Can You Backpack Through Europe With Small Kids?

The short answer is yes, absolutely!!

When we told people we were planning on spending 3 weeks in Europe as a family of 6 with 4 kids under 5 and nothing but 2 backpacks we got a lot of *unsolicited & mostly unhelpful* advice!

Everyone was quick to tell us that we were crazy, but we’re a pretty adaptable bunch so thankfully we didn’t listen!

Bags:

For me, Kayla, I have a 48L REI Crestrail. This pack has a huge main compartment, top compartment, and lots of side zippers and pouches. The back has a metal frame for support and structure and lots of padding. Plus it buckles around the hips and waist for weight distribution. I had no problems carrying this bag stuffed full while also baby wearing a 1 year old. For reference I’m 5’8 and 120lbs.

Andrew’s bag is a 75L Deuter. Obviously, it’s significantly larger than mine and he also baby wore our 2yo so he was pretty maxed out with his full bag and child attached to his body. His bag also has a steel frame for structure, 2 split large main compartments, large top compartment, lots of side pouches, padded straps and back, and buckles around the hips/waist for weight distribution. For reference Andrew is 6’3 220lbs.

We stayed in each city for 1-3 nights so during the day we left our big bags in our AirBNBs and took out with us a 30L Eddie Bauer Adventurer. This is our go to travel backpack for all our short term trips. It’s been on many flights with us to many destinations and is a true work horse. It’s very comfortable, lots of pockets, and can hold an incredible amount of stuff!

How & What To Pack:

Packing cubes are always your friend! I packed all 6 of us a weeks worth of outfits (shirts, pants, underwear, socks) and then we washed and rewore throughout our trip.

Because we were in Europe for winter which is very cold and wet, we all had 1 pair of waterproof insulated boots that we wore every day. Andrew and the kids all had leather Keens and I had Sperry duck boots.

We carried with us just our toothbrushes, hair brush, a day or two worth of diapers and wipes and small travel size of toiletries. When we ran out of something we simply found a store to buy more. That is probably not the most cost effective way, but we were really trying to limit the amount of weight we were carrying around from place to place so that was best for us. There are drugstores on pretty much every corner in every country so it’s not hard to find whatever you need! Including a pharmacy for adult and kid medicines. Belle ran a fever for about 24 hours in France and it was no problem finding a pharmacy to get her some children’s Advil and the pharmacist explain the dosage for her weight.

How To Get Around:

Trains! Trains! Trains! Europe is so well connected with a fast and efficient rail network. Large cities have incredible public transportation options like buses, street cars, and metros. Europe is so much more easily accessible and family friendly to travel through than the US it’s crazy! Long haul trains will have luggage storage areas, overhead bins, and clean bathrooms. While metros, street cars and buses don’t have bathrooms or designated space for luggage you can still bring them aboard. I was thankful to have backpacks that didn’t take up space but we saw tons of people on the buses and metro with large rolling suitcases.

Let’s talk strollers for a minute. We did not bring our strollers because it just would have been too much for us but lots of families in Europe rely on strollers for everyday use. We found Germany and Portugal to be extremely stroller friendly. Germany in particular has lots of elevators in their train and metro stations for strollers to get to their platforms easily. Germany is extremely handicap accessible and their infrastructure as a whole is great. Paris was horrible for strollers and wheelchairs. Almost every elevator we saw was out of order. We witnessed so many people carrying strollers ups and down the stairs at the metro stations. I don’t know what someone in a wheelchair was supposed to do! It was horrible.

FAQ:

**What about all the souvenirs we want to buy? -Buy all the things! Seriously! We would stuff our backpack full of everything our little hearts desired then every day or two we would find a post office and ship it all back home! European countries have FedEx, UPS, DHL, and regular national postal services. We used FedEx in France and found Deutsch Post to be the most useful and easily accessible in Germany.

**I’ve heard Europe, specifically Paris, isn’t very kid friendly –We did not find this to be true at all. We are quite the spectacle everywhere we go. Large families, especially with a lot of really little kids, are not the norm anywhere so we get a lot of attention and the vast majority of it is good attention. We even found most restaurants had high chairs which was something I read was hard to come by but we never had a problem. Another issue with a stroller though is I’m not sure what you would do with a stroller while you went in places. Restaurants and shops are tiny so you would not be able to bring one inside which would mean you would need to leave it on on the street? Another very kid friendly thing we experienced in airports (Lisbon, Paris, and Berlin) the airports are sooooo kid friendly! They have special security areas for families only and families are given priority boarding. I actually thing Europe is a lot more family friendly than the US. One of the pictures below is a restaurant owner hugging my 2yo because he was just smitten with them.

