Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Sunday afternoon......with extended family at this lovely farm. It's my Uncle Paul's farm- they had a cow sale there on Saturday and thought with the tents still being up, (and yummy food left over!) that we should get together for Sunday lunch. Wonderful. Doubly wonderful if I don't have to cook! I won't embarrass myself with my lack of knowledge on cows and try to explain what a big time cow sale it really was. If you're interested, google Paul Yoder Cherry Kreek/Red Vision. They had free coffee, donuts, milk, chocolate milk, and soft serve ice cream. :)
Sitting around with the aunts and uncles and listening to stories and whatnot is always fun. And on occasion something will come up that totally gets them in stitches till they have tears running down their (the ladies) cheeks. You don't even have to know what's funny, but you'll soon be gasping for breath too just watching them. That I would love to capture on my camera!
Someone had lots to eat..... ;)
They had ice cream mix left over too, so we got to have more. What's better than soft ice cream? Free soft ice cream! I think the kids thought it was a bit of heaven, making their own ice-cream cones with ice cream from a machine. Little Miss got all smiley and pose-y when she saw the camera aimed at her.

Who can resist a teary baby? Tell me you didn't "aawww!" when you saw his tears?!
The buggy on the left goes back in my memory as far as it can go back. Alphie and Frannie's buggy. :) Playing in the back with my sisters and cousins. You could change the seats around and make them higher or lower and they were soft. Nicely padded. Pretending we were moms with our own babies.
The Gortner Airport is beside the farm.(or maybe it's on the farm? I'm not sure) Steve and Antoine and I climbed the lookout tower and I took a couple shots from up there. My legs are still complaining about that climb.... The steps were steep and a little rickety!

As I sit here typing, I can hear 'Spirit' playing in the livingroom. Only about the 50th time. My kids know those songs and the movie pretty much from beginning to end, but they were SO excited to watch it with their cousins who have never seen it. Not even ONCE. Can you IMAGINE?! Oh the dramatics of kids.... :) Ah, yes- and we have seven this week instead of four!

And I must write one more thing. Antoine got his first kiss from a girl who was not his sister. Right before my astounded eyes. In Sunday School. The little girl was extra bubbly that morning and while Antoine was talking, she bounced over and flung her arms around him and kissed him. He stopped talking and just looked at her for a split second then kept on talking. Never said a word about it then or later. May he remain indifferent to kisses from girls for years to come.....

~ellen

5 comments:

  1. Oh my. That last paragraph gave me the chuckles. I could just picture it. :)

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  2. Shannon HostetlerJune 18, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Aww we were there for the first sale, didn't make it for this one. Looks like good times! :) Love the Blue Ribbon pictures. :)

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  3. Haha....that story made me laugh!!
    It looks beautiful out there.
    Maybe we'll come up in July.

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  4. Love these pictures, the places, and the people!

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  5. I so wish that I could have been at the sale this year. I wanted to be at the last one also. I just love the times (so few and far in between) that we can visit our extended family on Oakland. Mallory may show a calf for Paul at the Garret Co. Fair next year.

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