Saturday morning, Pappy joined the kids for chores and milking. Then the guys took the boat out on the lake in town. Grammy, the younger kids and myself met up with them at the boat launch with lunch. Sam took the three youngers out for a little bit and the rest of us headed back home. Saturday evening, we had hamburger casserole, compliments of Grammy, before we headed back down to the fair to watch the ox pull and truck pull. It was such a nice evening we ate out on the porch. The ox pull! Here is Ted Lewis below. My Aunt Liz went to school with him. Their family has the biggest dairy farm in town and has been here for years. He pulls his team here every year. The kids liked this chicken with the feathery feet/claws. Truck pull! Nothing says July like the town fair~the tractor pull, the ox pull, the truck pull and the horse pull!
Friday night, July 11th, we celebrated Ethan’s 13th birthday! This was his last big family birthday party! Here is the birthday boy with his grill master Dad! He wanted Bubba burgers and hot dogs and tator tots. So cute! The outdoor meeting of the minds…….The indoor meeting of the minds…….. Present time! Love this picture! They were all so excited about the Hobbit lego set! Lyvie wasn’t excited about the cake or anything. Aww Four generations!! Ethan with his Grandpa and his Pappy!! Love, love, love!! So sweet! Ethan is so good with Quinn. I think this is a great picture. I am so thankful Pappy and Grammy could be here to celebrate Ethan with us. It was so special to have them here! Thank you so much for coming and making Ethan’s 13th birthday extra special!
Friday morning, July 11th, Sam took the day off work and he and Pappy and Ethan took the boat out. We met up with them a little later to bring them lunch. Judy did paracord with the girls. And Grammy was whipping some super yummy apricot muffins. Here is the gang! We thought we were just bringing them lunch and then heading back home because I had plenty to do to get ready for Ethan’s birthday party that night. But somehow we found our way into the boat heading down the river! Here is Grammy getting all strapped up! And we’re off! It was such a beautiful day, I was glad we took the time to do it. Sam and I love this house. There are adirondack chairs out in the lawn and the whole setting is just so picturesque. Pappy and his eldest grandson! Three generations. Love these two! Judy and the kids arrived after nap time and Sam took them out too. But I needed to head back and get my brain in gear for Ethan’s party.Next up~Ethan’s 13th birthday party!
Thursday morning, July 10th, Judy and the kids came over to visit. I could not get Will to smile….but he’s still pretty cute! We keep a “patch it up” pile for Grammy when she comes to visit. She sews up holes in our pillows and stuffed animals. A few weeks before Grammy arrived, one of Weston’s stuffed animals got a rip and as he was showing me the rip, he said, “That’s ok. Grammy’s coming and she can fix it.” I love that he knows that when she comes, she will be happy to fix it for him. So special. Our kids are blessed with such a wonderful and godly Grammy. We are so thankful for her. Thursday evening, we headed down to the fair. This big momma produces 6 gallons of milk in one milking! Woah! I loved the markings on this cow. There was a silver line around the black marks. Our favorite…..Lucky Bob Obviously, you can’t see them, but Sam, Ethan, Grace and Lyvia are on this ride. Weston was too short for Pharoah’s Fury, so he went on the big slide. I was nervous for him going up there all by himself but he did great! And I’m pretty sure he loved it! So much so that he wanted to go again! Here he is leading the way up the stairs! Love that smile! I think everyone but Grammy and I did the ferris wheel. You can see Sam peeking out of the blue seat and the back of Pappy’s head in the yellow one. There was a new petting zoo this time with lots more animals than normal. And look who we ran into! Love them!! Oh, I just love these girls! Hugs The kids were fascinated by this elephant. He or she was eating here. It was fun to watch. It did the same thing with the hay every time. Swung it around and stuffed it in.We found baby birds that had just been hatched in that hole in the grange building. They were poking their little heads out and chirping real loud!
