Savanna McMichael

the moments that create my life

Monday, June 18, 2018

Father's Day Weekend

Friday morning, we headed out early from our week at the beach. Always so bittersweet to leave our favorite place. We tried to convince the hubs to come on down, but he wouldn't commit. Since we couldn't stand missing him anymore, we had to come back to reality! 
We left our best girl behind for one more day of fun and games with her G. I'm pretty sure they had some great quality time which is my girl's love language. Being the oldest of three with two little brothers, that's hard to come by for her. It's always good to see her get her love tank filled! 




We hit the ground running as soon as we got home. As much fun as we had while we were away, we did miss the hustle and bustle of the farm. Our babies were happy to see us all and had grown so much this week. All of the babes are doing really well. The boys will be weaning from their mamas soon and headed off to new homes. Anybody in need of some beautiful billy goats?! 





We spent most of our weekend at the bike track or the lacrosse field. We missed our girl, but it was a good time together with our boys and some great friends. We're so thankful to have found some amazing friends through sports who love our family so well. They make the crazy schedules fun! 



This was Hutt's first time playing travel lacrosse. It was a great experience for us and OH SO HOT! We enjoyed meeting new friends and seeing old ones. I think we all learned a lot and are looking forward to the next tournament. Hess is just ready to put on a uniform. He can't wait to play!



It was an exhausting, fulfilling weekend. I think we all need a weekend from the weekend and vacation from vacation! 

We couldn't help but celebrate our favorite guy this weekend! As always, we are so thankful for him, his leadership and dedication to our crew. There are so many times that he doesn't get the recognition that he deserves. He spent his entire weekend loving and serving our family after holding down the farm solo all week. He is, without a doubt, our biggest fan and the greatest encourager in everything we do! 
We are surrounded by so many strong men and have been blessed to have their influence in our lives. So thankful for the support system that we have. We didn't get to have a big celebration this weekend with them all, but we love appreciate them! 




Anyone else have kids that like to make crazy faces and throw peace signs in every picture? No? Just mine? Tell me it's not so! 






















Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Weekend Snap

Let’s have a Weekend Snap post on a Wednesday night, shall we?!


We had a busy weekend! I think we spent as much time in the car as anywhere else, but that’s okay sometimes.


The boys snuck away for a few hours to race and then joined us ladies at a birthday party. Both boys did great and made it to the podium. I can’t say enough how much we love BMX and the friendships and quality time it’s afforded our family. 


AK is still recovering from her knee accident so we got to watch her teammates play softball Saturday morning. She’s been a really great sport, but she’s really ready to get back into the action. We are so ready to see her playing again. 




She did a little more spectating Saturday afternoon at the DK Gold Cup regional qualifier for BMX! Hutt and Hess both raced some good motos. They led from line to line and came away on the top spot. 




        


It was a late night and a LONG process, but it was fun. We enjoyed some good time with our awesome BMX people. Everyone left overly exhausted but it was worth it. 



We planned a little surprise beach trip to our favorite spot. The kids woke up Sunday to packed bags! They were completely surprised and so very excited. After another BMX race, we headed for the beach.
We’ve been so thankful for this time away! We are missing the man of the house a ton and can't wait to hug his neck. It’s never the same without him here, but we’re thankful that he lets us take the trips even when it doesn’t work with his schedule to come. 
We’re trying to soak up some sun and hit all of our favorite spots!

I just loved this break-taking view tonight before dinner.

If you’re familiar with the Daytona Beach/Port Orange area, what are your must visit spots? We have our favorites, but are always up for trying something new! I'll do a recap of our favorite spot through the years. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
We are so thankful for the wonderful summer weather we’ve had this week! We’ve been able to spend a lot of time doing our favorite things: swimming, playing outside and just being together!

We’ve been trying to be really intentional about an afternoon “rest” break to get some reading done. Everyone’s favorite way to get some reading done is straight from the pool to the Eno! So last week, we did just that!

I Survived the American Revolution







I'm pretty sure we could spend hours and hours in our hammocks! They are so easy to
put up and have been so durable! 


Hess isn't reading yet, but is finally getting to the point that he will sit and look at books for a while. He is remembers the stories that we've read and loves to retell them. 




