You say “raised in a barn” like it’s a bad thing…

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I always found the comment, “You act like you were raised in a barn,” puzzling. It is spoken in criticism and yet when I consider all the good, pure, lovely, magical memories a barn evokes I can only assume that the saying was originally spoken by a city slicker that never had the opportunity to experience the magic of a barn. For my kids the thought of a barn evokes the memories of playing in the hay, milking goats, chasing chickens, and gathering eggs. For my children a barn represents work, family time, love and sweet memories and no place is that more true than the big red barn at the Homestead. This past Sunday we had the opportunity to drive out to my parents’ home and visit not only with them but with my sister’s family as well who were visiting from Michigan for the day. Where did most of the visiting take place?? In the barn, of course!!

Sunday was a gray day but luckily not too cold or rainy. As we left for the 2 1/2 hour drive to Mimi and Pop pop’s house the kids talked eagerly about getting to see their cousins. This visit was a rare treat. Typically we have a long stretch of time from early fall through spring when we don’t see our family from the north simply because traveling to Northern  Michigan in the winter months is challenging. 🙂 We only had one day with them, but we managed to fit a whole lot of playing, laughing, and visiting in those 8 short hours.

Soon after arriving and saying our “hellos” the kids were off to their favorite place at Mimi and Pop pop’s home…the barn. Mimi and Pop pop had just recently had their winter supply of hay for the animals delivered which meant lots of hay to climb and play on. Toby went out, at the request of the kids, to build a hay maze and tunnels for them to play in.

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Toby's building experience was put to use!

Toby’s building experience was put to use!

He even built tunnels to crawl through..

He even built tunnels to crawl through..

Once Toby was done rearranging the hay bales the kids were ready for a game of hide and seek. Tyler counted first…

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The majority of the day was spent hanging out in the barn. The adults visited while the kids jumped rope…

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Put on a show for the grown-ups…

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and enjoyed cousin bonding time!

The girls!

The girls!

Gracie and Noah

Gracie and Noah

We even had a birthday celebration for Sammy, who turns 3 this week, complete with decorations, cupcakes, and gifts. Guess what the theme was…a barnyard birthday party. 🙂

Sammy

Sammy

Gift time.

Gift time.

We did venture outside of the barn for a little while in the afternoon, when the sun peeked out, to visit with the animals.

Nate and Sammy

Nate and Sammy

Pop pop and George

Pop pop and George

Sammy taking George out for a spin :)

Sammy taking George out for a spin 🙂

I love this picture of my parents. It captures in a moment all that they are and all that I love about them. I love you Mom and Dad!

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It was a wonderful day at the Homestead, a wonderful day with family, and a wonderful day spent in a barn. I am grateful that my children have the opportunity to live a country life with the responsibility of caring for animals, the opportunity to learn how to work hard, and the chance to experience simple joys like playing in hay and chasing chickens.

So…Yes, my children were raised in a barn.

I’m so glad you could tell. 🙂

These kids act like they were raised in a barn!

These kids act like they were raised in a barn!

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