Saturday, January 21, 2012

A Day Off and 5 Old Christmas Trees.

Makes for a GREAT fire! Yeah, I said five. The advantage of living in the country is that you can throw your old Christmas trees into the woods and forget about them... until you want them!
Last Monday we all had the day off, which seems to be a rare occasion around here. There is always something going on, someone has to be somewhere. But not this day.

The day began with Adam saying "What are we going to do?" as if we didn't know how to handle a whole day to ourselves. It was great. We had a couple of options and somehow they all seemed to revolve around just hanging out as a family. Something we don't get to do very often. Since coming back from Honduras I have been longing for a simpler life. A simple life with a purpose. I am praying about what that means for our family. I feel we are connected to Honduras now. Connected to the culture, the children and two awesome like-minded families... I digress.

So the Christmas trees... Adam had the great idea to burn this years Christmas tree since our family loves a bonfire. While they started the fire I ran to the store to get hot dogs and the fixin's for s-mores. When I got back my three "kids" were so excited to tell me that they had pulled a total of 5 old Christmas trees out of the woods to burn. You can imagine trees that have been dead in the woods for several years burned quickly and were now beautiful embers which were perfect for roasting hot dogs! Ah a glorious day!

Maylin pulled up her little chair to watch the fire burn. 

Pierson decided he would be on safety patrol. (I am pretty sure this pitcher of water wasn't going to help control five burning evergreens.) But I wouldn't dream of crushing his pride.
When I got back with the hot dogs the kids decided we needed seats so they ran to get some of the pool floats to sit on.

We brought out all of the fixin's for lunch and the kids made a 'table'.
I just love him! Hat hair and all!
Enjoying their hot dogs.
Adam roasting the dogs. Rusty (the horse) was a bit curious about what was going on but stayed back from the fire. (Unlike another four legged family member Chaucer who stepped in the fire last winter.) Notice he isn't in any of these pictures... this time he got left in the house!  Hot dogs, fires and Chaucer... deadly combination! ;)

A mouth full. Mmm Mmm good!

Oh the first first bite of a s'more! There is nothing like it!
That is when you know it is good! :)
The afternoon ended with a walk around the property.
Maylin swung on the curly tree

Pierson balanced his way up a narrow fallen tree.
And they collected... well... dead weeds. (but don't tell them that is what they are!)
Here is to day's off and simplicity! May there be many more!


Courtney said...

What a wonderful day. A great reminder of how sometimes the simpilist things in life make us happy.

Amy Murphy said...

I LOVE days that have no agenda. Looks like you had fun. So great that your kiddos get to grow up in the country!

Kristi said...

FIVE trees? I'm surprised the fire department didn't come to check things out.
Glad you guys had time to chill out together!
And I love the smores pictures. Yummy cuteness.