If you have specific questions about something I left off, just ask me!

June 2020 Wrap Up

I’m a week late, but we were finally busy again in July! Crazy busy actually. Everything seemed to start back up all at once!

The twins are still taking music lessons weekly. During their lessons the little girls either stay and wait with me or they go to work with Andrew depending on what he’s doing. The twins are doing so well. I’ve really been impressed how quickly they have picked up reading music, especially being only 4!

We still have weekly swim lessons. The twins are really swimming now with proper arm strokes and everything. MM has come around and actually enjoys the water now.

Lorelei has been in ballet and rap since last fall. She was supposed to have a recital in May but since classes were halted in March that was postponed. I assumed she wouldn’t get to have her recital, but she got to go back to dance in June! She was really excited to go back to dance and they even had an in studio recital for the girls that they filmed for the parents. Lorelei was just happy to get to wear her costumes!

T-ball was another spring activity that was postponed. Much like dance I didn’t think it would ever actually resume but we got the call they were going to move forward with a short season through the month of June. They ended up having a game twice a week for the month of June. The twins played and really loved it this year compared to last!

In farm news we started and finished wheat harvest which was a relief. Our wheat did exceptionally well this year. Our new farm shop is almost complete now. I don’t think I kept everyone updated on all the craziness but our shop has been built 3 times now due to a tornado and then a very high wind storm! We also got 2 new grain bins that are just about complete

We homeschool through the summer because we are gone most of the winter and the twins have been working hard. They are both reading short words now. Reading has been our main focus this summer and we will continue on with that until this fall. We used Logic of English Foundations for phonics and reading and it has been very beneficial. It’s a very straight forward program with very little glitz and glamor but I will definitely say it works! MM has really been wanting to do school so when she turned 3 I got her the same The Good & The Beautiful Preschool workbook that the twins used last year but she’s just not ready for it. She was really excited to have her own workbook and we trudged through about a week of it but it’s designed for 3-4 year olds and was just over her head. I didn’t want to discourage her so I found Horizons Preschool for 3s that is much more level appropriate for her. We’ve been using it for about a month now and she loves it!

July will bring a lot more adventures for us and we can’t wait!

How We Are Team No Electronics With 4 Kids

I know what you’re thinking, that’s her kid in the picture watching tv, but she said they don’t do electronics? Keep reading down to my international flights section 😉

Before I had kids there were a lot of things I swore I would never do as a parent. A lot of those things went out the window when the twins were born, but one thing I have really put my foot down with is that we don’t do electronics in this house. My biggest pet peeve is trying to talk to someone while they are casually scrolling their phone at the same time! Or even worse having a meal while other people at your table have their phones out. Because of Andrew’s job his phone is basically glued to his ear. It rings nonstop at all hours of the day, but even he doesn’t answer his phone while we are eating or if he and I are having a conversation.

With 4 kids in a hugely technology oriented world, it’s hard to get by with no electronics. Research shows that kids under 2 should have no screen time and kids under 5 should have less than an hour a day with the least amount possible being the best. Considering we don’t have a generation of adults yet who grew up with lots of electronics options, my uneducated guess is that the jury is definitely still out on how much is too much. Here’s a few simple things we have done to help eliminate screen time for our kids. For reference my kiddos are 4,4,3, & just shy of 2.

1. Phones are off limits. My 4 year olds know how to use the emergency call feature on my iPhone to call my husband and my parents but otherwise they aren’t allowed to use our phones and never have been. My kids don’t even know games exist on phones, they think all you can do is call people and buy things for the UPS man to bring haha!

2. No access to TVs. We have 2 TVs in our entire house; one in the living room and one in the master bedroom. The kids do not have access to either. The remotes are kept out of reach and the living room tv actually stays unplugged. Really no one in our house watches tv, we don’t even have cable/satellite. I would really love to ditch the tv in our living room but it’s really nice to have during the winter when it’s nasty outside and we can all watch a movie on the couch together.

