Monday, July 22, 2013

July - so far

Summer's in full swing here!

Our original 12 chicks are growing into young hens...

and starting to lay eggs! In addition, our small bantam hen finally started laying eggs again, so I believe we're up to three layers currently. We're getting about 10 eggs a week. So far, the young hens are laying small eggs due to the fact that they are not yet full grown. The large white egg is from the store, so you can see the difference in size.

Our most recent little chicks are also getting bigger. It looks like we've got one little hen and two roosters!

We've been going for walks (and seeing deer under the cherry trees!)...

playing in the sand...

enjoying the great outdoors...

and spending time together as a family.

Chris' brother and his family drove across the country to spend two weeks with us! We enjoyed watching the kids throw rocks in the water...

and wade in the river. We also made it to a parade, watched a kite boarding contest, visited the playground and went swimming at the local pool!


We finally finished up school and got started on summer vacation!

One sunny day, we walked part of the Twin Tunnels with friends. 

On the way there, we had to stop on the bridge while it rose to let two old ships pass under!

I harvested a surprise patch of rhubarb and made a yummy strawberry-rhubarb pie.

Good college friends came by for a visit.

The girls went on a road trip to North Dakota and back with Chris' parents. They had a great adventure and enjoyed their time with grandpa, grandma and cousin Matthew! While they were gone, Chris and I enjoyed just having one little tyke around!

One of the main reasons for not updating the blog in so long is that Chris and I were working hard to get our trampoline in the ground! It took lots of planning, digging, removing boulders and constructing, but it's finally finished.

Catch up - May

May was filled with visiting family,

silly fun,


helping hands,

story times,

and surprise baby chicks! Our little hen had disappeared on us a month or so before. I discovered her, hidden behind a bunch of plywood in the barn. She was sitting on a pile of about 14 eggs...and three little balls of fluff!