Poop and Shoot

These little girls are my newest obsession.  I love everything about them…except the cleaning the butt part.  Yup, I did that today. Little Lucille here wasn’t quite ready for her photo shoot with the big, old turd hanging from her rear fuzz.  Thank goodness for youtube and the videos I watched on how best to clean their nether regions.   So, after some warm water, 15+ cotton balls, a ‘fuzz cut’ (get it? buzz cut?  Har Har), and a blow dry, she was ready for these pics.

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“Oh please.  Stop.  I insist.”

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“Ok, just one more.”

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“I said ONE more crazy, obsessed, chicken lady”

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Night Night. “Cheep Cheep.”

The Farmer’s Chicks

We did it.  We got chicks this weekend.  After about a year of ‘kind-of ‘ wanting them, we brought some home.  I say  ‘kind-of’ because we really weren’t sure we wanted chickens.  Heck, we STILL aren’t sure we want chickens.  Especially 6 of them!!  How did we end up with 6? Let me tell you.

Last fall, my mom built chicken coops for my brothers family and mine.  When I say she built them, I mean she designed and actually built them.  Not a kit.  Not a mail order.  They’re adorable and I’ll have to post pictures when the weather permits.  You’ll love them.   So, here we are with a chicken coop and no chickens.  Hmmm…no pressure or anything to fill it up, right?

Since the coop came, chickens were on our mind…a lot.  I bought some books, talked to friends with chickens, read online, and of course pinned chicken things….I was ready, right?  We were looking forward to Spring with hopes of getting them early and decided to take the plunge on Saturday.  Off to the feed store we went.  Now, let me tell you, this same time last year, we ran into a lady at the feed store who was full of knowledge, volunteered at the store, and was called ‘The Chicken Lady’.  We’ve talked about her randomly over the past year and said to each other yesterday, ‘What if The Chicken Lady’s there again?’   Well, guess what?  We walk in and there she is!  Standing in line to buy her own supplies, she’s there. So we talked to her some and she’s all, ‘Guess what? I have a Lavender Ameraucana that I might be able to sell to you. She lays blue eggs’.   Mr. Farmer lit up.  This type of egg is the type he’s been talking about for over a year.  So, we tell her we’re interested and she tells us we have to come to her house tonight and get it because breeders are coming tomorrow and they’ll take all she has.  Uhmm…ok…I guess we’re getting one of those.

After talking to The Chicken Lady for a while, we get 3 chickens from the feed store.  3 different, beautiful chicks who are all supposed to be friendly and docile girls.  Then we head to The Chicken Lady’s house.   We looked, drooled, and checked out her chickens.  She gave the boys a basket and told them they could fetch all the eggs from the coop.  Then she sold us our Lavender.  At last, she asked us how big our coop was.  We told her how big it is and that we felt that we could only have 3-4 chickens in it.  She tells us we could easily have 6, maybe 8.  What??  Uhm…so, then she’s showing us a Buff Brahma.  Oh, this Buff Brahma is adorable.  I look at Mr. Farmer with the sweetest puppy dog face I can muster and he caves.  Sucker!  So, now we’ve got 5 chicks. The Chicken Lady looks at me, smirks, and says, ‘you want one more? How about a Russian Orloff?’.  Scott and I both almost scream NO but instead politely try to tell her that we have enough and should get going.  So, she walks us to our car, to place our Buff in with the boys and whispers in my ear, ‘I snuck a Russian in the box.  Shhhh!’.  Then she winks!   I couldn’t believe it.  Mr. Farmer couldn’t believe.  6??!!  What are we going to do with 6 chickens?

I’ll tell you what I’ve been doing with them.  Holding them, watching them, cleaning their butts, taking their photos…  So, without further ado, here are our girls:

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Our Partridge Cochin

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Our Silver Laced Wynadotte.  Henry named her Mille.

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Our Lavender Ameraucana

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Our little Russian Orloff.  Scott named her Elsa.

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Our Buff Brahma

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And last, our Buff Chantecler.  Her name’s Lucille and the boys love her to pieces.

 

Now, although I’m obviously in the honeymoon phase of chicken ownership, I’m loving them!  They’re so cute and precious!  I know these days are fleeting (do I sound like the mother of a newborn baby?) and then I may be regretting having to clean their coops and defrost their water…but for now, let’s face it…even their poop is cute!

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7.

A certain 6 year old turned 7 last week.

 

He wanted to have a Despicable Me birthday party…so we did.

