Bonfires and Bluejeans

Randoms from my spot next to the fire

How Country Kids Spend A Saturday

on October 4, 2011

Jordy and her Pepa before the big day out

      This past weekend, the kids, my dad (Pepa), and I got to spend some much needed time together.  After arranging a Saturday that we were all free (kinda hard to do these days), the kids and I started the job of planning some fun things for us to do together.  One thing that I am so grateful for is that the kids are blessed to be able to be raised both in town (temporarily cause that’s gonna change real soon) and outside of town, and get to experience the rural lifestyle.  The icing on the cake is that with the college being local, especially being an A&M university, the opportunities for enforcing the rural values for the kiddos are endless.  So this past Saturday, the Ag Dept, with all the different specialties, got together and hosted a field day for the kids; bringing different aspects of farming, soil conservation, composting, and farm equipment demonstrations (Jaxton’s favorite).  Each specialty within the Ag Department had a little station set up all around a large field; we got to spend as much time as we wanted at each station.  Being able to teach the kids about soil conservation, composting with worms, demonstrating the importance of proper crop cover and runoff, and even the newest advances in tractors and farm equipment at such a young age hopefully will instill in them the value of working hard as well as protecting our resources.

The kiddos at the soil conservation table.

     One of the highlights, according to both of them, was the soil conservation table.  The glorified sand table allowed them to experience the importance of proper planning and land use.  They got to use ground up plastic bottles turned pebbles as “land” which they dug a deep river through.  Then they each added a house along the river where they both thought they would be safe.  Side bar: when one of the students asked Jordy where she wanted to put her house along the river to be safe she said “China”.  Only Jordy.  Once the houses were set, they added bridges, dams, and even a tractor to make the scene more realistic.  The students taught the kids that typical conservation efforts, like old cars and boulders to shore up the banks aren’t as affective as previously thought; that was evident when the waterworks began.  The water turned on and began washing away the different bridges, trees, and even a tractor they had put along their “river”.  After a major “flooding” event, dubbed “Hurricane Jordy” the kids learned first hand the proper ways to slow down that natural process.  It was hard pulling them away from that station!

The gettin’ dirty table.

Jordy with her mud ball.  That we still have.

     After the conservation table, we moved along to the table demonstrating the different soil types across the state.  Getting the kids to play in the dirt was no hard task.  They jumped right in, and eagerly learned all they could about the clay, sand, and loam that they had set up on the table.  The best part, though, was when the water bottles came out to play.  That was the real fun!  They mixed each kind of dirt and learned what makes the best soil for farming and the best for mud balls, too.  The more “learning” you can do with mud, the better as far as these two are concerned.  After they FINALLY got their grubby lil’ paws wiped clean (harder than you might think) we headed over to the tractor demonstration.  Now.  I gotta say this.  I’ve seen some tractors.  Some that sit in fields for years and years…and years.  Then I’ve seen some that people take pretty good care of.  What I’m trying to say is I’ve seen tractors that are nasty and tractors that are nice.  Saturday, I saw the Big Papa Tractor.  This one had the GPS so you could just kick back and ride around hands free in your A/C’d cab…not too shabby.  At least that’s what a few thousand bone’s will getcha!  According to Jax that’s what he wants for his birthday…After a cool demo consisting of a course of flags and the driver ridin’ dirty with his hands in the air, Jax was hooked.  Better start savin’ up, cowboy. 
     The day continued and we learned about what is grown locally to be used for bio-fuel…very interesting actually.  Even got to taste a sugar beet.  Grown for fuel only, the kids liked the taste of it and had lots of questions to ask the fella.  I was really surprised about the kinds of questions they asked; these kiddos today know more  

about energy efficent fuel

Jordy chuga lugin’ in the tractor.

than what adults do.   They should; they are the future for research and development.  Seeing their excitement actually made me excited, too.   

     All in all, our day was probably one of the better days we’ve had in a long time.  To top it all off, after spending the day learning about agriculture, riding horses, and being outside, what could be better than a perfect steak supper at Click’s Steak House with our extended family?  Not much.  It was made even better because we got to see family we hadn’t seen in a while and celebrate a birthday as well.  And the benefit to running the kids ragged all day long?  They crashed.  Hard. 

She thinks my tractor’s sexy….


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