3. No tablets. Our kids actually do have the kids Amazon Fire tablets. We got them last year for some international flights. They have been with us to Portugal, Germany, and France and those are the only 3 times my kids have used them. All of those flights were over 9 hours long and they were definitely useful! Even with a few kids movie selections on the plane seat back tv that’s not enough for a 12 hour flight in the middle of the day. I did not let them have free reign of their tablets though. I downloaded movies from Disney+ onto them and that’s all they had to watch. We do not take them on domestic flights, even long-ish domestic flights. For domestic flights I bring books, dry erase activity/school books and magnetic blocks.

4. No computers. We have several computers in our house, a desktop and 2 laptops, but our kids have never used them. I cannot even imagine my toddlers trying to navigate using a computer but I know many do. I was quite shocked when I first began exploring homeschool curriculums how many of them were computer based even at the preschool level.

We started these practices from day 1 so it’s really all our kids know. I do think it has helped tremendously though because they play really hard and they know how to wait patiently at restaurants, doctors offices, church, etc without the help of electronics to occupy them. I do not bring toys with us when we are out places, but I do bring a quiet snack to church because we don’t send them to children’s church, they go to the main service with us and it’s right before lunch when they’re getting hungry and it helps them to sit and listen if they can also munch on something.

Don’t fret if you want to go electronics free with your kids, but they’re already accustomed to it though; it can be done! I know several people who have removed electronics from their lives and I promise their kids survived it! Much like taking a pacifier away from a baby, after a few days of an upset child it will subside.

May 2020 Wrap Up

Finally in May we started to see some return to normalcy. Not a perfect normal, but at least able to leave the house again!

On May 1st we finally had our first ultrasound to see baby #5. My OB always does a dating ultrasound as soon as you get a positive pregnancy test, then a heartbeat check ultrasound a few weeks later. Because of COVID I didn’t even get to go in for my first appointment until I was 10 weeks! It was so hard to wait that long not knowing if the pregnancy was even viable. Typically I would have had 2 ultrasounds already. Thankfully everything was going perfect and the baby was measuring perfect and had a strong heartbeat!

May 3 was the first Sunday in May which is always Andrew’s family reunion at his Dad’s farm. This year was obviously quite different. Instead of tons of people from all over the country it was just our family, Andrew’s Dad, and his 3 siblings and their families. It was still a lot of people, about 18, considering we all have kids, but definitely different. We still had our usual church service, sang worship songs, and fried fish for lunch.

May 8th was our little Magnolia Mae’s 3rd birthday! I cannot believe it’s been 3 years since she came into this world screaming. She’s still just as dramatic now as she was the day she was born. We bought her a big slide and had a small family party for her. The Magnolia tree we planted for her in our yard is 3 years old now too and it has finally surpassed her in height this spring.

Around the middle of May we got quite a bit of rain so we decided to head to the beach for a quick trip since Florida beaches and restaurants are finally back open! We had a great trip and it was so nice to be away from home for a few days!

Once we got back from the beach we finally got to start back to swim lessons! The twins also got to go to their first music lesson! Lorelei is learning the violin and Rhett is learning the guitar! They both really loved it and can’t wait to go back next week!

Since Andrew wasn’t allowed to go to my ultrasound with me at my OB’s office at the beginning of the month we decided to go to a privet ultrasound clinic to see baby #5 so he could be there too! This is our 5th baby and that’s the first time he hasn’t been at an ultrasound with me so he was really disappointed. Our private ultrasound was wonderful though! We were able to confirm that baby #5 is most definitely still a boy (we did an early blood dna test back around 8 weeks to find out the gender). He is growing like a weed and looks perfect! He was waving his arms around, sucking his thumb, and kicking his little feet!

Destin Florida May 2020

As soon as the farm got a big rain and Florida reopened their beaches and restaurants, we were outta here! Even though it was just a quick 4 day trip, it was a much needed break from being cooped up in the house for 2 months! Especially with our travel obsessed family!

Several years ago we had a really bad vacation experience in Destin so we have avoided it like the plague. We much prefer Panama City Beach, FL (the Holiday Inn Resort there has an awesome kids splash pad) or Gulf Shores, AL. This trip did bring a little light back to Destin for us but I still don’t think we would go back.

We drove down to the coast on a Friday and arrived in Destin just in time for dinner. Our first stop was the Back Porch restaurant. It was a pretty typical beach chain restaurant. The food and service was mediocre but the outdoor beach side seating offered a great breeze and views!

