Saturday, January 31, 2009

Two more new little goaties!

I'll put up pics tomorrow but just wanted to let you know we've got a regular goat nursery in the barn now! Yesterday our other preggers female Tink had twin babies. Of course, they are super cute, too! Stop by tomorrow for a peek...

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A new arrival

Vaughn Farms welcomes our newest arrival....
This is Cottonball, called Cotton for short. Isn't she soooo cute? We came home from school today and there she was. I knew her Mommy, Anna was pregnant but I thought it would be a while because she was not very large. Our other female, Tink, is pregnant and so huge she can barely walk around. She must be having twins or triplets. Hopefully they will come soon, too. We'll have goat babies everywhere!
So far Mama and baby are doing well. I'm staying home tomorrow to watch after them. I'll keep you posted. For now here are a couple more photos of our new baby, enjoy!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Helping a friend

Attention all sewers: A bloggy pal, ipost, needs some help. Her kids' school is trying to become a national green school (pretty cool, huh?). In an effort to reduce cafeteria waste and raise funds to make necessary changes they are selling cloth napkins at school. Here's the catch, the demand for napkins is outpacing the supply and their few sewers can't keep up. Anyway, if you've got some scrap fabric and a little time they need some 9x9 and 12x12 napkins stitched up and donated. All that has to be done is edge finishing. Go here to find out more...

PS It's a great way to get rid of those scraps you know you have! :)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Mamma Mia!

So, I've got a new favorite movie. For years now my favorite has been Notting Hill. You know, with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. She plays a super-famous movie star (a stretch, I'm sure) and Hugh Grant is a regular guy, bookstore owner. They meet, fall in love, have a disagreement, reconcile, etc. It's actually not a new story but for some reason it so captivated me. I dreamed about it. Especially the last scene where Julia lounges pregnant on a park bench with her head resting on Hugh's lap as he reads a book. So picturesque and sweet and Julia looked so fabulous with her (fake) pregnant belly. Oh, I dreamed of that for myself (even after I fell in love, got married and had babies). Ok, so I'm slightly (extremely) delusional and dreamy, sue me. No, don't I can't afford the stress, hassle, expense, etc. Instead, over-look my eccentricities, m-kay?

Well, while I will always hold Notting Hill in my heart my new fave is Mama Mia! I love the songs, the locale, and the humor. If you've seen it and wonder why I'm just catching on, again over look please. If you haven't seen it, it's a fun time. I mean, who knew Remmington Steele/James Bond could sing and dance?

Now, moving on, a few more things...

Evie's new favorite phrase? "BARRACK OBAMA IS AWESOME!!!!!!" I don't know where she heard that or why she feels the need to scream it repeatedly but there you go. She's five and obviously feels the need to scream alot. (It's hereditary, I'm 32 and feel the need to scream alot!)

Holdyn's new obsession? Weighing things. Yesterday I subbed in the school's Home Ec dept. The elementary kids get out earlier than the high school so I always have a student go get the kids and bring them to the class I'm in. Holdyn found the food scale that measures in ounces. He spent 30 minutes and would have spent the rest of the day weighing random things.

Him: "This pencil weighs less than one ounce!" "The glue bottle weighs over eight ounces!" "These trash bags weigh two ounces!" "I wonder how much the fire extinguisher weighs?"

All the students in the class look at each other in confusion.

Me: smiling at my little scientist the entire time!

The kids new favorite song? Well, their favorite used to be Led Zepplin's "Black Dog". As Kallie said, "This song is good even if they never talk about a black dog!" Now a new favorite is sung repeatedly at full volume, "American Woman, said get a-way! American Woman, listen what I s-ay!"

Do they totally rock or what? I wish I was as cool as them when I was a kid. Oh well, I'm growing into my coolness! ;)

I was going to upload a photo but stupid blogger won't let me! AAARRRGGGHHHHH!

Sunday, January 18, 2009


I know we live in Alabama and enjoy moderate weather year-round. It's fabulous, even when its so hot outside you can barely breathe. I love it! I really am a Southern girl. That being said I absolutely despise cold weather. And buddy, right now it is cold! Thursday, Friday, and Saturday the temperature barely eeked above freezing. Today it was warmer but not by much. Hopefully it will warm up some this week. I hate being cold and the kids get crazy being stuck inside for so long. I hope tomorrow is warmer. There's no school for MLK day and there's a lot of animal type chores to get done around here.

