Monday, May 23, 2011

We have chickens!

In my attempt at becoming self-sufficient, we decided to get chickens. I have never even been around chickens so this is completely new to me.

I spent time online reading everything I could about raising and taking care of them. I learned it is better to buy chickens from a farm than somewhere like Tractor Supply Company. I read on a few different sites that if they are bought from TSC more than likely half of them will die.

So we bought 6, thinking that a few would die off. Well its been 4 weeks and they are all still kicking! Its ok though I'm excited to give away eggs. Who knows maybe we will use them all!

We have a few months before they are going to start laying. We started them in the sunroom under a heat lamp. Then we moved them outside to their box.

Over the weekend the weather was perfect so Brian and Carter made a run for them to be able to get outside. They are enjoying the fresh air and fertilizing my garden!

I'm excited about this journey. I was clueless about anything concerning country life a few years ago. I surely don't know everything but I'm learning.

Here's my least I think they are all girls. :P

I cant believe how fast they grow.

When we got them they were a week old and so tiny!

Now they are big girls.

When we put them in their run for the first time the cat thought he was going to have a free lunch. Little did he know that it was going to just be torture for him.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Way To Go!

About a year ago, Taylor saw her orthopedic doctor. He was not impressed with her feet. He wanted to do surgery because she was starting to not even be able to bear weight on her feet. Taylor loves to walk with our help and when she was unable to bear weight anymore it was really hard on her. She didn't understand why.

He told us to give her about 6 months to see if her feet at least stayed the same. We got AFO's (braces) and some really cool shoes. Fast forward 6 months and things were a bit worse but not too much. After some discussions, we agreed to try more aggressive physical therapy than she had been receiving. Tay REALLY did not want surgery and has been more than cooperative.

The therapist and I laid out a plan of action and if after 6 weeks there was no improvement we would have to move forward with surgery. So 3 times a day I do a stretching regime with her and she sees her physical therapy weekly.

Well I am happy to report that after 6 weeks we are seeing improvement! She has been able to bear weight on her legs using a lite gait. She is such a trooper.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Family Reunion

Sunday we had a family reunion to attend. It was a long day and we were late but we did make it!

The kids were a bit nervous about not knowing anyone but once they got there they were fine.

Its always nice to learn about where you came from. The people that you don't see very often but still make up your heritage.

This is my beautiful grandma. I wouldn't be who I am today with out her. She is the most patient and loving person I have ever met and I love her to pieces.

Taylor getting lovin from grandpa.

Taylor loves attention. :) She talks to everyone and could talk their ear off if they let her.

All the girls! Morgan and Alyssa enjoyed playing with her cousins and family that they didn't even know they had!

Carter loved having another boy to play with!

Taylor played Papa in a game of Guess Who. Papa had beginners luck. I couldn't believe he actually won. Taylor beats me all the time!

I laugh every time I see this picture. That was one heck of an intense game of Guess Who!

I love these ladies! I always fun when I am around them.

This would be our second annual kissy face picture. :P

Poor Brian looked like this all day. His allergies are horrible right now. He was a trooper though and still so good lookin! Hehe....

Friday, May 13, 2011

Foto Friday

I am in love with this picture and the man in it for that matter. :o)

Foto Friday Challenge

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mothers Day 2011

When I woke up this morning and took a look a my house I had to laugh! There were fish guts in my sink, clothes all over the floor in just about every room, dishes on the table (I think a few even still had food on them), coolers leaking on my kitchen floor and a hand full of hungry kids.

I laughed even harder when I got on facebook and read how relaxing everyone elses Mothers Day was! ;)

Mothers Day morning was a typical Sunday, I made a big breakfast. Then I got lots of cards and I love yous. Brian and I sat outside for about an hour and discussed what we were going to do for the day. He had planned on going fishing but he didn't know if that is what I wanted to do this year.

A day at the lake sounded good to me! After getting a van loaded, 4 kids ready and a whole refrigerator packed we were on our way. Then of course we have to stop at the store for ice and essentials like candy and pop!

So at 3:30 we arrived at the lake! :o)

Taylor and Bobo chillin!

They tried and tried to get into this tree. They ended up rolling over a huge rock but still were not high enough. Daddy came to the rescue!

What is it about my kids and trees!

Morgan searching for grasshoppers.

"The grasshopper has green blood"
I'm not sure if she was grossed out or intrigued!

I believe this is an are you done taking my picture yet look.
(If he only knew!)

The kids only managed to get one pole stuck in the tree!

"Mom watch it will explode"
I love the excitement on his face. Just love it!

Taking pictures of the sky is always fun for me.

It was so beautiful!

Between finding grasshoppers, baiting hooks, looking at this or that (a million times I might add) making sandwiches and settling arguments I would not say my Mothers Day was relaxing but it suits me just fine. :)


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