A Visit from Our Canadian Contingent

September 6, 2013

I am sooooo far behind on reporting happenings on the farm!  Never mind all the smaller happenings, but there a lot of big things I haven’t written about, like sheep shearing, a trip to the Okefenokee, and most importantly of all, a visit from Richard, Chrystie and Ellie!

Ellie is now 8-years-old!  Phenomenal!  Where does time fly by to so quickly???  She was my big helper when they came to visit the first part of August.

She helped me make rolls for our early birthday dinner for Richard.

picture of girl making rolls

She was really concentrating on getting it just right.  And by the time the rolls rose up, they were nice and smooth and beautiful, and they were indeed just right!

Ellie also helped decorate wrapping paper to use for her dad’s birthday gifts.

pic of girl and packages

As you can see, the packages are unique & colorful!  Oh, and that’s the Flat Version of Light Up Fish, Ellie’s pet Betta Fish.  She wanted to bring him along, but for some odd reason, Mom and Dad vetoed the idea. smile13

However, remembering our adventures years ago with Flat Chad on the farm, they had the brilliant idea to make a Flat Light Up Fish and take him on the trip instead of the real one.

Oh, and if you’re not familiar with Flat Stanley, the inspiration for all these flat versions, it’s a great book series for kids.. . Stanley Lambchop is an ordinary boy. At least he was, until the night his bulletin board fell off the wall and flattened him. At only half an inch thick, Stanley can slide under doors, mail himself across the country in an envelope, and fly like a kite!

Anyway, we had a fun party with good food, and of course the wonderfully wrapped presents for the birthday honoree!

birthday party

Ellie helped with other tasks as well.  She walked out to the end of the driveway with me almost every day they were here, and helped get the mail in the box, and the flag put up.

girl puts up flag on mailbox

Not many people get such a cute helper!

But that’s not all!  She helped me with the critter chores as well.  She’s a champion at throwing food to the animals.

Here she is pouring feed into the goat’s trough.

pic of girl pouring out feed

As you can see, Flat Light Up Fish also came along as we did the chores.  He and Ellie fed the llama, the goat, the sheep, the turkeys, the chickens, and even the peafowl!

pic of girl feeding peacock

But it wasn’t all work at Southern Grandma & Grandpa’s house!

We also took time to play, and one evening we went out to catch fireflies.  Of course, Ellie’s first catch of the night was someone very familiar. . .

Ellie preparing to catch fireflies

If you look close, you can see her Uncle Geek on the porch petting the cat, and Daddy around the corner of the house scouting out places to find fireflies.

We caught a lot of lightning bugs, but unfortunately, Ellie also ‘caught’ a lot of mosquito bites!  She must have tasted good, because the rest of us didn’t get bit, so didn’t realize she was!

We had a great visit, and I miss my helper and her Mom & Dad!

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