Thursday, May 20, 2010

animal shenanigans

It all started with an innocent birthday gift to John, a new grill.  He decided to BBQ for our crew who has worked so hard and done a great job on our new dwelling.  Anyway, as is typical in a Burgess/Rush meal, there were left overs (why do we always cook too much?).  John decided the left over burgers would be a good treat for Griffin, so he left them on the grill for the next day when the dog would be around.  Fast forward to the next morning, I am going about my business at the new house (ie cleaning and painting) and remember that John left burgers for Grif on the grill.   Griffin and I mosey on out to the grill and I innocently and unsuspectingly throw the grill cover open only to discover a CAT in the GRILL!!! Honestly, if I hadn't just had my hair colored, I think it would be all white.  It scared me, and it scared Grif.  The cat took off immediately.  Unfortunately for Grif, the cat got all the good stuff.  Griffin is still barking at the grill when he sees it and I will never open a grill the same way again. 

Later that evening we are at camp and I am holding the door open for John and my brother in law Mike when a bird dive bombs me and goes right into the house.  Turns out a finch (we think?) had built a nest in our porch roof.  Eventually (though only after the terrified bird emptied his digestive track on the wall in my kitchen) we got the bird to fly out. 

And then....  the next morning I went to go check out our brand new pigs!  They are 9 weeks old and are named wiggly and squiggly, you will see why in a moment.  Anyway, the pigs had only been at the farm a day, so very new to the place.  They saw me and went crazy, running around the pen and eventually finding their way out!  It turns out they are a bit smaller than pigs we have had in the past and had no trouble making their way through the slats in our pig pen.  So, 2 pigs on the loose.  Again John and Mike to the rescue.  Mike actually caught one as it was headed north on the far side of the farm in the tree field.  These suckers are fast and I am amazed that he caught it!  The other little guy (actually girl) went across the street and down to the deer farm.  Eventually she worked her way back to our side of the road and into the barn where we were able to rescue her.  It was quite an ordeal for all involved. 

That was enough for one weekend.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

a little of this and a little of that

A hodgepodge of activities have been taking place around here.  Some time at the play ground, John's birthday and of course, progress at the new house!

Em & Liz on the teeter-totter

Liz loves the slide


The house is really looking good!  Lots of changes to the outside as John works on the grading and the crew builds the decks...

We hosted John's birthday party with his family at our new house this weekend!  It is still very much a construction zone but we have power, camping chairs and good sports to make it fun:)

And even a little baseball in the mix!  This was my first high school baseball game in years!  so fun!  my cousins son, Isaac's team played our local high school and won!    This Liz, my mom, dad, Aunt Barbara (dad's sister) and my cousin Wendy.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

construction zone

Here are some recent photos of our very own construction zone.  Actually, in just 2 weeks time, the house has come a LONG way!

This is the south side of the house.  Lots of windows and nice big deck.

This is the downstairs bedroom.  All painted and the flooring is in.  This will be our bedroom until we finish the upstairs, then it will be our office. 

A look at the kitchen and dining room.  In this area the crew is waiting on delivery of some hardwood flooring I ordered.  hopefully it will land next week.

And I can't forget the basement! 

Oh, and this is my chandelier.  I love it!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

celebration - guess who turned 2????

We celebrated my niece's second birthday this past weekend.  It was a great party.  Beautiful weather, great food and company.  I think the birthday girl had an absolute ball!

I love this photo of Em...

The birthday girl loves a good piggy back ride.

Uncle Dan takes her for a ride in the stroller

Me & Griffin