Friday, May 30, 2014


We missed Lily's last heat (long, long story) so we would have had puppies right now if she had gotten pregnant, but we don't.  Boo hoo.  However having baby bunnies is proving to be just as, if not more, fun. 

Every night while we read now at least two baby bunnies are snuggling on someone's lap.  I just had to share their adorable fuzziness with you.  These pictures are mostly for you Denise.  ;)

Two are already sold, so there is only one left for whom we need to find a good home.  I don't think we will have any trouble though.  How can you possibly resist that cuteness?!  And they certainly will be friendly with all the handling they get.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Rock Climbing at Ralph Stover

Christian has been talking for a while about taking the kids rock climbing at Ralph Stover State Park and today he and a friend from church finally did it.  He had been hesitant to go on a weekend for fear of the crowds and not being able to get a decent climb, but it was surprisingly not crowded at all and they were able to set up at a really nice spot.

He took the four oldest kids and they had a blast.  We weren't sure how Asher would do, but he's a natural and thinks it is pretty much the "funnest thing ever!"

Aiden coming down.
"Is it my turn yet?"
Now that the kids know how much fun rock climbing is, I have a feeling it won't be too long before they are going again!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A brief update is better than none

I have been meaning to blog, I really have.  It just keeps getting put off because the longer I wait the more that happens and the less I know where to start.  I have to start somewhere though, so here we go.

Grace is still apprenticing at the Peter Wentz Farmstead and volunteered at the annual sheep sheering day in April.  She ended up at the tape loom weaving table, which she liked, but she did end up a bit bored because the lady she was apprenticing with was about 1000 years old and not exactly super helpful.

So she ended up wandering over the the popular egg scratching lady's table and had fun learning how to scratch eggs.  These are not wooden eggs but eggs dyed with red onion skins and carefully scratched with an exacto knife with beautiful patterns.  I like this idea for decorating Easter eggs much better than the modern way ,so this is how we did our eggs this year.  It was a lot of fun!  Apparently they will dry out inside and last forever as long as they don't get cracked.  

A couple weeks later we headed to Pennsbury Manor for their sheep shearing day.  We don't really care so much for the sheep shearing part since we have seen so much of it, but we do enjoy the colonial reenactment part.  Pennsbury Manor was interesting because it was much older than the Peter Wentz Farmstead, being that it was the home of William Penn.  It was beautiful property and such a lovely day right after that huge two day rain storm that we got.

Interestingly, I think this "joyner" guy was their favorite.  I think it was because he was the most interesting and was the best at explaining his craft.

We also extended our Morris Arboretum membership for another two years and have been down there twice this spring already.  I attempted to get a new header picture at our favorite state champion katsura tree, but it didn't turn out as good as last time due to poor lighting and poor child placement, so we will have to try again.  It is always a fun and relaxing time there though and they had an interesting birdhouse display going on around the garden that was fun for the kids.  I love how Morris keeps it educational for the kids with scavenger hunts and passbook stamps at different stations around the arboretum.

And back on the home front.  We bred our two rabbits and now have the most adorable baby bunnies.  I don't think I realized how adorable baby bunnies are, but they are so stinkin' cute I can't stand it!  

That's all for now!

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