"So throw away those Lamentations,
We both know them all too well.
If there's a Book of Jubilations,
We'll have to write it for ourselves.."

-Josh Ritter

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Perfect Easter

What makes the perfect Easter at the Lauers' house?


That is Nora with a newly hatched ball of adorable fluff. There were thirteen of these, of varying breeds, sizes and colors. They are still a little too young to have declared their personalities or sexes, so they still bear pretty generic names. For instance, the one above is Medium Chick. (There are three yellow chicks and the other two are Tiny Chick and Fat Chick). There are also Chickadee, who is black and white, Fuzzy Feet and a whole range of medium greyish/brownish ones who have yet to earn even that much of a name.

It was amazing to watch the chicks hatch with Nora. She had waited patiently for the last 21 days of incubation, but I'm not sure she understood the true awesomeness of holding a new baby chick. They like to snuggle and eat out of your hands. We have also discovered that they are remarkably tolerant, but can be vocal when they've had enough of being squeezed and loved. We're still working on the gentle thing.

As I've mentioned before, we can only keep the females and only five of them. So keep your fingers crossed that there are five ladies in the mix!