Saturday, June 13, 2009

All "Cooped" Up.. Got DIRT?.. And, What the HAIL??

So.. my boyfriend's been on vacation all week.. which became a trendy "Stay-Cation" so many recessioners are inventing these days. We're big on gettin' on out of town when we can.. and had plans for Yellowstone-- before we remembered:
1. There were still 4 chickens living in our bathroom, that something needed to be done about. (A coop, to be specific.)
2. We needed about 2 dump trucks full-o-mulch to fill in miles and miles (I know.. I'm an exaggerator by nature..) of landscape and retaining walls.. and
3. It was basically gonna be raining all week in the whole world.. AND Jasen's sister planned a last minute trip with her family all the way from St. Louie-Lou..
WOO-HOO! So why go anywhere?
So here ya have the photo tour of our happenin' week..
First off.. the completed coop. My husband is a handy one if I do say so myself.

He turned the back half of our shed (that was THE creepiest little nook of the world you ever did see..) into this perfectly cheery and chicken filled coop-o-fun.

And there's nothin' better than a coop.. than a coop-a-COUSINS. We had so much fun with Jasens family..

and as you can see..
the kids have taken to the farm-life we have forced upon them, with little resistance.

(And look! There's even real-life "nesting boxes"!
Makes ya wanna cozy right in, no?)

Sophie likes just "cuddling" the poultry.. and saying things like,
"There-there now.." to her little chicken baby dolls.

Oh.. and then came..

I mean.. come on.. doesn't this LOOK like vacation??
(Kay.. the kids would argue otherwise.. but it DOES look mighty nice..)

And lastly.. just wanted to share another piece of our JUNE vacation.. with those who may not live close by.
Just a little hailstorm.. outta NOWHERE.

Yes that, my friends.. is just a little bit of summer in Logan.

Oh! And Jasen turned 37-- which I promise we really did celebrate.. I just failed to document it in photo form.
It was a perfect Jasen day.. starting out with a romantic little morning trip to Borders.. just the two of us.. followed by a 2-hour-mission to find THE perfect sunglasses. After trying on at lEAST 60 pairs (all at our teeny tiny Cache Valley Mall.. which, without kids being SO bored and SO wanting to go home.. was a good time..) he found THE pair.. some classy little black Oakley's with whatever the important kinda shmancy lens is called. We ended the night at the much-recommended Maddox restaurant in Brigham City.. that I can't believe it's taken us 2 years to try out. Totally worth the drive (through may I mention the GORGEOUS Sardine Canyon this time of year?? Can you say Lush-alicious?? Highly recommend a drive through there soon. Breathtakingly beautiful. Kinda stuff ya see on posters and in travel books. I repeat.. ridiculously, gorgeous.) and the raspberry butter and rolls at Maddox's? I'm tellin' ya..
perhaps man CAN live on bread alone. VERY tasty.
And there ya have it. Happy-happy Staycation to us.


Jana said...

I walked by and your dirt looks great!! I can't wait to see the new coop~ I knew you wanted something done with that shed. Looks like a great staycation!!

Colette said...

Your such a great writer! Anyone who can make a chicken coop sound fun should be applauded.

Clarice said...

I am impressed with all of the "vacationing" you got done at your house. Just a random side note, Cooper cried today after sacrament meeting because we didn't get to nursery and the nice brown hair ladies class!! You are going to be missed in that nursery!!

Heather Zwygart said...

I love your writing you make every thing sound great! And for once I'm not jelous! Of your staycation that is I do that every weekend! I just need to look at it through your eyes! And the dirt does look great I noticed it the other day when I drove by! Good Job!

ALO said...

What a fabulous staycation! We love those...although the kids always ask if it is the type of vacation where we make them "work" or we actually "play"! I love your chicken coop...something so quaint and romantic about owning chickens. Still haven't seen your house...or chickens...or Logan. Must do that soon!

mo said...

I love the Coop-O-Fun! You guys and your country living just keep amazing me. Who knew?