Saturday, February 17, 2018

Egg Incubating, Another 2018 Goal

egg incubation

When I set my 2018 goals, buying an incubator and hatching my own chicks was at the top of the list. 

Little did I know that just a few weeks into 2018 I would lose my rooster...which is kinda necessary for having fertile eggs to hatch.

So, the day I lost Mr. Roo I was frantically google'ing all things 'chicken egg fertility'. Surprisingly, chickens can still lay fertile eggs up to three weeks after being exposed to a rooster. 

Thanks to amazon prime, I had an incubator at the house in two days and nine fertile eggs ready to rock! 


I Started with nine fertile eggs, and somewhere in between day 14 and 17 one stopped developing (an egg cycle takes 21 days to hatch). 

So here we sit, with eight eggs ready to hatch.

On day 20 I started to see some action, little pips in some of the shells and I could here chirping from the insides of the eggs. It wasn't long before I had four little golden chicks tousling about in the incubator. 


Out of the eight eggs we ended with, five of them hatched. The fifth little chick, a black one, didn't thrive and died a few hours after hatching.

It's back to the chick game for me, but just between us...I couldn't be happier. 


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Big Blue Barn Welcomes Maddison The Mini Horse

mini horse

Our newest barnyard babe, Maddison or Maddie for short.

maddisonthemini


It's no secret that I've been keeping my eyes on the 'mini horse classifieds' since we bought the place, but in the past six months or so, I upped my craigslist/petfinder game in order to find something for the kids in time for Spring.



Low and behold...I find this sweet girl on craigslist. She has been a dream come true, Carter has ridden her several times & she lets us all approach her for loves and treats without any hassle. I am so excited to have her in our lives. 


Welcome home Maddie. We are already so in love with you.


Monday, February 12, 2018

February's Sewing Project

February's project was these ADORABLE reusable produce bags. I bought enough fabric to make four bags, knowing darn well that they would make the greatest gifts.


I sent this one to a fellow crunchy mama, who loves all things natural and environmentally friendly.
A sweet little gal-entines day package filled with some of my favorite products.


Beet fabric of course... 
Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.


& One for me :)


I've been using mine for my daily egg collecting, but can see these being a staple in the garden all Summer.


Hen approved



Wednesday, February 7, 2018

January's Sewing Project

For New Years, instead of picking one or two resolutions - I wrote down some goals and ambitions that I wanted to accomplish throughout 2018.

One of which is completing a sewing project each month FOR MYSELF. I do a lot of sewing these days, but at the end of the project I pack it up and ship it off. 

So for January, I made time for my little sewing machine and I to finish a quilt that has been in the works for the past 4 or 5 years. I've been saving little scraps of fabric with this exact quilt in mind. 





I still need to add the binding around the edges, but wanted to share my "January" project since it's now...February

An unrelated, but adorable picture

Carter's birthday

When I grow up, I want to be just like her.



New Years Eve Baja Style - Mexico Cruise -

WE CRUISED!


I have picture after picture of our epic cruise adventure, but I'll spare you the pain of looking through them all, and only throw a handful at you.







We all had such a great time, I definitely needed a week vacation after getting home from our "vacation", and I still haven't gotten caught up on laundry...but the kids had a great time - and we all realized how much we love water slides :)


Pool side naps for the win


Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas 2017


We had such an amazing Christmas together! Santa came and brought the kids each a lovey doll, the girls got nail polish and bath bombs, and Lincoln got lots of chapstick, his favorite!

We had cinnamon roll French toast bake for breakfast, and ham with mac’n cheese for dinner. I had plans for homemade pudding cups for dessert but everyone was too full! I guess we’ll just have to have them for breakfast tomorrow...

The girls’ Barbie house was a huge hit with all three kids, Lincoln likes his workbench and I know it will get lots of use over the next few years. 

My heart, my belly and my living room are all so full tonight. 

Cheers!

Ho Ho Ho...