Monday, November 10, 2014

Turkey Update

I haven't mentioned the turkeys recently so I thought it was time to give an update, since Thanksgiving is getting closer. First of all, we no longer have Lady. She was killed. We are 99.9% sure it was our dog, Jax, who no longer lives with us consequently. We did replace her with another hen about the same age, but she is not related to Tom, so that is the good part. Her name is Sasha and while they get along well, they don't have the same chemistry as Tom and Lady did.
When Lady was killed, Tom was also pretty ruffled up. He had many feathers missing and we found him in shock hiding in the old combine on the hill by the turkey house. Luckily he's made a full recovery and doing well.

Last picture I posted of Tom vs. now.

As you can see, Tom has gotten much bigger. He also thinks he's much more intimidating. The kids know to keep their distance, for some reason they really get Tom fluffy. He's always puffing up when they are nearby. We think it is their height, it must be threatening to him and his mate who he must protect. While he'll deflate and run if I run towards him, he holds his stance if the kids get close and I know he'd totally peck them. Mason is scared and will stay away, but the girls are fearless. I have to play body guard too often. The other day the kids were playing in the driveway (in the mud, nonetheless) and Tom started coming down the hill to show how tough he is. I just had to chase him away a couple times and for like a half hour he just paced back and forth at the top of the hill all puffed up.

The turkeys are total creepers. They watch me do dishes, they watch us eating meals, they watch the kids playing in the living room.. he gives meaning to the term peeping Tom. I don't mind, I just wish they'd stop pooping on the deck.
Tyler built a nice sized run off the turkey house a few months ago. We thought it would be nice for when we weren't going to be home all day so they wouldn't have to be cooped up.

We have decided for sure that Tom and Sasha will be sticking around for the long haul.  No turkeys for Thanksgiving this year, but perhaps next year. As soon as Sasha starts laying (in the spring), we'll be incubating and hopefully hatching a good number of turkey poults to raise for meat or sell.  So keep us in mind for your holiday meal needs next year!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Mason, On Your 4th Birthday...

You woke up a little after 7, even though you were up late the night before.

I made cinnamon raisin biscuits for breakfast and we let you have "old" (pop, but not really pop) for breakfast. You were pretty darn excited about that.

We sang Happy Birthday and you blew out your candle. Then Finnley kept saying, "My turn!"

We presented you your present by playing the trailer for the movie, Big Hero 6 and letting you know we'd be taking you to see it later in the day. You were disappointed because there weren't any presents to open.

I left you with Dad and your sisters to attend Brandie's baby shower. You got to watch your favorite show on Netflix, Oscar's Oasis and have hot dogs and chips for dinner.

While Grandma Kim stayed home with Elliot and Finnley, Dad and I took you to the movie (your first!) in the afternoon. You thought the inside of the theater looked like a hotel, probably because of the carpet. You held your ears for the first few minutes and couldn't quite get your seat to fold all the way down when sitting in it. After a while, your feet fell asleep and you sat on Dad's lap and later mine. You had popcorn (complete with yellow dyes, boo) and a bottle of water. I think it is safe to say you enjoyed yourself.

We stopped at Hy-vee before heading home, got a few groceries and a pizza to bake for supper, which we had with raspberries and knock knock jokes.

After supper, we got ready for bed. Dad read you books, you told me you were going to dream about robots, and you went to sleep, snuggling with Dad (and beloved Paci, of course.)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Elliot and Finnley at 2 Years Old + Mason at (Almost) Four

Elliot is a big sweetheart. Lately she has been acting very shy around both strangers and close family, but once she warms up to you she'll give hugs and smiles. She can also be independent and plays in her own world at times. Elliot likes to be the "monster" and chase her brother and sister around the house.

Finnley is silly. She loves to do what her big brother is doing and will follow him around/take orders to play with him. Finn is the biggest mama's babe out of the crew, but can be lots of fun, too.

Mason is an outgoing burst of sunshine. He has a big imagination and enjoys laughing. He will listen intently to what you have to say, unless he's busy doing his own thing. He goes with the flow very well, although he has his not so great moments, too. Just like all of us!

Favorite Foods
Elliot is a big fan of broccoli, berries, and green beans. She also likes meat of all kinds and cheese. This girls is lacking a sweet tooth though, which makes me question whether or not she is actually my child.

Finnley is also a big fan of meat, green beans, berries, and broccoli. She loves chocolate. Definitely my child.

Mason loves potato chips, rice and gravy, cookies, mac and cheese, pancakes... pretty much if it is a somewhat unhealthy carb, Mason likes it. He also really likes mixed veggies, green smoothie popsicles, peas, carrots, apples, grapefruit, really most fresh fruits and vegetables. He does this thing where he refuses to try something on his plate, but he is never allowed more of something else (or dessert) until he takes one bite just to try it. Most of the time he tries it, pauses to think, and then excitedly exclaims, "I like it!!"

Elliot is a soft spoken little girl. Her voice is quiet and high pitched, really quite cute. She doesn't say too much, although lately her vocabulary has been expanding by leaps and bounds. I still have a hard time understanding a lot of her words though.

Finnley is loud. She talks a lot. I can understand most of the things she says, although every once in a while she'll repeat something for me over and over and I still just can't get it. The other day Mason came over to her to ask if he could play with the toy she had. She replied, "Yes, of course, Mason!" It was totally cute and a great sentence!

Mason loves to talk. He has stories and jokes galore. The stories aren't that good and his jokes don't make sense, but it is still fun to hear them. His vocabulary is extensive, but still learning new words every day. Today he learned the word incision as I was telling him about how he was born.

Elliot loves to draw. Her work is mostly scribbles, but it really relaxes her.

Finnley sings to every song she hears. The words are not right, but the melody is close enough.

Mason enjoys building legos. He builds mostly vehicles, but some things he comes up with are really unique.

Elliot Cats. Hats. Dora. Hugs. Carrying eggs. Picking berries. Hide and Seek (she's really good at seeking). Aunt Lindy. Reading.

Finnley Swinging. Climbing. Umizoomi. Chasing the birds. Milkies. Let It Go. Opening butter. "Row row gently" (Row Your Boat). Horsey rides. Spinning circles. Reading.

Mason SwimmingSwinging. Building. "My girl"--Pecka the chicken. Paci. Eating all day long. Playing the Kindle or computer. Special trips with Dad. Reading.

Elliot Strangers. Ice cream. Seeing owies on herself. Naps. When the dog touches her. Swinging high. Elderberry syrup.

Finnley Squash. Wearing headbands. Naps. Being alone. Not being allowed to climb on the table. Wrappers on the crayons.

Mason Loud flushing toilets. Water in his face. Waiting. Getting his hair cut. Only getting one vitamin a day.