Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Showing Bigger Animals

Our other cousin, Justin, showed Carl the goat at the Livestock show. I'm not so sure about bigger animals. As far as I'm concerned, anything you can't pick up and lob around might just be too big.

Carl the goat was a big fella. He was at the top of his weight class. He was a big guy.

And with big guys like this, I'm not sure who's showing who.
Just did a great job. I was so proud of him. He got 9th, I think. He raised a great goat and worked hard.

The livestock show is really all about the rides. After showing the animals, my sister-in-law, brother-in-law and I decided to divide and conquer. My brother-in-law took the boys to the big rides. I went with the Doodlebug. She needs one adult to watch only her. The Baby enjoyed the view from the cheap seat... my back.

We met up with the boys for one last ride. The Snugglebug went on this one while Chojuk rode the Spaceship 2000. It was a great visit with our cousins! Can't wait until next year!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Chicken Show

It's 4-H time again. The kids and I made our annual pilgrimage to the valley to see the cousins show their animals. This was an important year for us. Next year, Chojuk will be eligible to show animals and we needed to see which animal we want to show and what work it will entail.

Alec showed chickens. The Nutty Papa's family has participated in 4-H for years and they think starting with chickens is the way to go. I agree. They're easy. Well... they're a short term commitment. The chickens are raised for 6 weeks and then shown. 6 weeks. I could handle that.

There Alec is with his best bird. He placed 7th. See that big bird? He can barely hold it. And there were 7 bigger! Whew. I don't know about this.

The last part is showing 3. You hope to raise 3 that are uniform. All the same. And you have to have help holding them. Luckily Alec, on the left, has a big brother who has done this. He's the one on the right. Then they recruited a buddy from 4-H to help. Nice buddy. I don't think I could be easily recruited.

While you wait for the judge to judge the birds, everyone stands around holding these chickens. Apparently the stress it pretty bad on the birds. There's a fear they'll die right there in front of the judge. So you have to be gentle holding them while you wait. Some kids put them down. And they poop on you. Ew.

I'm thinking chickens aren't for us.

Friday, March 27, 2009

The Scientists Might Be Interested in This...

We've solved the mystery to cloning. We do it here at the Nutty Forest. And many of you commented on it. Take a look:

I might be able to fool some of you, if it weren't for the horrible wallpaper in the back ground. This is the Baby at 18 months.

This is his big brother, the Snugglebug at 18 months. Uncanny resemblance. I agree.

The Baby, again, with his baby doll.

The Snugglebug with HIS baby doll... A.K.A the Doodlebug. I know, I know. It's bizarre. They both look like the Nutty Papa. I don't have a picture of my handsome hubby from when he was 18 months old, but I imagine if I did, it'd look something like this. Pretty stinkin' cute, huh?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Daddy In Training

Hello, TrisHill... my dedicated reader. Thanks for checking in everyday to see that Yes, we are still celebrating a birthday around here. But not today. Today, we move on to the baby.

The Baby has taken a liking to his sister's dolls. She isn't too happy about it. I finally convinced her that the baby... the one with all the pen marks all over it's head... it would be a great baby for the Baby. She reluctantly agreed.

He carries it around with him.

Kisses it.

Hugs it.

And pushes it in a stroller. Don't mess with his dolly either! He knows what he's doing. (Don't mind that it's contorted in the stroller. THAT'S THE WAY HE WANTS IT!)
He'll be a great Daddy!
He's learning from the best!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Birthday Boy

This is the third time I've made this post... I've been fighting with my blog... and I'm ready to throw down! Here goes...

My first born, my Chojuk, is 8. He celebrated his birthday last week. It was a great day!

It began with the traditional Bubble Bread Breakfast.

We love Bubble Bread!

Then one present... one for the road. Chojuk got a DS from Mimi for his birthday so he opened his gift from Pop Pop and Memaw...

a new DS game. He played it in the car while we drove to the bouncy castle place.

We slid down the slides...


And jumped... and wrestled... in the bouncies.

And tackled Daddy!


Our friend Trenton came to play too. It was a great adventure!

When we got home, Chojuk opened the rest of his games. He got a few more video games that he had been asking for, a new movie, and a Bop It. I thought the Bop It was especially funny because I gave my OB, Dr. Wappett, a Bop It to play while I was in labor. I thought it would be funny to see Dr. Wappett with a Bop It! Turns out he didn't deliver my 9 lb. 10 oz baby boy. But he still enjoyed the Bop it.

So did Chojuk. He couldn't even stop playing long enough to smile for his picture!
Happy Birthday Chojuk!