Monthly Archives: June 2009

My life with chickens . . .

It’s not looking good. Just read this today about Japanese Saipans, and it has me worried.

Female Saipan Chickens have duller coloration than males. Their bodies are usually colored with brown and buff shades and white. Males, however, have impressive colorations. Their feathers have metallic sheens, and their bodies are golden or bronzed. Necks are golden to green, and the crown is usually bright red or rusty in color.

Jewel and Iva are both getting pretty darn colorful. And Jewel definitely has that metallic, iridescent thing going on. What oh what am I going to do with 2 roosters????

Grass Heads

So far this summer, I have done an absolutely terrible job of using the activities on the list. I’m not going to feel bad about it – up to this point we have been perfectly happy spending long hours at the park, playing in the yard with friends, and eating lots of popsicles. Today, however, seemed like a good activity day.

Can’t wait to see these guys with a grassy head of hair!

My life with chickens . . .

The girls are growing – and they are hungry! Every time I walk out the door they come running, begging for treats

Today Jewel was making some decidedly chicken-like noises – not the baby peeps they have been making up until now. Could my girls be growing up? Does this mean eggs are in our future?

Is it just me, or are my “girls” looking a little bit like roosters?


Hot does not really begin to describe it. Sweltering, perhaps? Boiling? You get the picture, right?

We started the day with friends at the park, sticking close to the fountains as staying wet seems to be the only way to stay cool. Afternoon found us running through the sprinkler with the neighbors, then lounging in the shade in the backyard. Thank goodness for our shady yard!

3 more days till Daddy comes home

Today was the last day of vacation Bible school. The kids have had such a wonderful week at VBS! Every night at dinner they have sung me the new song they learned that day (and argued about the words) and chattered on and on about the art projects they did and the new friends they made. 

For the last day, the children were all asked to wear their VBS t-shirts. Lola Gray, however, says that girls wear dresses. She finally agreed to wear a skirt, but of course we couldn’t find one! (Did we leave her purple ruffled skirt in Virginia? I can’t find it anywhere!) In the end, she wore shorts topped off by her biggest, pinkest tutu. There were some, before Lola’s birth, who teased me that I was sure to end up with a tomboy who would scoff at all the frilly dresses I was dying to buy. Seems those folks were wrong. This is the girliest little girl there is. Fearless to be certain, but definitely frilly.

We followed up VBS with a very sweaty lunch at the park. Fletcher has turned in to a swinging fanatic in the last week or so. He has been “pumping” for months now, but something really clicked last week and now he is able to pump himself really high. And he loves it. The higher the better. In so many ways he is my more cautious child, but when it comes to the swing the sky seems to be the limit. I love the huge smile on his face when he swings, and the excitement in his eyes. And I love this photo of his sweaty hair flying in the air.


Remember when I said we were getting 1 tomato a day from the garden? Today I got 7 ripe red beauties! Seven! I’m so proud I could pop. (And I’m glad Raymond is coming home soon to help me eat them all!)

a busy week

I realized I haven’t posted for a while. It has been a busy week, though I have not taken a single photo! The kids have been going to vacation bible school in the mornings. They are loving it, and come home full of songs and stories. The lunch program has started in the park, so we run from VBS over to the park for lunch and an hour of play before heading home  to meet Kate. I’ve started back to school this week, teaching one class every afternoon and Kate has been staying with the kids. They love her, and are having a ball – they barely even notice when I leave the house! By the time I get home from class, we have just enough time for an hour or 2 of play before dinner and bed so they week is passing in something of a blur!

The garden continues to grow, and we have had ripe tomatoes every day for a week. Is there anything better than a homegrown tomato? Fletcher has even been eating them whole – like an apple!

The “girls” are continuing to grow as well. I’ve been trying to give them treats every day – just veggie scraps from the kitchen mostly – and they seem to be warming up to me a little more. Last night I opened the coop door to check on them after they had curled up for the night, and not only did they not immediately hop down and run away from me but they actually let me pet their backs for a minute! I think that is definite progress!