Archive | April 2013

Life Is Keeping Me Busy

Hello again…

Time keeps getting away from me.  My day-to-day life is super busy.  Each month I think it will slow down, but it never does.  Such is the life of a mother of many.

I will have to do a post with pictures.  Until then, here is what has been going on around here.

  • We are working in the garden.
  • I got a start of rhubarb from a friend.
  • I am still Spring cleaning.
  • L is almost five months and cute as can be.
  • A is starting to get ready for Kindergarten graduation.
  • R is leaving on Monday for his 8th grade trip.
  • J has the prom this Saturday evening.
  • M wouldn’t go to the prom if you paid him.
  • R is going on a survival campout for Boy Scouts tonight.
  • T has met all of his requirements for Tenderfoot in Scouts.
  • M is still working on his Eagle Scout project.
  • M got his temporary permit for driving.
  • J took the ACT.  We are waiting for results.
  • We got a new batch of chicks.
  • We have 5 chicks that are big enough to go out with the other chickens, but not smart enough to go back into the coop at night, so we have to rescue them from under the chicken house every night and put them into the coop.  It is getting old!

No wonder I haven’t been posting.  I will try to do better.  I still need to update my monthly progress on my goals.

Until next time…

Ann

Spring Has Sprung

tete a tete daffodils

tete a tete daffodils

Well, I haven’t been posting much for a few days because it actually feels like Spring here.  We have been outside soaking up the sunshine.  We have been busy getting some stuff done around here, too.

  • My husband and the older boys got the lawnmower tuned up and ready to mow
  • We got 3 bantam chicks
  • We are getting 21 Rhode Island Red chicks on Friday
  • We started some seeds in our cold frame
  • I cleaned out my husbands and my dresser and closet
  • I cleaned out our big closet upstairs

I feel some new energy that I haven’t felt since fall.  I am ready for some good weather.  Only 8 weeks until we are done with school for summer vacation!

Ann

Chicken Fun

We have 20 chickens in our flock. They are mostly Rhode Island Reds, but we are trying to get a little more color in our flock. The nice thing about having one breed is that if one gets killed, there isn’t too much trauma because you can’t really distinguish one from another. The bad thing about them all bring the same is it gets a little boring. Chickens have personality, believe it or not.    When they are colored differently you can tell their differences easier.

For example, my husband and kids like “outdoor peanuts”  or otherwise known as peanuts in the shell.  Here at our house, we only eat them outside because of the mess that they make in the house.  Calling them ouside peanuts keeps the kids from asking to eat them inside the house.

Anyway, the chickens like the peanuts too.  A lot of the hens will eat them out of my husbands and kids hands.  While my parents were here, my husband did a demonstration for my mom.  I tried to capture some pictures of him feeding them.

One of our hens eating peanuts out of my husband's hand.

One of our hens eating peanuts out of my husband’s hand.

Another hen eating peanuts out of my husband's hand.

Another hen eating peanuts out of my husband’s hand.

RI Red Rooster and an Americauna hen.  She lays bluish green eggs.

RI Red Rooster and an Americauna hen. She lays bluish green eggs.

A couple of hens under our back step dusting themselves off to help keep the mites off of them.

A couple of hens under our back step dusting themselves off to help keep the mites off of them.

Another hen jumping for her dinner.

Another hen jumping for her dinner.

Sickness All Around

S and A feeling a little under the weather.

S and A feeling a little under the weather.

I have been trying to post more consistently, and I have plenty to say, but right now I have to tend to the family. We have had 3 kids puking in the last 15 hours. I am on clean up duty. I hope it leaves as quickly as it started. We are having a Star Wars and Spongebob Squarepants movie marathon today for those who are sick. The rest of us are praying we don’t get it!

R recovering.

R recovering.

I will return to posting soon. What a way to spend Easter vacation!

Ann

Easter Weekend

We had a wonderful visit from my parents for Easter weekend.  Saturday was absolutely gorgeous.  I am beginning to think that Spring really is coming to our neck of the woods.  With the forecast for rain on Sunday, we had an Easter egg hunt on Saturday.  The smaller three had a bunch of eggs hidden around the yard that have different amounts of change in them.  The bigger three have one bigger egg that has a $10 bill inside.  No one seems to be too big to find an egg with 10 bucks inside!  It was fun.  The kids all end up with $10 and they love doing this every year with my parents!

The $10 egg!

J with the $10 egg!

The three little kids helped me make Easter Nests on Friday.  I got the recipe from Food.com and got the ingredients beforehand.  They liked making them and they were festive.  Here is a picture of how they turned out.

A plate of Easter nests.

A plate of Easter nests.

Here are a few pictures from the weekend.  Fun was had by all.  It was great to see my parents and have a wonderful Easter celebration!

Easter egg hunt.

Easter egg hunt.

Mom and L.  Look at that chubby leg!

Mom and L. Look at that chubby leg!

Dad and L.

Dad and L.

R with his Easter basket.

R with his Easter basket.

L in her Easter dress.

L in her Easter dress.

T was sick vomiting overnight, so he didn't have much energy for the egg hunt.

T was sick vomiting overnight, so he didn’t have much energy for the egg hunt.

S coloring eggs.

S coloring eggs.

M with his basket.

M with his basket.

Too much Easter candy!  We are so blessed to have a wonderful family.

Too much Easter candy! We are so blessed to have a wonderful family.