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 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!