8.09.2009

Welcomes and Farewells...

First off, I want to say thanks for all of the well wishes on being pregnant. The reason I was hinting at it instead of being upfront was that I wasn't supposed to tell the world yet exactly... Alex still hadn't told some of his closest friends from his hometown, and we had hypothetically said we would wait until the end of the first trimester to make it public (I am still only 10 weeks along). One of Alex's friends did find out via the blog (sorry Michelle!) ~ whoops. :)
Although quite a few friends have, I have never experienced a miscarriage first hand, so I don't have that life experience to make me want to hold my tongue I guess... And at this point if I did miscarry it would be traumatic for me, and I am sure I would share it with you anyways. Sooo.... I just want to state for the record that I CAN be trusted to keep a secret. Just not this one. I am just too excited to be welcoming this little being in.

And this weekend was one of farewells. We said see-you-later today to my Mom who has been visiting us for the last 2 weeks. She has been helping with Lili (much to her delight) and keeping my house in order as I do important things like nap and lay around feeling sick. Lilikoi really reaped the benefits too. She got completely 100% spoiled. Meme let her do ALL sorts of things that she normally isn't allowed to do. Things like: bringing the pebbles form our front step inside the house to play with, extra amounts of sweets and juice, drinking the pool water, and listening to the Elmo song on repeat... Here they are getting some lemonade at the farmers market because Lili was hot:It is hard to see her go...

Something that wasn't hard to let go of was the 89 chickens we processed this weekend. They were starting to smell, and we were all ready for the big day. I actually got the easy job of being the babysitter (b/c I am pregnant) while Alex, David, Ema, and Brandon spent 13 hours killing and dressing the birds. They were exhausted at the end of the day, but it went smoothly and it is so awesome to have a freezer full of chickens. They averaged about 4lbs a chicken. We have learned a lot since they were cute little chicks, and overall it was a good experience. I think next time we will rotate them on a pasture instead of having one permanent area. And we will do less birds at once.
I said goodbye to them that morning, but I didn't feel nearly as sad or as torn as I thought I might feel. The smell is already improving around our house. Farewell and thank you chickens!

3 comments:

Adam said...

That's a lot of hours to spend with doomed/dying/dead chickens. They must have been very efficient.

I wish we had room to do such things, to fill freezers with our own chickens and pigs and whatever.

Though, really, our freezer is fairly full of our own raised food. But none of it is meat.

katypark said...

much love to you mama as you welcome another beauty into the world:)

Susan Sager Brown said...

Do I smell fried chicken????.....teehee