Monday, April 20, 2009

Painting in Progress

I just went out and took a picture of the coop painting in progress. The cream color is primer and the "Hot Chocolate" is the final color. I think he's used about 15 gallons so far. The trim will be white.
David came in to take a call.

Guess who came to visit?

We had a nice weekend visit from Kalisi, Will, Ana B and their parents, Lenna and Brandon. Here they are helping me get the chairs ready for the barbecue we had Saturday. It all started because they have friends from Bakersfield as well as relatives. (We're the relatives.) So we decided to get them together since their friends, The Taylors, live in Fresno now. So, we invited them and some other friends and family and had a great time together.
They brought me this, which I forgot to share
while everyone was here. Is that good or bad?

Chicken Coop Walls

The aviary (chicken coop) has walls and is ready for paint. Actually, it is being NOW. Hopefully, the new occupants can move in this weekend.

Block Wall

Here's a look at our new block wall we recently had
installed along the west side of the driveway.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter and Levi's 1st Birthday

Levi had his first birthday April 11th, so we waited a day to celebrate since we were having lots of our family come to our house for Easter. He is such a sweetie! He can walk several steps with a little confidence now, and he says, "Tickle, tickle, tickle" so cute you can't believe it. Although he is very friendly and loves people, his favorite person is, without a doubt, his mommy.
Levi, age 1 year 1 day

The Easter bucket brigade is ready for egg hunting. You can see the hail/rain/wind storm was quick to leave. We had beautiful sunny weather for the kids.
With a little encouragement from Granny and Grandma J., all the eggs were found and the bunny bucks redeemed.

Nathan was quick to find his dozen eggs, but discovered candy and not too many bunny bucks inside. He had to negotiate for his toys.
Kacy loves pink eggs, of course.
Will's a great egg hunter.
Jessie was a little under the weather,
but she managed to have a little fun too.

After the egg hunt, Karrie and the her kids went to Grandma Mayhall's house for dinner. Yvette, Gus, Eric, Kimi, Jake, Nathalie and Sophie came to join us for dinner, along with Angela, Lee, Lucy, baby Will, Gary and Marsha. Karl, Gaye, Jimmy, David, Lindsey and Sarah joined us later in the evening.
Oscar brought some of the chicks over for the kids to see.
We were amazed how fast they ate the bugs! Boys love chicks.
Lucy joined in too.

I didn't get a picture of little Sophie and her pretty polka dot Easter dress, because she left before I got my camera out after dinner. That's the disadvantage of being hostess. Yvette has some great pics of her on the Bryant Blog, so you better go there to see how cute she is.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Easter Hail Storm

Just before Easter we got a nice hail/rain/wind storm. I had cleaned up the yard and got everything looking pretty good, knowing that rain had been forecast, but it looked nice to me up until Thursday afternoon when the wind blew this in. Saturday, I had to hurry and rake up all the leaves and blown off branches.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Coop Progress

These are the forms for the cement upon which the walls of the chicken coop will rest. David is making slow, but sure progress. The chicks are currently housed in a big cardboard box in Jocelyn and Oscar's garage. Some of them have names and a pecking order has begun. They are anxiously awaiting their new home.