We love our seasonal side creek. It was a very rainy day when I took this picture so it doesn't do it justice, but it really is lovely and beautiful. When the creek is dry, the boys tend to wander down to the bed to play.
Julia is so amazing with kids. She finds all kinds of ways to entertain them.
Jonny was riding this bike one evening when we were out doing yard work.
Julia, Nolan, and Oliver being silly.
Julia helped me to make spring rolls one day when all the other girls were at work.
Natalie didn't really like wearing this hat. She took it off within seconds.
Natalie's chases the sound of the vacuum cleaner and stands up against the washing machine. Even when the washer isn't going, we will often find her there.
Our chickens are thriving, but sadly there are only three. We found one dead in the yard with Lexi lying down next to it. We think it flew out of its pen but we don't know how it died. There were no loose feathers, blood, or torn body parts so it remains a mystery. Since I have read that things like this is something to be expected when you start raising animals, I tried to not take it too hard. However, the other chickens kept looking around...
It is fun to throw a worm or grub to the chickens and watch them steal it from each other. It's like Chicken TV.
We have been doing a lot of work outside. With the house freshly painted we are now tackling the dirt issues. Here are some of the before and after photos.
Every time it rains the fine black bark was splashing up on the balusters and making them very dirty. We decided to lay rock to fix the problem. Along with laying the rock we took out a row of bushes to open up the porch, planted Indian Hawthornes and Agapanthas, cemented and laid brick under the porch swing, and made a new retaining wall.
This month has been brutal in terms of us getting sick. Dennis has had Strep throat. I took Oliver to the ER to find out he had pneumonia. We have had colds, half of us have had an awful stomach virus, the other half had a 24 hour bug that made them sleep the whole time, and poor Paul tested positive for both flu and Strep.
John and I had a nice evening out on Valentine's Day thanks to our amazing oldest daughters who held the fort down with all the younger kids. John and I went to Mardel which I call "the Costco for Christians" and walked down each aisle. We bought this for each other. Then we went to dinner. It was a perfect evening.