Monday, February 21, 2011

Secretariat is a Triple Crown WINNER

So, if anyone else has been living under a rock {like me} and has not seen Secretariat....

Go see it now!

If you have been reading my ramblings for any length of time, you know that I don't recommend movies, unless they are AWESOME!! And this one is. Done perfectly!!!  I LOVED IT!!!  

Here are a few pictures to get you get to Redbox and SEE IT TODAY!!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Breaking News from our Hen House...fingers crossed

Spring is definitely in the air over here.  The weather is gorgeous, the grass is turning green and the neighbor's drake mallard is circling our house!!!

About a week ago he began his visits with this little lady right here....

Can you blame him??  I personally think she is the prettiest little duck around!!

He wasted no time at all, and about a week ago, Miss Duck went missing for a few hours and the very next day she surprised us by leaving us a treasure in the coop.  She had built herself a cozy little home and laid one egg!!  She has consistently laid one egg each night and we are up to 6 total!  She should lay a few more (most lay 8-12) before she starts setting.  Then we will begin the 28 day countdown to the birthday festivities!!!

In just a few days we will be able to "candle" the eggs to see if they are fertile or not (keep your fingers crossed).  Candling is when you cup your hand around a flashlight and then place the egg on top of your cupped hand.  The light will shine through the flashlight and let you take a peek into the egg to see there is a little friend inside.  At around 10 days you can see, so we are counting down the days!!!

My girls are so excited about all of the action here on our little farm, we just can't believe!!!  Coincidentally enough, we are using Apologia's Flying Creature's of the 5th Day for science, so our experiments have been amazing!!  From the hundreds of Canada geese that flew into to rest at the pond next door (of course not ours) on their big migration journey to the plentiful bats and owls we have around, to the pair of red tailed hawks that feast in the field behind our house to now the laying, nesting, and hatching of baby ducks...I couldn't have planned it better if I had tried!!!

Lets just hope Momma Duck is tending to her business and getting serious...cause I'm seriously needing me about 5 of them darlings following her to the pond!!!

If nothing happens, well we will all be disappointed, but we still have our faithful bluebirds who raise at least 3 families in their little home in our backyard every year.  They were doing some spring cleaning today!!  We can always count on them!!!  But, I have complete faith is Miss Duck!!!

Here are a few more pictures of our feathered ladies...everyone is just thrilled about the good weather and spending lots of time just cruising the yard!!!

And fighting over graham crackers!!!

You can even see here that while Marigold is about to chomp her beak around her a piece, Little Red has already seen one flying in from the distance that she is sure she can catch and enjoy!!!

I love this gals!!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Im Going to the MidSouth Homeschool Convention....anybody else??

Im so excited I can hardly type!!!  I am going to the Mid South Homeschool Convention in Memphis!!!

After reading the line up of speakers, workshops, and the proximity to Neely's BBQ {love me some Pat and Gina} I had to get myself a room!!!

So, I was curious if anyone else is heading to Memphis for the convention???   If so, lets meet up!!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Little Happy Birthday to a very special gal

Saturday my baby girl turned 8 years old.

She is spunky, transparent, genuine, doesn't meet a stranger, and is lots of fun.  She wears her heart on her sleeve and cannot hold back tears to save her life.  When her feelings are hurt you know it.  I love that about her.  That she is so willing to put herself out there and be so vulnerable.  She understands that you have to love with everything you've got if you want to be happy...even if that means that you may get hurt a time or two.  I love that about her.

I love her freckles, her chunky little feet, and her big brown eyes.

For her birthday we took her and a few friends ice skating and back to our house to do a little karaoke and play Just Dance for Kids!!!  We had a blast and she felt so special.  Here are a few snapshots of her big day!!!

All she asked for was a "real" microphone stand!!!

Who doesn't love a talking card...with knock knock jokes?

And a pillow pet that was bought by her sissy!!  "You can't really say something is from you Mom unless you pay for it.  If you don't pay for it Mom all you can say is you picked it out."  
And so she paid for it.  

And so the microphone stand got put to good use....immediately!

And everyone loves Just Dance!!!

It was a great day with great friends and amazing family members!!  

We love you little Wootie, Happy Birthday!!!

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