Farm Children

Since we live on a farm where the children run through fields, woods, work with goats and chickens, (and of course play hard) they tend to be hard on clothes and shoes. Especially the boys. After getting them new shoes, it seems like no time at all, and they come to me like this:

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I think the time Hewitt came to me with his shoes falling apart was my favorite:

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How did he actually use them like that?

But then the other day Indigo came to me saying she needed new ones as well:

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I guess going through shoes fast is just part of living on a farm!

PJ

 

 

Ask a Jonas – Hewitt’s favorite goat

We get asked lots of questions when we’re doing farm toursselling soap at craft fairs, or simply running errands.  Since most of those answers are heard only by the person who asked, we decided to share some of the common questions here on the blog.  And of course you can ask a question of your own!

Jacquei asks:  Hewitt, what is your favorite goat?

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Hewitt:  My favorite goat is ZuZu.  She is very sweet.  She has a biggest family that we have.  She has been having triplets.

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I milk her triplets from two years ago.  Their names are Zaphire, Zenith,  and Zipporah.  I still milk ZuZu.  ZuZu right now is giving not as much milk, because it is getting time to stop milking them so she can have more milk for her kids.  Zentih, Zaphire, and Zipporah are still giving as much milk as they usually do.  They haven’t dropped yet.

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You can also learn more about Zuzu on her Meet the Goats page.

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Do You Take Advantage of Opportunities?

I love the fact that because of Goat Milk Stuff, we’ve been able to take the family on many adventures to many cities.  We’ve been on television in St. Louis, Detroit, Chicago, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Green Bay, and New York City.  Our latest trip brought us to Kansas City.

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We really enjoy the chance to be on television and share our soaps (and now our caramels) with the television reporters and their viewers.  But our favorite part is getting to explore the city and learn a little about the culture and what makes it special.  After the filming, we headed back to our hotel, got changed, ate “second breakfast”, and then drove around Kansas City before heading to Loose Park.

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It was beautiful and the weather was perfect!  We then headed to the Kansas City Library where the children thought the large books on the walls of the parking garage were cool:

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There was also a large chess set on the roof of the library that they had fun with:

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The sad part was that Indigo found a book that she’s been coveting and thought she’d be able to “borrow it from the library.”  She started crying when she realized she couldn’t (making the librarian feel pretty bad).

After lunch (yes, Kansas City really does have AWESOME barbeque!) we headed over to the World War I Memorial.

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Then we walked to the Kansas City Federal Reserve and toured the “Money Museum”.  The Fed was pretty cool but I wish that they had some better tools to teach the children about exactly what the Fed does.  There was a video (but I wasn’t impressed).  I spend a lot of time teaching the children about money and borrowing and interest rates and I was hoping they’d have some good books at their little shop.

We were only in Kansas City for a total of about 36 hours, but we got a good overview of the city and their Barbeque!  I thought Kansas City was well kept with friendly people and was surprised by how much elevation there was.  I actually earned a “Redwood Forest” badge from my fitbit* from walking up and down as we walked around the city.

One of the reasons we’re able to enjoy the city so much is because not only are the children older (so they can walk and enjoy the sites), but also because Jim does a lot of prep-work finding out about the city and what our family would enjoy doing before we even arrive.  He had a list of places we could visit and the children got to choose which ones they were most interested in.

You don’t have to be on television to take advantage of the opportunities around you.  I know there are a few dozen things that I want to visit within a two hour radius of our home that I haven’t gotten around to doing – yet!

Where’s the latest place you’ve visited?

PJ

 

 

5K Color Run

Exercise is something important to our family so we can stay healthy. All of the boys run cross country and track.

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Last Saturday we all participated in a 5K Color Run, to help raise money to fight cancer!

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All of the children ran the race, while Jim and I chose to just walk it.

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Before running Colter said he wasn’t going to get any color on him, but as you can see he did end up with a little on himself.

We were all very proud of him; he placed 1st in the race!

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As you can see, after the race we were a very colorful bunch:

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We had a blast with it, and it helped raise money for a good cause!

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Have you ever run or walked a 5K?

PJ

 

 

Baby Goats Visiting the Nursing Home

Remember when we brought some baby goats to the nursing home?

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We did it again! Emery, Fletcher, Greyden, Hewitt, Indigo, Jade, and Dad brought two or three of our youngest babies to visit.

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The residents loved it!

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The babies gave them kisses,

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and nibbled on their fingers,

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and even let some of the residents hold them.

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The smiles totally made our day!

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Knitting For Playmobil

All my kids have enjoyed playmobil at some point during their childhood. But as they have gotten older, some of them have “outgrown” it.

