We were so excited to find our first egg in the chicken house last night. It was the perfect birthday gift for our resident urban homesteader, Korum. “Rockstar” (our Goldstar hen) delivered on her name, and became our first layer of a beautiful brown egg with the most amazing deep orange yolk. We knew she would be a star!

There's Rockstar and her beautiful egg!

There's Rockstar and her beautiful egg!

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This post has not been officially approved by Calder, but since I have hijacked the blog, I guess I can post whatever I want (insert maniacal laughter here). We had friends for dinner a few weeks ago, and while I was picking them up from the ferry, Calder picked up little glass stones we had sprinkled throughout the gravel in our driveway and arranged them on our patio table. With the spiral/labyrinth design, I think we may be raising a little hippie, but I thought it looked really pretty nonetheless.

Proud of his work

Proud of his work

Our favorite place to spend the summer evenings

Our favorite place to spend the summer evenings and our favorite 5 year-old.

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Well, there is really no way to recapture the last two months in this sadly neglected blog… but the mama is going to take over here for a while, as the requests from friends and family to update the site have reached critical mass.

All four Bischoffs are well and happy these days. Korum is hard at work at Teatro ZinZanni where they have recently launched a new show. The boys and I had fun attending the Seattle Pride parade last weekend where Korum participated in the ZinZanni float. He wore a purple tutu and a top hat, and looked pretty cute– too bad I can’t figure out how to get the picture off of my cell phone… you’ll have to use your imaginations.

The boys are also both doing well. Calder finished up the baseball season with a party and a trophy. His coach presented him with a certificate bearing the nickname of “Gabby” and awarding him the title of “best attitude.” He was so proud, and has been telling everyone that it is better to have a good attitude than to make a great catch:)

The awards party

The awards party

Calder is looking forward to soccer and swimming in the Fall, and is beside himself to be attending Clowning day camp at ZinZanni in a couple of weeks. We think we have finally found a way to channel some of his zany energy, but we might be creating a monster– we will have to see!

Our zany clown boy

Our zany clown boy

At almost 10 months, Garner is doing new things every day. He is crawling like a champ now, and has begun to make attempts to take steps. He is an adorable baby with the sweetest husky laugh. He eats and enjoys all sorts of foods, and generally seems to find life pretty delightful. We are all feeling very lucky to have him in our family. For the last couple of weeks he has been learning to sleep in his own crib, which has been hard on all of us, but he is starting to adjust and we are all appreciating the improved sleeping arrangements.

The first night the poor little guy cried for an hour and then fell asleep in this yoga position. Thankfully,  he has begun to get the hang of it and is going to sleep now fairly quickly.

The first night the poor little guy cried for an hour and then fell asleep in this yoga position. Thankfully, he has begun to get the hang of it and is going to sleep now fairly quickly.

That’s about it from here. I will try to post holiday weekend photos later in the week. Until then, I hope everyone had a happy 4th of July!

Mom and Garner on the Hood Canal this afternoon

Mom and Garner on the Hood Canal this afternoon

Eating rocks

Eating rocks

Dad and Dodi

Dad and Dodi

I love baseball. I love to hit, throw and play catcher.

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One super-awesome thing I got to do this month was go to Walking with Dinosaurs at Key Arena. My friend John Flodin took me, dad, Rivers and Eric. Dad’s old friend from work, Scott, works with the dinosaurs in the show, so I thought it would be safe and the dinos wouldn’t get me. It was such an awesome show. They were Ha-YUGE! But, they weren’t as big as Key Arena cuz that building is really, really huge.

I got to see my favorite, a Triceratops and a baby and mama Tyranosaurus Rex. And I got to see one dinosaure poop. Plus a volcano!

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Wow! A lot of time has passed since I posted anything on my blog! Spwing is just so fun and I spend most of my time outside now, so I never even remember to go on the computer. Dad is helping me catch you up on what we’ve been doing. You won’t even believe how much fun stuff I doned.

Chickies

The chickens got bigger. Fluffy Pie and Blackie died. They were sick. It was pretty sad but we did get more — Blondie, Dottie Dodi, Black Su, and Rock Star. Rock Star was in a movie! We also worked a lot on the coop so they could move out of the dining room which was getting really stinky and dusty:

The first time they got to go outside for a treat.

The first time they got to go outside for a treat.

This is Polly in her ugly stage.

