Thursday, July 2, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
The true highlight of the day was the opportunity to see a rocket launch. It was originally scheduled for Friday evening. We were truly hoping to make it to Cape Canveral by Friday evening to see it, but we just didn't have enough time in the day to make it that far on Friday. Lucky for us it had been rescheduled for Saturday!!! NASA wasn't certain that it would even go off Saturday because of the weather. They kept delaying it and finally got a green light for takeoff at 6:51 p.m. Needless to say, it was an awesome experience to witness firsthand a launch of a rocket from within the Kennedy Space Center. We could hear mission control prepare and countdown to the launch. Brandon caught it on video. Now you can enjoy it too (without having to drive 15 hours :-)
Unfortunately, this was as close as they would allow us. Even so, it was still quite loud. We saw the rocket before we even heard it. We could even smell the burnt fuel (According to Brian, it smelled like burnt fireworks). I was so glad the timing worked out that we could see it. Definitely an experience for our kids to remember.
Friday, June 26, 2009
We left this morning at about 3:30 a.m. The kids were so excited--it was so cute. I've never seen them wake up so quickly! We bid farewell to our dogs--Belle seemed to sense something was up. I've heard that dogs do not have any concept of time--I hope that's true and it doesn't seem too long for them.
They are in good hands. Grandpa Sauder will be sure to give Jazz good belly rubs! So far traffic has been really light. We made it around Washington, DC with no problems.. After getting in the van, the kids were way too excited to sleep right away, but eventually took a little cat nap. Currently, we are in Virgina around the Richmond area. Brian has his laptop along with a wireless broadband, so I am able to type as we drive. Hopefully that helps the time go quickly!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Well, this guy certainly doesn't learn his lesson. This rooster has caused us enough problems. A few months ago, he was kicked out of the chicken house by the other roosters. Unfortunately, it was probably because his feet looked different than the others. How sad. So he probably became depressed and thought he would run away. He planned his escape and ran away to the neighbors. He was living the high life by eating scraps off the neighbor's porch and not having anyone pick on him. This was all fun and games for the neighbors until he started crowing at 3 a.m. Not good neighborly relations. We caught him doing this not once, but two times. In order to keep peace with the neighbors, we put him in our small pasture with our goats and ducks. Well, now he's really pushing his limits. I caught him trying to breed with my ducks! While this may be an opportunity to come up with a new breed of animal (we would call it a "chuck"--get it?? chicken + duck :-) How appropriate since this is Brian's nickname at work!!!!!!! Ha, Ha! However, I just think this is wrong. I know spring is in the air, but he's looking for love in all the wrong places! Since I'm flying solo this week (Brian is in Louisiana with MDS), I had to try to catch him last evening by myself and pen him up somewhere else. Brandon thought this would be humorous to catch on video. Mommy catching a chicken. Oh my. Have a good laugh at my expense!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Big ol' black Angus hoofprint
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
As of Monday at noon, three more have made their way out of the shell. Looks like a few more may be working on it!
They're not exactly the cutest thing when they first come out of their shell! They will dry off in a few hours and be cute little fluff balls.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
While this all happens naturally when a hen sits on a clutch of eggs, to imitate the process is a bit challenging. We'll see how successful we are. They are "scheduled" to hatch on February 24 (give or take a few days). The eggs need to be kept at a consistent temperature of 99.5 degrees (how do you get a 1/2 degree???).
Hens normally turn their eggs about every 15 minutes or so, but research tells us that about 4-6 times a day is sufficient. Whew! That's all I would get done!
Not sure how hens know which way is up, but we had to mark ours with X's and O's so we knew if they were flipped or not! At about a week into the process, we candled the eggs. In the old days, actual candles were used, but we used a lamp instead. In a pitch dark room, you hold the egg up to the light and if all goes well, you should see a tiny black spot which would be the embryo. Truly amazing to watch it move around in the egg. Kinda like an egg ultrasound! The kids are excited to see how many hatch. Stay posted!