Yesterday,Â the kids helped shear alpacas. Â Each year they learn a new job and they work harder each time.
Megan is learning. Â As little as she is, she has more “can’t do-es” than “can do-es”. But this year, she started learning jobs.Â She swept a little and helped Mark bring her favorite alpaca in. Â Then she sat next to Sing and petted her to keep her calm.
Mark brought the alpacas in and helped secure them. Â When they were finished, he returned them to their pens so they could go outside.
Andrea learned how to move the first cutting of fiber and then how to hold and help flip the alpacas. Â She was not sure about the job at first, but she did an excellent job.
Audrey has been helping bag the fiber and cleaning up between cuttings. This year she and the neighbor did it alone. Â As Adrian grows older, he is learning more jobs. Â This year he swept between alpacas and stayed out of everyone’s way without having to be reminded.
It was a fun morningÂ of hard work. Â The neighbors had other home school boys come Â in to help, so the kids enjoyed the chance to talk to other kids. Â The boys were highly recommended to me. Â They “look you in the eye when they talk to you”. That is a high compliment coming from my kids!
Megan had a class on amphibians today. Â All of the kids were hoping that “Dino” would be there. Â They worked on their school work and Â helped Mr. Courtney when they could. Â At they end, they got to hold Dino.
I had forgotten that Megan held the salamander with help last year, but this is the very first time she held him without any help at all. Megan said he felt like cold gooey stuff. Â She said she did not want to hold him again, even though she enjoyed playing with him a few minutes before returning him.
I have been giving myself new challenges to learn to take better pictures. Â Allan found a tutorial on using reflectors and I realized that I had made a sillyÂ mistake. Â I did not realize you could use a reflector on dreary, dull days! Â Yesterday, Andrea and I went out into the rain and experimented.
Now to figure out how to “bribe” the other kids so I can practice some more 🙂 Â I was informed that small jelly beans would work.Â The only problem is…. where do I find jelly beans after Easter?
It reminded me of when she was little and we came home from playing in the snow and she fell asleep as we changedÂ her soaking clothes. Â Allan took off hisÂ shirt to wrapÂ her in to keep her warm.
Today, we wrapped her in Mark’s dress shirt for pictures. It has been nice to have her sleep without coughing for a few hours.
Lilly asked if I would take some updated family pictures. They are looking forward to meeting their newest family member soon, and wanted to be sure to get some special ones.
It was extremely windy yesterdayÂ afternoon and I mentioned to Andrea that I just wanted to play with my camera but I did not have any ideas. Â She replied “okay” before running to change. We spent the next hour outside just experimentingÂ with ideas.
She had funÂ being a model and getting new pictures, and I enjoyed the chance to practice. Â Her white dress caused problems and hair blowing in her eyes made focusing difficult, but it was good training for when I need to get the picture right the first time. It was also fun trying something different. Â The best part was talkingÂ and giggling with my daughter who is growing up so fast!
It was fun “kidnapping” my youngest niece, Nora, for a few minutes and takingÂ some fun first Easter pictures.
This is what Megan says about the alpacas:
I like them. Â Sing likes to kiss me when I am walking her. Â She likes me and she walks nicely with me. She does not like her harness because it is too big and she is just little. Â She does not like walking in water.
After I walk her, I give her a treat sometimes. Â Sometimes it is alpaca food. Sometimes I just snuggle with her. Â Sometimes she kisses me when we are done.
When I was little little, I was afraid of alpacas, even the babies! I really don’t mind them now, they don’t scare me anymore. My favorite is all of them!