I'm so happy to have finally bought a bee suit for Maria. She's been asking us to buy her one for the longest time, but they're expensive, so we had to wait a while to buy it. She was so excited to have been able to get so close to the hive and see eggs, larvae, capped brood and honey. She was quite the little helper. I'm so glad, because I'm usually trying to take pictures while helping my husband with the smoker. Now I can sit back and take as many pictures as I want without worrying about getting in the way. Our 16 year old son Joseph started showing interest in bee keeping and even picked up a drone, since they don't have stingers. I'm glad he felt comfortable doing that because we need to be able to pick up our unmarked queen without harming her, so we can finally mark her. The honeybees keep hatching every few days, so we are going to have to add an extra super on all 3 hives.
I got a new bee keeping book from the library this week and my husband and I have learned so much from it. It's definitely one of the best bee keeping books I've ever read. I also got Jump into Science: Honeybees for the kids. It explains the life cycle of the honeybee in such an easy to understand language, but it's also very funny. Maria bursts into laughter every time I read the part about the nurse bees asking the newly hatched bees if they're ok. She also thinks the guard bees are hysterical when they start yelling, "Robber bess, robber bees!" This is definitalely my favorite children's honeybee book. It goes through every single job of the worker bees.
The garden is just exploding with plants and flowers. It's like a jungle back there! We're running out of room. The blackberries are spreading like crazy and so are the irises and lilies. We also have a ton of wild Daisies and red clover, which the bees love. Maria made me the most beautiful bouquet of flowers for Mother's Day.