Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Look Back at our Goals for 2013

I can't believe it is already December 31, 2013!

The goals that I posted for 2013 were:
  • Read Scriptures Daily
  • Read a chapter book each month - Nick and Sam
  • Nick and Sam to expand on their individual interests
  • Be a mentor to Nick and Sam
  • Move upstairs to new living space
How did we do?

I did not read my scriptures on a daily basis.  I did read them throughout the year and read from the KJV Bible, Book of Mormon and Ensign magazines.

Nick and Sam did reach their goal and even read more than I asked.

Both Nick and Sam focused on their individual interests and it was very interesting to see their interests change throughout the year

Mentoring the kids was a bit more difficult that I thought.  Work and other things seemed to get in the way.

We did not move upstairs.  A lot more needs to be done.

What are the goals for our family in 2014?

  • Read Scriptures Daily - instead of myself, I am going to encourage the whole family to read and study the scriptures (Bible, Book of Mormon, Ensign, Living Scriptures DVD's) daily
  • Read a chapter book each month - this will be a continuation for Nick and Sam.  They enjoy reading and if they can read more than one chapter book a month, than that is a plus :)
  • Mentor Nick and Sam - both Scott and I need to make it a point to mentor our children.  We also will be looking for people outside our family to mentor our children.
  • Finish the outside of our house (siding) and work on getting the heating system put in place for the new living space upstairs
  • Monthly Budgets - This goal is mainly for Scott and I to work on together.  We are debt free, but a monthly budget will help us to see where our income is going and how we can put some in savings.
 Farewell 2013!!!
Looking for to 2014!!!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Merry Christmas

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  ~ Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas to our family and friends

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Joy to the World


This song was one of my grandpa's favorites.  I can still picture him singing it while his eyes filled with tears of joy.


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Spirit

"When we keep the spirit of Christmas, we keep the spirit of Christ, for the Christmas spirit is the Christ spirit." –Thomas S. Monson

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Let it Snow

With the snowy weather the last few days, I thought this song would be fitting.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Dreaming of a White Christmas

I am not sure if we will have one or not, but having a white Christmas sure does set the mood... I love this version of "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby.


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Love

'It is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things.' ~ 1 Nephi 11:22

Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas Spirit

I saw this quote/picture on facebook (I Sustain Thomas S Monson facebook page) and loved it so much I wanted to share it with you.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Nativity

I saw this on the Mormon Channel and wanted to share with you.  Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 8, 2013

C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S.



When I was but a youngster,
Christmas meant one thing,
That I'd be getting lots of toys that day.
I learned a whole lot different,
When my Mother sat me down,
And taught me to spell Christmas this way:

"C" is for the Christ child, born upon this day,
"H" for herald angels in the night,
"R" means our Redeemer,
"I" means Israel,
"S" is for the star that shone so bright,
"T" is for three wise men, they who traveled far,
"M" is for the manger where he lay,
"A"'s for all He stands for,
"S" means shepherds came,

And that's why there's a Christmas day,
And that's why there's a Christmas day

~ Author Unknown

 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Carol of the Bells

The Piano Guys is a favorite around here.  Listening to Carol of the Bells played on the cello, or in this case 12, is rather creative. Enjoy :)

Friday, December 6, 2013

Christmas Flash Mob

I have seen a couple of flash mob videos and now here is another one.  I wish I could have seen this in person.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Hallelujah Chorus

I love this song and listening/watching it performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Christmas Alphabet

I have had the following for a few years and I don't even remember who gave it to me.  I am not even sure who put this together.  Thank you, whoever you are.  Enjoy :)



A is for Angels, appearing so bright, telling of Jesus that first Christmas night.
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host.” Luke 2:13

B is for Bethlehem, crowded and old, birthplace of Jesus by prophet foretold.
“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel.”  Micah 5:2

C is for Cattle, their manger His bed, there in the trough where He lad His head.
“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger.”  Luke 2:7

D is for David and his ancient throne promised forever to Jesus alone.
“He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David.”  Luke 1:32

E is for East, where shone the bright star which Magi on camels followed afar.
“Behold, there came wise men from the east asking ‘Where is the king of Jews?’”  Matthew 2:11

F is for Frankincense, with myrrh and gold, brought by the Wise Men as Matthew has told.
“And when they had opened their treasurers, they presented unto him gifts gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11

