Welcome, Kent!


We welcomed our newest little in June – hence the lack of posting! I have so much to share and now that we are all sleeping a little bit more perhaps I’ll have the time and energy to. 😉

Above is a snapshot of when Edith met Kent for the first time and is one of my most treasured photographs. All the feels!


Chicken Littles

What a crazy few weeks it has been with our new little additions! Our chicken saga has gone something like this…

We got the coop in mid February! Here it is on our trailer the night Jay picked it up. (He had to pick it up in a neighboring town.) Isn’t it the most adorable thing? I’m determined to find a way to make little chicken sized rocking chairs for the front porch….

IMG_9271Alas, we had the coop, but no where to put it yet. Jay still needed to move some rocks where the coop needed to be so he left it on the trailer behind our stables for a couple of weeks.

Flash forward to late February. To celebrate Edith’s birthday (a week late so Mommy and Daddy could go to the beach…), we decided to go pick-up our new chicks and then have my brothers help move the coop from behind the stable to its new spot since everyone was coming over for the birthday party. We’re sooooooo smart!

Anyways, we drive to our new ‘chicken lady’s’ house and pick out twelve fluffy chicks. Four Rhode Island Reds, two Golden Comets, 2 Marans, 2 Austalorps, 1 Barred Rock and 1 ‘Olive Egger’. Watching Edith dote on her ‘baby chicks’ was and has been adorable. Watching Stonewall and Huckleberry salivate at the sight of them has been less adorable.

IMG_9467 IMG_9470 IMG_9477So, back to us moving the coop. Well, it had rained the day before. And apparently that was going to make things harder than anticipated. As I’m getting ready for the party, I look out yonder and see the car, the trailer, the coop and a super frustrated husband all stuck in the mud. While trying to move it closer to it’s new spot, the car got stuck and slid backwards, now making it perpendicular to the trailer. Not ideal. Here’s a little picture I took from inside the car (while said frustrated husband wasn’t looking)….

IMG_9483We called a neighbor to see if we could get it out before the party started. No such luck. So then as my brothers started arriving we sent them all out back to free the coop. Poor guys – even if we did repay them in pizza and beer. It took a little army, but they did it. Victory!

So then we partied the night away and all were happy!

Now, enough people had warned us that chicken life can be a rocky start so we weren’t terribly surprised to wake up the next day and find one of the golden comets, ummm, ‘sleeping indefinitely’. Poor little girl just couldn’t handle the stress! Since it was within 48 hours, our chicken lady gave us another little chick to replace her. When I went to go pick her up, she told me to just put it in my pocket. So I did and the whole way home I was stressed out about it. If you are wondering if she pooped in my pocket the answer is yes.

IMG_9532A couple weeks went by and we loved watching them all grow and get more feathers! They are silly little creatures.

And then it happened. Coccidiosis. We woke up on Sunday to find one of our sweet Marans had passed away. We just kind of chalked it up to chicks being fragile and carried on. Then on Sunday a Rhode Island Red was found dead. Yikes. Then I noticed bloody droppings (gross, I know – sorry) and immediately knew what it was. We hauled over to Tractor Supply Company (what is my life?) and bought the antibiotics and began administering immediately. We made it through Sunday, but on Monday we lost a golden comet and the olive egger (heartbreak!). The only funny story that came from that is Edith saw her pass and as she was having her final little seizure Edith exclaimed, “she’s dancing!” Suuuure. Let’s go with that.

It’s now Thursday and I think we’ve got it contained. We’re down to eight girls and they look happy and healthy. The learning curve has been steep, but we’re starting to get the handle of it. Also, cannot wait for the day they are fully feathered so I can kick them out of my house. Stink monsters. All of ’em.

In the meantime we’re still chipping away at the chicken/garden run as seen below. I’m excited to see how it all comes together!


Gettin’ Ready for the Girls!

A new little baby boy won’t be the only addition to our farm this year! By the end of next month we hope to have a whole gaggle of little chicks! I am SUPER excited about this. A farm doesn’t feel all too legit without livestock, am I right?

I’ve always dreamed of having hens in my backyard and this felt like the best time to make that happen. While I’ve been researching breeds and chicken care, Jay has been busy getting the girls’ space ready before we bring them home. We’ll have the coop up by the end of next week. Spoiler alert: it’s going to be adorable.

