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Raccoons, Frogs and Planters Oh My!

Good Morning!!! It is beautiful here today ☀. We had quite an eventful weekend trying to catch the little rascal(s) who beheaded our beautiful girls last week. We finally succeeded in trapping what we think might be the culprit in Saturday night only to have pull a Houdini sometime between 10pm-7am…boy can you just picture the look of sheer disappointment on my face as I walked down to see an empty cage! Well we set the trap again Sunday night and this time the same beady eyed raccoon was staring back at me Monday Morning…and that little tiny handed escape artist did it again as the hubby was trying to take care of him out in the brush…he just squeezed through the tiniest of openings…I just know on his way through he turned and looked chuckling to himself and saying, “hahahahaha. You can’t catch me…me-2, humans-0”. So finally, this morning, we have eradicated the little guy and hopefully given our girls a little more open-range enjoyment!

We also finished up the planters around the garden to try and keep the insects and rodents from snacking on my veggies! My husband did such an amazing job, better than I could have imagined or purchased! I showed him these from Hayneedle and look at the ones he built!! Miss K and I went to Fanick’s Nursery on Saturday in San Antonio to get the plants and herbs…it is beautiful there and the friendly/helpful staff makes it so much better…if you are in the San Antonio area, I highly recommend you go see them.

We headed to Church on Sunday morning for a wonderful message and then back home for lunch an naptime…I also enjoyed a little two hour nap with Miss K 😬. After nap it was time to head outside for some fun in the splash pool, where a bullfrog was waiting for the little bug/insect/amphibian loving little girl! She played and talked to that little guy for at least 30 minutes! Who knew entertainment was lurking in our back yard all this time 🤣🤷🏼‍♀️.

I hope you all enjoyed the weekend and have a beautiful week ahead!  Take some time to enjoy a few popsicles with the littles this week!

XOXO,
Tiffany

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Nature, Zoo, and it always comes in Threes

Good Morning! Yesterday was an eventful day around the compound…Now, you know the saying everything happens in threes??? Well, this hit me full force…we lost 3 girls yesterday and I lost my cassava flour, my husband according to Miss K, and maybe my mind!

Well last night I went down to put the girls up a little early and they all came running to me as I walked down so naturally I didn’t think anything was wrong until I counted and recounted several times and kept coming up with only 8. So the search began and to my heartbreak I found 3 of the girls had been victims of some sort of prey…probably dogs. Of course my belly immediately felt the pain and then the anger started to fester…these girls are not just chickens, they have become part of the clan around here! We carry them around petting them and look forward to them coming to visit when we go down to give them scraps, check in and of course open and close the coop. Either way, last night the hubby and I go down so he can see where I found the girls and look for tracks…so we are creeping in the dark in size 12 boots…yes both of us…one flashlight…an all the sudden I step on a dead log and jumped/whaled so loud I think I touched the moon and woke the Galápagos Islands up…a sight to be had I’m sure! So of course we are all still sad and Miss K even went with Daddy to try and find where’re got her chickies this morning (with no luck). In true Beverly hillbilly fashion, I look out to see the hubby on a ladder throwing smoke bombs and firecrackers into tree holes as he jumps down to quickly take aim with the 22. Anyway, the girls, Miss K and I will all be fine in time as Nature sometimes takes its course, I just hope my girls survive the trauma of losing their friends.

As Miss K continues to grow each time we embark on a trip to the zoo, her interest and intellect grow faster and more majestic than a cheetahs. We enjoyed seeing the bears, hippos, elephants, lions, zebras, and of course were talked into a carousel ride. We all love to be outside and yesterday was a nice overcast day so most of the animals were out and we were thrilled to see them up close…at one point we walked by the alligators and my husband had K on his shoulders and motioned like he was going to throw her in as she cried, “no don’t throw me to the gators, I will be scared!” Of course he was just playing and made sure to tell her, “I was just joking.”

Once naptime was over, K and I headed outside to quickly mow the yard before filling the splash pool for some playtime/wear the kid out time! We have been having some sleep issues as the little weasel tries to come out of her room all hours of the night and sneak her way into my nice big king size bed that she turns into a toddler bed once she’s finished!  The wear out session continued with daddy arriving home with some soil for the new planters he has been building and the removal  my beloved rose bush he “accidentally” killed while spraying some herbicide. Now this was a rose bush that blossomed the biggest most fragrant roses I have ever seen and did I mention it was almost 5 yrs old! It was so big, we had to get the tractor to pull it out of the ground. Now in his defense he did get me a new rose bush for our anniversary to replace the one who accidentally met its untimely demise.  We finished up with a little game of go fishing in the splash pool as Daddy casted the “fish” into the pool and my little “bear” ran and pounced on the “fish” for about 25 minutes to make sure the little weasel was good and worn out!

As I got ready to prepare dinner I noticed I was missing my brand NEW bag of Cassava Flour…now I have put phones in the fridge and toys in the freezer and maybe even almost given my husband the Vick’s vapo steam humidifier additive instead of cough syrup, but I could have sworn I put that cassava flour back in the pantry after the apple fritters were made Friday morning! Anyway just as I’m realizing my dinner is being derailed, my sweet little thief comes in with some beautiful flowers for “my wedding”.  Now at this point I told her I was married to daddy to which she emphatically stated, “they are for when you marry daddy again.”  I just said, well that sounds great,  I will marry him over and over again!  So I decided to do something I haven’t done in years for him…made hime 3 dozen chocolate chip cookies…especially after finding my girls…well and I also indulged in a little sorrow relief myself!

I hope you all are having a great week and take a little time to enjoy the roses!

