Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Chicken Coop.

One thing I didn't realize when I married The Man was how strange crazy interesting his family is.

We got a call last week for an impromptu family reunion at a chicken coop.
Yes, for real.
Apparently one couple in the family owns an old chicken coop that they've re-vamped and now they host parties there. Their entire town shows up several times a week for parties!

Welcome to Kansas, folks.
When you first walk in, your eyes don't even know where to land.


They had ping pong, scooters, pool, darts...




...and wiggle racers. Have you seen these? They are awesome.


There were so many people, so many conversations - it was great.









Everyone signs the pillars.


Bowling and fooseball and a tractor to play on.




This is a handmade smoker/grill made to look like a train.


The guest of honor. She was here visiting from Seattle and the reason we all decided to get together.


There was so. much. food. Ridiculous amounts of delicious food.


See the netting here? It's great because in the summer they drop it down and it keeps the flies and bugs away from the food. These Kansans are smart!


There was also a sandbox and a fountain in the chicken coop.



The bathroom -


The owner is also a pilot and a while back he was in a plane crash. He was in serious condition for a while but survived. So he took the plane wreckage and put it on top of the building! Seriously, you can't make this stuff up.



So, anyone want to come visit? We throw a heck of a party!


I'm hooked on living in the Midwest so I'm adding this post to the Hooked On series. Fun Fun!

51 comments:

Sandi said...

You've got some visually STUNNING pictures there! More, they paint a lovely, lovely picture of a happy family.

By the way, Beki, that is my kind of place - we have an old chicken coop in our "formal" living room, turned on end and used as a curio shelf. It sits just feet from my incubator-on-piano-legs coffee table and my sheet-metal-topped meat table/end table. Yes, we decorate in, well, pretty much junk.

Sandi

blessedmomto7 said...

I'm appauled! Can't believe you know how close we live, you know we are incubating chicks yet WE AREN'T INVITED? WHAT UP WITH THAT? LOL

farmsteadlady said...

Looks like a really fun place and the addition of the plane wreckage - too funny! Definitely a lot going on but hey it makes the party more interesting. :)

rentz said...

Gotta love Kansas! I know I do!

Sarah said...

Nothing like some old fashioned country fun. Looks like it would be a blast.
Sarah

Amy said...

How strange. I mean, crazy. I mean interesting. :) Great pics! Looks like lots of fun!

The Carroll's said...

I love this! Middle America- good stuff :)

Melinda said...

Looks like fun!

Tina of Pfeiffer Photos said...

Oh, man, talk about recycling! This is just too awesome, Beki--really, really clever. Your photos have great depth of field, and the light in several is quite magical--nice job!

Shorty said...

What a great place! I would love to have grown up with something like that to hang out at. I think the planners of the Chicken Coop really covered all the bases....stuff for kids, stuff for adults, those who want to play and those who want to just sit and chat. And the dining options looked amazing, too!

Ashley said...

At first I was confused cause how could you get a family together in a coop? But now I understand...down here we call those chicken houses and I never thought one could be redone so cool. What a neat idea! Around here the old ones are a big eyesore but now I wish someone in our fam would do something like that!

Whimsical Creations said...

How cool!! That place looks awesome!

forever folding laundry said...

Oh, that looks like fun! I love going to places that the don't mind if the kids are loud. That definitely looks like one of those places!

~Keri

Susan S. said...

Looks like a great place to gather and cut loose! Old and Young alike should have a great time partying there.

Wendy said...

I need a chicken coop! Man, why can't my family be that fun?

Polka Dot Moon said...

I've got the biggest grin right now! How totally cool and fun!!!!

Vanessa and Company said...

That is awesome Beki!
Love the pictures :)

Micah said...

Oh we definitely need one of those around here in Southeast Texas!!! We don't get to hang out and visit NEARLY enough. I'd love to come play, I mean, visit at the Chicken Coop!

Jennifer said...

I was looking at your photos with my 5-year-old and he kept saying how he would like to be there! Looks like fun!

carissa... BrOwN EyEd fOx said...

what a NEAT place!

and could you have captured better pics... NO... they're awesome... you can FEEL the fun!

artsyclay said...

What a fantastic place! The plane wreckage is too funny.

Lisa K. of XSBaggage and Co. said...

I love how you've captured such a feeling of Americana and family! Your photos are fantastic.

I live west of Seattle, if I come to visit will ya'll throw a party for me?

