Sunday, October 24, 2010

Prairie Fun

We're back home now... I am currently sitting in my living room wearing my pajamas, suffering with a terrible cold and ears that haven't popped after the plane this morning, enjoying a quiet house (the boys are at Castle Fun Park) sorting through our pictures!  While I'm at it, I thought I'd share a few more with you all... 

We don't get to see Uncle Joel as often as the others since he is usually busy working and doesn't come visit as frequently as the others in the family.  Joel won over Caleb's heart in no time with the tractor and swather rides.  Soon they were studying tractor books together in the evenings.

Emerson got to meet her Uncle Joel for the first time...

Caleb has a new favorite store... the John Deere store.  Every John Deere toy you could ever imagine can be found in this store.  Only in Saskatoon.

Caleb particularly liked the John Deere weed whacker. 
I love that he's wearing his plaid farm boy shirt in this picture :)

Emerson was not as impressed with the store... although I did spy some pink John Deere shirts...

One afternoon Caleb and I accompanied my Dad as he completed his daily farm chores.  Caleb was promised compensation for his work by my Dad so that he could add his wages to his piggy bank at home.  I was not offered compensation for my labor, so I opted to just photograph the event.

After searching the dozens of rubber boots in the garage for an appropriate pair, I found some green ones with cute little anchors.  Caleb's wearing his Diego boots.

Let the chores begin!

First up... moving a few round bales into the pasture with the skid steer.  Caleb assisted Papa with this task by riding along in the skid steer.

Caleb and I then watched from the fence as Papa positioned them just right...

How can I resist smooching those cute rosy cheeks?

I don't realize how much I miss the prairie skies until I'm back home...

Can't exactly remember what we were giggling about here...

Caleb and his Papa.
Can you see those hills in the background?  Take a guess as to what it is.
Surprisingly, it's worth money :)

Here's a close up.
Caleb was so concerned about the blueberries scattered all over the ground.  Oh my cute three year old city boy.

Papa filled the back of the truck with grain to feed the growing lambs.  Caleb got to help drive the truck back to the barn.  Boys learn to drive truck pretty early on the farm!

Watching from the fence as the lambs ran into the pen to eat their grain.

Baaaa... the sound of my childhood.

Next up... a ride in the tractor.

I'm pretty sure helping with chores were not that much fun when I was growing up.

Caleb decided to be Uncle Tyler's side kick last week.  Uncle Tyler spent many hours playing lego, playing cars and trucks, teaching Caleb games on the Wii, and riding the quad.

While Caleb had fun in the barns outside, Emerson was entertained by her aunties inside.

And to wrap up the week, we all decided to join Caleb for a pajama party.  It took a bit of scrounging around in our old bedrooms and my parent's closet, but we managed to find appropriate pj's for us all.  Well... maybe Tyler's get up was borderline appropriate.

We took the first flight out of Saskatoon this morning-- 6 am.  That meant dragging myself out of bed at 3:45 this morning to get to the airport on time.  As terrible as that was, it was really nice to arrive home at 8:30 in the morning.  We were all excited to see Doug.

And we're all excited to be home.  Well... maybe not Emerson.  She got quite used to being held all day every day.  Today we are calling her little miss cranky pants.

Can't wait till' her 2 month shots on Tuesday :)


Bonnie said...

Beautiful prairie pictures! And I must say, you're looking AMAZING! You would never know you'd given birth to a little bundle of cuteness just 2 short months ago. Gorgeous!

I love the last pic of Emerson. Her cheeks are filling out and looking oh so cute :)

Anonymous said...

It was so good to see you on Thursday! My favorite picture is definitely the PJ party!

Anonymous said...

What great memories for Caleb (and pappa)! Wish I could have seen you Thurs. evening but at least I got to see and hold Emerson at the airport for a few minutes. What a wonderful family you have.


Erica said...

Looks like the three of you had a great time! The PJ party is hilarious - kids can get adults to do anything!! I too miss the prairie sky from time to time, so thanks for the great photos!
Get better real quick Elissa!

Jamie said...

What I like:
- PJ picture
-Caleb rocking the skinny jeans
- Emerson's cranky face

What I don't like:
- That you guys got sick.
boo :(

KDees said...

Great photos, Elissa! Glad you had a good time with your family and that getting back into reality (despite the cold)isn't too terrible. Isn't Emerson getting so big!? She has already changed so much!!

Melissa said...

Beautiful pictures! Love the prairie sky! Also loving your long hair!

Jeff and Jocelyn said...

Aiden has been talking about that John Deere whipper snipper since last Christmas, they were all sold out when I went to get it last year. I am making sure its first priority this year!