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Farm Note 10: Back to the Grind

We’re back to our school-year routine this week, which is good for the animals, good for the kiddos, and really good for me!

It’s not something I talk about often, mostly because it’s so predictable, but I homeschool my kids. Isn’t that just so TYPICAL for homesteaders? We think we can do everything better, from growing our food to raising our kids. We’re so egotistical. But, actually, yeah, we do think we can do things better (for our individual families) than they’re currently being done by big corporations.

I hear the torches being lit and stakes being sharpened now.

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Anyway, we’re a homeschool family, and this week we’re back to our school-year routine. Not gonna lie, it’s going to be tough to get used to being back on a strict schedule. Two days of being in town for homeschool assistance program classes, three days home trying to squeeze in everything else. My day is scheduled in 15-minute blocks. It’s great. BUT, the first week went surprisingly well, and I’m hopeful the rest of the year follows suit.

Routine seems to be good for the animals, as well. The automatic door allows the chickens to be out at sunrise and in at sunset all on their own accord, but we like to let them out to forage on days that we’re home. I love watching them running through the yard, pecking and scratching as they go. They still aren’t earning their keep, but their antics provide enough amusement to make them worth the effort, for now. I’m expecting eggs any day! Never mind that I’ve been saying that for a month….

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We’re still playing the waiting game with Coco and her kids, as well. She’s huge and hot and uncomfortable, and spends most of her days laying in the shade wherever I’ve tethered her. I’m not sure what to expect with goat kid delivery, and I’m more than a little anxious that something is going to go wrong. We’re keeping her hydrated and fed and keeping an eye on her. Check our insta for kid news the moment it happens!

For the latest VanHoveln farm news, follow us on Facebook and Instagram. And as always, if you’re in the Cedar Rapids-Corridor area of Iowa, stop on over. We’ll make room in the schedule for you.

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