Come on sunshine, we're ready for ya!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

A new motto

Yesterday's drive was great. I plugged in the ipod and blasted some tunes I hadn't heard in quite a while. One of those was an old Hank Williams, Sr. tune. I love him, his music is so twangy - it makes me smile. Anyway, the song was "I'll never get through this world alive". The chorus goes, "No matter how I struggle and strive, I'll never get through this world alive." As I listened at first I laughed and thought "Yeah, you got that right." Then as I thought on I realized - it is right. We come to this Earth to have a life and time to learn and grow. We sometimes struggle and get bogged down in bad times. But guess what? We can choose to spend all of our time focusing on our struggles or on our joys because this is our one chance on Earth and we won't leave this existance alive.
It was like, "Eureka!" I'm out of my funk and I'm over other people's pettiness and stupidity (for now). I'm only human so I'm sure I'll need a reminder again later. But for now, my new motto is "I'll never get through this world alive." And I'm not going to stress about it, I'm going to try to enjoy it!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Please excuse me, I'm better now.

So, yesterday's blow-up was a little embarrassing. (I didn't realize embarrassing had two r's until spellcheck caught it just now. I learn something everyday, annnyyyway.) As I was saying, sorry about the blow-up. I'm feeling much better now. Today I was able to get away for the day and it was really a good change of scenery. I drove a few hours over to visit with my sister Sara and my sister Emily, who lives nearby there came over, too! It's always good to visit with my sisters and just talk about whatever. The drive up to Sara's is beautiful - countrysides and farms the whole way. It was relaxing and soothing to my frazzled nerves.
Thanks Sara for letting me escape for a little while! Thanks Emily for dropping by, too. And a special thanks to my sweetie K for understanding that I don't need a break from him and the kids - I just needed a break from life today!
Smiley again, J!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Stand back kids, she's ready to blow!

Warning - This is MY blog and these are MY opinions. You are about to read a post that you might not agree with. Guess what? I don't flippin care! Proceed with caution...(or stop reading now!)

I am sick and dad-gummed tired of ALL the lazy, slow-witted people in this world!

Question: Why is it that people are happy to sit back and complain about whatever, but NEVER get up off their duffs to do anything?

Question: Why is it that when some person (me), deluded enough to think all that talk might indicate a wish for change, suggests a way to achieve said change THEY ALL agree it is a good idea then let the deluded person do ALL the work themselves? All the while bugging the person about how long its taking to effect said change and NEVER, NEVER, NEVER ONCE asking if they can help with the process! It's always, "How much longer?" "What's the time frame?" "Any updates?" Yeah, I got an update for you - "You are all a bunch of worthless, lazy, sorry sacks and I wonder how you've survived this long without dying of sheer stupidity!"

Question: Can I pray for someone to be smitten? I've got some really good candidates for a smoting of biblical proportions here.

Question: Why can't I just keep my friggin' bright ideas to myself? Don't worry, I've learned my lesson. No more community/school/state/nation/world improvement projects for me!

Answer: Because I love my children and want the best for them.


Ahem. Well, then, ok. My head has stopped spinning around, I've quit vomiting up pea-soup, and my eyes are no longer glowing red. Sometimes you just gotta get it off your chest. Sorry, and thanks for listening, er, reading.

Monday, January 5, 2009

What have you done?

I've seen this list posted by several bloggie friends and thought that I'd try it, too. Here's what you do: Copy and paste to your blog then boldface the things you've done. It's kind of interesting. Some I hope to acheive in this life, others not so much (see #97). Anyway, if you decide to post this yourself, comment and let me know!

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain.
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29 Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33 Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41 Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45 Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60 Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64 Donated blood, platelets, or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66 Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67 Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79 Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the paper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a lawsuit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Pretty good for 32. I'd love to see your list!

Look, I did it myself!

Usually I have my super-talented sister, Sara, update my blog background. However, she just moved back to the states from China, is pregnant, and has two other little terrors (j/k) to chase after. She's busy and right now I've got time. So, I decided that I'd try this again on my own and it actually worked!!!!
Yea me!
Hope you enjoy the new look.