Apr 15, 2012

Easter on the Family Farm

My body's half-filled with farm blood.  Dad grew up on one, our family of 5 traveled there for bi-weekly spoiling by Grandma and Grandpa when I was a boy.  

Last week, we drove deep into the countryside to celebrate Easter on the family farm.  It was a sunny day stocked with honey ham, a hayrack ride, green-creek boulder toss, Amish buggies, Barbie kites and an obese egg hunt.  

Jump on the wagon and come along.









It began with skipping small stones off the stream.





The kids soon hunted for larger rocks, running a ways down the lane in search of something that would make a bigger splash.




The cousins worked together and nearly blew their seats grunting on the heavier boulders.  Wish my daughter was this motivated when it comes time to clean her room. 

 




Ready for launch, find a big farm dad to help.






Uncle B. chucks it, the kids squeal-clap their approval on splashdown.  They kept bringing the boulders and making him hurl 'em, I can only imagine what Uncle B's back felt like the morning after.

 
 
 


A pair of Amish carriages clopped past.  I waved, the Amish teen smiled and gave me a peace sign.  Or was that a gang flash?






Dad.



We held a kite-off.  Men/dads can turn anything into competitive sport, even if it involves pink Barbie kites.






There was a "communication issue" on the egg hunt, too many families brought eggs not knowing others were doing the same.  Kids ended up with an enormous cache, it was an inhumane amount of candy-stuffed plastic eggs.








 




I hope you had a blessed Easter!

-Beard
 

29 comments:

  1. Great pictures! How cool to have a family farm :)

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    1. I'm glad my Uncle is keeping the farm going, been in the family close to 125 years.

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  2. Oh wow! Look at Pigtails haul!

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    1. I just tossed a sack of candy leftover from last year's egg hunt, this new batch is ridiculous. I've already infiltrated her stash and plucked out the dark Dove chocolates. Does The Monster need any sweets?

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  3. Anonymous4/15/2012

    I have NEVER seen an egg hunt yield that much stock!! The farm is so pretty. Thanks for sharing! Angela.

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    1. Two words when I saw the sack of candy my hyped-up kid brought home: Beard wept.

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  4. That last photo is awesome! What a great communication glitch for the kiddos.

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    1. I suspect the cousin-kids planned this all out. Each told their parents the same line "It's your turn to bring eggs this year, we'll be stuck with nothing if you don't come through."

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  5. LauraC4/15/2012

    Umm, and I thought you were exaggerating about the eggs. Clearly you were not . . .

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    1. The adults burned out hiding the eggs. At one point, we stood in a cluster and just tossed them any old direction to be done with them.

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  6. My burning question, were all the eggs found?
    :)

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    1. I doubt it, I bet my uncle will be mowing plastic eggs for months.

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  7. Those last pictures with all of the eggs on the trampoline look like a child's dream!

    And how nice to have a family farm like that to visit from time to time. I used to love driving through farm country at night and seeing the old farm houses lit up from the inside. Always gave me the warm fuzzies.

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    1. That last pic is a dentist's nightmare.

      I'm glad the family farm is still going strong, and hope I can someday move out into the countryside.

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  8. I thought my kid's haul was obscene! Every time I turned around Ella (3) had managed to find another piece of candy to shove in her mouth. I finally managed to collect all of it and put it out of reach! We have so much I am afraid it will go bad before it will all get eaten. When I was talking to a friend yesterday, she says she freezes her candy that her kids get and pulls out a little at a time! I have no idea why I didn't think of that!

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    1. Freezing candy is a good idea, pulling out a frozen Snickers sure beats pulling out a frozen raw hunk of chicken.

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  9. Anonymous4/16/2012

    Beautiful pictures. A farm, a family together, an Easter celebration. Life is very good.

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    1. It was a day of simplicity and fun, life is very good.

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  10. I'm so glad for the *miscommunication* if only for the sake of that last photograph! What a delightful memory to add to all your others! :)

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    1. I bet the kids are already praying for another communication meltdown next Easter.

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  11. Many moons ago, when I was a young single girl, I lived/worked on a dairy farm. Super hard work, super long hours, super fulfilling...(not to mention the best sleep I've ever had) I'm glad pigtails is able to have a piece of the farm life, I wish more kiddos could.

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    1. We only make it out to the farm a time or two every couple years, wish we lived closer and my daughter could get bi-weekly doses of country air like I did as a boy.

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  12. WOW! I never had an Easter like that as a kid! What a lucky girl!

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    1. I'm letting her eat one piece of candy per day. At this rate, my calculations show we'll run out of Easter candy on October 12, 2017.

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  13. What a fortunate girl Pigtails is to have so many cousins and a cool Uncle who will hurl boulders for their entertainment. Your Easter looked lovely!
    BTW if you want to ship a few of the pilfered Dove Dark squares out here to CA I wouldn't complain.

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    1. I picture me shipping and you opening a manila envelope with melted Dove Dark squares blown all over the insides.

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    2. I'm a glass half full kinda girl....I think 1 giant piece of chocolate :)

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  14. Michele Double You6/10/2012

    Soooo....first timer and all that. Dude, seriously, that last pic? Thought it was a ball pit at first.

    Good times.

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