Archive | May, 2014

Egg Hunt – and It’s Not Even Easter

31 May

By Jared

In the last few weeks we noticed a sharp decline in egg production from our 12 laying hens, and since our blue eggs had all but disappeared, we assumed our Araucanas had begun moulting (an annual phase in which a hen’s egg production slows down for several weeks while their feathers are replaced).   We thought, “Oh well, we’ll just have to make do with what we’ve got.”

Then, two nights ago, when I went to close up the coop after the chickens had gone in to roost, I only counted 11 birds.  We were missing Torrealba, one of our favorite birds – a bright and friendly Araucana!  I wasn’t too concerned, though, because we had seen her pecking around the shed around 7:00pm while the girls enjoyed their ice cream cones on the swings before bedtime.  I assumed Torrealba had simply found somewhere else to roost, and would return in the morning.

When Aleah and Sophi awoke the next morning, I reported to them, “Torrealba never came home last night, we need to go look for her in the woods and bring her home.”

Aleah responded casually, “No problem Dad, I’ve got good eyes and I can see through those woods real easily.”

So off we went.

DSC_0036I encouraged the girls to check near the shed, since that was the last place we’d seen Torri.  They crouched down to look in the small area beneath the shed, and then began yelling, “Dad, come here, we think there’s an egg down there, it could be a golf ball, but we’re pretty sure it’s an egg.”


Sure enough, it was an egg.  A beautiful, blue egg. And as I used a stick to roll the egg toward me, out of the shadows came Torrealba! Hooray!  She had spent the night under the shed, laid her morning egg, and all is well!

But as I lay on my stomach and nudged her out from under the shed, my eyes beheld a wonder that sent my sunburned lips stretching from ear to ear.  It was as if tiny, winged-fairies danced across streams of light singing Handel’s Messiah as they flew from a heavenly bassinet overflowing with blue eggs! DSC_0017

And then the fun part.  The girls and I (well, mostly them, since they were small enough to crawl into the tight space beneath the shed) slithered our way in the cool, damp dirt as we retrieved our beloved bounty.  Caitlyn, holding Hudson and watching our feet dangle out from beneath the shed, was wise enough not to mention spiders, while I snapped pictured of the girls passing eggs back from the nest.DSC_0020



Mystery solved!  We collected over 20 eggs and they are all still good as they’ve been in a cool, dark place awaiting discovery.  Thank goodness for brave little girls and adventurous summer mornings!  DSC_0021


Celery Printing

29 May

Who knew kids could love celery so much?

For some cool reason if you cut the bottom off celery it looks like a beautiful flower.

We dipped the celery in paint and stamped out the design on some paper.

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I love how creative the kids got with the design.  They even used the top of the celery stalk to make different designs.


Summer is the season where we paint a lot, since it is easy clean up.


Cards For Sale!!!

21 May

I have been wanting to open an etsy store for approximately 5,298 days.  Yup.  But following through on these projects is a bit tricky.  Since it is easier to simply plop down on the couch after a full kid chasing day- I have not followed through on this endeavor….until last night!!!

That is right folks- head on over to my etsy store so you can have beautifully handcrafted cards made by yours truly.

You know you need some cards and why not make me filthy rich while fulfilling your card needs.  =)

Here are some of my beauts for your viewing pleasure:

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Thank you kindly, love you all.

Head over and like my store, cause that would be pretty nice of you.

French Breakfast Puffs

13 May

I love the Pioneer Woman, she is so inspiring and her recipes are out of this world.

Since we are having some rainy yucky weather around here we decided to spice up our life with some delicious treats. Here is the link to her recipe- (click me)

My mom gave me one of her cookbook a while back and I love trying out new dishes every few weeks.



I have gotten away from cookbooks and been relying on internet search recipes  like but have found that sometimes you need a good solid cookbook to get some new ideas into dinner rotation.  Instead of me searching for what I already know about I can browse through the book with beautiful pictures and find some much needed inspiration.

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The girls loved being in charge of rolling the muffins in the butter and cinnamon sugar.  I tried my best to stay out of it and let them do their thing.

 Happy Baking!

One LAST snow fall

5 May

A few days ago, we awoke to this beautiful yet not welcomed snow.



It caked the trees and fences with its white wonder and thankfully it was gone later that same day.


Does anyone know what kind of bird this is?


At least someone is still enjoying the fluffy stuff- even if it comes after Easter.

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Cheers to Spring, wherever it is.

Happy Birthday Little Guy

2 May

DSC_6010 DSC_6357 DSC_6390 DSC_6464How in tarnation has it been one full year since Hudson was born?

 I love this little boy so much my hearts feels like it is exploding sometimes.

Thank you baby Hudson for adding life and flavor to our family.  Thank you for always making chicken noises whenever someone says the word chicken or you see a chicken around.  Thank you for your dimple-filled/chubby cheek smile.  Thank you for patting my back when I pat yours.  Thank you for raising your right hand in the air when you agree.  Thank you for nestling your arms between our bodies and laying your head on my shoulder when you need a serious snuggle.  Thank you for being so sweet to us.

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We love you little guy, thank you for bringing so much joy into our lives.