Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Country Life

When I was little we lived on the Crowther Dairy for a few years. The dairy is where I first learned to drive while feeding cows. I was nine.  The kids love to spend time there every year. This year they expended most of their energy chasing Runaway Kitty until she was successfully captured under an old shed.
Harley didn't get to ride any horses this summer but she was great at locating them and trying to climb into their corrals.
The kids also got to gather eggs for their cousins.  Nash claims he will never eat another egg from the store because apparently he can taste the difference between store-bought and farm-fresh.
Today is our last day in the country and we are going to miss it. The boys were just getting used to the freedom of life in a very small town and the adventures that go along with it. Goodbye friends and family! We love you and miss you everyday.

Pioneer Days

We are totally exhausted (and barfing AGAIN) after three days of celebrating Pioneer Days!  Unfortunately, I hardly took any pictures of the fun times we had with family and friends.  Honestly,  it was kind of nice not worrying about  snapping pictures but of course now I am sad I didn't.  I know, I'm never satisfied.  I did get one picture of some of the cousins watching the parade together.  Nash is not included because after two days of watching he refused to attend day number three, instead he hung out with Grandpa G. being grumpy.  Of course he perked right up when it was time to go to the carnival.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Rockin' the Ghost House

When I was a little girl my cousins and I spent hours playing with a little tin doll house at my Grandma's home.  We used to make ghosts out of old rags to fill up the little cottage, so it became known as the ghost house.  I was so excited when we arrived in Colorado to discover that my grandmother had given my mother the ghost house for my kids to play with all summer. She had even saved the ghosts that I had created as a child. Of course my kiddos made the doll house their very own, they squashed the ghost house idea and turned it into the rock house.  They collected hundreds of stones and spent many hours painting and decorating their treasured rocks to play with in the ghost house.  We had angry birds, star wars characters, snakes, lady bugs and bumblebee rocks all partying in the ghost house.

I Love the Mountains, I Love the Daffodils

We have spent much of our time in the mountains on the family ranch with cousins and creatures this vacation.  The kids played in the river, rode motorcycles, rode their bikes, fished, mooned the trained, chased the cows, got lost, shot their BB guns, got gruesomely grubby and did plenty of exploring.  They especially enjoyed going on night rides on the four-wheelers, scaring themselves with tales of grizzly bears and crazy mountain men and checking out the cow and her suckling calf that got zapped by lightening one day. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Fun in the Canal

As a kid I spent a lot of summer days playing, floating and catching crawdads in the Sanford Canal.  A trip to an actual swimming pool was a once a year event at best, so the canal was essentially the extent of my swimming exposure.  No wonder I am a terrible swimmer. The kids made some small boats out of pool noodles and we walked down to the canal to sail them and play in the water.  They were a little nervous at first of things like sharks and alligators but soon realized the only thing they had to fear were a few water snakes which is nothing to fear at all but rather something to capture and enjoy. Taking the kids to the canal brought back lots of wonderful memories for me and I am grateful that I am able to show them some of the things that I loved to do when I was their age.