Fletcher, Hewitt, Indigo, and Jade however all still very much love playmobil*, and regularly request it for their birthdays and Christmas.

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Recently, those who still play with playmobil, had the idea that they could buy MORE from older siblings, (who don’t play with it anymore) to expand their collections.

On the surface, I saw nothing wrong with this, and didn’t think much of it.  But turns out they had absolutely no grasp of the value of the pieces/sets, and were charging each other a lot more than they were worth new.

So after telling them they weren’t being fair to each other, we put an end to the playmobil* buying and selling.

They (being Fletcher, Hewitt, Indigo, & Jade) then came to me later and said “If we can’t buy playmobil from Colter, can we knit washcloths and trade them for playmobil?” After this, Colter would cash in the washcloths for money at the soaproom to be sold in the retail room and online.

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I was so impressed with their creativity, and thinking outside the box that I told them that was fine.

So now everyone is happy! The older kids get a little extra cash, and the younger ones get more playmobil*.  And, they now have a better grasp on the value of the pieces/sets, and are working for their goals.

 

PJ

 

 

Newsies

Everyone in our family absolutely LOVES musicals.  While we were visiting New York City, we had the opportunity to see three broadway musicals, including Newsies. My siblings and I absolutely love the Newsies movie*, so we couldn’t pass up the chance to see the play. It was absolutely amazing, and we couldn’t stop talking about it.

Well, a few months ago, it came to Louisville – so of course we went to see it again!

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Indigo was trying to pose like the guy on the poster. LOL

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After the show, we went around to the back of the theater hoping to meet the cast – and we were able to get pictures with some of them! This is Angela Grovey, who plays Medda Larkin.

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The girls and I were very excited to see Stephanie Styles, who plays Katherine,

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and the boys loved getting to meet the star of the show, Dan DeLuca, who plays Jack Kelly!

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We were able to give several of the cast copies of our catalog, which got its name from Newsies! We named the catalog “The Banner” so that we could be “Carrying The Banner” – which is one of our favorite Newsies songs!

It was a great night! So great that the little girls got in the car to go home and promptly fell asleep. LOL

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Have you ever heard of Newsies? If not, look it up! It’s amazing, and it’s a Jonas Family Favorite!

Brett

 

 

Hewitt Loves Me

We’re not a big gift-giving family.  Instead, we spend a lot more time doing things with (and for) each other.  So it didn’t come as a surprise (or disappointment) that I didn’t get any store-bought gifts for Mother’s Day this year.

Instead, I got a really awesome gift from Hewitt.  He made me this:

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It’s an “H” above a heart above an “M”.

I knew what it meant, but just in case I didn’t, Hewitt looked at me with his big eyes and told me, “It says – ‘Hewitt loves Mom’.”

Now that’s the best gift I could have received!

Happy Mother’s Day!

PJ

 

 

 

 

Ask a Jonas – Hewitt and Goat Numbers

We get asked lots of questions when we’re doing farm toursselling soap at craft fairs, or simply running errands.  Since most of those answers are heard only by the person who asked, we decided to share some of the common questions here on the blog.  And of course you can ask a question of your own!

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Hewitt, how many goats do you have? ~Stacy

We have 42 goats.  Right now we are milking 15 does – that’s another name for a girl goat.

We had a buck in with all the does, to get them pregnant. A buck is the name of a boy goat.  I think we have 5 or 6 bucks.  They can get rather big.  They are almost always hairy and  stinky.

Bucks don’t have to have beards, but does don’t either.  Does can have beards, so can bucks.  But not all goats have beards.  Some of ours do, but not all of them.

In the Spring all our does should have babies.  That will be a super duper duper busy time. We’re going to have a lot more than 42 goats then! We might have over 50 babies!

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Visiting Clifty Falls State Park

A month or two ago, Mom decided that we’d never been to Clifty Falls State Park, and we had a free day, and by golly, we were going to finally go to Clifty Falls. Going to this park has been on Mom’s “We Should Do” list for quite some time, but we’d never gotten around to it.

One Sunday afternoon, Mom told us all to get in the car and we drove on over. We brought subs and mini cupcakes and had a picnic before setting off to hike one of the trails.

While we were waiting for Mom and Dad to catch up, the kids got started on a leaf war.

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For more than 20 minutes, they ran,

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and dodged,

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and threw leaves at each other.

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They had a blast, and didn’t want to stop when Mom said that she was growing cold, standing in the shadows. LOL

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We made our way down one of the trails,

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and the kids were amazed at the stick that was holding up this huge rock.

