May 12, 2015

Chicken & Coop Update

The chickens and turkeys are still residing in our garage. Luckily, they're not quite fully feathered so they aren't ready to be outside, yet. But don't tell them that. Sunday night we decided to turn off their heat lamp to help them better acclimate to the night weather. When they move outside, there will be no heat lamp. 
We're actually farther along then these picks. This side is completely enclosed.

Well, about an hour after we put them to bed Sunday night, and after I had drifted off to dream land Cameron came in to inform me that the chickens had flown the coop, literally. We quickly located all six chickens and put them back in their pen, turning the heat lamp back on. One had been smart enough to get behind our freezer & spare fridge. Which is why we figured they flew the coop - to seek out heat. 
As is this side, as of Monday.

The turkeys had stayed put, which makes us think they are closer to being ready to go outside. Usually we find the chickens surrounding the turkeys. 
That just leaves the ends. This one needs the nesting boxes built into it first.

We keep trying to get further on the coop each week and weekend, but we swear the days just keep getting hijacked or we are so tired we don't have the energy.

We're getting close though. Cameron completed the floor and roosting poles a few weekends ago and now we just need to enclose the coop. All that is really left of enclosing the coop is building the roosting/egg laying boxes and enclose the end walls. Then we just need to enclose the entire pen with chicken wire and mesh. 

We just need a solid weekend. Hopefully that comes this weekend, as these birds will be ready before we know it.

May 8, 2015

Countdown to Kindergarten

It's hard to believe, but London turns 5 in just over a month. And we have begun the countdown to when she starts Kindergarten - 102 days to go! 

London knows she'll be attending a new school and get to ride the school bus to get there. Right now I'd say she's in between excited and neutral about the change. Cameron and I are beyond thrilled - mainly because we can't wait for the lower daycare bill! We are looking forward to her making new friends as well, as we will make the effort to get to know the parents, etc since she will likely be in class with these kids all the way through high school barring any moves on ours (we're not planning to move, trust me) or their parts. 

And I know that when the day gets close, and after it arrives, we'll probably have a month of adjustment emotions to deal with. London is all for change until it actually happens and then she gets a little unruly. I'm hoping age and maturity help to make the transition better than the last time she switched schools/moved to a new house. 

One thing I know London will be excited about is getting to bring a lunch to school (she will go to a full day of Kindergarten, yippee!). How do I know this? Because she was over the moon when her daycare class to a field trip at the end of April and she needed to bring a sack lunch. 

London even picked out the lunchbox that she wanted to take - one with all the Disney Princesses on it (only because she couldn't find her Frozen lunch box). The only reason we have these is because they have shown up as gifts. The girls play with them often to cart toys from room to room. I had originally planned on using my old work lunch box, but I liked London's idea better. 

And I had fun making her first ever lunch. I made her a turkey and cheese sandwich, packed in some raisins, apple slices, regular fishy crackers and graham cracker fishy crackers. I know it was over kill but I wanted to make it special for her. 

London reported back that the field trip was fun, learning the difference between a hen and rooster - though she still has a hard time understanding that both are chickens. She also came home with a nylon stuffed with seeds and shaped like a caterpillar (googly eyes and all) that if watered would grow grass. It's up in our window now growing away which thrills London every other day or so. 

Her teacher was kind enough to burn a disc for parents with pictures to be sent home that day as well. 

May 6, 2015

Front Yard Update

Whoops...there goes another month. As usual, we've been busy. Both Cameron and I traveled for work in April and then had the inevitable catch-up to play. Plus, he's been busy with his Fraternity this semester, which is finally winding down. 

The good news is, we've also been busy at home. One of those projects taking up our time is the front yard transformation. 

First, we added a few more plants besides the roses and pomegranate tree. We now have 3 Fox Gloves and 2 Merlot Grapes. The grapes are on either side of the arbor, of course. 

Also, we finally completed the irrigation for the plants we currently have, last week. And before that, Cameron had completed the pathway up to the house, filling in around the steps with white rock. 

This last weekend, we finished installing the seamless border around the area and filled it in with bark. While the addition of the bark is a nice site, for some reason it also shows us how much empty space is still out there. We keep checking Costco for our favorite lavender plants but so far, they haven't show up yet, just the Spanish Lavender.

Next, we want to fill in the small circles around the plants with leftover pea gravel from the girls play structure project, and then border then entire thing with more white rock. We hope to have this all completed by London's birthday party in June. Time will tell.