G is for God, who from heaven above sent down to mankind the Son of His love.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  John 3:16

H is for Herod, whose murderous scheme was told to Joseph in a nocturnal dream.
“The angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise and take the young child and his mother and flee into Egypt…for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.”  Matthew 2:13

I is for Immanuel, “God with us,” for Christ brought man back to the Father’s house.
“Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”  Isaiah 7:14

J is for Joseph so noble and just, obeying God’s word with absolute trust.
“Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife.”  Matthew 1:24


K is for King.  A true king He would be, coming in power and authority.
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem; behold, the King cometh unto thee; he is just, and having salvation.”  Zechariah 9:9

L is for Love that He brought down to earth God enfleshed in lowly birth.
“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.”  1 John 4:9

M is for Mary, His mother so brave, counting God faithful and mighty to save.
“And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.”  Luke 1:38

N is for Night, when the Savior was born for nations of earth and people forlorn.
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.”  Luke 2:8

O is for Omega, meaning “the last;” He’s eternal present, future and past.
“I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”
Revelation 22:13

P is for Prophets, when living on earth foretold His redemption and blessed birth.
“I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near.  A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel.”  Numbers 24:17

Q is for Quickly, as shepherds who heard hastened to act on that heavenly word.
“And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.”  Luke 2:16

R is for Rejoice.  The sorrow of sin is banished forever when Jesus comes in.
“And you will have joy and gladness; and many will rejoice at his birth.”
 Luke 1:14

S is for Savior.  To be this He came; the angel of God assigned Him his name.
“She will bring forth a son, and you will call his name JESUS, for he will save his people from their sins.”  Matthew 1:21

T is for Tidings of joy, not of danger, telling of Him who was laid in a manger.
“And the angel said unto them, Fear not for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”  Luke 2:10

U is for Us, to whom Jesus was given to show us the way and take us to heaven.
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”  Luke 2:11



V is for Virgin, foretold by the sage, God’s revelation on prophecy’s page.
“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”  Matthew 1:23

W is for Wonderful, His works and His words, the King of all Kings, the Lord of all Lords.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given…and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”  Isaiah 9:6

X is for Christ. It’s X in the Greek, Anointed, Messiah, mighty, yet meek.
“God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power.”
  Acts 10:38

Y is for Yes, called God’s Yes in His Word; God’s answer to all is Jesus the Lord.
”For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.”  2 Corinthians 1:20

Z is for Zeal as it burned in Christ’s heart. Lord, by thy Spirit to us zeal impart.
“And his disciples remembered that it was written, the zeal of your house has eaten me up.”  John 2:1

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Twas the Night Before Christmas - Charlie Daniels style


A video from 2012.  I like the poem, but I like Charlie Daniels message at the end.  Merry Christmas :)

Before I forget, I got this idea of posting my favorite Christmas videos (songs, poems, etc) from my cousin Brenda, over at Quiet Pandemonium. Brenda is "Caroling for Christmas" each day by sharing her favorite Christmas carols.  Here is day 1, day 2 and day 3.  Brenda did this last year and I am happy she is decided to share her love of 'Caroling for Christmas' again this year.  So, head on over to Quiet Pandemonium and get into the Spirit of Christmas :)

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Reason Behind Christmas

This video has been making the rounds on facebook, twitter, etc.  A good reminder of what Christmas is all about.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Gratitude for the Season

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. ~ Luke 2:14

This is a brand new video from the PianoGuys. I love the way the PianoGuys played "Angels We Have Heard On High".  Unique and Beautiful.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 30

I am thankful that I decided to take the 2013 Gratitude Challenge this year. During this challenge, there were many days I could not think of anything to be thankful for.  I struggled and prayed and realized that praying alone brought me closer to Heavenly Father.  I am forever thankful and grateful for the blessings that this challenge has brought into my life.

A big THANK YOU to Brenda at Quiet Pandemonium who has hosted this challenge for the last several years. I look forward to next year's challenge. May God continue to bless you and your family.

What are you thankful for?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Friday, November 29, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 29

I am thankful for being able to spend quality time with my husband and children. 

What are you thankful for?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 28

Happy Thanksgiving to all my family and friends.
Today, I am especially thankful for:
  • Heavenly Father and His many blessings in my life
  • The Bible and Book of Mormon
  • My parents, sister and brother
  • My nephew and nieces
  • My wonderful husband, son and daughter
  • Social Media (facebook, twitter and blogs) for helping me to reunite with cousins, aunts and uncles that I have not seen in many years
 The list could go on and on and on.  I am thankful for so many things that my heart is filled is joy.

