Friday, October 15, 2010


Ok, so, I did what I said I wasn't going to do....
I went back to Arkansas.
We had a major reason.

Muver called last Wednesday and said that Uncle Bob had to move to the Wildflower (assisted living facility). His dementia has become more pronounced and he was only eating when supervised.
She was sort of frantic because she didn't know what to do with all of the heavy equipment and stuff.
His farm is smack dab in the middle of town and a prime target for vandalism.
So, my sweet husband came up with a game plan.
Because he is a banker, he gets all of the holidays when the FED Columbus Day;)
So, he took Tuesday as a vacation day so that we would have enough time to travel back to Bama.
We were headed to Sheffield for Sister's engagement party anyway.
Btw, it was fantastic! Tons of fun!
Sunday morning, Muver, Matt, Rutledge and I loaded up in Uncle Bob's "Smooth Ride"

and headed to Arkansas.  Muver has been driving the Smooth Ride back and forth to Arkansas.
Its about a 5 1/2 hour drive from Sheffield.
When we arrived, we took the afternoon to asses the situation and decide what was going to come back with us and what would stay to be sold in an auction.
Monday morning, we picked this up....
a 26 foot Penske.

Matt and 2 movers loaded it down with various tools and farm implements.

Our grand prize was this....
A 6x4 John Deere Gator.

I know what you are thinking. Matt, Erin and Rutledge drove home together in a moving truck.
Nope, sorry to disappoint.
Uncle Bob's 2nd vehicle is a Chevrolet Avalanche.
Not the most attractive it a truck? is it an SUV?
What can I say, Uncle Bob likes to keep people guessing.  And, he likes to keep it flashy.
Anywho, I drove the Avalanche home.

I also pulled this
with this on it.
The perfect size for Bubba to learn how to drive a tractor!
I kind of felt like superwoman.
I also had this little guy in the backseat.
He was an ANGEL.
He wanted to chat for the first 4 hrs.
It kind of made my head hurt.
Then, it was dvd time.
That occupied him for a solid 2 hrs.
Then, lunch.
Then, he took a SPLENDID 4 hour nap.
Then, we only had an hour to go before we were HOME!
That's right folks, Matt drove the Penske and I drove a truck pulling a tractor on a trailer for 11 HOURS.

We did stop every 2.5 hrs for potty breaks and stretching.
That made it bearable.
Still, it was kind of rough on the 26 week pregnant gal.

Wednesday afternoon, we drove the Penske to Sister and Cambo's house because they have tons of storage in their barns.  They graciously offered to keep Bubba for a couple of days so that we could recouperate.
It was definitely needed.
I had a massage yesterday and have just been relaxing.

Now, I'm thinking of what I'm going to finish before he comes home this afternoon.
Tomorrow, we are headed to Dallas county to the huntin' camp to see Matt.
I'm making a big ole' pot of red beans and rice to take with us.

Its going to be a beautiful weekend, so get on out there and enjoy it!

Friday, October 1, 2010


Keeping with the spirit of Rutledge going everywhere with Daddy....
They have left me for the night.
I think I was a little too giddy;)
Of course I miss them.
But, I needed to recharge my batteries!

Matt told me in the beginning of the week that he wanted to take Rutledge on an overnight excursion to the huntin' camp.
I was more than happy to oblige.
So, I packed my boys with lots of snacks and treats and sent them on their way!
Rutledge has been talking about it ALL week.
He knew it was going to be just him and Daddy, but, after I put him in his carseat, he said," you sit in da front Mama, by Daddy"......I reminded him that I wasn't going with him this time, it was just him and Daddy.
He looked a little confused but perked up quickly.

I waved goodbye to them and have been holding down the fort by myself for a few hours.

Its wonderful.
I kind of forgot how much I love solitude.
You know, some people aren't comfortable with solitude, but, I need it.

So, I'm doing some simple things that I like to do.
I've caught up on some blogs & DVR'd stuff, watched a Netflix I've been saving, and now, I'm planning on reading a good book and heading to bed.

While I am able to do all of these things to recharge, I already can't wait to see them tomorrow afternoon:)
I hope that everyone else has a weekend in which you are able to RECHARGE:)

In the dove field with Daddy!

While Matt and I have enjoyed every stage of Rutledge's life....I think that Rutledge and his Daddy are particularly enjoying the new phase called, "I get to go everywhere with Daddy!"
I must confess, I enjoy it as well;)

Wednesday afternoon, Uncle Pep, Pop & Daddy headed out to one of our cotton fields on the farm to shoot some dove. Bubba was napped until 4:30. I then called Matt to tell him that he was waiting for his Daddy...and Daddy said, "get him dressed and bring him to the field!"
And that's what I did!
Here are some pics from the afternoon!

Warning!  If you are a little squeemish, you may not want to look at a couple of the pics.  Oh, and all animals harvested by our family are eaten by our family or given to those in need.

With Uncle Pep & Daddy!

Retrieving a dove.
Daddy says he's better than a bird dog;)

Rutledge decided to take a bite out of the dove...after prompting from Uncle Pep.  I must confess that I did the same thing as a child....I won't tell you what happened as a result.  Let's just say I've been inspecting someone's diapers for little friends:(

He got a little bloodied.
 Then, they cleaned the birds in the pond.  Daddy showed Rutledge how to pull the feathers off.

Cool pic.

I like this one of Uncle Pep.

Here are my boys waiting on the birds.

It was a good day here on the farm!