Friday, July 14, 2017

Summer fun & 4th of July

We've started eating eggs from our own chickens! Can you tell which one is ours and which ones are from the grocery store? Fresh eggs have yolks that are more orange in color and (hopefully) more vitamins and nutrition in them. It is so cool to be able to collect eggs and then cook them a few minutes later. You can't get fresher than that!

Since all of our chickens lay different color eggs, we were trying to narrow down who was the one laying our first, darker brown egg. Our red chicken and black chicken both lay brown eggs, just different shades so without both of them to compare to each other it was hard to say. One morning we caught Ginny getting ready to lay her egg, so we knew for sure who was doing it!

A week or so later we got our first egg from our yellow chicken (who is the only one that lays light tan colored eggs). It turned out to have a double yolk, which is good luck!

See how much bigger the double yolk egg is? When she lays a regular egg, it is more the size of the brown one.

Anthony was going to build some nesting boxes, but he just didn't have the time, so we ended up getting this storage system from ikea and lined the slide out bins with hay. They started laying their eggs in them right away, and it is easy to clean because we can just slide the bins out and hose them off.

Anthony has been wanting to clear parts of our property since we moved in and he finally got his chance! He took a few days off of work, reserved a small bulldozer and spent 12+ hours each day tearing out palmetto bushes and small trees.

Getting a quick tutorial on the controls:

James was explaining to me how it worked :)

The first palmetto of many!

James wanted to sit and help control the bulldozer for hours, but Rett wasn't really interested. He wanted to get back into the air conditioning and I didn't blame him. It was hot!!


By the end of the first day Anthony had accomplished a lot. He was able to clear most of the bushes up to our fence line, all of the brown parts in the picture was previously overgrown with brush. Now we can use it for whatever we want!

The hardest part was the sections behind the pond at the back of our property, some of the trees and bushes were just too big for the bulldozer.

Rett wanted to help Grandma cook some eggs. He would stir and then hand her the spatula and then take another turn. So cute!

We took a trip to the feed store and got 150 pounds of food! The boys sat on the cart, so I was pushing 230 pounds around that store. 

I am determined to get as much use out of our children's museum/planetarium passes this year. We have been two times this month so far. It is nice to have something air conditioned that we can do :) 

Rett climbed into our bed one night and slept between me and Anthony. Then James got up in the morning and wanted to snuggle. Look at these sweet boys!

James' loose front tooth was barely hanging on and flapping around so much that he could close his lips on it and it would stick out. We were begging him to just pull it out already!

He caught a lizard, but all I can see is that tooth!

The next morning it was still hanging there, so my mom asked him to wiggle it and while he was grabbing it, she purposely bumped his elbow and the force popped it right out! She was determined to get his tooth out and she actually did it!

It is hard to see in this picture, but while we were at IKEA we bought bunk beds for the boys so that James would start sleeping in Rett's room instead of our room. It has been almost a week and so far so good! James said he didn't mind where he sleeps, he just doesn't want to be alone. Most nights he falls asleep first and then Rett plays around him/on him/next to him until he finally gets tired enough to go to sleep. It is a good thing James is a hard sleeper!

On the 4th of July our ward had a cereal breakfast at the beach activity, so we got up really early and made our way to the beach. We usually don't go to the beach on holidays because it gets so crowded but it was early enough not to be too bad. We brought a little football and were tossing it to each other.

Our city fireworks were great this year. We were hoping that Rett wouldn't be scared, but it was just like last year. Not a fan. He likes to watch them from far away, but he doesn't like the loud noises when they are close.

James loves them, the louder the better!

We had to get our free chicken on cow appreciation day at Chick-fil-a. Rett was fine with whatever I put on him, but James refused to wear the shirt and would only wear the cow ears. He also wouldn't let me take a picture of him while we were there because it was "too embarrassing" :)

James and Anthony got new boogie boards and James was so excited for him to come home from work the next day so that they could test them out. Half of the time Anthony helped Rett boogie board and the other half Rett played in the sand with me. They had a great time. James said it was "the best day ever".

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