Josh, the oldest, at 11, mowed the entire nursery pasture and paddock on the riding mower ~ after only a very brief lesson in which I showed him how, if you pull back while trying to maneuver, the steering wheel comes off! ~ his very first time, EVER, driving a riding mower! He was incredible.
Master of the push mower, Matt, the 'middle child' at 8?9?, did my entire back yard ~ ALL BY HIMSELF!! Totally awesome!! Then he wanted to do the ram's paddock for me but found the long, thick grass in there really tough with a push mower.
Nick ~ the youngest at 6, wanted to give it a try...
Big brother, Josh, finally came to the rescue and finished the ram paddock and then went on to do my FRONT YARD! This kid was like a mowing MACHINE!!!
After the mowing (and fence mending ~ THANK YOU NICK! ~ and plant watering ~ thanks Matt!) was done, we had an ice-cold Root Beer break and then the boys wanted to "go throw rocks in the river". This has been a favorite sport when visiting Grandma's since Josh was 2 years old...
Of course, on the way to the river (actually, a creek across the road from my place) the boys have to practice aiming at a road sign.
If you look closely (click to biggify) you can see the rock, flying through the air!
And the SPLASH as it hits the water below!
As sunny and beautiful as the day may look, if we looked over our shoulders, towards the other side of the bridge, THIS is what we saw:
STORM CLOUDS were building in a HURRY!
We RAN back to my house, just in time!
I've got pictures to show of the boys with their chickens and stories to tell about NAUGHTY sheep but this is already too long so I'll save them for the next time.
Thank you Josh and Matt and Nick for ALL the hard work you did yesterday! You really were such great helpers for Grandma and saved me SO much work!! And Thanks to Pam & Karl (the boys' Mom & Dad) for the wonderful meal of cheeseburgers on the grill that you brought and prepared when you came to pick up the boys!I love you all and hope that you know how much joy you bring to my world!