What are you guys loving to read with your little guys right now? Any good recommendations for older kids? We're always up for adding new books to our collections! : ) 



Tuesday, June 5, 2018

How do weekends fly by so quickly? There gone before they even get here good!

Our Friday evening weather wasn’t the greatest since it rained AGAIN so we decided on a night in. It wasn’t too hard to convince the kiddos of that since they got to get in extra snuggles with our newest farm addition, June aka Junie, Junie B, Junie Bug. We adopted her last Thursday. She is just the sweetest little thing. She is still pretty young so she is hanging with us inside while we finish our barn. Ultimately, our goal is for her to be a barn cat. (and maybe have another friend to help split duties!)



Since AK hurt her knee, she is having to take a break from softball. She hopefully will be back at it after this next weekend. Her team played in a tournament on Saturday and Sunday. AK was so happy to get to watch most of their tournament. She hates missing being on the field, but loves her teammates. We were so proud of them! They played an amazing tournament and came up just a little short from a championship win. BUT second place out of thirty-ish teams isn’t bad at all!





Our boys went racing on Sunday afternoon. Hutt didn’t have great luck and missed out on main events. This transition period between full-time lacrosse to full-time BMX is always a tough time. He just has to get back in that groove.


We’re excited for this week! Surely we’ll have some good weather, lots of pool time, and maybe even check some items off of our Summer Bucket List!
Friday, June 1, 2018

Memorial Day Weekend

We are so excited that summer is here! The last few weeks have been a whirlwind with all of the parties, awards & activities. We're thankful that it's all over and that we have a while to just relax. ha! We never relax. 

It was nice to have the long weekend to jump into Summer. Our little lady left us a little early, missed the last day of school and went to the lake for the weekend with her sweet girl cousins. They are just the best to her and really take her under their wings! 


With her being gone, it gave us a little time with the boys to just be and do what they wanted to do. Because, let's face it, it is so much easier to come to a consensus with two kids than three. We spent the time eating Mexican food and ice cream, listening to body function jokes, and swimming. 
We still went to the last day of school award festivities and left there with full hearts. So many sweet words were said about our kiddos! Hutt's grade doesn't do academic awards, but he had a great year! AND he got an award for his ability to work well with others. Super sweet heart this kiddo has! 
AK got Honor Roll, Top Team Player and Most Likely to have a houseful of pets (which is fitting as she's trying to convince me to adopt a stray cat). She also had so many nice things said about her. She's sweet, funny, athletic and just the perfect girl-next-door kind of kid. And that's pretty much what her teacher had to say! 

I feel like we've been dodging rain for weeks on end, but Saturday the sun finally shone down! So the boys got some pool time in before we headed to the lake to our girl. 



With all of the animals, we have to strategically plan to be gone. This weekend was one of those times where we had to feed and plan to be home the next day in time to feed and make rounds again. It made for a short lake trip, but that ended up working out pretty well. AK had an unfortunate accident that guaranteed our laking was over for the weekend. 




We drove home Sunday evening and took her to have her knee checked out on Monday morning. No one seemed to be able to agree on whether or not it was broken. After a visit to the orthopedic doctor, she's a very blessed girl to have everything in tact and whole. LOTS and LOTS of bruising and swelling in her knee have her sidelined for the next few weeks. Of course, we're sad and she's so disappointed to be cheering her teammates on instead of playing with them, but we're also very thankful that it isn't a worse injury. She was just one wrong shift of the knee from a torn ligament or snapped tendon. 
For now, we're trying to coordinate outfits to a knee immobilizer... ; ) 

Our Memorial Day was spent dealing mostly with the knee, but we were able to enjoy the new Avengers movie and dinner with some of our best friends. The movie was good. The ending was questionable. And we didn't take a single picture. It was definitely a good day and provided great reminders to talk with our kiddos about our freedoms and how they don't come without a price. We are incredibly thankful for all of our servicemen and women and, especially, for the ones who have paid that ultimate sacrifice. We continue to remember! 

It has been a busy season already here. We hit the ground running every morning and lay our heads down late every night. We're spending a lot of time unplugged and making memories. Hopefully, we'll be a little better at documenting! 

The kids and I are working on a Summer Bucket List that I will share with you next week. 


