The Crazy Chapmans
Jordan, Emily, Natalie, and Zachary

Archive for June, 2011

Beekeeping

Tue ,21/06/2011

A couple of months ago, Jordan and I started looking at plots of land around here. We thought it would be cool to have bees on the land so that we could have honey. Well, we didn’t end up buying land, but we did end up getting a hive of bees.

It’s been a pretty rough start for the bees. We’ve had pretty much everything that can go wrong with bees happen. The queen died or left the hive, wax moths (they eat the comb so the honey just drips to the bottom), ants (that eat the honey), etc. Things are going better now, and so hopefully the hive gets built up enough that they can survive during the winter.

 

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New Hens and a Rooster?

Tue ,14/06/2011

Jordan and I decided we wanted to get some more chickens, because they are easy to take care of and some of his coworkers wanted to buy eggs from us. So we bought some chickens from the same farmer we got fatty, fatty fatty, and fattyx3. So we called him and told him we wanted more chickens.

We went out to his farm and he let us pick out some chickens, and we didn’t have to get all brown ones, so we got some Barred Plymouth Rock hens (they look like zebras) and one Production Red (it is a cross between a Rhode Island Red and a New Hampshire Red). We came home, and noticed that the red chicken was having a hard time walking, it would take one step and fall over. Then we noticed that one leg was a different color than the other one, kind of a grey color. It was super sad because the other chickens would pick on it. So the chicken just put it’s head under it’s wing and let the other chickens pick out it’s feathers.

We just felt really bad for the chicken because there was not much we could do. The chickens would leave it alone when we were out there, but then attack it when we left. So we called the chicken farmer and asked if we could exchange it with a different chicken. They told us that they chicken probably got frostbite on that leg, and it caused the gimpy leg. They had places on their farm where they put chickens that have problems like that, so that it would live a happy life on their farm.

Jordan went and exchanged the chicken for another chicken that we kept for a while. We noticed that the zebras and the red chicken would hang out together and older chickens would pack together once their pecking order was established. We put them in the corner that they live in during the summer, and we noticed they were all attacking the new red chicken, which we thought was weird. I kept telling Jordan that Ginger (that’s what we named it) was going to be such a pretty chicken, with the nice teal feathers. Then we were outside working in the garden and we heard the chicken make a really weird noise. It didn’t sound like a rooster, but it was not a hen sound. We had some friends that came over and were walking to the back gate, and they weren’t convinced it was a rooster either.

Jordan went to work the next Monday and asked one of his coworkers who has a ton of chickens about it. I took pictures, and his coworker was convinced it was both a male and a female chicken, pretty useless if you want eggs. Then I took some more pictures, and you could see the spur buds on the rooster’s leg.

We knew we had to get rid of him (we changed his name to Rocky). I’m sure our neighbors would not appreciate a rooster. Jordan has a coworker that was willing to take him and have him live on the farm. So we gave him to that coworker. That coworker has an animal proof fence, so his animals are safe from ground animals, but not flying animals. The second day he was on the farm, Jordan’s coworker said that he got out of the fence and he hasn’t seen him since. :S

I just keep telling myself that he is on a Chicken Sanctuary like the chickens on Chicken Run.

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Baby Room Updated

Wed ,08/06/2011

We’re still working on our baby’s room, but we’re getting close to being done.

We experimented on different places to put the crib:

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Made a bunch of crafts:

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Added a Tree and some Owls:

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We added some magenta curtains yesterday and once we have a name for her (probably after she is born) add her name some where in her room. I bought some vinyl to put butterflies and flowers in her room too.

Emily’s Haircut

Tue ,07/06/2011

Jordan got me a gift certificate to get my hair cut, and so when he was on a business trip, I got it cut. It has grown out quite a bit since I got it cut, but here are some pictures.

Before:

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After:

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Another odd thing that happened is that my hair is curly now, which is totally weird because it is usually pretty straight.

 

 

 

Buffalo River Camping and Hiking

Mon ,06/06/2011

We went camping in March and we were the only people in the campground.That night was beautiful, there was no moon and there were so many stars.

It was really cold, but the hike the next day was really pretty. The hike was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. I kept telling Jordan I’d be fine, but I guess being pregnant makes some things harder. Going down to the waterfall was fine, but coming up was a lot harder than I was used to. My feet got so swollen and I got blisters all over my feet that started bleeding when we were hiking back up. We came home and worked in the garden and started getting it ready for planting that night.

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Baby Belly Pictures

Sun ,05/06/2011

People keep asking me for pictures, so here are some:

22 Weeks:

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26 Weeks:

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28  Weeks:

29  Weeks:

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Emily’s Birthday

Sat ,04/06/2011

I had a pretty good birthday this year. A couple of days before my birthday we found out our baby is a girl, and I had just gotten off an awesome cruise to Mexico.

The night before my birthday we ate at Cheddar’s (which is basically our favorite restaurant). We both got burgers and fries, and that was my first experience with heartburn (needless to say not the last). The next morning Jordan let me sleep in and made me breakfast.

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We also went to Joann’s and I got some craft stuff, just stuff to decorate the baby’s room (pictures to follow). We also got a new beta fish and named him Marvin, and he died a couple of days later, so we got a new one and he is still alive.

Cruise Days 5 and 6

Fri ,03/06/2011

Day 5 was the last full day on the boat. I loved the towel animals, so Mike, Jen, Jordan and I took the towel folding class. Jordan was so good at folding the towels, and I really wanted the book so we bought it. Don’t be surprised if you come to our house to visit and you have a towel dog on your bed :).

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There was a crazy watch sale and people were just buying a ton of stuff, it was so crowded that I didn’t get a picture, but it was like black friday in a room the size of a large bathroom.

Jordan and I played ping pong (I don’t think I got any better the entire cruise)

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Mike and Jen learned the Thriller Dance.

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Jordan and Mike played Chess:

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Jen and I wore the dresses that Mike and Jordan bought us:

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Here’s the food:

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Day 6

When we woke up on Saturday there was a beautiful sunrise.

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We thought it would take a while to get off the boat because we decided not to put our luggage out the night before, but it was actually faster to just get off the boat. We were some of the first people, and when we got to Customs, we just handed them our form and went to our car. Jordan and I couldn’t find Jen and Mike before we got off the boat and we really hoped they would leave the boat about the same time. Luckily they did and we got to our car, and left the parking lot before most of the other people had even left the boat. Then we drove home, the ride home was depressing because it was cold and there was a lot of snow. It made all of us miss the warm Mexican weather.