Meet the Chicks

Hi. I’m Morgan. This is me.

I don’t look like this every day. Smoke and mirrors courtesy of Island Light Photography.

I’m into kids, nap schedules, play dates (who made up that lame term anyway?), and buying diapers in bulk. When I’m not feeding children, cleaning up after them, and then preparing for the next round of meals- I enjoy writing, photography, fake shopping online, and sleeping.

I also like to plot crafts in my head. It’s the actual “doing” part of crafting that I have a hard time with. So, I shop Etsy instead.

Occasionally I surprise myself and bake bread (without a machine or a mix, thankyouverymuch) or make homemade jam . I even made my own cream cheese once and I am still alive to tell the tale. I think there is a sixty-something year old hippy stuck inside my body. Her voice seems to be getting louder as I get older.

Before I became a mom I was a banker, nanny, make-up artist, real estate agent, bartender, retail clerk, and personal assistant. I also have an Associate of Arts degree Merchandise Marketing and Bachelor of Science degree Business Management.  This means I know a little about a lot, while maintaining zero earning potential. And that is why I have been a Stay at Home Mom for the past three and a half years. I’m not sure that really applies to me anymore though. I guess I’m more of a Work at Home Mom now. You can read more about that on my professional website. Lets get back to the chicks:

These are my kids. They are awesome.

Emma was born in October 2007. She’s into Disney Princesses, ballet, eating carbohydrates (or not eating at all), and playing dress up.

Annie was born in February 2010. She is into being cute, breaking stuff, pulling her sister’s hair, and pooping.

I started this blog to highlight how glamorous my life is. I get bossed around all day by a couple of pint sized dictators. I haven’t worn anything labeled “Dry Clean Only” in three years and I have Baby Bjorn tan lines. I have goldfish permanently stuck to the seats of my car, and I haven’t gone to the bathroom alone since 2007. Sometimes when all you want to do is cry- it’s better to laugh.

A lot of people ask me why I named my blog “The Little Hen House”. Well, chickens are sort of a theme in my life.

It all started when we bought our home in 2007. I live in an “up and coming” urban neighborhood where you can literally purchase chickens of your own at the local market. I’m not sure if this is entirely legal, but it is what it is. Therefore, it is not uncommon to actually see chickens crossing the very road that I live on.

In fact, my neighbor across the street had two roosters living in his yard for a short time. That, I know for a fact, is illegal (it’s a noise issue). I’m not going to fess up to any tattle taling, but I will say that those roosters are no longer with us. Bless their souls.

Well- if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em and in February 2011 we purchased four Rhode Island Red Hens of our very own. And no, we do not have a rooster. I’m confident saying that if there is ever a rooster living on my property it will be over my dead body.

Meet the girls:

You can follow my (mis)adventures in urban chicken farming on my urban farming blog Ruling The Roost. Yes, my chickens are such divas that they demand their own cyber space.

So, not only do we have chickens roaming our streets, and four hens living in a coop in our backyard, but we have a couple of chicks in our very own house! I’m talking about my two kids, of course. I love having a house full of girls. A lot of people have said to me, “Oh, maybe next time you can try for a boy.” I just smile and think to myself, “No thanks!”

I have a fantasy that one day I will leave the city and live in a little home with enough land for all my chicks to roam wild and free. When my days are long and unbearable, I start plotting my escape to the country, a place where I can finally build The Little Hen House of my dreams.

33 Responses to “Meet the Chicks”

  1. Sharon June 28, 2010 at 10:00 pm #

    Morgan. I absolutely love your blog. You know, you could always write professionally in your “spare time” while at home with the kidlets. JUST KIDDING!!! You are beautiful and so are the girls. I need to meet them. We love you. sharon

    • The Little Hen House June 28, 2010 at 10:02 pm #

      We’ll be up there for Halloween. I must get Emma an appropriate Orcas Island costume. All ideas are welcome. Thanks for reading. Hope to see you soon! xo

  2. Jamie June 29, 2010 at 3:40 am #

    Love it girl! So cute 🙂

  3. Julia Thompson June 30, 2010 at 6:11 pm #

    Morgan! This is so great. Your writing is excellent and stories are heart felt and funny. I will look forward to reading more adventures of the Benzian household.

    xo-Julia

    • The Little Hen House July 1, 2010 at 4:02 am #

      I’m so happy you read it! How’s Maren? I wish we could have chatted more at Julia’s party. I want to hear how everything is going now that you have two. I hope you are doing well. xoxo

  4. Heather Kane June 30, 2010 at 8:16 pm #

    Morgan, I love reading what you’re up to which is written in the most eloquent way. Thanks for sharing.

    • The Little Hen House July 1, 2010 at 4:01 am #

      Heather! I love how you also were surprised by Parker’s decision to go the Air Force Academy. I still can’t get over it. We get photo updates every day. I hope they aren’t being too mean to him. I’m sure they are though. I hope you are doing well! xoxo

  5. Carrie Keyes June 30, 2010 at 9:54 pm #

    Morgan,
    I love it. Bjorn tan lines and all. We must chat about our tendencies to engage in sarcastic blogging soon. 🙂

    • The Little Hen House July 1, 2010 at 4:00 am #

      I would love to read your blog. Send me the info. I’ll add it to my blog roll. Hope to see you guys at Beer Cans soon!

