Sunday, January 10, 2010

January updates

Noah and Avery are doing pretty well for playing inside the same four walls day after day. This week was above zero and both kids got outside to play several times. Noah has his own play area indoors where he builds machines and houses for his lego men. He has recently started working with paper, paint, glue, crayons and glitter making mixed media art. He is not much into detailed drawing. His pieces are more abstract and layered. Much to our delight his art supplies are keeping him occupied for at least an hour or more a day. Avery spends most of her time trying to get across the baby gate into her brother's play area. She has figured out how to get into the cupboards and has also learned to push chairs up to the counter to get at whatever she is not suppose to have.  Her vocabulary is growing daily. She uses her potty when she feels like it and when we are paying close attention.
My Cymbidium is in full bloom. I put it outside in the shade in the summer and don't bring it in until the nights have gotten cool. I put it in my coolest window in the winter and try not to let it dry out. It usually blooms this time of year. I love the waxy pastel flowers.

Here is a picture of some of our eggs. The dark brown eggs are the first of our Welsummer pullet eggs. We've gotten a few more since I took these photos, and they are getting darker and bigger. We are getting a few Ameraucana eggs, which are the blue eggs. Our sole female Khaki Campbell has also started laying white eggs the size of our large chicken eggs. The odd thing about the Welsummer pullets is that one of the girls was a month and a half older than the other two. I purchased two from a friend, as I lost all my Welsummer pullets but the one. However, it looks as though they all started laying this week. They group together so the older pullet cycling must have triggered the other two. We are feeling rich in eggs. We usually have three to four dozen eggs in the fridge at all times. The health food store pays $4.75 a dozen. So I've sold four dozen eggs on two occassions now, making almost fourty dollars, not bad.


Marylee said...

During long spells of cold winter days it is easy for everyone, especially children to get board. Having a time in each day when something new happens can help alleviate that and give children something to look forward to: make some play dough, bring out an empty box or two, complete a science experiment, move back all the furniture and turn up the music, bring a pan of snow inside and paint it, etc. You do a great job with this. I think coming up with new ideas is the challenging part.

Sustainable Eats said...

What a lovely shot of those eggs!