Friday, May 6, 2016


Here is a random assortment of our week...

Carter // 5 - "Pouting"
Peter // 4 - "Scaring"
John Paul // 3 - "Goofing"

Sophie // 1 -"Eating"
Genevieve // 5 months - "Breathing"

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Chick Chick Chickadee

Well, we did it.  We bought chickens, or chicks, really.  I didn't think we would.  Heck, just a couple of years back we turned our coop into a storage space.  Well, fast forward to May 1st, when it was snowing outside.  Jeremy decided to take the kids for a little adventure and came home with eight babies.
Just a couple weeks before, my parents decided to do the same, but they bought fifty.

We had baby chicks at one point when I was growing up, but I don't remember much about the upkeep.  For now, they're in a little tank with shavings, their food/water and a heat lamp.

Soon, we'll get the coop back in order and set up a little area for them to run around that is protected from the dogs.
For anyone wanting to try, I'll keep you updated.  For those who are seasoned chicken keepers, I need all your tips!

I'm really excited about this being a project for the kids.  I hope they remain excited!  Plus, I'm anxious for eggs at some point.  However, I'll be the first to say, when we discover any roosters, I think we'll get rid of them and keep the hens...I'm not excited to crack an egg for breakfast only to find a chick inside. Yikes.

So far, this little guy is in love with them.  He spends so much time with them and came in the other day saying that Fuzzy pooped on his finger.  "Momma, I wanted to say, 'NO NO Fuzzy.  You know we don't do that!' but he was just being so sweet, I just couldn't do it."
We've got a Fuzzy, MooMoo, Polly Jolly, and a Maud so far.  We need four more names (no, we don't know which one is which).'s to new adventures!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Mid-week Likes & Links

(Stuart's short life on the ranch)

I had one of these yesterday.  They are the coolest ice cream sandwiches I've ever had...and delicious, too.  My mother-in-law and I split the one with salted caramel ice cream sandwiched between two snickerdoodle cookies. Yum!  They even have a sammie-of-the-month club.  Dangerous.

How beautiful is Anna's pregnancy announcement?!

Still thinking about Carter's approaching birthday, these science-y boxes look amazing.  In fact, there are so many awesome subscription boxes out there.  We've tried Kiwi Crate, Koala Crate, and The Mass Box.  Any that you'd recommend?

I asked for podcast recommendations awhile back, and I've found several I love!  This one is right up at the top right now (along with a few favorite priests' homilies).  My cousin Stephanie also just started one up that you'd love - They Say!

If you haven't seen my friends' new website, Spoken Bride, launching soon, check it out!  And, if you're a newlywed or wedding photographer, submit your work/story!

I've heard a lot of great things about this highlighter - any other makeup products you're loving?

So, I know it's a ways away, but what are you getting your fathers/husbands for Father's Day?  I need all the help I can get.

If you follow us on Instagram, I must report that Stuart Little is no longer with us.  Don't ask if I'm sad about that.

Okay, more soon about the chickens we bought...and the garden we're building.  Happy Wednesday!