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.
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.
They seem to enjoy the dogs at this point – and the dogs are pretty excited but gentle about the kittens!
Even blind Leo finally found them with his nose last night, and he just wants to curl up with them.
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.
Aren’t they the cutest!
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!
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.