Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Silence is Deafening!

I have been more than a little stir crazy with the kiddos gone this week! So let me tell you how excited I was to open my email this morning and see pictures of my babies! Ah, I was so excited even if they were just pictures! I cannot believe how quiet a house is without them here. You remember me saying how our house is the neighborhood house where everyone wants to hang out at, well it's true and I'm not use to having no noise! I cannot believe I am admitting this, because I think if you ask me in a week I might say otherwise, but right now I want chaos! I want screaming, fighting, laughing. wrestling, barking anything and everything children do together! I have even thought about asking the neighborhood kids to come over and jump on the trampoline, just so I could hear laughter. Hey, if anyone is in Iowa and wants to drop their kiddos off for an hour or so, just let me know, lol!

James and Claire spent the first few days with their grandparents and now are off to see other relatives. James was so in his element being out on the farm with his Grandfather. He couldn't wait to get to work. This is the farm where my husband spent 4th grade and on working his tail off every morning at 4 doing chores, before hopping on the school bus. As we handed over the kiddos to Jim's parents, I heard James ask if he would have to get up early every morning and start working. We laughed because Jim's parents are retired now and they rather enjoy sleeping in! I think I heard James sign a huge sigh of relief that he wasn't going to be asked to get up at 4 like his dad!

My in-laws have a fantastic old farm that the kids love to run around on. They have horses, ducks, and a dozen farm cats. They also have a huge garden that takes up a ton of their days. They plant everything from carrots, lettuce, garlic, spaghetti squash, all kinds of peppers, hot and sweet, peas, tomatoes and so many other wonderful things I can't remember. They also have many fruit trees so my mother in-law makes jams and pies. They are huge into canning. Their cellar is equipped with tons of shelving, so if you went down there you might see how set they are if anything bad ever happened.

This little red shed is getting a face lift and James was so excited when his grandfather asked if he wanted to help.

James was prepared with working gloves to lift the broken up cement flooring out of the shed and toss in that wheelbarrow!

He has already changed his shirt, so maybe he is working so hard he soaked right through it! Ooh, look at those muscles!

Oh, aren't they cute? Claire sure does love her big brother!

Proud yet again to hold that sledge hammer!

Well, they do say, "Two are better than one!" Or is it, "Why have one, when you can have two?"

Ok, my dear father in-law, what's with the axe?

I think Claire wishes she could get her hands on that! Claire, I know that sneaky face you have, Mom says, "Walk away from the axe, now!"

As you can see, they are having a wonderful time and that's all I ever wanted, but hey kiddos, give your Momma a call once in a while, she misses you!


Sandra said...

Awwww. Cuties.

La Dolfina said...

How wonderful for them... try and enjoy this time to yourself!!! When are you coming to your Family Reunion in San Mateo? I need a date so I can plan a BBQ!!!! I can't wait to meet you and your family:) I must apologize for being a bit MIA as I was knee deep in our son's HS Graduation.

Diana Mieczan said...

They are such a sweet kids and the farm sounds like a perfect place for summer vacation...You are so funny...hahha...This post made me laugh so much...
Kisses sweetie and enjoy your calm house:)

Sue said...

Great photos, and I can see why you were so happy to see them! I'm so use to chaos and noise in my life, when it stops I kind of freaks me out! You will soon remember the "noise factor" soon!

Take care, Sue

Manuela@TPOH said...

So cute! All kids should have an opportunity to spend some time in the country - it's good for them. Your kids look like they're having a good time!


Our Crazy Life! said...

I've been asking Jim how you're doing without your kiddos. I assured him the first day that if you didn't have that darn cast on your foot, you'd be running through the house doing a happy dance! I know you miss them tons, especially when they're so busy "farming" that they don't have time to stop and talk to Mom :( Soon enough you'll be wishing for another quiet day. Enjoy the moment!

LuLu said...

ahhhh they are just so cute and what a memory they are making.

Anonymous said...

Cute post. Cuter kids .... but really I probably need James' address so I can send him a Hawkeye shirt. Actually we are a house divided I was Iowa and my bro ISU so we have fun with the rivalry. Enjoy the peace it will be chaotic again soon enough.

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