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We made minions.  Lots of minions.

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This was our ‘pin-the-banana-on-the-minion’ game.

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All the kids got yellow t-shirts in their goodie bags so they could run around as minions.

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You seriously have to love Pinterest and the amazing ideas on how to make minion cupcakes!

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What a bunch of crazy little minions!

3 months and no blogging!

I just logged onto my blog and realized it’s been 3 months since I last blogged. 3 MONTHS??!! I knew it had been awhile but how can 3 months go so quickly?  Oh, I know, it goes quick when you have 2 young kids finishing school and t-ball, you sell a house, buy a house, and go through a couple busy seasons with you business. Whew!

Since my last post, we obviously moved, but we’ve also had the school year end and summer fun begin.  It’s taking us a little while to get into the swing of summer but I think we are getting our groove on and figuring out this living in the country thing.

The new house fits our needs completely. We get to relax so much out here with the million frogs and birds. We’ve spotted a few deer and our neighbors saw a bear walking around a couple weeks ago. I wish I would have seen good ‘ol Smokey. Maybe next time.

Like most people, our summers seem to fill up so quickly with activities, family get togethers, vacations, and yard work. Between working on work and working on the yard, we’ve been trying to find time for play. This past weekend, I found myself filling 150 water balloons for the boys to throw at their dad while he was talking to neighbors. It was quite the surprise when they realized daddy could catch them and throw them back at them.

Our fourth was one of the most relaxing fourths we’ve ever had. No party. No huge fireworks. Just us. Just us and the birds and the frogs and a couple boxes of snap-its and smoke bombs. Our evening ended with watching the New York firework show and calling it a night. Perfect.

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While we were in the middle of our little family fourth, I snagged the tripod and told the boys (yes, all 3 of them) to go stand on the driveway for a family photo. It was impromptu and perfect. Jack said, ‘But mom? How are you going to be in the picture?’ I think the boys were amazed at the little thing called self-timer.

Besides all that, we’ve been pretty good. We’ve been enjoying the quietness of the woods behind our house, celebrating anniversaries, Father’s day, and birthdays. And speaking of birthdays, a certain 6 year old turns 7 in a few days and you can imagine the excitement level in our house these days. So fun!

So, I’m not making promises but maybe I’ll get on here more than once every 3 months for updates on the Farmers.

How has your summer been so far?

Announcement!

I have news.  No, I’m not pregnant.

We are moving!

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Things are moving along to the status of ‘official’ and I thought now would be a good time to tell everyone that we have sold our house.  I’ll be taking some time off at the end of this month for the move, so if you’re wanting to order for Mother’s day, please do so as soon as possible.

Our little story:

Less than 2 weeks ago, we got the phone call that an offer we had made on a new home was accepted.  We had made an offer with a 10 day contingency to sell our house.  10 days!  Freak out mode began for me just 12 days ago.  If you would have been around me the Friday before last, you would have seen a frazzled, excited, hyper, stressed woman.  We ‘staged’ our house in less than 12 hours, listed the house within 24 hours, had 7 people want to see it the first day, a ‘For Sale’ sign and 2 offers by the 2nd day.   We accepted the best offer the next day and just finished up the inspection last week and the appraisal yesterday. Whew!  That’s a lot of information in once sentence, isn’t it?

We had been semi-looking for a new home for a little while but really thought we would do this within a year or two.  But, after seeing our future home, we thought, ‘Hey, why not make an offer and try?’.  And now we are looking at closing dates and moving boxes.  It’s all happening so fast and part of me is excited I haven’t had too much time to think about this move.  We are thrilled to be going where we are going yet sad to leave our neighbors and friends.  This house was our first house, the only house our babies know.   The memories here are wonderful.  The work we’ve put into the house has been a very rewarding experience and we are sad to leave, but excited for change.

I have two really busy seasons with my work.  One’s at Christmas and the other is happening right now.  Not sure what I was thinking moving during this time of year but we believe this was all meant to be.  I will be putting my shop on vacation for the move and plan on re-opening shop once I have internet and have unpacked my work boxes.  Our new house will have a proper office for me, which I couldn’t be more excited about!  No more working under the stairs!  Yippee!

So, if you’re wanting to order for Mother’s day, I highly encourage you to do so now.  This week or next week at the latest.  After that, I’m not sure I can guarantee you’ll see your gifts arrive before Mother’s day.  You can stay up to date on our move on my Facebook page if you would like and I’ll try to update my last day to accept Mother’s day orders on there.