Sitting at the tractor pull and eating dough boys! Can it get any better?? Look at Lindsey eyeing that dough boy! Haha! The sky was so pretty that night. Everyone had left except me and my kiddos. Weston finally gave in. We were heading out but stopped to watch a couple more pull. Ethan only had one hand to plug his ears because he was holding Weston, so Weston helped him out. We had a great night!
On July 9th, Grammy and Pappy arrived for a visit. They came to celebrate their oldest grandson turning 13! Grammy and her girls. Weston was very excited to see Pappy! Lyvie put Grammy right to work! Ethan was excited to show Pappy his deer skin.We had a fun week together~lots more pictures to come.
This is what our Sunday looked like back in July. This is Lyvie heading out for morning chores. She found this cool moth. And I cut some perennials from my garden. After church, we took the boat out. See the bird in it’s nest? A duck taking flight……. Lovin’ life! So sparkly. See the drawbridge going up in the distance? Train bridge Funny story about this…..the kids really wanted to stay put by the train tracks and watch a train go by. So, Sam told Grace to throw out the anchor. So, Grace did. Well, the anchor was attached to a very frayed rope and when she threw it overboard, the rope broke and down went our anchor! We all looked at each other like what just happened?? Poor Gracie thought she did something wrong. Thankfully, the rope floated enough for us to come alongside and grab it and save the anchor. Also, thankfully, the train came zooming by pretty quickly and we didn’t have to wait too long. I was glad to get back on the other side of the train bridge in more protected waters. Heading back…..here comes the Sabino towards us! We liked the name of this boat. And here is our “Gracie” And our Lyvie Our chauffeur When we got home that night, I got the crazy urge to make a strawberry rhubarb pie. I love having rhubarb in the garden. I also made Cream of Zucchini soup. Soooo good! The Strawberry Rhubarb Pie was super yum. We ended our fun Sunday with a game of Spot It. It was really a great Sunday! I’m so thankful for these days together as a family.
Saturday, July 5th, was a work day mostly around here. Here is Ethan working on his paracord bracelets and key chains, etc. He does a great job and really needs an outlet for them, a place to sell them. If anyone knows of a place locally, let us know! And if anyone is interested in buying some, he would be happy to sell them! They make great gifts or stocking stuffers. Very often on Saturdays, Hudson, Emma and Jackson, come over to play or our kids go up there. Here they are having a snack on the back porch. Saturday afternoon, we began to say our good-byes to our dear Romeo. It is always hard to let go of one of our babies, but we can’t keep them all. Kisses…… He was a sweet boy for sure. I helped deliver him and he was born ten minutes before Gracie’s birthday party was starting! What memories we have of that day! This picture cracks me up. June is making the funniest face. She looks like she is puckering up! Hugs for Romeo! One last nurse…… We delivered him to his new home and said our good-bye’s.He will forever be our Romeo and will always be missed.
Have I showed you this? This is our new, antique, home pasteurizer. I still have almost the same number of dishes to wash each morning, but overall this makes things easier. Sam ordered it off ebay and we are really happy with it. It. Is. Old. Very old. But, they don’t make them like they used to, and we like simple and quality, so that’s why we went with this one. Not to mention it was much cheaper, than the new pasteurizers.So, anyway, here it is! My new friend. She decorates my kitchen with my other antiques for 23 hours each day and serves to pasteurize our goat milk during the other one hour.
Our Fourth of July was most unusual this year. Usually, we are at Mom and Dad’s and Mimi’s for a picnic. But due to the torrential rain, we cancelled our picnic and enjoyed a cozy day at home!The goats had a cozy day too! After chores and breakfast, we played some games. Qwirkle is a fun game! Then it was on to Stix and Stones….. And then my favorite…..Take Two! After games, we had our Cornbread Salad and red, white, and blue Jello Poke Cake (which I had also made for the picnic).The kids still wore their flag shirts even though there was no picnic!
After we ate, we watched The Book Thief.It was a wonderfully quiet, lazy day together at home! Shhh, don’t tell, but I actually welcome rainy days at home.