A few weeks ago we made a trip over to my cousin’s farm in Kittitas. My cousin and uncle usually plant hay, wheat, corn, and the typical Eastern Washington crops. This year, my cousin had a contract to plant 60 acres of sunflowers.
Good times. Yes, good times.
Then school started again. I’ve barely been able to keep my head above water. I feel like someone is standing by my bed in the mornings, with a stop watch, hovering over me, about to yell, “AND GO!!!!” I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. My soccer-mom-friends and I share our sob stories. We all know how it goes. I’m just afraid I’ll forget to pick up the kids somewhere one of these days!
Anyway, back to that blogging thing. It’s been a while. I haven’t even shared our Labor Day Weekend Farmcation photos. There weren’t quite as many this year.
As a matter of fact, for the first time in about 5 years, I didn’t even get a picture that was Christmas card worthy. I think I need to raise the bribery a bit.
The kids were busy riding motorcycles and four wheelers again this year.
I wrote about the owl pellet collection and disection on my literacy blog, if you’re interested in that. Pretty cool stuff!
Well, here’s hopin’ that life settles down a bit! Maybe I’ll find time for blogging again soon!
I’ve never made a secret of my desire to live on a farm. I’ve convinced my hubby that Eastern Washington is definitely the place for us. He’s agreed to move there, when the kids are out of school and we’re ready to become farmers. I won’t hold my breath waiting for that to happen. I’m counting on my cousin and uncle to find a great deal on farm land for us, so the perfect home can just “happen” and we can actually make the move.
There’s just something about wide open spaces that I love. Well, I love the sunshine too.
Yesterday I asked him if he was ever going to let me have chickens (meaning that I want them now and I want to put them in my small backyard). He said I could have chickens when we moved to the farm, but that the coyotes would probably eat them. I guess I’ll be needing a really great barn to go along with my little farm house. (By the way, anyone have any great ideas on how to build a cute farm house that is a rambler? I’m assuming that we’ll be old and gray by the time we get around to this, so we’ll be looking for a single story home. I haven’t seen any rambler/farmhouse plans that I love.)
I think I’ll grow pumpkins and market to local elementary schools for field trips. Of course, I’ll have chickens, bunnies, goats, 2 dogs, and a horse or two.
Well, hello friends! We spent the long holiday weekend with family over in Eastern Washington. I think the farm is my favorite place to be. I took 300+ pictures, so I won’t share all of them. (About 200 pictures were of my kids. We always try to get the Christmas card photo while we are at the farm.)
Such a cute farmhouse. This was the house my uncle was raised in. We always called it Grandpa’s House. Well, when Grandpa passed away, my cousin and his wife moved in. They have totally remodeled the house, inside and out. They have also just finished an addition which doubled the size of their living space. I see lots of Farmcations in my future.
Here’s the exciting news. Back behind the barn, what do you suppose might be stacked up? Yep, old barn wood!!!
I can’t wait to get started!
Happy picking through someone’s wood pile, hidden behind their old barn!
We had a fantastic weekend. No, it wasn’t spent at my 20th high school reunion. (which my hubby and I missed) We spent the weekend with family in Eastern Washington. I can’t wait to tell you more about it. There were tractors, pigs, motorcycles, barn owls, bee hives, fishing, fun with family, and BARNWOOD! Thanks Uncle Brenty! I love the treasures hidden in those old barns!
I’ve been learning a lot about photography over the summer. I reread Scott Kelby’s books, learned a bit online, and found some great resources to help me get from Auto mode to Manual mode. I now know what all of those little setting do on my camera. I know the difference between the P setting and AV setting, although I’ll admit that I still have to think about it. I’m still learning, so when I’m ready to take a photo, I have to think about what the setting does. If I want to take a quick picture, I still go right back to the little green box.
Last week, when we went to my cousin’s farm, I had the chance to play around with my camera a little. I took my camera off of Auto mode and really spent some time thinking about what I was doing. I waited for perfect lighting, played around with the settings, and even learned how to adjust add more light to the photo with that little number line thingy. (Ok, that’s not the technical term but I’m being lazy and don’t want to look up the real name for it.)
Here are a few pictures I took on our Farm-cation (that’s the term we use for our vacation to my cousin’s farm).
I’d show you more pictures of my kids in the straw bales at sunset, but some freak-o stalker could be reading this. You’re thinking that’s crazy, but I know all you bloggy mamas are thinking the EXACT SAME THING, so don’t make fun of me.