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June 17 – Picnic & geocaching

June 19th, 2015

We have had such a GREAT day together as a family. Shelby picked up an antique armoire for her bedroom from a nice couple from Prescott who were moving to be closer to their kids up in Oregon. Then, we went to a park in Prescott and had a picnic lunch and geocached. It was nothing fancy, but it was great to just enjoy each other’s company. I had all 8 kids and Larry, which is something rare these days with everyone’s schedules.


Our entire crew from krisandlarry.com (minus Kris)

Our entire crew from krisandlarry.com (minus Kris and Monkey)

June 19th, 2015 by Kris Mazy | Comments Off on June 17 – Picnic & geocaching

June 12 – Turkeys, Turkeys, Turkeys

June 12th, 2015

Turkeys at krisandlarry.comIt’s June 12 and we are continuing our goal of doing something every day as a family.

We had a crazy morning where my “triplets of terror” (Breckin, Berlyn and Trystan) were really above anything that I was willing to deal with in public. Therefore, we missed both our homeschool park day and going to the special needs program at the park. Not a happy mommy here.

Today’s project – besides our regular school work (today is an astronomy lesson) is getting the turkeys moved from my garage, since the little escape artists are taking over the entire garage and wreaking havoc almost hourly. (There is one trying to gobble too and I can hear him from anywhere in the house from his perch in the garage.)

They (as in ALL of them) have figured out how to pull off the bird netting from their pen even with every different type of tying and fixture that I could think of to get it to stay atop. Every time I go into the garage, at least one of them is out of their pen, perched on something in the garage staring at me as if saying “Just try and chase me, Mama. Just try.”

We have not finished the whole pen… but we will get there soon.

June 12th, 2015 by Kris Mazy | Comments Off on June 12 – Turkeys, Turkeys, Turkeys


June 10th, 2015

If you haven’t geocached, you need to take your kids out and start doing this FUN activity. It is a high tech treasure hunting where the treasure is finding a piece of paper and signing your name in most cases. The best part is there is now an AP for your smart phone to look up geocaches while being out and about. Go online to www.geocaching.com and create an account. The real fun is following your GPS (or smart phone), reading clues on each cache and problem-solving to find the hidden container. We work together as a family and that makes it more fun. Today, in order to reach one, Elwyn had to sit on Griffen’s shoulders just to reach it.

Check out an older post on geocaching from our blog

Geocaching with my crew in Chino Valley

Geocaching with my crew in Chino Valley

June 10th, 2015 by Kris Mazy | Comments Off on June 10 GEOCACHING!

Every day of June … Summer fun with the kids.

June 10th, 2015

Our goal for the summer is to have an activity or “something” everyday as a family. It could be simple as making cheese, watching a movie together or going to church… or of course it could be an overnight trip or something else more “advanced”. My goal is to make the memories that many kids don’t get with my children. bio, adopted and foster.

  • June 1 (Monday) – Project Wild with Amanda at the park. The kids got to learn all about Black Bears. Did you know that they can stand up to 6 feet tall!!! We joined other homeschool families and gathered at Memory Park to start our 6 weeks of Project Wild. This is such a cool program. www.projectwild.org


  • June 2 (Tuesday) – Made Lemon Curd Goat Cheese… SO YUMMY! And not hard at all!!! Here are a few different videos that I found: (you can make it with vinegar too… but I like the citrus taste using the lemon juice.)

    Lemon Curd Goat Cheese

    Lemon Curd Goat Cheese

I have known the Henry family from Henry Milker for over 25 years!!!

  • June 3 (Wednesday) Gymnastics – I know… not too exciting, but the kids have fun!
  • June 4 (Thursday) – Eddie Siller the Magician. Every year this amazing man comes in and supports the special needs program through the Chino Valley Library. LOVE THIS FAMILY! Berlyn got to be one of his “assistants” this time too!