(These outfits are from Busy Bees Smocks)

We stayed at the Hilton Sandestin Resort which is actually in Miramar Beach, a few minutes outside Destin. This is a Hilton beachfront Resort inside a gated golf course community. The resort was very nice. We had a room with 1 king bed, 1 full sofa bed, and twin bunk beds. There was plenty of room for our family of 6. The resort offers 2 outdoor pools and 1 indoor pool. There is no kids splash pad. Sandcastles restaurant opens daily at 7am and offers a great breakfast selection. The poolside grill opens at 11am and has excellent lunch options and snacks. My main complaint with this resort is the beach area. The resorts designated beach area is relatively small and they fill the entire space of it with their rental chairs and umbrellas 3 rows deep. We always rent the chairs and umbrellas so that isn’t my issue, the worst part was that they were always full! You can rent them for a week at a time when you arrive so if on your first day there’s none available you’re just out of luck and there’s no other beach space for you to set up your own umbrella and chairs. Even with us out on the beach before 8am and the first people at the rental stand we were still stuck with the second row of chairs instead of the first which obviously didn’t kill us but wasn’t ideal.

(These swimsuits are from Little Britches Boutique)

We had dinner at the Crab Trap our second night. Once again the food was just mediocre but our service was good. The worst part was the parking! The parking lot is tiny and it’s shared with the public beach access so it’s basically nonexistent. My disdain for that situation was also exacerbated by the fact that I had a 3 year old who really needed to potty while we were trying to find somewhere to park!

(These outfits are from Sweet LaRose Boutique)

The next day was once again filled with beach and pool time. We had breakfast at the hotel restaurant Sandcastles and lunch at the poolside grill. That night for dinner we decided to try Dewey Destin’s Harborside. This was the best pick of our trip. The service was top notch and the food was the best we had the entire time!

(These swimsuits are from Classic Southern Smocks, the girls yellow dresses are from Sweet LaRose Boutique, Rhett’s shirt is from Walmart and his shorts are Carters)

Unfortunately we had to leave after 3 nights. We could have stayed an extra night because it was still raining at home but it was raining in Destin also and supposed to rain for the next few days so we decided to just come back. Overall it was a nice break and a nice return to some normalcy for us! We hope our Disney trips this summer don’t get cancelled!

(The girls dresses and Rhett’s shirt are Wildflowers. Rhett’s shorts are from Carters)

April 2020

Well we really didn’t do much this month… This is probably, and hopefully, the only time I will start one of these monthly updates with that sentence!

COVID-19 continued to throw our plans off. Swim lessons and dance lessons are still cancelled. The twins were supposed to start music lessons but that too has been postponed. We are really missing our weekly Walmart trips and going out to eat. I know it sounds crazy to most people with small children, I hear it all the time, but we go out to eat multiple times a week. We’ve been taking our kids out to restaurants since they were all tiny babies. They behave very well in public and are great at restaurants so it’s something we really enjoy doing.

April is never a big travel month for us because it’s the heart of spring planting season. With so much rain this month though it didn’t seem like much of that happened either.

Easter was definitely a lot different than anticipated. We still dyed eggs and the Easter bunny still came but we definitely missed being at church. Our church as been doing online services only since the beginning of March so we were able to watch the Easter Sunday service but it just wasn’t the same. We are really missing church overall and can’t wait to get back!

Our 2 youngest girls (2 & 1) both came down with a mysterious illness. Fever, sore throat, and body aches (The 2yo was complaining her head and legs hurt). I pulled a tick off both of them about 2 days before their symptoms started so I assumed it was a some tick borne illness and we took them to their pediatrician. She said their throats were pretty red so she did throat cultures and flu test but they were negative for everything. They never developed any of the classic rashes that accompany tick diseases and a tick fever wouldn’t justify the red sore throat. They were not tested for COVID -19 but looking back now I’m not sure that wasn’t what it was. We haven’t been anywhere but Andrew is still around a lot of people at work, he still goes to the grocery store and brings stuff home, and we still get food to go. So to me it makes sense that the 2 youngest who still stick their hands in their mouth and lick everything they see would be more susceptible to that. It was over pretty quick though. The fever only lasted a couple days and the body aches a few days longer. We will never know for sure but I’m not sure what else it could have been

We finally got a break in all the rain and were able to get our garden planted! I told Andrew it HAD to be smaller this year! He loves a big garden but he’s not home during this time of the year to deal with it so I’m the one that actually has to take care of it and I’m just not up to it right now. Or ever really but at least I have pregnancy and 4 kids as an excuse! Ha!

