Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Annie went outside, got an egg from under a chicken, cooked the egg, and then feed it to her sister.
I have no idea why she wore a scarf on her head to do it, but that's Annie.

Elsie fits one of my favorite outfits I made when Annie was little.

The snake from last year appears to have returned.
And one of my chickens is laying incredibly tiny eggs.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Healthy kids

We've been working really hard with Annie to get her diet changed.  She's been having really bad tummy problems over the last couple of months.   I hate that for almost a solid month she was telling me her tummy hurt and I just thought she was complaining and not wanting to go to school (or what ever she didn't want).  Turns out her tummy really was hurting and she was having a lot of problems digesting her foods.  So we changed her diet.   We already have pretty healthy eating habits at home, but she's not always with us and we're far from perfect.  At home we took out ALL processed sugar, breads, pastas, starches.  We starting putting in more nutrient dense foods, and she is doing so much better.   She is sleeping better, no more tummy aches and has tons more energy.   This morning she asked me for eggs!  I didn't have to make her eat them, and she's starting to ask for healthier foods.  I caught her sneaking spinach from the garden yesterday. 

 I'm so happy to see her feeling better.  She's not tired and cranky, I really think she's listening better and she's smiling all the time.  I just really hope that we can keep this up when we go on vacation.
I've been slowly making more and more snacks to take with us.  Hopefully by the time we are packing our bags I'll have enough super healthy snacks ready to go.

 Elsie is starting off with a good healthy diet and doing great.  I was so careful with Annie when she was baby, and I wish I knew then what I know now. 
 I'm determined to make sure these kids have a healthy start.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

More chickn fun


and an awesome rainbow.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Who's a chicken head?

 Annie's having her friend Emily stay for her first sleep over tonight, and being the insane family that we are we made it a chicken party.  We played outside with the new chicks, had chicken for dinner (this one might have been a little weird), and then we brought the chickens up to dance and play in the living room.  Tonight the girls get to sleep with the chickens.

Texas, covered in chicks.


 This is our crazy busy time of year.  Plants are going out, new ones need to be started and little chicks are constantly chirping their little song (I happen to love the chirping, but it kinda drives Texas crazy when he's trying to get to sleep at night).  So many projects have to be completed before summer hits, and the list needed to be done before summer ends is mounting.  Getting our little home settled is going to take a while.

On the list for spring completetion:
Basement stairs
Bedroom for me and Texas
Tearing out the giant (7' diameter) tree stump in the middle of our garden
New fence for around the garden, with footings for hoop house to be added in the fall
Worm box set up in chicken run
Temporary separate housing for chicks

The list is slightly daunting when you realize all that has to be done. It helps to look at what has been done and whats currently growing.
 Inside we have:
1st round of tomatoes are ready to go. 

 The second round is growing fast.

 Bell peppers, Egg plant, and ground cherries are coming up.

 The chicks are chirping.

 and making a mess of their little home.

 Onion sets are looking good.

 Garlic is growing strong.

Mix of parsley, chard and chives, left over from last years crops.
Meals around here have been heavily focused on salads and the remaining winter squash.   I'm looking forward to berries and asparagus soon. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Cheese, clean, sleep

On Monday, I made Mozzarella!!!  
This week I decided to get back into cheese making.  During the spring I stop drinking un-fermented dairy due to my allergies.  What to do with all that glorious raw milk?  Make cheese!  
I completely messed up with the order of operations, but surprisingly it all worked out.  Thank goodness I don't give up easy, I almost threw it all out to the chickens. 

On Tuesday,
Annie gave her sister a bath in the sink.  Elsie is a sticky dirt magnet and I'm beginning to think all this bathing is futile.  She just gets dirty again.

The dog threw up all over Annie's room.  I put her in my bed while I cleaned hers. 
 Came back to two sleeping babies.  Texas and I have lost our bed for the night.  (and no I do not own a set of matching sheets.  Texas does, but I don't want to ruin them with baby spit up, breast milk and the incredibly sticky/dirty baby.)

Monday, March 19, 2012

The babies!

Texas and I decided we needed to get more chickens this year.  The girls are getting old and not laying as much, so we went this weekend to get new babies!  Our incredibly awesome neighbors introduced us to the amazing world of Bucheits, and after spending way to much time wandering the isles we picked our new baby birds and piled into the bus to drive home.  Yes, I said bus.  Our neighbors are quite possibly the coolest people I have met, and they have a bus.  Which fits us all plus room for many more, and it is so much fun riding out in the bus together.  The girls jumped at the chance to ride in the back of the bus with the chicks on the way home.

 Each little chick got lots of attention from Annie and Emily.
 Elsie sat playing with a beer can.
 And kisses were smothered onto each baby.
 Names were assigned based on personality.  So far we have Wanderer, Snuggle, Trouble, Fluffy, Tiny and Gertrude (to replace my Gertrude who we lost last year).
 The temporary nest assembled by the girls.

 Alex and snuggle.

And what does Elsie think?
 She was very confused why her toy kept moving.

 And finally embraced the little birdie.

Yes, she approves!

 My evangelical child praying over her baby chick.

 And yes, Elsie wants more.

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