Kate has decided that she better get her rounds ready for upcoming fiddle contests, so she has been trying hard to practice more often. Grace is such an amazing sister and is willing to take the time to sit down and help her out. I am so proud of them both :)
We have been having beautiful winter weather. The snow has been falling and the kids have loved every minute of it! All of the local schools were even closed, so I was nice enough to give my kids a snow day from homeschool...even thought we totally could have done school anyways. We've been busy shoveling and plowing and sledding and playing. It's been fun!
David fired up the snowmobile and pulled the kids behind it in their sled.
June was thrilled. She was running and chasing the sled everywhere, but as time went on, she got more and more behind because she was getting worn out.
May is getting so playful...she will bite anything! When the kids try to get on all of their snow gear, she bites and tugs at their gloves or coats...and they get mad at her...but they love it when she plays with rope or string and follows them!
she also loves to chase the snow shovel when we are clearning out the driveways...
We spent the snow day shoveling out ourselves, grandma and some of our neighbors...
and once the work was done, it was time for a little sledding!
Poor Russ...he couldn't even get down the hill because June kept getting in his way. May is learning quick, because she wasn't far behind!
We got a call from our cousins later in the day to come and sled on their hills at their house. What a fun day it was!
Another local farm family had a litter of Border Collies, and we decided to take the plunge and get another pet for our children. June has been the best dog for our kids, and we are hoping that two Border Collies will mean even more fun. We surprised the kids...they didn't have a clue. They were busy working on their schoolwork when David and I mentioned we had to leave for a minute, but we would soon be back with a surprise. When we got home, I stepped out of the truck with the puppy in my arms...Grace must have been looking out the front window, because I instantly heard screaming! They all screamed the whole way to meet us in the garage. I think they scared the poor puppy with their excitement. They couldn't believe their eyes. They were so excited! Immediately they started discussing names, and we decided that May would be fun since our other dog is named June. I know that any dog would be lucky to be a part of our family. The kids have so much love to offer, they love June beyond words, and I know it won't be long until they feel the same about May. I love that June has accompanied them in all of their exploring around the farm, and I know that May will join right in the fun.
Today, the sun finally came out, and temperatures hit a whopping 10 degrees this early afternoon (I know it doesn't sound warm, but we've been having constant sub-zero temperatures for a few weeks). The kids couldn't wait to get all of their schoolwork finished and lunch eaten so they could go play with their dogs and play in the snow. They got all bundled up and headed out to play. May was a great sport. She followed them around for a while, and enjoyed plenty of cuddles and hugs. She eventually got sleepy and I had to bring her back to her dog house. She's going to have to muster up a lot of energy to keep up with my children :)
June is a little confused by May's arrival. She's curious yet jealous at the same time. The kids have been working really hard to make sure they don't let her feel left out.
May is very cooperative with Russell's need for puppy kisses. He puckers up, and May licks his lips...
I thought the ice cycles hanging off of the chicken coop were beautiful in the sunlight today. I can scarsely go outdoors...even during the dead of winter, without seeing some simple sight that alerts me to God's beauty.