Tuesday, October 25, 2011


We went to Bill’s parents this past weekend. We brought along a friend, Kiana, to share in all the fun. There was just so much to do; there’s A LOT of pictures!!

Audrey loves 4-wheelin’ much more than motorcycles. Kiana tried it (no pics of that) but I don’t think it was her deal.

4-Wheelin' Girls

Next, Kiana tried the tractor. Grandpa let her drive it around in an empty bean field.

Kiana Climbing UpKiana On Board

The girls were swinging on the rope in the barn and it broke. They got such a laugh out of it and were so proud at the same time!

Rope Breaking

A bonfire, then hayride with Grandpa and Grandma’s church. Here you can see Luke, Ben, and Kiana. Audrey was missing because she manned the gate.


Kiana decided she was brave enough to try riding a motorcycle (she told me it was her greatest fear). Bill gave her the how-to’s.

Getting Instructions

She strapped on her helmet and off she went.

GoingGoing 2

You really can see a smile under a helmet.

Smiling Going

As soon as she felt comfortable, she wanted to know where Audrey was. Well, Audrey was in the timber, so Bill took her down to the timber!!


If we are at Grandpa and Grandma’s, we are riding, including the little one. He still needs to practice.

Still Practicing

Especially the stopping part. If he catches himself with his right leg, he stays up. Left leg, not so much.

Going DownDown

But good thing Mom’s there. While Luke checks his ankle (he always grabs it, rolls it around, makes sure it’s okay and is a main reason why he wears riding boots), I pick up the bike.

Mom to the RescueAll Better

Wait, what’s this?

Backing Out

Could it be?

My Turn

That’s right! I drove another tractor! This time one that had a key, tilt steering wheel, automatic clutch, climate controlled. Nice.

Driving Green

I didn’t do any backwards driving ‘cause this one is a lot bigger and was completely intimidating even though it was very familiar. Plus, I didn’t want to crush these two who were taking pictures. At one point, Kiana noticed the rearview mirror. Can you spot them?

Spotted in the Mirror

I’m feelin’ pretty good. Nothing was injured in my tractor driving, my father-in-law survived enough to muster a smile at the end. Maybe next time I’m ready to attach something?

Grandpa Survived



Grandma was grabbing the late season tomatoes. This picture isn’t meant to be unflattering. Consider it an action shot.

Picking TomatoesWalking and Talking

In case you’re wondering how this next shot fits in, well, first notice the incredible blue sky. How blessed we were to have some beautiful weather for us to play out in.

Sky Ball

Then, notice how there are more than one things that don’t seem to fit: feed lot, basketball, cowboy boots, Ben not on a motorcycle. If he wasn’t riding, which he was the majority of the time, he was shooting hoops, even after then hayride!

Basketball BoysBasketball Boys 2Luke Happy 1Luke Happy

And because I can’t leave him out…


Our weekend at Grandma and Grandpa’s left us totally worn out, but we had so much fun!!!


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