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The story of our precious little girl's 17 months of life with Trisomy 18 (July 4, 2010 - December 15, 2011) and of us, re-learning to live "after Lilly."
"I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made ...." Psalm 139:14

Friday, April 24, 2015

Various happenings

The chicks we bought, 2 weeks ago from today, are growing so fast!  They're still in a big tote bin in our dining room (!) though.  I took these pictures several days ago, and the chicks are bigger now.

As the chicks grow and we can see their personalities emerge, they begin to get names.  We have two martial artists:  "Cluck Norris" and "Ray Pullet" (named after Chuck Norris and Ray Park).  Solomon named one "Skarloey" (Thomas the Train reference) and one "Daddy Hollowell Jr. the III."  Hunter named one "Puron Refrigerant."  More (wacky) names to come ...

We added a stick to the chicks box - they LOVE to perch:

Speaking of chickens, Solomon was helping gather eggs recently.  The chickens all surrounded him and one pecked the egg basket and my usually brave boy actually started to cry!

Tabby recently drew this picture of Qui-Gon Jinn (played by Liam Neeson).  It continues to amaze me how she can crank out a drawing like this in a couple hours:

I have been doing math this year with Hunter orally.  (An OLD curriculum - Rays Arithmetic.)   But recently, when he was slow at getting a concept, I pulled out the old Math-U-See book that I had used with Tabby.  Ah-ha!  He got it then.  And he liked the Math-U-See so much that we are now using it too.  I gave him a worksheet (... "worksheet" - really need a better name for it!...) of addition problems.  A few minutes later I overheard him calculating the problems out loud.  I suddenly realized he was adding 3-digits, not 2 which was on the worksheet.  When I looked at it I saw that he was adding the problem number to the problem!  Oh ... some things I just don't think about explaining.  Well it's nice to know he can add 3 digits. 

As I mentioned in this post, I recently read Marie Kondo's The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  It was interesting trying her folding method with Hunter's clothes.  I ended up with a lot more room in his drawer - enough to add even more things.  I can't wait to try this with my dresser drawers.

Solomon in the drawer - not folded
after - shirts and shorts folded and lined up
Last Sunday, we went to an event in a nearby town called "Touch-A-Truck."  Doesn't that scream little boy?  My brother P. came along and brought his son.  Solomon was in heaven getting to sit in so many trucks:


Ooooo - Tabby just poked her head in the door to tell me that we have a chick hatching!  (Precious has been sitting on a bunch of eggs from Tabby's Silkie Batum hens for a couple weeks now.)  All this new life is so exciting ...


  1. Love this update and sweet look into your family life. Your kids are amazing!!!!

    1. Thanks Tesha! Don't you love how we can just post the good stuff? ;)

  2. I love the pics of the chicks! You think Tabby will be a vet?

    1. I have never wanted to be a vet. ;)

    2. Yeah, too much math and science involved. Tabby's least favorite subjects. If only art and music were the requirements ... :)

  3. Mom, they're Silkie Bantams. Not Batums. xD

    1. Ugh. Just a mistake I assure you my little chicken expert ...