October 5, 2014

Wee bit of pre-baby nesting

We have had a productive weekend. The first weekend in October is always a good one in my book, because it contains some of my favorite fall celebrations, the Scarecrow Jamboree and the Chili Cook-Off!

The jamboree's heyday has sadly passed, as it wasn't even held last year, and this year's celebration was definitely lacking the charm it used to hold. No chili competition, no scarecrow competition, no pumpkin bread, and no square dancing. Plus it was in a new location which just didn't compare. Bthhhhh! But we still went and showed our support and bought some scarecrow materials, although we decided to take them and build our scarecrow later.

{  Bessie, the best (and only) scarecrow on the block. And a baby bump.  }

The chili cook-off, however, didn't disappoint this hungry preggo-saurus (other than their lack of tasty white chili). Lots and lots of chili samples to be had!

Among the fun we had we also did some shopping and bought some things for the house that we've been wanting but have been putting off. This little one has been putting us into a higher gear for getting the house together. Over the past couple weeks we've painted our carport and our big front window (which desperately needed it), as well as attempting to become more organized (although I don't think it's working.)

Tyler installed a new light over our kitchen sink to go with our new kitchen window, and I almost have a new paint color picked out for the kitchen... maybe...
Yellow paint
 Lemon Souffle - Behr  }
We have been keeping an eye out for a buffet to go in our dining room for some additional storage for kitchen-y things that our normal cabinets cannot hold. Tyler spotted this pretty piece in the window of a shop, so we pulled in, took some measurements to make sure it was a good size, and viola we have a new buffet! I love it!!

I have been searching for discount rugs for YEARS. Literally (not the new definition, either). But I never actually bite the bullet and buy one. We changed that this weekend when I found a great deal at Ross that was the perfect color blue for our living room and was cheap enough that if Norbert ends up ruining it (always a possibility) it will most likely have been worth it for the time it lasts.

We have been living in this house curtain-less for a year. Which is fine. For the most part people can't see into our windows very well (at least that's what we like to believe), and we love looking out our windows. But this winter we will be sleeping in the master bedroom, whereas last winter we were in the guest bedroom. The main need for curtains is not because of our neighbors being able to see in better, although that is probably true, but their backyard flood light that they keep on all. the. time. It drives Tyler nuts during the winter when there are no leaves on the trees in our woods to block it from coming in our windows. With the positioning of our bed, window, and the light this winter it will be shining right in our faces. With fall upon us the leaves will soon be dropping, and for my husband's sanity it's time for curtains. So we bought a rod and are testing out some curtains, although I don't think these are going to make the cut. 

Tomorrow we go in for our second ultra-sound, and as long as baby cooperates, we will find out whether we are having a boy or girl! Then we'll be able to start preparing for baby and getting a nursery put together!
Boy or girl, right now I am leaning toward painting the nursery a navy blue or navy-blueish grey... is that crazy? I usually start out with a rich, bold color in mind, and always wimp out and go with pale colors instead.
{  Velvet Evening - Behr  }
As you can see from the pictures, we already added a lot of blue to our house this weekend, and I'm wondering if maybe it's a sign that a little boy is on the way? I really don't have a gut feeling that it's one or the other... I will just have to wait and see... less than 24 hrs!! eek!

P.S. On Friday night, we think we felt baby kick for the first time!!

September 28, 2014

The Ladies of the Coop

Back in July we had another chicken tragedy. Nyx, sadly, did not make it. So of our five original hens, only Hades was left, and she was not happy being alone.

We searched craigslist for some new companions pretty quickly to put an end to Hades' lonely distress. We had been thinking of getting another chicken anyway to help them stay warm throughout the winter. We were hoping for a new breed to mix it up a little bit, and we ended up getting two new hens.

A red sex link hen, who is a prolific brown egg layer, and likes to eat from your hand.

A little rough around the edges, easter-egger hen, who lays eggs about the same color as Hades. She's also bottom of the pecking order.

Their former family were getting rid of them because they were picking on their new chicks, so we were a little concerned that they wouldn't get along with Hades either, but Hades is a boss and kicked their butts. Hades and Red got along fine from the beginning, but Hades was a big bully to Connie for quite some time. I'm happy to report that the coop is now harmonious and they have finally embraced their new sisterhood.

{  Yes, one is sitting on the other. Silly chickens!  }

The harmony however was broken the other night, when we were awoken  around 4:30am to chicken screaming. If you have never heard a chicken in a life and death situation, it's a little hard to explain, but it is LOUD! Our ladies all sleep quietly unless there is something bothering them and trying to eat them, so Tyler jumped out of bed to go to their rescue in his pj's and flip flops and a broom. He couldn't find a flash light quick enough but ran down to chase way the predator. He opened their upstairs flap but saw them cuddled up in their normal sleeping arrangement. He figured whatever had been there ran away, and came back to bed. Shortly after, the screaming started again, and so Tyler went down again, armed with a flashlight this time, and saw what he couldn't before. a possum IN their upstairs coop with them. He used the broom to fling him out and came back to bed.

The next day we checked the coop and didn't see how it had gotten in, but Tyler still added some extra precautions around the base.

5;45am the next morning, they start screaming again. This time we both get up (me a little slower than Tyler) I go out to help him and this time he is armed with the broom, his hockey stick, and the decorative hatchet I made him and a wedding gift (!) and he says there's a raccoon in the coop this time! The raccoon was not as cooperative as the possum, so instead he was taking the chickens out one by one and putting them in the garage instead. Unfortunately, when it came to Connie's turn she threw a fit, and got away running crazy through the yard. We had no hope of catching her in the dark, so we left her on her own, and left the coop open for the raccoon to leave at his leisure.

Unfortunately, we have neighbors and we didn't think they enjoyed the wake-up calls two mornings in a row, so we went on egg delivery duty that evening, and left the two neighbors behind us notes with their eggs apologizing for the raucous.

The chickens have been living in the garage the rest of the week, and after a much closer coop inspection we think we found how they were getting in, and have made some additional adjustments to keep the varmint OUT! The Ladies are back in their coop now, and we're hoping for a peaceful night tonight!!

September 16, 2014

Woah, Baby!

We are so excited to start this journey! 

For those of you who don't mind getting up close and personal with my uterus, meet our little one:

All movie editing credits go to Tyler!