Bluebird Photo Shot

I promised my children that we could go and look for Bluebird eggs.  They were shown some the other day, and wanted me to see them also.  They were hoping to find some eggs and some baby birds.  We found some eggs but most of the boxes were empty.

However, we had fun watching the birds “play” in empty birdhouses.  We were not “attacked” by them this time either, but a couple of Tree Swallows put on a wonderful show for us trying to get us to leave.

I read that Eastern Bluebirds incubate their eggs for about 12 days. The babies stay in the nest for about two weeks. So, if we have the chance to return in the next few weeks, we may see some newly hatched birds. That would be exciting!

These pictures are of Tree Swallows. They like to live near Bluebirds and often use Bluebird nests for their nests. They live well near each other.

Experiments in Sepia

Yesterday I had the all kids pose for me in my favorite spring spot.

Today, I “went to school” via internet and refreshed my memory on how to change color photos to sepia.  I need a little practice, but I like how these turned out.

Enjoy the newest pictures of all the kids.

Spring Colors

Audrey and I have been enjoying the Forget Me Nots we forgot we planted in the garden!

I do not think that I ever saw holly flowers. I was surprised to see our holly plants blooming this year after years of trying to get rid of the plants.

In Spite of my Fear

I do not like snakes. My children know that I do not like them. However, that fear has not been passed on to my children!

Today, Mark was so excited to find a small garter snake while playing in the backyard. Audrey yelled asking me to get an aquarium ready for their new pet snake. Mark and the girls waited around for the snake to reappear from its hiding place. They then had a fun time trying to catch the snake.

I am so thankful that they have had a wonderful nature teacher who has been able to teach them a healthy respect for snakes. They are not afraid of them, enjoy holding them and have learned to never tease people with the snakes they hold. I have been encouraged to hold snakes and am not quite so fearful of them–but I still dislike them VERY much! Thank you Miss Krista!

I’m a Cook!

This weekend the girls were gone so the boys had a special time by themselves. While Mark ran some errands with Daddy, Adrian got to create his own special pizza.  He put pepperoni on most of it, sprinkled on a little onions and lots of cheese and called it a “Robot Pizza”.  He excitedly told me, “I’m a cook!”

Four Years Old

Adrian is four years old!

He requested a dinosaur cake, so I made a brownie and let the kids decorate it with their toy dinosaurs.  It was the best looking cake I have seen in a long time! Adrian thought it was perfect, just what he wanted. It tasted great with the chocolate chip and the raspberry chocolate ice creams he chose.