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Hand, Foot, and Mouth and Tired Arms, Legs, and Backs

We somehow made it through this week. The only reason we made it through is because we have unbelievable, undying support from our family and friends. We would not have eaten or gotten anything done on the farm this weekend without our family.

Last Sunday morning, Lincoln woke up crabby and with a red rash on his face, a few red dots on his hands, and a red dot on his foot. After vaguely remembering a family member talking about their son having it a few years back, I questioned if it was Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease. After a quick google search (seriously, what did Moms do before Google?) and speaking with the doctor on call through Lincoln’s doctor’s office did we confirm that yes, Lincoln had Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease and by no means were we to bring him into the office to be looked at (because it’s highly contagious) and over our dead bodies were we to take him to daycare until all the blisters had scabbed over. We were to disinfect everything in a religious ceremony and wash everything on hot until the cows came home. Lincoln had to stay home from daycare the entire week.

He didn’t want to be touched and could basically only watch T.V. between micro bursts of energy where he’d get on the carpet and push a tractor around and then just get back up on the couch and sit. He couldn’t eat because it hurt, so he drank a lot of fruit smoothies and basically got whatever the hell he wanted because he was just miserable. So Chris, Chris’s mom, and I did the shuffle of taking time off work to stay home with him. Lincoln was so stir crazy by the end of the week that he “wilsoned” and became oddly attached to a blue ball and was legit playing with imaginary friends.

We have bumped up our field production to a half acre. With the help of my father-in-law we got our three fields tilled with a tiller we purchased last fall and two of the three fields have shaped beds (ALL. DONE. BY. HAND. AND. IT. IS. THE. WOOOOOOORRRRRRRST. JOB. IN. THE. WORLD.)

With the help of my other father-in-law and mother-in-law we successfully planted 20 evergreen trees as a wind block. We got sweet peas planted in the field, templates made to burn landscape fabric to prepare for plant shipments happening this upcoming week, and squeezed in a few episodes of season 2 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

We are exhausted and overwhelmed, but so much less stressed out than last year. With each shovel of dirt our farm has so much more purpose and people counting on it this year. Adrenaline easily kicks in and determination pushes us even harder than I ever thought possible.

Remember that we still have May Day and Mother’s Day bouquets still available to purchase!

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