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Views from the Farm

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It’s not uncommon for us to end up with a whole bunch of farm photos that don’t really have a story behind them. We snap them when the sunset looks nice. Or, while we’re out playing with animals and doing chores. We have a family folder full of them. Sometimes they’re from Aaron’s point of view. Other times, they’re mine. …

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Making the Most of Our Sledding Hill

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Owning the world’s greatest sledding hill comes with a lot of responsibility. For example, every time it snows, we are required to use it. We made good on our sledding promises with the kids this weekend. With the 6″+ snowfall on Thursday, we’ve been watching the sea of white in the front yard and planning our attack. The temps rose …

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6″ Snow Dump Across the Metro

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Last night and through the day today, 6-8″ dropped on the Kansas City metro area – including our farm about 10 minutes North of Lawrence. Naturally, this was one of the very few days in which my day job all but required me to be in downtown KC. When we moved to the farm, our 10-minute commute to the office turned …

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Our First Warm Weather Farm Hike

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As a baby, we used to carry Isai around the farm in our Osprey hiking pack. For the most part, it was the only way we could get anything done around here. However, it had the added benefit of making him super comfortable with the pack. When we started taking him hiking later in the summer, he was excited for …

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Toddler Chores

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With random days of warmer weather, Isai is giving us a glimpse of our summer. Naturally, it’s going to involve a lot of time outside. Our little dude is really finding his place in the world. He has all your typical 2-year-old quirks – but balances them with these insane moments of “whoa – he’s really doing that!” For example, chores. With …

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Welcoming Olivia and Ferdinand to the Noll Farm

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I try to keep an eye out for the days that really feed your soul. The ones where things just kind of magically fall together and suddenly you find yourself in a moment that reflects exactly what we’ve been working our butts off to achieve. Today was one of those. This morning, my mom interrupted her grocery trip to go …

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Another Cold Snap and Fresh Snowfall

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The weirdly warm winter weather has snapped back to the chilly cold reality of the season. Last night, we got some fresh snow with flurries continuing through the day today. Honestly, every time it snows, I’m reminded of our first winter on the farm. When we bought the place, we used to drive out here in the pitch-black evenings with …

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Coyote Season is in Full Swing

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Coyote season is here. It’s been a loud one on the farm. With the new baby goats in the barn and the remaining goats bellowing at them from the Goat Grove, we’ve attracted our fair share of predators. After dark every evening, we can hear coyotes in the woods surrounding our entire property. Their howls and yips are incredibly loud. …

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Baby Goats Get a Big Warm Welcome to the Farm

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The great thing about new babies on the farm – they always attract guests! The winter tends to be pretty mellow around here. We’re typically juggling a barrage of mini projects between cold snaps. If we’re lucky, things generally keep running smoothly. But, when there is snow on the ground and below zero chills in the air – we really don’t get …

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Feeding Our Feathery Friends

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Shortly after our move to the farm, I added a pretty copper bird feeder to the backyard. That first winter, spring and summer – we saw tons of birds move through the farm. Robins, Cardinals, Blue Jays – at least that’s what I called them. They were the proper colors, but I’m no professional bird watcher. The previous owners added tiny …