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Ben and I met in 1996, began dating in 1999 and married in 2001. Now 20 years and 2 children later, we have returned to where our life together began. Ben works for the Federal Reserve and I have the privilege of staying home with our two precious boys.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Summer Trip to the Farm & Collier's Birthday

The day after Ethan's birthday we left for the farm. This time we loaded up the bikes as well as Caden's R/C car, Ethan's drone, and the Rocket Copters. They had a blast! There's always a ton of stuff to do at the farm but having some of their own things made it even better! 
 The Rocket Copters were a hit, even Uncle CJ liked them ;-)
While Ethan has always liked Payton, this trip he became his special friend. Most of his time was spent finding "hay" to feed him or going down to visit him by the fence.  
 Grandpa's Mule was in the shop on this trip so Granny's golf cart was their favorite mode of transportation around the farm. They rode with Granny over to check on the garden.
The got a little adventurous on their riding tactics and convinced Granny to ride through the chicken house all the way to the end...upon which they got stuck and could not turn around. After bending a chain trying to get out, Ethan asked Granny if they were going to tell Grandpa or let it be a "surprise" when he found out. Granny thought that was hilarious!
 The men were working on installing new feed bins and a weigh bin so the boys were right there to "help" ;-)
Then they explored all of the tractors and equipment under the big shed, got a ride in the truck with Uncle Pat, took a spin on the loader, rode in Uncle CJ's Mustang, rode on the 4-wheeler with Grandpa, and...
 They spent a little time looking for the gator in the pond
 Then Grandpa got them some cane poles and they went fishing. Uncle CJ helped them bait their hooks and helped Caden a little with his casting...
 Even the gator was curious to see what was going on, his little eyes floated to the top of the pond.
 Then CJ taught Ethan how to bait his own hook
He got his first catch! Love this face!!!
 Then he was ready to bait his hook again and recast  
 Caden was not about to be outdone, so...
 his was next!
He wasn't about to take it off the hook, so Grandpa helped him out :-)
 After that, Ethan baited Caden's hook for him and they fished a little longer...even in the rain! That evening, they talked Grandpa into taking a ride in his truck to look for the rattlesnake they were certain they had seen! Ummmm, nope, they didn't.
 The next morning, they rode down to see Payton one last time.
 Ethan climbed in to say goodbye...until Granny made him come out for fear he would get kicked. I don't think she realized how much time he had been spending down there. I am pretty certain it wasn't the first time he had been in there...oops.
 Of course, Granny had help feeding him!
 I believe he has a new best friend :-)
 As they were leaving, Granny stopped to show them multiple streaks through the sky from jets flying high above.
We left the farm and headed to Mimi's to spend the night so that we would be ready to celebrate Collier's 3rd birthday the following day. The next afternoon, the boys jumped until their hearts were content at The Matrix Gym where Collier had her birthday party, then we headed back to Uncle Chad and Aunt Ashley's to watch her open her presents.  
We headed back to Atlanta after an evening spent with them. 
Whew! What a super fun, long week!!!

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