Our chicken journey: weeks seven & eight 

The weather has been really nice and sunny the past couple of weeks. I’ve enjoyed being outside with the babies. We happened to make an impromptu mosaic patio around our existing fire pit and we got a trampoline 🤗 so things are looking quite exciting in the backyard. 

The chickens are doing fine in the coop and we are getting into a little routine with keeping them. They put themselves to roost each night ( which is really neat) and maintaining them is not too much work. I feed and water them daily and clean out the poo almost every other day. 

They like to roam around the yard and scratch around under the pine trees. I need to make them a place to take a dust bath. 


They are besties! And they are getting more used to life in our backyard! Now to brave the hot NC summer! 

Fun Fiesta Birthday Party

My baby turned one, or should I say “uno” last week! I cannot believe the speed in which this last year has passed by! Like a super-duper whirlwind! Is that normal? Maybe it’s just that there are so many people around me all the time, it feels like a whirlwind… maybe that’s it : )

We had a fiesta for Oaks’s first birthday. It seemed a good idea since it is so close to Cinco de Mayo. And who can pass up chips and cheese dip/guac/salsa… better yet, mango salsa? Not me. It was quite yummy! And we had a fun time hanging with family as usual!

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These balloons are so fun! And they don’t require helium.

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I made burrito cakes! Each “burrito” is a vanilla sponge cake rolled up with buttercream icing inside and decorated with icing and starburst candies. Wrapped up in its foil, you really can’t tell it’s cake from a distance! We had fun eating it, too!

He started sipping from a straw too! Way to go, Oaksie!

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I love that you are getting so big, but I’m sad it’s going by so fast! This year you’ve helped me keep my cool and have brought much peace to my heart.

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You have three teeth and sweet little curls. You love to eat, can crawl and pull up, like to dance, like to imitate laughing, can clap, say “ball”, “mama”, “dada” and what sounds to be ” Ezra” (big brother).  You’re not sleeping through the night yet. You are a good shopping buddy and like to people watch.  You love to wrestle with the brothers in the pillows. Everybody loves you! (especially me) Each day is brighter because you are in it!

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Happy first birthday, my baby!

Our Chicken Journey: Weeks five & six

The chickens are six weeks old now and the temps are moving up. Yay! We love warm weather! More time outside is definitely helps a mama out!

We were blessed with a (free) loaner chicken coop thanks to family and Facebook! It really makes the whole experience less stressful when money is not in the equation especially since we are first-timers! So far I’m sold on the idea of a little backyard flock! Go get some chickens, people!

IMG_6999  It’s a well built chicken coop! Perfect for four or more chickens. And we can move it around the yard pretty easily if we need to. We will probably use the larger run to put the chickens in when they need to stay put while I’m in and out with the kids, otherwise I  will let them out to roam the yard when we are outside playing this summer.

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We had fun going to get the coop. Playing in the back of a pick-up truck is always exciting for some reason!

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I think these chickens will fit right in our crazy backyard!

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Chicken Becky isn’t the most beautiful chicken in the bunch, but we still love her.

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Now if they can just learn how to go up the ramp into the roost by themselves.

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We love our chicken friends!

My goals for the summer are to keep the coop clean! I might try to make some homemade spray for disinfecting. We still have to predator-proof the larger run. I also want to plant lots of plants near the coop like herbs and flowers to pretty it up around there!

Babies in Overalls – Oaks 11 months

The sunny Spring weather makes me want to photograph everything! I want to remember the bright colors, the warm breezes and the babies! Mostly the babies! Because the next time this season returns, this sweet little baby face will be nearly two years old!

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I know! Time flies when you’re having fun! This year with this sweet nugget has been a joy! My goodness, he’s adorable! Maybe I’m a little biased ; )

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Okay, that’s enough, he says!

This has been a sweet year with you, Baby Oaks!

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Our Chicken Journey : Weeks three & four

We are growing rapidly over here! Lots of feathers and longer beaks! The down side is that the bigger the chicken, the bigger their poos.

They enjoy getting out of their dog crate and roaming around the yard. They typically migrate over to the wooden playground and scratch around in the dirt under there. The kids put them in their run (which is still unfinished) and let them peck around. They just do chicken stuff and are fun to watch. They like being together as a four-pack and when one is separated from the “flock” she calls out in a really loud peep, as if calling to her sister-hens. It’s kinda sweet.

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Ginger Pippen-Sqeak (Pip) thinks she is a princess chicken!

Next on the backyard chicken list is a coop to attach to their run. Still deciding on how to do it…

Six Years Ago

You came into this world like a lightening bolt. I remember it well. You were nearly two weeks early. It was a little after lunch on a Friday. Your daddy was finishing up his MDiv in Charlotte and was about to walk out the door to go to class.

Well, he didn’t make it to class that day! My water had broken and we made it to the hospital just in time. Forty-one minutes later you were here! We had a beautiful sweet pink bundle of baby girl. 7 lbs. 4oz Piper Adair.

Our lives have never been the same! It’s hard to believe you are SIX!

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My prayer for you, sweet daughter…

My you know the love of Jesus through my love for you. I praise Him for you are wonderfully made! You are such a joy in my life! Thank you Father for this precious gift!

Our Chicken Journey: Week Two

These little ladies are growing so fast! We brought them home two weeks ago and they are making their way into our hearts pretty quickly! It’s fun to watch the kids interact with them. And the chicks are becoming less jumpy around the kids! Every time you put your hand into the box, you will most likely bring back a chicken! They like to perch on your finger. I already feel like they’ve taken to me as their “mama” (since I am the one mostly taking care of them ; )

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We found a free chicken run that needs some TLC but hey, it was free!

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Now all we have to get is a hen house for them to roost in at night. We are hoping to find something affordable on-line but might end up constructing something ourselves…. but we still have some time.

We took them on their first backyard excursion and they loved it!

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Ez, the chicken whisperer.

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Roosting practice!

The chickens have moved out of the house (yeah!) and are living in a giant dog crate in the carport. The kitchen was getting kinda stinky ; ) And I think we are all allergic to chickens or pine shavings or something… quite a few colds are a brewing coincidentally. Maybe it’s just the wonderful pollinated spring air…or it’s the chickens!

So far it’s been really fun to have chickens! And I just have to keep thinking it’s fun!

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