Farm Fresh Family

Learning life's lessons on an organic farm in the mountains.


Moving Update & Clare’s New Farmhouse Room

We’ve been so busy I don’t even know where to begin! This is the first time I’ve had a chance to sit down with my laptop in almost a week. Moving went great! We’re starting to get settled in and unpacked. We also had our first day of work today. I was able to seed lettuce plants for a solid four hours while Clare went back and forth between Rob and I. I feel very lucky to have such an easygoing little girl because I’ll probably be able to bring her to work with me most days! Most moms know how hard it is to balance work and parenting, so the rarity of that opportunity is not lost on me. I feel very grateful.

Sunny Window Seat

I think the move was a little bit confusing and stressful for Clare, so my first priority upon moving into the house was to get her room completely set up so that she would have a little place where she feels safe and secure. Her little room was sort of unfinished when we moved in, with untreated wood paneling on the walls and cut carpet laying on the floor. The first thing on the list was Continue reading



Daddy Makes Beer! : Our Afternoon At Odell Brewing Co.

Our Afternoon at Odell Brewing Co: Farm Fresh Family
For the past year, Rob has had the great pleasure of working for Odell Brewing Co., the best brewery in the entire world. Their IPA, (called simply, IPA) puts other India Pale Ales to shame. Their Scottish Ale, 90 Shilling, is one of my go-to beers. So flavorful, yet so smooth. And my favorite: Friek, a cherry sour Continue reading


Clare’s Fox-y Big Girl Bed: Making the Transition from Crib to Toddler Bed

Transitioning from Crib to Toddler Bed - Farm Fresh Family

I’ve been feeling lately that Clare was ready to make the transition from crib to toddler bed. She hasn’t been trying to climb out of her crib or anything, but we’ve been talking a lot about “big girl” things like going to the potty and cleaning up after ourselves, and this seemed like the next step.

Here are some of the things we did to help prepare her for the transition: Continue reading


Clare’s first movie….and other favorite firsts.


Sorry for the poor image quality. Terrible cellphone camera.

Tonight Rob and I decided to be super brave and take Clare to the movie theater for the very first time. We’ve been terrified to do it, but I’ve heard such wonderful things about Frozen¬†that I thought it would be the perfect first movie. I was right. Obviously, if you’ve seen Frozen,¬†you know what a magical and special movie it is. Clare was entranced (I’d say from beginning to end, but she did get distracted a couple times.) The only rough spot of the night was when we left the theater. When she realized that this amazing experience was over, she lost it, and screamed “Mooooooovie!!!!!!!!!! Mooooooviiiiiiiieeeeee!!!!!!” Continue reading


Vegetarian Bento Boxes for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Vegetarian Bento Boxes for Toddlers - Farm Fresh Family

If you have a toddler or preschool age child, you know how difficult it can be to get your child to eat, and even more difficult to get them to eat healthy, balanced meals! As an early childhood teacher, I’ve been able to observe kids at lunchtime and have learned lots of tricks to encourage healthy eating. Here are the TOP 3 guidelines I use Continue reading


Valentine’s Day Sensory Bins and Crafts for Preschool

Valentines Day Sensory Bins and Crafts for Preschool - Farm Fresh Family

It’s my last week at the early childhood center where I work. I’ll be happy to be finished and have time to pack and prepare for our move to the farm, but man, will I miss those kids. I just love working with preschool aged kids. They are so enthusiastic, creative, and hilarious. I’ve been trying to have as much fun as possible with them before I have to leave.

We’re still going strong this week Continue reading