First Eggs

Our third set of chickens are now about 8 months old (our first and second set of chickens got eaten by our neighbors dog, but that is another story).

This week we got our first couple of eggs from them…which means we (hopefully) are back to having fresh eggs again! YAY!

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Here is a recent picture of our girls:

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(The chicken that is not on the roost is named Bolt. Then from close to far you are seeing in order: Penny, Pepper, Apricot, Mama, and Fluffy. We have another one named Orange, but you can only see her beak way down at the bottom of this picture.)

Teepee Version 2.0

Sebastian and Dayla have taken to looking at the pictures on our wall recently. There is one that always seems to draw Sebastian’s attention.

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He asks about the teepee. What it is. Why Dayla is in it. Where it is now. “Can I go in the teepee mom?”

The other day when we cleaned out the garage and I found it. I knew I had to set it up. I surprised the kids with the set up…called them out… and of course I had my camera ready.

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I think we have another one for the picture wall!

Neighbors and Bananas

It has been crazy having our neighbors always at our house, but I love it too. I love being a part of their lives and watching them grow up. When we moved in, Adam was younger than Sebastian is now, and this year he went to Kindergarten. Crazy.

We got new neighbors this year back in the summer time. However, even with the increase in quantity of kids on our street, I feel like the neighbor kids don’t come over as much any more. It makes me sad. I miss them. Dayla is often too shy to invite them over…and I think the older kids are becoming too busy or too cool to come over anymore.

The other day some of them came over. Maya and Sawyer (the oldest two on the street) were missing and Isabelle and August (the youngest on the street) were both napping, but the middles were all here.

We just hung out like we usually do. This time I found some funny face stickers and let them decorate all the fruit in my fruit bowl. They thought it was the best game ever. And I thought it was the best thing ever when they asked me to take pictures of their banana creations.

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Dayla

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I was excited at the opportunity to capture these guys at this stage in life. Part of me hopes I will be getting to take their prom pictures too. Wouldn’t that be fun?

Christmas 2014

The last 3 years we have made a point to have a Christmas celebration of some kind with just us and the kids. I love it for so many reasons.

This year was August’s first Christmas. He loved the wrapping paper the most. Sebastian’s big gift from us was a trampoline. A huge hit. Dayla’s big gift was a “My Password Journal” which is any girls dream (only YOUR voice and password can open your journal…what girl doesn’t love that?!) My favorite gift was a calendar that Dayla made (she impresses me with her artistic skills!). Daniel got a box joint jig from me. We also open Nana and Grandpa’s gifts which the kids love…books books books! We love books!

But all that being said, the best part to me is always just the quiet, sweet, family time. Such happy memories being made.

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Forts

I can’t believe how long it has been since I made a fort for the kids; too long! I know it has been a long time because I used to only use the couch and chairs and blankets, but now Dayla is so tall that she didn’t fit in it any more. I had to come up with a new “tent style” fort.

I love forts. I love that kids love forts. Everything about this picture makes me happy.

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Shoe Games

We keep all of our shoes by the front door. When I saw the game that captured Sebastian’s attention for a full hour, my only thought was, “How did this never happen before!?!”

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He made all sorts of shapes and paths and patterns with the shoes. Organizing and re-organizing. The one below was his finale, and my favorite:

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Candy Cane Lane

When we moved to Poway 4 years ago we found that there were a lot of fun neighborhood Christmas activities here. I think we have tried them all now, and there is one that we keep doing every year, one that seems to keep drifting to the top of the list as a favorite: “Candy Cane Lane”.

Candy Cane Lane is 4 cul-de-sacs that get together and go crazy with Christmas lights and all sorts of decor. Every house seems to have candy canes incorporated in their display somehow. Many of the houses have spots in their front yard set up for you to take your picture in, kids and families sit out front and give away hot chocolate and cookies, many people have bon fires in their driveway. Everyone seems to be cheery and in the Christmas spirit. It feels simply magical.

This year was nice and warm, but we brought our own hot chocolate anyway. The kids squealed and oooooed and ahhhhhed. I want to soak up this time with them, the age where they think these things are amazing a magical.

Such a joy.

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