St. Patricks’s Day and Some Chicken Coops

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

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We woke up and were not surprised to see that some naughty leprechauns had snuck into our house and turned some things green…

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[eggs…not yet scrambled.  They look so gross, I know.]

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[milk.  so many bubbles because I had to shake that sucker for a good 30 sec to get the green distributed]

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[the butter for our toast]

The kids thought it was hilarious.

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Except for Alice. The look on her face was priceless.

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But she got over it.

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Dressed in green, we headed out for Maria and Jamie’s soccer games. Actually, only a few of us wore green, but Maria and Jamie wore gold/orange, which just happens to be the color of the leprechaun’s gold, so it all worked out.

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The kids did so great at their games. Jamie loved it which I totally didn’t expect. He smiled the whole time!

But after a freezing morning watching soccer, Maria and I decided to head downtown where some St. Paddy’s day stuff was going on.

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We were especially excited to go check out the new spot for the library.

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It’s going to be so great!

Maria enjoyed more than a couple cookies…

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Then we went and bought some cupcakes from “Simple Eats” and took them to our friends Violet and Carter.

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[butterfinger, mint, and blueberry…so delicious]

So after the downtown festivities (we also got a salted pretzel and some kettle corn) we headed up to their house, where we just had to check out their beautiful chicken coop that they…get this…built. Yes, they built it.

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[nesting boxes, accesible from the outside]

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[shingled roof]

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[this will be used as the “walls” of the coop]

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[the inside roosting dowels]

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[hinges and latches for the doors]

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[view from the side]

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[depth of the inside]

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[length of the house opening…open the door to clean out under their perches]

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[height of the front]

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[length of the roof line]

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[length of structure]

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[height of the back — since the roof slants]

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[main door to the ‘outside’ part of the coop — easy access for cleaning. There will be wire here, too]

We thought maybe one of their ADORABLE chicks might wanna check out her new digs.

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Go on, little one.

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That’s it….shimmy on up there…

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Carter had to put her up in the doorway because she was just too little, still, to do it herself.

Seriously, how adorable is she?!

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We get our chicks the end of May. We are pretty excited, especially after visiting Sandy’s 8 chicks.

After checking out the chicks, we came home and played. The kids went on a hunt for all their animals…and ended up creating a farm that also housed dinosaurs. Sounds dangerous, if you ask me.

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At least they have puppies to keep watch.

Wait a minute, those are itty bitty, tiny puppies! There’s no way they could stop a hungry velociraptor.

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Alice wasn’t amused by my commentary.

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The kids played so well together. I love days like this — and, lucky for me, they are not rare.

I will miss it, especially this view of tiny feet tucked under tiny bottoms:

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Scout and Zeek stayed out of the way.

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Which is good, because this was a full farm — no room for extra animals.

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[is it just me, or does this guy look nothing like a farmer?]

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I don’t only feel lucky today because it’s St. Patrick’s Day. Lucky me, I get to see this kind of thing every day:

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