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…

The Playing Days

While they ran around the yard, I grabbed my camera to hopefully capture a few candid moments of their happy playing. The simple game was to slide down one at a time and run into the person in front. A burst of laughter each time the next one came down and rammed the other. It was such simple fun. I love it when they get static hair. I just sat there and watched them keep going, one after the other, up the ladder, down the slide, bumping into a brother or sister and just cracking up! It made me happy to see them playing together in harmony if at least for a little while. It will be good for them to see and remember the carefree days when they played together and made up silly games.

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A side note, just so I will remember… this day was good… even though one kid has croup, one missed school because of fever and I probably got 3 hours of sleep that night before, it was still good. And did I mention I love slide static hair?

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I’m so thankful to God that I have these babies. I struggle most days to try and make life fun for them. Usually I feel that my time is pulled so thin across all of my duties as a wife and mom that I end up like that duck in Sandra Boynton’s Happy Hippo Angry Duck book. They remind me daily that it’s OK to be silly; it’s a requirement even!

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And can we just talk about this kid’s sweater for a second? Baby model! He is really into making his own clothing choices these days. But babies and sweaters…and that stare though…it’ll burn a hole through you!

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Can we say stair steps?

 

On your mark … get set …… Go-fer! Ghost! Goat!

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Go!

On to the next thing!

 

 

First Snow of 2017

I am determined to make this year one that I can remember. It’s not that I’m losing my memory (maybe I am a little), but I have difficulty remembering what we did on such-n-such a day, or how long ago things happened. So I am determined to document life a little better this year and from now on because it’s passing by extremely fast these days.

A few weeks ago we were anticipating snow and snow it did! I was reminded how much fun snow days are (and how difficult) with children. But despite the freezing fingers and multiple wardrobe changes there was much joyfulness experienced by all.

We made snow cream together for the first time (which is so easy). Oaks experienced his first snow and sled ride. Knox made some homemade snowshoes when his boots were soaked from sledding into the creek! Satch and Ez had fun sledding (and Mark had fun pulling them!) And I had fun photographing them.

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My sweet Piper is turning six in a few months… It’s so hard to believe. And it’s hard to believe we have lived in this house almost five years now. We moved here when she was just about one and celebrated her first birthday here while moving boxes still filled the house. We’ve also brought three more babies home since and phew! it’s been a whirlwind. They don’t stay little for long!

I am always taking pictures of them and it was time for her turn… still can’t believe how big she is!