XOXO,

Tiffany

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Sunshine, Anatomy Lessons and a Side of Pulled Pork

Good Evening Peeps! The weather has been quite beautiful in Texas and The Lord’s presence is shining ever so bright this time of year.

This mornings shenanigans did not disappoint and the giggles were endless on my part. Of course each day is always a different adventure and they are endless with our little princess. This morning started out with a little dance party in the living room to the tune of the abc’s and ended with my walking out of the shower to a toddler in her birthday suit with a teal belt and a pair of black UGGs up to her knees shaking her little tail feathers. Seriously what can you do but giggle at this point?!

After the little show, (thank goodness there weren’t any poles involved) we were off to the feed store, yes in our CHRISTMAS jammies, where we found some more cute animals “we need him mommy, he’s so sad all by himself and he would love to come home to his friends at our house.” NO HE DOES NOT and with that we got the girls some more food and headed off to HEB. At the grocery store we made sure to give the patrons an anatomy lesson as we informed them “tinkle comes out our vagina and poop comes out our rear” while picking up the few things we needed. But the best phrase to come out of the anatomy professors mouth was “don’t touch my breasts, they are mine, not yours!” all while she is covering them with her own hands!!  I won’t lie we may have forgone a few items just so this rosey-cheeked mommy could quickly exit the store without being recognized!

After the adventurous morning naptime was not only welcomed but NEEDED and so the husband and I went outside to plant a few tomato plants in the garden and sand the coop  to prepare it for painting, since the girls seem to be growing faster than my baby has grown into a toddler.

Although THE GIRLS aren’t all fuzzy and small, they still bring my little girl such joy as she greets them each morning and takes them for some playtime in the afternoon sun. The girls were having such a relaxing sunbath when their “best friend” needed to get in and ruffle their feathers a bit…although she was so sweet and kind at first one of the girls ended up getting shaken up like she was experiencing the thrill of “the zipper” at a carnival all while an evil little laugh played on repeat accompanying the jolts and shakes. Poor girl may have been traumatized just a little as she quickly walked to the corner where she collapsed from the whole ordeal…she is fine thank goodness…just keeping her distance from the blonde headed badger and with good reason I might add.

We finished up the day with a photo session with our “CHOSEN SISTERS” and arrived back home to the tantalizing aroma of pulled pork in the instant pot!

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Pancakes and Turmeric Shots with a Side of Rest…

Another day has passed here on the homestead and well I can’t imagine why at 8:00pm I am in bed with toothpicks prying my eyes open saying I can do this, I know I can stay awake until 8:30pm…I can’t be the only one right…Every single one of you had to have been woken up by your energizer bunnies at oh wait for it…5:30am, right?  This is totally normal…well I may use a sliding scale for normal.

We started off the day by going out to say good morning to our little chicks and may have given them a little scare as a tiny hand reached in and picked one up, well maybe pinched one up by the neck and another by their wing all while saying…”did you sleep well little girl, I’m so proud of you for staying in your bed all night.”

After “loving” on our girls, we headed inside to make pancakes and managed to have breakfast ready for daddy by 7:30 right as he walked into the kitchen…now that may or may not be a lie and since there is a chance he could read this, it will be more fun for you all to speculate.  On the menu was Paleo Chocolate Chip Silver Dollar Pancakes (Paleo Kids Cookbook by Jennifer Robbins) , Blueberries, Applegate Chicken and Maple Sausage and at the request of the little energizer bunny 1 cold freshly juiced turmeric shot and of course when you have a shot you must cheers!!!

Next on the list was getting dressed and out the door for church in you may have guessed it…15 minutes!!  So as I am brushing my teeth the little tike comes in and says, “mommy don’t I look beautiful in my princess dress?”  Now I was really thinking OMG you are a wreck right now full of flowers on top and different flowers on bottom and then never mind the shoes that may or may not be a few sizes too small with the laces cinching her feet in like a sausage meat being stuffed in the casing, but with the biggest smile on my face out came..”Oh you look gorgeous sweetheart you did such a wonderful job picking out your clothes for church today!”  Then a few minutes later I over hear my fashionista husband ask her, did mommy like your outfit, did she say it was okay.  Of course I couldn’t say anything at this point, but I think if part of my face hadn’t been frozen by Botox, it just might have been saying what my lips had wanted to.  Oh how I wanted to change that outfit, but I did refrain and so when we arrived at church today, not only did we look like a mismatched orphan, but the little energizer bunny ran into church screaming, I want a lollipop mommy, I want a lollipop.  Well you know when you are two and the youngest in the congregation by a good 10 years, one of the “grandparents in church” is bound to lower that lollipop basket for you to reach in and with your greedy little hands grab not one but THREE yes you read that right.  At any rate, we have a lollipop to enjoy during services to keep us quiet right…oh no!  As there is a pause during one of the prayers miss energizer bunny proceeds to start informing the congregation how she LOVES blue lollipops!  You only thought stuffing something in their mouth would keep it from opening!  Hahahahahahaha FAT CHANCE!  Now you aren’t as mortified, but still plenty embarrassed as the men serving at the table begin passing the offering plate and your Jesus Loving toddler, burst out, “Jesus is coming…I have money for him momma!”

Once we returned home nap time went off without a hitch and it was time to have a day of REST!  Well I put the husband to work on the chicken coop I want remodeled for the girls while I supervised.  I also told him of my plans to paint it to which he replied, “What??? You are going to paint this thing?  I thought I told you I didn’t want it to stand and out and have to look at this ugly thing?”  To this I lovingly replied, “Oh it will be so Chic once its finished you will be begging the Chicks to come down and hang out with them!”

Well we rounded the day out with a little visit from the neighbors grandson…you just can’t pass up on some cute toddler pictures!