When you think of the best possible 6 days ever possible for a 10-year old farm boy, you just need two words — corn silage!!
Due to school starting 2 weeks later than in the past, as well as finding a dairy needing help out in Canistota, South Dakota, Vince logged in a solid week (with just a one day break to hang out with cousins) of harvesting corn silage. He loves hanging out in the tractor that shapes and packs the pile. From there, he watches the trucks bring load after load, and listens to the usually joking conversation on the walkie-talkie type radios everybody uses. (If it is not joking and friendly, it is usually my husband giving firm directions from the forage harvester — “Move in” or “Slide forward” or “Use the north driveway”.)
Vince started school today, and his disappointment at summer ending and school starting was dulled a bit by the rain delay we are experiencing right now. Semis loaded with corn silage get stuck so easily, so we will have to wait a few days until rolling again.
Vince is in 5th grade at Worthington Christian School, and Liv is in 3rd. I recently enjoyed a HUGE first with Liv — a date to buy school clothes with just her! We spent 8 hours together and loved every minute. She never stopped talking the whole time. Joe and I feel like she is sometimes our “lost-in-the-shuffle” girl and so it was especially fun to pour into just her.
Here’s the Ava update: She turned 5 in March, but I hesitated at the thought of sending her to school. She is small for her age and has so many necessary therapies. So, we found a “compromise” of sorts by sending her, not to our beloved Christian school, but to the public school for kindergarten. I’ve spend a HUGE amount of time in prayer about this, am hopeful it is the right decision, and am working to be at peace with this. She will be able to receive lots of one-on-one time working on school-specific goals, but also have the opportunity to make many new friends and work on doing things for herself.
We are going to try to get our physical therapy and occupational therapies done at 8:00 in the morning twice per week, and I will bring her to school late but hopefully she will only miss breakfast. The schedule should work out nicely and was another point in favor of sending her to the public school for this year.
It leaves me with Violet at home! I have done a pre-school drop off for 7 years straight and am looking forward to the break. She will love helping me cook lots of food for the silage crew, right?