Wheres Ray/Wendy yr 2

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Start of a New Year

     Yup, this is a monthly blog.
 Well, we had a great Christmas. Our daughter Colleen, son-in-law Goyo, 3 grandsons (Noah, Lukas & Isaiah) and our son Nate drove down from WI. Our grandson Alex flew down. They all were here by 9:00 the Friday before Christmas. One grandson from WI wasn't able to make it and another grandson was coming on Christmas day.
 We hired a photography to take some family pictures. It ended up to be 80 outside and our outfits we chose were jeans and long sleeves.Thankfully there was a nice breeze and we were in the shade most of the time.
Grandsons- Isaiah, Noah, Lukas, Alex

Our kids- Colleen, Nate Mandy

 Christmas eve we went to see Christmas lights. On Christmas morning we were all dressed in matching pjs. After a big breakfast it was time to open gifts. It was a nice relaxing afternoon.

               We didn't have a lot of things planned for the week. Two of the grandsons were flying back to WI on Tuesday so before their flight we went to one of the beaches by Jacksonville. On Thur. we drove down to Homosassa Wildlife Park. We saw a lot of manatees. Early Saturday morning the rest of the family headed back to WI.

 We enjoyed our time with the family and I know they didn't want to go back to the cold weather. Our grandson Isaiah will miss the baby goats.

 The weather has been cold at times. We had freezing rain one day and a hard freeze for 4 nights in a row. One morning the water to the house froze until noon. Then the temps would get up to 70 for a couple of days then back down to 50s low 60s. Hopefully we are done with the freezing temps.
 We have been busy here at Armadillo Acres. We lost 2 goats that came down with a listeria.  Another goat ended up with an emergency c section and we lost her baby, but she is doing great. On Saturday we had 3 goats in labor at the same time. Ended up with 2 sets of twins and a single birth. There are 13 babies bouncing around. They are so much fun to cuddle.
  Right now we are taking a break from the farm. We're spending a few days at Florida Caverns State park. Two couples we worked with at Custer, Vern & Pat and Craig & Marilynn, are volunteering here.
 We have 2 other getaways planned in Feb. Not much more for plans. Thinking of heading north after Easter. No idea yet of our plans for the summer. At some point we will be in WI to visit family and friends.

          After a rough 2017, we are hoping for a happier, healthier and more adventurous year.                                                                    We wish the same to all of you.

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