As the weather turns chilly (finally!) it is all systems go on harvest time. After a hot August into September the cooler temperatures were welcome this past week. This past month we were able to spend time together as a family at Cedar Point as well as visit the local county fair. All in all a fun month of outside adventures before we’re closed up inside by the weather a few months from now.
Labor day weekend for us means a trip to the local independent fair. We spent two evenings touring the fair and thoroughly enjoyed the demo derby on the first night where my youngest got to participate in the kid version. After buckets of donuts (literally), walleye sandwiches and an elephant ear – we decided it was the best fair yet and can’t wait to go back next year.
So, let’s talk about the derby. I had never been to one until we moved to our farmhouse. Crashing cars sounds a bit interesting, but it is so much fun to watch. I especially enjoy watching my boys get into it. The people watching is amazing too. 😉 It’s amazing to see all that goes into the cars and how much support there is for the derby. The kids got to be in the derby during the kid version and we pretty much told them, forget everything we’ve told you and crash into each other!
My kids are living the dream. Let me just tell you. Just a few weekends later we were at Cedar Point. Every year I attend a conference at Cedar Point and my sister who who’ve seen around here a lot with her recipes, as well as my brother come with their families. It’s always so fun to watch how well the cousins get along and how much they enjoy each other’s company. Time please stop now!
Harvest time started last weekend! I think I’m probably in one of the best situations to really enjoy harvest. I’m not married to the farmer. I’m the sister to the farmer. It’s how I kind of imagine being a grandparent. You get all the best parts of hanging out with the kiddos, but get to say goodbye in the evening. And so, as the sister I get to enjoy all the best parts of harvest without many of the stresses. My role pretty much encompasses helping out with dinner on certain nights, hauling grain to the elevator and all around picture taker. I make sure to ride in the combine with my brother too. The combine is an amazing piece of machinery.
Of course, after filling the grain trucks and bins, we had days of rain this week. So, things have slowed down a bit. But in the next few weeks there will be a lot to do, and it’s just the beginning.
This month was filled again with moments of beauty at the farmhouse. All the pictures I took above were when I was mowing the lawn. Mowing the lawn! I love this time of year. I try not to think about the winter that will soon be upon us. I enjoy the sunshine in the fall with the leaves changing color and the crisp evenings. And as our little adventures come to a close, we’re settling in with the change of the season and easing into a time of rest with long evenings and short days.
Side note: Fall would be so much more enjoyable if winter wasn’t after it. Right? Trying not to think about it.