Ruari in the front yard

We’ve been slowly…. slowly cleaning up our outdoor space. When we first bought our home, almost 5 years ago now, we had plans. SO many plans. We bought the home that was in the awesome neighborhood… but, the home needed some work… and love. Well, a LOT of love. And, was tiny (teensy).

So, really… It’s been waiting patiently for us to wake up and pay attention to it. Our poor lonely home just wanted some cuddles and lovin. AND, now we are giving it up. All our love. On the lowest budget ever… But, it will be awesome. We have been saving and scrounging to buy a fence… Soon. Which means… Next year: chickens. What? Yes. My chicken dream is coming true. ::highfives all around:: next Spring our little home will have a little chickey family. I’m sooooo excited.

Stay tuned for more home updates…. Hee! But, really… We’ve done so much already that i can’t wait to share. Soon.

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  • Sarahracine on said:

    Awesome! Can’t wait to see what you do with your yard! And li’l cuties with a fist full of flowers are my favorite.

  • Elena on said:

    Sounds exciting! I love the first pic of Ruari!

  • mrslltkings on said:

    That is AWESOME! Congrats. Our neighbors (we all live on a SUPER busy road) have chickens! With no fence. Apparently they stay in the yard! Like…on their own. Chickens are so smart.

  • Emily S. on said:

    That's so great! I love Ruari's grump face, too!

  • melissa on said:

    ruarie on the steps = cutest ever! i can't wait to see what you have in store for your house! i am so jealous of your impeding chickens! it was on my mind when we bought this house, but with a 4 inch yard i don't think it will happen till then next one, so i will live vicariously though yours and you can make me some eggs when i come to visit you 🙂

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Our yard is pretty darn tiny…. BUT, we will make it work! 🙂

  • Laura on said:

    Yay for chickens! My uncle raised chickens in his yard and some of my favorite childhood memories were going down to the coops with my cousin to get the day's batch of eggs–Ruari's going to love them!

  • Alyssa S. on said:

    We always seems to have a growing list of "what we want to do with the house". And we only built the thing 4 years ago! We started with boring stuff like rain gutters, then did small landscaping projects in the front and back yards. OK, what is it with you PNW people and chickens? I have two high school friends who live in the PNW who have or are about to have chickens! What's up with that????

  • Katlyn on said:

    That's so exciting! I remember having chickens when I was little.. Although the rooster used to chase me around the yard, bahhaha! I can't wait to see more of your house!

    P to the S… I am in LOVE with Ruari's shoes.. They remind me of the Wizard of Oz! 🙂 So freakin' cute!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Yeah, I don't like roosters either! But, only girlies for us. 🙂 we found those shoes thrift ing. She wants to wear them eeeveryday.

  • Tara on said:

    I just love Ruari's face in front of the door! SO adorable!

  • Christine on said:

    oooh chickens!! My husband and I are in the process of purchasing our first home (can I even begin to tell you how excited we are?!) and he dreams of having some chickens for our daughter. I've been against it because it's a really suburban setting and I'm a bit afraid of our neighbours' reactions…. Is this an issue for you guys at all?? Your daughter is gonna love them 🙂

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Exciting! It's not an issue. We can't have a rooster (since we are in the city), but 3 chickens are acceptable. It's not too unusual to have backyard chickens around here. 🙂

  • Crystal on said:

    I know exactly what you mean. I mowed my yard this weekend. Does that count? Ha. Love the pictures. Yours are always so pretty!

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