Sunday, May 20, 2012

Clipping Chicken Wings

We expanded our chicken coop, but the new coop has no top on it like our old one did, so we had to clip our chickens wings so they couldn't get out.

We had never done this before, so we did some quick research online and found it was really quit simple.

You just have to make sure you only clip the feathers on ONE side. The point is to make bird uneven for flying, like a plane with only one wing.

Now the ladies can enjoy their new enlarged coop.

We didn't clip Hank and Bonnies wings, they are happy as long as they have their pond.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Baby Chickens and Turkeys

So we got some baby chicks and turkeys last week..

These chickens are meat birds and will be ready in 4 months around Sept. 2

... and these turkeys will be ready in time for Thanksgiving.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Expanding Our Chicken Coop

So we have decided to expand our chicken coop, have been talking about it for a while. I LOVE this expanded coop because the chickens are so much fun to watch, and now I can even see them from inside the house!

 They catch a bug and take off running! We moved our duck pound over so we can watch them too.


So a couple of weekends ago we headed up to Idaho Springs in the mountains to go Geocaching.

If you haven't tried this, it's lots of fun and free!
On the way up we drove by this famous house--looks like a flying saucer!

Geo Cache is an out-door treasure hunting game. There are Caches hidden all over the world, so everone can participate.

The drive up

Preparing to go up and find our treasure.

We used the GPS on our phone and attempted to find the cache

we walked up and down this hill and couldn't find it,

so we decided to eat our picnic, regroup and try again......

and FINALLY ......

SUCCESS! It took us about 2.5 hours to find the cache, but we all agreed it was a great time!
We had such a feeling of accomplishment once we finally found it, we signed the log, and got a Hello Kitty sticker out of the cache and left a pink $100 dollar bill!

Little Pumpkin was worn out as we drove home!

Great family day!

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Wanderings of Little Pumpkin.

Of course we are wearing our sparkly purple shoes!

A quick stop to see the "bac-bacas" aka chickens/ducks.

What is my shadow doing?

Exploring the fresh spring leaves!

....walking down the path....

Chasing a bird.

What a beautiful spring day! How was yours?

Sunday, April 22, 2012


More than 24 years ago, Pam and her husband Bob were serving as missionaries to the Philippines and praying for a fifth child. Pam contracted amoebic dysentery, an infection of the intestine caused by a parasite found in contaminated food or drink. She went into a coma and was treated with strong antibiotics before they discovered she was pregnant.

Doctors urged her to abort the baby for her own safety and told her that the medicines had caused irreversible damage to her baby. She refused the abortion and cited her Christian faith as the reason for her hope that her son would be born without the devastating disabilities physicians predicted. Pam said the doctors didn't think of it as a life, they thought of it as a mass of fetal tissue.

While pregnant, Pam nearly lost their baby four times but refused to consider abortion. She recalled making a pledge to God with her husband: If you will give us a son, we’ll name him Timothy and we’ll make him a preacher. Pam ultimately spent the last two months of her pregnancy in bed and eventually gave birth to a healthy baby boy August 14, 1987. Pam’s youngest son is indeed a preacher. He preaches in prisons, makes hospital visits, and serves with his father’s ministry in the Philippines .

He also plays football. Pam’s son is Tim Tebow.

Thanks LauraBelle! This was great!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Old Made New

So we have this beautiful lantern in our front yard, however, it is a hideous pink color--sorry for all you pink lovers, I have never been a fan.

So we made a trip to the hardware store this morning and got some spray paint. Black Textured Metallic for the basic color and Metallic Champagne Mist for the accent color. We are gonna do all our outdoor fixtures, and I will post those too. What a difference a fresh coat of paint makes!

Friday, March 2, 2012


So in the winter here, we do a lot of crocheting, The Artist and I. There is nothing better than sitting with the family in the evening, cuddling under a nice warm blanket and endlessly crocheting.

Knowing that you are creating something that is a work of art, and will last for a long time to come is fulfilling.

I can remember being a little girl and watching my grandmother making this blanket. She taught me how to to hook a chain, and I made many little chains when I was young, but I was always fascinated watching her fingers working so fast with the yarn.

I remember my mom making blankets while we were all together in the family room at night. She made many blankets over the years and she made this poncho for The Artist several years ago. The Artist loves it and still wears it-both her and my mom love pink-you cannot imagine how much!

She made this blanket for Thoughtful Son, he uses it on his bed, and when he gets up early and plays


This is the first blanket I made. It's quit large and soft-I made it for Handsome Husband, not pretty, but functional.

I have made blankets for Thoughtful Son and The Artist. 

 Here are two blankets made by Handsome Husbands grandmother. Works of art! The Artist uses the pink one for her bed.

Here are some blankets made for the kids when they were babies by various people:

Made by a lovely lady whose husband was in The Guard with Handsome Husband-she made him a matching sweater too!

This was made by a young teen! She weaved in some yellow ribbon and added tassels in the corners. Beautiful!

Made by my mom. Looks like lace!

Made for me by my Grandmere! Still beautiful, has been passed onto The Artist!

These are some blankets I rescued from various yard sales and thrift stores :)


The artist and I are working on making grannie squares to make a blanket together:

These are some of the butterflies and flowers she has been making to put on it!

This is one I am making for Little Pumpkin. I love, love, LOVE these colors together! Reminds me of lilacs.

Even tho my kids never knew my Grandma, Handsome Husbands Grandmother and my Grandmere these blankets are passed down to them as a reminder of their thoughtfulness and creativity :)

There is something so special about having someone make you something! If you are lucky enough to get something homemade like this, you are truly loved!