This is Polly in her ugly stage.

The coop. It was still too cold for them outside though.

The coop. It was still too cold for them outside though.

Garner

Garner got bigger and cuter and funnier and everything:

Nannie started taking care of me and brother one day a week so she had to practice giving him a bottle.

Nannie practiced giving him a bottle. She is watching him one day a week while she is off of work. Mima still watches us two days a week so we get to see both of our grandmas.

He always likes to take his spoon when he eats.

He always likes to take his spoon when he eats.

Sometimes he is serious.

Sometimes he is serious.

Sometimes he is sweet.

Sometimes he is sweet.

T-Ball!

I started T-Ball. It is sooooo fun and I love batting, throwing and playing catcher! My team is the Diamondbacks which is a kind of snake… yikes! We call our team “The D-Backs” because it’s really cool. So far I’ve had 4 games:

My first practice and turn at bat.

My first practice and turn at bat.

My pal Cordelia.

My pal Cordelia.

My first game!

My first game!

Even my Uncle Jherek came to my game. He was an All-Star just like my Uncle Harper!

Even my Uncle Jherek came to my game. He was an All-Star just like my Uncle Harper!

Rivers’ Birthday

I had so much fun at River’s Birthday! We played Star Wars and attacked Jherek:

Prepare to battle!

Prepare to battle!

Attack!

Attack!

Conundrum 2009

Dad’s drum students put on a recital every year called Conundrum. This was the first year I got to stay for the whole concert. I even helped the bands practice the night and morning before the big show. I loved hanging out with the bands:

Easter

My Great-Grandma Yia-Yia came from Santamento and I found sooooo many eggs! Some even had candy:

We went to Mima's for dinner.

We went to Mima's for dinner.

Karl and Leslie's puppy Scout came.

Karl and Leslie's puppy Scout came.

Haaaa-haaaa! I tooked this picture.

Haaaa-haaaa! I tooked this picture.

I wish we sawed Yia-Yia more...

I wish we sawed Yia-Yia more...

In the morning there was a disgusting Ant hatch over the bathtub when mom was in it! EW!!!!

In the morning there was a disgusting Ant hatch over the bathtub when mom was in it! EW!!!!

Victoria

We went on a super-fun vacation to Victoria with Ivy, Pop and Lola. It’s in Canada! We stayed two nights and in two different hotels:

First Lola and I tooked a ferry from Port Angeles.

First Lola and I tooked a ferry from Port Angeles.

We went to the Parliment building and the Royal B.C. Museum. I was super-scared of the Wooly Mammoth.

We went to the Parliment building and the Royal B.C. Museum. I was super-scared of the Wooly Mammoth.

We had lunch on the waterfront and then went shopping around the city in Canada.

We had lunch on the waterfront and then went shopping around the city in Canada.

The next morning, I chased Ivy around the Empress.

The next morning, I chased Ivy around the Empress.

Then we went to tea and Murchies.

Then we went to tea and Murchies.

After tea, we went to Miniature World which I loved. I really liked pushing all the buttons and making things move.

After tea, we went to Miniature World which I loved. I really liked pushing all the buttons and making things move.

Then Lola's family went home and we went to Buchart Gardens.

Then Lola's family went home and we went to Buchart Gardens.

We caught the bus in front of the Empress.

We caught the bus in front of the Empress.

Mom and I climbed down a lot of stairs into the Quarry garden.

Mom and I climbed down a lot of stairs into the Quarry garden.

I loved smelling the flowers.

I loved smelling the flowers.

But mostly I loved the big fountain!!!

But mostly I loved the big fountain!!!

I really liked the Japanese garden too.

I really liked the Japanese garden too.

Then I was sooo tired so climbed into Garner's stroller. Ha ha!

Then I was sooo tired so climbed into Garner's stroller. Ha ha!

The next morning we had breakfast, went swimming and went on a really really really long walk for, like, 10 million miles!

The next morning we had breakfast, went swimming and went on a really really really long walk for, like, 10 million miles!

Then dad and I got on a teeny-tiny ferry so we could catch the big ferry.

Then dad and I got on a teeny-tiny ferry so we could catch the big ferry.

Donut
I had a really big donut in Poulsbo:

oooooh, babay!

oooooh, babay!

Coming Soon

We’ll try to write about May before it’s over:

Onward!

Onward!