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Busting Out the Sleds

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The best part about having the world’s greatest sledding hill in your front yard: it only takes a little snow to get things going! Ever the true kid of the family – Aaron was quick to agree to break out the sleds on day #2 of the new year. We really weren’t “snowed in,” but we used the wintery weather …

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Our New Logo

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Let’s be honest – with a full-time career as a designer and marketer – there is a very slim chance we will take on any project without a logo. The farm is no exception. I’ve attempted to design logos for Crossley Farms for over 2 years. Every time I would think I was heading in a good direction, I would …

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Fresh Snow and Goat Babies

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We welcomed 2022 with fresh flakes covering the entire farm. Aaron and I have spent the last couple of days in 2021 getting various parts of the farm ready for the cold temperatures to move in. All of the animals needed fresh hay, water, shelter and heat – the standards during winter. The shed in the Goat Grove got a few …

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An Omen for Success in the New Year

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While working through our New Year’s Eve brush-clearing project, I found a mostly intact goat skull at the end of our back pasture. It is super cool. The skull is likely a remnant of a carcass that scavengers got to sometime last summer. Unfortunately, in farm world, nature often takes its course when we lose a beloved animal. It’s very …

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Our Christmas in the Upstairs

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Last year, we celebrated Christmas in the basement while renovations continued upstairs. This year – reno finished or not – I was determined to have our celebrations in our actual living room. So, we did. We added our traditional live Christmas tree to the corner, stockings to the fireplace and gifts under the tree – right where they belonged. Sure – with …

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The Kids’ Handmade Ornaments

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I really cannot claim to be overwhelmingly crafty. I do, though, enjoy a fun project now and then – particularly when it gives the kids a distracting chance to make a controlled mess. Salt dough ornaments are one of those projects. It’s hardly a tradition. We don’t make them every year – but I have made them for the first Christmases …

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Living the Life

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Some days, it’s really easy to count the things I’m not grateful for: I’ve held on to too much weight after having the kids, I don’t ever have any time to slow down, everything is stressful, our renovation still isn’t done, I can’t fathom starting the next phase of work on the kitchen, the dishes aren’t done, the house is …

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Let There Be Lights

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Over the past few years, we’ve really struggled to do the house up in all its Christmas garb the way we’d like. Juggling young kids, a renovation, two full-time jobs and multiple full-time projects – decorating is usually the very last thing on our list. And, it usually gets booted off before we can ever even consider busting out all …

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Our Annual Christmas Tree Chop

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Every year, we pick a fresh pine from a local tree farm to bring home for the holidays. With only one exception (the very first year we met), we’ve continued this tradition since before we got engaged, got married, had kids and bought a farm. It’s honestly probably the most consistent and reliable thing in our lives. This year didn’t …

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A Little Bit of Christmas

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We’re getting a smidge of a head start on our Christmas decorating with the assembly of my vintage 8′ Evergleam aluminum tree. I snagged this stunner last winter when a Facebook friend listed it for sale along with the original color wheel. My jaw dropped then and I’ve been in complete shock that I was actually able to grab it …