Thursday, May 25, 2006

Thank you Tabitha!!

Well yesterday was a long, hot day. But thanks to Tabitha's hard work, we got a lot done and I am really, really excited! We have a lot of company coming this weekend and Scott and I decided we needed an "official" guest room. We have the pull out couch/bed in the office downstairs, but with 2 available bedrooms upstairs, we wanted to have a whole room set aside for our friends. I say available, but neither one was really all that accessable. The east room was full of boxes. Some full of stuff, and a lot of empty ones that needed to go to the basement. So Tabitha came for the day and was a huge help on this project. We cleaned and organized and the room is looking so nice! I feel really good about have people stay over now! (I only wish we had a bathroom upstairs- that would be soooo nice!:) Anyway, the only thing left to do is finish setting up the water bed in that room. We got started, but then became confused, and decided to let Scott finish that job! As soon as we get that done, I will have to post some pictures.
Help with that project would have been enough, but Tabitha cheerfully helped out all over yesterday; holding Paul, doing dishes, etc. What a blessing!
Anyway- this weekend is looking really full for us, a lot of company and fun times planned. We are looking forward to it! We will keep in touch!
God bless-

Happy Boy...

Here are a few pictures of Paul playing. He is just about too big for his swing, so I have started putting him in the "jonny jump-up" sometimes. He really enjoys it, especially when he has company! :)

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Teething.... :)

Not too fussy to share a smile!

"This rag is nice and cold!"

Well, its about that time. Paul is 4 1/2 months old and after chewing on EVERYTHING for about 2 weeks now, he is putting the process in high gear. Slight fever, runny nose, swollen gums, restless nights, fussy days, - yep, eventually we will have some teeth! I must remember two things in this trying time. One, it will pass! (Night time is not very fun- up a lot.) And two, just because he is unhappy now does not mean he will get teeth right away. I am told by those older and wiser than me that the teeth can move up and down in the gums, so it could be a while yet.
He seems to really like chewing on a washrag that has a little water frozen at the ends- or just eating a lot! When I was at the store last night I looked at some infant pain/fever relief drops, (extreamly over priced in my opinion:), but the only brand our small store had was cherry, with red dye. ( For those who did not hear, after a bubble bath that contained red dye, and strawberry fragrance Paul broke out into terrible hives. We are not sure if it was the dye, (aunt Esther is allergic to that), or the strawberry, (Scott is alllergic to strawberries we think), but either way, I did not think a teething fussy baby was a good time to try to experiment and figure it out! So anyway, I will try to check at a Wal-Mart soon I guess.
Otherwise we are doing well. We butcher our first batch of chickens Saturday, 50 in this group. Scott starts softball this Sunday night, so we have been playing some catch to get all warmed up for the season.
I guess that is all for now!

Friday, May 12, 2006

Mama's little helper

Married life gets better and better!
"All work and no play makes Paul a tired boy!"
Well I finally have something in our garden! Thanks to Noah I have several tomato plants out there that I planted the other day. We are not planning as much variety in our garden this year, due to the amount of time we are spending on chickens, but we still hope to get a few things in.
Here is my little helper. Paul is big enough now to ride in the back-pack carrier. He really enjoys in and "helps" me do laundry, dishes and chicken chores.
God bless!

Monday, May 08, 2006

The mystery fox

Do you remember this girl? She was foxy!!
Paul enjoying his swing under the old windmill.
Paul at 4 months old :)

He was here. We saw him. He was not afraid of the yard light. He was hungry. He liked the taste of chicken. He had pups (we saw two). He was cunning though... not easy to get rid of. We tried to shoot him with a .22 caliber but he was just too fast. SO..... I filled his BACKSIDE with buckshot, and he hasn't been back since!!

Look at the picture of Lydia pregnant. Wasn't she just SO cute!!

Paul misses his grandma Sue!! And so do we!

Friday, May 05, 2006

Chickens everywhere

Greetings from unusually chilly northeast Kansas. We are not ready for 90's though, so the cool weather is welcome. We've been getting our feet wet in the chicken business this year. Its been a very busy 4 weeks so far. Getting your infrastructure all set up is the key! If you want some chickens get in touch with us. Lydia's midwifery studies are going great. My job at Haug is going great too. I'm learning a lot about wireless internet and computers. Paul is just awesome. He's going next week for his driving test already... heehee. Here is the sweet boy!! He misses his grandma Sue VERY VERY much!!!!!!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Ok, here we go!

Well, I finally caved in an started our own blog. I am not sure how often I will write, but after enjoying so many friends's blogs, I could not resist. Hopefully we will use this as a way to keep all of you informed and maybe amused what takes place at the Ansons.
Currently, we have somewhere around 320 chicks (I will have to double check that number with Scott) on the farm, ranging from 4 weeks to about 4 days. The little ones are cute, but they lose their fluff and their appeal very quickly! :) We have orders for several and will be butchering the first batch in a few weeks.
Paul is growing so fast. I imagen that this blog will be mostly devoted to him and pictures of him so his dear Grandma Sue can see him. He was 4 months old last Sunday and is trying really hard to sit up on his own. He rolls over from his belly to his back, but has not quite mastered his back to his belly. He is grabbing toys and chews on his hands all the time. He loves his swings- inside and outside and is enjoying the stroller more and more. (He is not sure about it on windy days, but I keep telling him, "We live in Kansas- you have to get used to that!".)
Scott is enjoying his new job. For those of you who did not know, Scott quit working at CR the end of February. THe second shift was really hard on us and we had been praying for a change for a while. Now he works at Haug Communications in Seneca, a wireless internet provider. He really likes the work and the 8-5 Monday thru Friday is great!!
Well, I will close for now!
Lydia for the Ansons