Category Archives: Davis Family

Building Our Chicken Coop

December 5, 2016

For my 25th birthday, I got a chicken coop. After a ton of research and work, 6 months later I finally got my completed chicken coop. First, I want to thank my AMAZING husband. He built this whole thing from scratch based on this plan that I found online. He spent his weekends and weekday evenings working so hard and solving problems to make this look just the way that I wanted. Along the way, we laughed, argued and learned a lot about building and working together. This year was a big year for accomplishments for us. We trained for and ran a half marathon together and we spent hundreds of hours working together to complete this chicken coop. It not only is a lovely home for our chickens, but a reminder that we can accomplish new things together.

Below you’ll see the progression (all iPhone pictures) of our project, from start to finish. We took tons of trips to Home Depot throughout our project, but the biggest “store” for us was the dumpster at the home that my parents are currently building. We took a lot of throw away wood and supplies out of the dumpster to use for our coop, which allowed us to save a lot of money. And because Jamie did most of the constructing and building, I asked him to share a couple take aways and pieces of advice:

1. Covering every inch of your coop with chicken wire is key, and it’s the most annoying task, but if it’s not done thoroughly, you could risk the chance of a nasty critter getting into your coop.
2. If you have an agro supply store close to you, it could be a really great resource. We spent a lot of time at AgroSupply.
3. Realize that it will take a lot of time, probably more time than you would ever expect and be willing to let go of your expectations.
4. Don’t take shortcuts in the structure or foundation construction. It might be easier in the beginning, but it could cause some major issues in the future.
5. Ask for help! You won’t be able to do it by yourself, especially when constructing the roof.

If you’re interested in adding a chicken coop to your backyard, let me know! I would love to answer any questions you might have along the way!

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Happy Birthday Robert Hayes Davis!

March 31, 2016

calliedavis-hayesbirth-1025 People have told me that being an Aunt is one of the best roles in life, but I had no idea just how great it was, until I got to hold my perfect nephew hours after he was born.

Welcome to the world, Robert Hayes Davis!
Born March 29, 2016 at 2:40pm
7lbs. 1.5oz

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My brother and sister in law decided to keep his name a secret from us. Although it was hard calling the baby “him” or “it” for almost 9 months, it was fun to anticipate the name that they had chosen. To make it even more fun, Clay sent out a list of 30 names and asked us to guess his full name from the names that he gave us.

My guess: Carter Robert(s) Davis
Jamie’s guess: Bryce Clay Davis
My Mother-in-law’s guess: Daniel Brooks Davis
My Father-in-law’s guess: Wesley Brooks Davis

Hayes, you are so dearly loved. Jamie and I can’t wait to spoil you and take you on countless adventures!

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2015 Christmas Cards

December 22, 2015

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Merry Christmas! This year, Jamie and I chose Minted‘s gold foil “More Joy” Christmas card design by Kaydi Bishop. I love the simplicity of this card, and the way that the gold foil gives it an upscale festive feel! Nancy Ray Photography got a great picture of us for our card! Bokeh is even smiling! Just like last year, we also included our 2015 Year in Review with all of the cards that we sent out, which recapped all the things that we did this year. We included updates for each of us, including Bokeh, our travels and some funny statistics.

What do you think of our finished card?

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Snow Day

February 25, 2015

calliedavis-snowday-1000 If you’re in the Raleigh area or even in North Carolina, you will know that we have been experiencing some wonderful white winter days recently. While I love the magical snow, it has forced me to stay at home a little more than I would like. I have extreme cabin fever. However, this snow day was a little different. Jamie stayed at home and we had plenty of time to frolic in the pouring snow together! Bokeh loved it too!
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Christmas Cards 2014

December 19, 2014

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Since I was a child, Christmas cards have been one of my favorite Christmas traditions. I remember begging my mom to open our cards as they came in day by day, anxious to see the beautiful picture and who it was from. I have dreamt of the day that I would be able to design our own Christmas card and thanks to this beautiful hand painted Minted design, I am so happy with how they turned out! Majority of our Christmas cards went to our out of town or long distance family members and friends, so I wanted to include something  a bit more personal. Jamie and I gathered our favorite things that happened this year, our travels and some statistics, and I designed our Year in Review on Illustrator. It’s not only a fun thing for our friends and family to read, but a fun thing for us to keep so we can remember this wonderful year!

Merry Christmas from our little family to yours!

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calliedavis-christmascards-1003Christmas Cards & Addressing : Minted
Return Address Stamp: Empress Stationery
Photography: Nancy Ray Photography