Well you know this family...we run at 100 miles per hour so yes a new baby is just part of what we have going on.
We try and do one big thing for the farm every year so that we are always improving upon it, for example, last year we cleared 10 acres of forest and made it into a field. This year we are in the midst of buying the remainder of the farm from my father. It's 156 acres so while its not a lot of land, it still will make an impact on the farming operations here since about 60 acres of it is tillable land and can be used for the sheep/dairy cows.
We also got a grant from the USDA to do a Forestry Plan for our woodlot. One thing I have been really good about is having a great conservation plan for the farming side of things, but our forest lacked a comprehensive plan. With this grant we can right that wrong, so I have just started communication with a great forester here that is going to help us plan out our forest a little better.
Then of course there is our home; we just sawed the white pine into boards a few weeks ago, so soon we will start laying the radiant floor hydronic tubing and start installing our flooring over that. That will be a good project done before we tackle our new kitchen cabinets.
So having a baby; while the high point of our lives right now, does not mean it is the only thing going on. We pack as much life into our lives as we can, because remember I still work full time as a shipbuilder welding US Navy Destroyers together when I am not home/on the farm.
Great news, however that is another 'hot water demand' for the heating system....120 gallon Super-Stor.......1000 gallon buffer tank..... I may have to bring you an AA260 to tide you over for a few years!
Glad mom is well and the 'precious cargo', too. How about the rest of the kids? Pets? Animals? Big doin's on the farm.....
PS: Not a good time to be talking about #5 unless you have heat in the barn, shed, or wherever you will be assigned to live!!!!