Visiting the Farm: Part 1 — Cousins

Date September 13, 2010

Over Labor Day Weekend, we headed to Julie’s dad’s farm in West Virginia. In addition to Bob and Pam, our nephew and niece, Tyler and Meg, came down for the weekend. It’s a highly compatible group of cousins. When we we arrived, Alana immediately raced in and flung herself on her 15-year-old cousin with a [...]

Alana on the Farm

Date March 8, 2010

Julie taught Alana how to jump over things. She proceeded to spend the next 15 minutes practicing the skill down by the river (the pom-poms on the boots provided extra momentum I’m sure): That evening, Julie made a “Jump Up and Kiss Me” (sans pineapple juice — we really rough it when we’re on the [...]

Two Peas in a Pod

Date March 7, 2010

We headed to the farm in West Virginia this weekend, and Benton got to bring along one of his best friends, Josh. We like it when Josh comes over, because he and Benton entertain each other seemingly endlessly (and he’s roughly twice as polite and three times as self-sufficient as any of our kids, so [...]

Pink Bows — Not Just for Little Girls

Date July 22, 2009

Alana has quite a collection of hair ornamentation. When we went to the farm a couple of weeks ago, she wore a large pink bow. You can see it on her head as she spreads corn for the deer: You can see it on her head as she chases Carson on his bicycle: If she’s [...]

Developing Some “Junk”

Date July 21, 2009

Benton is really enjoying baseball this season, and he’s developed into one of the most consistent and accurate pitchers on his team. Unfortunately, he’s not one of the most powerful pitchers at the same time. Last season, he singlehandedly “invented” the off-speed pitch — realizing that a slow ball can be as hard to hit [...]

Fishing on the Farm

Date July 20, 2009

Bob has a small pond with plenty of fish on the farm, which makes for good fishing for youngsters.

Brotherly Bonding Via Spuds and Hairspray

Date July 19, 2009

Another couple of pictures from our trip to the farm last weekend.

Summer Cut — Carson Style

Date July 15, 2009

Carson opted for a bit of flair with his latest haircut — provided by Julie over our weekend in West Virginia.

Pie Just Tastes Better When Cast Iron Cookware and Coals Are Involved

Date July 12, 2009

We headed to West Virginia this past weekend, which, as usual, should trigger a handful of blog posts. Benton is a fan of Dutch oven cooking, so we spent 30 seconds while we were planning the food for the trip trying to think what a good coal-fired dish would be. We pretty quickly got to: [...]

Easter Weekend at the Farm: Spring has Sprung

Date April 17, 2009

No kids here — just an assortment of nature photos I took over the weekend.