Primarily written by Adrienne, a homeschooling mother of seven, ages 10 and under. She chronicles life, laughs, struggles, and lessons learned as she raises a larger-than-most sized family and tries to figure out what she's doing day by day.

With occasional posts, Alexandra, Adrienne's older sister, writes of her ranch life in Nevada and raising four sons, ages 5 and under. Life is never dull and her boys have given her some pretty awesome stories to tell.

Stick around awhile, and you're sure to laugh, nod, smile, be encouraged, and see what life is like with a big (little) family.

3.06.2012

Expert goat chaser, at your service.

The girls go to co-op early for dance practice. So as we’re on the porch waving good-bye as they drive away in a friend’s car, Ruby announces, “The goats are out.”

Really? Now? When the girls are gone and I have to take all four kids ages four and under up the hill to chase some stinky goats? After my shower, when I’m in good clothes? Of course. When else?

Sterling held Pierce (and then Charlotte knocked him over, so he’s laying flat on his back, hollering for help because Pierce was on top of him and he couldn’t get up. That was a sight.) and I started the foolish process of catching a goat that doesn’t want to be caught. One’s tame as can be, caught and back in his pen. The fence is fixed, and then, doing what I’ve found to be the best way, (because goats really like to get out, so this is a common occurrence, unfortunately) I chased the doe toward the big hay bale. In one giant leap, she’s on the bale, cornered, and all I have to do is grab her, pull her down, and put her away.

I’m starting to get good at this. That’s sad.

Rescue Sterling for his cloud gazing position on the lawn, tear Charlotte away from the new baby goat she’s determined to love on, and we’re back to normal. You know, our normal. I have a feeling we’re anything but everyone else’s normal.

FYI: The bed under the bed worked beautifully, and my handmade pull-ups are fully leak proof. Life just got a whole lot easier and my house gained 12 square feet.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Kudos to you Adrienne. Have a good day at coop and may the goats remain fenced in. Mom

Jill said...

Hey I heard you talking about the homemade pull ups but can you walk me through how you did that again? I am so done buying them for Amanda.

OH and I love hearing about your goats...

Jill

Adrienne said...

Jill - I made the pull-ups with an old t-shirt (two layers), three strips of flannel in the center for absorbancy, and flannel for the inside. The outside is made with PUL (polyurethane laminated fabric) and fold over elastic. I throw one in my bag and bring it to co-op so you can see it. They are pretty simple to make, but kind of hard to explain. They cost me about $1 each to make, tops.

Jill said...

OH MY GOSH please do - I am not very sewing literate but I do own a sewing machine. and something that costs about a penny each makes a big BIG difference compared to what I am paying for pull up for Amanda even using coupons. (which is about .25-.30 a piece)