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We are working on keeping cool. Thank God for AC!



Our animals need about constant care in this heat. Did you know pigs don’t sweat? That’s why they need mud, the water evaporates much like sweat on our skin. 


We garden in the morning during the cool hours, which means early mornings for these farm kids. I make it up to them, don’t worry.


Play in a tent


Run through the sprinkler


Chillin' with our shades on

See we rock the work/play thing around here, somedays .


Lehmann Family Zoo Staff and Management


Gardening Capers

Today I am letting my dd write the post I’m bit scared.

image here’s me getting a drink with my sister

Me and my brothers are planting a garden. Growing stuff is awesome! We can get the ground ready, yay I get to play in the dirt. Then, we poke the seeds in. Mom’s really picky about it and says they have a “coryoptal” (coleoptile) thing and will only grow so far without sun. Whatever. Then we water and that’s it.

Here’s our tomatoes we need a fence for rabbits

Here’s my brother making hills for squash

Some pretty rainbow clouds my brother said it was going to rain ice cream (sun dogs)


My three year old is one the most conniving little imps ever! His adorable innocence can lull anyone, including me, into a false sense of security.  He begs me daily to nap on my lap. This day was no different. He’s big brown eyes glancing up at me made me smile that “mom” smile. The one that you are thinking I will never be mad at this child again. Yeah right! He was being so so sweet. Looking at me with adoration that only a toddler can achieve. He reaches up a few times and pats my cheek lovingly. Once I even caught his chubby little hand with my lips showing him the adoration that only a mother can show. Then without warning his little hand sneaked up towards my face again. His finger was pointing and slid straight up my nose. The little devil!

Raising Kids on a Dime

Out here in the middle of nowhere, about 20 min from town, many wonder how we raise kids without breaking the budget. I am here to offer several tips that work for us. You could use many of these principals living in town too.
First and most important, get organized! If the kids have a 4H meeting or story-time make the trip to town productive. Run to the post office, make the trip to the store for perishables, and head to the bank. Yes, it is tiring but you get it done.
Second, this goes with the previous step and anything else, make a list. If you need to get milk, eggs, and apples at the store write it down. That way two days later you’re not making a dawn run to the store for milk.
Third, remember bulk is cheaper. When I make a list for groceries it will last us two weeks. I will get anything that will last the whole two weeks at that point. Five pounds of hamburger, a gallon jar of pickles, large bagged cereal, etc.
Lastly, prioritize! Do you need it now or can it wait? I have found that much of what I think I need so bad one day I end up not buying, finding an alternative, or getting a better price when I do my big shopping day.
These tips are how I provide all food stuff and home stuff to my family of 7 for 700$ a month and keeping my fuel bill to 200$ a month, remember I have a 36 mile round trip when I head into town.

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Tad Pole Update

Just a quick update. Our oldest tad pole, the kids named Fred I think, has all four legs and a rapidly shrinking tail. Our second one has just started to change colors from the dark gray of a young tad pole to the brown of an adult and its rear legs are starting to form. His name is either George or Bob, depends on the kid.

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Reluctant Tooth Fairy

The first day of school came and went. I didn’t shed a tear. I loved the quiet of the house. I relished a nap time that I could do whatever I wanted. I shaved my legs the first day of school without cutting myself for the first time all summer. Then came the dreaded day, the first loose tooth. I cried the first time I played tooth fairy for my dd. Now teeth pulling is gross. The gums make this weird sucking sound that rolls my stomach. I rinsed the teeth in mouth wash and helped my dd put them under her pillows (so I can find them later.) Now my oldest ds has not one but two loose teeth. This tooth fairy is already feeling the sting of tears.

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Feeling Low

I apologize to those parents I have judged over the years. I am sorry to the lady at the store who’s kids ran me over as they ran through the isles. I am sorry to that man that was checking his sons pockets before they left Walmart. I still won’t apologize to the couple who let their child kick and scream on the floor of the toy section though. I always thought bad kids came from bad parents.
It seems some days no matter how hard I try to teach my kids good habits and manners they refuse to listen. I ask my kids please when they do chores. I tell them when they see something they want at the store to remember it for their christmas or birthday list, I don’t just say no. I give allowance for the small things. I do chores with them when I can. I try to get them to communicate when they feel I’m doing it wrong I might not be right. I encourage good and praise often. I punish rule breaking. They made our family rules. They came up with the consequences. So why do we still have an abnormal amount of conflict in our home? I just want loving, and obedient kids. Is that to much to ask?

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