Sunday, February 28, 2016

More Adventures on the Ranch!

There's always something interesting to look at around here!

Kailey and Harrison hover around the window on the west and the camper door on the east, never knowing what they might see!

Aunt Sherry came riding up on the tractor to see if they wanted to go for a ride!
Did they WANT to???
Harrison got the first ride and it was awesome!!!

Miss Kailey was second and she was thrilled! I love her expression!

They added tractor riding to their lists of adventures this weekend!

We all put on our mud boots and headed off for more fun.

We have some SERIOUS mud down here!

First Harrison got stuck.....

I was laughing so hard! Then I went to help him and Kailey followed .....

and we ALL got stuck!!!
I was laughing so hard my stomach hurt!

See what I mean? SERIOUS mud!!

Just another day in the country!

Harrison had a little mud on his hands!

It has been so wonderful to see the sweet expressions on these kids' faces!!

They got to go in and meet Mr. and Mrs. Peacock.

Next we walked up to the big tank to do a little fishing!

Kailey caught a fish in less than a minute of throwing her hook in the water!

The fish took Harrison's bait three times but the fourth time was the charm!

Granddad was not to be outdone!!!

It's been a wonderful weekend full of first time experiences for - I started to say 'the quads' - but this is only HALF of the quad squad!! Trystan and Logan will get to come next month with us!
We have made several FaceTime visits with the parents and I am totally impressed with all this modern technology that's available these days.

We have had three bedtimes and two naps since we have been here and I know exactly how this mother owl feels!!!

We will be going home in the morning and I'm pretty sure Kailey and Harrison will have a LOT of things to talk about!!!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Celebrating Saturday and Sherry's Birthday - at the RANCH in the COUNTRY!!!

Oh, my goodness!!! Where do I start?
 We have had a busy, interesting, fun, exhausting day IN THE COUNTRY!!!!
Harrison and Kailey keep talking about being IN THE COUNTRY!!

We all slept like logs last night!
The kids woke up up at 8:00 this morning announcing, "MeeMAW! The SUN is UP!!!!"

And so it was!
NOT our normal waking time for us when we are down here in the camper but it worked for us today!

Pancakes and strawberries for breakfast using our brand new griddle for the very first time!
We've had for over a year!!

As soon as breakfast was over we dressed and headed out to explore!

Checking out Sherry's tractor!

Sharing the 'Country Experience' with these two make it an extra special weekend!

Every child loves a little bit of MUD!!!

I got so tickled at how much Harrison LOVES mud!!

After the tractor and the mud, it was time to meet the chickens!

Pretty exciting!

Kailey got to hold one and so did I!

The kids even collected eggs!
Kailey had a brown one and Harrison's was blue.
I'm not sure what he thought about that!

Louis Dean and his son had a little sitting time together!

The mockingbird gave a grand performance an we were all ears!!

Now on to meeting the baby goats - and their mamas!

This one is the most tame and easy for the kids to pet!

Such a SWEET face!!!

Sherry has the patience of Job with the children!
Note the baby goat chewing on her shirt?

Sherry said he must be teething!

Just a couple of little kids enjoying the country!

Harrison found every single bit of muddy water on the way back to the camper!

And I always enjoy all the scenery!

We all made a trip into Mart to the Dollar Store where I seemed to spend money like a mad woman!
I got everything from Peach Cobbler donuts to chips and all sorts of things in between, including a new coffee cup for me and all manner of glow in the dark things for the kids.

Lunch was eaten outdoors per Harrsion's request.
Works for me!

Naps followed lunch - and this time I separated them!
Kailey in the bedroom and Harrison on the couch.
Kailey went to sleep when Granddad decided to take a nap too!
Harrison - not so much! I worked on the photos for my journal and Harrison fidgeted and slapped his hands together and hung his feet over the back of the couch and - well, you get the idea!
When I finished my photos, I got in the lower bunk and took a little nap myself - until Harrison popped up beside me waking me up! I sent him back to the couch and drifted off - until Kailey woke me up! This is becoming a routine.....

Anyway, after we ALL woke up - meaning Granddad got the only real good nap! - we went back out to explore more of THE COUNTRY!!

Aunt Sherry came down and became an instant favorite of the kids!!!
Who wouldn't love an aunt that will take them for a wheel barrow ride???

We all gathered firewood as a family for the dinner tonight.

Harrison and Kailey LOVED riding in Aunt Sherry's truck!!

She hitched a chain to the back of her truck and pulled some pretty impressive tree limbs up to the camper for our fire tonight!

You can see Dean and Harrison out there gathering wood.
Dean was showing him a woodpecker's nest in a piece of the fallen wood.

My favorite place down here - the meadow.

I snapped this pic of the three horses and then they took off running and it sounded just like a western movie. I absolutely LOVE that sound!!!

Dinner preps and before dinner drinks - Fruity Sangria!

While Sherry and I worked on the food, and Robert worked on the camp fire, Uncle Dean played with the kids!

This was the first time I have seen Lucy actually  PLAY!!

I'm not sure who had the most fun - the kids, Lucy, or Dean!

It was a great evening out on the deck!

Shish kabobs, baked potatoes, baked beans, garden salad, foil wrapped packets of onions and mushrooms in butter, stuffed jalapeno peppers and German Chocolate Cake!!!

Good food, fun and family!!! Win! WIN!!!!

Everyone pitched in on the clean up and Sherry helped get the children to bed.
We sat around talking and just enjoying ourselves.
While Kailey and Harrison didn't go to sleep right away, they didn't disrupt the rest of the evening either. Last night I chased everyone OUT of the camper and made it quiet so they would go to sleep.
Tonight worked much better - the drone of the adult voices seemed to sooth and lull them into slumber much better than the still quiet - although I had a fan on and then a little electric heater for background noise.

This is blurry but I love it!
A three generation pic of Louis Dean, Dean, and Robert!

We watched the first episode of Season 3 in keeping with our tradition.
They say Season 4 gets better.