Saturday, May 21, 2016

Big kids.

Oh my, I will start out by saying our house was not burned down and nobody sustained injuries. Jason and I didn't hear the kids first thing this morning. Seems we slept through some pretty serious fun. They came in to our room saying they had a surprise for us. And surprised we were to find our 3 seven year olds...with a little help from the five year old, made us pancakes. Yup, you read that correctly, they followed the directions, mixed the batter...even cut up strawberries to add to the batter, turned on the griddle, and made pancakes for everyone. We were pretty impressed, but had to remind them they need to ask before cooking. The pancakes were actually pretty good...thanks guys, but please slow down :)
The butter glob addition they learned over at Grandma's...we don't use a lot of butter here.

Our little birdies are doing well. They had their first hands on session today. They did well...no real biting, but they still aren't our pals quite yet.
Miss Cup Cake...still looking girly. I did a little research, just because I think are the color mutations are cool. I think she is a sky blue opaline recessive pied.

So pretty!


Mr. Twinkie. He is a bit more fiesty that Cup Cake, but coming along.
I think he is a sky blue grey wing yellow face type 2 single factor.

They both have such amazing color.


The kiddos are stepping out of cartoons a bit more these days. Recently they have discovered Naked And Afraid. At first there was tons of comments and giggles about the nekkid butts. To their credit they got over that pretty quick, now it is all "hurry catch that, you can eat it"..."Keep the fire going, you need to be warm". Pretty sure my kids would stand a fighting chance on their own

Friday, May 20, 2016

Little stinkers.

I'm surrounded by little stinkers today. Yesterday morning I found this little guy near death. This is one of our remaining 13 chicks, we have dubbed him 'Cross Beak'...because, as you can see, he has developed a scissor beak (where the top and bottom beaks don't meet like normal, they cross over instead). His is actually quite severe, especially for only being 9 weeks old, it is going to keep getting worse. I tried to switch the chicks to pellets instead of the starter crumbles...didn't even think that Cross Beak would not be able to eat, so he went without food for 2 days before I noticed he wasn't looking so good. I nursed him back to health all day yesterday, with Jericho and Kitsune helping. Thankfully he pulled through and today he headed off to a new home. His new owner has another scissor beak, and a 1 legged chicken, so Cross Beak should fit right in, and his special needs will be able to be met.

Don't mind my son, last night all the kids decided to wear someone elses PJ's...who knows why, but Jericho ended up in Lily's My Little Pony PJ's LOL.
After I got home from an hour long drive to drop Cross Beak off with a woman who would take him another hour to his new home, I was surprised by 9 more little stinkers.
Just when I was starting to think the turkey hens were sitting on duds. One of the momma's hatched out 9 of the 13 eggs she had been sitting on.
To help ensure their survival, I grabbed up the babies, with mom following, and got them settled in the outdoor nursery for a bit.
Mom was not happy that I was taking her babies away from her, so she followed me...with the little peepers held in my shirt, she was calling to them every few seconds and when they answered back she would keep closer to us.
I got them settled in, turned on the light and left the door open...I was hoping mom would join them.
Dad was pretty proud of himself I think.
Michonne figured out what building they were in, she got up on the roof and calmed down a bit. After about 10 minutes she got off the roof and joined her little stinkers in the nursery. I turned the light off and she snuggled down to keep them warm. Keep up the good work Momma.
More little stinkers...perhaps the cutest 4 legged little stinkers on the farm right now too. The tenacious two...they have made it to 2 weeks old! Apparently with rabbits you are never really "out of the woods" but they are looking good, hopefully these two continue to stick around. They are bright eyed and trying to cruise around a lot now. 

Oreo, you are too adorable.



That face!



Cupid is super cute too, even though I am not a fan of red eyed critters...this one pulls it off pretty well.

Look at that little bunny bum...just look at it!



My own little stinkers, they ruined their surprise. Guess you can't leave a giant tarped object in the back of a truck for more than 1 night. Can't wait to set this baby up!!!
Yeah they were just a little excited for the new pool!
When you are out picking salmonberries and get caught in a bit of a rain storm. Nice hat Xan. Only problem here is they didn't check in about heading back to the back of our property to go berry picking. When Jason brought up setting up some rules and parameters for the kids Hayden yelled out "No, I want to roam free!" LOL. At least Kitsune was with them, and escorted everyone back home.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Progress!

Can't remember if I ever did before and after pics of the house remodel/decoration projects....so here are a few. Still lots to complete, and things I want to start....but my poor hubby can only do so much at once, even if this clipboard holder likes to pile it on LOL.

Tata carpet...hate, hate, hate carpet.
What a difference.

The kitchen was at least very clean, the whole house was thankfully.
Love the granite! We ran out of back splash, need to get more and finish that up. Tile will be next on my kitchen list. Staining the cabinets a light reddish wood tint is being discussed, not sure yet if I want to do it or leave them as they are.



Biggest transformation in the house. Fixing the dinning room situation.
So much better...I love this room.
The Salmonberries are starting to ripen...they aren't as good as blackberries or raspberries to me, but my kids will plow any fruit LOL.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hopefully our odds get better.

And then there were two. Dang it, these baby bunnies really do have a death wish. That same chocolate bunny that I saved yesterday did it again today, sadly I did not find it in time to save it. So now we are down to two. We moved momma and babies into the hutch instead of leaving them in the bunny tractor...hopefully these two can hang in there. This litter has not gone well, it is normal to lose a baby or two in every single litter...actually really rare to have a whole litter survive, but we are looking at a 25% survival rate this time, and that sucks.






































12 days old, and they both opened their wee little eyes today. So cute.

Oreo has the cutest markings.

Hayden loves the babies.


Now a Jericho funny to share...
He had to get a shot today, I was trying to pump him up as we walked to the clinic door. 

Jericho - I'm not ready for this. 
Me- Sure you are, you are awesome, you are a super star, you are so brave. 
Jericho- No Mom, I'm just a regular boy, with flabby butt cheeks. 
I literally busted out laughing. I know what you are thinking, I was thinking it too and asked him where he heard that. Thank you Teen Titans.

Can't leave out Lily.
A little back story...
1- Lily has been extra clingy lately, and has been coming in our room in the middle of the night
2-Jason snores like a beast.
Jason told me Lily actually woke him up last night...

Lily *whispering* Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad. 
Jason- What Lily?
Lily- Uhh Dad can you sleep a little quieter?
Too bad I slept through that...I would have been LOL!