Really all this COVID-19 stuff has been kind of a blessing in disguise for me. We found out we are expecting baby #5 at the beginning of March and I’ve been incredibly sick! It has been kind of nice to be forced to stay home and not doing anything the last few months. I’ve had all day “morning sickness” during all of my pregnancies and this one has been no different! Thankfully I’m not actually throwing up much, just feeling incredibly miserable and nauseous all day long and it’s especially worse in the late afternoon and evenings. It makes our dinner and bedtime routine a real struggle. Getting everyone dinner, baths, and into bed is the busiest/most work involved part of my day. Andrew usually doesn’t come home until after the kids are already asleep so I’m all on my own for that and for some reason thats the time of the day when I feel the worst. Here’s to hoping this part is over soon!

Twisted Chicken Spaghetti

This meal started out as regular chicken spaghetti. I was following a recipe I found on Pinterest and then realized I didn’t have half the ingredients but I had already started. I blame the mom brain? So I decided to chug right on along and make this recipe up as I went. It turned out SO GOOD! I’m so happy with it I’m adding it to my regular arsenal! It was super easy too!

*Disclaimer: I’m feeding 7 people. You would have more than enough food for a family of 4 if you halved this recipe!

Ingredients:

– 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

– 4 cans cream of chicken soup

– 2 cans Rotel

– 1lb of Velveeta cheese (that’s half of a standard 2lb block). Cut this into small cubes.

– 1 packet of taco seasoning

– 3 cups sour cream

– 2 packages (12oz pkg) of spaghetti noodles (I used 1 package of thin noodles & 1 package of regular noodles because that’s what I had.

Directions:

-Preheat oven to 350° and grease a 9×13 baking dish.

-Cut chicken breasts into small cubes or slices.

-Add the chicken breast pieces to a small skillet and cover with some of the taco seasoning. Cook over medium high heat until done.

-Cook spaghetti noodles in a LARGE pot. Drain noodles & leave in pot.

-Add cooked chicken, cubed Velveeta, sour cream, soup, & Rotel to the pot. Sprinkle in some more of the taco seasoning and mix really well.

-Transfer the entire mixture to the 9×13 baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.

Baby Rowlett #5

Humans are curious creatures by nature and I’ve already had questions so I figured I should head them off with an explanation for those of you who know us personally and were a little surprised by the news of #5!

After the birth of Belle, our baby #4, we were overwhelmed. When she was born we had 2yo twins, a freshly turned 1 year old and a newborn. She was also born right at the beginning of harvest so Andrew immediately went back to work and was basically gone the first few months of her life. So we did what any rational human being would do and decided that we were done having children. We had 4 kids under 3 and I was struggling with postpartum anxiety on top of that. We made that decision permanent and Andrew had a quick in office vasectomy.

We both instantly regretted it. Neither of us admitted it, but we both were crushed. I kept my feelings to myself because I thought it’s what was right for us and my anxiety was through the roof so I also assumed it was still my postpartum rollercoaster hormonal emotions. Andrew kept his feelings to himself because he though it’s what I needed.

After a vasectomy you’re supposed to provide 2 sperm samples 4 weeks apart that are both semen free before they will “clear” you as sterile and good to go. We took Andrew’s first sample in late at 9 weeks post op because we were just busy with life. We figured it was a little later so it should definitely be clear. Most people we knew were clear after the first sample anyway. Until it wasn’t. The doctor told us to bring another sample back in 4 weeks….also not clear. So another 4 weeks and another sample. Still not clear. So the cycle continues. At this point it had been many months since the actual procedure and he definitely should have been cleared.

(Just a side note, the doctor did nothing wrong during the procedure. As a former OR RN he was happy to let me stand next to him and watch the whole thing. He cut both tubes, tied them off, and burned the ends. What ended up happening is one side healed with a ton of scar tissue and that scar tissue created a bridge between the two ends to reconnect and form a small tunnel back together that sperm could still pass through)

I don’t know why it took us so long to bring it up to each other; but at that point we realized his vasectomy was unsuccessful and he finally admitted to me that he regretted it in the first place and we had this “oh my gosh me too thank you for saying that!” moment! We decided to put our fertility and family size back in the hands of God and we haven’t looked back since.