We also went down these really cool rock steps, which led to an overlook.

It was a beautiful day, and we’re so glad that we took the time to go hiking before the winter set in!

 

Ask a Jonas — Hewitt & A New Soap Scent

We get asked lots of questions when we’re doing farm toursselling soap at craft fairs, or simply running errands.  Since most of those answers are heard only by the person who asked, we decided to share some of the common questions here on the blog.  And of course you can ask a question of your own!

Hewitt, if you could create a new soap scent, what would it be? ~EFranks1985

Hewitt:  That is really really hard.   I think I would call it WAR soap.  It would smell like dirty boys with wooden swords “play” fighting!   I think everyone who orders it should get a wooden sword or shield.    When you’re fighting you get really dirty.  So when you use that soap, you’ll still smell like you’re fighting but you’ll be clean.  I’d paint it like two people were fighting with wooden swords. It would be the awesomest soap ever!

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Kids Decorating the Christmas Tree

This year, when we went to get our family Christmas Tree, Mom had the brilliant idea of getting a tree for the front porch of the soaproom.

The only problem was that we didn’t have any ornaments for it.

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So the kids made some!

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They took some of our packing paper from the shipping area.

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Drew their ornaments and put some yarn on them.

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And went out to decorate the tree!

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Didn’t they do a good job? It looks so cute!

Brett

Ask A Jonas – Hewitt’s Favorite Time Of Day

We get asked lots of questions when we’re doing farm toursselling soap at craft fairs, or simply running errands.  Since most of those answers are heard only by the person who asked, we decided to share some of the common questions here on the blog.  And of course you can ask a question of your own!

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Hewitt, what’s your favorite time of day? What do you do during that part of the day? ~Leslye

Oh, that’s a tough one!  Probably when I am milking the goats early in the morning.  It is just fun to milk the goats, not having anything on my mind but milking.  It makes me feel free.

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Kids Sledding

A few weeks ago, we had our first snow for this winter.

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The kids kept disappearing.

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A few hours later, they would be back.

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With frozen hands.

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And bright red cheeks.

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“We were sleddding!”

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“And it was AWESOME.”

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Ask A Jonas – Do The Kids Like Their Unique Names?

We get asked lots of questions when we’re doing farm toursselling soap at craft fairs, or simply running errands.  Since most of those answers are heard only by the person who asked, we decided to share some of the common questions here on the blog.  And of course you can ask a question of your own!

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Jonas Kids, what is it like having such unique names? Do you like it?  ~Kim

Brett: I love my name. The only downside is when everyone thinks that I’m a guy, because my name is typically a guy name. We’ll get emails saying that “Brett is such a nice young man, I’m so glad he signed my invoice” and stuff like that. It’s kinda funny, most of the time. So are the ways people spell my name. I’ve seen it spelled Britt, Brat, Bratt, and my personal favorite, Bertt. But I do like that I’m the only Brett that most of my friends know. It’s not like some other names – for instance, I know four Josh’s. That’s confusing! LOL
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Colter: I never really saw my name as unique – I mean, I know it’s not your normal John, or Josh, or something like that. I don’t normally get confused with other people,which is nice.  I enjoy having a different name.

Emery: I’ve never really thought about it being unique.  I know of three other guys named Emery, so it just doesn’t seem too different.  They don’t all spell it the same way I do, but they all sound the same.   I don’t know anybody with the name “Bob” so that seems more unique than Emery.

Fletcher: It’s really nice having a different name, because even though I’m mixed up with Emery and Greyden, my name is always different, and people can learn the difference. It’s really fun having a unique name because then if you find someone else with the same name, it’s really cool.

Greyden: I’ve never met somebody with my name.  It is kind of cool when people say it is a cool name.  My name was the only one not in the 1000 Baby Names book.   And it is spelled with two “E”s.

Hewitt: I think it’s cool that I’m the only Hewitt I’ve ever met in my entire life and I think it’s cool that most of my family hasn’t met anyone else of their names. I like having my name, but sometimes I wonder what it would be like if I had a different name. I just think it would be strange, to have a different name. I like it, that Mom and Dad called me Hewitt.

Indigo: It’s really fun, having a name that no one else has, and I have a really cool name. The best thing about it is that my name is my favorite color – purple! Most people don’t have their favorite color as their name.

Jade: I think it’s cool, in a way, that everyone pretty much knows my name and it’s really cool that all of my siblings have names that no one has met anyone else with that name. I have not met another Jade, which is very cool, but Indigo and Emery have met other Indigo’s and Emery’s. So it’s really cool that I get to be the only one that I’ve met.

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