Sunday, August 26, 2012


I have been obsessed with stocking our pantry, raising chickens, homesteading and the possibility of raising meat rabbits lately.

Daddy laughed and said I was nesting.

Umm, well I guess that would make sense. 

We are getting chicks next month.  Daddy still needs to build my new chicken coop - our old chicken coop is falling apart.  Fortunately they will not be old enough to go outside until they are 4-6 weeks old so he has a little leeway.  I am so excited.  Claire can't wait to get the baby chickens.  She will be helping feed them and collect the eggs when they start laying, but for now she will be in charge of socializing them.  At this age that just means snuggling little balls of fluff.  I think she will enjoy her job!  :) 

I can't wait to post updates on our "little backyard farm".

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

It's a ........


That's a girl alright!

Precious Profile

4D - I hope she grows into those ears ;)
 Claire adored seeing the baby and you should have seen the grin on her face when the technician said it was a girl!  It's a sister!  I was shocked.  I really thought it was a boy!  Well, to be honest when I first found out I was pregnant I immediately started thinking girl, but when the morning sickness hit full force I started leaning towards a boy.  I had no morning sickness with Claire and a lot with Chandler and I have been so sick with this pregnancy I thought that pointed towards boy!  It just shows you that every pregnancy is different.

After we went in the waiting room to wait for the doctor Claire drew a picture to commemorate the occasion.

That is me on the table with the baby in my tummy.  I promise my belly is not that big!  :)  The thing in the upper left hand corner is the ultrasound machine. 

Now for pulling out Claire's old clothes!  I'm excited to deal with pink and flowers again!

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Wait is Killing Me!

Tomorrow morning I have my big ultrasound.  I am so impatient.  I can not wait to find out if I am having another son or another daughter.  Claire is praying for a sister!  Daddy and I agreed to let Claire come and she is ecstatic.  I hope seeing the ultrasound pictures will help soften the blow if Little Bit is a boy!  We Googled ultrasound pictures so she would know what to expect.  I think she will find it fascinating.  Chandler is going to spend a little quality time with Grandma while we go.  I think he's a little too young. 

Now I just need to settle on a name.  Daddy and I are driving each other crazy when it comes to baby names.  We have settled on Fiona if it is a girl.  For a boy I lean towards Miles and Daddy really wants Declan (DECK-lan).  We discussed compromising on Miles Declan since Daddy had his way on Chandler's name.  I think that seems fair.  But I like two middle names (yes, I know I am strange), so we still need to decide on that. 

Oh, I just can't wait until tomorrow! 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Pantry

Last winter was a hard winter in our house.  But thankfully due to my tendency to keep a stocked pantry we were okay even if I had to get a little creative for meals.  I know there is a good possibility that this coming winter may be rough too.  This area is extremely seasonal economically and if the weather is bad Daddy is unable to make it to work.  And we will have extra mouths to feed this winter!  So I have been slowly preparing, but now it's crunch time.  Downstairs in the basement was my sister's old bedroom.  Now it is my "almost there" stocked pantry! 

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I had already gotten and only have a few odds and ends that I want a little more of (i.e. pasta, sugar, baking soda, etc).  We also have an extra fridge and upright freezer so I feel pretty good.  It's amazing how reassuring plenty of food in the cupboards can be!