Saturday, March 20, 2010

A taste of the WILD SIDE...

We at the Miller Mini Farm are all about pushing the boundries. We believe that rules are made for breaking! Well..that may be a BIT of an exhaggeration. However I thought you might enjoy seeing a few pictures of our little rule breakers. Remember all of those rules your mother taught you when you were young?

1. NEVER EVER keep furry animals in the house. (And IF you do, definately do not give them their own bedroom, furnished with twin bed and kitty condo!) Looks like they haven't cleaned in a while! :)

2. No staring...its not polite.

3. No feet/toes/paws on the table! (don't worry we are equipped with plenty of antibacterial spray)

4. Laziness will not be tolerated.

5. And last lesson for the day, NEVER dig in the flower beds.

Haha...too bad I'm a COMPLETE sucker for cute furry little faces and I enforce virtually NO rules. Oh well I love them anyway :)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Apparently I'm Crazy...

I decided to be honest and truthful. I am. certifiably. crazy. lol. I just realized recently that maybe the reason for my nutso behavior is because I have taken on 28, yes TWENTY EIGHT other furry live things to care for. They each depend on me for EVERYTHING. To feed them, water them, clean up after them, provide them with housing, entertainment, health care etc. But I LOVE THEM. I'm an animal lover, what can I say? Oh btw did I mention that one of those 28 furry live things walks on two legs and is named Tedd? LOL ok so I thought it was funny haha.

Anyway, yesterday Hubby and I were out on the town. When I say out on the town I happen to mean we were getting my oil changed, shopping at Aldi, and getting Chicken food :). AND you know how it goes. Or maybe you don't? I gave Hubby the sad puppy eyes, then the smile, and lastly the "PUHLEEAAASE"

And.... I came home with six of these beautiful little ladies. I happen to have a soft...almost downright mushy spot in my heart for chickens and duckies. But these girls are downright gorgeous! Look at those colors and looong legs. I can't wait to see how they will look as adults. OH and the best part is they will lay easter egg colored eggs. Fun Huh?

I figure, even if as I type this my cat is trying to ingest part of my flower arrangement and the dog is outside getting his mud bath on...I need more chaos lol. I love my life :) See? Look how happy I am as Tedd caught me off guard with a random candid shot lol?

Current Miller Mini Farm Census Report:
Cats: 2 (also renting a room to mom and dads cat post surgery for probably another week)
Rabbit: 1
Call Ducks: 13
Chickens: 15

Monday, March 8, 2010

"Airbrushed" Life....

I follow facebook, and blogs and occasionally a tabloid or two (i know its terrible). I'm not an avid daily reader like some, but I do read them when I get the chance. I do enjoy reading about and seeing what other people are doing. I love the contrast in the groups that I follow. BUT it also sometimes creates a few different feelings. Let me put this into perspective.

There is SO much focus on body image and self confidence today in young girls. We read weekly about how little girls see pictures in magazines of anorexic models and think that is what "beautiful" is. They see these airbrushed, fake photographs and begin to think this is "normal". These woman don't have love handles, jiggly thighs, or flat butts....OH WAIT. Many of them DO have flaws, but the wonderful world of technology buffs them out to make them look perfect.

Even though we know that this is not normal, why does it still make us feel bad that we can not achieve those size 2 standards?

Ok where am I going with this????? Sometimes I feel that way about blogging/facebook/internet. Sometimes I find myself reading blogs and facebook updates only to feel like poo b/c I didn't do all of the things that everyone else did.
Sometimes I don't want to know that my high school classmate ran 8 miles before 9AM. Sometimes I don't need to know that you make so much $, or that your house is new, or recorated, or it is spic and span, or that you spent $30 on groceries, or that you made 938 batches of cookies for the homeless. LOL
I worry that sometimes we are airbrushing our "lives" in these forms of media. Putting on a show, to make people think that our lives are like Leave it to Beaver. I know I am definately guilty of only painting the "glorious" looking picture sometimes.

I really need to stop comparing myself to the "rest of the world". I am proud and thankful (truly thankful) for the life God has given me and my family. I am SO blessed.

But sometimes I just want to rebel and be "Real". I want to not only write about the good things that happen, but about the "real life" things that happen.

I want to tell the world that right now there are lady bugs swarming my bathroom window, that I can see the dust on top of my fan, that my dog is barking at the neighbors, that it looks like the PetSmart toy department exploded on our living room floor, that I spent $120 at Wal-mart last night, the cat puked on the carpet upstairs, my refrigerator needs cleaned out and that I plan on sleeping in until 8 AM tomorrow.
And you know what? We're still alive! I guess what I am saying is, I am going to stop making myself feel like I have to measure up to the pictures in the magazines or the facebook updates, or the blogs. I'm going to do the best I can and I'm just going to be me. And it makes me happy.

Anyone else ever feel like there is pressure to "measure up to"?