Looking at these pictures, it seems like it was a very quiet pig roast. And in a way it was. But it was also a lovely pig roast. I am not sure if it was the rain on Sunday, happenings on Saturday, or just the general make up of the group, but it was a cozy pig roast. Everyone seemed to be pretty comfortable and happy with everyone else. I spent most of the weekend wanting to pat people on the head and tell them I liked them.
Which I didn't do. That may have made the weekend a little less comfortable and much more awkward.
But it was nice.
And of course, the bestest part of all, Livie flew home for a surprise. She rang my doorbell early Friday morning and for a moment it didn't register that it was a surprise, since Livie should always be close enough to stop by and ring the doorbell. But it was a surprise and we were all thrilled to bits. Of course, I didn't actually get any pictures of that, since I was too busy being surprised.
Tori, the kids, and I all worked together Friday morning to make apple hand pies.
Friday afternoon, a neighboring farmer had a barn fire. He lost his entire barn, some feed, and quite a few cows. Friday evening, Cody took some of the guys over to help all the neighbors move the surviving cows to the various farms that offered to milk them until the barn is rebuilt.
Attempting to make the garage festive with one string of lights and a few paper lanterns. The garage politely allowed itself to be festooned, but resisted looking festive. We had fun anyway.
The kids made a few signs for the pig roast. People walked around saying "Pig rost!" throughout the weekend.
Justin and Shawn doing potatoes for French fries.
French fries were a new thing this pig roast. They were a success.
Living room talk
After lunch on Saturday, Ashley and I took the kids on a walk to the corral to see the cows.
Gilbert in Uncle Cody's hat
Milling around at the corral
Hoyt and Rilla Jane
An enthusiastic skid steer non-operator.
Touching the soft part of the thistle
Because Ashley is so cool, there was face painting. Gilbert was Bat-man.
Orianna, a butterfly
Lily was an Indian princess
Vampire Lincoln chasing princess Elsie
The kids had their own volleyball net
Sitting around waiting for the ice cream to make
Being serenaded by Shawn while we talked under the trees. It was a gorgeous afternoon.
I love this picture!
Rilla, making good use of her Monkey Bar Buddy shorts. (Or at least I think that is what they are called.)
I love this upside down girl!
The kids. Very busy doing kid things.
Chris and Hoyt
Egg cartons and dirt
Gilbert hugging Hoyt
Andrea taking care of 11 kids at once. She is a pro!
Overall-ed batman and dirt
Amanda and Hoyt
The next 11 pictures are not mine! Most are Heidi Pikcilingis'. She takes good pictures.
The done pig
This is Abby Gordon's picture, on the way to Split Rock
Lily bean at Split Rock
An exhausting round of volleyball
There was a bag of dum dums. The kids pretty much had lollipops in their mouth the entire weekend.
This totally doesn't belong here, but this is how it loaded.
Split Rock people coming home
Moving to a new location to talk. We like talking.
A blurry nighttime volleyball picture
After meeting, under the tree picture. Aren't they all nice?
I like these people
Hoyt had quite the hairdo in the wind
Stefan got a push on the tire swing
Elsie and me
Rilla Jane. Swinging into the trees
These two Lily and the frog pictures are from Heidi too. I love them!
The cool kids
Rachel and David
Elliott and Gavin, the Aussie
Living room talk
This is a picture of three grown men doing dot-to-dot puzzles.
Livie and Laura brought the same dot-to-dot puzzle book, so people were doing them all weekend.
Sunday afternoon, Cody got his Caddy out to exercise it. Or just to burn a tire off, not sure which....
In the next minute, there was a lot of needless smoke.
Boys really don't grow up.
Then Mark had to try driving.
Look how terribly pleased Cody is about people driving and riding in his Cadillac.
And then, the not so triumphant return of the Caddy, ending in a deep mud puddle.
Which meant the guys could all get out and peer around the engine while getting their feet wet for a bit.
Nothing seemed to fix it right off, so they pushed in out of the puddle to continue their poking and prodding.
Jacob is a single-minded kid and was only happy if he was somehow interacting with a vehicle. Quite the guy!
Daddies, kids, and ice cream making. This batch of ice cream, (there were two batches, one Saturday, one Sunday.) the guys made vanilla, chocolate, and pineapple. The chocolate was gone first, but everyone raved about the pineapple. It was so good.
Game tables in the garage
Gavin and Owen reading books and eating popcorn. What better way to spend a rainy, rainy Sunday afternoon?
A game to the death--monopoly with Marty and Cody
The ticket to ride table
Hoyt and Ashley
A soggy volleyball game
A gorgeous sky
The school bus ride (Cody's school bus that Jake brought down from the hill) up to the bonfire
Mark climbed out the top hatch and sat on the bus. Because he is cool like that.
I am really not good at bonfire pictures.
Betty and Elsie
Mark and the bus
We sang songs, national anthems of the three countries represented, some hymns, and some general everyone-knows-that songs.
Sarah and Marty
Stefan and Gilbert. That Stefan. He's an alright kind of guy.
Orianna giving Uncle Cody a neck ache. Except he said she wasn't.
Laura and Gilbert talking while Elsie watches the bonfire.
Alex and Stefan singlehandedly watched most of the kids
Monday morning and the girls are playing the iPad again!
Betty and Elsie are good pals
The farewell committee
Clover, Lincoln, and Mom
Kids wading in the "soda cooler"