Monday, June 17, 2013


There are plenty of reasons for us to get together... birthdays, safe returns... but I think it's enough to just want to spend time together, to catch up. Delia was with Bill and Alison last week, spending time together, marking some birthdays. Now she is in Pasadena with her mom and sister, and nieces. This weekend we got to have some time, here, with Delia, Eunice, Beckie, Rebekah, and Julie, and Hans and Gretchen happened to be between training sessions, so they joined us, too!

Maria and her great-grandmother Eunice

Maria was so excited to take her Great Grandma out to the chicken run to see our latest project. She even found an egg for abuela.

Aunt Becky came in, too. It's nice on the goat side, since Geoff put in those two chairs. Now he can sit with the goats and remind them not to eat his shoe laces, his shorts, his shirt... It's nice. It's not relaxing, exactly.

If you want to relax, you have to go inside, and if Mister Foo is drowsy, you'll have the perfect excuse to get comfortable. My cousin, Rebekah, got a lovely dose of woozy Foo.

Then Gretchen and Hans got to share in some snoozy Foo. More family... he was soaking it up! Who's next?

Maria and her grandmother Delia, Grandma Boo, giving Mister Foo another dose.

As it happens, there were some birthdays to celebrate. And for some unknown reason we make you open your gifts at the front door, as you're leaving, while people are waiting in the car. Gosh. Are we out of practice, or something!? Hans and Gretchen found great gifts for Mom. I think they're going to come in handy for the rest of her travels and return, here.

Mister Foo wasn't the only one doted on. Maria loves the company of her aunties, Julie, and Rebekah.

Gretchen laying some sugar on Mister Foo. He gets so excited about being outside (under close supervision), his whole body quivers with eager pleasure.

And out come the goats, who are remarkably indifferent to the rider they picked up. As long as there is something to chew, I guess they have a high tolerance for weird.

This picture is so silly. And it's funny, too, because Mister Foo suddenly looks like a small cat, or a large kitten. Sitting on a little goat really changes his relative size.

Gotta break out the metal detector. Someday, my wedding band will show up. It's not lost. I know it's in the backyard. Somewhere.

Gretchen and Hans, with Julie, and Maria.

Only one regret, but it's a big one: we should have taken more pictures!

They don't all have to be with Mister Foo, or goats, or chickens, but we definitely should have taken more family pictures. You hear that, everyone? Get back here, and let's make more memories!


Rachy said...

Beautiful pictures of a beautiful family x

Anonymous said...

I soaked in each and every picture!! I love Mister Foo
Love, cousin Beckie

Cat said...

Mister Foo probably enjoyed the time as much as you did! And isn't it the truth, you could take a hundred pics, and you always could think of a few more that you could take...


Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

Thank you, Rachy!

Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

Hey, cuz!
Mister Foo loves you, too.
Let's play again, soon.

Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

I think he did enjoy himself. He probably feels _neglected_
now that there are only six of of us to dote on him!

judy in ky said...

Wonderful family, so much love and activity and mingling with the animals. I love it!