Friday, December 19, 2014

Chicken emergency

We kept our great nephew Jordan and his friend Ella today. Both of them showed up just after 8 a.m. I had a Christmas Breakfast to attend but I was home by a little after nine.

They're both six-years-old and were sooooo excited to be coming here to bake Christmas cookies,  paint Christmas ornaments, and have fun at The Watsons.

Jilda had a day jam packed with activities and they were ready for duty.

After baking and painting, Jilda handed them off to me. Once in the back yard, we fed and watered the chickens. Ella and Jordan gathered eggs and then we played games.

They had lawn games that Jordan's mom had brought, but as it turns out, they like the special agent mission games I invented on the spot.

I pull the phone from my pocket and talked into it like it's a secret communications device.
"Your mission to save the earth, is to take an acorn, run to the hickory tree, toss the acorn into the bluebird house, then run to the bale of hay, and touch it with your right hand. Then you must run back here before I count to 13. If you fail, life as we know it will cease to exist. OVER AND OUT."

Bam! They were off.

After several missions in which we saved mankind, it was time to go in for water, and some more Christmas cookies.

I looked out the window and the chickens were out. Ooooops, someone forgot to close the door to the chicken pen.

Had Jilda video'd the next several minutes of us trying to herd up the chickens, I can promise you we would have won the America's Funniest Video contest, hands down.

By the end of the day the kids were sitting quietly watching the Christmas movie Prancer. To be honest they were both on the edge of sleep.

When they left at 5 p.m.  Jilda looked tired, but she still snorted when she looked at me. We looked like those mugshots in the post office.

We had fun, but it will be an early night.


  1. I love it when I hear of an inspiration for a game for kids. I know they loved it. But gathering eggs must have nearly topped that. BUT LOOSE chickens LOL! I know they love coming to your house. You are always making memories for Jordan, I know Ellie will remember also. And that is wonderful..

  2. lol kids r a joy. I always say that.
    What a wonderful day you all had :)

  3. Anonymous10:52 PM

    I would have loved to have been in that play group!!

  4. I agree, the chicken chase would have been a great video. Great photo of the egg gatherers.

  5. They will remember that day as special for a long time! What cute kids!

  6. Chasing chickens definitely would have been my idea of a good time as a kid!

  7. They are both very cute. They too will remember this day.

  8. Love that look on Jordan's face!
    In case I hadn't mentioned it before, I'd love to 'come back' as one of y'all's niece's or nephews. :)
    I'm no expert, but feel pretty sure this is what childhood should be all about!

    Merry Christmas!

  9. The secret agent game and herding chickens sound like fun!

  10. Children can definitely tire you out...they have so much energy and are so much fun! Sounds like your secret agent game was a great more ways than one!


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