Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Hatchlings and such....

So today I went out to the coop and found Henny Penny here off her eggs chasing her first hatchling around because he had escaped the pen and couldn't get back in. 

Her other eggs were cold and unattended and nearby I found a cold and nearly lifeless new hatchling.  I scooped him up in a towel and gave him to Jacob to warm up.  I gathered the rest of the eggs, the warming light and the new hatchling and we headed into the house.  Thanks to the 30 gallon galvanized tub, the eggs and the new hatchlings are warm.  Henny Penny is taking care of her baby and he now has a step to get into the cage, lol. 

One of the eggs has a crack in it and you can hear pecking coming from inside!

The kids have named her Cuddles cause we needed to cuddle her and keep her warm.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


We are all learning about animal cells in Science.  Today for our science project, we created our own cell and some of it's organelle's.  I used stuff I had around the craft room and kitchen....easy and the kids love hands on stuff!

Do you remember the nucleus, ribosomes, ER, cytoplasm, cell membrane and mitochondria?  Lol, I feel like I am in school again too!

A little bit of Elmer's glue and imagination goes a long way!


The girls had their first day of tumbling class at the Honey Bowen Building...lots of fun!

I was very proud of Madison, she overcame her shyness and joined right in!

Forward rolls.....

Thanks to Coach Tibby and Coach Madison!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Chicken harvest...graphic photos

The day before my 45th birthday I helped do something I never would have dreamt I would do, I helped butcher two chickens for meat.  Now if you know me, you know I love me some chickens!  I love the fresh eggs.  I also love the whole idea of homesteading, so butchering our own chickens just seemed the next obvious thing to do. 

The photos are graphic, but I assure you the chickens by no means suffered.  The hardest part was catching them and then well, they just kind of went to sleep.  I was happy that their deaths weren't traumatic and I admit that was a HUGE worry for me. 

This is Frazier getting the blood catching bucket together and firing up the fire to heat the water to help get the feathers off.

These big boys are our donors.  We only ended up butchering two of them because #3 escaped and well, it is way hard to catch a free range chicken!  We have 5 roosters and they end of fighting and getting mean and you really only need one rooster to "service" the ladies!

Frazier and I read and watched a ton of videos and blog posts.  We made a kill cone out of a gallon jug.  After the chicken was caught we simply turned him upside down, inserted his head into the cone and he was calm.  No flapping around.  Then we cut him behind the ear, drained the blood and that was it.  We did thank God for this chicken that gave his life so we could eat.  Circle of life says my friend Brittany!

Me being a redneck!  What a horrid photo!
After dipping him in a hot water bath it was de-feathering time.  This was my least favorite party, it stinks {literally}.

We chose to separate the parts so the next hour or so, Frazier stood in the kitchen removing the breast meat and drumsticks/thighs.  Now I have four chicken breasts, four drumsticks and four chicken thighs tucked away in the freezer.  Best part is, I know what they were fed and they aren't full of hormones and antibiotics!
And this is just a funny picture of Jacob who thought the chickens feet were pretty funny! 
I understand you can make a delicious broth out of them, but well, I'm not quite there yet!
Thanks to The Elliot Homestead for the great tutorial!



Tuesday, March 17, 2015

100th Day of School

When you homeschool, your 100th day of school likely does not match the public school districts 100th day celebration.  This is due to my {ahem} rather flexible schedule.  Kind of like why we are on the 100th day of math and language arts, but only day 65 of science and history!  No worries!

Well Friday WAS our 100th day of doing our Easy Peasy Homeschool so we celebrated with some fun activities, goodies and craft projects.....

Artsy stuff

I downloaded this free printable online to color...

The kids made these funky 100 day hats using 10 strips of paper and bingo markers...10 on each strip to make 100!

Sam looks thrilled!

And there is Madi again, minus her shirt. 
We had this fabulous 100 snack! Twinkies and donuts, YEAH!
Sam is a coloring machine!
Activities galore!
You could build a structure using 100 lego's....

or making 100 dots ......
or make a 100 bead necklace!

The kiddo's  had a great day of fun celebrating and they are now officially
100 Days Smarter!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Today's St. Patrick's Day project....

I downloaded today's project from Scholastic.com.  You only need the rainbow clipart, a sheet of white or blue paper, tissue paper and cottonballs!

I had the kids color the background sky and then glue the cut out clipart rainbow on.

We then cut little square of multicolored tissue paper and glued them on.  The clouds were ripped up cotton balls.  Cute project!


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Rainbow spirals!

Cute and quick St. Patrick's Day project...or for when it's rainy!

Brought to you by this smiling little baby!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

St. Patricks Day Fun

We are focusing on St.Patricks Day and those pesky little leprechauns this week!  Yesterday we made these pots of gold to fill with our "good deed" shamrocks....

I found the printable at Scholastic Book Club ...they have tons of activities for each month.  Did I mention I just bought 50 new books from their $1 sale???????!!!!!  I always loved when the kids brought home the Scholastic Book Club papers from school and I was super excited to find I could join as a homeschool family and get the same rates. 
Today we made our Six Wishes Rainbow.   The printable is from here.  Despite my best efforts to encourage thinking about others, the kids put a bunch of toys as their wishes!!  Lol, I try!

I really liked this project.  It gave letter copy practice, cutting and some creative writing with the wishes.  Plus, it was simple to put together and now they are fluttering in the breeze in my kitchen!
If you liked these projects, check out my St. Patrick's Day board on Pinterest!
Thanks for stopping by~sue

Friday, March 6, 2015


  Tonight I made my first real attempt at making pillowcase dresses for the girls.  I chose them because I wanted something quick that I didn't need a pattern for.  I found some quick instructions here

Madison's dress had to be altered from the original.  My bias tape was too wide, well not really, I realized I didn't fold it in half again.  So out came the scissors and I just cut it all off which now left the armholes way too big.  Oh well.  It is fine.  This was my "trial" dress so I wasn't stressing and she loved it anyway. 

I found the hem bias tape at Goodwill like eon's ago.  It's been sitting in my sewing box, so I decided to use it up.  It doesn't match exactly, but it's fine. 
I have had fabric in my cabinet for a while and I never seem to use it.  I vowed I was not going to pick up anything new until I used up what I had. {This is my new motto!}  I even went to Hobby Lobby today and DID NOT buy any new fabric!  I did get bias tape, thread and pins though. 
Emma's "trial" dress is green with purple and orange flowers.  I had originally had a striped hemline on it but didn't like it, so out came the scissors again!  Lol. 
So, I'm pretty proud of myself even though they weren't particularly difficult or anything.  I just enjoyed making them!

Monday, March 2, 2015

it didn't even hurt

Madison came out and handed me this.

And then she said,

"It didn't even hurt when I cut that candy out of my hair."


Nice chunk of missing hair. 
Just like her sister.