Tuesday, May 18, 2010

one mom, lots of good ideas

At some point in our lives we all end up trying to make the best of what could be an inconvenient situation. And when we are the mom we try hard to make it the best we can for our little ones. The situation of our customer was not by any means a bad thing. They are (perhaps by now they have already had) expecting their fourth baby. The delima comes in because the first three were boys and the fourth one has had the good taste to be a girl. So when you only have two rooms for the kids the boys have to go together and the girl gets her own, of course right. So she ordered from us three very cool loft beds. She had some great ideas to make sure that each one has a very cool space all his own even if it is in the same room as his two brothers. She did some things that I can't believe no one else had done yet. First she had a small writing desk put on each one, as far from his brother's as possible. We have done other kinds of desks, several in fact but not a very simple one like this.
Her next awesome idea was to add a clothes rod, closet rod, hanger rod? I don't know what to call it, we all have one in our closet I have never until now called it anything weird. Okay I'm back sorry, I again am amazed that no one else has wanted that, it is a great idea. Freddy made the little support in the middle so I had to take a picture of it.

She bought these cool things for them to put clothes in. The school they go to has uniforms so she is thinking they can have their uniforms in them and they will be handy for climbing out of bed and into school clothes. Smart mom.

Overall I think they turned out great. I can see each of them making the space under their bed their own. She even let each of them choose a color for their wall.

Up next another mom's solution to three girls in one room. The best part of what we do is I get to see every one else's great ideas and then I can make use of them myself. The next mom had a great idea that I just might have to steal.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Babies, babies, babies

First an update on the chicks. They are all doing well, the chicken outside has four little ones fallowing her around, which is adorable. I love to watch a hen with her chicks. And the ones inside are doing well too. They are getting their feathers. And they fill our house with their little peeps. Now moving on to today's babies. This morning my dad came over with a bucket of baby opossums. When he went out to the barn this morning there was a momma opossum with her babies and the dogs went after her. He got to her and took her far away from his dogs with four of her babies still with her. But these four got separated from their momma, and my dad being the big softie that he is had to save them from the dogs and then give them to the kids.
The kids were so excited to find out there was a baby opossum waiting for each of them.

They are kind of cute I have to admit. Most likely we will raise them up until they are big enough to fend for themselves and then let them go. But in the mean time the kids are in heaven. They love the way the little things grab your finger with their tail. It reminds me of when a baby grabs anything that touches it's hand.

My daughter thanked me for letting them stay. She said she was surprised because of my "no rodents for pets" rule. I got off the hook by telling her that they are not rodents, they are marsupials. It is always better when you are the mom if you don't break your own rules.
I do have some bed pictures to put up, but they will have to wait for another day, I was just more in the mood to put these up today.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Big news here

Our chickens had chickens. I can't answer the question for the whole world but in our case the chicken came before the egg. Last year we bought some chicks and raised them up and now our chickens have hatched out chicks. They are much better at it than we are, we tried the incubator thing last year and we were not so good at it. I forget how many eggs we put in, but we got two to hatch out and they both died in a couple days.
The kids are so excited. I think in their minds they are like grandparents because their chickens have chicks. We had three sitting? or is it setting? anyway three of them had eggs, then the first one's nest got raided by something and all those were gone. Also we have a cat that I don't trust, he was a stray that showed up and he is a good mouser but I think he would hunt anything that moved. So we decided when the second one's hatched out to take them and keep them safe till they are a little bigger. It is amazingly difficult to convince a hen that you will be able to take better care of her chicks than she will! As I bent down to pick one up, she jumped on my head it is not like the most painful thing in the world to have a hen jump on your head but it does hurt.
She was so upset that she went and kicked hen number three off her eggs and stole them. We decided we had rocked the boat enough and let them work it out. Now today when we got home she has hatched the second nest out. Now we have to decide if we are going to let her keep these and see how it goes or take them too. I do know one thing, if they are getting taken away it must be Freddy's turn to go get them.