Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Down Time

Three years ago, when I could best be described as "heavy with child," I had a ferocious bout of nesting and decided to paint the house. I didn't just pick a room or two. I decided to do the entire interior. All the walls. All the doors. The works.

Granted, we have a small house, but it was still a ridiculously large project for a mother of three small children and one spirited baby making her presence well known in the womb.

My mother-in-law exhibited her characteristic grace by offering to help and only questioning my insanity in subtle ways, saying, "Are you sure you want to paint the ceiling? It looks okay to me."

I vowed that I would cover the entire house, and it was done. I vowed I would not repeat the task until the children were old enough to help me.

Today, I broke that vow. I painted a wall, and I have plans to do a few more throughout the next few days. While this project is far from the frantic fit of nesting I experienced three years ago, it did cause me to dismantle my desk and disconnect my computer for a few days. While my computer is having some down time, I have hijacked my husband's computer. The downside to that is that all of my photos are on my computer that is laying in pieces on the floor.

The positive aspect of this situation is that my husband's computer just happens to have some scanned photos that I forgot about. So for the next few days, I will share with you some of my husband's farming heritage.

walter slivka truck

This is Shane's grandpa, Walter, who was responsible for my husband's romantic idea that milk cows would be a good addition to our farm. I think not.

walter slivka plow

Here is Walter in the field. It sure makes our way of farming seem like not such a tough job.

walter car

According to the file name, this photo is Walter and his car. Again, it makes me feel pretty spoiled.

Lastly, because I know he is too busy during hunting season to read my blog, I'm going to share a photo of my father-in-law.


At age three, he looks remarkably like our youngest son.


Rose said...

Sure enjoyed this post. The old pictures are great.

Julia in Sweden said...

I'm breathless. Such beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing them!

Jenni said...

I love seeing old photos! Both of your youngest children look like your father-in-law. It's the eyes and cheeks especially, I think.

Dawn said...

How fun! I was thinking that your both of your youngest children look like their grandpa and then you said it.


(PS - Will we get to see before and after pictures of your painting?)

Haf Dozen Reasons....... said...

You ran across some treasures!! Farming today looks like playing to the old way of doing it!

Happy painting!

Anonymous said...

I agree I think your youngest two look alot like your father-in-law.. Loved seeing the old pictures..


Jenny said...

That is an interesting barn door on the first picture (the upper door to the loft). Looks like it just flopped over. I can imagine how heavy it would be to close again!

I guess our youngests are pretty close in age (Drew was born 11/19/05).

Anonymous said...

What fun! I think it's so important to keep track of where we've come from, and photos are the best way.

BoufMom9 said...

What fantastic old photos.
Enjoy making-over the house. I LOVE to repaint mine every now & again just for fun ;)

Far Side of Fifty said...

Hi! I enjoyed your old photographs! I got here from Life on a Colorado Farm! Nice to meet you:)

The W.O.W. factor said...

I love the old photos, you are lucky to have them. They make life seem 'simple' then...despite the hard work involved.

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