Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Hard Work in the Field and Ice Cream Rewards

While some people think of outdoor recreation on lakes as their summer entertainment, our family is a little different.  We do enjoy time on the boat, fishing with my parents, but some of the things that make our summer a delight are maybe over looked by some.  

After a quick run to the library, a quick stop at the grocery store, and stopping to give a hug to a friend on her birthday, we headed to the garden and blueberry field.  The garden has one patch that gets overly weedy, so the children worked on that while Jonathon and I worked on the blueberries.  We've been working at getting all the weeds cut back from around the plants, so they can be fertilized easier.  They look pretty good out there.  Still not overly big, but they're coming along.  We have one area in the field that is especially wet.  Those bushes didn't survive, but the other rows look pretty good.  

Yesterday I told everyone that once the field got completed, we'd bike to Stroh to get ice cream.  The job got accomplished today during this beautiful day we had.  While we were working on the bushes, Uncle Norman came in the field with his tractor and rake.  Benaiah sure enjoyed watching him rake the hay that he had already mowed.  Watching the field get mowed and baled is one of our favorite things during the summer.  It just feels like we're in the right place when it's happening.  Jonathon of course loves to help, but today he stayed in the field at the blueberries to get that job done.  Uncle Norman finished raking, we finished cutting back weeds, and I went in to start supper as Jonathon took his tractor and a cousin's bush hog out in the field to mow the rest of it down where he wants to dig some spots to see how the field would hold water for a pond to irrigate the blueberries.  

Field done, supper done, weeds pulled in the garden, and kitchen cleaned up from supper.  Time for a bike ride to get ice cream!

I would say our ice cream treat was well deserved by all!

 The garden area is closest to the camera and to the left of the mowed grass area.  Hay field all raked.  Blueberries all weeded, now we just need to get it all mowed in between each plant to get rid of the extra tall weeds where a plant died. 

 Bush hogging to clean up the area a little.

 We love when it's hay season!

 Some boys enjoying the work on the tractor.

 Our littlest farmer.

 There's something about a freshly mowed and raked hay field.  It looks and smells so good!

Off to get ice cream!

 She usually needs some help.  

On the ride home, she really needed help.  She used her little napkin to keep her lap clean, but it just wasn't enough.  Drip, drip, drip.  :)

Today was such a wonderful day!  Some hard work accomplished by all, some good exercise, and a yummy cold treat to top off our hard work.  My legs feel a little jelloey from the bike ride home, but I made it.  My body is ready to get some sleep, but I'm thankful that it can do all that it does despite being pregnant.  Love being pregnant during the summer to keep it in shape, ready for labor and delivery.  2 1/2 more months to go!  Until then, I'll keep myself busy and enjoying this lovely summer with my family!