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Happy Easter 2017!

Happy Easter!

After church, the kids made out well in the egg hunt.

Which was good since I didn’t make Easter baskets this year. Instead opting for a big surprise…

We visited a farm…

Hey! Wrong holiday!

That’s more like it!!!

And we are now the proud owners of seven baby chicks!

“Specky”

Specky is a Speckled Sussex. She reminds me of a hawk but we couldn’t think of any hawk-ish names.

“Cleo”

Cleo is Black Lace Silver Wyandotte. We also have Goldie, a Red Sexlink, two Salmon Faverolles (Leslie and Peep) and two Austrolorps (April and Buffy). I am loving all of these unique names of chicken breeds!! The Spy mandated a “Chicken Naming Lockdown” Hahahah and we weren’t allowed to do anything until we named them all; ha!

Here’s their setup while they are little and Smoochie will be building the coop ASAP!

We’ve moved the seedlings outside to harden off (they were where the chicks now are). And in other garden news…

We finally figured out what kind of trees these are:

Bradford Pear: the non-native trash tree of St. Louis. In fact, in a quick search I found a very entertaining and informative post (the writer’s annual “Bashing of the Bradford”!) that called them “evil”, “despicable” and asserted that it is “negligent” to plant them. I’m convinced and they will be going bye-bye. We would like to replace them with fruit trees (someone gave them to us and we thought they were fruit trees). Pretty white flowers yes, but…

If you want to save the world, cut down your Bradford pear trees.

Ha! Back to the chicks…

GAaaaahhh they are so cute!

The kids were just slightly excited about all of this!

In keeping with the chicken theme, we also decorated eggs this year (which for some reason we have rarely done).

And it’s Easter so of course we can’t forget our bunnies!

Hahahha

No bunnies were harmed in the making of this photo…

Or this one! Ha! She just likes to chase them. They don’t seem to mind too much.

Dogwood

Happy Easter to you all!! Thanks for visiting!

November 20, 2016

Fig tree (relocated from the garden into the house)

Fig tree (relocated from the garden into the house)

Mantle

Mantle

Amaranth

Amaranth

I would like to save this for a long time and paint it like an Easter egg for Easter

I would like to save this for a long time and paint it like an Easter egg for Easter

Bunny Castle

Bunny Castle

Bunnies snuggling in the sunshine

Bunnies snuggling in the sunshine

Digging under the deck (for snakes?)

Digging under the deck (for snakes?)

Bun Bun

Bun Bun

Amaranth

Amaranth

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Gronk the Betta fish with Rob Gronkowski

Gronk the Betta fish with Rob Gronkowski

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Lounging

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Gronk

Gronk

Dexie & Puff Puff

Dexie & Puff Puff

Stockings for all! (including one for each bunny and one for Gronkowski)

Stockings for all! (including one for each bunny and one for Gronkowski)

Bunny Castle

Bunny Castle

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Made by Aunt Alison last year

Made by Aunt Alison last year

B is for bunnies!

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BFFs

BFFs

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We always wait until the day after thanksgiving to decorate but the kids were really eager so we did it this weekend.

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

Butkus

Butkus

Hope you all have a great week!

Early July in Spy Garden

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July!

Boom!

Boom!

Sparklers are my favorite

Sparklers are my favorite

Pre-fireworks entertainment

Pre-fireworks entertainment (me and my dad juggling)

Waiting for dark to start the fireworks!

Waiting for dark to start the fireworks!

We had a great visit; Nana & Pop! See you soon!!!

We had a great visit; Nana & Pop! See you soon!!!

Onion seed pod

Onion seed pod

So many scapes!

So many scapes!

Two peas in a pod these two

Two peas in a pod these two

Echinacea

Echinacea

What's this?!

What’s this?!

A...

A…

Mushroom!

Mushroom!

Bunny

Bunny

Trying to sneak up on a bunny

Trying to sneak up on a bunny

Zinnea

Zinnea

In the garden looking up towards the house

In the garden looking up towards the house

Echinacea

Echinacea

Cardinal

Cardinal

One of the smaller snakes

One of the smaller snakes

They seem pretty used to us; we got quite close to this one!

They seem pretty used to us; we got quite close to this one!

This wildflower reminds me of dogwood

This wildflower reminds me of dogwood

Ahhhhh I love the forest

Ahhhhh I love the forest

Weeeeee

Weeeeee

Flowers to go into the flower press

Flowers to go into the flower press

A pressed flower (pressed into some paint!)

A pressed flower (pressed into some paint!)

Painting

Painting

Mixed media

Mixed media

Wildflower

Wildflower

Beading

Beading

Demonstrating how tall the dill is (and how to mix prints)

Demonstrating how tall the dill is (and how to mix prints)

So many details on this little pansy

So many details on this little pansy

Running

Running

Happy Fourth of July! Hope you all are having a great summer!