Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Tragedy

I am surprised at how sad I feel about this post. Our nest was attacked either last night or this morning. Two of the babies are totally gone and one is dead on our front porch. All three eggs are on the ground. The nest was pulled mostly out of the tree. No evidence was left behind about the attacker. I am surprisingly sad, and not looking forward to talking to Braeden about the baby birds.

More about birds



David took the most amazing photo of our babies yesterday morning. It was quite an amazing catch! It looks like only three of the eggs are going to hatch. The other eggs aren't being sat upon any more, and several days have passed, so we think that the hatching is done. Not sure what will happen to the eggs now... will they be pushed from the nest somehow? Momma bird is away from the nest most of the time now, and it is Daddy bird that spends most of his time feeding the new ones.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Kitchen Diet

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/03/03/putting-your-kitchen-on-a-diet/



This article pretty much validates everything I ever thought about my kitchen clutter! Looks like I'd better make time today to clean out that junk drawer. :)

Monday, April 28, 2008

Red Letter Day!




We were greeted this morning with grey skies and drizzle... Kind of a cozy day after a few nice warm sunny days. As Isaac and I stepped out onto the porch this morning to greet the day, we peeked into our nest as usual. This morning we saw something new. Pink and grey fluff-balls and a tiny pink finch working its way out into the world. I have never seen something so poignant as a pink-wet tiny seemingly helpless little bird makes its way out of the shell. It was simply wonderful. I am including pictures here, but they don't really do justice. Looking at the tiny hatchlings in the nest first hand is amazing. And I feel today, as if I have been given an amazing gift!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Why I love weekends...






Friday night started with a delicious dinner made by my husband... Mongolian Tofu. Yummy. Dawn and Bill came over for dinner, so afterward David and I had the chance to get away for a walk on the waterfront. The sunset was amazing! Saturday morning David took Braeden to meet Dawn and Bill for coffee while I stayed home to work on our business project and Isaac took a nap. Having 2 hours uninterrupted focus was really great for my brain! Braeden hung out with his grandparents all afternoon (a Saturday tradition) while David and I ran around with Isaac. We went to the Farmer's Market and scored some lovely shitake mushrooms then headed over to Fairhaven. Dirty Dan Days were in progress so we sat in the sunshine on the village green and introduced Isaac to grass (the kind you have to mow, obviously!). He loved the texture, music all the people and crawling around. It was 70 degrees and sunny.. everyone in the family was happy and mommy was especially happy!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Fox News

http://www.motherjones.com/mojoblog/archives/2008/04/8064_obama_to_finall.html



An interesting YouTube video about Fox News coverage of Obama's campain. Quite a statement about our responsiblity to be wise consumers of media.

The mystery of boy babies....revealed


http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080423/wl_uk_afp/healthdietsexchildren

My mom sent me this very interesting link to an article about creating boy babies... I was shocked.

A Car Conversation


Here is the conversation that Braeden and I had leaving the library yesterday:

Me: "Do you want to drive home today?"

Braeden: "Kids can't drive. "

Me: "When you get older you can drive. "

Braeden: "Then I can get my own car."

Me: "What kind of car do you think you'll get? A Honda, a BMW... maybe a Miata?"

Braeden: "I think I'll get a Porshe."

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Zen...?


Here you can see the object of my 6 month old's obsession. Zen, our much loved, slightly coddled, sometimes grouchy 5 year old pug. He has weathered the changes in our family fairly well, but I think Isaac will give him a run for his money. At 6 months old, somehow our child is already able to chase the dog. During his waking hours, Isaac spends considerable time contemplating Zen and how to acheive reaching him.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Bird Crazy


I guess this is just a good 'ol fashioned bird blog. Somehow, the topic of the critters just keeps coming up! Today's adventure with the boys was to Clark's Feed and Seed! Ah the joy of petting baby bunnies, walking into the chirping bird room, the kittens! But, today's highlight was the brand new chicks that just hatched last night. We were all mesmerized, and have made the "Viewing of the Chicks" at Clark's an annual springtime obsession. Braeden has requested a chick for Christmas. We shall now test the memory length of a three year old.

Well... six speckled eggs


When I went into Isaac's room this morning, and pulled open the blinds I saw Momma bird flying away from her nest. It has been cold the last few days, and she has been on her nest non-stop. Finally! A chance to check on those 5 little eggs... Turns out I should have named this blog SIX speckled eggs! David took pictures while the parents watched nervously from a nearby tree. Here you can see our eggs. Aren't they cute?
So, six speckled eggs... ? It might be time for us to get another dog!

Monday, April 21, 2008

A Million Smiles!








Yesterday David and I took the boys to a park in Lynden. It was unexpectedly beautiful and amazingly unique. The community pitched in to build it, and it vibrates with a sense of pride and fun. Braeden loved the "tots" area, especially the toy tractor, and David spent lots of time on the kiddie swings! A quiet creek splashed by in the background, and the whole family spent the afternoon relaxed and full of fun. I highly recommend it! Million Smiles Park on Depot Rd. in Lynden.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Zen of Preschooler


On Friday I took my kids (Braeden, 3 and Isaac, 6 months) for a stroll in the neighborhood. It was in the 50's out, blue sky and lovely. We collected rocks and leaves, and a Braeden found a very special prize. A little bb that somehow Braeden knew was something that was fired out of a gun. (We haven't yet touched on the subject of weaponry with him yet...). We walked down to a small creek that flows through a green belt across the street from our house. We have ventured there fairly often, and last week followed a mother deer and her fawn down the creek.This time, as we walked along the bed of the stream and came upon a concrete spillway, we saw some piece of electronic equipment that had been smashed into bits. Wires and bits of plastic were scattered all around and I was really upset to see our tranquil spot sullied. Braeden asked what the matter was and I told him that I was sad about the mess in the creek, and mad that someone would leave it there on purpose. Braeden looked up at me and said "Don't worry mommy. We just need to get a big bag to put the pieces in and then it can go in the garbage where it belongs and won't that be good?" I love that kid.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Love Birds Nesting


The last week has been a flutter of excitement in the shrub outside our front door. As we walk up the steps into our house we are greeted with a tiny finch nest, right at eye level. For weeks now the sounds of furious bird-construction have been coming from the front porch. The nest was finished about two weeks ago. All yesterday the mouse-brown female sat in her nest watching our comings and goings. We did not get a peek inside. Today, she left the nest and allowed us a glimpse. Five speckled eggs in her cozy nest. Palest blue with tiny brown speckles. They look like the Easter candy, Robin's Eggs, but less garish. We can't believe our luck! Five babies should be living on our front stoop in about 2 weeks. The momma bird is back in her roost, with red-breasted dad making a loud show of feeding her and protecting the nest, swooping all around. Now I am staying up at night, thinking about how to keep cats off our porch.