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Friday, July 1, 2011

A boy's paradise....and mine too

This past weekend we took a trip up to visit my Dad and stepmother.  They live about an hour and a half away on beautiful sprawling acreage near Cook's Forest.  
Their house is a boy's paradise.....
and mine too.  
My sons absolutely love going to visit.  The sweetness of the quiet and natural surroundings can't be denied.  We all become entranced and it ends up feeling like a mini vacation.  It is one of my favorite places to be.  In all seasons really but summer is truly a treat.  So I thought I'd share some of my favorite things about the farm (aside from the loving people that live there ;) along with some photos that I took.

The Barn

I love walking into the barn on a hot sunny day.  As you enter you're immediately enveloped in cooler air and the smell of hay.  With the sun rays streaming in through the cracks, the quite peace of the barn is almost palpable.  It's also a wonderland to two little boys who love to climb and run and play.  Strangely enough my older son always wants to sweep the floor so there is no hay on the boards.  Not sure where he got this clean gene but its not from me ;)

The Horses

No he's not dead...just rolling in the mud to relieve the itchies

We love everything about them....
their beauty, the sounds they make, the feel of them, and yes...even the smell :)

The Cool Farm Equipment
What is it about old farm equipment that just begs to be photographed in black and white?

What boy doesn't love tractors and diggers I ask!
Well, they ARE pretty cool and I actually would like to drive Big Blue.  Were thinking of helping out with hay cutting and bailing next year (hard with 2 little boys but maybe).  It will be sweaty, hard, itchy work but I think it will be a rewarding experience that we will all enjoy..

The Campfire
Bonfire anyone?
I just love sitting around the fire talking, laughing, and toasting marshmallows!
The warmth and dancing flames are mesmerizing. 

The Lanscape
beautiful blueberry bushes getting ready to burst with fruit
wild daisies

my pretty poochie enjoying romping in the country

Rolling land, ponds, tall grass, rows of corn, horses, barn, farmhouse, firepit, garden patch, wildflowers...you get the idea.  Just look around and breathe in the fresh country air...it will renew your spirit!

The Creek
When you can't find me....I'll be here,
(likely with both boys at my side) playing on the rocks and looking for crayfish in the creek.  Nothing better than a rocky babbling brook dappled with sunlight and a carpet of moss!  Sheer heaven :)

I guess I am just a farm girl at heart!

Check out my stepmother's blog here 
for some farm fresh stories and recipes!

Linking up with Rachel!


  1. I guess I must be a farm girl at heart as well as I love those pictures. The horse ones are amazing...beautiful.

    And Samuel loved looking at the tractors. One of his favorite things is to drive by the John Deere store. I can guarantee that he would like that farm.

    This was a beautiful post.

    thanks for linking up, my friend!

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE these pics!!! It does look like a wonderful place!!! I'm glad y'all were able to get away for a visit!!

    Also, you look beautiful in that last pic of yourself! :) Have a great weekend!!!

  3. I love that picture of the boys with the horses. Just pinned it!

    Have a great weekend, Krista!

  4. This is just beautiful. What a treat to enjoy such exquisite scenery. I'd be visiting your dad all the time!

  5. You had me at barn... and then the horses and bonfire!! Once I hit the creek I wanted to move there. What a fun place to be.

  6. Oh my goodness what a paradise! I don't even know where to begin . . . Barns are awesome--they have the best smells and feel so homey. I love the smell of horses, too--growing up, we had friends with a ranch, and hiding in the barn, just enjoying the feel and smells of all the horses there was magical.
    But the creek . . . yes, I think the creek wins my heart. I've always wanted one of those, and your parents' is so beautiful!

    P.S. Thank you so much for your comment and following! It made me smile! :]

  7. these pictures are amazing. i wish we had more farms here :) it is so absolutely gorgeous!

  8. oh my goodness! it's absolutely perfect. Take me there darling! hehe

  9. I've looked at these pictures two or three times already. They are stunning! What a treat of a place to get away to. If I ever get back to painting, I can so see doing that one of your boys at the fence with that horse. So glad you shared these and got the first hand experience yourself. Lucky girl :)


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