Want to know what I don't get? How the days are so long, yet the years are so short. Last week, I held a teeny tiny 6 pound 1 ounce baby in my arms and gazed at him for hours upon hours. Today, he's 13 and just as tall as me. How did 13 years go so quickly?
When my kids were babies, I promised them that I would never be able to say "I wish I'd held you more as a baby" or "I wish we spent more time together." Every day, I strive to fulfill that promise. My second son, Caleb, was held so much that I freaked out that he couldn't sit up when he was supposed to. My friend told me to set him down. I did. He could sit by himself. A few days later, he was crawling. Oops.
Now that my kids are 7-going-on-8-in- 19-days, 9, and 13, our family dynamics have changed. I can work from home now along with being a stay at home mom, The kids have scouts and church activities after school. I do volunteer with them, but it's important to spend time as an entire family.
When Milk started their #MilkLife challenges, it sounded like a great way to have fun and spend time with my husband and kids. On May 22, their challenge was to Freshen Up by getting outside and doing your family's favorite outdoor activity. Our favorite thing to do outside is to take walks. We have an 11.5 acre farm, so we walk around to see the wildlife and, in the spring and summer, the new plants. I took my camera along on our walk so I could share our walk with you and show you some of our farm. I also have a great recipe for you for naturally flavored milk, which is a deliciously healthy snack.
This is my baby, Nacho. He may be small, but he is a trooper when it comes to our walks. He can walk the full mile and still have plenty of energy left.
|Do you see his gray hair? He's only 5!|
We have four ponds, and a pair of geese come back every year to have their babies. This year, the mama abandoned her next pretty early. I felt so bad for her because she only had two goslings hatch last year. We were so surprised on our walk to see that she did have some babies this year after all!
As we headed toward the road, we came to my favorite part of the farm. The row of lilacs. We have light purple, white, and a dark purple with white edges. Two years ago, they all bloomed at once. You couldn't walk anywhere without the heavenly scent of fresh lilacs.
Next is our garden. We actually have four garden plots, but we are only planting two this year. We decided to buy some vegetables off of other farmers and concentrate on only a few plants. I can the excess vegetables so we can enjoy them all year. This our first year using ground covering, so I hope it saves us some time weeding.
Next, we walked in the orchard to see what's growing this year. We have peaches, pears, apples, apricots, and cherries. With over 200 fruit trees, I spent a lot of time canning in the late summer and fall! My pears are growing nicely.
My son has proclaimed this tree as the perfect climbing tree in the world. The kids begged to go climb it, but it's out of commission. We had a lot of rains, and the first mowing of the year takes a few weeks. By the time my husband got to this section, birds had already made nests in the grass. We also discovered two families of deer with babies, so we will not be cutting the grass or disturbing them.
And finally, we came back to the chicken coop. We have 10 chickens right now, and they free range the entire property. It's all fenced in, so they (usually) stay where they are supposed to stay. It was hot, so they were chilling out under a tree.
This is Delly, our only Delaware chicken. She's the leader of the pack so to speak. She's a really sweet chicken. She likes to hang out in odd places, like in trees or on the four wheeler.
I hope you enjoyed our walk as much as we did! It's so nice to just walk, see nature, and connect with each other. After our walk, the kids are usually tired from the day, so it's time for a small snack. I like to make them naturally flavored milk.
Milk has 9 nutrients that our bodies need and 8 grams of protein in each 8-ounce glass, so it's a great way for them to some extra nutrients in to the kids.
Naturally Flavored Banana Milk Recipe
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 4 cups low-fat milk
- Combine all ingredients in a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Let sit in the fridge until cool.
- Makes four 8-ounce servings.
How do you #MilkLife?
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