Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mama Mallard's Family

Mama Mallard's eggs began hatching late Sunday afternoon.  I was so excited!  I checked on her constantly!  We made sure to get up early Monday, Memorial Day, so we didn't miss her taking her babies to the lake.  Around 6:30 a.m. she proudly paraded her three new, beautiful ducklings to the lake.  My son was the lucky one that assisted the babies over the curb.  He wanted to keep one. :) 
We did video, but for some reason I'm having trouble uploading the video.  It's about 4.5 minutes long, so maybe it's too long??  
As you can see mama was on a mission!  She wasn't easy to keep up with!  Hope you enjoy!

Proud mama making way for her babies.

Kyle helped the little ones over the curb.
Mama did thank him. :)

I'm back!  Now where is Mr Mallard???

This is the babies first swim...awww!

That Sweet Marie and her family were just as nice as the squirrels said they were. :)

Aren't they so cute?!?!
Such a proud mommy!

It was a beautiful experience for us all...

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Baby Blue Jay

This young Blue Jay is keeping mom and dad busy.  This was videoed in our backyard on Saturday.  Hope you enjoy!


Monday, May 21, 2012

Mama Mallard

We caught Mama Mallard taking a short break from her eggs to have a drink and a bath.  We got so tickled watching her splish and splash about in her little ducky tub.  She only took about a ten minute break and back to her eggs she went.  She's one dedicated gal! 
It doesn't take much to entertain us. :)  

She loves to sing in the rain.
We are spraying water on her. :)

Break time is over...

Can you see her?

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Spread Your Wings

Hope everyone is finding something fun to do on this Saturday that will put a smile on your face.  
Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Happy Belated Birthday Rambo!

Four years ago on Mother's Day little Rambo showed up at the front door.  He's been with us ever since.  He's now BIG Rambo and weighing in at a solid 97lbs. and handsome as ever!  We're a little behind with his birthday celebration, but he didn't seem to mind. We made him peanut butter and honey cupcakes with vanilla yogurt for the frosting...yummy!

Can I get a woof woof!!!  
Happy Birthday Rambo...we love you!

He might be a little spoiled...ha ha

He did share with his siblings. :)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Only One Mother

Hundreds of stars in the pretty sky,
But only one mother to dry your eyes,
Hundreds of shells on the shore together,
But only one mother to have forever
Hundreds of birds that go singing by,
But only one mother to help you try
Hundreds of lambs in the sunny weather,
But only one mother to treat us like treasure
Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
But only one mother to help us move on
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
But only one mother the world wide over
Hundreds of people to tell apart
But only one mother to give us her heart

This is a picture of me with my mom.  I'm fortunate to have her and my grandmother in my life and to be blessed with my son.  
Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Big Beautiful Tree


The Oak Tree

by Johnny Ray Ryder Jr

A mighty wind blew night and day
It stole the oak tree's leaves away
Then snapped its boughs and pulled its bark
Until the oak was tired and stark

But still the oak tree held its ground
While other trees fell all around
The weary wind gave up and spoke.
How can you still be standing Oak?

The oak tree said, I know that you
Can break each branch of mine in two
Carry every leaf away
Shake my limbs, and make me sway

But I have roots stretched in the earth
Growing stronger since my birth
You'll never touch them, for you see
They are the deepest part of me

Until today, I wasn't sure
Of just how much I could endure
But now I've found, with thanks to you
I'm stronger than I ever knew

Monday, May 7, 2012

Have a Ducky Day!

This is our Mama Mallard.  She decided to build a nest and lay her eggs in our front yard flowerbed.  We've only seen her off the nest once in the past five days.  We are only four houses and a street from the lake.  I guess there is less competition for nesting in my yard. :)  I will keep all of you updated.  Until then, have a ducky day!

We were spraying her with the hose. LOL

Isn't she pretty!

Friday, May 4, 2012

One Less Rat

We heard the birds and squirrels going crazy!  We knew to grab the camera and run outside.  There was a big hawk carrying a big rat!  I have never seen a rat in my yard.  Squirrels don't count!  I love my squirrels and they are amazing little critters! :)
When I saw the size of the rat I was freaking out because I'm thinking it must have been caught in our neighborhood!  Yuck!!!  Hubby actually took these pics.  The hawk was about 50 ft from us and then he flew to a chimney which made him about 100 ft from us.  I don't like to see them around too often, but this is a beautiful bird.  This one was about 16" to 18" tall.  I try to remind people that hawks are in the area and it's a good idea to keep extra small pets on leashes.

Hope everyone has a fabulous Friday!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Not Your Typical Mail

I see these little guys everywhere, but when you open your mailbox and they catch you by surprise it can make a girl a little jumpy!  That's when I call on hubby. :)
I once had a baby Black Racer in my mailbox!  I'm pretty sure the neighbors ten houses down could hear me screaming!  Seriously!!!