Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Molting Chickens

The other day I came out to let the chickens out and Lilia was looking ROUGH! The coop was covered in random feathers and she had a few bald spots. Her chest and butt were completely naked. I didn't get a good photo but you can tell how thinned out her feathers are and the pokey new feathers coming in. Well turns out all chickens go through a molting period around 16-18 months for the first time, which falls right at about how old they are. Some chickens go completely naked, while others molt more subtle. Bernadette also has a bare neck and both stopped laying eggs a couple weeks ago. We've only been getting about one egg a day. It's common for chickens to stop laying while they molt, but they'll start again when they're finished. It's also common for chickens to slow down laying during the winter when the daylight hours shorten. Last year we put a light in their coop. I put it back up but it's been hard to get it charged because we haven't had much sunlight (it's a solar light). 


Friday, November 5, 2021

Halloween 2021


Friday the kids had a costume parade at school. It was super hero day so Emma choose to wear her bat girl costume from two years ago, the one I made and yes it still fits, LOL. Mary wore her Herminoie (Harry Potter) costume and Isaac wore his black panther as a super hero also from two years ago. 

Dinner was festive, jack-o-lantern stuffed peppers. 

Saturday was filled with the last football game, the first basketball games for Mary and Isaac. On Sunday (Halloween day) we went to church, ate lunch out and then came home. Thomas went down for a nap and we started to carve the pumpkins. 

Girls drew a design and I helped get it cut out. Isaac did both steps all by himself. He based his drawing off a pattern, but free handed it. 

Our finished pumpkins: 

Emma choose this design I did in a hurry. 



the extra since Thomas didn't care to

And Isaac's 

We went for a bike ride around 3ish after Thomas woke up to check out all the decorations in our neighborhood, that was probably the highlight of the whole halloween. Best way tot see them too because we could make it up and down four streets faster than walking. 

This neighborhood has SO many kids come through, we were warned but we're also at the end so figured we wouldn't have too many. I got two boxes of 65 organic gummy bear pouches to hand out and we made it through both boxes before 5:30, lol. We probably should have not started handing out for the very first which was maybe 4:30, they started EARLY! 

We spray painted Emma's hair orange for her Ginny Weasley costume. Mary was Hermionie. 

Isaac was Voldermort (we attempted to get his face white but after trying 7 different make up options it just wasn't working) and I was Professor McGonnagall. 


It started to get dark so we closed down our front door and headed out to trick-or-treat all together. Hard to get photos so I"ll see if I can share some of the videos I took. I didn't have my phone with me on the bike ride which would have been the idea time to snap photos of the crazy house. This was one of our favorites so I def snapped a photo. We had just watched beetle juice the night before so the kids understood it!

Nightmare before Christmas footage from a walk a few days earlier:

UFO house in two videos: 

These guys made a huge 'fire chute' to distribute pieces of candy. We saw a few of these chute contraptions. 

With it being just absolutely INSANE the kids only got one piece of candy per house and since the houses were buying 2000+ pieces of candy it wasn't the good stuff either. A little change from Minnesota when they'd get handfuls of good candy at each house and have a full bucket in 30 minutes. We had to wait in line on the crowded sidewalks. But in the end they had fun. They ended up sorting through their candy and take some more to hand out at our door to the swarms of kids. 

Emma really wanted to make these again, we didn't get to until a few days later, better late than never ;-)

Harpo turns 15!

 This old man, he played FIFTEEN! Oh Harpo, such a sweet boy. He tolerated the hat for a millisecond, haha long enough to get a photo of him. 

Emma tried to help, but Harpo wasn't cooperating. 

October Miscellaneous

 First week of October the girls were invited to a birthday party at a painting studio. Unfortunately earlier that morning Emma got a tummy bug and had thrown up a few times so she didn't get to go :-( Mary went and had a really fun time painting a grumpy cat.

We tried to have some fun at home since Emma couldn't attend the party. We made toilet paper pumpkins to decorate for fall/halloween. 


Cute Thomas taking a nap. 

Pics from the school's facebook page. 

Mary and Isaac in the background of these photos:


Thursday October 7th was my first full morning in a LONG time so I decided to tackle a house project... only to get inturpted by a call from school to come pick up Isaac who had thrown up. But I did get the ceiling done! Plan is to paint this horrible colored space. Only the small bathroom and back entry way. The ceilings weren't white, but they are now. Then I'll paint the walls... eventually. Can NOT believe the price of paint right now! 

I also tried my hand at splitting up this plant and putting a small piece in another pot. So far both are thriving well. 

We FINALLY got someone to do some work we wanted to hire out. My neighbor recommended this plumber. I had wanted to change out the broken faucet and get a better shower head in while updating the look and changing faucet finishes. Turns out they don't make the two handled shower controls anymore. But the plumber was able to bust out the tile, reinstall a single handle shower control and tile it back with spare tiles we found in the attic and it looks amazing! So glad to finally have a project completed. Well almost complete, I need to get the drain switched out to match. I did change the towel racks in the room too, little face lift for the girls' bathroom. 
(our only tub in this five bathroom house... :-/ )
Before, during, after (the grout is wet in this photo, it did match perfectly once dried)


Grandma Judy sent a fun box of Halloween goodies, the girls are enjoying doing their new crafts

Another birthday party: October 23rd both girls got to go this time at a trampoline park (yes it was all boys I guess the other girls that were invited didn't come)

We made a trip to Spirit Halloween and I couldn't help but get a photo of Isaac on this because I had one of him on it in 2015! 

Now and 6 years ago :-D 

Thomas has been loving to play candy land lately. 

Our neighborhood goes ALL out for Halloween, UFO down the street and all. So the kids had been asking to get something for the yard. I ordered this *cough* 6 foot high vampire cat... yeah right, it was not even close to 6 foot. 

Thomas loves playing with his bestie: Rosti who lives two houses over. 

Thursday before halloween, COSTUME day for Thomas. And I had a challenge to dress up for the barre class I attend, I was buddy the elf :-) 


Wearing the space mask I made to go with his astronaut costume. 

Friday, Thomas didn't have preschool, so we joined our neighbors for a show of Click Clack BOO! by the Wichita Children's Theater

Also the kids dressed up for Friday (I'll post more in the halloween blog entry) But I got to volunteer in Emma's class for the party, I led the bingo station. It was fun to be there with her. 

Then the girls had a virtual concert. Sound didn't work so well but nice to see them. 

Colder weather means we can fire up the bonfire! 

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