The boys and I finally made it back out to the farm again. We planned on going over the weekend, but we had heavy rain. Today was perfectly clear and warm and we couldn’t have asked for a better day to hang out there.
The boys attempted fishing and quickly found out that patience is a must. Instant gratification doesn’t exist when it comes to fishing.
My little tadpole found a pond full of tadpoles. He was very upset when Lucy tried to drink from the pond. He was so afraid she was going to eat the tadpoles. I told him Lucy wouldn’t mind the extra protein; however, he didn’t find my joke to be funny.
My mom will be excited to see the water is no longer Kool-Aid blue. Stew had added some eco-friendly dye to the water about 6 weeks ago and it was a sight to behold. It made for a really pretty backdrop for a picture of these trees though. You can see those pics here.
The hubs fished…
Lucy enjoyed the water…
And I cleaned brush. Sitting still is not my forte especially when there’s so much work to be done. I want the pond cleaned up before the snakes come out :-).
Do you see all that stuff around the edge of the pond? Ugh. It’s full of HUGE thorns.
I know it doesn’t look like much in the pictures, but when we bought the land in December we couldn’t walk down the path where you see the dog walking in the picture below. Limbs and briars made a complete awning over that little alley and we had to stoop to get through.
I was pleasantly surprised to see a bed of tulips and other little flowers popping up. They’re all intermixed with the grass, but that’s ok for now. It looks like a natural wonderland instead of man-made flower beds.
Old weathered wood is all over the place and I get super excited when I see it. It has so much potential. Signs. Crafts. A whole list of endless possibilities!
I warned the hubs not to throw it in the burn pile or he would be in big trouble! So far I’ve left it alone mainly because I already have so many projects going on and I don’t need another distraction. It’ll be waiting for me and I will get to it one day soon.
The place may have been neglected for years, but at one point in time someone really took care of it. I hope they know how much I appreciate their flowers and that I’ll take good care of them.
Our neighbors were out in full force…
And traffic was pretty light…
The neighbor’s barn is still beautiful. I take a picture of it every time I go out there.
My city boy watching the cows…
A little tree climbing…
Followed by a five minute nap on the way home.
The oldest was with us, too. He was off metal detecting for the most part. Somehow he successfully dodged the camera and so I don’t have any pictures to share of him today.
I loved seeing the boys and dog roam the land today. I loved that they weren’t fixated on phones and iPads, Instagram, or Snapchat. I loved hearing the excitement in their voices when they came across a frog or tadpoles or whatever else they happened to have stumbled upon.
Today we made memories instead of the boys watching memories on Youtube that had been made by someone else.
These experiences are important.
And I hope one day they will tell their kids about going to the farm when they were little and how that experienced changed them.