy. The wool of the Navajo-Churro is used to make a true Navajo blanket. We purchased two ewes, Bonita and Soukie, and a breeding ram named Topaz.

5 years ago · By Melissa Read More >

Honey Bees – Update

Honey Bees – Update

Well, the new hive has been doing great this year! They are healthy as can be and are now occupying two almost full hive boxes, with a healthy mixture of stored honey, pollen, eggs, and larvae. I recently inspected the hive and got to watch a brand new worker bee chewing her way out of the cell where she grew (a neat thing to see!). Given the dry conditions in Colorado, I’ve been feeding them supplementary pollen and sugar water, but they’ve also been gathering lots of native nectar and pollen. It’s amazing to see the different colors of pollen…

5 years ago · By Nick Read More >

Hotshot

Hotshot

Hotshot is a horse (a gray gelding), and one of the more recent members of our farm. He belongs to a friend of the family who didn’t have a lot of extra time to spend with him, so she generously gave us the opportunity to keep him at our place and have a chance to see what goes in to keeping a horse. He is incredibly gentle and friendly, and overall quite well behaved. He does have  some room for improvement when it comes to a few areas like taking a bit, loading in a trailer, or standing still, so…

5 years ago · By Nick Read More >

Chicken update

Chicken update

We have 19 chickens now.  The first batch consists of 8 laying hens (2 Australorp, 2 Orpingtons, 2 Brahams and 2 Dominiques) + 2 silkies.  One is our fearless rooster, Billy Joe.  He is smaller than the hens but he sure thinks he is something.  He crows all day.  Emmy Lou is our female silkie.  She went broody this spring (and is currently) and hatched us a chick.  Only one egg hatched but it is the cutest little thing.  It wasn’t even her egg (oh the scandal!)  It is a cross between an Austalorp and Billy Joe.  It was so…

5 years ago · By Melissa Read More >

Really?

Really?

Well we are coming up on a year at our farm.  So much has happened!  Over the next few weeks, I am going to be updating where things are at in each of the different areas.  33?  

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100 Easy Lessons

100 Easy Lessons

I am happy to announce Naomi has finished her reading lessons.  I love this book. I have taught everyone (5 now) to read with it.  When they have completed the program they read at a solid second grade reading level.  After completing the book, we go on to do lots of practice in real books.  So far each of our children have become voracious readers and I expect Naomi will follow in the same footsteps.

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My dresser- finally finished!

My dresser- finally finished!

Brian bought this dresser for me at the thrift store last fall.  It was a great find.  It is a solid wood dresser from the 50’s.  The only problem is how ugly the paint job was. Oh how I wish I would have taken a picture.  I started dreaming of all the fun ways I could refinish the dresser.  Problem was that I was pregnant.  The going was slow and the boys (and my Dad) ended up helping we quite a bit with the sanding.  By the time the dresser was ready to receive it’s new finish, I was recovering…

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What’s in a number?

What’s in a number?

We have homeschooled our children since the beginning.  Our curriculum and methods have changed over the years but our belief and commitment  have not wavered. Our main focus has been teaching the children how to learn.  Most people I talk to admit to coming out of high school and not remembering the content of the bulk of their classes.  So the idea has been that if they know how to learn, they can learn anything they need to in life.  Our curriculum is a  bit unconventional at times, but as our oldest enters his last year of school, (sniff, sniff)…

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