Inspiration from the North

We have dear friends who live North of us.  With four boys, there is always something exciting going on at their place.  You can read about their adventures here.  It seems like we are always about a year and at least one baby behind them.  Lately we have adopted a few fun ideas from them.  Pictured below is some of the craziness that ensued with the most recent idea we stole from our friends:

The Little Man
The Little Man
The Princess
The Princess
The Big Man
The Big Man

The rope swing was super easy to install in the family room.  I think it cost a total of $13 from Lowes and will be totally worth the investment as the kids grow stronger and more agile as they swing, climb, and do tricks on the rope.  Parts included an eye hook, a l0cking carabiner, and 16 feet of rope.

We have also been inspired to begin to raise egg laying chickens.  Our friends have had chickens for over a year now and it has been a great learning experience for the boys as well as a great source of eggs.  They told us that the only place to get chickens is from Murray McMurray Hatchery.  We are so excited to get the chickens.  They come through the mail if you would believe that.  You get them when they are two days old.  How fun for the kids.  I am pretty sure Rylee will de overwhelmed with delight.  Just recently we heard that we are getting chickens from the same place that Martha Stewart got her chickens.  If you don’t believe me, you can read about it here.  Who knows, maybe our chicks will be related to her chicks (we are even getting some of the same kids – Cuckoo Marans).  Martha is not the only one doing this, apparently free range chickens in your own backyard is a growing trend in the Seattle area.  On our way home from Pikes Place Market, we picked up a magazine called Conscious Choice Seattle.  In this issue there is a story all about this new phenomena.  Well, we are always a bit behind the trend, but we are definitely enjoying these new additions to the house.  We don’t get our chickens until the week of April 13th.  I can tell you that our little ones are as excited for the 13th of April as they are for the 25th of December right now.  How fun, Christmas in April!  By the way, if you are interested in having chickens of your very own, now is the time to order as the supplies are getting a bit limited already.  I will leave you with a picture of a few Cuckoo Marans.  We can’t wait until these guys show up at the Post Office!

cuckoo_maran_group

Comments

Jenna

what do you do with the chickens after they are old enough? Use their eggs? eat them?? My neighbor has chickens, her teenager loves taking care of them , they roam the yard and are just too sweet. Let me know how it goes!

Chris

Yep, that’s the plan. Collect eggs and then eat them.

Jenna

eat the chickens or just the egss? that woulld be sad to eat a pet!:)

clanmckinnon

OK, so after we have our own place, I definitely want to get some of those adorable egg-laying chickens!! What fun! What a great idea! Oh, guess I better make sure they can make it through 120 degree summer weather before I purchase them…

And the rope swing – FANTASTIC.

clanmckinnon

Oh yeah, and where’s the picture of Audrey?! (Since the Dad wrote the post…)

klstrovas

Once the chickens no longer lay eggs well, we will eat them for dinner (the chickens). That’s the way life works, it will be great learning for our kids.

Pics of Audrey coming soon from our Pike’s Place adventure.

grammy

If it is too hard to wait for the chickens, I read that the Grange, (maybe Issaquah, not sure where) is giving 5 free chicks (I’m sure not cute ones like you have pictured) with the purchase of a bag of chicken feed.
I’ve read about The Grange before, but don’t know much about it. Already tossed the paper from last week. I can just see the excitement in my mind’s eye!

Steph

Oh my goodness!! The little chicks are absolutely adorable!! I am so excited to be home shortly after they arrive 🙂
The rope swing – – brilliant! We have one in our OT lab at school!!

kimberly

Well how fun! What a nice post…I don’t know that we are much for “inspiration”…but it is always fun to share crazy parenting ideas with like-minded friends 🙂 Can’t wait to meet your new chicks, and ours, too!

Chris

You are always an inspiration! I keep looking at our yard trying to figure out where to string a zip line! And of course, we are still a baby behind…:)

kimberly

Smiling at that. My newest quandry is where to put a CLOTHESLINE…something I’m really missing from our old house. I know it’s not for lack of room, it’s just that the front yard stays shaded all summer (wonderful for keeping the house cool but not great for drying clothes quickly)…might have to get Justin’s brain involved soon 🙂