ALIVE AND KICKIN’

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After an absence from the blog I always want to explain – but really it is just a matter of living life.  We are getting ready for a huge three-week long trial that starts in just over a month – definitely the longest trial of Andy’s career so far, and as far as moving parts, one of the most complicated cases.  It is a white-collar crime allegation so there are documents upon documents upon documents in the case.  A huge time suck!

At the same time my not particularly inclined to handy-man work husband built a home for 12 chickens, who joined us on Sunday of this week.  These beauties are J’s project – he hopes to sell their eggs once they get settled and start producing.  Yesterday they came out of the coop for the first time as far as we can tell.  That was exciting because we were worried that they weren’t coming out even after the wind and snow of the early part of the week went away.    I think they just like it nice and warm, and yesterday afternoon they got that.

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These two (above and below) keep us busy too.  Above is Arnica – a girl – and below is Arison – a boy.  They are 3.5 weeks old, and all these photos were taken last night as they ventured out of their nest for the first time – much to Sophie’s (momma) displeasure.

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They seem to enjoy the dogs at this point – and the dogs are pretty excited but gentle about the kittens!

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Even blind Leo finally found them with his nose last night, and he just wants to curl up with them.

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When they decided to leave the nest they did it together, and were greeted by Mr. Tank, who knew they weren’t supposed to be wandering along.

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Aren’t they the cutest!

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So, that doesn’t explain every little detail of life for sure, but lets you know we are alive and well, just buried in work and trying to keep the balance of good things in life – and the animals are a part of the good things!

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Oh, and J finished up his first quarter of 8th grade with his best ever grades and he made that accomplishment without interference from his parents – he’s very independent with his school work these days and really quite responsible.  We couldn’t be more excited about this development because of the growth and emotional peace it brings to J who has always worked hard but until we figured some things out this summer never got the reward for his efforts.  Now he’s getting to experience some of that, which is such a joy – it almost brings me to tears.

Categories: Andy, Autumn, Birds, chickens, Daily life, Fall, Family Fun, J, kittens, Leo, Outdoors, Photography, Sophie, Tank | 2 Comments

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2 thoughts on “ALIVE AND KICKIN’

  1. joannthrasherproject.blogspot.com

    Great to hear from you Susan! Glad your boy is doing well in school, having homeschooled mine I can certainly identify with that. My favorites of your shots are #3 and #4. I love how the momma cat is watching over the kittens interaction with Tank….. I can just imagine her smacking him in a second if he got out of line…. she looks like she is all prepared to do that.

  2. The kittens are really sweet. Arison looks like a male with a broader face than Arnica, at least in these shots. They both look wild compared to their more ‘designer looking’ mom.

    It’s so nice that J is enjoying academic success and you are getting to enjoy him, enjoying it. Not sure what his particular things that needed to be figured out were, but I learned while raising my own family that the school system is mostly structured to suit kids who learn in a particular way and individuals who have a different learning style often struggle and get discouraged, or begin to think that they are not smart, simply because that style doesn’t suit their way of learning.

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