Life on the farm has been crazy the last few months. It’s been a while since I have found time to blog so I am making myself sit down and blog this morning. We have been blessed with pleasant weather the last few months which is awesome considering its winter time. Kevin has been able to catch up on a lot of odds and ends outside thanks to the nice weather. We even were able to do field work in January which is very rare for our area.
Our kids have been keeping us super busy. We have been going to lots of basketball games, which I love. Conner still proclaims he will be a farmer like his dad when he grows up. Conner can’t wait to get off the school bus at night to help his dad with the evening chores. The older the kids get the bigger help they are to Kevin and I on the farm. Kevin is really looking forward to haying this year because the kids will be such a huge help to us.
When the weather is bad outside, Conner and Rachelle usually find their way inside the hog barns to tag behind Grandma Kathy and help her. Rachelle really likes learning about breeding sows and enjoys having Grandma teach her about sow behavior. I think we are very lucky to have our kids growing up around their grandparents on the farm. Our kids are very fortunate in my eyes, both their paternal and maternal grandparents work around our farm. In the summertime, Conner rides with Grandpa Russ to haul pigs and that afternoon he can help Grandpa Gary make feed for the very pigs he hauled with Grandpa Russ. And both of the kids like to help inside the feed mill. They love probing grain trucks and testing the corn and weighing the trucks. They argue over whose turn it is almost daily – typical kids!
I have been busy keeping up with year end paperwork the last few weeks. It seems like each year there are more regulations to follow and more paperwork to file. A neighbor once told me, “when you are a farmer you need a degree in agriculture, accounting, meteorology, biology, agronomy and psychology.” I chuckled at their comment but I am finding out they were very accurate in their assessment.