Friday, October 31, 2008

Lazy Days

Dillon and I spent four days in Weiser, Idaho last week and weekend. We got their on Wednesday night and Sasha came into town Friday afternoon. It was fun hanging out on Almosta-Farm.

The weather was perfect - 60's and sunny every day. I couldn't have asked for better weather. Well, I would have liked warmer, but was comfortable and so was everyone else.

Sasha's friend Nikki from Boise picked her up at the airport and brought her to Mama's. I had met Nikki a couple of times before, but never for more than a few moments. She stayed a while and I got to get to know her and her two kids a little bit. She is such a sweet person. She has a little boy, Emmett, that she is pregnant with here when we went to Idaho in 2006, but he's two or so now. Then she has a little girl, Lily, that is 4 months old (I think).

Emmett does the funniest thing. He acts (or is) so enthusiastic about EVERYTHING. He would see the chickens outside for the 20th time, point and say "OOOOOOHHHHHH!!!!" for the 20th time as well. And I would laugh every time he did it. I can see how it would get old if you heard it day in and day out, but I didn't tire of it one bit.

He was not afraid of anything either. The dogs would snarl and bark at him through the fence and he would actually go to them. He chased the chickens around, and, as you saw in the video, wasn't a bit afraid of the horse and goats.

After this he kept saying, "I drive tractor."
He's a pretty darn cute boy.I guess Lily looks just like Emmett did when he was a baby. I can totally see the resemblance.While we were playing outside Friday afternoon, Mama's contractor for her hay barn stopped by. From what I have seen and heard, he's such a nice, friendly man. He's done a great job so far on the barn.It was nice as always to see all the animals. Mama's horse and goat populations are down to two goats and one horse.
It's so sad too because Keyno (the horse) has cancer, so he probably won't be around much longer. He's one of the best horses ever - huge, sweet, calm, loving, gentle.

I was so happy to spend time with my favorite dog in the entire world too. MAX! He almost turns inside out when we first pull into the driveway for a visit. He's so happy to see us he starts ever so quietly whimpering as he's licking me to death. The first night we were there, he cuddled with me for at least an hour even though he was dying of heat. I love that dog.The chickens were well. A little bit larger in number than the last time I saw them - mostly with roosters - but less than Mama normally has. She got these three beautiful chickens from the 99.9% pullet stock at the farm store and they were ALL roosters. I think whoever was sexing the chickens that day got their piles mixed up. They are really beautiful though.
This little shit tried to have a death match with my leg when I went to collect eggs. He would not stop attacking me. He was pecking, flapping, and trying to use his spurs on my leg and foot. Good thing I had long pants on or I might have felt something. I finally had to kick him (more than once) to get him to stop. He's lucky I was feeling merciful and had my hands busy with eggs.We had to go into a bike shop in Ontario, Oregon to get Dillon's tires filled with air and we saw a bicycle that Erik (and Mama) would love - they both have a 'thing' for John Deere. It was cute.
We had some more family photo shoots before we left.
Mama was trying to be naughty again. After the round of ten pictures were done, I looked through them. I said something about all of them and she said, "Did you look at all of them?!" barely able to contain herself. I had, but obviously I missed something. Sure enough.

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