Sunday, May 29, 2011

Country Living

My kids are loving the country life! 

The 4-wheeler has been great incentive for potty training!

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Trenton has become a master lawn mower driver.  Maybe he’ll learn to make Mimi and Pops’ lawn look like a baseball field!

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Nanny & WaWa made some homemade ice cream one day last week and invited us over to taste it.  While we were there, WaWa mentioned that he had a bulldozer at one of his pastures doing some dirt work.  That’s all it took; Trenton HAD to get over there!  Trenton loved being able to control the lever that pushed the dirt!

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We took the kids out to one of Dad and Uncle Greg’s corn fields to pull some corn thinking that Trenton might just eat it if he pulled it and shucked it himself.  Thankfully this field has access to a well, so it is irrigated.  Not all corn fields in this area are irrigated, and the lack of rain has really done a number on that corn.  Trenton had some issues getting into the field, but he did enjoy pulling the corn!

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Right across the road from the corn field was one of Pops and Uncle Greg’s rice fields; and there was a flood being held on it!  As soon as Trenton saw the water, he wanted to go in.  He wasn’t too sure about the mud on his feet at first, but he was soon having fun!  The water was a little deep for Charlotte to be walking though, especially with her UTI issues, but she really liked swinging her feet through the water.

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Trenton and Mommy shucked the corn (with Charlotte’s help, of course) after we got back to Mimi and Pops’ house. 

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While the kids got washed off, Mimi cooked the corn.  Charlotte had to have her corn cut off the cob since the one tooth that she has on top just popped through last week and doesn’t do much good yet.  She loved the corn.  I still haven’t found much that she doesn’t love!  I put some butter on Trenton’s corn, but he informed me that he didn’t want “butter butter.”  He wanted peanut butter!  And that’s how he ate it!  He mostly just licked the peanut butter off, but he did get a few bites of actual corn.

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Another “country” day we went out to the barn to watch calves being worked.  Trenton was pretty timid about going in the pen with Pops.  Miss Fearless, on the other hand, loved pointing out all the calves. 

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I won’t go into detail about what exactly goes into working calves, but I will say that we opted out of bringing home the main ingredient for calf fries.

Trenton’s favorite part about working calves wasn’t the calves themselves, but playing on the backhoe that was parked at the pens.

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I’m not sure what my kids are going to do when we get back to Virginia and they can’t go out to ride 4-wheelers, bulldozers, and backhoes, play in muddy rice fields, and see moo cows!

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