Newborn diapers are stuffed in a corner, the pack ‘n’ play cleaned and newborn attachments located, house is cleaned, and other house projects on the list are crossed off in preparation for baby. Dan and I touched up the plastic on the windows and replaced the plastic on a window Nathan had ripped, then spent the nice day collecting branches and brush out of the grove to burn on these beautiful calm days.
One day we counted billows of smoke coming from at least 10 different farms around us! The wind was so calm everyone had the same idea. Dan got out the tractor and we loaded it up with branches, even Nathan joined in gathering small sticks and throwing them in the bucket loader. My parents came to visit on Saturday and joined in. They brought us sweet potatoes from a farm in their area, so we are stocked up for winter, and they stocked up on some eggs from us in preparation for my sister’s arrival. She and the kids are coming to help out with the baby and spend Christmas here. I can’t wait!
Nathan has been loving this beautiful weather, soaking up all the time outside he can. The cats wait by the door in anticipation of his presence. Sunday all three cats followed the whole family on our mile walk. That’s about as far as I could comfortably go, and Nathan walked a lot of the way himself as well. Dan and I got ahead of him, only to look back and see him doing some kind of strange karate like moves. He would run a short distance, stop in his tracks, then lift up one leg, giggle, put it down and run again, repeating the sequence. Dan and I could not figure out what he was doing! Stepping on bugs? Figuring out how to march?
As he got closer, we realized the sun was creating a long shadow and he was fascinated watching his shifting shadow as he lifted his leg up and down!! We had a good laugh, scrambled to get out the phone to videotape the incident, but he caught up too quickly and we missed the opportunity. It was quite amusing to say the least. The discovery and exploration that goes through his mind that causes him to act certain ways is just amazing!
This Thanksgiving week was quite busy. Dan picked up a new billy goat on Wednesday night. Thursday morning we went to visit some Ethiopian friends in Worthington, dropping off some monstrous sized squash and goat meat. Dan and I agreed we just love the communal values of other cultures. The older girls and boys of the family took Nathan’s hand and wanted to play with him, even though he was being a bit shy. Most 4th and 5th graders I know wouldn’t give a one-year-old the time of day and would be very annoyed by him. It was pretty sweet!
Thursday afternoon we joined Dan’s family with a wonderful, traditional Thanksgiving feast. Friday Dan worked in the morning, then we joined the extended family that evening at a Thanksgiving celebration. Only 80-some people could make it! It would be over 100 if all of the family was present. Nathan joined in the running around with all the little kids, located the nursery to play with toys and generally made himself at home around family. There are so many kids in the family and everyone just takes care of everyone else’s kids I never have to worry or fret about where he is. In fact the few times I searched for him, he was helping his Aunt push the cart to pick up dishes and another time he was sitting on someone’s lap playing a puzzle.
Saturday we tackled projects and cleaning out the grove, before my parents arrived and we spent a lovely day relaxing and working together. Saturday night we joined in a Superhero Birthday celebration at the bowling alley! They had special 2 lb. balls for little ones, bumpers so Nathan didn’t get a gutter ball every time, and a special apparatus to put the ball on and push it down the alley. Nathan caught on pretty quick and loved it! Sunday was church as usual, and naps for all. Grandpa and Grandma V came over that afternoon to join us and we had a lovely bonfire and leftover turkey soup for supper. Monday the professional cleaners came to make the house spotless for baby…..so now I’m primed and ready!
And that’s the news from this Thanksgiving week on the farm!