Saturday, June 28, 2008
The goats almost got their ticket to the sale barn. Jason got really mad at them. I mean really, really, really mad! They have been kept enclosed for over a week now because they were wreaking havoc in the garden. Today, we decided to let them out to browse while we were outside (the sweet corn patch now has an electric fence to keep them out). Well, they were still out when Jason was feeding the heifers and the goats decided to jump up in the feeders to help themselves. Jason tried to shoo them away.....the heifers freaked out....one of the heifers ended up in the feed trough with her leg stuck......it wasn't good. I can't express enough how mad he was. He told Leah that the goats are lucky that she likes them so much!!
By far, the worst news of the day is that Sidney the cat died. He was about 15-16 years old but unfortunately didn't die from old age. He was run over by a truck which is surprising because he hardly ever went into the road. Today was his day. It was pretty heartbreaking because he was a gift to me from my parents when I was a sophomore in college. Jason and I were dating then but we had broken up and Sidney was a gift to try and cheer me up. He was a housecat for many, many years but became an outdoor farm cat about 6 years ago. He loved it outside and was a really cool cat. Leah was sad and said "We have to bury him and put a stone up with his picture on it." We'll see what we can do.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I did a lot of research (as is my nature) and found the breeds that we wanted....Light Brahmas and Silver Laced Wyandottes. Both are good layers of brown eggs, docile, quiet and tame. I don't want mean chickens. The plan is that I'm going to keep the Brahmas and Wyandottes here in our garage for a few weeks so that Leah and I can tame them down. The 20 Cornish Cross broiler chicks are going to the farm for Mom to take care of....since we really don't want Leah making a pet out of a future dinner!
Leah and I were SO excited when we got the call this morning that the chicks were waiting for us at the post office!! We could hear them peeping when we walked in the door. We brought them home, unpacked them one by one, showed each one the water and just stood back and smiled ear to ear! They are SO DARN CUTE!!! I honestly spend the entire afternoon looking at them. I probably checked the temperature of their box about 50 times! I'm a crazy chicken momma!!!
I ordered them from Cackle Hatchery in Lebanon, MO and am very pleased with everything. They shipped when they said they would. They arrived in great condition and are nice, healthy chicks.
Let me just share some of the cuteness with you....
My little chick helper.....
Even Lucy was excited.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Our little girl turned 4 last week. I know I'm not the only parent to say this, but "Why do they have to grow up so fast!?!" I looked at the clock throughout the day and would think "Four years ago I was being admitted to the hospital at this time.....I started pushing at this time, etc." What a wonderful day....the day my heart overflowed with love. She really is the center of our world and certainly the brightest part of our days. What a blessing she is to two VERY grateful parents!!
On her actual birthday, we took her to the Kansas City Zoo. She wore her pink giraffe shirt because she said "I have to wear something zoo-ish!" The elephant keeper heard us talking and told Leah that one of the elephant's name is Leah too!
After the zoo, she chose Chinese food for dinner because egg drop soup is "yummy". It was a good day. It was HER day and we spent it as a family doing whatever our little birthday girl wanted to do.
We had her birthday party this past weekend. It was a Reptile Party because she is completely and totally obsessed with reptiles.....mostly snakes. So, what else is a mother to do but make a snake cake? I searched the internet for ideas because I was sure it wouldn't be as easy as finding a snake shaped pan!! I found this idea which worked great. It is two bundt cakes cut in half and then placed end to end to make the curves. Very easy! She absolutely loved it and I think the other kids at the party thought it was pretty cool too!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Other than discovering the goat damage, we put cages on the tomatoes, tilled and hoed
and picked some green onions.
Leah found a worm and was fascinated with that for a while.
And just look at these little beauties ripening!!! Dad just planted the tree last year so it's still small and probably only has enough cherries for one pie but let me tell you.....that pie is going to taste SO good!! The farm has been without a cherry tree for several years and we have missed having it. I can't wait for this one to be big enough to produce enough cherries for the freezer so we can have cherry pie in the winter!! There are few things better than that....YUMMY!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Leah got to pick oranges in her Great-Grandpa's back yard.
She enjoyed a carousel ride at Disneyland....
...and the tidepool at Seaworld where she got to pick up sea stars.
I enjoyed every minute of watching her have so much fun. I also have to admit that I fully enjoyed Disneyland and Seaworld too. I am one of those adults who absolutely LOVES Disneyland!! I get all mooshie inside the minute I walk in the front gates. There is just something about that place. I'm actually not a very emotional person but Disneyland sorta gets me choked up at times. Another thing that does that to me is this....
The Shamu show is really incredible. I think this was the third time I've seen it in my life, so it's not like I didn't know what to expect....but, WOW it is amazing!!
It was a great trip. We always have so much fun when we visit Grandma Anneli and we always get first-class treatment!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
This blog will probably not give anyone any helpful tips or great ideas, but I hope you enjoy some of my families experiences as we travel weekly from the Street Lights to Starry Nights!