I know how busy ya’all are…. It being Spring and all.  You can hardly tell here today as it is a very chilly 50 degrees.  We *did* get internet back as I’ve been missing it desperately, wanting to do some writing and planning of some of new curriculum for the oldest two…  And wanting to post, but since I didn’t have any pictures, and I know ya’all LOVE pictures, I resisted the urge to post at all.

 

First a couple of my newest chickies…  DH ordered a few of every kind he could think of that were available from McMurray’s.  Unfortunately, we lost several.  Eight to be exact.  They felt it was probably my use of alfalfa as bedding as it can have mold or mildew in it and chicks are extremely respiratory sensitive.  Despite this fact, they DID honor their livability guarantee which just SHOCKED me and I was so very impressed by that.  Honestly, I’d have rather had the chickens.  But it was nice that they performed so honorably.

My favorite chicks have been the Hamburgs, which unfortunately were decimated in the last two days of death.  But, I also LOVE the Blue Andalusions!

Blue Andalusian Chicks

Blue Andalusian Chicks

 

If you look in the background of these chickies, one of which is my new Buff Orpington rooster, you’ll see the rainbow of chicks we received!

Rainbow 'O Chicks

 

We’ve been very busy creating a colony for our rabbits vs. keeping them in hutches.   It’s in the works, so I promise indoor/outdoor pictures when we get the opportunity.  Christian bought a Flemish Giant buck this last weekend and  he’s a cute little guy.  I have ZERO idea what we’ll do with him, but he is very loveable.  And Lizzie finally got to pick up her little pygmy doe.  Angel is the sweetest addition we’ve gotten so far and we LOVE her.  Wait ’til you see!!  She is too cute for words.

Legend has been growing like a weed and he has the most beautiful personality, not to mention he is one GORGEOUS German Shepherd!  We have recent pictures of him as well.

Legend, sitting like a good boy.

Legend, sitting like a good boy.

Legend on alert.

Legend on alert.

He is absolutely an amazing dog and we love him dearly.  He’s TRULY been a family addition although he certainly listens to Ana best of all. 

And finally, we prepared dandelions for a midafternoon pick-me-up.

Sauteed Dandelions

Sauteed Dandelions

We sauteed dandelion greens in butter, garlic, orange peppers, and onions.  The taste was wonderful, but way too salty.  I added a bit of extra salt and it definitely did NOT need it.  We’ll try again tomorrow.

Friday we’re making dandelion syrup for the weekend pancakes.  It should be a lot of fun for both the  kids and myself.  I’ll post pictures!  Thank you Donna from BabyWearers for the idea!!

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Well, Mark’s handy dandy new seedling shelving with lights must just be the ticket to seedlings.  We planted these Saturday morning.  On Sunday he bought the shelves at an auction and rigged up the lights.   By Tuesday mid morning, this is what we had!

Itsy Bitsy Seedlings

Itsy Bitsy Seedlings

It’s 56 degrees here today with the sun shining.  Wild horses could not have dragged the children inside today.  It’s days like this that I simply adore homeschooling.  We have the freedom to take today off and ENJOY it.  I have no doubt we’ll have plenty of cold days ahead to make up the work!  I thought I’d share a few pictures of the little ones enjoying the day!

Abigail and Latte

Abigail and Latte

Rebecca also did some bonding with our little babies.  Unfortunately for her that blonde hair sure reminds  Lilac of something yummy.

Rebecca, Latte, and Lilac

Rebecca, Latte, and Lilac

 

Elizabeth didn’t want The Little Red Hen (yes, we really call her all of that) to be lonely and so spent some time with the chickens as well.

The Little Red Hen

The Little Red Hen

We tried to get the chickens to leave their little Chicken Shack, but alas, these chickies are not used to being outside yet!  See?  What chickens!

The Cowardly Chickens

The Cowardly Chickens

And, because I utterly blew off ALL housework today, we were able to go get big wooden spools from the energy company here.  They gave them to us for free and the babies are loving the new toy!  So is Tim!

A boy and his….. Goat?

Our Two Little Boys

Our Two Little Boys