Chicken Coop (Part 2)

On Sunday we continued the work after church. We put down chicken wire for the second floor.


We added posts onto which the walls will be hung.


And finally, Dad built the first door.


There’s still more to do, but it’s looking good.

Chicken Coop (Part 1)

Today we finally began building a chicken coop for the chickens that Emmy wants to buy. She and I had sketched out a few plans, and Dad came down for the weekend to help out.
We began with the base of the frame.

Then we built the frame up to the second level.

Once that was done we built and attached the trap door ramp, which lets the hens go from the ground floor to the second floor.


Finally we built up to the top.



Jacen needed a new bookcase for his room, so he’s been building one in the garage the last two weeks. This afternoon he finished routing the corners, so all that’s left is staining and polying.


Water bottle

Jacen’s skills with Blender continue to grow. First, he created an image using 3D letters with his online handle.


Then he created a water bottle, and wrapped it with the first image. Cool.



Linderhof is a palace built by Mad King Ludwig II for himself so that he could be by himself. As one example, his dining room table lowered down through the floor so his servants could prepare it and then send it up to him, allowing him to eat without ever having to see them.


Train Station in Zurich

Our first stop in Zurich was the train station, which had a ton of trains and so many people! It also nearly had a riot of rival football (soccer) fans. But we got what we needed (cash from the ATM) and got out safely.


Boat Ride

The old city of Strasbourg, France, is surrounded by water–it’s basically an overgrown canal–so we took a book tour around it. They used headphones, so everyone could hear the info about the city in their language of choice, which is a smart idea. The ride was expensive, but worth doing.