Monday, July 18, 2011

A Day on the Farm

It's not even our farm.  To be honest, there is nothing even remotely farmish about our property.  But I guess being adjacent to it makes the boys feel like they can wander it all they want.  And they can.  Maw-Maw and Paw-Paw love to watch the boys experience "farm life" if you can call it that.  So what's a typical day like for us?  Ha!  With two boys, no day is typical!  However, we generally have a pattern of starting on our swing set, making our way to Maw-Maw and Paw-Paw's backyard, then on to Aunt Becky's, and back again...and some of the things we do along the way...
  • Elliott likes to test which riding toy will roll down the slide the fastest, even though he won't actually ride one down yet
  • 20 jumps on the trampoline
  • Watch the mockingbird torment the cat
  • Emory likes to torment the cats a little himself
  • The boys pick wildflowers for me to wear in my hair
  • We pick rotten apples off the tree and see how far we can throw them
  • sometimes I panic a little as they pick wild mushrooms
  • Elliott climbs the apple tree and says he's not coming down until Saturday (Thank you Mother Goose!)
  • Emory has learned ducks run in a predictable circle when you chase them
  • Elliott counts how many eggs are in the chicken coop
  • We throw rocks in mud puddles
  • They get filthy splashing in mud puddles
  • We practice our farm animal noises as we pass the goats and cows in the fields
  • We stop to listen to the woodpecker
  • Charlie the beagle chases Elliott to the garden and back several times
  • Emory tries to crawl under the building to look for stray chickens

I remember playing outside and riding my bike when I was little, but I never considered myself an "outdoor" person.  Give me a book and air-conditioning and I was good to go.  I didn't grow up on a farm or spend my summers in a garden. It takes all my courage to let the boys get up close and personal with their grandparents' animals.  But I know they are learning so much from it.  They are getting their chance to be kids.  To run and play freely, to explore and learn from God's beauty.  It has certainly taken some habit training on my part to be willing to play outside for hours each day, but the more time we spend outdoors, the more I appreciate God's beauty the way He designed it.  It has grown from being a chore to being part of our routine that we all look forward to each day. 

This was a stop at the barn to check out some of the goats.

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