This past weekend my husbands side of the family all got together to celebrate his grandfathers 90th birthday.
They couldn’t even remember the last time that everyone had all been together without at least one person missing. It was so fun to watch all 7 children interact and listen to all of the laughs and stories from the adults. I think that Pops really enjoyed having everyone all together again.
We all stayed at my husbands Aunts farm in Indiana. She had our day jam packed with fun! I was a little bit worried that it may be rushed when she told me everything that she had planned but it all went seamlessly. We started out our morning with breakfast sandwiches and/or crepes that were made by my mother in law. There were some people eating inside at the table and some were sitting outside on the deck by the fire with coffee in hand. It was the perfect way to start our morning!
While everyone was getting ready, my husband started cooking the pulled pork in the brick oven. I took our 2 little boys down to the front pasture to look at the horses with my mother in law and niece. They all loved watching the horses and petting the donkeys when they came to the fence.
After the kiddos were done watching the animals we went across the road to the creek. It was to chilly outside to go for a dip, but they enjoyed listening to the water and watching it flow over the rocks.
Once we headed back up to the house we noticed that the tractor was ready for the hay ride!
All of the children and their parents loaded onto the trailer and we headed back down to the creek. We drove through it to the other side where the field is. We went around the field and stopped to let the boys out so that they could check out the trails. The 2nd time that we let them out they saw 2 deer in the trails with them. They though that was the most awesome thing ever.
After we were done with the hayride we went back up to the house and had a lumberjack competition between the men. They had to choose which axe they wanted to use, then they each had 3 pieces of wood that they had to split. Whoever split all 3 the fastest won. It was a very clever way of getting some work done on the farm while also having fun!
There were pumpkins hidden in the area that the lumberjack competition was, so after that was finished all of the children had a chance to run around and find pumpkins. Once they found them all they had the opportunity to chop them open! There are 5 boys and 2 girls, so this was right up their ally. Don’t worry… this was all done with the help of their dads. They also had the opportunity to choose what they wanted to use, like the men did. Our oldest son used his axe that he chops wood with at home. It took him a few tries but he eventually split it in half. Our nephew chose a big axe and he did a clean split on the first try! The younger boys all used different tools, depending on what their dads thought was best. I think that this was a highlight for all of the boys!
Once the lumberjack competitions were over we had all kinds of fun games planned.
There were potato sack races, three legged races, balloon races, etc. It was a good way to have the adults and the children doing things together. It was very funny to watch the adults and the children do the three legged race together! My husbands aunt was doing the three legged race with our 3 year old and at one point was lifting him up by one arm! He thought it was hilarious! There were many many laughs and memories made.
When the races were finished we had lunch together and then it was nap time for our two little dudes and the baby. While they were all sleeping the older children painted a plaster cake that my husbands uncle made. It was such a cute idea to include the children in the celebration of their great grandpa’s (Pops) 90th birthday celebration. They did such a great job painting that he though it was the real cake! After they were done painting the cake they were all given a small canvas and were asked to paint the cake on the canvas. I think that some painted the cake, but most of them just painted desserts that they enjoy. Our oldest son has a lot of fun with that project; he loves painting and worked really hard on the first canvas. He made a chocolate chip cookie and a brownie on a plate.
Once everyone was done relaxing and painting we went back outside and saddled up 2 of the horses.
We took them both down to the arena and all of the children were able to take rides. They each rode around the arena twice and then it was someone else’s turn. They were each given a cup of water and their goal was to hold on to the cup of water and see who had the most left when they got back. They all had fun with that little competition.
I was talked into getting on one of the horses. I know the basics of riding a horse, I grew up around horses and mules that my uncle had but never had any formal lessons or rode consistently, so I’m not the best. This horse ride was doomed from the start! I put my foot in the stirrup to get up and apparently it wasn’t fastening for adults so I just slid right down the side of the horse. Everyone laughed, including myself and they fixed it so that I was able to actually get on the horse. Once I was up I realized that it wasn’t a real saddle, it was basically a foam pad on the horses back, I’ve never used something like this so I was a little nervous, but I did it anyway. I was able to get the horse into the arena but he didn’t have a bit in which is what I’m used to steering with. I had my husband yelling at me to do something with my foot, then his aunt telling me to lean forward a little bit because the ropes were tied short. I was all kinds of confused and frustrated, I could feel my anxiety rising. As I was going around a corner my husbands uncle came in front of me with his horse and started cantering… what does my horse do??? He tries to keep up!!! This wasn’t the first time that had happened to me, so I anticipated it. If I had a normal saddle on I think that I would have been ok, but I didn’t have anything to hold onto and I freaked out. I don’t know what I said, I just remember yelling and saying “I don’t know what I’m doing!!!!” and holding on to the horse for dear life. Of course everyone thought it was hiiiilarious! I was shaking and doing everything that I could not to cry, but I pulled it together and shook it off. We made it to front of the arena and I got off that horse as fast as I could!
Once we were done riding the horses it was time for dinner. We all went back up to the house and got ready to eat our pulled pork together as a family. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day filled with Laughing, Learning and Loving together.