Mike came home tonight from a weekend away with the suggestion that we go see Toy Story 3 at the drive in. Great idea since we haven't been there in ages and it is closing its doors permanently at the end of this season.
So, after everyone got bundled up and collected plenty of blankets and pillows, we borrowed his dads truck and headed to the movie. When we got there, we found that Toy Story 3 played second and a different movie was playing first that we hadn't even heard of. After some quick reviews and a PG rating, we decided to stick it out and watch it.
When the movie was over, the lights came on for intermission and we found all four kids sacked out in the back of the pickup. After a short debate on if we should stay to watch Toy Story 3 by ourselves, we packed up, carried each kid into the cab, and headed home.
As we drove off, some friends of ours were headed to the restroom with a herd of children- mostly younger than Danissa and Ethan. I thought it funny that all of theirs (between the 3 families that were there were 13 kids all together) only 2 were asleep.
Today we set off to pick fresh blueberries and blackberries in Quincy after I finished canning my first batch of peaches for the season. Afterward, we had an impromptu visit to our friends parents house to see some farm animals.
I have to say that I could live my life like this every day and be perfectly content. My heart has always yearned to be in the country and it is in the country dirt that I find peace, god, and just the simple perfection in its complex simplicity. Life moves by a different clock. I love to watch things grow. I love the tick of the sprinklers and the smell of harvest.
However, at the risk of sounding ungrateful for the life I lead, I will discontinue my pondering and leave you with the days highlights via photographs...
Cohen watching daddy pick blue berries
Our friend Aaron- can you tell he is THRILLED to have his picture
taken picking berries? Mike and Aaron were the Berry Fairies
The kids jumped into the piglet pen and had a heck of a time chasing
them down... when they gave up, the piglets were panting!
Cohen saying "I want to get in with the pigs, too!!!"
And announcing the newest member of the Farr family household... DAISY!!!
The kids have been playing "slug bug" every time we have gotten in the car recently. It's exhausting, the way they know exactly which bugs are typically parked where and they leap at the chance to be the first one to see it that particular day. Then there is the factor of honesty and keeping score. Does score start over every time we get in and out of the car? Even for quick stops? We both saw it at the same time. Can we both get points for it? If we drive by it twice, can it be counted again? Oh Lord! If ever there was a stupid game, this ones it.
However, on the cuter side, Chezney gets into the excitement of the game, but doesn't fully understand the details, so she just randomly yells out "blue truck!", "green car!", "yellow house!" LOL I love that part of this silly little game that seems to never end...
I took the kids to the Surf n Slide in Moses Lake and met a friend there (sorry to my grandparents. I really did want to stop and visit but had to rush back to Quincy to meet that friend back at her home to get a burlap bag full of free corn that her husband picked for me!) The kids had a blast! Ethan tried boogie boarding and the waterslide that shoots you out at the end. He was awesome.
I do have to confess, however, that I did TRUELY lose Cohen for a time. Luckily, I insisted that the twins wear lifejackets for our entire stay so I didn't have to panic. Just took a walk around for about 5 minutes and finally found him being escorted to the announcement booth by a helpful fellow mother. She was completely nice to me and didn't make me feel horrible about it. Cohen had run after me when I took a quick 20 steps away but then apparently "lost" me and was crying by the big water slides. She then took his hand and walked in the opposite direction from where I was, hence the long time it took to find him. She informed me that she thought Cohen had said his name was Colin and that his mommies name was "mommy". How helpful that would have been on the loud speaker! Oh well... we'll have to work on what mommies name is, I guess!
Chezney is getting more and more spunk each day. She can be extremely funny. Her facial expressions compliment the things she says perfectly and she can really get us all rolling. I know that even on her worst days, she truly is a blessing in our family!
Chezney got a BIG WET GOOEY, the-more-you-try-to-get-it-out-the-worse-it-gets, wad of salt water taffy in her hair last night... which sadly ended with a haircut. My little girl... who's hair has never been so much as trimmed, now has shorter hair. In the front it's just a bit longer than shoulder level, and then I tried to swoop it down in the back to save some length, but it was down to her waist before. *tear* I was so looking forward to sending her to preschool with her long sun-lightened hair. Now I think the little curls are even gone. *sniff*
Since I'm so far behind, I decided to slowly add video montages to share our recent activities. This one is of our first trip to Silverwood with my family. Soon we will be off to camp for the weekend, but I will continue to add them as I can =D
I am a proud wife and mother of four busy but adorable little monkeys.
My oldest is 10, then I have a 7 year old and twin 4 year olds that are constantly on the move. I love spending time with my family and HATE house work. I always have the intention of doing neat creative activities with the kids but never quite seem to get them all in one place to do them. I guess that's just the stage of life we are in at this moment.
I enjoy blogging about all of the craziness of everyday life and documenting the funny comments my kids say or trouble that they seem to constantly find themselves in.
On the journey....