"The real winners in life are people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better." - Barbara Pletcher

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Cluck. Cluck.

Our chicks have arrived!  This was the view from our deck this morning.  The coop and chicken run are placed strategically behind a low tree and some landscaping grassy stuff (super savvy terminology, I know!) which will probably grow so tall the entire setup will be hard to spot from the house.  This is to keep Mitch from going completely insane. 

Here, the girls are getting used to their new digs.  They're bigger than I thought they'd be, kind of sad we totally missed the little fuzzy yellow chick stage.  Who knows what will happen down the line, my aunt says a person can "rent" a rooster...

We paid the breeder to keep them until they were 6 weeks old, to make absolutely sure we were getting hens.  She referred to them as pullets.  Related: I need a poultry dictionary.  Roosters aren't permitted in the city, and hens actually aren't permitted in our neighborhood.  We like to live on the edge...  Ha!  Actually, we ordered them before we bought this particular house, and then decided to just forge ahead with our plans.  Fingers crossed.

Our next door neighbor, Skeeter, said he couldn't care less about them being in our yard.  Since he's the only one who should really give a care, I'm guessing it won't be a problem.  

Ryleigh is beyond thrilled.  The term, "dream come true" was used a few times. 

I'll have to get better pictures of the awesome hen house my super handy brother-in-law built!  Bless his heart, he is in this thing deeper than he probably imagined he could be.  The first omelet is his!

We have two Sussex (white) and a Black Copper Maran.  They will look like these below when fully grown (pictures from the breeder).

The Sussex with the "lavender" (I think they look grey) tail feathers is Queen Esther because the purple is royal, obviously.

The Black Copper Maran's name is Genesis.  Geni for short.

The Split Sussex has the black tail feathers, and her name is Ruth.  We have a books of the Bible theme going on here, in case that wasn't immediately clear...

Turns out this project has become quite an investment of time and money, so let's all pray they don't become some raccoon's midnight snack anytime soon!  

Cluck Cluck!!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Because, there's not really much going on around here...but so much going on at the same time. Etc.: additional odds and ends; extras. 

Since I only have six kids right now, and since they're involved in an air-hockey tournament at the moment, and since I just wore myself out setting up and anchoring to the wall 2 enormous bookshelves...

A mid-morning post of random things I hope I don't forget.

See those little cuties in the window, reading books?  So stinking adorable.

Ryleigh took dance at the homeschool co-op this semester, and had an end of the year "performance".  She did great, so proud of my big girl (almost 9!).

I took my two oldest nephews over night last weekend and loved it so much I'm hoping to make it more of a regular thing.  Now that we aren't showing our house and whatnot.  Seems like I'm motivated to do things I never did even before we put our old house up for sale, after months of listing off things we "couldn't" do.  So irrational, I know :)

Be still, my heart.  Seven of my absolute favorites, eating donuts, watching "our" geese on the pond!

I fear I have not mentioned "The Chickens" on the blog, here.  Heavens.  We ordered three hens over 2 months ago...and they're coming today.  My super brother-in-law came over to let the kids help him build the coop.  It was a HOOT. 

Reise in her best babysitting outfit.  She smothered Dominick to the death that day.  That boy is a full time job, he's so busy and gets into anything and everything.  Bless my sister.

Mitch's sweeter than sweet grandparents celebrated 65 years of wedded bliss last week. 

They're clearing out some of the goodies they've collected from family over the years.  Grandma said, "if you don't take it, it's going to disappear!" 

I wish I had time to mess with pictures right now, because there are exactly 477 that I haven't looked at since I took them off the camera!  We've got birthday parties this weekend, a fundraiser on Saturday to get ready for, VBS to plan, and did I mention the chickens...??!  I might be blogging from phone pics here for a while yet :)

Rugger and I were writing to each other this morning to practice handwriting (his).  I wrote: "Are you going to help me out today?"  He replied, "Maybe mom.  You never know."  Hahahahaha!!  


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

It just doesn't get much better.

We spent the middle of the day at my sister's house this week.  We got out of the house really late, and I was in the most sour mood of my life.  The weather was absolutely perfect, the kids played awesome, and I was so happy we went anyway.  Kinda made me wish we were next door neighbors living on a big ol' farm.  In fact, there are several families I would love to force to be my neighbors.  We could really have a good time.  I'm just saying.

I often tell Rowen that if I could, I would glue him to my face so we could just walk around all day smashed together.  "Rowen...GO GET THE GLUE!"  He thinks it's ridiculous.  Honestly, it sounds a little creepy when I see it typed out...

I could seriously get the glue for this kid while I'm at it.  Give me a break, Dominick!  You're too much!

Let's be serious, it just doesn't get much better than this.  This created a very late nap situation, and I'm pretty sure no one cared.

Nine cousins.  Such a fun crew!

Looking forward to a lot of this over the summer.  So grateful for family!

Thursday, May 17, 2012


We love the zoo.  {The end.}

My sister helped unpack a good chunk of my kitchen and ended up putting away 10 identical water bottles.  Freebies from last year's JDRF walk.  When we pulled them out for lunch at the zoo she goes, "Oohhhhhh, now I understand why you have all those...I really wondered what the heck your problem was.  Hoard much?"  Hahahaaaa!!  Seriously!  She didn't notice that each bottle had a name written in Sharpie around the top.  If you see me gathering up water bottles this fall at the walk, you'll know what I'm doing. :)

So exhausted!  We stayed until almost 2pm, and everyone passed out immediately when we got home.  Post outing naps are the best.

Looking forward to lots of this over the summer :)

We are slowly but surely getting things settled over here, and when we aren't unpacking we're catching fish or hunting for frogs.  I may be addicted to fishing.  Really, I have no idea how that happened.  It's like gambling...you think maybe this next cast will bring in the 10 pounder!  And then my cousin laughs like a hyena at me as we release our 72nd 6oz. Carp :)


Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Hands down, the best part of this house is the pond.  It was so foggy the other morning, the boys went out to make sure it was still back there because they couldn't see it from the window!

It's been fun, but we're a hot mess.  We don't know two things about fish, tackle or bait.  These kids have poles, and their parents read the back of the box of bobbers for tips.  Tangled lines, near misses with hooks and eyelids, only one family member brave enough to remove hooks from the fish...

Turns out we just needed a few hours this afternoon with my cousin, who happens to know everything about  fish kids ages 8 and under really need to know.  We had some safety lessons and learned how to cast the ice fishing poles I bought on accident.  Hey, I already claimed I know nothing :)

Almost everyone can now at least handle a fish with their hands-Rugger and I can remove hooks.  It's a great start.  The great thing about our pond is the fish are evidently starving.  You have to wait about 37 seconds to get a bite.

This kid carried his fish around like he carries Biggie the rat.  What a riot.

One of the adults may have needed a cerveza.  

Someone caught his first fist EVER, and it happened to be his birthday!

This is how we wash hands when Joseph is in charge!

Ryleigh tried fishing without a bobber and reeled in this giant carp.  (Well, it seemed giant to us!)  She has yet to touch a fish.  Hahaha!  

What a fun afternoon, definitely going down as one of our best yet.  Fishing sure beats unpacking boxes.

Back to it!