“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder without any such gift from the fairies, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in." - Rachel Carson

Sunday, April 14, 2013


A couple of weeks ago we got five new chicks--we figured it would be pretty great to get them in conjunction with Easter. My original thought was to surprise the girls with a chick in their Easter basket, but remembering how much they poop and having someone recently remind me that you have to be careful of salmonella with kids and the handling of chicks, we decided to tell Rowan about our plan and that way she got to enjoy going to the farm to pick out our new flock. Excited she was-- she has been very good about feeding them each day and wants to continually hold them.The first name she came up with was Whoopie Pie, which we all liked. There's also Ladybug Girl, Big Bird, Rose, and Attila the Hen. It is still a little too cold for the chicks to be out in the coop at night so they've been living in a box in our upstairs bathroom, and each night we fall asleep to the sounds of "cheep, cheep, cheep!" Retta finds the chicks mystifying and woke up and pointed toward the bathroom this morning and said, "Cheeks! Cheeks!" wanting to see the chicks. I just can't wait until Whoopie Pie and company start laying those fresh eggs.

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