Grandpa lead us all out to his secret spots and we had a ball. The kids all got into the hunt and we discovered that Liam has an eagle eye and was spotting them 50 feet away.
Grandpa still gets a thrill when he has a successful hunt.
The kids went swimming a couple of times and although it was so cold it was still a fun event. We attended the Derby Lake potluck and had a couple of campfires. The adult fun included a couple of cocktails across the lake at the "tiki hut". The kids were all tired at night and the house stayed quiet until close to 9am every morning. My poor mother needed the late rising because she was cooking and helping everyone from the time she woke up til she crashed at night. We are like whirlwind when we come in and I can only imagine the peace that comes over her when we all pack up and leave. Finn asked when we were ready to leave, "Grandma are you gonna take a rest"?
We have field trips to our local farm in the city and although we always go and pay our $7.00 per person to be able to wander thru the barns and see the animals up close I always laugh to myself because it does bring back memories. We decided to give friend Tena a call and go over to the Olson farm during milking. It was a hoot. Nothing has changed in that milking parlor since I had been there last. The kids were in awww with their mouths hanging wide open.
I know that people would consider me a city girl now but there was a time when I lived in Stanton and was very familiar with the farming that went on so close around me. My best friend growing up was Tena Olson. Tena lived on a Dairy farm and I remember that our Friday nights never began until Tena helped with milking and I finished working the dinner hour rush at the family restaurant. We would both rush home and clean up for our night out. (she smelled like cow dung and I smelled like a greasy french fry). It was never a big deal and it was just the way it was. I do enjoy going back and bringing back all the old memories.
The kids all went out to where the calves were and they let the kids feed them with huge bottles. 2 got loose and it was a sight watching them being caught. Tena's brother,Paul pointed out the different pens and why there were cows here and why they were not being milked etc. We ended up out front on the tractors and the kids did not want to leave. There is nothing like a couple of hours of seeing a real farm in action.
David had to pose for the camera. Now we all know who the real city boy is!