Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Some of you may remember the bunny I got Alyssa for her birthday 2 years ago. Long story short, it got left out in the sun...oops! So this year I wanted to try again and get her a new bunny. But when we got to the country store on April 2nd, all she wanted was a chicken or duck...I said NO WAY to the duck! And since we are always in need of a new adventure, we bought 4 baby chicks. Their names were Macaroni, Alvin, Sophie, and Horse. The kids were so excited about their chickens, that they had to take them the next day to Grandma's house and show their cousins.... Alvin (Abigail's chick) died on the way home that night. So Monday we went and replaced Alvin, and decided we better buy a few more, incase of any more accidents. So we had 6. Macaroni, Sophie, Horse,Cody, Melvin, and Nugget. Then on April 9th, a week after getting the chickens, we were gathered in the front room, and here comes Tanner with his chicken, upside down being squeezed and it's kneck was hanging way back. Cassidy grabbed it and took it into the other room where it took it's last breath. We felt so bad! Tanner's Horse had died! Everytime he would talk about it, he would grab his kneck and say Horse. So Sad!! So we went back to the country store that day and replaced Horse with a new Horse that looked exactly the same! I am glad to say that we have survived 10 weeks (9 for Horse) having no more accidents. Although last night the Chickens were pretty curious about our fire in the firepit. If they only knew!! HAHA! At first we had the chickens in a plastic tote with a heat lamp. They shortly outgrew the tote, so we moved them into the bunny cage (poor bunny) and now they are in the big dog kennel waiting for their new Chicken Coop to be finished. It's coming along quite nicely, Cassidy is doing a great job with it! The kids love their chickens! They feed and water them a few times a day, and they let them come out for excersize. My favorite thing to do is to watch the kids chase the chickens to put them back in their home. pretty funny!! I have been very impressed at how well they have looked after them. 5 of the chickens produce ProLific brown eggs, so we will have a lot of good eggs. And Horse is an Americauna Hen (although she is looking more like a rooster everyday-just her coloring) will lay bluish/green eggs. They aren't prolific eggs, so I'm not sure how often she will lay. Hens start producing eggs at 18-20 weeks, so we are half way there. And that's our chicken story! When we get the coop up and running, I will post pictures!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Happy Birthday Aniston!

A few months ago, Aniston decided that she is ready to be called "Aniston". not AJ or Anna. She is getting ready for kindergarten and wants to be Aniston. But if she is called Anna or AJ by friends or family, it's okay!! 5 years old! She's my baby girl! And now she has decided that she is ready to leave me and go to Kindergarten. We had a birthday party at Grammy's house. It was a tiki theme, and we had water games outside (Cassidy and all the kids ganged up on me and I got soaked! You can see in the picture of Cassidy that he got wet too!!). We made sweet & Sour Meatballs with rice for dinner and had fruit and salads. SO GOOD! We had smoothies and cake balls for dessert. Aniston got 3 new Zhu Zhu Pets and a carrier, polly pockets, clothes, a new helmet, and also hand/elbow/and knee pads. She has been falling down a lot and doesn't catch herself, so she lands on her face an scrapes up her nose. The padding was a perfect gift from Grammy and Gramps! They also got her Crayola color bubbles, and a Miracle Gro flower set. Her flowers are already growing!