What are you thankful for?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to what others are thankful for.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 27

"I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving." ~ Psalm 69:30

What are you thankful for today?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 26

I am thankful for smiling faces after dental appointments.  Nick got his braces off and Sam had a cavity filled.  Both did a great job at their appointments and had big smiles on their faces when we left. 

What are you thankful for?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Monday, November 25, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 24 and 25

Yesterday, during a windstorm, a couple of pine trees fell onto our power/phone lines.  The tree that fell onto the power line was smoldering, flaming and causing electrical arches.  It was very interesting to watch.  Not knowing what to do, my husband called the fire department and power company to report the incident.  The fire department came but could not do anything until the power company shuts down the power line.  Unbeknownst to us, many houses in our state (NH) were without power due to the same storm.  So, after staying for about 4 hours, the fire department left but told us to call them if a good fire starts. 
The tree that hit the power line continued to smolder, flame and cause electric arches up until the top portion of the tree fell off due to the smoldering and flames.  This tree then fell to the second line and is still there.  The other tree that fell onto the phone line is still there.  We just got a call from the power company and they should be here pretty soon.  Others who lost power needed to be worked on first, which I completely understand.  Once the power company gets here, I will feel better when the trees are down on the ground and the lines (power and phone) are back to normal.

I am thankful for the power line workers and emergency responders who work in rough weather conditions to help those in need.  These guys and gals are away from their families making sure others are warm and safe.  I can't thank them enough not their families.  May God bless them all.

What are you thankful for?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 23

I am thankful that my children love to expand their creativity.  Whether it is knitting, designing outfits for stuffed animals, drawing, painting, using polymer clay, writing stories, or creating things with Lego, I enjoy the excitement in Nick and Sam's eyes when they share their creations with others.  

What are you thankful for? Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Friday, November 22, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 22

I am thankful for:
  • busy days at work 
  • Nick and Sam working together and getting along
  • coming home to a clean house
What are you thankful for?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 20 and 21

For the last few days, actually since Monday morning, Nick and Sam have been sick with a nasty cold.  The sore throat, fever, cough, stuffy/runny nose, sleepless nights type cold.  Today, after a good night's sleep, I am thankful that Nick and Sam are feeling better even with their runny noses and cough.    

What are you thankful for?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 19

I am thankful for being a mom. 

"Lo, children are an heritage from the Lord" ~ Psalms 127:3

What are you thankful for?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Monday, November 18, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 18

I am thankful for warm, cozy blankets on cold nights.

What are you thankful for?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 17

A wonderful quote that I wanted to share:
"Through expression of prayerful gratitude and thanksgiving, we show our dependence upon a higher source of wisdom and knowledge—God the Father and his Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are taught to “live in thanksgiving daily.”" ~ Elder Robert D. Hales
What are you thankful for today?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 16



I am thankful for the awesome wildlife in our backyard. 

What are you thankful for?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Friday, November 15, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 15

Today I am thankful for life lessons.  That may be a strange thing to be thankful for, but without life lessons,  how do we learn from the decisions we make?  For example:  My children love to go grocery shopping with me and look forward to it every week.  This morning I told my children that if they were dressed, had their beds made, ate breakfast, brushed their teeth and did one lesson (copy work) by the time I got back from a couple of errands, they could go with me to the grocery store.  When I returned from those errands, Samantha was ready to go and Nick was just starting to get dressed.  Nick ended up staying home and he was not very happy.  He pleaded for a second chance and I told him that his second chance will be next week.  While Sam and I were grocery shopping, Nick had a nice sit down talk with Scott and they discussed why it is necessary to listen. follow instructions, and to obey mom and dad.

I am thankful for the life lessons.  What are you thankful for?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

2013 Gratitdue Challenge - November 13 and 14

I am thankful for:
  • The moments when my children play peacefully
  • The beautiful note that my daughter gave me last night before bed
  • An uninterrupted night of sleep
  • My children asking me to read aloud to them 
What are you thankful for today?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 12





Today I am thankful for co-workers that keep me sane and laughing during stressful days.  There have been too many days already this year.   I have tremendous gratitude for my co-workers and I couldn't imagine working without them.

