Slowly but surely the boys are making progress on their cabin, but they have been hindered and somewhat distracted by another snow storm. Having to take breaks to play in the snow doesn't seem to bother them too much though. :)
Last week they were out there working for the whole afternoon, so I decided to throw on my boots and hike the quarter mile path through the snow and out to their site. I packed some snacks and headed out. As soon as I walked out of the house with my gear on, and Jackson saw me, he did this little leap in the air as if to say, "Yippee, where we headed this time?". He loves going on walk through the slough with me.
The exercise felt good, and it was a beautiful day! When I got out there, the boys were working away. With their axes, they were notching the logs and making them fit together. It is slow work! The logs should be debarked, but that is a really tough job in the winter, so they plan to try to get some of the bark off in the spring. Hopefully they can get the walls up and the roof on before everything thaws. Our slough usually floods in the spring, but the boys plan to use the boat they got from Grandpa to get out to their cabin. But the job of cutting down trees will be almost impossible if the trees are in a lake of water. :) We'll see how this goes! :)
I am using this quiet season on the farm to keep up with my studies. My second course with the School of Natural Healing needs to be completed by June. When I first started taking courses, I wasn't sure if I would enjoy HAVING to study, verses wanting to learn so I can treat someone. But I have been enjoying every minute of it! Some days I wish I had more time to study, but it is not a priority for me. Serving my family comes first!
This afternoon, my little girl had her first behind the wheel instruction. The guy was here at 3pm to pick her up. He showed up in a little soup can which was unfortunate considering the fact that we just had a snow storm, and we drive four-wheel drive vehicles. :) In other words, our driveway was not plowed. :) He made it up the driveway just fine, but Emily drove the car out of the driveway...well, at least she attempted to. :) Once they got to the end of the driveway, they got stuck. After a few attempts by Em to get the car out, the instructor got out and started pushing. First he pushed from the back, then the front. Back and forth they went, to no avail. Seeing the need, Ben and Jonny raced down the driveway in the Ranger. Now the three of them pushed from the back and then the front. Back and forth, again, to no avail. Finally the guy had Emily get out, and she helped push while he tried to get the car out of the deep snow. After about five more minutes of pushing, the car was out! What a great way to start! :) I was standing on the porch cheering for Emily and taking pictures. It was pretty funny! :)
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