Exactly a year and a day after Andrew’s vasectomy we found out Baby Rowlett #5 would be joining us! We are over the moon excited about this baby and we have so much faith that God has such an amazing plan for his life! The kids are also REALLY excited! The twins have been asking for another baby for quite some time now. They are so excited to have another baby to love on and play with! Rhett is also extra happy to be having a brother!

Honey Oat Bread

About a month ago Andrew bought me a bread maker machine off Amazon. I originally scoffed at his purchase and left it sitting in the box in my laundry room for the past month. Finally a couple days ago I decided to search bread recipes on Pinterest and realized how easy it would be to make bread at home with my new bread maker.

I’m pretty much obsessed with banana nut bread and since my great-grandma is no longer here to make it for me I might as well make it myself. That was my plan until I realized I didn’t have all the ingredients for that recipe and since a quick trip to the store isn’t exactly an option right now I had to go with something I did have all the ingredients to. I ended up choosing this honey oat bread and it was sooo good! We ate the entire loaf in one sitting. It was amazingly easy too. I just threw all the ingredients in my bread maker and pressed start! That was seriously it!

Ingredients:

-8oz water

-1tsp salt

-1.5Tbsp honey

-1Tbsp softened butter

-1/2 cup oats

-2.5cups flour (I used self rising flour and cut my salt content in half. You can use all purpose flour or bread flour and leave the salt content the same)

-1 3/4 tsp active dry yeast

Directions

-All your ingredients should be room temperature and your water should be warm

-Add water, honey, and bitter to your bread maker pan

-Add salt, oats, flour to wet ingredients. Do not stir, just dump them in the bread pan.

-Last add the yeast to the top, making sure it’s not mixed with the salt

-Every machine will have different settings. For mine I used the 750g setting with the medium color setting. This setting time was a total of 2 hours and 55 minutes.

-When your bread is done remove it from the pan and let it cook slightly before cutting.

March 2020 Wrap Up

With March behind us now, I have to say it was one of the craziest months I can remember. It started out normal enough, but with COVID-19 hitting the US mid month it definitely took a different turn.

March 1st started out with Andrew’s 31st birthday! It was a Sunday so we went to church and really didn’t do much of anything else. We stayed around the house the rest of the day. The kids were quick to tell the servers at our local Mexican restaurant that it was his birthday so he got ice cream and the happy birthday song with a sombrero.

This month the twins started a new language arts program called Logic of English. We chose the cursive curriculum, if you have questions about LOE I’d be happy to help. Their website also has a wealth of knowledge. The twins have been doing really well with it so far. It’s not as pretty as The Good & The Beautiful, but I do feel like it’s fundamentally sound and ultimately that’s what I care about.

We had a slight reprieve from the endless rain for a little bit which enabled our new shop construction to finally make some progress only to be halted again by endless rain.

The slight break in the rain also meant the farm life picked up and at the end of the month we got one field of corn planted before the rains began again.

All 4 kids started back to swim lessons at the beginning of the month but we were only able to go for 2 weeks before COVID-19 put a stop to it. Lorelei’s dance classes were also cancelled but she really doesn’t know or care. I’m the most bummed about no swim lessons because that’s a life and safety skill I want the kids to have sooner rather than later!

Our new corgi puppy is about 13 weeks old now and is starting to find his place in our family. He has been through a series of names but we have finally stuck with Harry and it fits him so well! If you’ve read any of the children’s books about Harry the dog, he is the spitting image of that Harry and the name fits him perfectly! Our German Shepard, Thor, really loves him and has truly enjoyed having someone to play with. Thor even lets Harry snuggle on his bed with him.

We managed to get in a quick weekend trip to Gaston’s White River Resort at the beginning of the month and of course had a wonderful time.

Mostly this month we have done a lot of playing! COVID-19 has shut down the world but it’s pretty much business as usual around here. Farming is in full swing so our travel was already halted for a while and Andrew still has to go to work to feed with world. It’s been a bummer to not be able to get away from the house much. We enjoy our Walmart trips, dance, swim lessons etc and those have been stopped. Thankfully we have plenty of space for the kids to run and explore and a lot to take care of with all the animals and our 5 honeybee hives are out and hard at work now that it’s spring! We are looking forward to a better April and praying the world calms down!

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