Rabbit Race! Josh
In a rare opportunity after over an acre was dirt post excavation, the kids made a cone-based race track and did time trials in the Rabbit. On the way walking home before the races, Kyra and Josh bumped into some Mormon missionary girls and invited them to participate. One had never driven a stick, and they needed more than one push start. Josh's parents enjoyed the event, though his mom was a little stressed and objected to Joshy or Joseph driving....
Needless to say, Josh had the fastest time for the day, but he failed to power-slide the jalopy, despite mayor Pfaff's request from the hay field across the way.
Three not-so-little piggies - Josh
At an estimated live weight of 370lb average (250lb hanging), these little guys grew 2.9lb per day each for the three months we had them, assuming they started at 150lb. Apparently 5 to 10 gallons of milk per day plus pea-barley mix did them well!
Cream and butter galore - Josh
Skidsteer! - Courage
When you want to move lots of dirt, what do you do? Rent a skidsteer! We first rented an excavator for a day to break up the concrete foundation of the barn, and then we rented a skidsteer for a week. But it ended up raining so much (making it so Dad couldn't work because of the mud) that we rented it for two weeks.
Above is the future huge lawn area.
Tearing down the barn
When we asked Dad what he wanted to do for his birthday, he said, "Let's tear down the barn!" And that is what we did. With the help of Kellen Smick and the bucket truck, we got the main part taken down in one day, and the next week was filled with processing the wood and taking apart the smaller section of the barn.
Above is the barn before we started tearing it down.
Above is the smaller section we took apart with crowbars and hammers.
We made two piles of all the junk wood to burn. This is the smaller pile.
Josh: Founder, father