It started out as just an idea, A Make Way for Ducklings session styled after the famous Robert McCloskey children’s story, and then it turned into a wild duck chase…quite literally.

The session was schedule to take place in the Boston Public Gardens. The very setting that Robert McCloskey made home for Mr. and Mrs. Mallard duck and their six baby ducklings.  All I needed were ducklings!

I researched duck pull toys and was left unsatisfied. I had the thought to make my own pull toy, but realized it would just turn into a bad Pinterest project. I was stumped until a friend suggest the use of live ducks. I hesitated on the idea, but not long enough.  It was a great! I would purchase the ducks, take care of them for a week or so and then donate them to a local farm.

And so the duck chase began…and this is how it went.

 

I can order them online! Really?!

No, that would take weeks plus it just sounds odd.

So where can I buy them in Massachusetts?

I have to buy a minimum of 12 ducks in Massachusetts!

What about New Hampshire?

They have a minimum of 6! (Now there are 6 ducklings in the book but a voice of reason said that I just couldn’t  handle six ducks in a downtown apartment!)

Ah, Connecticut.

They have a minimum of 2.  Two I can handle.

So off I drove (2 hours) to Connecticut where I purchased: 2 ducks and a 50 pound bag of feed.  ( I know….what was I thinking!)

I didn’t start to question my plan until I was an hour and half into my ride back to Boston. The ducks cute little chirp turned into a  ear breaking squawk.  It was at that point that I realized this could either be one of those great ideas…or the session could be a total flop (the feeling reminded me a lot of Art School projects that walked the same fine line).

Today is one week later.  The pampered ducks have taken over our bathroom. The bath tub has become a playtime swimming pool, and the room has turned into a sauna (baby ducks need 95 degree weather)!  They are adorable but have a stench that reminds me of my childhood guinea pig after a month without cleaning, just add 95 degrees to that stench and you will be gagging.

It has only taken them a few days to title me mommy duck.  I know…so cute, but they won’t let me leave the room.  Their happy chirps turn into high pitched cries until they either hear my voice or see my face.

Oh, and they follow me if I let them out of their crate.  Which is so soo cute until you have to photograph them.  Yes, their attachment made a child photography session really very VERY difficult.  I would place them down next to the little girl, run away a few feet to get the picture only to turn around and find them at my feet.

My husband wanted to take them out of their crate last night and just let them wander.  Ralphie and Walter the baby ducks followed Papa duck over to the couch where they sat on his slippers.  I would have been ooing and ahing at the cuteness, but instead I was following them close behind spraying Fantastic on their poop trail. I cannot believe how much they poop.  I mean every few baby duck feet they leave something behind!

We have watched them learn how to swim…first backwards, dive underwater, flap their cute little baby wings, and hop up onto our laps.  Many have asked us if it will be hard to get rid of them.  While they are very cute..I just can’t keep this up in a downtown Boston apartment. I really do want my bathroom and bath tub back and they really do need to be on a farm as they grow.

So after 20 something phone calls and three days of calling to farm after zoo after farm, Ralphie and Walter will have a new home at a lovely farm in Hingham. Thank you God that we found them a home…because honestly I was reaching a melt down and was having nightmares of raising 2 full grown ducks in our tiny apartment.

I will bring the camera for the drop off and document any possible tears…I mean after all I am their “mother.”

Want to see these little guys take a bath!! Check out bath time here.

 

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These two little ducks are  getting squeaky clean for their debut in the Boston Public Gardens this week!!!

(If you are playing this at work…there is music :) )

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I was and 800 miles away when I first heard about Keith and Sarah. Words like “head over heels, puppy dog love, and completely smitten” came across the phone line.  “Oh, and giggles” my mom would add (you know the kind where you giggle in place of words with a grin from ear to ear because you have such a crush).

It was hard for me to believe.  I kept thinking…My brother? are you sure you are talking about Keith?

So when it came time to for Thanksgiving…I was excited to see for myself.  I remember staring out the window, as we drove through the night across the states to Holland, Michigan, wondering the whole time if it was true.

And sure enough, Keith greeted us with the biggest glossy-eyed, love struck grin… and then she entered the room. And I saw it.

I had never seen his face light up that way…and that’s when I knew, when we all knew that a wedding was just around the corner.

Sarah you are absolutely gorgeous!!! Love those shoes!Love these next two! Sarah you are radiant and I love LOVE how you snuck us into this location (it was sooo windy outside).Can I get a whistle?!  Now that is attitude.
Keith, you were looking pretty fine yourself :)

We stopped to get a little snack in downtown Holland.  Thank you Kilwins for the amazing fudge (Keith’s fav.) and for letting us go behind the scenes for a few pics!
Keith you have found a  B E A utiful women with a heart that matches.And we can’t forget Evalyn! This is one very blessed little girl.  (Keith was also blessed as that diaper of hers sure smelled but thankfully didn’t explode during these pics. Note to self : don’t forget the diaper bag)And let the party begin!!!

 

 

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Here are some ways to make Easter sweet, cute, and fun not only for your little ones, but you may find some adult easter basket ideas here too.  Let’s start with my favorite part…Easter morning breakfast…

I recently found these sugar buns over at Seven Spoons. Don’t they look amazingly delicious?!  I went ahead and made them already, but chose to put them in my freezer before I baked them.  I will pull them out on Saturday and let them rise over night. They will be ready to pop in the oven on Easter morning.  You can find the recipe here.

And as my mom would say, “For a balanced meal you need to eat some eggs and fruit with that.”

Here is a fun and healthy way to dye easter eggs without food coloring.  You may even have some of these items right in your fridge:

  • blueberries
  • red cabbage
  • spinach
  • peeled chopped carrot
  • beets

Follow these instructions over at Annie’s Eats(an amazing food blog).

 

Here are some ideas to put in your children’s Easter baskets!

Make it Fun by adding a :

  • birdhouse kit
  • crayons
  • legos
  • kite
  • bubbles
  • child size gardening tools
  • stickers or rub on tattoos
  • these cute bunny puppets made over at Fudge Banana Swirl

Make it Cute:

Mooo.com.au has some really cute free Easter printables to help decorate your baskets.

 

Make it Sweet:

I think many of us have the “sweets department” under control, or at least I do, but if you are looking for some healthy alternatives to mix in… try these:

  •  100% Juice Annie’s Fruit Snacks, fruit leather, or the new fruit twists sold in Target
  • Gerber Graduates Yogurt Melts
  • Raisins or Craisins
  • Annie’s Granola Bars
  • Trail Mix
  • Popcorn

Make it Snuggles and Story Time:


 

 


What about your Easter basket?  Yes, you are allowed. I have to say that I am still partial to chocolate in my Easter basket, but if chocolate or candy is just not your thing….check out these gift basket ideas for adults over at Creature Comforts

 

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It’s the ordinary moments that are often missed. When your little one curls up in  your arms and falls asleep.  When they surprisingly save you their last cookie and ask to share.  When story time means the world and the curls of your hair become their security blanket.  When you are the first person on earth to see their latest discovery, first A+, swim across the pool, and 10 second handstand.

The Mother’s Day package captures the ordinary moments right within your home, in your backyard, with your kids and their number one fan – Mom.  It’s a session to celebrate and remember how very much your little ones love you.

Booking Sessions now through May 5th.  Limited Sessions are Available

Check out more pictures of these two little ones here.

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