Alright ya’ll, the month of December has flown by in a blink of an eye and I can’t believe in few short hours we will be ringing in a new year…well, some of us will at least. I may be in bed at midnight!
In December we became land owners and I thought I would share our little Sweetbriar Farm with you today. Buying land has been on the agenda for some time; however, we thought it would be years from now before we actually did it. Then one day we realized how important it was for our boys to experience other things in life that can’t be done in a subdivision.
We want four wheelers and fishing, and Airsoft and Nerf wars.
We want fresh air and freedom and lazy days without a rush to be somewhere.
We want campfires and hammocks and most of all we want to get away from Youtube and video games.
We want the boys to understand that owning land is a privilege which comes with a great responsibility, but the hard work will be worth the joy of having our own place.
How It All Began…
I’m a country girl that’s been stuck in the middle of a subdivision or an apartment complex since college. I’ve been suffocating with so many people around.
Yes, literally suffocating. My chest is tight and I feel like I can’t breathe.
We live in a beautiful area in Knoxville, but it’s in a subdivision and I can see SO many houses all around.
The lake is just a couple of minutes walk from our house and it’s a beautiful walk,
but I need air…
and wide open spaces…
and a place my dog can run off leash…
and where my boys can be boys.
And this ^^^^sweet guy above ^^^^, he bought me a piece of paradise…
…that’s going to require hard labor for the next 10 years to get it into shape…
….but that’s okay because we’ll be outside in the fresh air without any neighbors in sight!
There’s A Lot of Mud in the Country…
The last time we visited the farm, the trailer had been moved about 10 feet before it got stuck in the mud. We’re now hoping for a good freeze to come along so they can tow it on out and we can start cleaning up the mess.
Stew tried cleaning up, but the truck got stuck in the mud. AAA came to tow him out and their tow truck got stuck, too!
By the way, Stew’s from California. He was a Navy brat and has lived in the city all of his life. He had his first real taste of country life when he had to wait an hour for AAA to get there, but he handled it well :-).
We have our very own stocked fish pond and the boys look forward to trying it out. Yep, the pond was very muddy that day, too.
The picture above was taken on a warmer day when we were at the farm. Stew and I did some trail maintenance while the boys played soccer and threw the ball for the dog. The boys love being able to roam and play and they envision some awesome Airsoft Wars happening there sometime soon.
The week before Christmas, Granddad Rick taught gun safety and gave a shooting lesson when he came to visit. He and I also had a “talk” about how this shooting lesson was going to go down. I’m a mama bear after all and I have to make sure my cubs (and the rest of us!) are safe.
I love old barns and this one is right down from our driveway! You may find me lurking out there so I can sit and stare at the old barn.
This was taken from our driveway.
How do you like our “big” road?
Now that’s my type of highway.
Well, that’s it for now. I’m sure I’ll be sharing more pictures and projects next year… which of course is just a few hours away.
Have a safe and happy New Year from the Ellingtons!