Friday, February 5, 2016

Chicken Coop Progress

 Scott has been a very busy guy. Here are updated pictures of the progress he has made on the chicken coop.  
The first picture is of the interior of the coop. On the right are the six nesting boxes.

This is the back of the coop with the nesting boxes closed. He made them with two doors; one that opens to collect eggs, and, the other one opens to clean out the soiled nesting materials.

The pictures below were taken the day Scott put the roof on. We opted for a metal roof and slanted it to keep the rain from running down into the run. There is an overhang to provide the chickens with some shade. The second picture is of the roost. Since we've never built a coop, I'm not sure if this is high enough. I only read that you need 10 to 12 inches per bird. We only plan on having 4-5 hens and maybe a rooster. Since the board is 8 feet long, it should be just fine.

This is the last set of pictures Scott sent. He took these yesterday to let me see how the sides of the coop look. We decided to only have one set of doors to open for cleaning. Originally, we thought about double doors on both ends but he thought a solid piece of wood would offer more stability to the coop.

 Now we just have to figure out how much of an incline to put on the ramp that goes into the doors. This is Scott's level at a 6 ft. length. He sent me pics of 5 and 4 feet lengths. This one looks the most reasonable.  I read through a few discussion boards and this seems to be a concern for all new chicken owners. I guess we will go with the 6 foot length because Leslie was worried that a steep incline would be hard on their little chicken knees.

I'm hoping to be able to get this painted during spring break.  All that is left construction wise is for Scott to build the run.  Then I'll have to start chicken shopping. I'm so excited!!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Christmas 2015: And the blog is completely updated!

Christmas 2015 always begins with the annual Christmas Parade in downtown Temple. This year was unusually warm, which made the evening more enjoyable. Scott had to work; but, he was riding around the the fire department ATV and we got to see him anyway. Ryan, Jamie and the girls stayed in Leander, so it was just Leslie, her family, Ron and I.


Maggie and Sophie

Poppy, the girls, and some crazy Mexican (Gerson)
 Scott and his friend, Joe, often work together. They were supposed to ride on the fire truck with Santa, but the Fire chief decided to put them in the ATV to help with crowd control and help out wherever needed.
Uncle Scott and Fireman Joe

The actually had to help out with one of the parade entrants. There was a vintage car that started to overheat. The guys had to clear the crowd and get the car off the road so that the parade could continue.

Temple Fire and Rescue ATV

Leslie and the girls
Christmas Eve is usually spent at our house. We have a Mexican pot luck for our meal and share home made goodies. The adults all buy for the kids and then we have a Chinese gift exchange. Each adult buys a gift valued at $25 and we never know what we are going to end up with.
One of the best things about being a grandparent is buying things for your grandchildren that you would have NEVER bought for your kids.
The grand girls got to find their presents through a scavenger hunt. It was a lot easier than wrapping them! We got Seth a steam card and a new pocket knife.
"you will find your gift where Mimi sits to drive..."

"You will find your gift where Poppy sits and sleeps."

"You will find your gifts where Mimi keeps her shoes
and where Mimi sits to sew."

A horse in the car!

A dino in Poppy's office.

A raccoon in the sewing room.

And a bear in the closet.

Lucky Seth; no hunting this time.

Unwrapping gifts is always a thrill. I can't even remember what everyone got so I'm not going to even try.  I captioned the pictures with what I remember. But, that could possibly be wrong!

Scott got the twins battery operated toy dogs, which Boomer hated.

Aunt B and Uncle Eddie got the kids Kindle Fire for kids.

Scott got Seth something technical.  

Uncle Scott also got the older girls a volcano kit and stepping stones kit.

Aunt Leslie made everyone new pajamas.

After enjoying dinner and the gift exchange, we took family pictures and played Pie in the Face. Somehow, we ended up with 3 of that silly game! Leslie gave one to some friends so we only have 2 now.
Ron and I with our fantastic kids.

Grandma with the great-grandkids

Our kids and their better halves. 

Rebecca's family

Leslie's family

Ryan's family

Scott's family :-)

And of course, the most important event of all was Ryan asking Jamie to marry him. He got her a beautiful diamond and sapphire ring. We are so excited to have her and the twins join our family. She is a very special woman who has felt like part of our family since we first met her. We are thrilled that they have found one another and look forward to many more years of family gatherings with them.

A few last pictures of pie in the face fun and this year can be wrapped up. 

2015 Continued Update: Maggie's Birthday

Maggie Lyn decided she wanted to go to Mount Playmore in Austin for her birthday celebration. She also said she wanted to go out to dinner at Olive Garden afterwards. The family joined her to celebrate her special day.
Silly Maggie and her granny glasses

Poppy in the playground with the girls

The four little monkey-girls

Maggie, Sophia, Samantha, and Leslie

Jamie and Sophia

Maggie with her scripture tote

Becca, Eddie (not looking too happy) and Leslie

Gasp!!! Stacking cups!!!

This is one happy girl

Leslie and Ron

Maggie an her strange sleeping bag

Uncle Ryan and Maggie

Uncle Ryan and the rock set he got Mags... not surprising

Leslie, Ron, Gwen, and Maggie

Singing Happy Birthday

Ready to go!

Celebrating again on her actual birthday with a cookie cake.