In the meantime, why not share some super dreamy inspiration pics of other backyard chicken farmers:

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Happy 2015, Folks!

Wowzas. 2015! Happy New Year, little blog! The lack of posts aren’t from a lack of activity. It’s a lot of work growing a human!

Did you catch that? That was my sneaky way of sharing that I’m pregnant! We’re pumped. And guess what else? It’s a BOY! A son. Whoa.

I’m not about to sugar coat and say that this pregnancy hasn’t been rough. Lots of sick days. Lots of sick nights. Lots of trying to be thankful through the nausea. I’m about 18 weeks now and starting to feel a whole lot better. Look! I’m even blogging!

November and December were about survival (dramatic much?) but January has brought a sense of purpose along with it. A time of goals, dreams and hopes.

On that note, the farm is getting a TON of little upgrades and updates in the next few months that I can’t wait to document. Chickens! Decks! Furniture! Art! DIYs! It’s essentially an exciting race to get things done before baby comes.

Ready? BREAK!

Oh and here is a little iphone  bathroom #bumpie that I sent to a couple of friends last week. No cute ‘weekly’ pictures for this pregnancy. Sorry, baby #2, I hear that is just the way things go second time around.


Coffee Table Makeover

A little living room update since my last update!

I really didn’t want to buy a new coffee table, but the one we currently use I got as a sophomore in college at a scratch and dent sale. Lets just say it has seen better days.

I’m constantly amazed at the power of a fresh coat of paint and this project was no different. Edith and I made a impromptu Home Depot run and after getting some spray primer and some paint, I was ready to tackle this DIY during nap time.

You’ll see that I initially went with a peacock blue. BOLD color choice from me and it only took about 3 hours after the second coat was on for me to realize I needed to bring the color waaaay down. So, we once again blindly chose a paint color and hoped for the best. It’s still quite the pop, but I think I like it! Which is good, because I don’t think I have the drive to paint this sucker again 🙂

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W.I.P. Update: The Living Room

We’re getting there! We added some panels from West Elm for height and texture. We also changed the orientation of the dining table and will eventually add another seating area where the ‘dance floor’ is now. We’ve filled out the built-ins a little to make this room feel a bit more cozy (you’ll notice we still haven’t picked pulls…) Finally, we’re getting quotes now on replacing the french doors and possibly adding a transom window to give us even more of that pastural view. But for now, we wait.

PS – love my little photo bomb buddies!

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Edith’s Room Makeover

Hello, little blog!

Finally dusting off my camera to capture some projects we’ve been working on this summer. First up is Edith’s room! This makeover couldn’t come soon enough. Her old room made me so sad. It was lime green with stained carpet and nothing on the walls. So we ripped up the carpet (hello, hardwoods underneath!), painted it a warm greige (BM Alexandria Beige) and hung up some pieces including my great grandparent’s christening gowns on the walls. We replaced her ugly Ikea hallway pendant with a prettier Ikea flush mount light. Threw down an area rug from Home Depot and ta-dah! Edith’s room. We’re all loving it! (PS – I clearly lost the fight to lose the loft…)


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It’s June!

Hello, June! I’ve sooo been looking forward to you!

We’re gearing up for our very first family vacation to the beach and am SO.EXCITED. I can’t wait to watch Edith experience sand and surf for the first time.

June is also the month when my best friend’s baby is going to make his grand entrance! I was lucky enough to help co-host a shower in his honor a few weeks ago. Best friends. Babies. Babies. Babies.

We wanted to throw a shower fit for a little southern gentleman so there were lots of monograms, gingham and delicious food. For the backdrop, I painted a canvas that mimicked the invitation. The drink table featured some Coca-Cola classics and a crazy good bourbon cocktail that one of the other hostesses made. Desserts paid true homage to the south: banana pudding, lemon squares and a tower of Krispy Kremes! Snacks included chicken salad (don’t you just love that you can expect chicken salad at a southern get together?), cucumber tea sandwiches, pimento finger sandwiches, cheese and pepper jellies (miniature pepper jellies from a local farm were given away as favors), cheese straws and chicken and waffle bites. Maaaaybe the food was a top priority? 🙂

Can’t wait to welcome this little boy!