Thursday, July 29, 2010


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Another day

It's only 10:20am and I marvel that there can already be high-lights and low-lights in this day.
Picked up my milk stand so now we can milk like professionals (i.e. without having to sit on the ground)
My laundry is almost all washed/dried. Folding? See low-lights
10 dozen marvelous smiles received from Madigan - amazing how much energy those smiles give me
Cuddle time with Valiant this morning
"kisses" from Madigan when I picked him up from his crib this morning; he reaches for me to pick him up, then pulls my face to his and "eats my face". When I ask if those are kisses for mommy he gives me a big smile.

Cleaning spit-up out of my vehicle remote. Gross
The lovely warm and wet feeling of Madigan's diaper leaking all over both of us as we stood in line to check out at Home Depot (** A very wise woman once told me that I should always keep an extra shirt in my diaper bag for mommy as well as baby - thank you for that very sound advice!)
Foot long (almost) horse flies at the barn - Hideous
The mountain of laundry waiting to be folded - the never-ending war on laundry

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Peas Please

Lovin' the peas! So far Madigan has tried and liked rice cereal, bananas, avocados, peaches (no go - liked them, but still too stringy for him right now) and peas. His favorite? Peas! He really loves bananas too, but peas have the double benefit of being super messy (every little boy's dream come true).

Friday, July 23, 2010

Did I mention that he now has two teeth?


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Thanks to Dominic for the photos!





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Thanks to Dominic for the photos!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

They're here!!!

Virginia and I have been working arduously for the past two weeks to get our goat pen built for the little ladies. Some highlights of this ordeal?

Miserable heat = sweating bucket loads
Carrying logs up and down the hill to use in building up the perimeter
Nailing, nailing, nailing
Measuring, mis-measuring, re-measuring
Pounding posts
Hoisting plywood
Pulling weeds
Disturbing the ant colony (shudder)

Susan, Grace and George all pitched in for "Bundle Duty" and watched Madigan for several hours so that he wouldn't have to be out in the heat (Thank you so much to you all three!). We FINALLY finished the project and with the help of all the sisters, minus two (Kristin and Jessica), we got it painted this weekend. Ruthie and Sophie arrived "home" on Saturday. The milk is yummy and we've got milk customers lined up already! Yippee!

Here are some photos from this weekend. Notice Susan doing her "Sound of Music" rendition! Awesome. Fun times.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Summertime Yummies

Blueberries we picked and cherries we did not pick. :-) Happiness comes in all colors!



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Dog waits for her boy

Sabina sitting outside Madigan's bedroom waiting for him to wake up from his nap.

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Daddy and Me




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Thursday, July 08, 2010

Meet Sabina

Sabina is the newest addition to our family. She is a 6 month old Great Pyrenees who now masters our barn. As you may (or may not) know, we are getting two Oberhasli milk goats. Sabina will be their guardian. She was trained by her sire to walk the property perimeter each day and she is naturally protective. We were praying that we would be able to find the right dog for us and she's it!

A few things I love about this dog:
She was free!

She adores Madigan. She is extremely careful with him and always greets him with a kiss. When he's in his pack 'n play at the barn, she lies as close as she can to him. Today I brought her home with me to spend the day at the house and she laid right outside his bedroom door while he was sleeping. It's fascinating to watch Madigan's keen interest in her as well; he smiles and reaches out for her every time she meanders in his direction. I think this dog and boy belong together.

She is playful, but very laid back. She's always got a smile on her face and greets us in the mornings with a fiercely wagging tail.

She loves the barn! She spends every night in the barn and has completely resolved our opossum problem (opossums pose a real threat to horses as they are carriers of a neurological disease called EPM)

Here are some photos of her:

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

I always said,

I would not turn my blog into a Madigan diary, but here it is... I can't help it! He's one of the most incredible things to ever happen to my life and it's just plain fun to talk about him! :-) AND, there aren't a lot of spare, available minutes just lying around waiting for me to utilize in some creative (writing) fashion. So, in those few free moments I do have, Madigan is always at the top of the list of things I'm ready to discuss.

Three milestones from the past 2 weeks:
He's officially eating rice cereal! When he started diving for my spoon as it was making it's way to MY mouth, I took that as my first clue. The second clue was his insatiable hunger. He started eating cereal about 10 days ago, and now he's taken it to a professional level.

And... wait for it... FIRST TOOTH! That little razor sharp white beauty was hard earned and finally made it's debut appearance yesterday morning.

And last, but definitely not least, I found him sitting up in his crib this afternoon. Shudder... can he really be growing up that fast?

(Thanks for this photo from Auntie Kristin!)

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Our second trip to AZ

Madigan and I went to Arizona to visit my family for the second time since he was born. I declare that it is officially easier to travel with a 2 month old than a 4 month old. :-) Alas, we had a marvelous trip! We spent time swimming in the pool every day we were there and Madigan LOVED IT! He has almost mastered the floating on his own, though we still steady his head to keep him from ingesting too much water.

A couple of highlights from the trip:

We got to go up to the Peaks to hike for a day. It's a special place for our whole family, with lots of memories, and it was so neat to be able to make more memories which included Bundle! It really made us miss Daddy back at home, though. It's just not the same without him.

A dear friend/sister, Judi, from our Virginia Beach days (1995-1998) flew through Phoenix and was able to meet us for a quick lunch on her way back to Canada. It was as if 12 years had not gone by between us... SO incredible to see her again!

My Aunt T and her two grandsons were able to come up to the Peaks to spend the day with us and meet Madigan. A MUCH OVERDUE wonderful time spent together.

Grandma, Grandpa, Auntie J and Auntie K were able to satiate some of their "bundle craving" and get in some good cuddle time with the boy.

And now for the photo journal of the trip...