What are you thankful for today?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.  

Monday, November 11, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 11

Today I am thankful for our Veterans.  I am especially thankful for a special veteran, my father.  He served in the United States Air Force for 20+ years.  I don't remember him being in the military because I was born towards the end of his Air Force career.  When I was two months old, my father was sent to Vietnam.  He served two + tours of duty.  I was almost 4 when he was able to come home.  At that time, he had served a little over 20 years and decided to retire.  I am proud of my father and his service in the Air Force. 

Thank you daddy!  You will always be a hero to me :)

    My parents

What are you thankful for today?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 10





Today I am thankful for the peaceful stillness at dawn.  This morning, being the first one awake, I was able to reflect on the beauty of the first snow within the peaceful stillness of dawn. 

What are you thankful for today?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 9

"Behold, my beloved brethren, remember the words of your God; pray unto him continually by day, and give thanks unto his holy name by night.  Let your hearts rejoice."  ~ 2 Nephi 9:52

What are you thankful for today?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Friday, November 8, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 8

I am thankful for the simple things...
  • Hugs and kisses from my children
  • Loads of laundry washed and dried that I didn't have to do.
  • Dinner ready by the time I get home from work
  • A good book that takes me away reality for a few hours
  • Huge snowflakes dancing in the wind
What are you thankful for?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

2013 Graftitude Challenge - November 7

Today I am thankful for rain.
I love walking in the rain and feeling raindrops on my face.
Rain has so many emotions
It can be cold and refreshing on a hot day.
It can be chilly and damp on a cool day.
It can be sprinkling one minute and a great down pour the next.
Rain quenches Earth's thirst.

I am thankful for rain.   

What are you thankful for?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 6

Today I am thankful for relief of pain that I have been having for about 2 months.  I had a very bad tooth and had to have it extracted today.  I am not a big fan of dentists but I have to say that Dr. Sabatelle and his assistant were great. 

What are you thankful for today?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 5





Today I am thankful for Blackie.  In the morning he gives me a sweet little hug to say 'Good Morning'.  When I get home from work, he greets me at the door.  After dinner, Blackie will get in my lap to take a nap.  During the night, Blackie will sleep right next to me, purring in my ear.  The unconditional love that Blackie shares is the most wonderful feeling that I look forward to everyday.   I am so thankful that Blackie is a part of our family.


What are you thankful for today?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Monday, November 4, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 4


After a long day at work, I am thankful for the nice dinner that was prepared by my family. 

What are you thankful for today?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 3

'It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name.'  ~ Psalm 92:1


What are you thankful for today?  To see what others are thankful for, please visit Quiet Pandemonium.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 2

Today I am grateful for library books! So are my children!  Every Saturday, we visit two local libraries...Grafton Town Library and Canaan Town Library.  Today, Nick, Sam and I checked out the following from the Canaan library:

 Nick's selections

Sam's selections
Mom's selections

What are you thankful for today?  Please visit Quiet Pandemonium to see what others are thankful for.

Friday, November 1, 2013

2013 Gratitude Challenge - November 1

For the last couple of years I have participated in the Gratitude Challenge that my cousin, Brenda, hosts over at her blog Quiet Pandemonium.  I am once again participating in this year's 2013 Gratitude Challenge.  You are more than welcome to participate in this year's challenge by clicking on the 2013 Gratitude Challenge button on my sidebar.

Today I am thankful for Flannel Pajamas!  Flannel Pajamas are great to change into after a long day at work.  Flannel Pajamas are great to change into when you are not feeling very well (especially when you are taking antibiotics and pain meds).  Flannel Pajamas are comfy, cozy and just plain wonderful!  Oh how I would love to wear Flannel Pajamas all the time. 

What are you thankful for?

Friday, October 25, 2013

Week of Randoms

  • Nick had his orthodontist appointment on Wednesday and he is now looking forward to November 26th when he gets his braces off and gets a retainer!!!  He has had them on since February 2012.
  • I renewed my driver's license and was able to pass my eye test without my glasses.  This is a first since I was in my early 20's.
  • The chicks are growing at a fast rate.  We are certain that we have 3 Roos and 4 Hens.  The 8th one, 'Beaky', we are not sure.  'Beaky' is growing at a slower rate because of health problems and is not a developed as the others.  But I do have to say that 'GoldenRod', a roo, is very protective of 'Beaky'.
  • Sam is expanding her reading to more non-fiction and is learning a lot. Just recently, she started reading about Anne Frank.  I am expecting a lot of questions once Sam is finished reading 'Who Was Anne Frank?'
  • Scott finally got 'Little Red' (that is the name of his truck) registered and inspected.  Some body work had to be done to get it up to par. Now we have at least a winter vehicle to rely on if it is too icy/snowy for me to drive 'puddles' (car) to work.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Another picture?