  6. Kristen Owen June 30, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

    I was just wondering this morning how you have been and what you guys have been up to. Now I know. I love it!

    • The Little Hen House July 1, 2010 at 3:59 am #

      Thanks for reading Kristen! I hope we get together with you guys soon. Are you going to the Parade on Saturday? I haven’t decided if I’m going yet.

  7. Mama Medina July 1, 2010 at 2:08 am #

    Best thing I’ve read in a very long time!!! xo

    • The Little Hen House July 1, 2010 at 3:58 am #

      Thanks for reading! I have been thinking about you and your family all week. Thanks for all the updates. So amazing!

  8. Charlotte July 15, 2010 at 10:45 am #

    I am really enjoying your blog! I have an Emma too, she was 3 in March. Sarah just turned 5! It is amazing what you put up with these amazing creatures!

    • The Little Hen House July 15, 2010 at 12:27 pm #

      A three and a five year old- you are a pro! Do your girls get along? I’m interested to see what the dynamic is going to be like in a few years. So far they are crazy about each other, but Annie’s not mobile yet. We’ll see.. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Intrepid Spirit July 15, 2010 at 8:04 pm #

    What, pray tell, is a Bjorn?

    • The Little Hen House July 16, 2010 at 8:29 am #

      It’s a baby carrier that you wear on the front of your body. The straps go over your shoulders and around your back. My youngest would live in it if she could. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Whitney Benzian July 23, 2010 at 2:49 pm #

    Morgan also has a husband named Whitney. He is a super handsome, smart and funny guy.

  11. Laurie Rowen August 3, 2010 at 11:23 am #

    I just wanted to let you know that your blog is the cutest, most well written “mom blog” that I have ever read. Like you, I have two daughters (2 years, 3 months and an 8 month old). Every single time I’m getting nervous about something or I’m going crazy about something, you post an adorable blog entry about my exact situation and make me feel so much better! I loved the posts on pre-school (Brooke started yesterday) the pacifier (haven’t tried the paci-fairy yet), and Sophie the giraffe (Taylor hates hers too). Thanks for having such a great blog!

    • The Little Hen House August 3, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

      Hi Laurie! Thank you so much for leaving such a nice comment. It really, really made my day. So good to hear that you can relate to the insanity of my life. 🙂 Please stop by again!

  12. Rachael (Tales from the Village) August 7, 2010 at 7:54 am #

    Hello! I just found you on the cjane community thingy on the Blog Frog. At least I think that’s where I found you – it’s easy to get lost when you start wandering round the internet with a cup of coffee. Anyway, I loved your chicken pictures and that lured me over here as a fellow chicken owner. Your writing makes me laugh!

  13. Julia August 11, 2010 at 9:55 am #

    I love the new look and I adore all the blogs! You crack me up…2 dictators is probably my favorite part or “I’m into milk and pooping.” ahahha! love you!

  14. Morgan Ronimus August 12, 2010 at 10:38 am #

    Morgan, your blog is fricken hilarious. I read it out loud the other day to a group of friends and we were dying, and then yesterday as we were sitting around our living room my sister says, “hey can you read something out loud from that funny blog!” You tell it how it is – i love it!!!!

  15. tomorrowtomorrow August 13, 2010 at 10:00 am #

    Hi Morgan! Thanks for checking out my (neglected) blog; I look forward to reading more of yours. We do seem to have quite a bit in common! (Except I have an overwhelming fear of birds. Can we still be friends?)

    Annie

  16. Maryline August 18, 2010 at 5:31 pm #

    This is SO good:
    “I get bossed around all day by a couple of pint sized dictators. I haven’t worn anything labeled “Dry Clean Only” in three years. I have Baby Bjorn tan lines. I have goldfish permanently stuck to the seats of my car and I haven’t gone to the bathroom alone since 2007.”
    You must be doing something right and I bet those kids are having the time of their life 🙂

    So glad I found you – well technically you found me on Twitter. My 300th followed (yes, with a “d”). Yay!

  17. Sher August 27, 2010 at 9:20 pm #

    Clicked on your blog, from topbabyblogs page and it is so so cute! Love it!

    • The Little Hen House August 30, 2010 at 10:10 am #

      Hi! Thanks so much for stopping by. I love perusing the Top Baby Blogs website. There are so many great finds.

  18. Amy November 16, 2010 at 9:07 am #

    Hi! I have been following you on twitter and think you are so funny!! Thanks for making me laugh! I love the blog, I also have a daughter named Annie, which is pretty uncommon (that was the plan anyway). Thanks, Amy

    • The Little Hen House November 16, 2010 at 11:43 am #

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! Glad we are following each other on Twitter now. 🙂

  19. Strange Tributes January 8, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

    Morgan!!! Thanks for spreading the love on Twitter! We have a facebook Like page if you want to search and like us! Love the blog, as always! Your fam is crazy beautiful!

  20. anjobanjo22 February 28, 2011 at 6:50 am #

    Great Blog! Definitely will check in for new reads!

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