I find that the last few days in South Dakota have been rain free…which finally means some time to play in the outdoors.
I think the last few weeks have been such a tease. That and always having to time exactly when you are going to mow your grass. You have to plan to be home so you can get to it right in between rain showers. And with a yard as big as ours…you definitely have to plan accordingly. Took me a few times of getting stuck in the middle of a down pour and the lawn only half way mowed to finally get it!
I chuckled last week at my doctors appointment when my doctor was complaining a bit about the rain and not being able to mow. I was sitting there thinking- he must have a big yard like me. Then I asked how long it took to mow…and he said only about 20 minutes.
And I don’t even think I have a ton to mow, my mother in law has more, but still 30 minutes! To mow the lawn! Oh, the luxury.
Anyway, with the break in the rain I have finally found myself weeding my garden, mowing, and most importantly chasing my daughter around our 11 acre home place.
I have invested in some good, old rummage sale outdoor toys…and she rarely touches them. She much prefers to go cuddle with the dog, pet the kittens, walk all over the yard, eat the dog food, and see how fast she can run from me when I come calling.
Today she was quite the helper. I was moving hay around in one of our buildings and my Ranger is currently housing a giant sprayer. So, I had to resort to the wagon that attaches to the lawn mower. Brought back the good old times before the Ranger. It took about three times as long, and not because it only held about 3 bales of hay. But, because I let Ellie drive and then she had to walk and then she had to pet every single animal we own before she was ready to move to the next spot.
She truly kept me smiling all day!
Anyway, I have discovered she has a love of the lawn mower.
It is by far one of her favorite things to do I think. And she has to do it by herself- not with Mommy. She wants to climb up there by herself, sit on the seat by herself, turn the wheel by herself, and get down by herself. Do not help her.
I can already picture her as a big girl helping me mow the lawn. And I believe that a little bit of my heart breaks off every time I do.
And if anyone loves her almost as much as me it’s her Daddy. She loves her Daddy and lights up every time he stops to visit her to say hello. She will drop everything she is doing, squeal, and run for the door.
My husband said Father’s Day was about a day of rest. Well, since we are farmers and it was our Sunday for chores. That really wasn’t an option. So, instead he took her with him while he cut hay. And she was ECSTATIC. You should have seen her face light up when I helped her climb up the steps to get to the tractor. Her smile was bigger than the one you can see here.