Monday, May 24, 2010


Have you ever had a dream/want, that didn't always make sense? For me it was chickens. Forever I wanted chickens in my backyard. I thought it would be perfect to wake up to freshly laid eggs. Now, I didn't grow up with farm animals. In fact I don't like animals. I will never own a dog or cat. I'm sensitive to smells and there's nothing worse then stepping in dog poo. So for me, wanting chickens really didn't make sense. Right? But it was a dream of mine and when I started looking into it, I thought," Why not, lets do it." So now we are the proud owners of three hens!

After much research Drew designed and built the coop.
Saturday we got the Hens from a local farm. They are 2 years old and have a lot of personality. We quickly learned that they hate cats. They freaked out when they saw one. Squawking, flying, feathers everywhere. Not good.
Frances (Rhode Island Red), Rosie (Araucana) and Sophia (Silver Laced Wyandotte). I still feel weird calling them by name. I promise I'm not a crazy hen lady.

Mac loves the chickens, Frances is his favorite .

Sophia laying her egg.
Since Saturday afternoon they've laid 5 eggs. Not too bad.

This has been quite the weekend. I'm not sure how I feel about them yet. One day Drew will love the chickens and I'll want them gone and the next it's the opposite. It's been a fun learning experience for us all!

Did I mentioned I love my husband for supporting me in everything I do and come up with? No matter how crazy or stinky it is!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

My Boys

I was just looking through all my pictures and found some gems. I haven't really been in the mood to just do a journal post, so here it goes. If you don't love my kids you better stop reading now:)
Since the weather has turned super nice we spend most of the day outside. I overheard Drew telling a friend "Ya, I know, I guess we just don't get weeds in our yard" Are you serious? The boys play and I weed. We are happier outside, doing what we like to do best, digging.
Boys in the backyard playing with Mason and Coolidge Grigg. Mac had success finding worms while the others caught flies.


Still loves dinosaurs but is getting more interested in other things like volcanoes and the series Life. He asks for the "scary stuff" which means animals fighting. Should I be worried? He's becoming a helper. Instead of bugging G (there's still a fair share of this) he tries to make G happy. He dances, sings, and comes up with activities G would like. He's growing up too fast. His new favorite questions to ask people are "What's your favorite color?" His is orange and "How old are you?" and follows up with "Oh, I'm 3 and my dad is 27!" For some reason he can't remember my age. He loves primary which is a nice recent change. Has memorized the first article of faith and I hear him singing "He sent His Son" as he's playing. His favorite song in the car is "Bullet Proof" by La Roux. He dances with his eyes closed and his fingers in the shape of what he calls the peacock. When he's not doing any of this he's wrestling and wanting to play catch. Yesterday Mac jumped on me and put his hands around my neck, I told him to stop he was hurting mommy and he said "Mom, I just choking you." like, what's the big deal I see all the time on Kung Fu Panda. Crazy kid!!

Is becoming less clumsy which is a blessing to us all. He's talking a ton. My favorite lines are..."Get it!...Now!", "Mac!", "I'll get it!" ,"Watch it, again" , "Mom, look, Dad" (every time Drew gets home) He always says thanks and when he sees a bug he says "mom, (blows a raspberry)" every time. Gray loves cheese which doesn't help with his constipation problem. He's a hoarder of all things, food, and toys. Always hiding things and lining them up, letting no one get to his things. This kid loves family night. The minute we mention FHE, G runs to his spot on the couch in the front room and yells for us until we sit down next to him. He loves singing "Do as I'm Doing" and "The Itsy Bitsy Spider." G's favorite song in the car is "Break your Heart" by Taio Cruz. The minute we get in the car he says "Break your heart" over and over again until I put it on. G is a happy fun loving kid that has a hard time focusing and never really slows down. He laughs constantly and can be talked into doing anything his brother wants him to do. Yesterday it was throwing rocks at the sliding glass door while Mac sat back and giggled. It's amazing how much love I have for these two boys!
The boys were wearing the same shirt today, so I thought I would take a few pictures. Then I remembered why I don't do this...
After Mac said, " I was cheesing really hard mom" Yes you were Mac!

Mac more excited about the hug than G.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Just what we needed!!!

2 weeks ago I texted my mother in law...

Me: I just bought fabric to make curtains for Mac's room. How soon can you get here? Ha Ha!

Mom:How does tomorrow sound?

Me: Sounds too good to be true!

Mom:Ya it is. Maybe in two or three weeks.

Me: Perfect

Later that day I got a call from mom, she found plane tickets for her and Dad for the following week. YES!!!!!

Most of the week consisted of Lowes. Grandpa Dad built Mac and G a little ship in the back corner of our backyard. It turned out adorable and they love playing on it.

the guys building the ship

The finished product!!!
The telescope
Mac refers to himself as captain Mac

While the guys were outside the ladies (mom) sewed pillows and curtains for mac's room, curtains for the kitchen, the cute little flags on the ship and some how we found time for pedicures:)

It's hard to get a good picture of the curtains because of the lighting. This picture does not do it justice they are so stinkin cute! They complete his room.

Last week me and the boys painted these signs and the crocheted dinosaurs Amy made look so cute up there.
The kitchen curtains.

Saturday we gave our slaves a rest, we went to the farmers market and to see the filly.
We had fabulous week. We obviously got a lot done (it's great marrying into a talented family:)). We ate and ate. We played. Really, the 6 days went by way too fast. This visit was much needed. The boys loved showing grandma Rita and Grandpa dad all their things and having them all to their selves. We love you!!!

Derby Day!

This year we threw a little Derby party, hats were required. 5 families, 10 adults, and 21 kids. It was raining all day so we held all the activities inside. We decorated hats. Put in our guesses for the race. The winners got bags of candy. We ate lots of food and drank virgin mint juleps. It was a great night!
Yes, those are sombreros, that's all the dollar store had. They ended up looking super cute!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

My New Life

This morning I had a good cry....

I love Christian and Stephanie's story. Their faith and hope is inspiring.