Samantha took this picture of Blackie a couple of weeks ago and I can only imagine what he is thinking. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

3 Weeks Old

Yesterday, Scott and the kids built a bigger home for the chicks.  We all did not realize that the chicks grow very fast!  Anyway, as soon as the chicks were placed in their new home, excitement ensued.  The chicks were very entertaining with their jumps, bumps, chirps and flapping of their wings.  Below are some "3 week old" pictures...

Goldenrod (center), Robin (bottom left), Licorice (top right)

Beaky and Licorice

Cuddles

Robin (back)


Not yet named

Group shot

Cuddles getting on my hand




Saturday, October 12, 2013

What we have been up to...

  • Nick and Sam have been working on copywork, spelling and reading on a daily basis.  It is their responsibility to work on these three things everyday, or at least during the week.  They know that they have to get this done before doing any computer time/movie time.
  • At night, after I get home from work, the kids and I have been working in 'Life of Fred - Farming'.  This past week we took a break from math but will pick it up next week.
  • We started reading 'Wisdom with the Millers'.  This book is about a family that is reading through the Book of Proverbs and each chapter focuses on different Proverbs. (I don't remember the author's name because at this moment I can't find the book)
  • Chicks, Chicks, Chicks, Chicks, Chicks, Chicks, Chicks, and Chicks!  Everyday, the kids take care of the chicks by feeding, watering and cleaning out their little house (bin).  The chicks are now over 2 weeks old and getting big.
  • Last Sunday, the kids and I went to the Fire and Ambulance Open House.  The kids toured the fire and ambulance equipment, did some activities that involved crawling and rolling on the floor and met Smokey the Bear.  
  • Visited the local libraries - Grafton and Canaan.  
  • Scott has been tinkering with his truck - getting it ready for inspection.  
  • I have been working, as usual, and things are starting to get busy again with tax season and budget season.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend :)

Friday, October 4, 2013

One Week Old Pics of the Chicks

 "Robin" hiding behind the feeder

 This little one (not yet named) was about to take a drink of water

 Group shot #1 - "Robin" is in the corner, "GoldenRod" is standing near the date stamp, the other two are not yet named.

Group shot #2 (see below) was taken with a flash.  Oh, the chicks did not like that at all.  But you can really see the coloring of them.  

 "Licorice" taking a drink. 

Aren't the wing feathers beautiful?

"Cuddles" is adorable.  This little one likes to sit on my hand and cuddle.  It also likes to climb up my arm too!  Very very friendly :)

Sam and Nick have been cleaning out the box that the chicks are staying in.  They also water and feed the chicks daily.  It is great to see them involved in this whole process.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

October

Orange

Conference Weekend

Trick or Treat

Owls

Bats

Enjoying the Fall Weather

Rustling Leaves

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

After 21 days...

...we have chicks!!!  We started out with 12 eggs, but ended up with 8 chicks.

This is the first one born.  Samantha named it 'Robin'

The second born is 'Golden Rod' for now. 

The third one born is 'Licorice' aka 'Licker'.  Before he/she hatched, its little tongue was going in and out through the hole in the egg.  As you can see, this little chick has some bald spots where the downy feathers have not developed.  Licorice was also born with one good wing and a short little wing...kind of like "Nemo".  We were not quite sure if it would make it through the night, but...

Here are 'Robin', 'Golden Rod', and 'Licorice' cuddling up together for a good nights sleep.  'Licorice' did make it through the night and is doing really good.

The remaining 5 chicks hatched today and they pretty much have the same coloring.  They are not all named as we have not seen their personalities yet.  Although, I can say that one of them has been nick-named 'Clumsy'.  For some reason, Clumsy ends up on its back, spread eagle, and is unable to get turned around without help.

Here is a good picture of 'Robin' (at the bottom), 'Licorice' and 'Golden Rod' (top)

Welcome to the world little ones :)