Saturday, May 30, 2009

Spring Concert

On Thursday Night, Green Mountain School held their Spring Concert. The theme was Western and started with a Melodrama put on by the 7th and 8th grade classes, followed by square dancing, and singing from the other grades.

When Jamey first got on the stage, he looked mighty serious.

And Arthur was blinded by the spotlight.

Once they got started, both boys began to relax and sang their hearts out.

At the end of the performance, some funny faces appeared onstage. James managed to capture these two below.

Jamey:
Arthur:


It was a fun night, and the boys were happy to show off all their hard work for a very appreciative audience.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Sweet as Pie



Arthur and Abby at Burgerville got quite chilly in the air conditioned restaurant after being out in the sun all morning. So, they came up with a very sweet solution to help warm up.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Lewisville Park for a day of fun

On Sunday we went to Lewisville Park - one of my very favorite parks - and played and played and played......

There is a particular slide that my boys are fond of and call it the "Big Red Slide". We couldn't be at the park and not take a jaunt down towards the other end for some first class sliding. Grandpa Jim joined in the fun with Jamey and Arthur.

Jamey sits on Grandpa's Extracycle for a spin while Arthur checks out the monkey bars.
Arthur is very very close to being able to ride by himself. James is helping him in the picture below and after a bit, Arthur was able to bike without being held. He is still shaky and needs a fair bit more practice, but I have a feeling that this summer will cinch it for him.
Emma decided to climb a tree and once the others saw her, they had to have turns too.



The cousins hanging out.


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Battle Grounds - take two


On Sunday morning, the Zimmerman gang descended on Battle Grounds Coffee shop like locusts needing a fix. The kids enjoyed cocoa with freshly made whipped cream and the adults had excellent coffee. Donuts were enjoyed by all. The service at this shop makes it feel much less like a business transaction and more like a visit with a friend. Everyone relaxed on the back porch and fueled up for a trip to Lewisville Park where even more fun, bike riding, and relaxing occured (more on that tomorrow!).

I love this picture of Grandma Theresa and Emma. They both are so relaxed soaking up the sunshine and each others company.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Biking Trip in Portland

The Zimmerman crew came down and spent Memorial weekend with us. We had a great time visiting and enjoying the wonderful weather.

On Saturday, we headed down to East Portland to do some biking and walking. It was quite the feat that Jim, Lief, and James accomplished in getting bikes, trailers, helmets and a stroller packed in/on two cars for the gang. In fact, I daresay it might have taken them as long loading and unloading as it did for the actual biking. All that work was sure appreciated and the kids had such a fun time that it seemed very much worth the effort.


Everyone is getting ready for the bike ride.


I like this picture of the gang. Grandpa Jim is missing in this photo as he was helping a fellow bicyclist with a flat tire.

This is Jamey's first extended bike ride not hooked up to an adult. He is very proud to be a solo rider and kept up well. At the end of the ride I asked him if he was all tuckered out. He said "Nope - I wish we could keep going!".
Arthur and Abby also enjoyed the ride and each others' company.

I'll have more updates of our shenanigans during the week.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

My boys

I love this picture even though it is blurry. They are both in their favorite colors and their personalities are shining through.

Jamey and Arthur can always make me smile - they are invincible in spreading cheer. Jamey will bring you his very favorite ABC blanket if he thinks you are out of sorts and snuggle with you until he is sure all is right in the world again. And Arthur comes up with solutions such as a time when I was feeling down he stated emphatically - "I know what will make you feel better! Let's go to Poteets and buy you some flowers to plant!".

These boys of mine - they are the best

Friday, May 22, 2009

Quail

Arthur talked me into getting quail this year. I have thought about getting them for a while now, but it took his sweet little pleadings to get me to commit. Not that he had to work very hard convincing me to purchase these sweet little birdies.

Here Arthur and a quail are bonding.
It's hard to portray just how small these quail are when they are babies. They have grown so much since we got them, and now are the size of just hatched baby chicks.
This little fellow decided to make the food bowl his(her?) personal nest. I had to be very careful when feeding the quail as he was usually snoozing under the metal lid.


Thursday, May 21, 2009

TajMa Coop - Inside

While the Chicken Coop isn't quite complete yet, we got the inside done so that the chicks are now living in their palace. The total building is 12 by 16 feet, and the inside area where the chicks are is 12 by 12 feet. This gives them lots of space to run around like chickens with their heads...ahem - nevermind!

I love the door to get inside the coop. It has this great screened window which I can spy on the chickies and it brings in lots of light. Plus being able to open the window as shown here increases ventilation without any critters being able to get inside.


Here is the wall opposite the door. Great boarder huh?! Nolan had it from another project and offered it to me. So naturally I said yes! What coop is complete without a floral boarder? And the chicks opinion? Well, I think they gave it a 10 out of 10, but were really too busy catching and eating moths circling their heat lamps last night to be very eloquent about the subject.
Below are the warming stations for the chicks. The metal drum is holding the quail. We are keeping them separate from the other birds due to the difference in size. When they get bigger and can (hopefully) hold their own, we will try to integrate them. Although with the higher protein feed they need and that they will always be smaller, we may end up fencing off their own area.

This is the fantastic nesting box that my Uncle Pete and Aunt Connie gave me. Even though the chicks won't be ready to lay eggs until they are 5-6 months old, I went ahead and got them all ready. The eggs can also be collected from the outside and will have four doors - one for each level. Yay!!! (I feel so official and expert like now - kinda like a real chicken farmer)


Here is a side view of the nest box. The flowers really do add a nice touch to the box.

This committee representing the flock sent out a press release stating that TajMa Coop has many amenities, and when we add a chicken door to go outside they will consider giving it 4 stars.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Big Ol' Bullfrog



This Sunday morning while talking with Nolan on the lawn, a bullfrog decided to visit us. Nolan saw it and pointed it out to me, and as big as it was, it took my mind a bit to actually "see" it. It had hopped out of the grass onto the gravel. It was very calm and let me get close for pictures and even let Nolan pet it. We showed it to the boys and they were very impressed.

I got worried seeing Flower lurking about that she might eat this beautiful creature and so after a bit of a struggle (apparently he liked being petted and photographed, but wasn't interested in being picked up) Nolan and I took him down to the creek and released the frog in the water. It quickly hopped downstream and stopped when he felt he was at a safe enough distance from us. I wish I thought of bringing my camera down to the stream and getting a photo of him in the water - he camouflaged amazingly with the moss and river bed.