Friday, April 23, 2010

Time alone

On Tuesdays, when Marlin and Kai are in the woods for 6 hours. It's just Ev and I. 

 Often there are friends, his own time to play with HIS peeps and shine. It's hard having your own things as the youngest of three.

 It's been very nice. I don't get one on one time with each child often, but when I do, I walk away with another depth of them peeled away, for me to see. 

It's always special.

Ev really like to hunt frogs with his pals at the pond. Especially when they are mating, or giving each other piggy back rides, as he likes to say.

It's a fruitful place,

filled with noble ambassadors for the children.

I hope we have many more Tuesdays just as good as this.

 Because we will always have more Tuesdays, but he won't be like this forever.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


I say hrmm, because I haven't been here for a while. That was a nice vacation, but now I have all of these pictures that I need to disperse. And we have been quite busy.
So, I will begin some where back in time, a few (many) days ago, and then move forward. I guess that is how it should be done.
 So let's see...
Making stuff.

Games together.

Still celebrating another year on Earth.


Looked for wild ramps,

no luck yet.
Honed some mad skills.

Creeked it.


Coffee ( lemonade to some) house.

Drum circle.

Nature stuff.
More of this...
a little of this
Eat over!
And a special little weekend away,

with really great friends.

Such good, good times.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Chicks, 2010!

Well yeah! We had three little chicks hatch out! The three blue eggs, were doing nothing, no chirping, no pipping, so I investigated. I cracked some shell off and as soon as the membrane was exposed, it was clear that they had ceased development early on. So we are thrilled to have three new beautiful chicks. I have named Henrietta, Benedict, and Yoko. Marlin hates my names, and she said she is renaming them, but I will always refer to them as thus, silently in my head.
Anyway, the incubation process from start to finish is one of those things that you just have to do to fully appreciate. So I will not try to explain all the care, and worry, and excitement and waiting, and joy. I will however bombard you with photos!

Absolutely amazing.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Exciting times and changes on the farm!

So remember how we were going to try the incubator again? The one that went crazy two days before my chicks were going to hatch and killed them all? Well, it has been pretty much working with a lot of adjustments and the eggs are ready to hatch tomorrow, or Monday.

 I have been on hyper alert, and constantly waking up to check the temp as I am completely paranoid of a failing incubator.
 People, it's been a long three weeks.
 Today we woke up to the wonderful sound of a chick that has peeped through it's air cell. I see the little egg wobble around and peep. I am thrilled! So hopefully by tonight or tomorrow, it will pip out. I know that as of yesterday two others of the six were alive. The three others shells are to dark to candle. So I am betting on at least three chicks. The three others will be wonderful bonuses. As soon as they make their move, I have some phone calls to make. I have some anxious friends who want to witness this with us.
About two weeks ago, I was pretty doubtful that we would make it this far, and that my incubator was toast. So we poked around craigslist, and found somebody selling tons of chicks.
Some interesting breeds,

 even one that lays a chocolate colored egg.
So we bought six.

 One died, but the 5 left are growing gang busters.
They are super cute.

Look how much bigger they are now!

In other news, we are rehoming our horse.

 We don't have the time or knowledge to work with her. She is green broke, and isn't completely safe. We don't trust her not to freak out and inadvertently hurt one of us, and more importantly, the kids.
This is a very hard decision. We are all on board and it took a while for all us to get to this place. She would be going to a great home, and would be trained properly, and we would get to see her in the local horse show, as the people who are interested in her are big horse people.

We will be acquiring a pony very soon, one who is dead broke. He is an older gentleman who goes by the name of Rio, and looks very much like Carly, just much shorter. The kids are excited. We'll be looking for one or two more so they can all cowboy around the property. We are very sad to see Carly go, but very excited for a few ponies who will totally work with our level, and that we can truly enjoy.
So anyway, there is some farmly news for you.
Be on the look out for some cool chick hatching photos!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


So you may or may not remember a while back, that I talked to the kids about what goals they might have for themselves. And they did have some things that they wanted to work on. I was having an identity crisis, as we bought/started using curriculum to meet those goals. I am pleased to say that I am over my defensive tantrum, and am now totally down with what we are doing.

 Everyone is pretty happy about how it's working. Kaya is still working on his reading, and although he gets frustrated, he still wants to complete his book, and become an independent reader. Marlins reading has improved, and she is not so reluctant about writing. She had been comparing her self to some friends and felt behind, and she hates to feel like that. She is feeling more confident about reading things out loud, or writing down things and giving them to people. That must be a liberating feeling. I am happy for her. And I am glad that she knows that SHE did this and it is all her that is making this happen. They are still digging playing with math.

We have learned some cool card games,

that they love to play. Evren and I just read and read, and work on his name.

 He is very happy! I mostly like how and when we do this. It just sort of happens every few days or so. We have been reading "A Child's History of the World", and then watching cool videos from Discovery Education Streaming. It cost a pretty penny, but we love just typing stuff in and going with it! You can get a deal through the homeschool buyers coop, online. You should check it out. I think we are going to start dedicating Friday to Science. We like to listen to NPR a lot and friday there is a program called Science Fridays. Marlin though it would be fun to experiment and do some science themed things then too. Why not?
Sounds like a good way to spend a friday to me!