My little Mermaids

We put the girls in swim lessons, the same school Timmy went too, and it was totally worth all the pennies and daily trips to the pool.

Grace learned in two weeks. Lydia 8 WHOLE WEEKS… but it is amazing to see a baby swim.

I’m so happy that I can relax around water now. Lydia can go in by herself and totally save herself if she needs to and Grace is a total mermaid now.

Summer Project 🐣

So we went to my friends farm and left with an incubator and 10 eggs! This wasn’t planned. I actually had it on my things to do for spring next year.

What an amazing experience. We learned so much about how to raise a chicken and about the heartache of farm life.

Of the 10 eggs, we had 5 survive and they are a week old so we are hopeful these are keepers.

Here’s our birth story (hehe)

We sanitized our incubator and set the temp to 38, added water to the Center reservoir and once it was warmed up we put all our eggs in.

I let Timmy mark each side with an X and an O so we could better keep track of who we turned. You have to turn the eggs three times a day.

Then we candled them along the way to make sure they were growing. I was kinda obsessed with doing this which probably isn’t safe for the chickens. It’s really best to keep the incubator the same temp as much as possible.

It’s just amazing seriously. Two of the eggs were never fertilized so we threw them out on Day 15. On Day 19 we stopped turning them, set the temp to 37.5 and and added extra water to the cup in the middle so that the humidity would be high enough for them to break through.

I was a nervous wreck because on Day 20 there was no sign of hatching. I stared and stared. Even in the middle of the night. I was terrified I had done something wrong. But at 2:30 am on Day 21 a little beak poked through!

And slowly within the hour everyone had poked a little hole through. The kids were so excited. Then our first baby was born! Timmy named her Lacy.

I left them in there until most were hatched which ended up not being the best idea. In the middle of the night they knocked the top off the water and flooded the incubator. One of the eggs drowned. All I could see was his little beak with no movement. But we still had one chick left unhatched. His chirp was low so I did what they tell you not to and hatched him myself. Here is the little engine that could.

We had the babies set up in a container bin with a screened top and a heat lamp. Unfortunately I don’t think it was warm enough since at night we turn the a/c down to 73. We lost 2 chicks in one day. It was heartbreaking. So we finally figured out to move them to the garage at night bc it’s perfectly warm. So they live in my bathroom during the day only.

We had every intention of returning the chicks to the farm once they hatched. We actually did drive out there to bring them back. Instead we put them right back on the car and there’s no return date in mind. We are pretty much in love.

Summer Lovin

This school year was awesome! It really was. But busssssyyyy. Way overbooked my life. So this summer is all about doing less and then doing even less than that.

I bought a ton of ice pops and the plan is EAT SLEEP PLAY!

We ended school May 1st because we can. It’s kindergarten. We celebrated our last day at the water park with Max.

And really we have done nothing but go to the beach, borrow our friends pools and take it easy. I love it so much that I’m hoping to continue this through to next school year.We hung out with our cousins!Daddy taught them how to boogie board!

We hung out with our cousins some more in their awesome pool!

I let Timmy & Grace make their own pot of sauce.

We went to Orlando waterpark and had the best little mini vacation.

We visited our besties down south for some more pool time.

We went to the zoo and played in their pool too lol

Then we went to another friends house who lives on a farm and played with all their animals. We currently have 8 eggs incubating on my kitchen counter now because my kids are determined to have their own farm now.

Lydia is naked because she took her diaper off and pooped on her dress. Next week starts potty training.

We made s’mores in a pizza box oven because it’s that hot.

We hung out at Aunt Erica’s house of course continuing our pool hopping adventures.

Played at Sailfish in the rain.

Broke out the blow up water slide for our little friends and had some more ice pops.

& then we had even more ice pops. We spent a whole week just inviting every friend we know.

We made big huge homemade bubbles.

He headed back to the farm and played messy twister and Lydia smooched on her favorite goat.

One thing we didn’t do was take a whole lot of baths 😂😂 we did add shampoo to our water slide so kinda counts.

We went to the zoo.

And right now we are watching Polar Express. For real.