The Farm Part II


Funny as this kids talk about Grandma's popsicles for the entire year.

The thing that really makes me laugh about this is that it is just frozen grape juice on Tupperware sticks that we had as kids. 


Have I told you guys lately how much I adore this child?



Jack and Madolyn spent about 99.9% of their time….HERE!


Three years ago they built a tree house and when they come to visit they rarely come down. 

This year they thought their tree house needed carpet so they put moss all over the boards and then put a blanket over it.  It was so gross and funny!


One of the few pictures of Jack in the farm posts because he rarely left the tree.

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Who is not happy eating chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows????


We spent one afternoon in St. Charles with family and I was able to finally meet my cousins beautiful baby girl.  This photo is at the bookstore and cafe.


There is something about evening sun that I just love so much.






Down the road from my parent's farm there is another farm that I am ready to move into.  I love the house, barn and especially the silo.


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We love to go to a nearby park to play, ride the carousel and paddle boats.  This year I got the slowest one ever and probably burned 4,000 calories just trying to move that sucker!!

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After the park we headed to Union Dairy for a little sugar…except me…I had sugar free.  Not as good as real ice cream.

The ice cream shop is right across the street from where the Lincoln/Douglas debates were held.  I just wanted to throw in a little history for you!

We had a wonderful time with my parents and the time went too fast…like always. 

The kids played HARD the whole time. 

Played outside ALL day and came inside looking like homeless children.

They would go back right now…but I need a year to re-coop from the drive.



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  1. mkg

    Love these photos! Love these kids!!!!
    What a wonderful time we had – so thankful you could come:) Sweet memories….love you. mom

  2. Chasity

    You should head right up to that door and make an offer…it looks like a little slice of heaven!
    weren’t homemade popsicles the best?! what a great memory…i’m eating a bomb pop as I read this…another great summer treat!
    have a wonderful day…

  3. Jackie

    So adorable and all-American!! I LOVE the stories and pictures!
    PS We had those tupperware popsicle things too – I think orange juice was my favorite!

  4. Sue

    How wonderful that you are able to share such a wholesome and totally American experience with your children. That part of Illinois is beautiful (I grew up just outside Chicago, but loved to get away from the city and into the farmland). Don’t envy you that drive from Colorado though – you are most definately Wonder Woman!

  5. koralee

    Oh my….how simply wonderful…just how it should be…lovely area…lovely family…lovely memories…lovely post!!!

  6. Lori

    i love this post Jeanne…it looks and sounds like everyone had a wonderful time…your children have the sweetest little faces:)

  7. Amy

    what wonderful memories. your parents have quite the pad. thanks for all the photos.. you are a really great photographer. still missing you!!

  8. lissa

    It looks like such a great time! Have you ever had s’more’s with reeses peanut butter cups instead of hershy’s chocolate? Pretty yummy… kind of rich though… But if you put peanut butter on it, I will eat it!
    Next time I’m coming too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. elisa

    I grew up on a ranch too…my brother (2 years younger) and I would play for hours. Boy those were the days…wish my kiddos could do the same. My parents sold the ranch about 15 years ago and sometimes I drive by and choke up a bit. I miss it so much, your children are so blessed, they will always remember their wonderful childhood with fondness. Many blessings today!

  10. Elaine Power

    Oh Jeanne the kids look like they were having a great time, can I go next time!! I’ll peddle in the duck, I could do with toning my thigh’s big time. My kids would love that tree house & I have a daughter that lives on popsicles even in the winter. Glad it was a good trip.

  11. Nancy

    Thanks for sharing more photos! Nothing makes me happier in the whole world than being out in the country…you can just shee the happienss shining through your kids. You and I would get in trouble together, becuase I have a serious problem of falling in love with houses that are out in the middle of nowhere. I grab flyers, strat daydreaming, imagine what my garden would look like, what I’d be canning, what pie I’d be baking….that is a beautiful home. I’m sure your parents wouldn’t mind at all if you bought it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. LuLu

    Thank you for the wonderful treat of seeing life on the farm! Your kids are so sweet! The popsicles looked wonderful!!!
    I love summer time memories!!!

  13. paige

    something perfectly wonderful about images from a summer’s day out on a farm, especially with a red barn, so magical!
    you captured such great shots!
    sounds like a priceless vacation
    can i come for a sleepover in your own new barnhouse and silo?
    ps–the photo in an earlier post of your madelyn with the parasol–gorgeous!!!

  14. Tara

    Wonderful images, and it looks like such a sweet place to visit…I can remember going to my grandma’s house and having so much fun with my cousins, and they didn’t have a tree house, smores, or live in the country, but they had a pool and we lived in it!! Thanks for sharing..maybe the kids can go next year for a week without you! ๐Ÿ™‚ XO

  15. charlane

    what adorable shots of the children. thank you so much for visiting today – I will be sure to check out your etsy shop too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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