    Eddie Siller with Berlyn

    Eddie Siller with Berlyn

  • June 5 (Friday) – Mom needed a Break YARD SALING!  When I got home, we fired up the BBQ and made S’more over the outdoor fire pit. SO YUMMY!
  • June 6 (Saturday) BeachBlast at church. It is the start of the summer. Silly me! No photos…. But our church (www.heightschurch.com) puts this on every year… Berlyn got such a kick out of riding a “mechanical shark”. Yes, you ready that correct. Ate BBQ burgers, played in really cold water. We took several of the kids’ BFF with us as well. What a BLAST they had at beach blast.
  • June 7 (Sunday) Griffen joined a HeroClix Tournament in Prescott Valley at the GAMEON store out there. What might you ask is that? HeroClix is a collectible miniatures game that uses the Clix system that centers on the world of superhero comic books, especially the Marvel and DC Comics universes. (This definition is directly off of the wikipedia website.)

    Griffen and his HeroClix Samuroid

    Griffen and his HeroClix Samuroid

  • June 8 (Monday) Project Wild with Amanda at the park – We learned about the difference between domesticated and wild animals. Kids went through magazines and cut out photos of animals. Each got to make a little poster to share with each other.
    Project Wild with Amanda

    Project Wild with Amanda

    We also started back to school. My poor kids, they really don’t get a break from school during the summer. My kids seem to forget over the summer if we don’t school so we school year round. We found a FANTASTIC Science and History curriculum for the summer that even got Berlyn into it.  Here is Breckin reading to the other kids (in the rain) out of the textbook.

    Breckin reading out of the Astronomy textbook outside in the summer rain.

    Breckin reading out of the Astronomy textbook outside in the summer rain.

  • June 9 (Tuesday) Goonies at the Theater (I LOVE Tuesday night classics at Harkins). Several of the kids packed up in the car and took their mama to her FAVORITE 80’s cult classic movie, GOONIES that was playing. HEY YOU GUYS! We were off… to a sold out viewing with all of the other Goonies in the theater.

    Goonies Never Say Die!

    Goonies Never Say DIE!!

June 10th, 2015 by Kris Mazy | Comments Off on Every day of June … Summer fun with the kids.

Recap of the last month on our homestead

May 20th, 2015

Today is the last day that my baby is a baby. Shelby is graduating high school. 9 years of homeschooling and 2 at Chino Valley High School. She is graduating 2 years early at only 16 years old. Thursday, she has a job training at a local fast food restaurant. My baby has grown up and it seems like it has been overnight. Off to Yavapai College in the fall! Her goal is to become a music teacher and I am 100% behind her decision.

After 16 amazing months the little girl that had been living with us went home to be with her parents. We miss her so very much but hope that she continues to grow into the amazing little lady who we know she will become.

Baby Sage at krisandlarry.comThis last month we were lucky enough to find a new little purebred Nubian goat that was born at a fellow homeschooler and friend’s home. We had made so many inquiries and received another call in May to get a second baby doe Nubian from a different local family. So welcome Baby Sage and Baby Clover to our homestead. They have joined our current herd of Pepper, our adult doe, Mor Dubh our breeding buck and Frankie, our wether St Croix hair sheep.

Baby bunnies at krisandlarry.comWe also have bred our rabbits in the last month… And have babies born in the last week. So exciting for the kids to learn about farm life. We have 5 breeding does and 2 bucks. It looks like we had 4 and 11 babies born. And we have another litter that is being born today.

We have baby poultry everywhere! Baby turkeys, baby quail, baby duck, baby chicks and even baby goslings that our older geese hatched on their own. I looked out in the goat barn and 2 of our broody hens hatched baby chicks. I am not sure how many as of yet because when I went to look, the mama pecked at me. We also have 40 adults hens and 4 roos.

Shelby and baby CharlotteAnother several additions added to our homestead are new piggies. We have a new KuneKune hair pig and a meat pig. We will be picking up a female KuneKune in the future so that we can breed them.

Griffen has also worked really hard on his aquaponics system. It is up and running and going through it’s first cycling to add all of the good bacteria into the system. I can’t wait to show you more info on that system as our plants get bigger and we begin to harvest from the system.

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May 20th, 2015 by Kris Mazy | Comments Off on Recap of the last month on our homestead