What The Quail?!

Happy Friday Eve!  I honestly can’t believe we’re half way through April already.  I’m ready for summer break and so is my school girl.  She loves school, but I think she’s ready for no homework, late nights and fun with family and friends!  I’m ready to have all 3 of my little ones back in the nest during the week.  Ask me a week into break how I feel ;-) .IMG_0013 (1280x853)

Speaking of nests, I spy quail eggs underneath our grill. They usually do this every Spring and I LOVE that I get to show the kids this part of nature.  Unfortunately, this year, the mother quail decided that this is the spot to leave her un-hatching eggs.  Is that what you call them?  I don’t know, but anyway, nothing is happening with these.

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Ok, so last Friday, the hubby was going to take our middle kiddo out for a bike ride and ran inside to tell me there was a mama quail and her babies out and about in our yard. Eeeeek!  I ran to get my camera in attempt to get some good pics.  There is the mama and all her babies (10 or 11, I think) under her wings.

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There they are following the mama and ready to flee from me.  They blend in so well with the sand/rocks, don’t they?

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Look at the little peeps.  Cuuuuuuute!

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Over the river…

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And through the woods…

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To the neighbor’s house we go.

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So, fast forward to tonight, when another neighbor found two baby quail in their garage. They were separated from their clan and unsure of what to do.  They brought them to our backyard because we have no outdoor pets and thought they’d be safer here.  I knew I’d skip right from 3 kids to 5.  I always thought if we tried for a 4th, it’d be twins.  I was right.  Surprise.

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If this doesn’t scream cuteness, I don’t know what does.

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What’s up my peeps?

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We were going to put them in our shed with food and water for the night, but they’re just so tiny (1-2 weeks old, maybe?) and we didn’t know if they’d make it through the night.  So, we set up a giant cardboard house with a little heating pad, blanket, crushed food and some water for them in our garage.  I really, really hope they make it through the night.  If they don’t, I might have to take bereavement leave.  I’m kind of attached.  I hope the family of quail are back in our yard tomorrow morning, so we can release these two to them.  Fingers crossed!

Easter Recap and A Bacon/Pea Salad Recipe

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A couple of weeks ago, we took the kids to the annual Easter egg hunt in our community.  They look forward to this every year and have such a wonderful time.

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This girl is part monkey.  If she’s not climbing on something or doing gymnastics, she’s probably asleep.

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There is always a fire truck for the kids to see and each kid gets a fire fighter badge sticker.

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Look at those smiles.  They are thrilled.

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Every year, I chop down the biggest tree I can find trim a branch off one of the trees in our backyard and the kids and I make an Easter tree.  I usually spray paint it white, but this year I was lazy opted for simpler times.  I must say though, the green actually looks quite natural and nice.

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In years past, the kids would always wake me and the hubby up before looking for their Easter baskets.  This is the first year that they were up before us and didn’t make a peep.  They all found their baskets and had dug in before we came down at 9:30am, which means no video of them looking for baskets this year.  Sigh.  BUT, I must say, sleeping in until 9:30am hasn’t happened in this house in a looooong time.  So, I’m pretty much over the video.

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Oh peas.

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We I made the typical ham, mashed potatoes and fruit salad for Easter lunch/dinner.  I also decided to make a new recipe:  Easy Bacon Pea Salad (recipe here).  It’s pretty amazing.  Just mix the ingredients in a bowl, stir, chill and devour.  I went a little heavy on the onions and it was a tad potent, but all that calmed down the day after all the flavors had a chance to blend.  Does anyone else love the way cold peas pop in your mouth?

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So, there ya have it.  Another Easter in the books.  Until next time, you can catch me eating Heath bars and watching Netflix like both went out of style.

Ode to Fall…and A Bit of Randomness

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This little nugget turned 2 last week!  I still remember birthing the 10lb 2.5oz lad like it was yesterday.

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I’m sure everyone knows who the annoying as all heck Caillou is.  I let my first born watch him a couple of times, until she started to talk baby talk like he does and then I banned it for a loooong time.  My middle child was introduced to it at age 3 and was only allowed to watch it if I needed to get something done.  (Yes, I bribed him.)  Now to the third child. Listen up here ladies and gents.  By the time the third child arrives, you just don’t really give a crap any more give in and let them get away with whatever because you’re already going gray and would rather listen to that annoying little cartoon voice than a crying child any day of the week.  The End.  Signed ~ Searching for Sanity.

The kids have been begging to go bowling for a while now and we decided to do just that one Friday afternoon.  We had so much fun and we’ll definitely be going again!  They are seriously the cutest.  Love them.

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Some days 5 o’clock in the pm at our house looks like this.

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I am so glad that Fall is here because that means soups and stews in the slow cooker. Although, I don’t think AZ got the memo because it hit 105 here yesterday and is supposed to be 107 today.

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I love to read, but don’t get a chance to do it near as much as I used to and it’s taken me like 3 weeks to read 100 pages in ‘Gone Girl’.  I’ve been dying to see the movie, but wanted to read the book first.  It’s due back at the library this Saturday and I have very little faith that I’ll finish it.  So far the book is right up my alley, but I guess the movie will have to do.

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I like to collect globes and this is my most recent purchase.  I really want to put it on the bookcases in my living room, but the problem is that they’ve been sitting in my garage for about, oooh 9 months now, waiting to be sanded and painted.  I wasn’t able to work on them over the summer because the temp is too high to do any sort of painting out there.  I plan to use the spray gun.  It will be my first time and I’m a little nervous.  Wish me all the luck!

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Sugar cones.  Aren’t they the best?  I’ll take mine with Peppermint Wonderland ice cream please.

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I got these puppies in the mail yesterday – woot!  My old running shoes were about 6 months past due.  I can’t wait to try these out.  Although, to be honest, I haven’t been running for a couple of weeks now.  Boo.  I’ve just been so focused on house projects that I haven’t put in the time to workout.  I best get my rear in gear though because I’m running another half marathon (see my first one here) in January.

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I made some of Linguini with Shrimp Scampi last night for dinner and it’s pretty much my new favorite.  If you love lemon, garlic and shrimp…you’ll love this.  It’s pretty quick and easy to make too.  Recipe found here.

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Who’s ready for an awkward photo?!  Look at me and the hubby standing tall and proud next to our HUGE new tree.  So proud of our $23 Lowe’s purchase.  Lolz.  We plan on taking a photo every year until it’s 50 feet tall.  I’m sure you all cannot wait.

Anywho, that’s what we’ve been up to.  Happy Wednesday!