Saturday, May 7, 2011

It's the Bees!

Our neighbor brothers stopped by the house and told us there was a swarm of bees by their house so Tool Belt Jim and a little more cautious photographer headed that direction to check it out. Not sure if this is stupidity or bravery but Tool Belt Jim climbed up on a ladder to take a close up picture. He could even touch them and they didn't notice. So he decided the was going to try to put them in a box.


This is what a swarm of bees look like. One large mass of bees. He did shake the bees off into a box but alas they escaped. But not before one of them stung him. Well, that was an experience I'm not sure I want to photograph again. Watch my video below...



Flowers are blooming on the homestead...












Tuesday, May 3, 2011

New chicks on the homestead...

Grandson Mark brought a couple baby chicks home from his school and Kaden finds them fascinating. So back out comes the heat light and the little box. One of the little chicks sounds just like a song bird and just sings and sings...


Kaden thinks they are wonderful..

you can touch them very gently...



Not sure if we will keep these two even though I do have a couple hens wanting to set on some eggs. I was hoping to get some guinea eggs for them though. Don't you just love being able to live in the country so the little ones can watch the baby animals and chicks?

Brave or nuts?

Our neighbors came down to the house tonight and said they had a swarm of bees up by their house. So everyone jumped in the truck and headed down to see. Some of us kept our distance and some of us wanted a close up shot.
Tool Belt Jim even petted the bees. Maybe they won't sting while they are swarming? Probably should have researched it a bit before touching them is my thinking. But they didn't seem to pay much attention to him.


Isn't nature incredible?


Saturday, April 30, 2011

New boots to wear down to the chicken house....

Our local Vinyards Farm store is going out of business and they had their shoe ware 45 percent off. I picked up these nifty boots. Don't you think my chickens will be blinded when they see these coming at them? Bring on the mud! I am ready!!! Why go through life wearing plain when you can have pizazz....

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Celebrating Easter Down on the Homestead...

Family and friends from the Hicks side gathered once again down on the homestead to celebrate Easter. Food was wonderful, laughter was abundant and good times rolled. There is nothing better than knowing you are part of a group of people who truly care about one another. We laugh together and we cry together. Today we celebrated being a family together. Kids and adults both enjoyed getting outside for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. We missed those that couldn't be with us this year including our mom who was probably smiling at us from heaven. Hope you too spent this day with your family and friends. I am so thankful that today is the day we celebrate the resurrection! God is good to us! Hope you enjoy our family pictures!
Angie made these adorable cupcakes...

Rachel made a bunny cake...

Brenda also made a bunny cake. The kids loved them!

Chocolate covered strawberries! Adding a little class to our menu!




We played games and listened to John play the guitar while we waited for everyone to arrive.

I knew this little table would come in handy. Bought it at the Maranatha auction for $5.00



This was little Maddy's first Easter and she loved all the attention.


Aunt Jennifer and cousin Katrina with Maddy who everyone thinks looks like her Uncle Kevin

Gracie stopped for a moment to show off her pretty dress.


Everyone enjoyed coloring the Easter eggs.


Charity helping the little ones....







Charity helping Noah ....




Ty giving Trooper a bird's eye view of the playing field.....



Someone got kinda creative when they were hiding the eggs didn't they?

Some of us watched the activities from the porch.

The adults hid the eggs for the little ones.

Gracie took a break from hunting for eggs to check out the big trucks...







Nothing is sweeter than seeing the smiles on our kids faces...




Wasn't that fun? We'll get together again soon. Don't take your families for granted. Spend as much time with them as you can. Support them, encourage them and love them!