Saturday, October 30, 2010

Dairy Farm

While in Wisconsin we got to visit a REAL LIVE DAIRY FARM. Okay, we were thrilled, excited, and amazed. The kids of the family we visited thought we were nuts to take time out of our visit to go visit their barn. It was awesome seeing the cows get milked, their feed being unloaded from the silo, and to get to hear about the mild going to make good 'ol Wisconsin Cheese!

What could be more fun for a 2 year old boy of the suburbs to get to play on a really, really, really big "TAC-TOR"? He wasn't the only one who had fun . . .Laura and Jack ran off with kids their age to go find the horses in the pasture, and Megan stood around looking cute.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Blogging By Association

Later on we had some friends come visit. Not just any friends, some very special friends who carted their 6 little ducklings in their big Crimson Tide van and drove to our house. Here is Abbie's blog post of our trip to the park while they were here. No sense blogging something that someone already has . . .right?

And they took Laura to the Creation Museum since Jack was not feeling up to travelling, and they have a blog post about that too. We were super bummed to miss the trip with them, but we plan on attending sometime soon

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Now THAT's A Garden!!!!

While visiting the extended fam in Wisconsin, we got a tour of their garden. I say "tour", because you need a tour. It's not like my garden that you can just kinda point at and say, "Look, there's my garden" and people can nod casually in it's general direction, and move on, their lives unaffected.

Here Lauren, Jack, and Laura were helping Aunt Heidi pick pole beans, they were yummy to eat later.

That's Kevin, haulin' the beans . . .He's a big strong boy, a tad bit older than James, he is too OLD to be called adorable, but he sure is a super sweet kid! We enjoyed talking with him, and James had some fun playing with him!

This is my niece Lauren. She is absolutely adorable. Aside from being as cute as a button, she is sweet and says lots of fun words, like my Mom and Dad's favorite "Bratwurst". While we were visiting, Megan was still in her wild hair phase, but since I have cut her some bangs and her hair heads south instead of north, she and Lauren look a lot more like cousins.

My brother picking beans with his daughter. Sure, I should have flipped the picture, but I thought you might be impressed by his ability to stand horizontally. It is just one of his many talents!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Four Wheelin', Pickup Truck Drivin' and Rollin' with the Bovines

Over Labor Day weekend (2010, I'm not THAT far behind in blogging) we went to visit my brother John Pat (John for those who met him in the early 1990's and beyond), his wife Heidi, and their two (soon to be three) children Kevin and Lauren. They live in northern Wisconsin, a mere 15 hour drive from our current homestead in KY.

One of our fun adventures was a trip to Heidi's parents' farm. Heidi's dad is a very industrious farmer. We toured the cow pastures and saw the ponds he made for trapping muskrats. He even has a Christmas tree farm that he started years ago. We loaded up in the truck, John (my John, known as Jay to most people who met him prior to the mid 1990's) rode the four wheeler through the pastures.

Here are Laura and Kevin on the four wheeler . . .Jack really enjoyed the adventure more than he appears in this picture.

What?? OCT What??

I am looking at the calendar, it is OCT 26th?? What?? Where did OCT go, and it certainly has not been a month and a half since we took this picture . . . Well that just means there is a lot of blogging to catch up on, lots of adventures to relate and lots of pictures to post. Stay tuned!