Oh Summer! I wasn’t sure you would ever get here! My oldest didn’t get out of school until June 24th. You read that right, the twenty-fourth! I was out only a few days before her. Needless to say, summer feels like it has just begun! I really hope getting out of school this late is a once in a lifetime event. I hope we say, “remember the winter of 2014…” and it never happens again.
We started the summer celebrating our wedding anniversary and then two birthdays. Birthdays are low-key affairs around here. We usually plan the birthday dinner around what is going on with farming, so often times we don’t celebrate on the exact date. I remember one year we celebrated Sophie’s birthday at breakfast time because that was the only time Joe could join us. The kids thought that eating cake for breakfast was pretty awesome. Lane celebrated his first birthday this year. It only made sense that since his first word after “mama” and “dada” was “moo,” that he had a farm theme. He got his first John Deere tractor, a 4640, and a grain wagon to pull behind. Anyone who says there aren’t differences between boys and girls is crazy. We had tractors for our girls to play with when they were little, but they paid absolutely no attention to them, so we put them away. Now our little guy loves to push anything with wheels and make the “rrrrr” sound as he drives.
On July 4th I got to help castrate and vaccinate calves. Oh lucky me! My mom came up to visit and since she was there to watch the kids, I could help. I’m sure many of you had cookouts or pool parties to celebrate Independence Day, but I was whooping it up near a cattle chute handing over syringes and holding poopy tails. Truth be told, I actually like the time I get to spend with Joe. I give him a hard time about helping, but in reality, it’s just him and I and 50 or so bovine friends for a few hours. I know you are disappointed I don’t have a picture of this.
The kids have enjoyed playing outside every day. Thank goodness we don’t live in a subdivision. My kids voices are so loud. Oh so loud. We do have neighbors, but I’m hoping they aren’t close enough to hear the squeals (or tantrums) of my kids. One of their favorite things to do is to climb trees. In this picture you can see the girls climbing while Lane hurries to catch up with them.
Wheat harvest is half over. Next they will bale the straw from the wheat harvest.
I hope you are enjoying your summer! I’ll check back in later this summer after we have experienced our first family vacation as a family of five.