Monday, October 28, 2013

On the Farm

The Twinners and I headed home to the farm Friday of MEA weekend. It was a WONDERFUL day for me, Marly and Dean. I LOVE our day on the farm when we are able to make it out during harvest.
 My cousins farm thousands and thousands of acres. They love the land. I love the land. As a note, farm land today in Renville County is going for $8000 to $12,000 an ACRE.
 Jan went to town to pick up dinner for all the men and hired help. That day she fed Matt, Mike, Loren, Allen, and a BUNCH more. The women feed their family, and men hired to help get the crop out. Jan fed us too. The kids and I ate a the field just like the men. I REALLY wish I had a photo of my hard working cousin and uncles.
We had been riding the combine right before I snapped this photo. Matt had brought the combine to a quick halt and was darting to the back to check a problem with the fuel line. The issue was minor....
 ...but we headed back to the road in the tractor with Loren. My uncle Loren drives the grain cart around the field. This way the combine can UNLOAD with out ever stopping, shaving off hours of work.
 I am sure there are similar photos of Brett and me sitting in giant combine tires.
 The grain card unloading into the semi.
Back at the farm site, unloading the semi... where the corn will be moved into the driers and then to the bins for storage.
 Look at the genuine smile on my Uncle Sheldon's face. He is man who is PROUD of his career - proud to feed America.
 My kids - I won't let them be "city slickers".
 It was too wet for Mike to get into the sugar beet field. It is frustrating and stressful when the weather doesn't cooperate.
 Corn chaff dusted pink ground... pink, pink, pink, drifting everywhere....
 Dean - clutching his bag of field corn, ready for a semi ride back to the field.
Melberg Farms - My heritage, always....

***Unfortunately missing from any photos is my very dear, very loved Aunt Jan. THANK YOU! Words cannot express what you mean to me!

***After picking up Dean at the field from his semi ride, we visited my childhood bestie Cindy at her and her husbands farm. It was fantastic to get an hour or more to sit with my dear, dear friend in her kitchen and just CATCH UP.

What a grand day indeed.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Welcome to the World Baby Declan

Our brand new baby nephew on the Thompson side arrived to proud parents Pat and Kelly October 1.

 Mark has always been a complete natural with teeny tiny babes...All his nephews are comfortable in his arms.
 Marly taking her turn.
 Proud parents
Declan cuddle time with Auntie.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Apple Orchard 2013

Really, there is just way too much fun to be had in the Fall! I am going to use that as my excuse for ABANDONING the blog for a month or so...

While I feel desperate to be by the water in the summer, at Brett's, and Auntie Jan and Sheldon's, and etc... in the fall, there is a complete change in the nature of the activities, as the lake water temps drop.

Somehow, we missed the apple orchard last year, but this year we had a FANTASTIC time at the Minnetonka Apple Orchard.
 We were meeting the Lyon's and Brett and Rachel...but arrived first since we don't have a tiny baby, and we don't watch the Vikings.

Soon Vivian and Ian arrived. We navigated the corn maze, checked out the animals, and soaked up the warm September sun. It was a hot fall afternoon.

 Look how TALL this year!
 giggle, run, play, smile.
 Marly and Dean LOVE Little Man Charlie.
 Our attempt at corraling the kids for a group shot. That worked well.
 We couldn't figure out how to get Peter into the group shot.
 The usual family shot. Marly is wearing one of her favorite Matilda Jane dresses.
 Charlie would have ridden the toddler train all afternoon if permitted.
Two moms, two friends... Four kids, four friends.

See ya NEXT YEAR at the Apple Orchard!


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