Tiffany @ Lattes And Life said...

Looks like my kind of people :-)

Beadin By The Sea said...

Wow, that place looks huge. And talk about visual overload! Your pictures really show what a great time everyone had, young and old.

Melody said...

Looks like some fun family! :) So many colors! Looks like everyone had a blast.

Falling Around said...

Looks like a blast!!!
I think I'd love Kansas living... when can I move in?

Lynette said...

I want to visit. It looks like so much fun. I live in Okla., was born in Kansas.
Love your blog, I think I've commented before. I think I'll put this as one of the ones I follow!
Hope you had a good UBP, I know I did. I met a lot of new, fun people. Come on over to Lynettesideas and have a look around.

Christine said...

What fun!?!?! I scanned through and then called hubby over to check out the awesome party digs. When we went back through the "tour" of the coop, I noticed that your little honey was wearing her "Cora" shirt! I got the biggest kick out of seeing her in it! I do hope she liked it :)

Many blessings on you and your family, Beki. I hope you all are enjoying this beautiful spring!

Allen and Debby Graber said...

That is just pretty cool!! They ought to rent this place out and make some money on it! Had to tell my husband's brother about it and give him your blog address. There is an old chicken coop on the family farm and it is so trashy. It was used as a chicken coop 40 plus years ago, but since is just a place to store junk. It would be soooo cool to redo it!
Debby

Jenna said...

You are a RIOT.. I LOVE the coop.. I wish my family had one :) Love the baby on the tractor, he is getting so big!

Michelle said...

It's things like that, that make me miss Kansas and Missouri, if you remember I said I liked tornados - it's because they were like your party. We were in a realllly small town and only a few people had a basement so it was always a party when a storm hit. The coop looks like a lot of fun!
p.s. when are you hitting Vegas? have you been there before?

Laura said...

book that coop for my 40th

Princess Caitlin said...

Oh wow. How amazing! It makes me want to be there!!

Judy said...

Now that place is hysterical and you captured the true character of it so well. I've been in a real chicken coop, with about 10,000 real chickens on the eastern shore of Maryland (Perdue country) and let me tell you - it stinks. I can't even imagine every eating in a place like that, but this one looks well loved and chicken free!

ImagineCozy said...

Wow! I want to come to a party here. I am the oldest of 10 and we always need a large place for fun --- I wish we had a chicken coop! Thanks for sharing --- that was great fun to experience.

Ms. Tee said...

Oh my goodness - a paradise for kids! They thought of everything, didn't they? Your photos are amazing - thank you for sharing! :)

Rosebud Collection said...

This is my kind of living..I think it is wonderful and the kids will always have great memories..People are missing so much today..What a wonderful place..Bless you all..

jellybelly*jellybrain said...

*THAT'S* a chicken *COOP*?!?!?!?
Wow!
Just goes to prove that saying "Only In America"
A chicken coop in Britain is one of these :
http://monsterguide.net/images/how-to-build-a-chicken-coop.jpg

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

Awwww man! That looks like my kind of party! That looks like so much down home country fun. I love the idea of it being in an old chicken coop. Oh, and lots of food, can't go wrong there! This put a great big smile on my face this morning. Thanks for sharing!
~Misti

Rebekah said...

That's the most fun anyone has ever had in a chicken coop!! So cool!!

The Perfect Trio said...

That looks like a CRAZY good time!!! I wanna come!

Melissa

Songbirdtiff said...

Wow! Your family knows how to party. What a neat location!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

oh my gosh!! Inventive and F U N! Kansas people DO know how to party.
:) Lidy

Nicole R.J. said...

Oh wow - what a fabulous venue! Looks like it was a ton of fun!

Keilani said...

Beki, I live in Minnesota. It is that way here! I Love your photos, they are so "Real?" They look like a piece of history. Thats what life is about. People caring & loving!
Thank You!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Can I join the family? They look like fun!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

I'm a midwest girl myself (having been born in the m.w. makes me a midwest girl, right?)

Great family fun!

blessings,
melissa

Bridget said...

That place looks awesome!!! I was hoping it was Texas...darn!

Tonya said...

What an amazing building for photo shoots! Gotta love livin' in KS! ;)

Anonymous said...

I want to come visit!

No, actually I want to move to Kansas!

S.

gina said...

What an amazing space- I want one! All of that fun stuff to do?!! I would come any time! :)