Monthly Archives: March 2010

Farmer’s Daughter is 2 Years Old!

Well, it’s happened again.  I’m on a streak.  I forgot my own Blogiversary last year, and I forgot it again this year!  On March 24, Farmer’s Daughter turned 2.

I’m a bit busy with baby Joshua, so I’m going to share some of my favorite photos from the last year.

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My dad with the Percheron team Vinny and Bill

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Sunflower in my Garden

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Annabelle with newborn Isabelle

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My hydrangeas

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

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Baby Bull

Meeting Pioneer Woman with my Mom


Lemon Meringue Pie



Our Family


Filed under Living from Scratch

We’re going to watch, are you?


Filed under Sustainable Living

Animals and Tractors!

Sunday Stroll

Today we took Joshua to the farm to visit with his grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and animals.

Enjoying the warm sun during coffee break outside

Meeting Vinny

Meeting Isabelle

We kept our distance from the llamas, they spit!

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Working on the orchard tractor with the boys

Meeting Dukie.  I think he might be a little jealous…

To see who else is strolling today, visit the Quiet Country House.


Filed under Local Agriculture, Outside


Joshua is now 8 days old!

I’m working on his birth story, which will be a series of posts covering the whole 41 1/2 hours of labor.  I’m thinking it will take at least 5 posts to cover the whole thing.  I’m going to publish it at Our Country Baby, where I also post lots of pictures of Joshua.

We’re working on nursing, and I’m feeling pretty good about it right now.  I went from crying about Joshua losing weight before my milk came in, resulting in us going to the doctor’s office four times last week for weigh-ins and him dropping down to 8lbs 10oz. (teeny tiny!!!), to crying because I’m leaking through 5 shirts a day (at least) and his weight went back up to 9lbs 4.5oz.  They want him to be at least back to his birth weight of 9lbs 8 oz by his two-week appointment next Friday, and I’m sure he’ll make it.

I’m amazed by how much my belly has shrunk in the last week.  Amazed.

We’re sleeping well, with Joshua waking up about 3 times each night to eat and be changed.  I’m very happy about that!

Ed is a great dad.  He’s totally taken over the diaper changes at night, and he loves to snuggle with Joshua.  He’s very focused on taking care of our family and talks about all the fun we’re going to have together in the future.

I’ve totally dropped out of the blogosphere.  If I haven’t been reading or commenting on your blog, just know that I miss reading those updates.  I’m sure I’ll get back to it in time.

The weather here has been great in the last week, and we’ve been trying to get outside when we can.  It’s amazing how fast the day goes by when it’s taken over by feeding and diaper changes.  Where does the time go?

I hope you all are doing well! Please leave a comment and let me know what you’ve been up to!


Filed under Home

Sunny Days


Filed under Home, Outside

Joshua Daniel

Born March 12, 2010

9 lbs. 8 oz.

22 1/4 inches long


Filed under Home

Birthday and Garden Plans

Today’s my 29th birthday! I was hoping that the baby might plan to make his arrival today, but it doesn’t seem that he will… I’ve got plans to go out to lunch with my grandma and aunt, and Ed’s mom is making a special dinner and sending it home with Ed.  It’s a beautiful day, the fourth or fifth in a row, and I’m thinking about gardening!

Ed and I always try to get each other practical gifts.  For the first year in our house, the house was always our gift to each other on holidays or birthdays.  In the last year or so, I’ll get Ed some new socks and work clothes, or make him a nice dinner.  He either makes me a peice of furniture (I love that!) or lets me pick out my own present.  For my birthday today, I’m picking out some plants for the garden.

Yesterday, I went through my seeds to see what I had leftover and perused gardening catelogs.  I organized my thoughts and updated my Garden page for 2010.  I also decided what I’d like to get for my birthday.

First, I’d like to buy some wildflower plants to add to my “wildlife garden.”  I decided to plant a wildflower garden a while back after a fawn died in our yard and we buried it in the woods.  (You can read the story, but it’s a tear-jerker! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!) I planted a mix of daffodils there, and they were beautiful last spring. 


Daffodils in the wildlife garden

I also broadcast seeded a wildflower mix last spring and nothing ever came up.  I’d like to plant some black eyed susans, coneflowers, butterfly bush, bee balm and cosmos to start the garden this spring.  I love the look of those old fashioned flowers, and I know they’ll bring pollinators to our yard.  I’ve been checking out catalogs and when I know the varieties I’ve selected, I’ll add them to my Garden page.

I also want to add some trees to our little orchard.  When I mentioned that to Ed last night, he said “What orchard? Those sticks we planted last year?” Um, yes! That would be our orchard.  In 5-10 years, it’s going to be beautiful!

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Our one and only apple blossom last spring

 I’d like to add a couple of peach trees, a sweet cherry tree, a shiro plum tree (they’re yellow and delicious!), a plumcot tree, a nectarine tree and some pear trees.  Not all this year, I’d like to add them over time.  My brothers told me last night that my family is planning to add about 500 peach trees to their orchard this year, so I may see if I can get a couple of them if there are any left over.  Otherwise, we’ll probably order a few trees.

All this thinking about spring has me excited to get outside and get planting! Just looking back at last year’s blooms has really brightened my day.  What’s going on in your garden?


Filed under Gardening, Home, Living from Scratch