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09 July 2010 @ 03:48 pm
Weekend at the Ranch: Part One  

This is the view from the front yard of our place in Childress.  I'm a crappy photographer, but it goes on as far as you can see.  It's idyllic.  Peaceful.  Restful.

Until you hear, "Mom!  We're going to the pond!  Load up!"  And the ten year-old is driving.  You can't see it, but there's a look of intense concentration on Ethan's face.  His tongue is between his lips and everything.

So you get on, putting your life in the hands of someone who has not quite yet mastered long division, and on the way, you interrupt mealtime.

And hit traffic.  We got behind a very pregnant mama cow who was just not in a hurry.  I can't say that I blame her.  I felt an affinity for this cow.  You could tell by her eyes that she was tired.

But once we got there, it was very nice.  It's rained a lot in the last few weeks, so the dock was under water.  Ooops.

It didn't stop Aaron from re-enacting a scene from the Arthurian legend...

I am the once and future king!

Actually, I don't know what he was doing.  Being AJ, most likely.  It's a full time job.

I fished. Yeah, I know.  No one pass out from the shock.  Note the pink on the fishing pole.

With a hot pink lure, no less.

I caught nothing.

Color me surprised.

Nolan caught a little one, though, which we later had for dinner.

I'm telling you, it was LHOTP all over the darn place.

Mornings on the porch are peaceful.

Until you hear something something coming up the road.

What is that?

It's your children, but does something look off?

Yeah, because they've gone the whole half mile in reverse, just for kicks.

And got wet in the process. 

Then it was peaceful again for two seconds...

Until they found something in the yard.  I was fine until they said, "Hey mom!"

"It's a tarantula!"

*cue screaming and flailing*

The zoom lens was used for that one.

And then there was peace for another two seconds.

Until a calf got in the yard.  Isn't he (she?) cute?  I still don't know how he got in.  There's barbed wire fince all around and a cattle guard on the driveway's fence-line.

The best part was that Nolan decided to get him out of the yard. 

Nolan was a cowboy!  (Yeah, I guess that cow is a boy.)

There was a lot of yelling, "GO, COW!" and clapping and pointing at the gate and flailing of arms.  It was amusing.

It might not have been textbook cowboy, but the cow went through the gate, and that's what counts.

Sunset.  When it's dark on the ranch, it's bedtime.
I am:: the settee
I feel:: calmcalm
I hear:: kids playing
Kate: Heart Leafmugglechump on July 9th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
That looks super fun. And I'd have been all excited to see a tarantula not from the pet store. All in-the-wild and stuff. I have mastered long division, though, so no driving for me.
Carrie Leigh: rockycarrie_leigh on July 9th, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
As soon as I typed that, I thought, yeah, um... maybe not the best analogy for me, either. :)

And there were more than just the one spider. URG. *shudder*
Leigh: Plaid Leightonleigh_adams on July 9th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
That's a boy calf, btw.

Your LHOTP adventures sound like so much fun! My brother is so like AJ and Ethan with our Kybota (although now that he's actually of legal age to drive, it doesn't quite have the same feel to it).

And the calf in the front yard looks like my house. Apparently, the grass really is greener on the other side of the fence. I've lost count of the number of times I've driven home to find cattle munching on my dad's tomato plants.
Carrie Leigh: if the kids aren't deadcarrie_leigh on July 9th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
:D I saw that, later on.

That little calf was Houdini! It's still a mystery how he got there. But the lure of the fruit trees and the green grass was to much and he found a way!
Leigh: Ravenclaw witleigh_adams on July 10th, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
Never underestimate the power of a calf's ability to squeeze through a barbwire fence.

Also, a hint for petting baby calves (that one looks too old for this, but for the ickles): stick out your middle three fingers, all together and flat. The babies will try and suck on them like they're their mama's udder. :D
Carmen: misc-gold-hearthumbuggirl on July 9th, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC)
That is the cutest calf.
Carrie Leigh: lovecarrie_leigh on July 9th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
Isn't he? I wanted to try and pet him, but he wasn't having any of that.
Carmenhumbuggirl on July 10th, 2010 11:41 am (UTC)
I would definitely have done the same :)
Hyacinth Girl: fairy and mooneustacia_vye28 on July 10th, 2010 02:52 am (UTC)
It looks beautiful!

And I got your mail! Woo! :)
Alluring_Twilight: Merlin Team Camelotalluringt_light on July 11th, 2010 06:24 am (UTC)
That looks so peaceful and fun! Except for the spider part *eek!*