Thank you for all of the heartfelt sentiments and comments that you left for us on Friday regarding the loss of Griz. If love is what gets our furry friends to heaven, then there is no doubt that he was carried there on a tidal wave of love. It felt so good to know that there were so many that cared for our sweet little rescue. Sadly, we had such a short time (less than two years) with our little velcro kitty... but his memory will last forever in our hearts.
There is nothing better than time spent with Grand-loves to help ease the pain of loss. I spent a part of Saturday at Tyler's final swim meet for the summer. He had such a good season and improved his time in all of his events over the course of the season. We are very proud of him!
After his swim meet, I stopped and picked up Mackenzie and Easton and brought them back to the farm for the rest of the weekend. Four and six-year-olds are nothing if not enthusiastic... which makes spending time with them so much fun!
It takes no coaxing for them to help with chores... they are willing to do just about anything that's needed.
I am always so very proud of my animals when they are in the company of children. They seem to sense that children are vulnerable... minding their manners and remaining calm and gentle around them.
It helps, as well, that our Grands have all been taught proper behavior when in the company of the animals.
The weekend was filled with typical farm fun...
Lots of gator driving for Easton...
and climbing fences, trees, and running wild for Mackenzie...
There was girl time, spent with Becca and Caroline (they live just down the road. Their Mama, Anna, helps us around the farm.). For some reason, the girls all think that they are cousins! Matching hairdos are always mandatory! This time a single French braid with big puffs of hydrangeas stuck into it! They sort of reminded me of Frida Kahlo.
And there was boy time that involved all of the moving vehicles of the farm. Easton loves to have his "Muppy" follow him in his gator as he shouts commands back to him. There's no one quite as bossy as a four-year-old!
Even the dogs played enthusiastically... as the weather was cooler this weekend.
One of my fondest times is bedtime... when we read stories together. Easton and Chester were both enthralled with Mike Mulligan And His Steam Shovel.
Sunday, We did some garden harvesting... tomatoes and cucumbers galore!
Early Sunday morning, after sun up,
we went on a woodsy adventure...
We cleaned the front pasture,
It never fails, whenever we have the gator in the front pasture, the pigs love to use the tires for a good butt-scratch.