Hooray for Friday!!!
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Our new farm additions

Over the last several months, we’ve added quite a bit of new animals to our bunch!
Back in March, we added twenty more chicks to our flock. We have loved our Australorps and Barred Rocks so much that we decided to go back with those breeds. We also chose a couple each of Silver Laced Wyandottes and Easter Eggers. I love to keep the flock pretty uniform but I can’t help but add just a little variety in there!  The chicks are currently about 2 months old and growing so well! We are excited to release them in with the rest of the flock in the next month or so.

There is just something so funny about goats! They’re funny, mischievous, and just so sweet.
April brought us a LOT of new goats. We decided to add 14 Kiko cross nannies to our herd. We have been working hard to earn their trust with lots of time spent, treats and feed! Slowly but surely they’re all coming around! Two of the little ladies have become particularly fond of us. Daisy is a tiny little girl who LOVES to sneak feed. Brownie is a bit more skeptical, but her belly often outweighs her judgment. She’s learned to love us when we have feed in hand! Our intention with the goats is to have two larger herds, one that kids in the Spring and one in the Fall. 




We have loved our original two goats, Ruby and Butter Bean, so much and were so excited to grow the herd. Those two are basically inseparable. Ruby is Butter Bean’s mama and has never been away from her.
Back to the kidding, we placed Ruby and Butter Bean with a buck from my parents’ herd in November of last year. We are beyond thrilled to announce that Ruby and Butter Bean blessed us with our first FOUR kids this past weekend, within 24 hours of each other. Ruby delivered two beautiful bucklings that are SO BIG and have the most beautiful colorings. Since Ruby had been so very large for such a long time, we really expected three babies. Thankfully, she just had some really big guys growing in there! We have some tough decisions ahead for these little boys. There is a possibility that we may keep one to be used as a herd billy! But we will be looking to rehome one of them in the next several months once they are weaned.



We were so excited that Butter Bean delivered two doelings! They are tiny and beautiful! BB is a first time mama and has done pretty well so far. We did have to help her get the last baby dried off well and let her get used to letting the babies nurse. BUT-they’re now two days old and doing fantastic. Since they are some beautiful little ladies, we do intend to keep them as part of our herd.






All of the babies are doing so good! They’re eating well and all of their systems seem to be working just fine. Both mamas have been resting and enjoying some extra TLC as they’re recovering.


Aside from our new babies, our favorite addition to the farm has been our new donkey pair! Welcome Woody & Jessie to the farm! We have great reason to believe that Jessie will be blessing us with their first offspring later this fall. Their previous owners did suggest that she is expecting. We’ve seen some movement and behavior to confirm that. Having a baby donkey around is something that we are ALL excited about. We have all been around donkeys for most, if not all, of our lives, but have yet to see one be born or have a baby on the farm. Needless to say, we are definitely counting down those days.






Monday, April 9, 2018

Hess is FOUR!



I'm not exactly sure how we got to this place so quickly, but our Hess Thompson turned FOUR years old yesterday! He is just the sweetest, spunkiest, most hilarious little man. 
He loves so big and so wildly. 
We are so blessed to have him in our lives! 


 We were blessed to celebrate Hess with some of our family and sweet friends. We had a small little cake and ice cream gathering with lots of Hess' favorite things: BLUE everything, cake, sprinkles, lollipops, gummy worms, and more SPRINKLES! I think he was overwhelmed with all of the sweet options that he had! 



Sprinkles, sprinkles, and more sprinkles!


Our house is in the process of getting repainted, but we were super thankful to be able to have everyone over and to enjoy our revamped backyard! Hopefully, we will have the entire project completed soon. 


The Lord absolutely knew what he was doing when he blessed our family with Hess! He is the perfect baby brother to complete our family. It doesn't feel like we could possibly love him more, yet I'm certain that we will love him more tomorrow than today. Love is funny that way! 


Just for fun and to finish nailing the stakes into my already broken heart, let's look back at this little ONE year old, cake covered face. I miss his little bitty face and chunky cheeks so badly, yet I just adore the bigger boy that he is becoming! He still loves cake just as much as he did back then. This boy has always had a thing for the sweet stuff! 


Hessaroo~ We love you bigger than the ocean and more than all the stars in the sky and with our whole entire hearts! We can't wait to see the person that you continue to become. The years are so short and, like you reminded me just this morning, you'll be five before we know it!
Let's do FOUR the best way possible!